Kathleen M. Middleton is the author of Bayonne and has written books on Lawrence Township and East Windsor Township, New Jersey. A teacher, author, and historian, she is currently working on her Ph.D. at the University of Virginia.
Bayonne Passages, New Jersey (Images Of America Series)by Kathleen M. Middleton
A tragic railroad crash, a salad oil caper, a courageous heavyweight boxer, and a clever kite inventor all have one thing in common: Bayonne. This marvelous second volume traces the extraordinary history of the peninsula from 1850 to 1969. Many readers will remember first hand some of the events shown in some of these photographs. Other photographs have not
A tragic railroad crash, a salad oil caper, a courageous heavyweight boxer, and a clever kite inventor all have one thing in common: Bayonne. This marvelous second volume traces the extraordinary history of the peninsula from 1850 to 1969. Many readers will remember first hand some of the events shown in some of these photographs. Other photographs have not been published in over a hundred years. This city is steeped in history, and its story continues in Bayonne Passages. These exceptional images recount such memorable events as the Jersey Central Railroad crash of 1958 and the “Great Salad Oil Swindle,” biographical stories such as life of Chuck Wepner, which served as the basis for the movie Rocky, and little-known episodes such William A. Eddy’s experiments with aerial kite photography. This visual history also helps us recreate decisive moments when Bayonne’s history became that of the world’s: the impressive performance of America’s Cup yachts in the 19th century, the historic opening of the Naval Supply Depot in 1942, and the proud launching of Elco PT boats during World War II. Also included in this extensively researched volume are John Moody, founder of Moody’s Investors Service; Bob Fish, designer of the America’s Cup yachts; Ray Ewry, winner of ten Olympic gold medals; and Sister Miriam Teresa, recognized as a “Servant of God” by the Vatican, as well as movie stars, heroes, and family and friends of many past and present Bayonne residents.
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My maternal grandmother was born in Bayonne's Bergen Point neighborhood in 1884, and I purchased this book with the hope of finding more about how this branch of my family had lived. I wasn't disappointed! Bayonne Passages documents a century of the people, places, industry and lifestyle of one of America’s original suburbs. My great-great grandparents were among Bayonne’s early “migrants” from Manhattan in the 1850s. I discovered exactly where they had lived, and they were even mentioned by name! A wealth of photos and maps bring the book’s well-written narrative to life. If you have roots in Bayonne, or are a history buff, buy Bayonne Passages!