Millburn Fire Department Trucks in Town Hall
Until the present fire house on Essex Street was built in the mid-1950s, the fire and police departments were housed in the town hall building. As can be seen in this postcard view of town hall, the three windows on the front of town hall today were once the bays through which the fire wagons drove--and, before that, the bays through which the horses and wagons drove. Elizabeth Gramer, author of Millburn Fire Department, Then and Now, a 125 Year Perspective, noted that "Horses continued to be used to pull the heavy fire equipment throughout the 1800s, until the advent of gasoline engines and motorized apparatus in the early 1900s. Horses were truly an important facet of the fire service, often trained to respond to the fire bell by coming out of their stalls and standing in front of the apparatus. Many firehouses would have the harnesses attached to the ceiling, so they could be dropped onto the horses once they were standing by their equipment."
The Former Millburn Train Station
The Millburn railroad station was moved from Main Street to Essex Street and Lackawanna Place during the last major reconstruction of the line between 1907 and 1912. The imposing brick building was replaced by an office building in 1988. A duplicate of the old station can still be seen in Boonton.
After a Snow Fall--1910 (in South Mountain Reservation?)
This snowy image was scanned from a 1910 postcard in the collection of the Millburn-Short Hills Historical Society. The photo is labeled "After a Snow Fall, Millburn, N.J." and was probably taken in South Mountain Reservation. It was postmarked August 1910 and was sent by Isabel to Mrs. Acontius, 1939 Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL. Isabel wrote: "It is just fine here. I like it very much. Send my love to all write to me, Milburn N.J. Isabel"
Early Short Hills Train Station
To get trains to stop at his village, Mr. Hartshorn built the first Short Hills railroad station in 1880. He hired and paid the station master, Louis C. Goodrich, who also became postmaster when a post office was installed in the station. On July 2, 1892, the station was deeded to the Lackawanna Railroad. The town owns the current station.
Lobby in the Paper Mill Playhouse Before the 1980 Fire
Fire erupted in the Paper MIll Playhouse shortly after noon on January 14, 1980. The theater portion of the former mill building was destroyed, but the ticket office section survived the fire, although it sustained some damage. This vintage-postcard photo of that surviving lobby area shows the fireplace that still stands guard in the ticket-office lobby.