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┬áby 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 BeachwoodHistory.com for more Beachwood Centennial history throughout 2017.

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Beachwood Celebrates Six Years of Growth, 1921

The following article from the April 2nd, 1921 edition of the New York Tribune, paints a picture of the founding homeowners celebrating six years of prosperity in Beachwood during a dinner at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark.

Note that the “adjoining tract” they refer to here within the borough, which they christened “Beachwood Highlands,” is generally the southern end of town past the Route 9/Parkway Access Road, which used to be the Pennsylvania Railroad right of way. It has also been referred to, by William Mill Butler in his 1924 Beachwood Who’s Who, as “Beachwood Heights,” including in his account of the same 1921 dinner, as way of attempting to stop people referring to that side of town as “over the tracks.”

Click to enlarge.

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August 1920: Beachwood Founder Remembered

In early August 1920, founding Beachwood residents remembered the man whose idea formed Beachwood then and today, Bertram C. Mayo, following his untimely death earlier that summer.

This clipping is from the August 10th, 1920 edition of the New York Tribune. Click to enlarge and ignore the overt spelling errors, including the man’s first name; news reporters then, as now, didn’t much care about orthographic accuracy.

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