Hillsdale New Jersey History

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Hillsdale New Jersey History – The October 13, 2008 edition of the local Pascack Valley’s Hometown Newspaper The Pascack Press,  talked about the October 7th meeting of the mayor and council where the landmark Hillsdale Police booth received a plaque noting it’s historical significance.

The article, written by correspondent Sonia Kinzler,   went on to talk about the country’s hard times and how the town of Hillsdale is doing it’s part to keep the local food pantry stocked with donations from residents.

According to the president of Hillsdale‘s Historic Preservation Committee, Beverly Rosenstein, the longtime residents might remember when the Traffic Booth was located in the middle of the intersection of Hillsdale Avenue and Broadway, as pictured below in the picture on the righthand side.

Old Postcard of Old Downtown Hillsdale

Old Postcard of Old Downtown Hillsdale

Having grown up in the town of Hillsdale, my husband Bob remembers a time when his father John recalled his father Sebastian Hammerstein was a local builder.  Hammerstein Family lore rumored that there was some possibility that grandfather Sebastian Hammerstein may have been involved in the design of the Traffic Booth.  The historic plaque being dedicated to the Hillsdale Traffic Booth honors the name John Oley, with whom the Hammersteins were friendly.

Ms. Rosenstein’s mention was recalled by both my husband and I as we remember when the Hillsdale Traffic Booth was moved.  Time fades many a memory but it’s still a great feeling to drive through the town of Hillsdale and see the icon poised proudly in the town center.

Hillsdale Police Booth 1987

Hillsdale Police Booth 1987

These are  my memories of Hillsdale NJ.


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