Milltown History

Members welcome at the Milltown Historical Society!

Join the Milltown History website to learn about Milltown history, or if you want to share by posting stories, discussions and photographs.

Milltown History

The Historical Society is always looking for new members who have an interest in Milltown history.For more information contact Barbara Wright at 732 828-0822.

Local History Links

Here are some interesting websites that will help you learn more about Milltown and other central New Jersey history. If you know of other interesting sites, or if you encounter a broken link here please send a message to webmaster Barbara Wright. Thanks!



Blog Posts

Why I like using this website over posting on Facebook

This is tough, because this website is not active at all. Even though we have over 130 people who cared enough to join, it isn't a site that gets visited often, and when people do visit, they don't seem to be comfortable posting and sharing. So in that sense, when I have something to say about Milltown History, more people would see the post, or the images on Facebook.

But Facebook does not archive posts in a way that makes it easy to find what you saw last year, last week, or even more recently than that. Posts are not saved in an orderly way.

Whose wall did I see that on? If you don't have the exact terms, you might never see it again. Our photos have searchable hashtags, or titles.

And, not everyone wants to belong to Facebook, because of the privacy violations, or because they are too old, or too young to think…


Posted by Barbara Wright on March 13, 2019 at 11:41am

The Forgotten Years of Bibendum. Michelin’s American Period in Milltown: Design, Illustration and Advertising by Pioneer Tire Companies (1900-1930)

Professor Pau Merano-Bigas from the University of Barcelona in Spain has published his thesis, and it is available on the University's website as a series of PDF files.

The document has been fully translated into English, and tells the story of the rubber industry in Milltown, the Michelin company's venture in manufacturing in Milltown, and the impact of that business on the town. Professor Medrano-Bigas' academic focus is on print advertising, and he covers that topic in great depth, but has also fully researched the whole story of Michelin in Milltown.

Here is the link to the thesis:The Forgotten Years of Bibendum. Michelin’s American Period in Milltown: Design, Illustration and Advertising by Pioneer Tire Companies (1900-1930)

Here is the citation for the work: Medrano-Bigas, Pau. The Forgotten Years of Bibendum. Michelin’s American Period in…


Posted by Barbara Wright on January 28, 2019 at 9:11pm — 1 Comment

Join or rejoin the Milltown Historical Society

Milltown Historical Society 2019 Membership Form

Founded in 1968 for the purpose of preserving the historical and cultural significance of Milltown and to provide a congenial atmosphere where the interests of the members could be shared. We currently have over 1,600 artifacts housed in two historic houses.

Meetings: Third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM at the Museum Annex.

For more information contact:

Barbara Wright- 732 828-0822

Dave Oryniak- 908 812-4265

Bring this form to a meeting, or mail to PO box 96, Milltown, NJ 08850.

Make check payable to the Milltown Historical Society.

We look forward to having you with us!

Dues: $20 per year                                                            Date: _______________

First Name_______________________ Last Name _________________________



Posted by Barbara Wright on December 19, 2018 at 12:30pm

Join us for our first Holiday Festival and Concert

Please let me know if you will be able to volunteer for this event!

Posted by Barbara Wright on November 19, 2018 at 9:26am


Does anyone remember Bud Haefner's barbershop? 3 Replies

I would be interested in seeing old photos, hearing memories of Bud Haefners barbershop.I have many memories of going there in the 1960's Chicopee era. Bud and Charlie were a regular trip into town for me coming from Hardenburglane in the RFD rural…Continue

Started by Frederick (Rick) E. Remlinger. Last reply by Barry Pavelec Aug 10, 2018.

poems set in Milltown 5 Replies

Hello, allI have a special interest in the life and circumstances of those who worked in the Michelin plant c. 1916–1921 or longer, when my grandfather Joseph Noguere did, as well as my then-teenage great-aunts and uncles. My grandparents had…Continue

Started by Suzanne Noguere. Last reply by Marie-Hélène KERNEUR Feb 27, 2018.

Michelin Factory Manager 5 Replies

A few weeks ago in Paris I met a woman who says her grandfather, Jules Hauvette, was the manager of the Michelin Tire Factory and known as "Mr. Michelin.  She would love to find out any thing she could about his time with Michelin so hope someone…Continue

Started by Barbara Eggermann. Last reply by Pau Medrano Bigas Apr 6, 2017.

July 4th Parade 2 Replies

Does anyone have any history on the fourth of July parade?  What was the first year it took place?Continue

Started by Regina Williams. Last reply by Barbara Wright Apr 8, 2016.



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