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FINALLY BERNARDS TWP FLAGS ARE IN STOCK! For the first time in 62 years, the Mr. Local History Project put up money to have the Bernards Township Official flag made by the Annin Flag Company. When they're gone, they're probably gone for a long time. Don't miss out on this great fundraiser. They just arrived after a six month wait. GET YOURS TODAY! https://www.mrlocalhistory.org/getbernardsflag/
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1842 - Governor/Senator Samuel Southard Dies. On this day June 26, 1842 in local history, Senator Samuel Southard Samuel dies. In 1823, President James Monroe selected Southard to be Secretary of the Navy, which he continued under President John Quincy Adams. Southard enlarged the Navy and improved its administration, purchased land for the first Naval hospitals, began construction of the first Navy dry docks, undertook surveys of U.S. Coastal waters and promoted exploration in the Pacific Ocean. After his service in the Navy, Samuel became New Jersey Attorney General, and was later elected Governor, and later re-entered the U.S. Senate.

Samuel Southard was born at home on what we now call the Ross Farm on June 9, 1787 to Henry and Sarah (Lewis) Southard. Samuel attended the Brick Academy, right near the center of Basking Ridge, and graduated from Princeton University in 1804. He was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly in 1815, and shortly thereafter, to the New Jersey Supreme Court. He was also elected to the United States Senate, and served on the committee that produced the Missouri Compromise.

The destroyer USS Southard (DD-207 and later DMS-10, 1919-1946) was named in his honor, but likely more recognizable to Basking Ridge residents is Southard Park on North Maple Avenue, located very close to Samuel's birthplace.https://www.google.com/calendar/event?eid=M2lwNTcwNTY1cGpjNWZrM3NxNTRycnRocjRfMjAyMjA2MjYgcTN2N2E0MDQzZTZia2U2cWFzNW02bXZjcG9AZw
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Historic Faircourt in Bernardsville Mountain on the market #bernardsvillenj
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1904 - Basking Ridge Fire Company Founded. On June 17, 1904, a group of Basking Ridge residents met at the old township library at Finley Avenue and West Oak Street to formulate plans for a fire company. A week later, on June 24, the Basking Ridge Fire Company was formally organized, with J. Walter Allen as chief. The new group received its first firefighting equipment on July 4, 1904, when the Basking Ridge Improvement Society donated a hand-drawn hose cart with 500 feet of hose. A year later, company members made a horse-drawn hook and ladder wagon.

That same year, the fire company got a home when it was allowed to build a wood frame building on school property across the street from the Maple Avenue School.https://www.google.com/calendar/event?eid=ZThjcXBnMTRvcTk4Z3Y4MDBmbms0bmNrMG9fMjAyMjA2MjQgcTN2N2E0MDQzZTZia2U2cWFzNW02bXZjcG9AZw
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