The famous and sometimes not-so-famous people and stories from the Mr. Local History Project researchers. Over 30 stories and counting.
Post Views: 3,103 Before we get started: The Methodist Church in the United States is 94% white, 92% third generation American, 60% married, 69% believe in God absolutely, 42% attend church weekly, and 62% believe in hell. Several attempts were… Read More »Bishop Edmund S. Janes – His Somerset Hills Story
Post Views: 6,896 The Patriot of Liberty Corner “Those who would give up liberty for safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Benjamin Franklin. “Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.” Thomas Jefferson Welcome to… Read More »The Life of Irwin Richardt
Post Views: 3,932 Local Lore –Flag Designer Betsy Ross and her Basking Ridge Ties “Here lies the woman who made the first banner containing the stars and stripes after that honored old ensign had been adopted, June 14, 1776.” July… Read More »Betsy Ross is Buried in Basking Ridge
Post Views: 2,997 Back in 1924 silent films were all the rage. Bernardsville was just becoming a boro and separating from Bernards Township but there was still only one movie theater, The Liberty . How fortunate was the theater to… Read More »“Janice Meredith” – 1924 Silent Film Showcases American Revolution
Post Views: 13,402 As with all Mr. Local History retrospectives, we often update the post when we learn stories and are sent photos from our internet community. We will continue to grow this piece as information becomes available. If you have… Read More »Retrospective: Meryl Streep Was From Basking Ridge BEFORE Bernardsville
Post Views: 5,174 Alexander Hamilton’s New Jersey Roots – Morristown Known as the “the cockpit of the american revolution,” New Jersey has a rich history from the american revolution. During what was the 2nd winter encampment in Morristown, and the… Read More »Alexander Hamilton’s Morristown Love Story
Post Views: 14,456 UPDATE: YOU KEEP SENDING… WE’LL KEEP POSTING! After shutting down the NJ government due to a budget impasse while a constitutional requirement was legit. But the photos of Christie caught on a closed public beach have turned… Read More »50+ Chris Christie Beach Memes To Make You Laugh
Post Views: 39,122 Father of the American Army Artillery Father of the American Navy Father of the Military Draft Fate has it often where those who put themselves in constant danger and face death every day are often spared until some… Read More »General Henry Knox – America’s Forgotten General
Post Views: 30,762 Noted High Society Playboy and Titanic Survivor Brings Notoriety to Bernards Township. It’s a fun story, but you’ve gotta hang in there. First we need a little background about John’s father, the one who didn’t survive the… Read More »Titanic Survivor Astor and Basking Ridge
Post Views: 5,790 Liberty Corner’s Most Famous Resident? You decide. Cartoonist Bill Griffith’s comic strip entitled “Zippy the Pinhead” was inspired by Liberty orner’s William Henry “Zip” Johnson, a local resident born back in 1842. Known as the son of a… Read More »Liberty Corner had the REAL Zip the Pinhead – Yow!