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East Greenwich Twp, Gloucester County, NJ

Historic Hamlet and Postal Village [1]

Clarksboro is situated within one and one-quarter miles of Mantua Creek, a tributary of the Delaware River, and its business interests are benefited to some extent by the facilities thus afforded by water transportation. A line of freight boats connect the place with all large river towns. In the township there are three eighth grade public schools, and four churches, Episcopal, Methodist (2), Baptist, and also a Friends' Meeting House. In the same area there are lodges of American Mechanics, Odd Fellows and Golden Eagles. There is also one building and loan society. A portion of the town gets its water supply from a private plant, but the majority depend for theirs on individual wells. Fire protection is provided by a chemical engine and two large water storage tanks.

Public sentiment favors extending every practicable kind of encouragement to industrial enterprises, and an industry that would bring a respectable class of workers to the place would be welcomed. The number of persons who would accept employment is reported at 20 men and 20 women.

Local authority recommends the establishment of a fruit and vegetable cannery, as the supply of material grown in the neighborhood is sufficient to keep several such plants going. Land for factory purposes will be given free of cost, if the industry seeking the gift furnishes employment for from 50 to 75 persons. Not only would this be done, but local capital could be secured if desired, and a reasonable prospect of profit could be shown. A water power capable of development to 1,000 horsepower capacity can be created by the construction of a comparatively inexpensive dam. A power of smaller capacity exists there now, and no better site could be selected for a manufactory of any kind.

The soil of the surrounding country is good, and the crops are largely garden truck, white and sweet potatoes, tomatoes, melons and cantaloupes. There is no land for sale in the town or its vicinity. The foreign immigrant population is represented by 10 Italians.

For further particulars address A. W. Hill, postmaster, Clarksboro N. J.

  1. Lewis T. Bryant, Commissioner, NJ Bureau of Industrial Statistics, Department of Labor, The Industrial Directory of New Jersey, News Printing Company, Paterson, 1918.

Nearby Neighborhoods

Street Names
Cohawkin Road West • Kings Highway • Route 551

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