More Little Facts of River Edge's Past - Part 13

More Little Facts of River Edge's Past - Part 13

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 1957. 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 Turkey Shoot sponsored by Police Reserve (1958)

- Anti-littering ordinance Passed (1958)

- Director of Recreation position created (1960)

- Borough joins Bergen County Sewer project (Stage 2); River Edge Sewer Disposal plant demolished; Construction starts for River Edge Swim Club (1960)

- Mayor & Council agree to build new library on Elm at Tenney (1960)

- Knights of Columbus organized (1960)

- River Edge Hadassah organized (1961)

- River Edge Swim Club opens (1961)

- New library dedicated (1961)

More “little history” to come in future postings.

More Little Facts of River Edge's Past - Part 13

In the meantime, if you missed the previous installments (1894-1957) 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:

Finally, our two history books were published in 1965 and 1976 respectively. These “Little Histories” came courtesy of the 1976 history book. So there are now some 46 years that have not been so chronicled.

So, we now seek to close this gap in our local history. Specifically, we are looking to you to help, by searching your memory or that of old timer friends and neighbors, so together we can take inventory and preserve information about local events since 1976

We hope to continue these “little histories” for the period from 1976-today, and in doing so create a record of modern history in River Edge to pass along to those who will follow us here in town.

If you have any suggestions to recommendations to pass please do so at this address:,

In advance thanks for any contributions you might be able to make.

Photo acknowledgment and credit: River Edge Swim Club Archives (Originally published in River Dell Patch, 2011)

Historical Info. source: Musket Anchor & Plow, The Story of River Edge, by Naomi & George Howitt, Arno Press, 1976