Remembering Cheltenham Township

Remembering Cheltenham Township

by Donald Scott Sr.


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From its founding in 1687 by Quaker settlers searching for religious freedom, Cheltenham Township has been a hub for social history and change. On the edge of Philadelphia, the township was a rallying point for fiery abolitionists such as Lucretia Mott, the sight of the first African American Civil War camp and a retreat for Gilded Age tycoons. Local historian Donald Scott Sr. has compiled a series of vignettes to chronicle the history of a small but influential township from its earliest days and into the twentieth century. With tales of a locally born ice cream empire, the early life of Baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson and an exploration of striking neighborhood architecture, Scott pays homage to this remarkable community.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596297494
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 11/28/2009
Series: American Chronicles (History Press)
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 1,168,719
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Donald Scott is an English Professor at the Community College of Philadelphia. He has written about his community for twelve years, as a history columnist for the Journal Register, and he is a contributor to the online database of African American history, America's Civil War, The Jim Crow Encyclopedia, Ancestor's Magazine, and Oxford University Press and Harvard University's African American National Biography are some of the other publications in which Don's work appears. In 2008, he published Camp William Penn with Arcadia. Beyond his writing credits, Don is a member of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the Old York Road Historical Society. He has also lectured at numerous historical societies, churches, and area schools.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction 11

Part I Early Inhabitants, Their Industry and Revolutionary War 15

Leni-Lenape and Chief Tamany 15

Natives' Appearance, Customs 18

Natives Forced from Land 19

Jay Cooke and Ogontz 21

Early Founders, Homesteads, Churches, Farms and Mills 24

Tobias Leech: The Country Gendeman 25

Richard Wall: A Builder of Religious Spirit and Hope 28

The Shoemakers Spark Early Mill Industry 29

Remarkable Genesis of Blacks 32

From Slavery to Guineatown 33

Moses Highgate: A Trailblazing Black Miller 37

Batding for Liberty: The Age of George Washington and Battle of Edge Hill 40

From Ancient Pathways to Stagecoach Roads 41

Early Wealth Development 44

Part II An Epic Civil War and Demanding Liberty 51

Lucretia Mott: The Ultimate Freedom Fighter 52

The Great Mott Abolitionists Made Cheltenham Home 54

Raging Civil War and the Founding of Camp William Penn 56

Lucretia Mott's Pinnacle and Exceptional Legacy 62

Jay Cooke Sets the Stage for Great Growth 65

Part III The Glorious Gilded Age and Unspeakable Wealth 71

Books, Fortune and Tragedy of the Titanic 77

Edward M. Davis: An Original, Dynamic Land Developer 87

Cyrus H.K. Curtis and the Making of a Publishing Dynasty 89

Henry W. Breyer's Sweet Ice Cream Kingdom 92

John Wanamaker, the Ultimate Retailer and Deal Maker 93

William Welsh Harrison's Magnificent Sugar Empire 97

John B. Stetson: Supreme Hat Maker 99

Joseph M. Steele: A Builder's Dynasty 103

Part IV Historic Neighborhoods with Matchless Architecture 105

Wyncote's Proud History and Architect Horace Trumbauer 105

Area Contributions of the Black Architect Julian Abele110

Cheltenham Village, Shoemakertown and Rowland Park 111

Laverock 112

Elkins Park (Ogontz Park), Ashbourne and Melrose Park 112

Guineatown, Edge Hill and Glenside 115

Chelten Hills, Camptown and LaMott: Integration Triumphs and Civil Rights 118

Part V Legacy of Civil Rights 123

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Speeches at Salem Baptist Church and Cheltenham High School 123

Part VI Fighting Fire and Crime 125

Firing Up History 125

Police: From Horse Patrols to Squad Cars 128

Part VII Legacy of Education 131

Historical Overview 131

Baseball Great Reginald "Reggie" Jackson 137

Grammy Award-Winning Jazz Artist Michael Brecker 138

Michael S. Brown, MD, Winner of the 1985 Nobel Prize in Medicine 138

JoAnne A. Epps: A Former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Law School Professor and Associate Dean 139

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu 139

Lise Marlowe: National History Teacher of the Year 140

Bibliography 141

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