RETROSPECTIVE: Jamesburg-Monroe

   10 Years Ago


As a student at the American Boychoir School in Princeton, Monroe resident Brendan Houle did his share of Christmas caroling this holiday season. Last week alone, the 11-year-old sang in Hoboken, Trenton, New York, New Brunswick and Rahway, and three times in Princeton. While on tour he sang many seasonal songs, but his favorite is "This Christmastide."
   "I like it because it always makes my mother cry," he said.
   Brendon is a sixth-grader in his second year at the school.
The Jamesburg Borough Council will hold its reorganization meeting Tuesday at 7 at Borough Hall. Newly elected Republican council members John Bushman and Adam Gross, and new Democratic Mayor Joseph Dipierro will be sworn in.
Christina Renee de la Bandera, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jorge L. de la Bandera of the Greens, Monroe Township, and Cape Coral, Fla., was married on Oct. 28 to Simon James Little. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Litte of Whitley Bay, England, and Mr. and Mrs. Neil Little of Tenerife, Canary Islands. They were married at St. Mary’s Church, Windsor, England. A honeymoon in Kenya followed a reception at Monkey Island Hotel, Bray-on-Thames, England.
25 Years Ago


St. James R.C. Church, Jamesburg, has received a Christmas gift. A silver Mexican coin, dated 1878, which was implanted in the original church’s cornerstone, has found its way back into the church archives. Jamesburg Historical Association president Bob Mendoker recovered the coin and presented it to the Rev. Louis Stingel. The association president bought the coin about a year ago and has returned it to its original owner.
Scott Mendoker, 24, and his love for music and his tuba, the instrument he plays professionally, has traveled half way around the world in the past four years to do what he does best — perform.
   A 1974 graduate of Hightstown High School, he studied at Indiana University with Harvey Phillips, considered to be the greatest tuba player alive. Scott taught at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and he played substitute tuba with the Boston Pops. He and his wife are home for the holidays visiting their relatives. He will return to South Africa in January to complete his contract with the South African Broadcasting Corp.
50 Years Ago


A miscellaneous shower was given by Mrs. Lenard Moore Sr., at her home in Outcalt for Miss Mary Ann Garvey, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Garvey of Outcalt. She will be married Jan. 8 to Eugene McCarty, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tracy McCarty, of Jamesburg.
The Monroe Township Democratic Club held their Christmas party at the Town Hall, Prospect Plains. Santa paid a visit, giving about 20 children a gift and a candy cane, as well as a one-half pound box of candy. About 100 attended. Refreshments were served and a social hour was spent. Officers not serving the club were reelected. They are: John Meindel, president; Kathyrn Szczepanik, vice-president; Betty Smith, secretary; Sara M. Lingel, corresponding secretary; Pearl Etsch, financial secretary; and Sadie Dougherty, treasurer.
75 Years Ago


Milton Greenberg of Boston University is spending the holiday season with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. Greenberg of Railroad Avenue, Jamesburg.
   •  William Thorn of Princeton University is enjoying the holidays with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. Thorn of Gatzmer Avenue, Jamesburg.
   •  The Choral Society rendered a pleasing program at the Presbyterian Church on Sunday under the direction of Ralph E. Marryott.
100 Years Ago


•  Mr. Raymond Stockton connected with the freight trains of P.R.R., met with a serious accident at the Jamesburg yard. He had just come in with his train and was standing by a car when the train backed. He jumped and succeeded in clearing everything but one foot which was completely crushed. He was removed to the hospital at Trenton where the foot was amputated just above the ankle. It was a very serious matter for the lad who is a son of track master Stockton, and only 19 years old.
Compiled from back issues of The Cranbury Press by Peggy S. and Frank J. Brennan Jr.