Englewood Makes History

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  • Alfred T. Holley.jpg

    Alfred T. Holley was a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Military. He joined in 1889 and served in the Spanish-American War. He retired in 1909. He was a member of the B.P.O.E Hackensack Elks, Lodge 658, and was elected exalted ruler four times. He was also a businessman and was president of Holley and Smith coal and oil company.

    He married Alice Beatrice Herbert in April of 1914.
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    Charles Henry Booth was a business owner in New York. He worked his way up to become a senior partner of a wholesale dry goods company named Booth & Tuttle, which was later changed to Booth & Company. He retired in Englewood. He was recognized as the oldest insurance policyholder of The Mutual Life Insurance Company in 1903. William Angus Booth is his brother.
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    John Jay Phelps was a businessman and founder of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad. 

    He married Rachel Badgeley Phinney on July 4, 1835. He had three children, Ellen Ada Phelps Dodge, William Walter Phelps, and Francis Alexander Phelps.

    He was the father of Englewood resident William Walter Phelps.
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    Sarah Goldstein was a realtor who lived in Englewood. She graduated from Pace College in 1926. She founded Sarah K. Goldstein Real Estate in 1951. She was a member of the Sisterhood and Hadassah at Congregation Ahavath Torah, the Englewood Chamber of Commerce, the Council of Jewish Women, and the B'nai B'rith Women of Englewood. She also was the president of the Englewood-Tenfaly Chapter of Zonta International. 

    She was married to Somuel Goldstein. She had two daughters, Carol Abaya and Reba Reznick.
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    Kelly was the Secretary of the New Jersey Association of Motion Pictures and chair of the contact bureau of the Motion Picture Association.

    Kelly owned the Englewood Theater and Realty Corp, which owned the Plaza Theater on Van Brunt Street. He also owned the Palisade Theater Corp, which owned the Grant Lee theater at Palisade Junction and Westwood Theater Company, which owned the Westwood Theater.
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  • Willie E %22Mr B%22 Brennon.png

    Known as "Mr.B," William Brennon was the owner of the popular Brennon's Barber Shop.

    His wife was Carol E. Taylor. He had five children.
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    Fred Ferber was an Englewood resident famous for inventing the ballpoint pen. He founded Ferber Corp., Englewood, and worked with the company until 1963 when he sold his shares. He then began conservation work, selling half of his 6,800 acres of timberland which was eventually developed into a state park. 

    He was born in Austria and immigrated to Englewood in 1933. His wife was Hedwig Ferber.
  • Margaret Butler The_Record_Mon__Aug_23__1976_.jpg

    Margaret Butler was an economics teacher in Englewood. She taught the fifth grade in Harlem and home economics at Dwight Morrow High School.

    Butler became blind in 1945 and was an instructor at the Community House Social Service Federation in Englewood, teaching braille. She also founded Shining Light, an organization to help the blind community.

    She was a member of numerous organizations, including the American Foundation of the Blind, the National Council of Negro Women of Bergen County, W.C. Handy Foundation of the Blind, and the New Jersey Commission of the Blind. She was awarded the Lydia Hayes Foundation Achievement Award in 1951. Butler attended St. Cecilia's Roman Catholic Church.
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    Barbara E. Wright was a restaurant owner of two businesses, Black and White Taxi and Wright's Luncheonette. She was known for feeding neighbors in Englewood including impoverished families. 

    She was born June 12, 1927 in Teaneck New Jersey. Her parents were John and Alberta Blackman and she had two younger brothers, Harold and John.

    She graduated from Dwight Morrow High School in 1947 and worked in the administrative and service industries. She married John T. Wright after meeting in 1949. She had four children, Pamela Valerie, Renard Gregory, Jeryl Louise, and Tami Alberta. 

    As for extended family, she had a stepsister Francine, and a stepbrother Dwight. 

    She had many grandchildren, Harold Wright, Kyle Wright, Rashay Wright, Rafael Williams, Shikira Cretella, John Wright II, Shanay Taylor, Brianna Wright, and Justin Wright. 

    Among her great-grandchildren are Hassan Renouf, Raven Wright, Nevaeh Wright, Naomi and Damon Cretella, Rhyan M and Rylee J Williams, and Jaelyn Wright.
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