Title: Pictures of East Amwell fill new history book
Author: Renee Kiriluk-Hill
Publisher: Hunterdon Democrat
“When John Ringo arrived in the wooded lands that one day would bear his name, he was hauling a treasure chest and looking over his shoulder. Born in 1655 at Fort Beverseede, New York, Ringo set sail to Spain where pirates kidnapped him. He escaped and returned to America laden with…”
So starts the introduction to the new Images of America pictorial book on East Amwell. A book launch and wine tasting party will be held Sunday, Sept 19 for the book compiled by five members of the of the East Amwell Historical Society. They wrote chapter introductions and captions for the hundreds of photos chronicling the township’s past.
For instance, readers will learn that the Landis House was built in 1750 by Henry Landis (or Heinrich Landes), who fathered 24 children and hosted the Marquis de Lafayette, who recuperated from an illness here during the Revolutionary War.
Share The book launch and wine-tasting party takes place at Unionville Vineyard, 8 Rocktown Road, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Kat Cannelongo, who is one of the authors, invited the “whole town to come and meet the authors and the people who contributed the pictures.” She said that working on the book was “fun, tremendous fun,” adding, “We’re very proud of it.”
Her co-authors are Jim Davidson, Jennifer Floyd, Dave Harding and Paul Sterchele.
Photos came from a large number of sources, including area residents and businesses, churches, the local rescue squad, the county Historical Society, the township Historic Preservation Committee, the Edward Quick Collection and the State Police Museum, which maintains a collection documenting the Lindbergh kidnapping and Hauptmann trial.
The photos show everything from the destruction wrought by hurricane and tornado, to smiling faces at Grange jamborees. There are shots of children lined up at one-room schoolhouses, as well as those of schoolchildren pumping water at the well and a teacher taking a break from shoveling the front steps.
The authors gave special thanks to Grace Cronce, who “not only shared photographs, but took the time to answer so many questions about our community.” She’s shown in a 1952 picture next to the sign of her parent’s business, the Wishing Well Motel, which advertised “Heat/ Showers/ Simmons Mattresses” at “Your Home Away From Home.” Today it’s a home next to the Ringoes Post Office.