Landis Avenue and Spring Road Neighborhood
By Mrs. Carrie Ellis Breck
It was Mr. Landis' old paper, the Vineland Rural, which induced my father, Stephen T. Ellis, and his older brother, Hazen Z. Ellis, together with a few other (Hodgen, Stafford, Hammond, Eastman are all I can remember the names of), who left the cold climate of Vermont to find homes in the milder Vineland.
Only my father, the Staffords and Hammonds, of Maiden, Vermont, remained long in Vineland, as did my Uncle Hazen, of Hyde Park, Vermont. These, I think, all came in 1862, though my father after staying one winter returned to his farm in Walden for the summer, and then sold out, bringing all our family in December, 1863, including my aged grandfather, Timothy Ellis, and wife. Father and uncle bought and built on Landis avenue, between Spring and Brewster Roads, opposite each other.
Mr. Stafford farmed a few years on Maple avenue, then called Post Road, and went back to Walden.
I think the Spring Road Schoolhouse was the first of the country schools to be built. It was roughly constructed for a summer school, rather open and with but one room. I remember as a child how we used to be frightened when some innocent snake (on learning bent, no doubt) would crawl up through the wide floor cracks and set the scholars jumping on seats for safety until he either took his departure or was killed by some one brave enough to do it. This building remained several years, when it was superseded by the two-room brick building, which still stands on the corner of Spring Road and Landis Avenue. The first building was sold to Charles R. Snell for a barn and placed on Chestnut Avenue. It was burned some years later. A Sunday school was early established in the school building, the Staffords, Dames and Ellises taking part. George Dame was the first superintendent, I think, and did much to establish Christian sentiment in those early days. The Dame homestead is now one of the Landis Avenue cottages on the east of the Training School grounds. The State Home for Women purchased another old landmark, the Butler home, where Charles Butler and his wife, Deborah, used to open their house for the young people's literary societies and seek to kindle in our minds a love for literature, debates and so forth.
Henry C. Work was one of the early settlers in this neighborhood. He owned for a short time a part of the farm which has been my own home for the greater part of my life since I married Mr. Breck.
He is the same Work who was the author of "Grandfather's Clock," "Marching Through Georgia," "Nicodemus," and many other songs of the war time. I understood that he meant at one time to make a big thing in real estate, but failed in this, though he made a fortune in music.
The following are some of the people who formerly lived in this section:
Landis Avenue: Thorn, Byram, Whitman, Capt. Hiram Farrand, Walter Petty, Anthony, E. C. Wells, Watt, Tulon, John Maytrott, Swift, Burdette, Gibson, Shertoli, Craig, S. T. Ellis, H. Z. Ellis, Geo. Blaisdell, George Howe (Plaza Farm), Jesse Ames, S. C. Parker, James Corson, Hodgden, Henry C. Work, Luther Clark, Joel Crandall, Walter Wellman, Frank A. Breck, Isaac Newton, Major Galloway, Thomas Cook, Hunter, Alfred Clark, Adair, Dennery, Silkman, Calverley, Mitchell, Mather, Dodge (brother of Abigail Dodge, "Gail Hamilton"), Charles Boynton, George Ellis, Hadsell, Cunningham, Parkinson, Swift, Emerson, Charles Butler.
Spring Road: Charles Goodell, Henry Raisch, Elmer Bolles, Joshua Poole, James Sears, Riffenburg, Albert Ellis, Dennery, Monahan, Isaac Wilson, Andrew Wilson, McMahan (John, James, etc.).
Chestnut Avenue: N. C. Luce, Wiley, W. O. Smith, Van Keuren, Snell, Parsons, Richardson, Wm. Ellis, D. Rood, Dennery, Walter Ellis, Carey.
Brewster Road: O. O. Campbell, Rufus Shaver, Goodenough, Thomas Roberts, Jones, Tombleson.
Maple Avenue: Custer C. Stafford, Seth Olmstead, Barcus, Fish.