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Milltown's Family Tree

Several of us have recently been searching Ancestry.com, building our Milltown and extended family trees.These trees are searchable on the Ancestry.com site. A post I put up on the Remembering Milltown Facebook page showed that there is even greater interest in finding the family histories of many individuals, either residing in, or from Milltown.These are the trees that we have worked on. If you would like help and advice on looking up your own Milltown-related family tree, please reach out to…See More
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Pictures of a changing Ford Ave.

Readers, as you probably know, the Michelin plants on Ford Avenue in Milltown are being razed. Please share any pictures you have of the old or new Ford Ave here, so we can keep a record of the site.Thanks!See More
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Hometown:
Milltown New Jersey
Did your parents/ grandparents live in Milltown? If so, what were their names?
Yes. My mother, Anna Miller Wright lived in Milltown all her life. Her parents were Anna Funk Miller and Jacob Miller, and they lived on Clay St. next to the firehouse. My grandmother was a cousin of the "big Funks" who lived on Washington Ave.My great grandparents had a farm in the Lawrence Brook neighborhood of East Brunswick.
My Dad, Tom Wright Sr. was a city boy from New Brunswick who moved here when he got married in 1939.
About Me:- Tell us about yourself
I've lived here all my life. I work as the librarian at the Parkview School
What is your interest in Milltown history?
I am interested because of my own family history, and because I like to share interesting Milltown history with the school children and anyone interested in the past present, and future of Milltown.

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Milltown's Family Tree

Several of us have recently been searching Ancestry.com, building our Milltown and extended family trees.

These trees are searchable on the Ancestry.com site. A post I put up on the Remembering Milltown Facebook page showed that there is even greater interest in finding the family histories of many individuals, either residing in, or from Milltown.

These are the trees that we have worked on. If you would like help and advice on looking up your own Milltown-related family tree,…

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Posted on September 19, 2017 at 4:51pm

Box of pictures

I was given a box of old photographs that I believe are of Grace Junker Regnault and her family. No names are written on any photos, but they were in the trash at her home on Chestnut St. as her home was being cleaned out after her death at age 101. Grace was the child of Catherine Heyl Junker and William Junker of Church St. Milltown. Her family were parishioners of St Paul's church. 

I will scan and post the pictures on this website, but if you are a relative or descendant of Grace…

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Posted on July 17, 2017 at 10:40am

Pictures of a changing Ford Ave.

Readers, as you probably know, the Michelin plants on Ford Avenue in Milltown are being razed. Please share any pictures you have of the old or new Ford Ave here, so we can keep a record of the site.

Thanks!

Posted on November 27, 2016 at 5:38pm

The Michelin buildings are coming down!

More iconic Milltown buildings are being demolished. How do you feel about this? Feel free to comment and chat on this site. And add pictures!!!

If you want to see the smokestack and water tower preserved, please sign this petition …

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Posted on August 26, 2016 at 11:05pm

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…

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

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At 6:19pm on July 12, 2010, Barry Pavelec said…
Hi Barbara,

My sister, Shirley Pavelec Yasbin, along with my wife Cathy (who's from Woodbridge) enjoyed the Joyce Kilmer garden party. Of course I remember Mary Ann (she was in my class at OLOL) and see your brother at most of the "Boys of Milltown" gatherings. I spent a lot of time ar your cousins' house (Jimmy and Franny) especially in the fall of 1948 when they had one of gthe first TV sets in town. Used to stop by after school (OLOL) to watch Howdy Doody and Uncle Fred and the WPIX "Pixies" before I walked home to South Street. When the days got shorter I walked home in the near dark and could tell which families had TV sets by the blue glow coming from their living room windows.

I and all the other boys enjoyed summers when your Aunt Edythe, the singer with Tommy Dorsey, would spend a few days with your family. She (and we) enjoyed her sun bathing in your back yard. I remember one day when we gathered around her and she amazed us with some sort of slight-of-hand magic trick with a cigarette.

I have lots of photos of Milltown taken of town events by my father who was a semi-pro photographer. Also have some stories and documents about Milltown to share.

Like many families many in ours were drawn from New Brunswick by Michelin where my Great Grandfather James Cleland worked as did many others. He never moved to the town but my Grandfather, Joe Beatty, did in the early 30s. His brother James Beatty was already in town. My father's family, the Pavelec's, were living in Milltown in the early 30s as well.

I'm looking forward to sharing some things with the rest of the group.
At 1:09pm on November 9, 2010, James Selover said…
Hi Barbara, I have quite a bit of information re Milltown's history:I have a book "History of Union and Middlesex County" published in 1882 that contains a lot of info on Milltown. Also, I have a book "Natural History" by Hooker published in 1884 that was owned by by Dad's uncle H.R.B. Meyers who I remember fondly as Uncle Herb.I would be happy to mail them to the Historical Society if interested. Also, I have written a history of my mother and dad that I can send (email) as well as my childhood recollections from the 1930s to 1950 when I left Milltown after graduating from Rutgers.
At 7:37am on February 19, 2011, Marie-Hélène KERNEUR said…

Hi Barbara ,

Thank you for your welcome.

All my relatives had  left Milltown by 1930.

Here are a few details( I don't know if they are of any interest to you.)

 Vincent Fichant the eldest did not return from WWI. Killed 11/23/1914. I presume he was in  the first group that left Milltown : New Brunswick Times :8/3/1914 and 8/4/14.

His wife and two children had stayed in France.

 

Two members of the family appear on well-known photos you have in the museum :

Their brother-in-law Joseph Duigou who had joined the ' French Veterans of Middlesex County' (on the photo : first row, extreme left) died of asphyxiation 2/19/22. (St Peter's Hospital N/Brunswick)

He's also on the Michelin Band photo: squatting, left of the big drum.

Another name on the Michelin Band photo: Louis Fichen ( Fichant misspelt !) squatting right of the big drum .He lived at 144 Riva Avenue .

They had both learned to play the bugle in the Army.

 

Have you got any information on the 1919 strike ? NYT archives 9/10/1919; 9/11/1919

 

At 9:33pm on June 22, 2011, Frances Rupp Sanchez said…

Hi Barbara,

Is your friend Debbie into Genealogy? Does she still live in the area?  Her Grandfather is probably Morris Schork. I know his family was big.  

I didn't get a chance to write about my Schork Genealogy on my profile page.  I just wrote about the Rupps.  I will add more when I get a chance. Thanks.

At 3:01am on September 12, 2011, Pau Medrano Bigas said…

Dear Barbara, thanks for the welcome message! 

It will be a pleasure to share my own research on Michelin early years with you and the MHS members.

Note that my written english is horrible, but I will try to make me understand in the best way possible.

Best wishes from mediterranean Barcelona. Sincerely, Pau

At 9:28pm on October 11, 2011, Jennifer Chico said…
Hi Barbara
Thank you for the helpful information! I would love to come to one of the meetings and speak to you and the other members. Are you guys meeting on Oct. 18th?
Thanks
Jen
At 9:09pm on February 26, 2012, Peter Stricker said…

Hello Barbara,  My name is Peter Stricker and I grew up in Milltown and attended Joyce Kilmer graduating in 1965.  My mom still lives in Milltown and my grandparents passed away several years ago.  I am very interested in Michelin Tire Co. history which I collect a lot of.  I remember growing up in Milltown and wish kids today had a childhood like we all had back then.  Now it is stay in the house and play with the computer and never getting to know people and just plain having kid fun.  I signed up on the historical web page.  Thanks for all this work you do......Peter

At 10:19am on July 10, 2012, Carl R. "Butch" Huebner III said…

Thanks for the welcome, Barbara.  I lived on West Church St and had a good friend...Jeff Lins...who lived on Clay St...the number 49 jumps to mind although I'm not sure that's correct.  He lived a few doors up from Metz (?) grocery store on the corner of Clay and West Church St..  Carl

 

At 2:25pm on September 27, 2012, Barbara Krauss Santoro said…

Hi Barbara!  I'm thrilled you are running this website.  I have pictures of my family and the Fireman's band that I will post.  I went to Germany this summer to meet cousins with whom I corresponded via email.  We found each other through the website of our great-grandfather's hometown!  Websites like these are such a rich and valuable resource!

  I would like to send my German cousins a copy of the latest Milltown history book.  How can I get additional copies?  I have been able to purchase copies of the first Milltown book through ebay.  Thanks!

Barbara

At 1:32pm on May 9, 2013, Frederick (Rick) E. Remlinger said…

Is the old Firehouse coming Down on Main Street? The Sentinel article states the new firehouse will be on the old firehouse site?

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