Original Painting by Larry Anderson


Most of Newark is not included in Pencader Hundred, but that doesn't mean we ignore the city. There is a wealth of material concerning Newark's history and some of it is contained in the extant minutes of town council. These excerpts of public record minutes, beginning in April 1866, are being transcribed from the original handwriting and will appear regularly here as well as in the Newark Post. To see copies in the original handwriting and a full transcription please visit Pencader Museum.

Various philosophers have said "if you don't know where you came from, you can't know where you're going." In order that Newark knows where it came from the Post will be publishing Out of Our Past, as a companion to Out of the Attic. Content of Out of Our Past will be excerpts from the earliest city government records. These handwritten records frequently have questionable spelling and no punctuation. That's fun to see, but for easier reading this deficiency has been rectified in the transcription by Barbara White. For our readers' enjoyment this account from the past will be published every week and is being made available through the generosity of Pencader Heritage Museum.

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Published: Jan.12, 2018
August-October 1938 - Phillips Packing plant promised to correct unsanitary conditions around their property. An insurance company refused a bond for Mr. Gorman, town garbage collector because of his unstable financial condition. Fader Motor Company won contract to supply new truck to the town providing Mr. Fader pay his outstanding sewer fees. Aetna Fire Company got a donation of $250.00 toward expenses of state volunteer firemen's convention held in Newark. Council was invited to participate in the parade. Council was getting tough with owners of unsightly vacant property. Another town note for $3000 was paid off. Curb and guttering on Townsend Road and storm sewer on Cleveland were approved. A water line was laid on Tanglewood Road. Pentecostal Church wanted to buy town property on Benny Street, price negotiable. Police officers Cunningham and Tibbitt got new overcoats. Police protection would be furnished at Delaware and Academy Streets when school children were present. Kells Avenue property owners wanted storm sewers installed to relieve flooding. CD Fibre Company, New Century Club and several property owners were told to install sidewalks. Council would take care of any necessary tree removal. It was thought that leaks from DP & L natural gas lines were killing trees in some areas. Developer of Townsend Road wanted ornamental poles and underground wiring. Council would agree if property owners would pay difference in overhead and underground service. Mr. Dameron wanted water and sewer extended to his out-of-town limits property (now site of College Square).

Published: Jan. 19, 2018
November-December 1938 - Dr. Musselman was granted permission to install two safety signs at his expense at entrances to Newark. New Century Club said they couldn’t afford to lay sidewalks, but Council insisted. Hollingsworth Company told to lay sidewalks along West Cleveland Avenue. Water and sewer lines were approved for Benny Street. Officer Tibbitt's salary would go up $30.00 by January 1. Assessment for new sewer on Lovett Avenue would be $1.08/foot. Property owners had right to appeal cost. Chief Cunningham wanted a police car for the department. Bids would be sought from dealers.
January-March 1939: Treasury balance January 1 was $2779.83. Two local fraternal lodges requested easing of evening parking regulations, but were refused. Council wanted state gas tax retained and money be distributed to towns for improvement of through streets. The new Chevrolet police car cost $741.95. Aetna wanted donation of $1500/year instead of $500.00. Council said they couldn’t afford it. Complaints of overnight parking and lack of sidewalks on North Chapel Street were received and tabled. Robert Morrison wanted permission to operate a taxi service. It would be granted provided he complied with all state requirements. Dr. Manns wanted sewer extended to his property west of Orchard Road. Miss Jane Smith wanting something done to keep surface water from draining into her basement was assured appropriate measures would be taken. Even in midst of Great Depression Newark was expanding to the west beyond town limits and numerous requests were coming in for water and sewer service.

Published: Jan. 5, 2018
May-July 1938 - George Cook would paint the water tower on W. Main for $120. Even amid the Great Depression Newark continued to grow with new homes. Developers on Townsend Road were requesting sewer service. Local man George Cole audited the town books for $20.00 as opposed to over $200 by an auditing firm. A new garbage collector, Mr. Gorman, wanted town business and current Mr. Brannan was asked for a bid, but said he couldn't do it for less than current payment. Council was undecided as to whom to hire. A new adding machine was purchased for town office. To save time, street improvement bids were solicited from former contractors instead of advertising for others. Mr. Kumler requested that something be done about reckless motorists on W. Main. Aetna HH & L received $250.00 toward expenses of the State Firemen's convention to be held in Newark in September. Mrs. Louise Johnson, owner of the Press of Kells which published the Newark Post, asked for and received a $4000 reduction of taxes for 1938. A 6" water main would be installed from Manuel Street along Kells Avenue. The Board of Health disapproved of building where there was no sanitary sewer available. Phillips Packing Company would have to clean up decaying pea vines and other conditions objectionable to neighbors. Mr. Dameron of Ogletown Road was asked to submit proposed building plans prior to decision about town extending water and sewer lines.