Historical Beachwood, NJ

This is a review of the Beachwood Historical Alliance.

In 1921, BEACHWOOD CELEBRATED SIX YEARS OF GROWTH

This article from the April 2nd, 1921 edition of the New York Tribune, paints a picture of the founding homeowners celebrating six years of prosperity in Beachwood during a dinner at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark.

Note that the “adjoining tract” they refer to here within the borough, which they christened “Beachwood Highlands,” is generally the southern end of town past the Route 9/Parkway Access Road, which used to be the Pennsylvania Railroad right of way.

It has also been referred to, by William Mill Butler in his 1924 Beachwood Who’s Who, as “Beachwood Heights,” including in his account of the same 1921 dinner, as a way of attempting to stop people referring to that side of town as “over the tracks.”

BEACHWOOD TRAIN DEPOT AS POST OFFICE RECALLED

Shortly after posting the image of the train depot from around 1960, before it was demolished in 1962, longtime former borough police chief, John Moody, wrote in with this memory:

“Not only did the train depot serve as a train station it also housed the post office, even after the trains stopped running. I liked going there to mail postcards. When you walked inside it was like stepping back in time. It also had a distinct closed-up bungalow odor. My first memories would date back to the mid to late 1940s.” Also interesting is our post about Historic Great Falls, Montana.

As a result, we dove back into the file archive and pulled this picture taken in the 1940s-50s showing the opposite side of the depot, from Beachwood Boulevard, when it was also used as the post office. Check out also: Washington DC, History and Fun. Photo courtesy the Joan Disbrow-Morris collection. From the Guy and Agnes McCormick collection, digitized by Steve Baeli of the Ocean County Compendium of History:

 

BEACHWOOD TRAIN DEPOT, C.1960
Ever wonder where our train depot stood? This rare photograph from around 1960 shows it shortly before demolition while the apartment housing in the background, still standing today, provides a familiar location.

The depot served passengers of both the Central Railroad of New Jersey and Pennsylvania Railroad, as it was located north of where both lines crossed. Today the CNJ line is a walking and non-motorized bike path owned by Beachwood Borough and soon to become part of the Ocean County rail trail project; the Pennsylvania Railroad is today Route 9/Parkway Access Road to the Garden State Parkway entrance to the west, in South Toms River Borough.

AUGUST 1920: BEACHWOOD FOUNDER REMEMBERED
In early August 1920, founding Beachwood residents remembered the man whose idea formed Beachwood then and today, Bertram C. Mayo, following his untimely death earlier that summer.

This clipping is from the August 10th, 1920 edition of the New York Tribune. Enlargement is not possible and please, ignore the overt spelling errors, including the man’s first name; news reporters then, as now, didn’t much care about orthographic accuracy. Check out also this post about Flowerdew, a Historic Virginia Landmark.