Tag: Hacklebarney State Park


This Week in Chester History…

In 1937, Justice of the Peace Herman A. Rademacher, Sr. fined Carlton Lutz $20 and court costs for fishing without a license. Lutz was picked up while casting into the upper pond at Hacklebarney State Park. His companion, 17-year-old Wesley Albert, was charged with using a nine-hook plug, but was only fined costs due to his youth and lack of knowledge of the law. Source: Mendham-Chester Tribune


This Week in Chester History…

Continuing last week’s story, in 1937, Eugene Vliet, the seventh defendant to be arraigned before Judge William R. Lucas on the statutory offense in Chester Borough, pleaded not guilty. The 36-year-old clerk of Chester Township was identified by the 13-year old boy in the case, as were nine other men. The boy identified Vliet as the man who took him for a ride on December 18th, 1936 and as the man who committed the offense in Hacklebarney State Park on the same date. The youth further identified three boys from the C.C.C. camp in Hackettstown, and claimed that the recruits were also guilty of the statutory offense. All of the men indicated by the boy were brought before a Grand Jury the following May. Source: Mendham-Chester Tribune.


This Week in Chester History…

In 1955, fires ravaged more than 500 acres of the area from Hacklebarney State Park to Mendham Township. Fires began along State Park Road and burned quickly due to strong winds and dry grass. Fourteen fire companies responded to the calls for help as the blazes grew beyond the control of area fire fighters. No full-time homes were damaged thanks to the strategy of stationing fire crews at each house or barn in the fires’ line. Only the Kay estate’s summer log cabin was burned. Source: The Mendham-Chester Tribune