Metuchen National Bank, 406 Main St – Metuchen, New Jersey

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Early drawing of Metuchen National Bank building at 406 Main Street, April 1911, likely by Aylin Pierson, architect.[1]

Metuchen National Bank

One must look to a neighboring building to find the roots of the Metuchen National Bank. After they received their charter in 1905 they opened in the Kellogg Building which also housed the Middlesex Water Company where they had an office too.[2] This was next door to the Metuchen National Bank in part of the present-day 410 Main Street. When the Metuchen National Bank opened for business the first time on May 23, 1905, the first deposit was made by Truman Pierson.[3]

The bank was capitalized at $25,000 and the directors were:

  • Charles L. Corbin, lawyer and president
  • Alexander C. Litterst, cashier
  • R.D. Kent of New York, one of the “heaviest stockholders” and vice president.
  • W.T. McAdams, the grocer of Metuchen
  • Robert M. Kellogg, Superintendent of the Middlesex Water Company[4]

A few short months later in July 1905 discussion began on building a new and more permanent building. “The Metuchen National Bank is doing a very good business and the stockholders and officials are well pleased with the outlook for the future.” Samples of marble and stone were delivered in July 1905 for exhibition prior to construction of new bank building.[5] That building was almost completed by February 1908. Electrical contractor V.P. Christofferson.[6]

Aylin Pierson, the architect of the new building, graduated from Perth Amboy High School in 1903. He went to Paris to attend an art school in April 1905.[7] Later in September 1906 he “accepted a lucrative position with a Newark architect.”[8] His artwork was exhibited at Cooper Union in New York where he was a student in 1907, where he received first honorable mention in a recent art contest.[9] The following month in July 1907 he became a junior member of the firm John N. Pierson & Son and the youngest licensed architect in New Jersey. His building credits at the age of 21 included “several large structures which have been erected and some of which are in course of constructions.” As of 1907 these included the “Metuchen National Bank building, the fifteen-family Morris Shumsky structure and several other large and fancy houses.” Another project the firm was working on was Wonderland Park in Perth Amboy.[10]

The firm John Noble Pierson & Son had their offices in the Metuchen National Bank Building through the end of 1912. After that they relocated to the Truman T. Pierson Building at 397 Main Street (which was later sold by Aylin Pierson in 1916).

Advertisement for the Truman T. Pierson Company, August 1911.[11]

The Truman T. Pierson Company

After being built there was room for offices on the ground floor. The northern office space was occupied by the bank while the southern office was occupied by Truman T. Pierson. He specialized in the sale of real estate and insurance.

Mark Prentiss Headquarters

In 1912 Mark Prentiss had his headquarters in the Metuchen National Bank while running for U.S. Congress. There he had a publicity agent, campaign manager, stenographer and private secretary. Prentiss and his campaign were quite unique. When he met people on the campaign trail he would ask to put a “Bull Moose” button on their coat. While he did the pinning he informed the voter he was a candidate on the Progressive ticket and would faithfully serve his constituents if elected.[12]

One progressive idea he had was to send his constituents every piece of legislation he voted on with a blank return postcard so they could tell him how to vote.

Another feature of his campaign is he conducted the campaign without money so he could be free of special interests. In return he went about the district “annexing ardent supporters at every stop because of his principles and of the planks in his platform.”[13]

The 1912 campaign did not go according to plan. A rival candidate, F.S. Brown of Matawan, was selected for the nomination by the state committee. This came to a head in Metuchen in October 1912… Prentiss backed out of the race prior to the election on the urging of Judge Lyon. One race that was competitive was for Borough Assessor. A claim was made that 40 ballots were thrown out that made the difference between the Progressive candidate who got 214 votes, and the Democratic candidate John W. Breen who received 226 votes.

Equal Suffrage League of Middlesex County Headquarters

In April 1917 the Metuchen National Bank offered a room for the Equal Suffrage League for use as their headquarters. The suffragists were organizing with the Red Cross around this time also to assist in war relief efforts.[14]

Federal Employees’ Union, No. 192

The union had rooms in the National Bank Building. The organization started on July 3, 1920 and by December had over 300 members.[15]

Arcanum Hall

Arcanum Hall was originally in the Burroughs Building on the same block. An early reference to Arcanum Hall occurred in November 1903, when the Choral Society was to meet and “it is promised many new voices will join the choruses.”[16] At some point the location of the hall shifted from there to the Metuchen National Bank Building.

Similar to Robins’ Hall across the street, Arcanum Hall was on the upper floors of the Metuchen National Bank Building. One of the attractions held there was boxing in January 1921. The American Legion arranged a fight between Young Russo of Metuchen and Kid Schroeder of Camp Raritan.[17]

The hall would continue to hold events into the 1930s. The December meeting of the Middlesex County Women’s Democratic Organization was held in Arcanum Hall. After their regular business meeting a Christmas party was held with an appearance by Santa Claus, gift exchange, and refreshments and entertainment.[18]

Metuchen National Bank

During the Great Depression in March 1933 a banking holiday was held for ten days in which all banks were closed. While closed they were required to satisfy the Federal Reserve or State banking authorities of having a healthy financial condition. Among the banks to not reopen were the Metuchen National Bank.[19]

The bank was allowed to reopen open a restricted basis with new deposits being received, 100% withdrawls permitted under state and federal regulations, and deposits put in a trust fund and invested in federal securities as a guarantee against loss. For the Metuchen National Bank new capital was needed. Feelers were sent out to depositers to subscribe for preferred stock from their deposits, and the reaction was favorable. Newspapers reported, “The recapitalization of the bank will place the institution in a more liquid condition and permission to reopen will then be granted by the Federal Reserve Bank.”

John P. Remensnyder was in charge of the stock sales campaign.[20] The alternative to raising the necessary stock to capitalize the bank was receivership.[21] An additional 1,000 shares of stock needed to be sold before a license would be issued to resume business on an unrestricted basis.[22]

The Metuchen National Bank was only half-way to their goal of stock sales by October 1933. The Reconstruction Finance Corporation had a plan to buy the remaining stock to speed their reopening. Interestingly, the Middlesex Title Guarantee and Trust Company was making no effort to reopen, though were “putting up a stiff fight to protect the interests of the depositors.” [23] Reports in December 1935 were that the Trustees of the Metuchen National Bank will offer payment of 10 per cent dividends on waving balances. Payments were made at the Metuchen National Bank building during banking hours to receive dividend checks.[24] A reorganization committee sought to sell 31 ½ shares of stock at $125 to comply with the requirements of the federal government to reopen. A new bank was formed with nine directors, four whom were members of the old board and five who had no previous connection with the directorate. The approved members were:

  • Edward Kramer (old board)
  • William T. Campbell (old board)
  • Roy Burr (old board)
  • James Lawless (old board)
  • T. E. Kelly
  • P.G. Craig
  • Harry Wemett
  • Philip Ruegger
  • One vacant seat not yet selected

For the year 1937 all Directors of the Metuchen National Bank continued to serve. J.W. Griffiths was again named cashier and Ralph Noe assistant cashier. Directors were as follows:

  • Roy Burr, President
  • Philip T. Ruegger, vice-president
  • W.T. Campbell, second vice president
  • George Kelly, secretary
  • Harrison Wemett, solicitor
  • Edward Kramer
  • P.G. Craig
  • James Lawless elected in 1936 died that year and was not replaced.[25]

As the bank entered its 24th year in 1939 it had total assets of $814,982 and deposits of $681,173. Officers were:

  • Roy Burr, President
  • Philip T. Ruegger, vice-president
  • W.T. Campbell, second vice president
  • George Kelly, secretary
  • Harrison Wemett, solicitor
  • Thomas D. Ainslie
  • P.G. Craig
  • Edward C. Dana
  • E. Kramer[26]

Wemett, in addition to being a director of Metuchen National Bank, had his offices in the building at 406 Main Street. It was there that the Defense Council met to hear reports from its committees.[27]

A Wilkie Club was organized in 1940, with Harrison Wemett as head and Roy Burr as Vice President. They met at the home of Wemett at 224 Middlesex Ave. Subsequent meetings were held in the Arcanum Hall.[28] Their candidate did not prevail in the November election. By 1941, however, the assets of the Metuchen National Bank were above $1 million. Deposits increased by $90,824.16 in one year. Personal loans also almost doubled in the past year.[29] In 1942 during World War II the bank purchased $400,000 of Government bonds to assist in financing the war.[30] Wemett was an attorney and frequently legal notices referred to 406 Main Street as his place of business.

A change of leadership occurred with the Metuchen National Bank in 1944, when Philip T. Ruger was elected president of the Metuchen National Bank after Roy Burr retired.

The directorate in 1948 included the following:

  • Thomas D. Ainslie, vice president
  • W. T. Campbell, vice president
  • Edward C. Dana
  • J.W. Griffiths
  • George E. Kelly, secretary
  • Howard G. Mook
  • John P. Remensnyder
  • Philip T. Ruegger, president
  • Harrison E. Wemett, solicitor
  • Louis H. Meade, to replace Roy Burr who resigned in December 1947[31]

Philip T. Ruegger was President of the Lorraine Oil Company and civically active above and beyond his participation with the Metuchen National Bank. He was a Rotary Club member. As an interesting footnote to that, Aylin Pierson who designed the Metuchen Bank Building followed Ruegger as District Governor of Rotary in 1949.[33] Ruegger also served as chair of the gifts committee for the YMCA.[34] During World War II Rugegger was chairman of the war bond drive.[35] Oftentimes meetings were hosted at his home, located at 60 Graham Ave.[36] The fourth war bond drive exceeded the $12 million quota and received adulation from state leaders.[37]

Peter T. Ruegger Home, 60 Graham Ave.

National Bank of New Jersey

Deposits at the Metuchen National Bank rose to $2,739,354 by the end of 1945. They rose to $4,935,323.03 by 1952. This led directors of the bank to seek a merger with the National Bank of New Jersey based in New Brunswick. Following the merger the name of the Metuchen bank was changed to “National Bank of New Jersey – Metuchen Office.”[38] Speaking of the merger Philip T. Ruegger, president of the National Bank stated: “Our board of directors has been concerned for some time because the present resources of our bank did not permit adequate facilities to service this fastest growing industrial and residential section of Middlesex county.”[39] The merger took effect on August 29, 1952.

Metuchen National Bank, Notice to Depositors, September 1952.[40]

Following the merger Ruegger was made a Director of the National Bank board in 1953.[41] Ruegger continued to be civically active in Metuchen as well, serving on the newly formed Parking Authority in 1953.[42] Ruegger died in 1967 after a long and distinguished life of service to Metuchen.[43]

Metuchen Building and Loan Association

Advertisement from May 1942.

Edward Kramer was active in the organization of the Metuchen Building and Loan Association where he served as treasurer in 1939.[44] From the time of their formation in 1897 shares taken out have always been paid in cash at maturity, there were no unpaid withdrawals, and the 76th series was open.[45]

Harry R.B. Meyers had his office there in 1945.[46] He appeared to be involved in selling real estate.

National Bank of New Jersey – Metuchen Branch

The same day the merger was completed on August 29, 1952, the property was sold from the Metuchen National Bank to the National Bank of New Jersey.[47]

Later that year in December 1952, T Holding Company, a building construction business, was formed and had their office in the Metuchen National Bank building. Robert Moss was their corporate agent.[48]

Ethel Berman of 18 Eggert Ave in Metuchen sued the National Bank of New Jersey for $75,000 for injuries she suffered when she fell on the steps of the bank building March 5, 1954. Her husband Hugo asked an additional $25,000 for expenses.

Metuchen Professional Building, Inc.

Two years after the merger of the Metuchen National Bank with the National Bank of New Jersey based in New Brunswick, the building at 406 Main Street in Metuchen was sold by the National Bank of New Jersey to the Metuchen Professional Building, Inc. on August 26, 1954.[49] That same day a mortgage for $40,000 was recorded from the National Bank of New Jersey to the Metuchen Professional Building, Inc.[50] The Metuchen Professional Building, Inc. was comprised of local investors including Sterling E. Mayo, Jr., President, Richard M. Hale, first vicepresident; Philip T. Ruegger, Jr., second vicepresident; Robert F. Moss, secretary; George Pollack, assistant secretary; and George Montagna, treasurer. All were residents of Metuchen.

Following purchase of the building in 1954, plans were “the professional building will be completely modernized. It is anticipated the first floor will be remodeled for stores or offices. The renovated second and third floors would be for professional and building tenants. That spelled the end for Arcanum Hall that was once located. At the time of sale Robert Moss, attorney and secretary of the Metuchen Professional Building, and Dr. Leon Boxer, dentist, had offices on the second floor.[51] Following departure from the building, the National Bank of New Jersey planned to open at a new location on July 6, 1954, at 442 Main Street “in a new modern building.”[52]

The Metuchen Professional Building, Inc. wasted no time, advertising the same month they bought the building for the 2400 sqft 1st floor that they sought to “lease for business office or store” and second and third floor space available September 1, 1954.[53] A more focused ad in October 1954 advertised an “attractive office space” for “immediate occupancy” and gave dimensions of 21 feet by 23 feet. [54] They had some success filling space for in January 1955, there was only 100 square feet on the second floor, and the entire first floor, and third floor space available.[55] One of those 2nd floor tenants sought “Telephone Solicitors” and specifically “aggressive women, with sales ability, mature, to telephone in our office” where they might earn over $100 per week.[56] HMC had their offices at 406 Main Street from which they gave a “Free Kitchen Planning Book” that featured color schemes, cabinet sizes, and sink combinations.[57]

Politics and commerce continued to be entwined with the Metuchen Professional Building. Robert A. Moss, who had his offices at 406 Main Street ran on the Republican ticket for the NJ Assembly in 1955.[58] The Ladies Auxiliary of Metuchen Lodge 1914, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, had their lodge rooms at 406 Main Street.[59] They also shared the space with other groups that needed to meet. Among these were the Young Republican Club. On May 1, 1956, Malcolm S. Forbes, editor and publisher of the Forbes Magazine and State Senator from Somerset County, spoke to the Young Republican Club.[60] The Elks broke ground for a new $100,000 building on Middlesex Ave making the 406 Main Street lodge rooms no longer necessary.[61]

Further renovations and additions to the building were underway and to be completed by January 16, 1955. Mario Gianvito and Sons of that place, at a cost of $28,773. Designer was Orrin G. Cypher, Metuchen engineer.[62]

A 15 year lease was made on December 6, 1955 between Metuchen Professional Building, Inc. and Edward Appelbaum and William Bergen. Applebaum and Bergen were leaseholders for L&S Stores, Inc. The term of the lease commenced on February 1, 1956 and ended January 31, 1971. Representing the Metuchen Professional Building at the time were Sterling E. Mayo, Jr., President, and Robert F. Moss, Secretary.

The next company found to locate at 406 Main Street was the Middlesex Realty and Mortgage Company. They were incorporated in July 1956 with Robert F. Moss as agent and holder of one share of authorized stock. John A. Eoute of 216 Lake Ave had 96 shares, and Dorothy I. Eoute, had one share.[63]

Moss continued to be actively civically like others before. He was the chairman of the 1956-57 Rutgers Law School Alumni Association Scholarship.[64]

Other tenants that listed 406 Main Street as their address in the local newspaper follow:

  • Kerr Realty had their offices in 406 Main Street. They were responsible for the sale of 660 W. Amboy Ave in Westview Park subdivision of Metuchen.[65]
  • Clarke Employment Agency sought positions in “clerical, commercial, engineering, skilled, technical, sales, executive and nursing fields.”[66]
  • A&K Realty Co of Edison, and their agent Jerome Fox had offices at 406 Main St in March 1959.[67] They were given approval for development of a 7 acre subdivision off of Main Street in April 1959.[68]
  • Jack Denholtz and Jack Deutsch, also with offices at 406 Main, received preliminary approval for a subdivision of the 100 acre tract north of Grandview Avenue in Edison.[69]
  • Philadelphia Valente, member of the Thomas M. Miner Agency of Trenton, with the Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company had local headquarters at 406 Main Street in Metuchen.[70]
  • Globe Mortgage Company, first advertise in 1960.[71]
  • R.J. Phelan Assoc. Inc.[72] that was involved in the sale of real estate.
  • Frank Boccippio, attorney, relocated from Route 27 in Edison to 406 Main Street in October 1982.[73]
  • Family Therapy Center, Rhea Almeida and Rocio C. Day therapists, “to consult for child & adult related problems.”[74]
  • Century 21, realtors with offices at 406 Main Street in 1984.

Robert Moss, while less sactive than the early years continued to keep an office at 406 Main Street. He was referred to in relation to “Rutgers Voters for Case” committee to support the candidacy of Sen. Clifford P. Case, Republican, for re-election.[75]

An easement for the northerly 2 feet of the most easterly 95 feet was conveyed on July 10, 1972, by the Metuchen Professional Building, Inc. to Metuchen Center, Inc. for purposes of parking, “as long as the parking lot thereon is maintained.”[76]

A mortgage of $75,000 was made by the Commonwealth Bank of Metuchen to the Metuchen Professional Building, Inc.[77]

A release of easements and restrictions was made on August 7, 1972 between the Metuchen Professional Building, Inc. (owner 406 Main Street) and Metuchen Center, Inc. (owner of 402 Main Street).[78] Mayo and Moss were representing the Metuchen Professional Building as President and Secretary.

Metuchen Professional Building, Inc. sold their property for $378,000 on November 6, 1985, to Samuel Inglese, Margaret Inglese, Jack Belowich, Jean Belowich, Leon Shrank, and Madeline Shrank, trading as 406 Associates.[79]

Robert Moss of the Metuchen Professional Building, Inc. died at the age of 80 in 2002.[80]

406 Associates

On April 4, 2000, deed from Samuel Inglese, Margaret Inglese, Jack Belowich, Jean Belowich, Leon Shrank, and Madeline Shrank, partners trading as “406 Associates” was made to 406 Associates LLC.[81]

A lease agreement was entered August 13, 2015 between 406 Associates LLC, the owner, and New York SMSA Limited Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless.[82] The lease was for an easement to place cellular phone transmission equipment.

An easement was granted for access to the first floor from the rear of the store at 406 Main Street to Station Place for safety purposes. Jack Belowich at the time were owner of 410 Main Street.[83]

Tenants include:

  • American Remodeling, added levels and custom additions, 1989.[84]
  • Party Harty, Party favors for all occasions, 1989.[85]
  • Health Care Services Inc, Suite 28, looking for nuses aides, CAN’s and CHHA’s.[86]
  • Sager Insurance Agency, Henry Sager owner.[87]
  • The Party Line, custom balloon arches, balloon bouquets and favors for communion, confirmation, graduation, and Mother’s Day,[88] moved to 398 Main Street on or about April 1, 1993.[89]
  • Great Wall, food rating found satisfactory in 1994.[90]
  • First Fidelity Bank, robbed on July 10, 1995.[91]
  • Moss and Inglese, operating through at least 1995.[92]
  • Good Friend Restaurant II, owner Zhen Li, opened in 1996.[93]
  • Samuel C. Inglese, Attorney, through at least 1998.[94]
  • Metuchen Antiques, opened by David Frizell and his wife Aurelia opened in February 2000[95] held first anniversary in February 2001.[96]
  • Optique Unique
  • Savvytech Solutions Inc.
  • Appearance Plus Day Spa (on north half of first floor), opened 2002 by Nicole Becker Corbin of Edison.[97]
  • Frank W. Boccippio, Jr. Esq., an attorney.
  • RNR Software, Inc. a software development company.

Phoenix 406 Main LLC

Property sold from 406 Associates LLC to Phoenix 406 Main LLC on November 15, 2021.[98] Phoenix was owned by Eric Berger who also owns a number of other properties on the same block.

Chain of Title for 410 Main St, Metuchen

Block 121, Lot 9

YearActivitySource
2021 Nov 15Deed from 406 Associates LLC to Phoenix 406 Main LLCBook 18711, Page 918
2015 Sep 8Deed from 406 Associates LLC to 406 Associates LLCBook 6728, Page 473
2000 Dec 27Easement from 406 Associates LLC to Jack BelowichBook 4859, Page 488
2000 Apr 4Deed from Samuel Inglese, Margaret Inglese, Jack Belowich, Jean Belowich, Leon Shrank, and Madeline Shrank, Partners trading as “406 Associates” to 406 Associates LLC.Book 4814, Page 644
1985 Nov 6Deed from Metuchen Professional Building Inc. to 406 Associates LLCBook 3477, Page 372
1972 Jul 10Easement for the northerly 2 feet of the most easterly 95 feet of lands conveyed by the Metuchen Professional Building, Inc., to Metuchen Center, Inc. for parking purposes as long as the parking lot thereon is maintained.Book 2777, Page 208
1955 Dec 6Lease for 1st floor and basement between Metuchen Professional Building, Inc. and Edward Appelbaum & William Bergen (L&S Stores, Inc.) as tenant assignment on November 29, 1955, commencing February 1, 1956, and ending January 31, 1971. 
1954 Aug 26Mortgage from National Bank of New Jersey for $40,000 to the Metuchen Professional Building, Inc.Book 1268, Page 357
1952 Aug 29Deed from Metuchen National Bank to the National Bank of New JerseyBook 1637, Page 376
1952 Aug 29Merger of Metuchen National Bank with the National Bank of New Jersey 
1920  
1919 Aug 4Deed from Metuchen National Bank to Ralph SalomoneBook 651, Page 123
1912Companies move outNewspaper
1912Bull Moose Party 
1910Building present 
 Deed from XXX to the Metuchen National Bank. 
1903No building. 
1876E.F. Ayers 
1861  
1850  

[1] Advertisement, April 2, 1911.

[2] Metuchen Bank Opens for Business, The Plainfield Courier-News, May 24, 1905, p. 1.

[3] Metuchen Bank Opens for Business, The Plainfield Courier-News, May 24, 1905, p. 1.

[4] Metuchen Bank Opens for Business, The Plainfield Courier-News, May 24, 1905, p. 1.

[5] Metuchen Bank Talks of New Building, The Courier-News, July 18, 1905, p. 8.

[6] “Metuchen Bank is Almost Complete,” February 21, 1908.

[7] Metuchen, The Central New Jersey Home News, April 11, 1905, p. 7.

[8] Metuchen, The Central New Jersey Home News, September 17, 1906, p. 6.

[9] Perth Amboy Evening News, June 6, 1907.

[10] Perth Amboy Evenings News, July 16, 1907

[11] Advertisement for the Truman T. Pierson Company, Perth Amboy Evening News, August 5, 1911, p. 8.

[12] May Lock Horns in Congressional Fight, Asbury Park Evening Press, October 4, 1912, p. 1.

[13] Prentiss’ Friends Are Sore at Ex-Gov. Fort,

[14] Suffragists Hold Big Meeting and Elect Officers, The Daily Home News, April 24, 1917, p. 4.

[15] One Hundred Members to Be Initiated by Federal Employes’ (sic.) Union, The Daily Home News, December 7, 1920, p. 14.

[16] Metuchen, The Daily Home News, November 18, 1903, p. 3.

[17] Young Russo Will Box Schroeder at Metuchen Smoker Next Tuesday, The Daily Home News, January 16, 1921, p. 12.

[18] Democratic Women Will Hold Meeting in Metuchen Friday, The Daily Home News, December 1, 1936, p. 13.

[19] Banks Reopen for Business, The Daily Home News, March 15, 1933, p. 1.

[20] Bank Progresses in Reorganization, Plainfield Courier-News, September 29, 1933, p. 9.

[21] Federal Officials Issue Ultimatum to Metuchen Bank, The Daily Home News, October 28, 1933, p. 1.

[22] Reopening Board Must Sell Stock, The Daily Home News, November 2, 1933, p. 1.

[23] R.F.C. to Help In Reopening of 4 County Banks, The Sunday Times, October 1, 1933, p. 1.

[24] Dividend Payments To Be Made Dec. 18,

[25] President of Carteret Bank Quits as Foes Gain Control, The Daily Home News, January 13, 1937, p. 1.

[26] Metuchen Bank Now Entering its 24th Year, The Sunday Times, January 29, 1939, p. 29.

[27] Defense Council Meeting Called in Metuchen, Plainfield Courier-News, May 21, 1941, p. 1..

[28] Wilkie Club Is Organized In Metuchen, The Sunday Times, October 6, 1940, p. 14.

[29] Metuchen Bank Assets Above Million Marks, The Sunday Times, January 26, 1941, p. 27.

[30] R.C. Burr Hears (sic.) National Bank in Metuchen, The Courier-News, January 14, 1943, p. 15.

[31] Metuchen National Bank, The Daily Home News, January 14, 1948, p. 20.

[32] P.T. Ruegger, Civic Leader, Dead at 72, The Daily Home News, March 24, 1967, p. 18.

[33] Need for Faith Stressed by British Rotary President, Plainfield Courier-News, June 22, 1949, p. 17.

[34] Announce Leaders to Assist in Annual ‘Y’ Maintenance Drive, The Daily Home News, September 26, 1942, p. 6.

[35] New War Loan Drive Planned for Metuchen, The Sunday Times, September 19, 1943, p. 13.

[36] Metuchen Bond Drive Workers To Meet Tonight, Plainfield Courier-News, September 21, 1943, p. 1.

[37] County Far Over Bond Drive Quota, The Daily Home News, February 17, 1944, p. 1.

[38] National Bank Plans Merger in Metuchen, The Daily Home News, July 29, 1952, p. 1.

[39] National Bank Plans Merger in Metuchen, The Daily Home News, July 29, 1952, p. 1.

[40] Metuchen National Bank, Notice to Depositors, The Daily Home News, September 5, 1952, p. 13.

[41] Former Metuchen Bank President Made Director of National Bank, The Daily Home News, January 13, 1953, p. 1.

[42] 5 Named to Parking Authority By Metuchen Borough Council, The Daily Home News, February 17, 1953, p. 4.

[43] P.T. Ruegger, Civic Leader, Dead at 72, The Daily Home News, March 24, 1967, p. 18.

[44] Edward Kramer is Active And Busy on 83rd Birthday, The Sunday Times, January 8, 1939, p. 6.

[45] Advertisement for The Metuchen Building and Loan Association, The Daily Home News, February 10, 1937, p. 4.

[46] Houses for Sale, The Daily Home News, April 14, 1945, p. 9.

[47] Book 1768, Page 301.

[48] Building Firm Incorporated, Plainfield Courier-News, December 31, 1952, p. 2.

[49] Book 1768, Page 301.

[50] Book 1268, Page 357.

[51] Metuchen Bank Building Sold, Plainfield Courier-News, July 1, 1954, p. 14.

[52] Metuchen Bank Building Sold, Plainfield Courier-News, July 1, 1954, p. 14.

[53] Business Locations, The Daily Home News, July 31, 1954, p. 10.

[54] Business Locations, The Daily Home News, October 17, 1954, p. 26.

[55] Business Locations, The Daily Home News, January 21, 1955, p. 21.

[56] Telephone Solicitors, The Daily Home News, March 6, 1955, p. 35.

[57] Advertisement for H.M.C., The Daily Home News, March 6, 1955, p. 25.

[58] Moss Picked for Assembly On Middlesex GOP Ticket, Plainfield Courier-News, March 8, 1955, p. 10.

[59] Installation Set by Elks Auxiliary, The Daily Home News, June 7, 1955, p. 11.

[60] Forbes to Address Young GOP Club, Plainfield Courier-News, April 28, 1956, p. 2.

[61] Ground Breaking, The Daily Home News, September 15, 1958, p. 3.

[62] Contract for J. and J. Plant Provides Completion in 1957, The Sunday Times, November 6, 1955, p. 24.

[63] Realty, Mortgage Firm Incorporates, Plainfield Courier-News, July 14, 1956, p. 2.

[64] Metuchen Lawyer Heads Fund Drive, The Daily Home News, October 25, 1956, p. 11.

[65] Westview Park Spilt With 7 Rooms Sold, The Sunday Home News, January 18, 1959, p. 1.

[66] Advertisement for Clarke Employment Agency, The Sunday Home News, March 8, 1959, p. 37.

[67] Hens Score a ‘Coop’ on Building, The Daily Home News, April 2, 1959, p. 3.

[68] Approve Foxmar’s Preliminary Plans, The Daily Home News, April 16, 1959, p. 2.

[69] Planners, Spectator Duel, The Daily Home News, May 21, 1959, p. 3.

[70] Valenti Named to Honor Club, The Daily Home News, October 8, 1959, p. 10.

[71] Advertisement for Globe Mortgage Company, The Sunday Home News, February 28, 1960, p. 20.

[72] Advertisement for R.J. Phelan Assoc. Inc., The Daily Home News, May 27, 1960, p. 34.

[73] In brief, The Courier-News, October 13, 1982, p. 29.

[74] Advertisement for Family Therapy Center, The Home News, December 11, 1983, p. C4.

[75] 13 From Area Work For Case, The Daily Home News, October 19, 1960, p. 3.

[76] Book 2777, Page 208.

[77] Book 1996, Page 1057.

[78] Book 2779, Page 1166.

[79] Book 3477, Page 372.

[80] Robert Moss, Home News Tribune, February 7, 2002, p. 14.

[81] Book 4814, Page 644

[82] Book 6728, Page 473

[83] Book 4859, Page 488

[84] Classified advertisement for American Remodeling, The Home News, March 16, 1989, p. 48.

[85] Advertisement for Party Harty, The Home News, October 13, 1989, p. 58.

[86] Classified advertisement for Health Care Services, Inc., The Home News, September 11, 1990, p. 31.

[87] Holiday Greetings advertisement, The Home News, December 11, 1990, p. 37.

[88] Advertisement for Party Line, The Home News, May 1, 1992, p. 56.

[89] Metuchen Money, The Home News, March 14, 1993, p. 4.

[90] Food outlet Inspections, Asbury Park Press, December 25, 1994, p. 45.

[91] Bank robber nets $5G, The Courier-News, July 27, 1995, p. 1.

[92] Sheriff’s Sale, Home News Tribune, January 15, 1996, p. 36.

[93] New businesses, Home News Tribune, July 14, 1996, p. 57.

[94] Notice to Creditors, Home News Tribune, January 27, 1998, p. 26.

[95] Find your holiday gifts in Central New Jersey, Home News Tribune, December 7, 2000, p. 2.

[96] Antiques & Collectibles Shows, Home News Tribune, February 15, 2001, p. 72.

[97] Former special ed student is really special, Home News Tribune, November 21, 2002, p. 27.

[98] Book 18711, Page 918

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