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A few nice stamp collector images I found:

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Batsto Village is a New Jersey Historic site located in Wharton State Forest in the south central Pine Barrens, and a part of the Pinelands National Reserve. It is listed on the New Jersey and National Register of Historic Places, and is administered by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Parks & Forestry. The name is derived from the Swedish batstu, bathing place; the first bathers were probably the Lenni-Lenape Indians. Batsto Village is located on County Route 542.

In 1766, Charles Read, a well-known ironmaster, built the Batsto Iron Works along the Batsto River on the site of the future village. The area had an abundance of bog ore which could be mined from the area’s streams and rivers, and wood from the area’s forests was harvested for charcoal for smelting the ore. The rivers, despite their modest drop, were also harnessed for iron making.

In 1773, John Cox bought the Iron Works, which produced cooking pots, kettles, and other household items. Batsto manufactured supplies for the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War.

In 1779, the Iron Works manager, Joseph Ball, bought the works and in 1784, his uncle, William Richards, bought a controlling interest. Over the next 92 years, the Richards family built most of the structures in the village. Richards was ironmaster until he retired in 1809. He was succeeded by his son, Jesse Richards, who ran the operation until his death in 1854 and was followed in turn by his son Thomas H. Richards. In the mid-1800s, demand for iron declined and Batsto turned to glassmaking, though without lasting success. Soon Batsto was in bankruptcy.

In 1876, Philadelphia businessman Joseph Wharton purchased Batsto along with a substantial number of other properties in the area. He improved many of the village buildings and was involved in a number of forestry and agricultural projects, including cranberry farming and a sawmill. After his death in 1909, his properties in the Pine Barrens were managed by the Girard Trust Company in Philadelphia.

The state of New Jersey purchased the Wharton properties in the late 1950s and began planning the use and development of the property, allowing the few people still living in the Village to remain; in 1989 the last house was vacated.

Today there are more than forty sites and structures, including the Batsto mansion, a sawmill, a 19th century ore boat, a charcoal kiln, ice and milk houses, a carriage house and stable, a blacksmith and wheelwright shop, a gristmill and a general store. The Post Office is still in operation, and collectors have stamps hand-cancelled, with no zip code. The Batsto-Pleasant Mills Methodist Episcopal Church is also still active.

my dad and i at pilmont nm
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My father is in the front I am number six in line; hiking in New Mexico over 50 years ago !!
Robert Paul Reid, Sr., 92, formerly of Havertown
Robert Paul Reid, Sr. passed away on Saturday, April 4th at Lima Estates in Media, PA. He was 92 years old. A longtime resident of Havertown, Robert worked for over 60 years as a general contractor for Haverstick-Borthwick Company and as an independent arbitrator for construction disputes. He had been a member of The Carpenters’ Company of Philadelphia since 1970.
Robert is survived by his three children, Robert P. Reid, Jr., Jeanne Reid Hermann, and Margaret Reid Jacobson, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He placed a strong value on serving the community during the 81 years he lived in Havertown. As an active member of the Llanerch Fire Company, he played Santa Claus and served as Treasurer/Finance Secretary for over 25 years. Robert also was a Freemason and held leadership roles in the Havertown Rotary Club. He loved scouting and earned the Silver Beaver service award from the Boy Scouts of America. In addition, Robert served as a Deacon and Trustee for Llanerch Presbyterian Church and assisted with the expansion of the church building in the 1950s. As a member of The Carpenters’ Company of Philadelphia, he was very involved in the Bicentennial celebration that took plan in and around Carpenters’ Hall. He loved carpentry and was an avid collector of stamps and model railroad trains.

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