Milltown History

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Milltown History

The Historical Society is always looking for new members who have an interest in Milltown history.For more information contact Society President Kathy Heilman at 732-227-1480 or Barbara Wright@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!


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JVSelover saves victims in ice -- 1924

On Feb. 17,1924 my Dad was ice skating at Lawrence brook when he observed a number of people had fallen through the ice. He immediately set out to save as many of them as he could.

Following is a news clipping of the event


A year later he received the Ralston Hero medal for his efforts. Following is a copy of the newspaper article recording the events.


I found a copy of a letter that my Dad sent to the New York Evening Journal in 1935 regarding the event for which he received the Ralston Purina Hero award. My Dad had never really talked to me about his heroism, but I recall seeing the medal he had received from Ralston Purina. I have been unable to find the medal amongst my mother’s collections. I emailed Ralston Purina to see if they have any information in their files, but learned that the old files were no longer archived.


Following is a copy the letter Dad…


Posted by James Selover on January 30, 2016 at 3:52pm — 1 Comment

Do you have memories of Doby's Sub Shop, Doby's Deli or of the bowling alley on Broad St? a Post by Barbara Dobrzynski Justice

 My grandfather, Michael Stankowicz moved from NYC to Milltown to open Stank,s grocery store. This was around 1916. He brought his wife and three children, my Mother Victoria Dobrzynsi being a baby at the time. this store was on the corner of South and Broad Street. He prospered and then opened the first Bowling Alley in tHe area. 4 lanes. Grandpa ran this for years. Another child came to the family, a boy Al Stankowicz. Al grew up went to war with the Army came home and continued to run the Bowling Alley. Now grand pop had two thriving businesses. He was able to purchase 7 houses in the area. when grandopo passed away my Mom moved to the property and renovated and opened Doby,s Deli. she continued for 15 years. My brother then opened Doby,s Sub Shop for years. The Stankowicz-Dobrzynski legacy is strong in Milltown.

My brother Al Doby,s Sub Shop has lived in the family home for the past 75 years on South. God Bless my family for generations living in the…


Posted by Barbara Wright on January 30, 2016 at 1:52pm — 1 Comment


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.

Does anyone remember Bud Haefner's barbershop? 2 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 Barbara Wright Apr 11, 2015.

Vanderbilt Coles Schlatter House circa 1735

I'd be interested in reading any information concerning the above historic yellow house that the Milltown Historical Society or it's members might have.Continue

Started by Bradley James Arthur Mar 12, 2012.


I just joined the Milltown Historical web site.  Graduated from Joyce Kilmer in 1965.  Anybody out there that may know or remember me?  I am mostly interested in the history of Michelin Tire Co which I collect a lot of.  If anyone cares to write…Continue

Started by Peter Stricker Feb 26, 2012.



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Ronald M Girard Jr updated their profile
Jul 31
Profile IconRonald M Girard Jr and Colleen Gasper joined Milltown History
Jul 13
James Selover commented on Barbara Wright's blog post Do you have memories of Doby's Sub Shop, Doby's Deli or of the bowling alley on Broad St? a Post by Barbara Dobrzynski Justice
"Living on South Street from the early 1930s to 1950 I was very familiar with the Stankowicz  grocery store. I had to make many trips there when either my grandmother or parents asked me to go on by item."
Apr 14
Barbara Wright replied to Regina Williams's discussion July 4th Parade
"An update on the parade: From Alta Aster, who heard from Bert Goodwin, the parade was on Van Liew as early as 1946, because it happened while Bert was on vacation. "
Apr 8

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