Boonton 1960's

1967 – Boonton celebrates its 100th anniversary

The following are taken from various newspaper articles from the Boonton Times-Bulletin of 1967 and the activities that occurred.
(During the year 2017, you can visit the Boonton Historical Society to see their display of the 1967 Centennial)

01-02-1967 – Mayor Al Scerbo New Year Message:

Mayor Alfonse W. Scerbo presented the following address at the annual reorganization meeting at the Town of Boonton on Monday night.

“Today we officially enter our Centennial year. I am very proud that luck has permitted me to be Mayor during this important year.”
“ I believe that 1967 could mark the rebirth of Boonton’s importance as a leading community in the County.”
“This year will see the consolidation of two outdated firehouses into one modern building and the subsequent release of a prime site for a new business; the completion of our new grammar school; the extension of our water system towards a completely automated and self-sufficient one; the continued reclamation of our natural resources; the further development of our recreational facilities; one and perhaps two additions to our industrial family; continued determination to upgrade all our housing and, I hope the initial stage of our Urban Renewal program.”
“Above all, my hope this day is that the “Spirit of 67” will reach all our citizens and bring about a deep and abiding interest in our Town. Boonton has a very proud past – let us build on it to an even brighter future.”

Schedule of events:

January 1
Brothers of the Brush Beard Growing Contest
March 18
Dinner Birthday Party – Victorian Inn
March 30
U.S. Navy Band Concert – American Field Service
May 26
Centennial Fashion Show
May 29
Dedication of Mayor’s Park and burial of Centennial Time Capsule
May 30
- “American Heritage Day “Parade
- Family Picnic
May 31
- Industrial Open House
- Main Street Art Exhibit
- Brothers of the Brush, Sisters of the Swish judging
June 1
“Through the Years” Concert – Boonton High School
June 2
- Jubilee Dance – Boonton Elks Club
- Centennial Ball – Victorian Inn
- Centennial Dance – Boonton High School
June 3
Anniversary Parade, Fireworks in the evening
June 4
Religious Heritage Day
- Church attendance in Centennial Garb
- Children’s Parade
- Evening Community Hymn Sing

Brothers of the Brush
01-01-1967 – Phil Tanga is the first man in Boonton to join the “Brothers of the Brush – he purchased his badge and certificate from Centennial General Chairman Jack Wootton. The enthusiasm is catching – the beard fever is on. The club was formed based on the idea of who could grow the best beard.

02-02-1967 – Brothers of the Brush’ form Chapters - Chairman , Emidio ‘Toot’ Cacciabeve and Co-Chairman John Curtin have announced that the Brothers of the Brush, now having initial registration approaching two hundred men are going to form chapters of their organization. 

“The concept of Chapters in the organization”, explains Mr.Curtin, “is that the beard growing contest is getting so big that the opportunity for the fraternal atmosphere that should prevail would be further engendered by the formation of smaller groups within the structure of the Brothers of the Brush.”

- The following is a list of the description of the beards to be judged at the Brothers of the Brush Contest on May 31.
Best All-Around Beard – The judges will consider length, fullness and complete growth; must be a full beard with no shaven portion on face or beneath the chin.
Abe Lincoln – The best black Beard which resembles the type worn by Lincoln
Fullest Beard – The total quantity of hairy growth on temples, cheeks, jowls, upper and lower portions of the face will count. There must be no shaven portion on face or beneath the chin.
Robert E. Lee – The best gray or white Beard which follows the growth similar to Lee.
Longest Beard – An actual measurement of the longest hair on the chin or cheeks, whichever is longest. Hair on the mustache portion will not be considered in this case.
John Hill – Facial adornment as illustrated in his photograph.
Fanciest Beard – That type of Beard, which because of its dressy appearance, curl, special trim or luxuriance as combined features best meets with the approval of the Judges as the Fanciest.
John Maxfield – Best mutton chops with bald head.
Curliest Beard – As the name implies. Must be Natural curl, however.
Halo – The oval-shaped continuation of the mustache and chin whiskers. The continuous hair forms an oval or circle, somewhat like the letter “O”.
Goatee – A long chin whisker, extending from the upper lip, close to the mouth, long and narrow, like the goat from which it gets its name.
Mustache – Hair on the upper lip, either curled at the ends or straight. In this case, the longest and best trimmed sample.
Mutton-Chops – Full mustache, connecting at its ends with weeping side-burns as a continuous line of hair. The hair curves upward after dipping to the jaw line from the front of the ears. The chin must be bare.
Side Burns – Continuation of the hair at temples in front of ears and growing down on the cheeks, either curving or straight down. The best looking and most luxuriant sample is being sought here.
Van Dyke – Chin whiskers graduating to a definite point at the end.
Burnsides – Sideburns which curve from the temple almost to chin. The chin itself is bare. Hair follows the lower cheek line in curving.
Colors – Black, brown, blonde, red, auburn, white and gray. Any two-tone or three-tone combination of these seven (7) colors.

02-20-1967 – Sisters of the Swish 

Boonton’s Centennial Celebration went into full swing when a delegation of women appeared in old-fashioned costumes at the Town meeting recently to hear Mayor Scerbo read a proclamation establishing the fun group called “Sisters of the Swish”.

Mrs. Evelyn Eckardt, who was just appointed chairman of the Sisters, presented the first membership to the Mayor’s wife, Lucille Scerbo.

The enthusiastic group of women lost no time in bantering the men that they would have a larger enrollment, Emidio ‘Toot’ Cacciabeve, chairman of the Brothers of the Brush advanced the challenge that the losers would wheelbarrow ride the winners down Main Street.

With that the competition for the highest membership is on. All men and women are urged to join their respective organizations and boost the membership. As this celebration culminates towards the end of May, we should see some lively antics taking place.

03-09-1967- Mayor Scerbo qualifies to drive Horse and Buggy

Mayor Alfonse Scerbo took his first driving lesson Sunday – And the fact that he’s an automobile salesman didn’t help a bit.
Because the carriage the mayor is learning how to drive isn’t the horseless kind.
It’s a two-seater buggy – in which he the mayor and his wife Lucille are scheduled to roll to the Victorian Inn for the March 18 centennial dinner-dance at the head of a 50 piece brass band.
The buggy is part of a collection of Arthur Trezza of Forever Farms of Randolph Township.

Mayor Scerbo in top hat getting driving lessons from Arthur Trezza

03-16-1967 – Fire Destroys the Victorian Inn

The Victorian Inn on Reserve Street was severely damaged on Monday night by fire and smoke which was fought by 250 firemen from Boonton, Boonton Township and Montville. The Inn was the former private residence of Cooper Lord, proprietor of the Boonton Iron Works and later was known as the Puddingstone Inn. The inn was to have been the scene of the Town of Boonton’s 100th Anniversary dinner and ball this Saturday night.

De Maio’s Route 10, New Scene for Birthday Party

“No the party has not gone up in smoke” So said Chairman William J. McCready as he announced that De Maio’s Supper Club at the junction of U.S. Route 287 and State Highway No.10 in Whippany is now the scene for Boonton’s 100th Birthday Dinner-Dance Party. With dedication and resourcefulness characteristic of the fore bearers being honored in this Centennial, the “never say die” committee mobilized Monday night before the Victorian Inn fire sirens had died. Consequently, the party will still come off as scheduled at 7 PM this Saturday March 18th.

03-18-1967 – Boonton is 100 Years Old – “The Old Lady Steps Out”

It was a many a long year since the old lady had been to a ball. Long ago, she had folded away the trailing gowns, the lace and ostrich plumes of her girlhood days.

She wouldn’t be wearing them again.

And then – for a few brief hours – Time looked the other way, while Old Boonton danced at her hundredth birthday party. More than 400 well-wishers drank her health in pink champagne at the Centennial dinner-dance.  Flashbulbs blazed as bearded Mayor Alfonse Scerbo and his wife Lucille rolled up to the door in horse and buggy.

Canadian Consul-General R.G.C. Smith arrived to a blare of trumpets from the 50-man Harmony Fife & Drum Corps, drawn up stiffly in ranks, bare hands frozen to their instruments and playing just the same. They had insisted on coming.

Joseph Maraziti and his wife Eileen with Mayor Al Scerbo
Mayor Scerbo and Centennial Chairman Jack Wootton ceremonially cut it up with sabers. The mayor had to borrow his, but Wootton had one. A reserve officer, he came as a Union Army captain.
Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Charlton
He was outranked, though. Lloyd Charlton turned up in a Marine major’s uniform he found in his uncle’s attic, with gold epaulets and a Horatio Hornblower hat. 
Alderman Bill Edwards was dressed as a Johnny Reb lieutenant.

Like faded tintypes sprung to life from the pages of a family album they danced the night away till 2:00 am. Then at last the magic wore thin and the quests climbed into their cars to head home or the bright glare of an all-night diner. And soon the last candle flickered out, leaving the old lady alone with her memories.

May and June events

It was a glorious day, balloons with “Happy Birthday Boonton” on them were bobbing in the light breeze. A sunny, summer day and thousands of people. And all here Saturday in Boonton. The weekend wind-up of Boonton’s Centennial Celebration was underway.

More than 20 bands thumped their way down Main Street and more than three dozen units marched.

On Sunday, five hundred children marched in a special parade.
To add to the nostalgia, dozens of antique cars putted along the route.

But only a handful of women pushed their menfolk down Main Street in wheelbarrows. The Sisters of the Swish lost the membership contest to the Brothers of the Brush and had to suffer the consequences.
An estimated 6,000 persons turned out at Pat Marotta’s Boonton Township estate for the Centennial Family picnic.

The Centennial Capsule was buried with official ceremonies and will be exhumed in the year 2067.
Items in the capsule:
- Letter from Mayor Scerbo to the Mayor of 2067
- Centennial Buttons & Pins
- 1967 Morris County Manual
- Wooden Nickel
- Master Plan of the Town of Boonton
- Slides through the Century
- 1967 Local Municipal Budget
- Letter from the 1967 4th grade to the 2067 4th grade of John Hill
- List of Town Officials
- Tape recordings of Radio Broadcasts
- Dedication of the New Town Hall Booklet
- Centennial Program of Events
- Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Control Ordinance
- Ballpoint Pen
- 1966 Income Tax Return
- Clippings from County Newspapers of Centennial Events
- Copy of the 1867 Jerseyman
- Information about the Rotary Club Ancestor Cards of Boonton Townspeople
- Centennial Map of the Town of Boonton
- Beard Descriptions
- Lyon’s Historical Disclosure
- T.V. Guide
- Set of 1967 Coins
- Edition of the Boonton Times-Bulletin
- Pack of Filter cigarettes
- Boonton – The Past 100 Years.


The stainless steel capsule, four feet, six inches tall and costing $1,500 was buried in Mayor’s Park. A two-ton puddingstone will mark the burial spot. Pictured are Centennial Chairman Jack Wootton, Pat Marotta, whose firm donated the capsule, Mayor Scerbo, and Bernard Sheplin, president of the Rotary Club which sponsored the project.

Not too many men were brave enough to bare their faces in public. Those who were, took part in the shave-off contest in Boonton Sunday. Sisters of the Swish had a “this hurts me more than it hurts you” look on their faces as they raced through the brush with electric razors. James Hodgings had his beard shaved off in the shortest time and won the prize. Above, Mrs. Val Onorati does some cutting up on her husband.

A Rich Town 
from The Citizen 12-14-1967

Someone ought to do a serious study of what makes a town a community. The subject could be researched in Boonton, a community in the richest sense of the word.

Projects that would surely sink elsewhere, float in Boonton. They come sailing in, powered by… what? Propelled by some elusive something that might be called civic pride, if you were in a pinch and had to give it a name.

Why does Boonton seem to own, effortlessly, something other municipalities are striving to win?

If it’s a secret, it ought to be shared.

Boonton isn’t a big town. It’s not populous, not affluent. It will never win a beauty contest or a planning prize. It’s an industrial town, with the smoke and the smell to prove it.

But, Boonton has bigger, richer, prettier neighbors that can’t brag of summer concerts at an old fashioned bandstand and could never hope to pull off the kind of happy, swinging, hoopla of a centennial celebration that Boonton enjoyed this year. And now Boonton has a town hall tower designed for a clock with four faces.

Of course any municipality can decorate a tower which clocks. All you have to do is appropriate the money. In Boonton, though, contributions are paying the price. Donations from firemen and veterans groups and individuals, dimes from school children are buying the clock faces. Right now, three faces have been paid for and funds are needed for the fourth.

On December 31, when a dedication ceremony is held and the clock is lit, people of Boonton will have more than just a new way of telling the time. They’ll have another personal investment in the town. And maybe that’s Boonton’s secret – there’s a personal relationship between the people and the town that isn’t found elsewhere.

It could be that this sense of belonging to a place can’t be rushed. Possibly it comes with age and you can’t expect to find it in younger, growing communities. If that’s the case, we’ll have to hope that time will mature other towns as kindly as it did Boonton.

New Town Hall – 1965

Excerpts from various Boonton Times-Bulletin

05-21-1964 – Contracts totaling $378,643 were awarded by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen on Monday night for the construction of a new Town Hall at the site near the corner of Washington Street and Lathrop Avenue.

The work is expected to begin around the first of June with completion date about a year away.

03-01-1965 – Scafolding removed from the new Town Hall (right)

08-03-1965 - Sealed bids will be received by the Mayor and Board of Alderman for landscaping and sodding the new Town Hall

10-18-1965 – The Mayor and Board of Alderman met for the first time in the new Town Hall at 100 Washington Street.

PEOPLE of the 1960’s

Jim Kiick - born August 9, 1946, he was raised in Lincoln Park and attended Boonton High school. He made the All-Morris County team, but as a defensive back, not as a running back, and graduated in 1964.

After high school in New Jersey, Kiick went west and played college football at Wyoming from 1965 through 1967, and was the Cowboys' leading rusher each of those years. He totaled 1,714 yards and ten touchdowns on 431 carries, and 561 yards and five touchdowns on 52 pass receptions. He was the first player ever to earn first-team All-WAC honors three times. As a junior, he was named the Most Valuable Player in the 1966 Sun Bowl.

Kiick played in the Senior Bowl, and was selected to play in the 1968 College All-Star Game against the Green Bay Packers in Chicago. Kiick was selected by the AFL's Miami Dolphins in the fifth round (118th overall) of the 1968 Draft, the second year of pro football's common draft. He signed a two-year, no-cut contract for $15,000 the first year, $17,000 the second year, plus a $7,000 bonus

Although not blessed with breakaway speed, the 5 ft 11 in , 214 lb Kiick was a versatile player; in addition to being an effective inside power runner, he was also an excellent blocker and clutch pass receiver. He had over 1,000 yards combined rushing and receiving in each of his first four years.

Kiick played in three consecutive Super Bowls with the Dolphins.

In Super Bowl VI, he rushed 10 times for 40 yards, and caught three passes for 21 yards, but the Dolphins failed to score a touchdown and were trounced by the Dallas Cowboys, 24–3.

In Super Bowl VII, he caught two passes for six yards, and rushed 12 times for 38 yards, scoring the decisive touchdown, a one-yard blast, as Miami defeated the Washington Redskins 14–7, completing their perfect 17-0 season.

In Super Bowl VIII, he rushed seven times for ten yards and scored the second of Miami's three touchdowns, diving in headfirst from the one yard line (his only touchdown of the 1973 season). It was said by Kiick, "my specialty--the one-yard gallop. Miami dominated the Minnesota Vikings, 24–7.

Jim Kiick and Larry Csonka were roommates at training camp and on the road. Their hell-raising typically included consuming large quantities of alcohol.

In 1969 sportswriter Bill Braucher of the Miami Herald, upon hearing of their exploits on and off the field, dubbed them "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (Csonka was Sundance, Kiick was Butch).

A TV film was made of their exploits, showing them riding horseback into the sunset on Miami Beach, and they even posed for a poster dressed in western garb.

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Local News of Boonton past
from the Boonton Times-Bulletin

06-05-1961 - The New Jersey State Highway Department will hold public auctions on residential and commercial buildings in Middlesex and Morris Counties. In Morris County, where a section of Interstate Route 287 will be built, 12 buildings in Boonton and seven in Parsippany Troy Hills will be offered for sale June 8.
Undated photo. Main and Myrtle. Building on left is Main Pharmacy. The Esso Station to the right is where present day 287 exists.
Looking from Washington Street towards Main/Myrtle. The building in center with awning is where the current bridge over 287 exists today. You can see Main Pharmacy in the distance.

1961 - First female president of Kiwanis

At the 1960 annual Christmas party, Mrs. Marion Smock was installed as the new president of the Boonton Kiwanis First Aid Squad for 1961. Mrs. Smock has been on the squad for eight years, she has served on the squad as quartermaster, secretary-treasurer, Board of Directors and vice president last year
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1965 – Boonton Ave Parking Lot opened – The cost to park, one hour at 5 cents, two hours for 10 cents and six hours for 25 cents 

05-21-1964 – Contracts totaling $378,643 were awarded by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen on Monday night for the construction of a new Town Hall at the site near the corner of Washington Street and Lathrop Avenue.

The work is expected to begin around the first of June with completion date about a year away.

03-01-1965 – Scafolding removed from the new Town Hall (right)

- Sealed bids will be received by the Mayor and Board of Alderman for landscaping and sodding the new Town Hall

10-18-1965 – The Mayor and Board of Alderman met for the first time in the new Town Hall at 100 Washington Street.

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