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Category Archives: HAMILTON TOWNSHIP MISCELLANY

1905: WHEN HAMILTON WAS REALLY A RURAL COMMUNITY

WE’VE COME A LONG WAY, BABY!
 

2010: GRAND OPENING OF "HAMSTAT" TOMORROW; YOU’RE INVITED FOR A "SNEAK PEAK!"

Imagine how great it would be if you could call Hewlett Packard, Verizon, or any of the many huge corporations and speak with a real live person without getting that dreaded “All of our representatives are busy. Your call is very important to us. Please stay on the line for the next available representative,…!” The hi-tech revolution has changed the way we communicate, and with that change came the absence of “one on one” conversation with “voice mail,” “e-mail,” “texting,” and usually lengthy waiting for a person to answer your call. Gone are the days of “Ma Bell,” when one could make a call and have it answered IMMEDIATELY with a real live person. Take heart, Hamilton, those days have come back to “America’s Favorite Hometown!” Check out the above press release from Mayor John Bencivengo and pay a visit to the Hamstat headquarters tomorrow. You can check out the system which has proved successful in New York City, Baltimore and other innovative cities that were not intimidated by new and more efficient communication concepts.. I hope I’ll see you there.

 

1880′S ANNIE REED’S AUTOGRAPH BOOK

I SPENT A HAPPY HOUR OR TWO PERUSING THE PAGES OF THIS FASCINATING DIARY FROM THE VICTORIAN ERA. ANNIE REED HAD MANY FRIENDS, AND THE NAMES OF THOSE WHO SIGNED HER AUTOGRAPH BOOK ARE MANY OF THE OLDEST FAMILY NAMES IN HAMILTON SQUARE, YARDVILLE, EDGEBROOK, BORDENTOWN, AND ALLENTOWN: CUBBERLEY, NUTT, HAMMELL, HUGHES, ROBBINS…THEY’RE ALL THERE.

 

1930: HAMILTON’S BURGEONING POPULATION

It’s interesting to note the increase in the population of Hamilton township as recorded in the article above. Interesting also is the population of the Hopewell area. I wonder what the Hopewell figure is today, considering the development that has entered the area over the past 70- plus years.

 
 
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