Monday, September 29, 2008

The Blue Bird Inn

The Blue Bird Inn, located at 861 Franklin Avenue, used to offer the finest in country dining, served in a gracious manner by "colonial ladies".

This recent addition to the local history collection has me stumped. Can you offer more information on this fine dining establishment?

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Camine and Louie are here!

I know that this is is not about FRLK history but it is about the library. We are so excited to welcome Carmine and Louie Dewey to the Children's Room at the Franklin Lakes Public Library. Rebecca Kaufman of the Suburban news wrote a great piece on these two dynamic brothers. Guinea Pigs by birth, readers by choice, Carmine and Louie chose our library because of the vast book and media collection.

Carmine is an avid soccer fan and passionate cook while Louie really enjoys reading sports biographies and mysteries! Come on down to the library and welcome our new residents. Please check out their blog at :

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

A New Addition

We are excited to add to our genealogy collection the following: (on CD-Rom)

  • The papers and proceedings of the Bergen County Historical Society , 1902-1922
  • Three Measures of Meal by Willis Bruce Dowd
  • Tenafly, New Jersey 1894-1944 “Through 50 Years”
  • The New Jersey Volunteers (loyalists) by William Stryker

Friday, September 12, 2008

The Old Vermeulen Memorial Funeral Home

We just added this great old post card of the Vermeulen Memorial Funeral Home to our collection. Although it is not dated, the home was completed in 1964 and received local and national attention (according to the back of the postcard) and the name was changed to Vander Plaat in 1970 so the card could be late 60's.

According to the Vander Plaat Vermeulen website, "the Vermeulen Memorial Home, established in 1964 by the Vermeulen Family was constructed as a funeral home and the
residence of William Vermeulen Jr. Purchased by the Vander
Plaat family in 1970 the name was changed to reflect the merger
of two of New Jerseys most respected family owned funeral
homes. "
[Picture of the Vander Plaat Funeral Home today.]

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The end of summer...2008

The end of Summer is here, although you'd never know it by the weather today! Our recent addition to the postcard collection reminds me that Summer is truly a state of mind.

In this undated postcard of the Indian Trail Club on "mile long Franklin Lake in Urban Farms", we can see the old barn in the background. Do you think it looks the same?