November 2020 Update – Mementos

The November updates on the Hopewell Valley History Project site featured new a new Mementos gallery, a new Hopewell Boro map, a look at Hopewell area high school activities in 1930 / 1940, and the mystery of the Hopewell Bottling Company.

Other items include:

By the numbers, we finished the month with 182 files in the Archives, including 79 documents and 103 maps and aerials. The Image Gallery now has 1692 files, and the Pamphlet Collection has 138 files in 7 categories for 3 towns. The interactive History Map includes 775 addresses with 102 historic places in Hopewell Borough. Please keep the materials coming!

Hopewell Bottling Company / Michael Staiger

What is the story of this bottle, marked M. ST. / Hopewell Bottling Company / New Jersey?

M. ST. is apparently Michael Staiger, a prominent Trenton resident who had a saloon on North Warren Street in the second half of the 1800s. He applied for a license for a hotel / tavern in Hopewell in 1896, but was refused. Then in 1897 he advertised the Hopewell Bottling Co. for sale, and listing its property and supplies, including house, barn, wagon house, ice house and pond, and bottling house.

Does anyone know where the Hopewell Bottling Company was located, and how Michael Staiger was involved?

Hopewell High Schools – 1920s & 1930s

What was it like to graduate from high school in the Roaring Twenties, or in the midst of the Great Depression? Here are a couple hints from Hopewell High School in 1924 and 1926, and from Central High School in Pennington in 1932.

There are two small leather-bound books from 1924 and 1926 with the Hopewell High School graduation week program, and the program for the Central High School Class of 1932 production, “The Tightwad / A Comedy in Three Acts.”

Downtown Hopewell Map

The Downtown Hopewell group has just released a new Shop Hopewell brochure and map promoting the support of local businesses. The nice Explore Hopewell Borough map highlights all the great places to shop and eat in town, plus the other side provides more details on local stores.

We have various official municipal maps in the Maps Archive (especially those so exciting tax maps), but the real fun is in the Pamphlet Collection, as highlighted here.

Hopewell and Pennington Mementos

There’s a new Mementos Gallery on the site; a place to save and share fun keepsakes that also are of cultural or historical interest as relics of their times, and that provide information on local organizations and businesses.

== View the new Mementos Gallery for more images ==

For a start, we have a bank coin saver and Christmas Club promotional card, and a memorial plates from Pennington and the Hopewell Calvary Baptist Church. More mementos to share on the site are most welcome.

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