Radburn, A Town for the Motor Age


7 Ashburn Place1
b. 1929

     The occupants of 7 Ashburn Place were
     in 1930-1: Matthew A Smith2,3
     in 1933-9: Elmer Mackey4,5,6,7
     and in 1941: Ronald Spittal.8

New York Times, 23 June 1929
Matthew Smith, the occupant of 7 Ashburn Place is mentioned among the early settlers of Radburn.9

Matthew A Smith was born in 1899 in New Jersey.2 He married F Theodora in 1920.2 Matthew A Smith appeared on the 1930 Census as the head of household at 7 Ashburn Place, with F Theodora as wife. Enumerated with him was David E. Coe, step-son.2 The value of the house was $10,500.2 Matthew A Smith was a credit manager at the City Housing Corporation.2,3 He did not own a radio in 1930.2 Matthew A Smith was a Veteran of the World War.2 Before coming to Radburn Matthew lived in East Orange.9 Matthew A Smith moved before 1933 from 7 Ashburn Place to 334 Howard Ave.4

Elmer Mackey was born in 1890 in New York.10 He married Lorena B in 1910.10 Elmer Mackey was a department head in a bank, and in 1931 a clerk in New York.10,3 He owned a radio in 1930.10 Elmer Mackey and Lorena B Mackey moved before 1933 from 315 Plaza Road North to 7 Ashburn Place, and before 1941 to 372 Owen Avenue.4,8 Elmer Mackey was the brother-in-law of William F Larkin, of 317 Plaza Road North.11,3,12 Elmer and his wife Lorena had a daughter Ruth.10

Ruth Mackey was born in 1914 in New York.10 Ruth Mackey married George Hudson Smith on 18 March 1933 in the Church in Radburn. Rev. Deane Edwards officiated. , Saturday, 1 Apr 1933:
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Lansing Mackey have announced the marriage of their daughter, Ruth, to George Hudson Smith of Cincinnati at Radburn, NJ, on Saturday, March 18th. The ceremony, attended by a few close friends of the families, was performed by the Rev. Dean Edwards in the manse of the church at Radburn.

Following a reception for the immediate families at the bride's home, the couple enjoyed a wedding trip in New York. Temporarily, they are residing with Mr. and Mrs. Mackey in Radburn, while the groom, a graduate of Yale University in the class of 1932, completes a student's course in New York City.13
Ruth Mackey died on 13 November 1992 in Midland Park.13,14

Ronald Spittal married Nettie.4 Ronald Spittal was an engineer in New York.4 Ronald Spittal moved before 1941 from 4 Arlington Place to 7 Ashburn Place.8

  1. [S2] Radburn Association, Map of Radburn, NJ, c. 1990.
  2. [S1] 1930 Federal Census, T626, Roll 1312: sheet 1A (149), line 14-16.
  3. [S5] 1931 Directory.
  4. [S6] 1933 Directory.
  5. [S7] 1935 Directory.
  6. [S8] 1937 Directory.
  7. [S9] 1939 Directory.
  8. [S10] 1941 Directory.
  9. [S22] NY Times, Jun 23, 1929. pg. RE1.
  10. [S1] 1930 Federal Census, T626, Roll 1312: sheet 4A (152), line 5-7.
  11. [S1] 1930 Federal Census, T626, Roll 1312.
  12. [S12] Federal Census.
  13. [S26] Joan Brooks, "MACKEY/SMITH," e-mail to e-mail address, 2 Aug 2005.
  14. [S15] Bergen Record, Nov 15, 1992. pg A-14.


Compiler: Afina Broekman

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