Wyckoff Family Collection Finding Aid

Wyckoff Family Collection, 1867-2016

Collection Number:

LHP1CHS060000US

Finding Aid Publication Date:

Published in 2013. Last updated, November 2017. ©Copyright Chester Library.

Descriptive Summary

Title:

Wyckoff Family Collection

Creator:

Wyckoff, Case, and Budd families

Dates:

1867-2016, with gaps

Extent:

6 linear feet (7 boxes of varying sizes); 5.64 GB of electronic files (536 files)

Abstract:

The Wyckoff Family Collection spans several generations of the Wyckoff and Case families from 1867-2016 (with gaps), and a short period of the Budd family from the end of the 19th century through the beginning of the 20th. The collection contains photographs, legal documents, educational and sporting materials, correspondence, and other items that document more than 150 years of Chester, N.J. history.

Language:

English

Repository:

Local History Department
Chester Public Library
250 W. Main Street
Chester, NJ 07930
Phone: (908) 879-7612
Fax: (908) 879-8695
Email: debra.schiff@ChesterLib.org
http://www.chesterlib.org/

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Use:

This collection is open for research.

Copyright restrictions apply. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Local History Librarian, Chester Public Library, 250 W. Main Street, Chester, NJ 07930.

Physical Access:

The items in this collection may be used by patrons who abide by the guidelines of the Local History Department. Some items may not be available for use due to their fragile nature, and they have been digitized.

Technical Access:

Portions of the collection have been digitized and are available for viewing in the library on a provided computer.

Conditions Governing Reproduction:
While some materials in this collection are in the public domain, in other cases copyright restrictions may apply. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Local History Librarian, Chester Public Library, 250 W. Main Street, Chester, NJ 07930.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], Wyckoff Family Collection of Chester Public Library, Chester, New Jersey.

Collection Processed By:

Debra Schiff, Local History Librarian in 2013

Finding Aid Author:

Debra Schiff, Local History Librarian

Description Control:

Description based on DACS.

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Biographical History

The Wyckoffs are able to trace their family history to 1624 and their ancestor Pieter Claesen (later Wykhof) in New Netherland. Five generations later, Martin Wyckoff (1749-1831) moved to Chester in 1798. His son Hendrick (1771-1852) lived in Readington, N.J., but his son Michael Decker Wyckoff (1810-1889) lived and worked in Chester as a farmer. Michael’s son George Washington Wyckoff (1858-1939) also was a Chester farmer and the grandfather of Beatrice Wyckoff Case (see below).

In this collection, the key figures are Beatrice Wyckoff Case; Joan Sylvester Case; John Thomas Wyckoff, Sr.; and Louis Lee Case, Sr., although other family members also are represented in the collection.

Dorothy Rogallski and Beatrice Wyckoff, 1932, sitting atop an iron roaster in Chester, NJ

Dorothy Rogallski and Beatrice Wyckoff c. 1932. The two women were sitting on an iron roaster at the end of Williamson Lane in Chester, NJ.

Beatrice Hazel Wyckoff Case, 1914-1990

Beatrice Hazel Wyckoff was born at home in Chester to John Sylvester Wyckoff (1880-1975) and Jennie Burd Wyckoff (1889-1958). In all, the Wyckoffs had five children: Elnora (1970-1980), Ruth (1908-1908, lived one day), Edgar (1909-1916), Beatrice, and John Thomas (1923-2010). Edgar died young from blood poisoning – the likely result of having been pushed off of a bicycle and sustaining injuries. The Wyckoffs also raised many foster children.

Beatrice was a stay-at-home mom until the children were old enough for her to return to work. She served as manager of food services at St. Bernards School and as cashier and hostess at the Chester Diner.  She attended Grove Street School until 1924, when Williamson School was built, then attended Bernardsville High School. Beatrice appears in photos in the collection, and some of her papers are included.

Louis Lee Case, Sr.

Louis Lee Case, Sr., 1919-1972

Louis Lee Case, Sr. was born in Brookhaven, Mississippi to Louis Case (1897-1929) and Bertha Rena Furlow Case (later Hamilton) (c. 1899-1978). The elder Cases had four children: Louis Lee, Memphis (1922-1981), Grace (1925-), and Julia Mae (1928-2011). Beatrice met Louis while he served at Fort Dix. She and a friend were out for a drive when they picked up Louis, who was hitch-hiking with his friend. Six weeks later, they married, and Louis left to serve in World War II, where he was a sergeant in the Army, 602nd Tank Destroyer Battalion, Headquarters Company. After his service, Louis returned to Chester, where he and Beatrice raised three children, Louis Lee Case, Jr. (1950-), Janice Rena Case Corbetis (1952-), and Joan Sylvester Case (1953-). Louis Lee Case, Sr. worked as a carpenter and contractor, and built many of the homes in the area.

Louis Lee Case, Jr. in his Chester Volunteer Fire Company uniform, 2011.

Louis Lee Case, Jr. in his Chester Volunteer Fire Company uniform, 2011.

Louis Lee Case, Jr. served 27 years as a Chester Township Police officer and later as a Police and Fire dispatcher. He also served on the Chester First Aid Squad. He is a member of the Chester Volunteer Fire Company. He attended Williamson School, West Morris Central High School (graduated in 1970), County College of Morris, and New Jersey State Police Academy (graduated in 1972). His wife is Georgia Ann Apgar, daughter of Marion and George Apgar. The Apgar name has been present in Chester from it days as an iron-mining town. The Cases live in Chester.

Janice Rena Case Corbetis lives on Long Island, N.Y. with her husband William Corbetis.

John Thomas Wyckoff Sr

John Thomas Wyckoff, Sr. (1923-2010)

John Thomas Wyckoff was Beatrice’s younger brother. He attended Williamson School and Roxbury High School. Prior to becoming an electrician at Bell Labs in Chester and a photographer, he was a builder and mason. He married Joyce Gray and had two sons, John Thomas, Jr. and Jeffrey William. Many of the early photographs in the collection, including the glass plates, were created by John. He taught Joan Sylvester Case photography.

Joan Sylvester Case

Joan Sylvester Case (1953-)

Joan Sylvester Case, daughter of Beatrice and Louis, married Lewis Arthur Hill in 1972 and divorced in 1976. She attended Williamson School and West Morris High School in Chester, the New York Institute of Photography in New York City, and County College of Morris in Randolph, N.J. She has been a photographer since 1985 and has served as Area Sales Manager since 2005 (also from 1987-1996) at Fischer Thompson Beverage, Inc. in Flanders, N.J. Previously, she owned the Expressions Gallery in Chester and was District Supervisor at Somerset Farms Dairy in Middlebush, N.J.

Joan has served in many Chester organizations including as President of the Chester Historical Society, Chair of the Chester Bicentennial, Co-Historian for Chester Township (appointed by Mayor Ken Caro), Treasurer of both Chester Business Association and Ladies Auxiliary of the Chester Volunteer Fire Company, Historian of the First Congregational Church, and Chair of Trustees of the First Congregational Church.

Many of the later photographs and educational records were created by Joan.

Joan Case also created the two books on Chester listed in the Related Items section.

The Budd Family Relationship

The Wyckoffs are related to the Budd family through Beatrice Wyckoff Case’s first cousin Edward Wyckoff (1933-2001). Edward was the son of Elias Emmons Wyckoff (1895-1950) (son of George Washington Wyckoff) and Annie Lee Miller (1897-1994). Edward’s daughter Paula married Kenneth Budd. The Budds live in Chester.

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Scope and Content

The Wyckoff Family Collection contains a variety of material, the bulk of which spans from the 1860s through 2016. It is a growing collection, with deposits added periodically. There are undated items, mainly photographic prints, although most of the collection includes at least partial identification. Material types include letters and correspondence, legal documents, receipts, programs, booklets, scrapbook pages, photographs, postcards, and ephemera.

The Historic Chester series of photographs, postcards, and other documents were digitized by Joan Case and added to the collection in October of 2017. This series comprises 536 files in 22 folders, totaling 5.64 GB of data. The designations created by Case in the Historic Chester series are Businesses, Cemeteries, Churches, Families, Chester Fire Company, Government, Homes, Main Street, Military, Misc., People, Railroads and Mining, Scenes, Schools, Side Roads, and Street Scenes. Images are in color and black and white. Some are digitized re-prints of glass plate images created by her uncle John T. Wyckoff; others are images created by Case.

A portion of the collection is devoted to the educational and sporting pursuits of Joan Case, with particular emphasis on Williamson School and West Morris High School. Her report cards from kindergarten through elementary school, competition ribbons, and team patches are lively representations of a childhood in Chester.

Portion of back cover, Joan Case's 1958-1959 kindergarten report card from Chester Township School.

Portion of back cover, Joan Case’s 1958-1959 kindergarten report card from Chester Township School.

Researchers also will find the landscape and town photographs taken by John T. Wyckoff and others provide a visual description of Chester throughout the years.

Additionally, the Budd Family scrapbook pages (dated and labeled) show one of Northern New Jersey’s major families during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

One of the unique items in the collection is a Question Book from the Patriotic Order of Americans, Camp 82 (1921-1930). It shows responses to questions reflecting the member’s commitment to the organization and country as a whole. Many of the small community’s more active members are represented in this book.

Patriotic Order of Americans Question Book, page 1

Patriotic Order of Americans Question Book, page 1

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Organization and Arrangement

This collection of records is divided into seven series in order of importance and quantity:

  1. Series 1 Visual Materials
  2. Series 2 Correspondence
  3. Series 3 Ephemera
  4. Series 4 Financial Materials
  5. Series 5 Subject Files
  6. Series 6 Legal Materials
  7. Series 7 Organizational Records
  8. Series 8 Secondary Sources

Series 1 is arranged by alphabetical topic then chronologically; Series 2 and 8 are arranged chronologically; Series 3 is arranged alphabetically by topic; and Series 4, 5, 6, and 7 are arranged alphabetically by topic.

 

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Index Terms

Corporate Names/Organizations Subject:

Anthracite Hotel
Apgar’s Garage
Black River Playhouse
Bragg’s General Store
Chester Fire Department
Chester Furnace
Chester House
Chester Institute
Chester Post Office
Chester Public School
Chester Springs
Cooper Mill
Crossroads Inn
Cross Roads Schoolhouse
Days Hall
First Congregational Church of Chester
Grace Bible Church
Grove Street School
Hopkins Hall
IGA
Larison’s Turkey Farm
Leck’s Luncheonette (also known as Leck’s Confectionery)
Melrose Farm
Methodist Episcopal Church of Chester
Old Mill Tavern
Pleasant Hill Farm
Publick House
St. Bernard’s School
St. Lawrence the Martyr Church
Simpson & Case
Sturzenegger Handkerchief Factory
Sub Pub
The Herb Farm
The Red Cricket
Twins Inn
Welcome Home Farm
West Morris High School
Williamson School

Subjects:

Honor Roll
Liberty Pole
Mining
Railroads
Taverns
World War II

People:

Alpaugh, Clara Mae
Apgar, Bernays
Apgar, John
Apgar, Willard
Barker, Lois (Tommie)
Bragg, Dudley
Case, Beatrice W.
Case, Joan S.
Case, Louis L., Jr.
Case, Louis L., Sr.
Conover, George
Corliss, Edwin
Fleming, Burt
Fleming, Curly
Hoffman, Lewis, Jr.
Moore, Thomas
Pickell, Sally B.
Somody, George J.
Topping, William
Wyckoff, Jennie B.
Wyckoff, John T.
Wyckoff, John S.

Places:

Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center
Budd Avenue
Black River (N.J.)
Chester (N.J.)
Chester Township (N.J.)
Hacklebarney Pond
Main Street
Morris County (N.J.)
Muskrat Valley
New Jersey.
Oakdale Road
Railroad Avenue
Rockefeller Center
Willowwood Arboretum

Genre Terms:

Administrative records
Black-and-white photographs
Card photographs
Color photographs
Correspondence
Negatives (photographic)
Photographs
Postcards
Report cards
Scrapbooks
Souvenir programs
Sports
Theater programs
Visual resources

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Related Items

The Honor Roll Newsletter Collection

Case, Joan S. Chester. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2005. Print.

Case, Joan S. Chester. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 1998. Print.

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Series 1: Visual Materials, 1870-2000, with gaps

The Visual Materials series comprises photographs, postcards, maps, and scrapbook pages. Some of the items are reproductions from Joan S. Case’s published works. The series contains 536 digital files (5.64 GB) and 67 analog items. The digital file formats are TIFF and JPEG. This series spans 1870-2016, with gaps, and covers local landscapes; the Budd, Case, and Wyckoff families; and architecture, including houses, houses of worship, and businesses. The materials digitized by Joan Case fall into the following subseries: Businesses, Cemeteries, Churches, Families, Fire Company, Government, Homes, Main Street, Military, Misc., People, Railroads and Mining, Scenes, Schools, Side Roads, and Street Scenes. Businesses are further segmented into Chester House, Mills, and Pleasant Pools.

The analog items in this series are housed in boxes 1-5, 7.

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Series 2: Correspondence, 1958-1967, 2010

The Correspondence series is composed mainly of Joan S. Case’s elementary school report cards and some letters. The bulk of the materials date from 1958-1967, although there is some more modern correspondence in the series.

The items in this series are housed in three folders in box 3.

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Series 3: Ephemera, 1889-1971, with gaps

The Ephemera series contains Joan S. Case’s school sports team patches, competition ribbons, and commencement programs. Also of note are an 1889 program from Hopkins Hall and Beatrice H. Wyckoff’s (later Case) 1929 Chester Grammar School commencement invitation.

The items in this series are housed in seven folders in box 3.

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Series 4: Financial Materials, 1867, undated

The Financial Materials series contains receipts from Leck’s Luncheonette as well as William Topping’s furniture company.

This series occupies 2 folders in box 3.

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Series 5: Subject Files, 1908-2012, with gaps

The Subject Files series comprises research files on Bamboo Brook, the Budd family, and Willowwood Arboretum. Many of the items in the parks files are facsimiles of postcards held by the Morris County Library.

This series occupies 3 folders in box 3.

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Series 6: Legal Materials, 1918-1944, with gaps

The Legal Materials series contains Bert Flemings’ 1918-1919 innkeeper’s license for the Publick House, as well as Beatrice Wyckoff Case’s Property Sale Agreement for land at the corner of Wheeler Road and Melville Place.

The items in this series are housed in boxes 3 and 7.

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Series 7: Organizational Records, 1921-1930

The Organizational Records series contains a noteworthy item: a Patriotic Order of Americans, Camp 82, Question Book. Answering the questions in this book constituted a rite of passage for community members wishing to join the Patriotic Order of Americans. Many prominent Chester residents signed their names in the book that also provides their birth dates and occupations.

This series occupies one folder in box 3.

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Series 8: Secondary Sources, 1931-1999, with gaps

This series includes newspapers and literary magazines, among other published items. The literary magazines include works written and edited by Joan S. Case while in high school.

The items in this series are housed in boxes 3, 6, and 7.

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Container List

Box 1, Visual Materials, Photographs, undated
All captions supplied by Joan S. Case. Prints produced by Joan S. Case.

Box Folder Description Dates

1

“Landing Road, also known as Railroad Avenue looking towards the center of town.” Undated
“Looking east along Main Street, near where Routes 206 and 513 intersect.” Undated
“Taverns were opened on the two great roads which intersected at what is now the village of Chester. The Landing Road led from Brunswick Landing up to Sussex County. The other road was called the Washington Turnpike, and went from Morristown to the Pennsylvania country. The Chester Stage Coach ran between the village and Muskrat Depot, and met all trains until the 1920s.” Undated
“’The Brick Tavern’ was erected around 1810 by Zephaniah Drake and Jacob Drake, Jr. Later called the ‘Chester House,’ it was purchased by the Flemings in 1960. Today, it is known as the ‘Publick House.’” Undated
“A view of ‘Muskrat Valley’ looking north. The large building was the Sturzenegger Embroidery Factory, and to the left of the factory was the Chester Railroad Station. Directly above is ‘Pleasant Hill Farm,’ and at the top right is the road going toward Pleasant Hill Cemetery.” Undated
“Cooper Mill served the local community throughout the 1800s and was powered by the water of the Black River. The mill was closed in 1913 and remained vacant until the Morris County Park Commission purchased the property in 1963.” Undated

Box 2, Chester’s Bicentennial, 1999, 2000
Visual Materials produced by Joan S. Case.

Box Folder Description Dates

2

2 prints of Chester Postcards 1999
4 photocopies of Map of Hamilton Farm 2000
3 copies of ‘Chester Bicentennial’ newspaper 1999
1 copy of the Chester Bicentennial calendar 1999

Box 3, Correspondence, Ephemera, and Visual Materials, 1867-2012, with gaps

Box Folder Description Dates

3

1 Correspondence, Case, Joan 1965
2 Correspondence, Case, Joan 1966, 2010
3 Correspondence, Report Cards, Case, Joan 1958-1967
4 Correspondence, Case, Joan 1999-2004
5 Certificates, Case, Joan, West Morris High School 1967-1969
6 Certificates, Case, Joan, Williamson School 1964-1967
7 Ephemera, Case, Joan, West Morris High School Undated, 1971
8 Ephemera, Case, Joan, Williamson School, Field Day and Science Fair Ribbons 1966-1967
9 Ephemera, Case, Joan, Williamson School, Sports Patches 1965-1967
10 Ephemera, Programs, Hopkins Hall 1889
11 Ephemera, Programs, St. Lawrence the Martyr Church 1964
12 Ephemera, Programs, Williamson School Commencement 1967
13 Ephemera, Wyckoff, Beatrice H., Chester Grammar School Commencement Invitation 1929
14 Land Records, Case, Beatrice Wyckoff, Property Sale Agreement 1944
15 Land Records, Indenture 1939 (photocopy)
16 Receipts, Leck’s Luncheonette Undated
17 Receipts, Topping, William 1867
18 Research Files, Bamboo Brook 1930, undated
19 Research Files, Budd Family 2002-2012, with gaps
20 Research Files, Herb Farm Undated
21 Research Files, Willowwood 1908, 1956, undated
22 Organizational Records, Patriotic Order of Americans, Camp 82, Question Book 1921-1930
23 Photographs/Postcards 1870-1999, with gaps
24 Photographs 1932-1989, with gaps
25 Photographs c. 1930, c. 1972
26 Published Works, Case, Joan, Literary Magazines c. 1967, 1971
27 Clippings, Tommie Barker Undated

Box 4, Visual Materials, Photographs, Glass Plate Negatives, Undated
John T. Wyckoff, photographer

Box Folder Description Dates

4

1 Photographs, Glass Plate Negatives, Chardaroyne House Undated
2 Photographs, Glass Plate Negatives, Engine 105 Undated
3 Photographs, Glass Plate Negatives, Grove Street School Undated
4 Photographs, Glass Plate Negatives, Near Hickory Corner Undated
5 Photographs, Glass Plate Negatives, Tommy Moore’s House Undated
6 Photographs, Glass Plate Negatives, Trestle at Milldale Undated
7 Prints of all the negatives Undated

Box 5, Visual Materials, Photographs, Glass Plate Negatives (broken), Undated
John T. Wyckoff, photographer

Box Folder Description Dates

5

Photographs, Glass Plate Negatives, Bridge by Cooper Mill (horse and carriage) Undated
Photographs, Glass Plate Negatives, Liberty Pole c. 1916

Box 6, Newspapers, 1965-1970, with gaps

Box Folder Description Dates

6

Newspapers, Case, Joan, Chieftain, Williamson School 1965
Newspapers, Case, Joan, Highland Fling, West Morris High School 1969-1970

Box 7, Visual Materials, Secondary Sources, 1868-1931

Box Folder Description Dates

7

Scrapbooks [3 pages], Budd Family 1896-1903
License, Fleming, Bert, Publick House 1918-1919
Flyer, IGA 1931
Map, Chester, modern copy of Morris County Atlas page 6 1868

Box 8, Visual Materials, Photographs, Wyckoff, John T. (photographer), Ephemera, 1930-2012, with gaps

Box Folder Description Dates
8 1 Ephemera from Photographs, Glass Plate Negatives, Chardaroyne House Undated
2 Ephemera from Photographs, Glass Plate Negatives, Engine 105 Undated
3 Ephemera from Photographs, Glass Plate Negatives, Near Hickory Corner Undated
4 Ephemera from Photographs, Glass Plate Negatives, Tommy Moore’s House Undated
5 Ephemera from Photographs, Glass Plate Negatives, Trestle at Milldale Undated
6 Prints of Boxes 4 and 5 negatives Undated
7 Photographs and Postcards from Barbara Christiansen 1975-1978, Undated
8 John T. Wyckoff’s Papers, includes WWII military papers and Chester Public School records 1930-1945, with gaps
9 Photographs, Williamson School Class of 1944 1944
10 Photographs, Days Hall 1947
11 Photographs and Correspondence, Chester Parade and Pleasant Hill Farm (Jody Ritter Pugh) 2012

 

 

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