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Raritan documents the growth of a Raritan River town from the 1800s through the 1970s. With intriguing photographs and text, it explores the emergence of a quiet farming area as, first, a bustling industrial town with mills and factories and, later, the modern suburb it is today. Working together, resourceful residents enriched life by harnessing the waterpower of the river, organizing the first fire department in the area, and opening schools, churches, and organizations. Worldwide recognition came when President Warren G. Harding, while visiting at the Raritan home of his friend Senator Joseph Frelinghuysen, signed the Knox-Porter Resolution, officially ending World War I.
ISBN: 9780738534510
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: New Jersey
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
M. Frieda Helmstetter has gained unique insight into the character of the town and its people from her forty-year involvement in the education of Raritan children. She served as a contributing editor to a local history textbook. Jo-Ann Liptak, a third-generation resident, traces her family roots in Raritan back to the 1880s. A retired educator and former member of the Somerset County Cultural and Historical Commission Advisory Board, she is currently a Somerset County Historical Society trustee.
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