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Jim Young, Historical Society President

Jim Young, long time President of the Historical Society of Frankford passed away on December 13th.  The most obvious achievement during his tenure was the significant improvements made to the building.  He was always present and willing to explore new opportunities to promote the society.  He will certainly be missed by his friends and colleagues.

From the web site of Kain-Murphy Funeral Services:

On Dec. 13, 2019, Age 78 of Cinnaminson, NJ; Beloved husband of 50 years to Vi. Anne (nee Harvey); Loving father of Virginia Quinn (Kerry) of Cinnaminson, Lynn Casey of Palmyra, NJ, James (Stephanie) of Westampton, NJ & Christina Riley (Bob) of Brigantine, NJ; Cherished grandfather of Erica, Shannon & Emilie Quinn, Laurel, Devon & Liam Young, and  R.J. & Jesse Riley and Dear brother of Patricia Elser and the late Edna Nedby.

James graduated from N. Catholic HS and St. Joseph’s Univ.  He was an engineer for many years at The Frankford Arsenal and then The Picatinny Arsenal until he retired.

James’ family will receive friends on Sat., Dec. 28th after 9:30 AM, at Christ Episcopal Church, 500 Fourth St., Riverton, NJ 08077-1240; where the Celebration of James’ Life will begin at 11 AM.  In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in honor of James may be made to the Church at the above address, where he faithfully served as an Usher or to The Historical Society of Frankford, 1507 Orthodox St., Philadelphia, PA 19124; where he was President and a dedicated supporter.

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The Kings Highway to be Documentary

It was a trail at first, long before the Europeans came along.  The Indians in this area traveled it.  Then the Dutch and then the English settled the area and it became a road.  The English King Charles II ordered that a road should be built from Charleston SC to Boston MA and it was completed after 85 years in 1735.

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Jason Sherman and Jim Young President of the Historical Society of Frankford

It would witness the historic events of the revolution and grow to become Main Street in Frankford and then Frankford Avenue in Philadelphia.

Jason Sherman presented his plan to do a documentary on The King’s Highway at the meeting of the Historical Society of Frankford on September 8th.

This is a project that needs our support.  Filming has been going on for some time and as you see from the  trailer below, it will be a quality production.  This is a link to the web site.


Kickstarter Video for The King’s Highway Documentary from King’s Highway on Vimeo.


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Historic Night at the Historical Society


Jim Young, Debbie Klak and Rev. Paul Andell

Harry Kyriakodis gave a presentation on his book “Philadelphia’s Lost Waterfront” on Tuesday night, May 14th.  He is an engaging speaker with a depth of knowledge covering a wide range of historic Philadelphia.  If you get a chance to meet him in a future meeting of the HSF, don’t pass it up.

The history making event at the meeting was the first time appearance of three presidents of the Society.  Former President Rev. Paul Andell returned to Philadelphia for the 40th anniversary of the St. James pre-school.  Former President Debbie Klak attended and current President, Jim Young was also on hand.

The next meeting of the Historical Society of Frankford will be on June 11th at 7:30 PM at the HSF at 1507 Orthodox St.


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Howard Barnes We Miss You

It was a busy day yesterday and I thought about passing up the Historical Society of Frankford meeting but decided to go anyway and see what was on the agenda.  I knew there would be a video of Howard Barnes who was the former curator of the society.  He lived on Penn Street only a block from us and I have his autographed book so I thought I had heard it all.  The video ran over an hour but it was fascinating to hear this guy go on about the history of Frankford which he clearly had spent a long time researching.

Jim Young made his first appearance as the incoming President of the society since the departure of Paul Andell in June.  Jim spoke about some of the initiatives that the society will be taking on in the future.  Volunteers are always welcome and much needed.  I noted some new members sign up last night which is really the most valuable resource of this organization.

Before I left I met with Debbie Klak who has been following a discussion on the Gazette about the Overington mansion.  She dug up some clippings from the scrap books that the society has in its collection.  As time goes on those scrap books are golden with their treasure trove of information.  Posted below are some pictures of the meeting and also those clippings that may further illuminate the fate of the Overington mansion.  Click on any of the pictures for a more detailed view.