Posts by Sharon

A Cornerstone in the Community — Literally!

Posted by on Jan 14, 2014 in Warwick In History Minutes | 0 comments

“Warwick in History” – One of the oldest family-owned businesses in Warwick is the insurance firm of John W. Sanford & Son, located on Main Street in the Village of Warwick. In 1890, John W. Sanford started a real estate and insurance business. In 1930, after college, Mr. Sanford’s son, John Sanford Jr., joined the insurance business and later became a partner. Several small agencies were acquired between that date and World War II when John Jr. left for four years active duty in the Navy. Mr. Sanford Sr. died in December of 1942 and the business was carried on by...

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Hard Winter

Posted by on Jan 7, 2014 in Warwick In History Minutes | 0 comments

“Warwick in History” – The winter of 1835-1836 has gone by the name of the “hard winter” ever since snow commenced falling in November. With consecutive severe storms it accumulated to great depth. The cold was intermittent and excessive. Woodcock, partridge, quail and various small game were almost utterly destroyed. Great inconvenience and much suffering were experienced by the inhabitants of Warwick. Business at times was almost at a standstill from the depths of snow that impeded travel. Children were detained from school, physicians could frequently not...

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Tune in tomorrow. . .

Posted by on Jan 6, 2014 in Warwick In History Minutes | 0 comments

“Warwick in History” – On this day in 1893, Dr. Bradner appeared before the Board of Education to state he had thoroughly fumigated all apartments in the White Elephant Building and that classes could be held there after a two month period had elapsed. The Board intended using the White Elephant Building for extra primary classrooms until a new school could be built. This excerpt came from Warwick School District records. Our research has not shown where the White Elephant Building was. Does anyone know? Tune in tomorrow for the answer.

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Town Minstrels, Musical Shows and Black-Faced End Men. . . Times Have Changed!

Posted by on Dec 20, 2013 in Warwick In History Minutes | 0 comments

“Warwick in History” – During the years from 1915 to 1950, one of the popular forms of entertainment and also great sources of revenue for the organizations of the village were the home town talent minstrels and musical shows. The shows were sponsored by the Masons, the Grange, and the American Legion Auxiliary, and were really polished professional productions. The fine group singing and the jokes of the black-face “end men” who once the grease paint was applied, forgot their inhibitions; the masterly manner of Mr. Interlocutor; the solo work of Frank Wilson,...

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Fountain Square, the Very Center of the Town of Warwick

Posted by on Dec 19, 2013 in Warwick In History Minutes | 0 comments

“Warwick in History” – Warwick was not in the backwoods during the Revolutionary period as you might think. On the contrary, it had an important crossroads at its heart.The Kings Highway came up from Philadelphia and Trenton, across Sussex County and through Warwick. It continued on through Chester to New Windsor, where travelers could cross the Hudson River to get to New England.  An alternate road led over the ridge and through Florida to Goshen.  These routes were used by post riders carrying important mail between New England and the middle and southern colonies; also...

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