Tag Archives: Hackettstown

Murdered Maid Haunts Centenary College

Centenary College was founded by the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1867 as a preparatory school and women’s college. It underwent several incarnations before becoming a four-year, co-educational institution in 1988. In 1886, when the school was still known as Centenary … Continue reading

Bigfoot Roams Route 46

I was driving through the gently rolling hills along Route 46, just west of Hackettstown in the Great Meadows-Vienna section of Independence Township, when all of a sudden I spotted Bigfoot! The shadowy image was fleeting, I only caught a split second glance out the driver’s side window of my Jeep as I sped by at about 50 MPH, but the figure was unmistakable.
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There She Wasn’t – Miss America. The Ballad of Bette Cooper

Bette Cooper wound up being a 1937 Miss America contestant purely through chance. The 16-year old Hackettstown resident was at Lake Hopatcong’s Bertrand Island amusement park with a few friends when they saw a notice soliciting contestants for the “Miss Bertrand Island” contest. But her reign as pageant queen would be strange and short-lived. Continue reading