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. 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.