Beachwood a Borough: As It Happened, 1917

The Borough of Beachwood marks its centennial birthday today, March 22nd, having been cut away from Berkeley Township, in which it was established as a resort by the New York Tribune as a land/subscription promotion (announced in Nov. 1914, with construction of the earliest public buildings starting a month later and the resort itself open for new property owners on Decoration Day – now Memorial Day – 1915).

Below are a series of newspaper articles from the New Jersey Courier and the New York Tribune chronicling the move to self-governance courtesy the Beachwood Property Owners’ Association, beginning in Winter 1917 through the passing of the “Beachwood Bill” and subsequent public referendum to make the break official.

New Jersey Courier, Feb. 9th, 1917:

19170209 - NJC - Bill for Beachwood to Be Introduced WM

19170209 - NJC - Incorp Notice 01 WM19170209 - NJC - Incorp Notice 02 WM

New York Tribune, Feb. 18th, 1917:

19170218 - NYT - Lot Owners Back Beachwood Plan to Incorporate Crop WM

New Jersey Courier, Feb. 18th, 1917:

19170223 - NJC - Senator Conrad Intro Bill WM

New Jersey Courier, Feb. 23rd, 1917:

19170223 - NJC - Wonder Where Town Hall Crop WM

New York Tribune, Mar. 6th, 1917:

19170306 - NYT - Bill Passed Crop WM

New York Tribune, Mar. 12th, 1917:

19170312 - NYT - Mayor Rumors Crop WM

New Jersey Courier, Mar. 30th, 1917:

19170330 - NJC - Beachwood Bill Passed Crop WM

19170330 - NJC - Special Election Announced for April 5 WM

New Jersey Courier, Apr. 13th, 1917:

19170413 - NJC - Beachwood a Borough WM

19170413 - NJC - Beachwood Voters from City Came Down Crop WM

Keep an eye on for more Beachwood Centennial history throughout 2017.


Beachwood As Sports Racetrack? – 1905

While digging through regional newspaper archives to find the history of the land before Beachwood was created through a newspaper promotion by the New York Tribune in 1914, we were surprised to find one of the attempts made was to turn the entire 2,000 acres that later became the town into a massive sports racecar track in early 1905.

(Click the image to read the full article)



Got History? Free Digitizing!

As part of volunteer effort to protect and present the history of Beachwood, Beachwood offers free professional digitizing services for personal collections – photos, paperwork, publications, postcards, physical objects, etc – through our flatbed scanner workstation and DSLR camera equipment. Any items lent will be returned in person or via mail (depending upon distance and preference) along with digital copies burned to DVD-ROM or uploaded to an external hard drive.


Family photos, postcards, deeds, letters, newsletters, yearbooks, newspapers, old signs, home blueprints, from throughout the 20th century welcome (the 1940s to 1990s are currently very underrepresented and so needed).

Help keep Beachwood history alive, preserved and within public awareness. Items digitized will be utilized in future online posts, digital and print publications and more along with protective watermark to prevent theft or unauthorized use.


All digitized collections will be secured to archival film with copies donated to state and federal archives in the future for security and availability in the coming decades and centuries.

Write for more information or to request this free digitizing service.


New! Beachwood

As the borough’s centennial year rolls forward, we figured it’d be a good time to give ourselves a clean sweep and update our web address, email, logo and name to offer an easier-to-remember (and type) alternative: Beachwood

Look for more new updates with photos and histories of our town’s people, places and things through the spring. Thanks!


Ch-ch-changes at Disbrow’s Market/Clancy’s Video


This weekend while out and about we noticed a new tenant at the former Disbrow’s Market/Clancy’s Video building on Beachwood Boulevard, and so wanted to share a bit of its past.

Though we don’t have any photos of when it was the neighborhood video store in the late 1980s-1990s (if you do, please share!), enjoy a couple snapshots courtesy Joan Disbrow Morris from in and around 1947 when it was owned and operated by her father, George Disbrow, as Disbrow’s Market (it closed September 17th, 1988).