Thursday, April 3, 2014

Thomas J Lyons

Thomas J Lyons was a teacher at Stockton from 1951 to 1963 where he initially taught 4th grade, then 5th grade, and, when Stockton added 7th and 8th grades in the late 1950's, Mr. Lyons taught in those grades. During that time, he took classes in school administration at Columbia University which led to his becoming an elementary school principal in the Roxbury Township school district in 1963, first at Franklin Elementary School and then, in 1969, at the newly built Nixon Elementary School. He retired in 1976.

photo courtesy of Mrs. Lyons

Mr. Lyons is still remembered over 55 years later by Stockton students as one of their favorite teachers. Some recent responses to his obituary from those students: "May he R I of my favorites at Stockton!" "He was a brilliant educator." "What a great teacher. Had him for 5th grade." "I liked Mr. Lyons a lot."  "I had him for 5th Grade as well. He was such a nice person."  "I had him for homeroom and science. Yes, a great guy." 

A student at Franklin Elementary in Roxbury writes "Mr. Lyons was the principle in Franklin School in Roxbury when I attended in the mid-1960's. Everybody loved Mr. Lyons. Nixon school was built in the late 1960's and it sounds like he moved over to the new school when it was built."

Thomas Lyons grew up in Hoboken and attended Demarest High School where he played basketball and ran track. After high school he entered the army and served in France. After leaving the army he attended Jersey City State Teachers College on the GI Bill. At college he played varsity basketball and baseball and was editor of the yearbook and the photography magazine. Upon graduation in 1951 he took a job at Stockton School in East Orange teaching 4th grade, commuting from Hoboken to Stockton on the Lackawanna. In 1953 he married and moved to New Providence, and in 1958 to Berkeley Heights. He retired to Sarasota, Florida in 1976.

From an online obituary: 

Lyons, Thomas J.
May 24, 1924 - Feb. 26, 2014
Thomas J. Lyons, 89, of Sarasota, FL, formerly of New Jersey has passed away. 
He was born in Hoboken, NJ, played many sports and served in the US Army in WWII. A man who always saw the positive in every person and situation, he was a lifelong educator: a teacher, a principal and an MCC reference librarian.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Catherine Barbara; son, Thomas W. Lyons; daughter, Kathy Felden and two grandchildren, Ryan Felden (fiancée Ashley Bergstrom) and Brooke Felden; 7 nephews and 1 niece.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Robert Ridgway Thomson, Physical Education

Mr. Robert Thomson divided time between Stockton School and Columbian School as the physical education teacher. He was affectionately known as "Mr. T" and many former students, even those who did not feel confident in PE, remember him as a caring and encouraging teacher.

Photo above and text below from the 1934 Panzer College yearbook

Below the 1934 Panzer College class prophecy (prediction) about Mr Thomson's whereabouts 10 years after graduation (1944). In a previous annual, Mr Thomson is listed as being from New Paltz, NY.

"Our trip is nearly complete except for two of my "cronies." "Prof." Thomson is a gym instructor in New Paltz High School and the champion of the cause of heavy apparatus and tumbling. In spite of the inability of his pupils to execute a one-hand stand, he still retains the old sense of humor."

Robert R Thomson retired to Orlando FL in 1968 and died there in 1997: 

ROBERT RIDGWAY THOMSON, 90, 1442 Pebble Beach Blvd., Orlando, died Saturday, May 10. Mr. Thomson was a physical education instructor. Born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., he moved to Central Florida in 1968. He was a member of the Orlando Area Theatre Organ Society. Survivors: wife, Lois M.; daughters, Carole J. Rose, Norristown, Pa., Carol Dickman, Inverness; two grandchildren. American Family Cremation Society.

                                    Below: the badminton team in the 1932 Panzer College yearbook

Above: gymnastic team in 1932 yearbook
                                            Below: staff of the Springboard (newspaper) 1932

Below: a certificate signed by Mr. Thomson and Principal Shelly awarded to a Stockton student in Spring, 1959 (image courtesy of Seth McQuillan)

Ashland Oval

Below: Nov. 17, 1922, New York Tribune

As a tribute to long time Mayor Martens, in 1952 Ashland Stadium, where school games and events are held, was renamed Martens Stadium.

Thomas Edison

Above: Glenmont, Home of Thomas Alva Edison in Llewellyn Park, West Orange

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Popular Restaurants in the Area

Above: from the 1939 Panzer College yearbook

Above: Pal's Cabin

Above: Robin Hood Inn
Below: Friar Tuck Inn

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Franklin Hose Company No. 3

Franklin Hose Company No. 3 came into existence in 1884 when the 1825 Franklin School building was modified to become a fire house

In 1890 a brick firehouse was built on the SE corner of Dodd Street and Brighton Avenue.

Above: 1895 map

Below: 1911 map

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

John Alexander Tenney: In Memorium

One of my best friends at Stockton School during the 3rd through the 5th grades was John Tenney, probably because we shared a similar sarcastic, Mad magazine sense of humor and an interest in nerdy things like science and chess, and in military strategy which we carried out using our collections of toy soldiers.

Below: John, probably in 6th grade

 He lived on 15th or 16th Street between Eaton Place and William St. and, one time, John came to me and said he and another kid had found a source of iron filings, and we did some experiments with the filings and magnetism. At first he wanted to keep the source secret and sold me a jar of filings for 25 cents, but he finally took me to the source, the back lot of a business on Hedden Place next to the Lackawanna Railroad tracks just a couple of blocks from John's home.

John moved from the our neighborhood about 1958 (6th grade), but I recently learned that he ended up going to Columbian School and then Clifford J Scott High.

Above: John as a freshman at Clifford J Scott High School (1961/62)

Below: John in the Photography Club, sophomore year (1962/63)

Above left: John as Mortimer Brewster ( the character played by Cary Grant in the movie) in Arsenic and Old Lace during his junior year (1963/64)

Below: another junior year photo

After finding John in the 1965 Clifford J Scott yearbook and seeing his full name, I immediately had hopes of finding him and getting back in touch, but, unfortunately, an internet search found the following: 

Below: Eureka Times Standard for February 18, 1975

                           Lakewood Hope Chapel Cemetery
                                 Hope Chapel Road
                             Lakewood, NJ Ocean County 

Raymond Parker Tenney    14 Sep 1913   5 Sep 1989         1st LT, US Army, WW II
Ludmilla ( Lund) Tenney  1921          No Date            born in Oslo, Norway
John Alexander Tenney  6 Sep 1947    16 Feb 1975    US Navy 1968 - 1972, Antarctica 1970
Charles Parker Tenney              1952          No Date