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.
  • John Jay Phelps.png

    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.
  • Jacob Taylor.jpg

    Jacob Taylor was a resident of Englewood and owner of Jake Taylor's Store. Taylor was also director of the Retail Tobacco Dealers of America and executive secretary of the Bergen County Newsdealers and Stationers' Association. Taylor was active in sports and was the former high school football team captain. He was a member of the Congregation Ahavath Torah.

    He was married to Judith Levine. He had a son Fred, and a daughter Lynn.
  • Richard W. Smith.jpg

    Richard W. Smith was a businessman and a resident of River Edge. He commonly wrote to the editor of The Record and gave his opinion on the newspaper's articles in the early 1960s. 

    He was married to Emma Rapp.
  • Calvin Vismale.jpg

    Calvin Ferdinand Vismale was a Business Administrator. He graduated from N. Y. City College School of Business Administration. He also served in the military from 1946 to 1947. He received a B.B.A. in 1950. He was appointed Agency Director of United Mutual Life Insurance in 1955, the largest black-owned insurance company. He was a member of the NAACP and the National Urban League. Vismale helped bring Martin Luther King Jr. and Babatunde Olatunji to Englewood. He was a member of Galilee Methodist Church. He became one of the first African Americans to be installed as a Chartered Life Underwriter.

    He married a woman named Mary. He had at least three children, Calvin F. Jr., Terri Renee Vismale-Morris, and Tess Marie.
  • John J. Eagan.jpg

    John Joseph Eagan was an American politician and businessman. 

    He was the founder of Hoboken's Eagan's School for Business and was the first vice-president of the Merchants & Manufacturers Trust Co.

    Eagan was elected as a Democrat to Congress in 1913 and served until 1921. He was elected again in 1923 and served until 1925.
  • E. Thornton Kelly.png

    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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    Bertie Charles Forbes founded Forbes Magazine, a business and finance publication. B.C. Forbes was appointed to the Englewood Board of Education in 1938.

    He married Adelaide Mary Stevenson. He had five sons, Bruce, Malcolm, Duncan, Gordon, and Wallace. After Forbes' death, his son Bruce took over. Bruce died in 1964 and Malcolm then took over. Stevenson "Steve" Forbes Jr. succeded his father Malcolm after his death in 1990.
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