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Dumont Borough

Dumont Borough Hall is located at 50 Washington Avenue, Dumont NJ 07628; phone: 201-387-5022.

Beginnings [1]

Schraalenburgh is a village on the West Shore Railroad and was originally in Palisades Township. It has a population of about six hundred; it is the site of the North Reformed Church, and the center of considerable mercantile interests in this part of the county. John Quackenbush owned and operated the first store, which was sold to Peter E. Moore in 1877. Mr. H. Meartens, another merchant, came here in 1895, and DeCoster & Ferdon erected their building in 1898.

The borough of Dumont, originally named Schraalenburg, was organized in 1895 and was at that time three miles square, but in 1897 it was reduced to an area of about two and a half square miles. It is bounded on the North by Harrington Township, on the South by Bergenfields Borough, on the East by Cresskill Borough, and on the West by Palisades Township.

The first Mayor of the borough was Dumont Clarke. He was followed by Newton A. Fuller, and Mr. Fuller by the present Mayor [i.e. in 1900] Richard Van Buskirk.

The village has a fire department with a membership of forty men, under the chieftaincy of D. G. Whittaker. The Town Hall was erected in 1896.

  1. J. M. Van Valen, History of Bergen County New Jersey, New Jersey Publishing and Engraving Company, New York, 1900.
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