September 25, 1988 |
The mayor of Woodlynne and her councilman-husband are battling with the president of a group of Scout leaders over a log cabin that had been used by scouts in the tiny borough for the last 50 years. George W. Hesser Jr., president of the Cabin Board of Trustees, is fighting a decision by Woodlynne Mayor Ethel Schiavo and the Borough Council that effectively took control of the cabin away from Hesser. The borough government decided in July not to continue leasing the cabin to the board after the lease expired at the end of last month, Schiavo said.
December 17, 1990 |
Harry and Doris Rink open their Gibbstown home - which includes the oldest log cabin in North America - to tourists any time they are home. Once, a British woman stopped in after midnight, and she got a tour, Harry Rink says. Yesterday, the Rinks had 200 more visitors (they get 2,000 to 5,000 a year) when, in a mixing of cultures, Lithuanian-Americans held a celebration in the little cabin built around 1640 by Finnish woodsmen during the Swedish settlement of New Jersey. It was the fifth year that the Rinks, whose heritage is German, have hosted a December cultural celebration, an event sponsored by the Greenwich Township Cultural and Heritage Committee.
August 9, 1987 |
The mystery of the origin of the Upper Darby Swedish log cabin deepened last week. The architect the township hired to restore the landmark building, believed to have been built in 1654 by Swedish settlers, carried the latest twist - in three brown crumpled grocery bags - to a meeting with township officials Wednesday night. Warren P. Eck of West Chester said he had been on the job a few days when he began finding these troubling clues. Then he opened the bags and pulled them out: Old nails.
July 27, 1986 |
The meeting was called "Medford Lakes - Our Past is Our Future. " But it easily could have been dubbed a log-cabin owners' convention. Dick and Rita Stevenson, who have owned their log home in the borough for six years, were there. So was Jon Rodman, a borough resident for nine years who took his 15-month-old son, Danny, along. In fact, a standing-room-only crowd of about 100 log-cabin owners turned out Wednesday night at Oaks Hall to find out just how much the proposed Medford Lakes Historic District Ordinance will control what they can and cannot do to their homes.
August 7, 1992 |
Except for the night that the cops cornered a car thief hiding inside an 18th century privy near their log cabin, Shellie and Courtney Freeman have lived a blissfully bucolic life in the middle of the city. It's a rent-free pocket paradise filled with towering shade trees, birds, barking dogs, raccoons, rabbits and history. The Freemans live on the grounds of Stenton Mansion, one of Philadelphia's oldest and most impressive colonial manors. "It's so neat. It's great," says Freeman, a jolly 6-foot-7 giant who is constantly banging his noggin on the 6-foot-2 ceilings in the bedroom of his 200-year-old log cabin.
October 30, 1988 |
The campaign for two Borough Council seats in Woodlynne has been inflamed by a battle between an independent candidate and the borough mayor and her councilman husband, who is seeking a second term. The focus of the fight between independent Democratic candidate George W. Hesser Jr. and Democratic Mayor Ethel Schiavo and her husband, Anthony S. Schiavo, has been control of a log cabin used by scouts in the borough for the last 50 years. The fight has become a political and personal battle among the three, with Hesser and the mayor involved in shouting matches at several council meetings.
February 2, 1992 |
For almost 200 years, the Van Leer log cabin on the grounds of Conestoga High School in Berwyn has stood against time. Once a pioneer outpost, it is now only a hint of what things must have been like when Tredyffrin was on the frontier of America. The cabin that sheltered rustic farmers now is itself protected from the onslaught of students by a modern chain-link fence. It is named for the Van Leer family that emigrated to the New World in 1697, and is believed to have been built in 1800 because machine-made nails were used throughout.
September 27, 1986 |
Medford Lakes Borough has passed a measure aimed at preserving the rustic charm of the log cabins built several decades ago, when the community was a resort town. The borough council unanimously adopted the Medford Lakes Historic District Ordinance at its meeting Thursday night, establishing a historic district and creating a historic-preservation commission charged with administering and reviewing construction applications and maintaining design standards within the district. More than 30 people attended the public hearing, during which few residents voiced opposition to the measure establishing the district.
August 1, 1991 |
If Medford Lakes residents Carolyn and Bill Hard have their way, a landmark in this former summer resort community will get a new lease on life. The Hards, who publish the Hard Report, a weekly trade magazine for rock radio stations, are asking the borough's zoning board to grant them a use variance to convert Big Timbers from a privately owned home facing Lower Aetna Lake into a location for their business. Big Timbers is one of the largest log homes in the community and was one of the first homes constructed by developer Leon Todd in the 1920s.
October 28, 2012 |
When he was 20 years old, single, and the beneficiary of a small inheritance, Adam Berr purchased a vintage 1939 log cabin in Medford. Its condition was not pristine, and, at 870 square feet, the cabin was hardly commodious. Today, Berr, 33, is a specialist in computer adaptation for the handicapped, married since 2007, and a father. And his bachelor log cabin has grown up, too. It's been expanded, improved, and transformed into a better version of itself, since Berr and his wife were determined to hang onto the cabin's log roots while expanding its livability.