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Passaic

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Passaic's Victory Day - Passaic County Historical Society

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By William W. Scott, City Historian of Passaic


Passaic, NJ

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The first city historian, William W. Scott (Willscott Street) did physically preserve a vast part of what we have in our city historical holdings today. As a practicing attorney, Mr. Scott diligently pursued, preserved, and published a vast majority of our early history in a concise, orderly and accurate fashion that has stood the test of time and challenge. His successor, Mr. Robert E. Bristor, who was the son of a newspaper editor, picked up the baton that Mr. Scott had passed to him and greatly enhanced our knowledge of our past with his incisive and diligent research techniques.

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Mr. William W. Scott and Mr. Robert E. Bristor, I thank you both very much on behalf of myself, but most assuredly on behalf of the City of Passaic.


Athenia in Clifton

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When the local historian William W. Scott wrote about Athenia back then , in the 1920s , his fondness for the quiet , humble place was tinged with dread.

The author of Passaic and its Environs saw what was coming.It wasn't long after Athenia had become part of the newly incorporated city of Clifton that it had two railroads , one of which Scott castigated for running an unsightly embankment through the pretty old pond.The rails , in turn , had lured the Manhattan Rubber Co. and other big factories.
There is every indication of great growth , Scott continued , noting the creeping influence of Passaic and Clifton proper on either side.Athenia , he worried , with the march of improvement will soon lose its identity..
For all the historian's prescience of the neighborhood's irrepressible development , that last fear was unfounded.
In the jumble of what's now a sprawling city and a vast metropolitan area , Athenia maintains a rare continuity.
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And so it came about , Scott wrote in his local history , that two Centrevilles existed contemporaneously within half a mile of each , which as was natural , created confusion , uncertainty , leading to trouble..
In 1868 , the Erie railroad laid the track for its Paterson-Newark line -- now a freight-only spur along Athenia's western border -- through the area , with a minor station called Centreville.At the time , there were a mere five homes nearby , one the estate of the big linen merchant , George Hughes , according to an account by his nephew , Frank Hughes , in Scott's book.


The Founding of the City of Passaic - Passaic County Historical Society

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By William Winfield Scott, City Historian of Passaic, NJ


Athenia in Clifton

www.bergen-record.com [cached]

When the local historian William W. Scott wrote about Athenia back then , in the 1920s , his fondness for the quiet , humble place was tinged with dread.

The author of Passaic and its Environs saw what was coming.It wasn't long after Athenia had become part of the newly incorporated city_of Clifton that it had two railroads , one of which Scott castigated for running an unsightly embankment through the pretty old pond.The rails , in turn , had lured the Manhattan Rubber Co. and other big factories.
There is every indication of great growth , Scott continued , noting the creeping influence of Passaic and Clifton proper on either side.Athenia , he worried , with the march of improvement will soon lose its identity..
For all the historian's prescience of the neighborhood's irrepressible development , that last fear was unfounded.

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