Historic Places in South Jersey

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Shirley Baily, a hero

Yesterday, after hiking the Maruice River Bluffs blue trail and red trail, my friends and I stopped in for coffee at Bogart's Book Store.  There I found a big pile of South Jersey Magazine which never fails to inspire me with a desire to go find some hidden treasure on a Creek or Bay in South Jersey.  As I paid for the two copies I was buying to add to my collection, the counter-clerk and I both voiced our admiration for the Editor-I-Chief, Shirley Bailey, who was also the author of two books in my collection:  Yesteryear on the Cohansey River and Yesteryear on the Maurice River.

I mentioned another favorite of mine, another history hero Margaret Mintz, author of several independently published book on the people and the industry on the Maurice River, two of which are treasures in my New Jersey history book collection.  The counter-clerk, whose name I am sorry to say, I didn't write down, and I both spoke of our admiration for Shirley and she said she thought something should have been done to honor Shirely for hier remarkable career saving our history.  I agree.  If you look her up, you can find her obituary,she died February 20, 2011, age 83.  I had called her phone number, listed in the magazine in the mid 2000's hoping the magazine was still in publication and wishing to get a subscription, but it had ceased publication in the earl7 2000's so at least, I was fortunate enough to speak to Shirley Bailey before she passed away and offer my praise for her accomplishment.  If I had authored a magazine, it would have been this one.  But I could never have made the contacts and connections Shirley had from growing up in the area.  We owe an incalculable debt to Shirley and Margaret for their ceaseless efforts on behalf of saving our cultural history in South Jersey, a remarkable place.

There is a mention of the magazine on Barry's Ghosttowns site:
https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/south-jersey-magazine.1513/

Richard Bailey is also deceased and he passed away in October of 2014.  Margaret Mintz passed away in 2001 at the age of 92. 

Along with these venerable historians and writers, I must mention Louisa Llewllyn of Gloucester City who wrote a book of history on that town which is out of print.  I had a copy which I had purchased twice but both times my copy was purloined from my classrooms, once from the high school where I taught and once from the middle school.  At least I was gratified to know someone was interested in the local history.  During my teaching time, I tried to put local history projects into my curriculum as often as possible.  Louisa was not only a respected and evoted historian, she was a mentor to many teachers and students during her long career and received Citizen of the Year awards from her home town.  AS is so often the case looking back, I wish I had tried harder to keep in touch with her during her retirement and especially during mine.  But I thank her and these other historians for their efforts on our behalf.

Shirley R. (Robbins) Bailey

Shirley R. (Robbins) Bailey, age 83, of Millville, died suddenly Sunday morning, Feb. 20, 2011, at her residence after a brief illness.

Born in Absecon, she grew up in Dividing Creek, Bridgeton and was a graduate of Bridgeton High School, class of 1945.

She was the publisher the "South Jersey Magazine" as well as other books relating to Sough Jersey History. Previously she had worked for Airwork Corporation, Millville as the computer department head. She retired in 2003. She will always be known as an authority on local history. - See more at: http://obits.nj.com/obituaries/southjerseytimes/obituary.aspx?n=shirley-r-bailey-robbins&pid=148790175&#sthash.m2GPEfi4.dpuf
Shirley R. (Robbins) Bailey

Shirley R. (Robbins) Bailey, age 83, of Millville, died suddenly Sunday morning, Feb. 20, 2011, at her residence after a brief illness.

Born in Absecon, she grew up in Dividing Creek, Bridgeton and was a graduate of Bridgeton High School, class of 1945.

She was the publisher the "South Jersey Magazine" as well as other books relating to Sough Jersey History. Previously she had worked for Airwork Corporation, Millville as the computer department head. She retired in 2003. She will always be known as an authority on local history.
- See more at: http://obits.nj.com/obituaries/southjerseytimes/obituary.aspx?n=shirley-r-bailey-robbins&pid=148790175&#sthash.m2GPEfi4.dpuf
Shirley R. (Robbins) Bailey

Shirley R. (Robbins) Bailey, age 83, of Millville, died suddenly Sunday morning, Feb. 20, 2011, at her residence after a brief illness.

Born in Absecon, she grew up in Dividing Creek, Bridgeton and was a graduate of Bridgeton High School, class of 1945.

She was the publisher the "South Jersey Magazine" as well as other books relating to Sough Jersey History. Previously she had worked for Airwork Corporation, Millville as the computer department head. She retired in 2003. She will always be known as an authority on local history.
- See more at: http://obits.nj.com/obituaries/southjerseytimes/obituary.aspx?n=shirley-r-bailey-robbins&pid=148790175&#sthash.m2GPEfi4.dpuf
Shirley R. (Robbins) Bailey

Shirley R. (Robbins) Bailey, age 83, of Millville, died suddenly Sunday morning, Feb. 20, 2011, at her residence after a brief illness.

Born in Absecon, she grew up in Dividing Creek, Bridgeton and was a graduate of Bridgeton High School, class of 1945.

She was the publisher the "South Jersey Magazine" as well as other books relating to Sough Jersey History. Previously she had worked for Airwork Corporation, Millville as the computer department head. She retired in 2003. She will always be known as an authority on local history.
- See more at: http://obits.nj.com/obituaries/southjerseytimes/obituary.aspx?n=shirley-r-bailey-robbins&pid=148790175&#sthash.m2GPEfi4.dpuf
Shirley R. (Robbins) Bailey

Shirley R. (Robbins) Bailey, age 83, of Millville, died suddenly Sunday morning, Feb. 20, 2011, at her residence after a brief illness.

Born in Absecon, she grew up in Dividing Creek, Bridgeton and was a graduate of Bridgeton High School, class of 1945.

She was the publisher the "South Jersey Magazine" as well as other books relating to Sough Jersey History. Previously she had worked for Airwork Corporation, Millville as the computer department head. She retired in 2003. She will always be known as an authority on local history.
- See more at: http://obits.nj.com/obituaries/southjerseytimes/obituary.aspx?n=shirley-r-bailey-robbins&pid=148790175&#sthash.m2GPEfi4.dpuf

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