Borough of Edgewater, NJ
Bergen County
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[This appendix chapter contains historical documents of the Borough of Edgewater.]
To the Honorable James M. Van Valen
Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of the
County of Bergen:
1.
Your Petitioners, whose names are hereunto subscribed, respectfully set forth that it is proposed and this Petition is presented for the purpose of incorporating a Borough under the provisions of an Act entitled, “An Act for the formation of Borough Governments,” approved April 5, 1878, and the supplements thereto, in the Township of Ridgefield, in the County of Bergen and within the boundaries hereinafter set forth.
2.
That your Petitioners own in the aggregate at least one-tenth of the value of the taxable real estate within the limits of the proposed Borough, as the same appears upon the Assessor’s duplicate of the said Township of Ridgefield.
3.
That the territory within the boundaries hereinafter set forth does not exceed in area four square miles, and that the population contained therein does not exceed 5,000.
4.
That the name of the proposed Borough shall be “The Mayor and Council of the Borough of Undercliff.”
5.
That the boundaries of said proposed borough are as follows, that is to say:
BEGINNING at the Hudson River in the southerly line of the Dupont property and in the Northerly line of property of the Fort Lee Park and Steamboat Company, thence along said northerly line of said property, Northwesterly and Westerly to the center of a road, which on Commissioner’s Map of the property of the Estate of Robert Annett, deceased, on file in the Bergen County Clerk’s Office, is known as Annett Avenue, thence along the center of Annett Avenue, Northerly to the center line of the Old Fort Lee and Hackensack Public Road, being the road leading from Fort Lee to Bull’s Ferry, thence Southerly along said last named road to a point opposite the center of a road running Westerly, therefrom, near the house of Alexis Delafolie or Catherine Delafolie, his wife, thence to and along the center of said road Westerly to the property now or late of Elizabeth I. Massa, thence to and along the Northerly line of said Massa property Westerly to the top of Steep Rocks, or edge of the Bluff, thence Southerly along the edge of the Bluff to the Boundary line between Bergen and Hudson Counties, thence Easterly and Southeasterly along the said County line to the Hudson River, thence Northerly along Hudson River to the place of beginning.
Your Petitioners therefore pray that you will call a special election to be held at some convenient place within said proposed Borough according to the provisions of said act to vote for or against the incorporation of the said proposed borough to the end and that it may be decided by the votes of the electors of said proposed borough, whether the said borough shall be formed.
Dated: September 26, 1894.
E. H. Hinners, W. H. Carlock, Edward Fischer.
Hudson River Chemical and Dye Wood Company, Shadyside, New Jersey; J. M. Goetchius, V. P.
New York Coal Tar Chemical Company, E. H. Kidder, Jr.
James McNerney, William C. Godstrey, John V. Signell, F. W. Winterburn, Emily Winterburn, John Winterburn.
STATE OF NEW JERSEY
BERGEN COUNTY
SS:
J. FLETCHER BURDETT, being duly sworn according to law on his oath saith:
That he is the collector of the Township of Ridgefield, in the County of Bergen, and has in his possession the Assessor’s duplicate of the said Township for the year 1894; that the taxable value of real estate in the limits of said proposed Borough of Undercliff, as the same appears on the said duplicate, is about $350,000.00; and that he has carefully examined the foregoing petition for incorporation of said borough; and says that the following named persons and corporations who signed that same were assessed for lands within the limits of said borough as the same appears on the said duplicate for the amounts set opposite their respective names, viz:
E.H. Hinners
$4,500.00
W.H. Carlock
400.00
Edward Fischer
4,200.00
Hudson River Chem. & Dye Wood Co.
40,000.00
Fort Lee Park and Steamboat Co.
30,000.00
N.Y. Coal Tar Chem. Co.
15,000.00
James McNerney
400.00
William C. Godstrey
400.00
John V. Signell
400.00
F.W. Winterburn
1,000.00
Emily Winterburn
4,750.00
John Winterburn
2,750.00
Sworn and Subscribed to before me this 10th day of November, 1894.
Edw. F. Hinners
J. Fletcher Burdett
COMM. of DEEDS
Collector
NOTICE OF ELECTION
For Incorporation of the Borough of Undercliff
Before Honorable James M. Van Valen, President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas for the County of Bergen and State of New Jersey.
In the Matter of a Petition for the Formation of a
Borough Government in the Township of Ridgefield
to be known as “The Mayor and Council of the
Borough of Undercliff.”
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ORDER & c
A duly signed and verified Petition praying that a special election to be held at some convenient place within the territorial limits hereinafter described, in conformity with the provisions of an Act of the Legislature of the State of New Jersey, entitled, “An Act for the Formation of Borough Governments,” approved April 5, 1878, and the supplements thereto, to the end that the legal voters within said territorial limits may vote for or against the formation of a proposed borough to be known as “The Mayor and Council of the Borough of Undercliff,” having been presented to me, in which petition the proposed Borough is bounded and described as follows:
BEGINNING at the Hudson River in the Southerly line of the Dupont property and in the Northerly line of property of the Fort Lee Park and Steamboat Company, thence along said northerly line of said property, Northwesterly and Westerly to the center of a road, which on Commissioner’s map of the property of the Estate of Robert Annett, deceased, on file in the Bergen County Clerk’s Office, is known as Annett Avenue, thence along the center of Annett Avenue, Northerly to the center line of Old Fort Lee and Hackensack Public Road, being the road leading from Fort Lee to Bulls Ferry thence Southerly along said last named road to a point opposite the center of a road running Westerly therefrom, near the house of Alexis Delafolie or Catherine Delafolie, his wife, thence to and along the center of said road Westerly to the property now or late of Elizabeth I. Massa, thence to and along the Northerly line of said Massa property Westerly to the top of Steep Rocks, or the edge of the Bluff, thence Southerly along the edge of the Bluff to the boundary line between Bergen and Hudson Counties, thence Easterly and Southeasterly along the said County Line to the Hudson River, thence Northerly along the Hudson River to the place of Beginning.
Now Therefore, I, James M. Van Valen, President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of the County of Bergen aforesaid, having examined the foregoing Petition and the Affidavits annexed, by which it appears to my satisfaction that all the requirements of said Act have been complied with, do hereby order that a special election be held, in conformity with the provisions of said Act and the supplements thereto, at the School House under the Hill at Edgewater, being a convenient place within the proposed borough, on Wednesday, the 5th day of December A.D., 1894, to the end that the persons qualified to vote at such election, may vote for or against the incorporation of a borough within the said prescribed territory to be known as “The Mayor and Council of the Borough of Undercliff”, in order that it may be decided by the votes of the said electors whether the Borough shall be formed; and I do hereby appoint F. W. Winterburn, Clerk of said election, and J. Fletcher Burdett and William H. Carlock, Inspectors thereof, said persons being legal voters and freeholders within the limits of said proposed borough.
Dated: November 19, 1894
JAMES M. VAN VALEN
President Judge of Bergen County
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to statute, that the original Order, of which the foregoing is a true copy, was filed in the office of the Clerk of Bergen County at Hackensack on the 19th day of November, 1894.
NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, that pursuant to said order, the said election will be held at the School House under the Hill at Edgewater, on Wednesday, the 5th day of December, 1894 and that the polls will be open at six o’clock in the forenoon and close at seven o’clock in the afternoon.
F.W. Winterburn, Clerk
William H. Carlock
J. Fletcher Burdett, Inspectors
In the matter of a Petition for the formation of a
borough government in the Township of Ridgefield
to be known as “The Mayor and Council of the
Borough of Undercliff”
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Certificate of Election
To the Clerk of the County of Bergen:
We, F.W. Winterburn, Clerk, and J. Fletcher Burdett and William H. Carlock, Inspectors of a special election held at the School House under the Hill, at Edgewater, on Wednesday, the 5th day of December, 1894, by virtue of the provisions of an Act of the Legislature of this State, entitled, “An Act for the formation of Borough Governments”, approved April 5, 1878 and the acts supplementary thereto, pursuant to an order of James M. Van Valen, Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of said County, dated November 19, 1894, a true copy thereof is hereto annexed, do hereby certify that copies of said order were set up and published as required by said Act to which was annexed a statement of the day and place when and where said original Order was filed, and due notice of time and place of said election was given according to law, all of which appears by affidavits hereto annexed, and that said election was held this day at the Place designated in said Order and conducted by us; we having first taken and subscribed an oath honestly and impartially to hold and conduct said election, and the ballots cast at said election having been by us canvassed, we do hereby certify that the following is a true statement of the result of said election: the whole number of ballots was 181, of which 164 votes were for incorporation and 16 votes were cast against incorporation giving a majority of 149 votes for incorporation.
Dated: December 5, 1894
F.W. Winterburn, Clerk
J. Fletcher Burdett
W.H. Carlock, Inspectors
BOROUGH OF UNDERCLIFF
Office of the Borough Clerk
Edgewater, New Jersey
November 14, 1899
Mr. John R. Ramsey,
County Clerk.
Dear Sir:
The following is a copy of a Resolution passed by the Council of the Borough of Undercliff at a meeting held November 8, 1899:
Be it Resolved by the Council of the Borough now known as “The Mayor and Council of the Borough of Undercliff” in the County of Bergen, that in accordance with the provisions of the first section of the Act of the Legislature entitled “A General Act Relating to Boroughs” (Revision of 1897), approved April 24, 1897, the said Council does hereby adopt as the corporate name of said Borough “The Borough of Edgewater in the County of Bergen”.
I hereby certify that this is a true copy.
E.H. Speer
Borough Clerk
(SEAL)