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George & William Beaumont
(Interview taped 8/12/1970)
Parents cam to Teaneck from New York State when William was 1 year old, 70 years ago, bought house on Robinson Street, where George Ahrens now lives. Moved to first house on Bogert Street built by Mr. Curry. Harry Bennett, son of William Bennett, of Phelps Estate, named Beaumont Avenue for the family. Father a sheet metal worker in New York.
They attended School 2 which then faced Forest Avenue, them moved to Church Street and Teaneck Road. William graduated from School 2 in 1913 -- about 20 in the class, when to High Street in Dumont on the Train. George when to Englewood High by bus. People in lower Teaneck went to Leonia High in trolley.
Teaneck Club at Bogert & Teaneck Road was center of social life in early 1900s. Washington Hazelton was one of the leading spirits. Beaumonts and other young parents pushed babies in carriages to the club, they enjoyed the evening while babies slept on balcony -- at some affairs dancing till daylight. The club had an auditorium used for dancing, bowling, basketball, etc. and stage shows. Club was built in 1906. During World War I, activities and membership fell off. Mr. Fibbish held the mortgage and foreclosed, made it into a movie theater called "The Raven". The bowling alley was sold to the K of C in Bergenfield.
The size of the town can be gauged by the fact that only 60 from Teaneck went off to World War I, all but 7 came back.
There was only one house on Garrison Ave., home of Sam Garrison, later Legion Home, now parking lot.
You could play golf all day for 50 cents at Phelps Manor Country Club. The Blue Bird Inn was the center of social life. Bill Beaumont's wedding reception was there in 1923. The Gridiron Club met there.
First Bank was the West Englewood National, later Garden State, then Community National Bank. There wasn't much business in Teaneck. People went to Englewood and Hackensack. Groceries were delivered. Teaneck National Bank is now People's Trust.
I remember the fire at Longfellow school in 1922 -- it was in the winter, at night.
The Ba'ha'i cabin on Evergreen place was built 56 years ago. Big logs used to come on railroad cars. A man named Bourgeois had a stationery store at Palisade and West Englewood Ave. (later Cutler's?), lived at Bogert and Alicia. He built a model of the Ba'ha'i temple in competition for the design of the Wilmette temple. A man name Wilhelm built the log cabin. He traveled all over Europe and sent back stones which are in the fire place of the log cabin.
Harry Beaumont was with Teaneck fire department from 1937 - 62. Now with Community National Bank.
Bill Beaumont remembers caws on Borden Farm. Had quite a good business -- he'd load his coaster wagon with manure and sell it to his dad for 10 cents a load. Some days made 60 cents.
Selvage laid sidewalks in his addition before houses were built. Ayres developed West Englewood section. Built approaches to State Street Bridge. Pictured subway from N. Y. coming here. The Ackerman farm on Teaneck road where telephone building is now had cows, sheep, guinea hens. Rekow's farm on the top of hill in West Englewood was going to be a park.
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