From- WESTERLEIGH, TODAY AND YESTERDAY, by
Victoria Barrack, illustrated by Susan Bavaro
Published by the Westerleigh Improvement Society in 1980
Jewett Ave - was named for the Jewett family - from whom the Prohibition group bought the bulk of the property. The Jewett mansion is at 200 Kingsley Aveue - the house at 187 sits on what was there front lawn. They had paint and linseed factories in Port Richmond. Their property which was bounded roughly by Jewett Avenue,Kingsley Avenue Manor Road, to the south - Keiber Farm (present day Margaretta,Keiber and Constant area)
The state named streets were for "dry" states. New York was the exception - it was "wet" to the end.
Kingsley was named for Rev. Charles R. Kingsley. He came to Prohibition Park as the minister for Immanuel Union Church and headmaster of the Collegiate Institute. His wife, Florence Morse Kingsley, was an author who wrote many popular novels.
Wardwell - Wm.T. Wardwell - treasure of Standard Oil and chief financial backer of the original purchase of land.
Five others were Presidential candidates or wannabes from the National Prohibition Party
Neal Dow, John St. John, Clinton B. Fisk, John Bidwell, and James Wooley.
Rev.Charles F. Deems was one of the park's founders who served as a president of the National Prohibition Camp Ground Association.
Prof. Samuel Dickie was the Chairman of the National Committee of the Prohibition Party. He and Deems were speakers at the dedication of the Auditorium which stood at the foot of Boulevard between Fisk and Willard. Frances E. Willard was the world pres. of the Womens Christian Temperance Union.
Mary Lathrap (Street Lathrop) was a first season lecturer in the Auditorium, as was Dr. A.B. Leonard. Wm. Jennings Demorest was a Prohibitionist who sponsored children's recitation contests. He awarded silver, gold and diamond medals.
Roswell S. Cheves was the secretary for the Camp Ground Association and signed all the deeds for lots in the Park with Deems. William Lloyd Garrison was a famous Abolitionist and writer. Mrs. Mary A. Woodbridge was the world and national secretary of the WCTU.
Jewett Avenue was once called Pond Avenue for 3 large ponds from Goodwin Ave to Meiers Corners east to Westcott Blvd. Ice from these ponds was stored in what is now a two family residence at 298 Westcott
College Avenue west of Jewett was originally
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