This collection was acquired by Stockton University through the gift of Judy Courter, who wrote a book about Fred Noyes, Jr. and his wife, Fred and Ethel Noyes of Smithville, New Jersey. Ms. Courter was given the letters by the proprietor of an antique shop in Galloway Township, New Jersey.
This collection contains 6 letters written in 1933 by Fred W. Noyes, Sr. to his niece, “Nodie.” He describes the environs, flora and fauna around his home and his interactions with neighbors. The collection also contains 7 photographs of the Noyes family and their home in Lower Bank, which were gathered by Ms. Courter in the course of research for her book.
Heather Halpin Perez, Special Collections Librarian, August 2017.
Image courtesy of Marge Cavileer. Copy held in Stockton University Archives and Special Collections, Richard E. Bjork Library, Stockton University.
Born in 1868 in Massachusetts, Fred Winslow Noyes moved to Philadelphia. Working in the textile industry as an executive, he suffered great losses in the 1929 stock market crash. On the advice of his doctor, he moved with his wife, Louisa and son, Fred, Jr., to Lower Bank, New Jersey, on the Mullica River in the Pine Barrens in the early 1930s. He died in 1944 and is interred in Egg Harbor City, New Jersey.
While Stockton University’s Bjork Library’s Special Collection and Archives owns the collection; Stockton may not own the copyright for all of the items. Researchers wishing to reproduce materials are responsible for obtaining the proper permissions.