Little Histories - 11 (1952-1954)

Little Histories - 11 (1952-1954)

Journeys into River Edge

In recent weeks, we have been posting installments of what we are calling “little histories” of River Edge.

As previously mentioned, when talking about River Edge as a place, a lot is about its history – its big history – things like the Revolutionary War and “the Bridge that Saved the Nation” down at New Bridge Landing; the coming of the railroad and the devastating tornado of 1895; as well as the preserved River Edge station and the little known but historically significant River Edge Hotel which still stands.

But there is also little history. By that we mean, little things that occurred that were important at the time, but are now mainly overlooked and forgotten.

So, we want to share some of these little history events – after all, history does not live by big events alone:

In our prior postings of “little histories” we have covered the period from the inception of the borough in 1894 until 1952. This time we pick up from there and continue to focus on a period that many believe laid the foundation for many aspects and institutions of modern day life in town:

- First Parking regulations adopted (1953)

- Board of Education request for Veterans Memorial Park site to build a high school denied (1953)

- North Hackensack Post Office incorporated as part of the River Edge Post Office (1954)

- Holly M. Davis School site purchase approved (1954)

- Planning Board established (1954)

- Expansion of Woodland School to create River Dell Junior High School approved (1954)

- Ambulance Corps building completed (1954)

- Firehouse No. 1 at Tenney & Kinderkamack is completed (1954)

- Chamber of Commerce established (1954)

- Referendum for park on Valley Road defeated (1954)

More “little history” to come in future postings.

In the meantime, if you missed the previous installments (1894-1952) you can find them here at our “Journeys into River Edge” features page, along with an archiving of other articles we have posted here at This is River Edge and elsewhere:

Little Histories - 11 (1952-1954)

Photo acknowledgment and credit: Ambulance corps (1950’s) and ambulance headquarters – From a 1959 publication called Inside “River Edge – A ‘Know Your Town’ Survey”, which was produced by The League of Women Voters of River Edge.