An Interactive Timeline History of East Orange

by Jim Gerrish and Frederick Goode

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Year

Event

Photo
or Map

Sidebars
These may link to other sites.

 

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APR2014

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JUN2014

JUL2014

  2014

Independence Day
July 4th, 2014

 

  2014

Memorial Day
May 26, 2014

 

  2014

Earth Day
April 22, 2014

Arbor Day
April 25, 2014

  2014

Vincent Potuto
(1951 - 2014)

Tribute to Vincent Potuto posted on YouTube
by Todd Shelton

  2014

Swearing In Ceremony of

Mayor Lester Taylor

01/01/14


East Orange Mayor Taylor Swearing In Ceremony 2014
from James Gerrish on Vimeo.

  2013

Veterans Day

11/11/13

 

  2013

East Orange
History Walking Tour

07/18/13

 

  2013

Dedication of Harry James Ball Court

07/02/13

 

  2013

Main Street Art

May - 2013

 

  2013

17 Year Cicadas Emerge

May - 2013

 

  2013

Earth Day 2013
April 22, 2013

 

  2013

365 MLK Blvd Construction
Project Begins

4/2/2013

 

  2013

The East Orange Water Works
From 1881 until 2013

3/5/2013

Coming Soon - A Virtual Tour of the East Orange Water Works

  2013

Winter Storm "Nemo"
Passed Through East Orange, NJ

2/8/13-2/9/13

 

  2012

Hurricane Sandy
Passed Through East Orange, NJ

10/29/12-10/30/12

 

  2012

Lucius A. Bowser

(1927 - 2012)

 

  2012

Spring & Summer
Flag Raising Ceremonies

Voter Rally

6/1/12 - Guyana's 46th Independence Anniversary 5th Annual Flag Raising
Ceremony

8/6/12 Jamaican Flag Raising Ceremony

  2012

Memorial Day
5/28/12

 

  2012

Earth Day 2012
Tisquantum Day

Biography of Tisquantum

Three Sisters Gardens

Squanto's Secret Garden Book

  2012

Whitney Houston
(August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012)

`
Suddenly It's Spring ... in February!
New Photo Poems for Winter, 2012

  2011

Hurricane Irene passes through
East Orange

August 27-28, 2011

 

  2011

Fourth of July Celebration
July 1, 2011

 

  2011

Parks Reconstruction
June - November 2011

Rowley Park Grand Re-Opening - 11/05/11

Rowley Park

Elmwood Park

  2011

Veteran's Memorial Day Ceremony
05/30/11

 
Veteran's Day, 11/11/11

  2011

Earth Day / Johnny Appleseed Day
04/22/11

 
Photo Poems of Spring - March 2011

  2011

Mayor Bowser meets with President Obama
02/08/11

  National Conference of Black Mayors

  2010

The Legacy of Junior Walker
11/16/10

 

  2010

Opening of Benjamin Banneker Academy
10/04/10

 

  Benneker Academy Opens - LocalTalk

  2010

Passing of Rev. Arthur S. Jones
(August 8, 1923 - August 17, 2010)

More Information

  2010

100th Birthday Celebration of
John O. Gerrish

(August 31, 1910- November 29, 2010)

Historic Photos

Birthday Party Photos

  2010

100th Anniversary Celebrations of
Holy Name School and Church

1910-2010

Celebrations from 6/6/10 to 6/6/11

  Stained Glass Windows

  2010

Memorial Day 5/31/10

  Historic Video

  2010

Friendly Rivalry between Orange and East Orange Bands (04/24/10)

 

  2010

How East Orange Celebrated Earth Day 2010 (04/22/10)

 

Clock Garden 2010

East Orange Gardens 2010

Centennial Tree Gone

  2010

Inauguration of Robert L. Bowser for a fourth term as Mayor of East Orange. (01/01/10)

 

CTS Music Honor Society Band plays at the Reception (01/01/10)

  2009

First Major Theatrical Production at Cicely Tyson School of Performing and Fine Arts (12/18/09)

 

Pit Band Photos at the Band Parent Association Web site

  2009

East Orange Unified Marching Band Finally receives new uniforms. (November/December 2009)

 

East Orange Record Article 12/17/09

Band Parent Archives

  2009

Opening of Senior Center (11/03/09)

   

  2009

Dedication of the New Cicely Tyson Community School, 10/24/09

 

Cicely Tyson

Click HERE to order
a Souvenir Program

from Lulu.com

  2009

Centennial of the Incorporation of the City of East Orange
1909 - 2009

 

East Orange
Past, Present and Future

1- Municipal Buildings and Mayors

2 - Religious Congregations & Buildings

3 - Schools, Old and New

  2008

Stained Glass Window Restoration Project
of
Christ Episcopal Church, Main Street, East Orange

 

History of
Christ Episcopal Church
in East Orange

  2005

Demolition of East Orange High School and Groundbreaking for new Cicely Tyson School Complex

 

Cicely Tyson

Mayor Robert Bowser

1997

Franklin School renamed to Whitney Houston Academy

Lincoln School renamed to the Dionne Warwick Institute of Economics and Entrepreneurship

 

Whitney Houston Biography

1985

April 12, 1985 - Ground Breaking begins on
Brick Church Plaza construction

   

1975

Eagle Flight Squadron Begins

 

Reverend Russell White
Eagle Flight Squadron, Inc.

1970

First African American Mayor Elected

 

Mayor William S. Hart

All Mayors of East Orange

1967

How East Orange views the world in 1967

Newark, NJ Riots

Newark Evening News Reports

The Kerner Report on the Riots

Other Reports

Plainfield, NJ Riots

1965

This Is East Orange - booklet published by the League of Women Voters of East Orange.

 

This publication was scanned in March, 2010

1964

Photographs of Main Street between Greenwood Avenue and the Garden State Parkway, October, 1964

(Before the stores were demolished for the construction of the East-West Freeway, I-280)

   

  1963

Centennial Celebration of East Orange

The Communist Goals of 1963

 

Click here to order Centennial History Reprint.

1961

East Orange High School Syllabus (Yearbook) Photos

   

1957

Challenge of racially segregated School Districts in Orange, NJ

 

Ernest Thompson
Mindy Thompson Fullilove
Citizens for Representative Government

1950

Dedication of World War II Memorial
May 30, 1950

 

Newark Star Ledger Article 5/26/14

  1945-46

 City Planning Board Report
on Schools & Recreation in East Orange

 

This publication was scanned in March of 2011.

  1936

 Superintendent of Schools Dr. Clifford J. Scott passes away

 

Dr. Clifford J. Scott Biography

  1918

 Charles H. Martens is elected mayor (Republican).

 

Charles Martens
Mayor from 1918- 1952

  1915

 East Orange supports women's suffrage.

 

 

  1913

 East Orange celebrates its Semi-Centennial

 

  The Marlborough Hotel

  1912

 President Taft visits East Orange

Titanic Hits Iceberg and Sinks

 

President William Howard Taft
Lincoln Statue

William Anderson Walker, of East Orange, is a passenger on the Titanic when it sinks.

  1911

 "New" East Orange High School Building Completed

The First Apartment Building in East Orange

Dedication of Lincoln Statue

 

  1910 - House of Dr. Cater at Brick Church

  1909

East Orange Incorporates as a City

Lincoln School Officially Opens

East Orange supports women's suffrage.

 
Lincoln School

 

  1907

 Centennial of the Oranges

 

Report on the Ransley Company from 1907

  1905

 Boycott of Segregated School

Stockton School Opens


Stockton School 

William Cardwell
Mayor from 1905 - 1911

  1903

 Dedication of Carnegie Library

 

2009 - Municipal Court

  1901

 Stable for Archer Brown- 1901

 

 

  1899

East Orange elects its first mayor.

Nassau School Opens

Boycott of Segregated School

 

Edward E. Bruen
Mayor from 1899 - 1905

  1896

Architect's Plan for the first East Orange Town Hall, on Main Street.

 House of Mrs. Charles R. Lee, 1898

  1895

The East Orange Riding and Driving Club

Dedication of the Prospect Street Baptist Church

  1894

 The famous Cable Car ride up and down South Mountain

   

  1892

 Columbian School Dedicated

 

First Grade Class of 1955

Architect's drawing of the Residence of D.S. Walton- 1892

Architect's drawing of Roof Trusses for Trinity Church - 1893

  1890

 East Orange High School Building Completed

 

Graduating Class of 1897

  1887

 Drawing for Club House at Brick Church

 

  1881

 The Boiling Springs beginning of our "Water Wealth"

 

  1864

 East Orange participates in its first presidental election for Abe Lincoln.

Munn Avenue Presbyterian Church is dedicated.

  Virtual Church Tour

Residence for J.H. Hart, 1885

  1863

East Orange separates from Orange.

First East Orange Township Meeting.

 

  1862

 West Orange separates from Orange.

 

  West Orange History Site

  1861

 South Orange separates from Orange.

 

 

  1860

 The NJ State Legislature divides Orange into three wards.

 

 

  1857

Alice Stone Blackwell is born.

 

Alice Stone Blackwell Biography

  1850

 Several large fires set the stage for a separation of Orange from the "Eastenders."

 

 

  1837

 Great Depression closes many businesses and starts up new ones.

First Baptist Church of Orange is dedicated.

 

  Virtual Church Tour

  1836

 Train Service Comes to East Orange

 

 

  1831

 Brick Church is completed.

 

  Virtual Church Tour

  1825

 Franklin School begins classes.

 

  Franklin School (Whitney Houston Academy) Today (2009)

  1814

Why we have so many shade trees in the Oranges today.

 

  Daniel Babbit(t)

  1806

 Township of Orange separates from Newark.

 

Photo Memories of Old Newark

Some history of the Roseville Section of Newark

  1798

First Store in the Oranges

Stephen D. Day

John Morris Lindsley

  1780

"Newark Mountain" renamed "Orange."

 

 

1777

Battle of Watsessing on the Second River.

 

Revolutionary War Sites

1776

Battle of Peck's Hill.

 

Whiskey Lane

1775

The Mountain Society votes to join the Revolutionary War.

 

Tory Corner

1772

Jemima Condict (or Condit) begins her diary

 

Jemima Condict's Diary
Condit Family Memorial
Jemima Condict Harrison's Memorial

1763

William Franklin (son of Benjamin Franklin) becomes the Royal Governor of New Jersey

 

William Franklin Biography

1756

4:00 PM, June 22, 1756, Hurricane hits the Newark Mountain

   

1756

New Jersey Quaker John Woolman begins his Anti-Slavery Journal

 

Excerpts from The Journal
Complete Journal

1745

English Proprietors jail Samuel Baldwin for not paying property tax.

   

1744

Fire destroys Jonathan Pierson's House and deed to land.

   

1735

John Dodd builds a grist mill on the banks of the Second River.

What's a Grist Mill?

Where is the Second River today?

1727

Samuel Harrison builds a saw mill on the banks of Wigwam Brook.

Samuel Harrison

Where is Wigwam Brook today?

The Williams Family History

1723

The first recorded burial at the "Old Burial Ground" in Orange.

Interactive Map of the Old Burying Grounds

1720

Samuel Dodd builds a saw mill on the banks of the Second River.

Where is the Second River today?

1719

Samuel Pierson builds the first Meeting House

   

1718

John Dodd finds copper on his farm.

   

1712

New York Slave Revolt

   

1679

Daniel Dodd settles on land near Watsessing Plain.

   

1678

Land that will become East Orange is "purchased" from Native Americans.

 

Mountain Society

1666

Native Americans "sell" land to Robert Treat.

Robert Treat
Chief Oraton

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Images of America, East Orange, by Bill Hart

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