William J. Washer

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Northwestern New Jersey, A History: Somerset, Morris, Hunterdon, Warren and Sussex Counties

by A. Van Doren Honeyman (1927)

WILLIAM J. WASHER – The present-day interests of the Newton Cemetery Association have in William J. Washer a practical advocate and a working factor that have been the means of bringing them into first rank among similar associations in this State, Mr. Washer’s progressive plans as superintendent receiving unanimous approval and cooperation. He is a grandson of Joseph William Washer, who lived and died in Andover, Sussex County, and had children: Amos, of whom further; Joseph; Peter; Frances; Margaret; and a daughter who died young.

Amos Washer was a blacksmith by trade, and lived in Andover, dying at the age of fifty-six years. He married Elizabeth Dennis, daughter of Job Dennis, of Branchville, and she is now living at McFall, Sussex County. They had seven daughters and one son: Bertha; Gussie; Lottie; Lillian; William J., of whom further; Florence; Ella; Ruth.

William J. Washer was born October 25, 1886, at Andover, Sussex County, where he attended the public schools. He was employed by H. W. Merriam Shoe Company, at Newton, for four years, when he removed to Scranton, Pennsylvania. There he learned the milling business with the firm of C. P. Matthews and Son, and was employed with that firm for twelve years. Then he returned to Newton where he was associated with the Hyper-Humus Company for two years. In September, 1926, he also engaged in the general grocery business at Main Street and Lawnwood Avenue, Newton, under the name of W. J. Washer and Son.

On April 1, 1921, Mr. Washer was appointed superintendent of the Newton Cemetery Association, where his abilities have received merited recognition, and he has brought the plans and work of the cemetery up to the present high standard, and brought about many improvements. The officials of the Association are as follows: W. W. Roe, president; Theodore Simonson, vice-president; Charles Fredenburg, secretary and treasurer; Edward H. Dutcher, Roland T. Hull, Levi H. Morris, Nathan H. Hart, directors.

Mr. Washer is a member of the Junior Order United American Mechanics, and a vestryman of the Protestant Episcopal Church.

William J. Washer married, in April, 1908, Catherine B. Longcoy, daughter of William Longcoy, and they have three children: Jesse; William V.; Catharine.