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About my Dad’s Grandpop….

From History of Monmouth County, New Jersey, 1664-1920, Volume 2

THEODORE HERBERT BENNETT Describing a man as a leader in business life is equivalent to saying that he possesses intelligence of a high order and touches life at many points A man of this type is Theodore Herbert Bennett merchant He is a splendid example of the aggressive keen and resourceful business man modern in all his views progressive in his ideals and actuated at all times by a sense of community obligation and the necessity of making individual success an element in general advancement.

Thomas Bennett father of Theodore Herbert Bennett was born in New York City Later in life he moved to Wall township and it was here that he was appointed tax collector and was serving in this capacity at the time of his death He married Catherine Morris a native of New Bedford and to them were born the following children Hannah Elizabeth deceased was the wife of James Bowne of Glendola New Jersey John H deceased formerly a resident of Belmar New Jersey Jeremiah of New Bedford Emma deceased was the wife of Edward Walker and later upon his death she married Fred Packer of Brooklyn New York Adelia deceased was the wife of David Barton of Asbury Park Ellen married Abram Fielder of Belmar Thomas a resident of Brooklyn Theodore Herbert of further mention Richard deceased.

Theodore Herbert Bennett was born in Glendola New Jersey October 18 1861 and his education was obtained in the schools of his native place In 1880 he went West to Lepage Illinois where he engaged in farming for a short time subsequently going to Asbury Park New Jersey where he drove a cart for James A Bradley when the latter was laying out the Park He then worked in the same capacity for John Moses when Belmar was being laid out and during this time he walked from Glendola to Belmar and back each day In 1882 he went to Iowa and secured the work of building feed yards for the Chicago Milwaukee and St Paul railroads but later he again returned to Belmar and for a time was associated with A Fielder the butcher In 1889 he formed a partnership with George M Height and under the firm name of Bennett & Height they opened a meat market at Como which they continued to conduct until 1891 when they removed to Spring Lake where they bought property on the corner of Jersey and Washington avenues and built a large market on this site which is today being carried on most successfully Until 1913 in connection with this enterprise they also conducted a market in Belmar on Ninth avenue at F street This concern also built the structure where the Ice and Cold Storage Company is located in Manasquan.

Besides the market Mr Bennett has also many other large interests and his thorough business qualifications have always been in great demand on boards of directors He was first president of the Ice and Cold Storage Company of Manasquan president of the Manasquan Fish Company director of the Barnegat Fish Company president of the Bennett Gravel Company which he organized in 1901 president of the Shore Hardware Company of Belmar and director of the First National Bank of Spring Lake and president of Bennett & Height Company.

He has always taken a keen and active part in civic affairs and no good work done in the name of welfare and advancement of the community appeals to him in vain He was one of the first two councilmen to serve in Spring Lake and he and Wilbur Tuttle were the originators in the forming of the borough of North Spring Lake He was trustee of the local school board for many years He is a member of the Exempt Firemen No 1 and affiliates with Wall Lodge No 72 Free and Accepted Masons Goodwin Chapter Royal Arch Masons Corson Commandery No 15 Knights Templar Salaam Temple Nobles of the Mystic Shrine and is also president of the Homestead Golf Club which he helped to organize He is an attendant of the Christian Science church of Asbury Park but for many years was first vestryman of St Uriel’s Episcopal Church at Sea Girt.

At Allaire New Jersey May 30 1889 Theodore Herbert Bennett was united in marriage with Annie Matilda Height daughter of Elias Hartson Height The Height family is one of the old families of Monmouth county Mr Height was born in New Bedford in 1829 and died at Allaire November 17 1914 He made the world’s record at Matawan killing one hundred and seventy six birds without missing one and at the Midway Gun Club at Matawan James Terhune a retired banker made the same record but his one hundred and seventy sixth bird fell dead out of bounds Elias H Height was a great huntsman owning at one time one hundred dogs Mr and Mrs Bennett are the parents of three children Valetta born September 20 1890 is a graduate of St Mary’s Hall Burlington New Jersey class of 1909 Theodore Herbert Jr born October 24 1892 educated at Tome School Charles Paul born July 17 1900 was a student of Bordentown Military Academy The family’s winter home is at No 311 Madison avenue Spring Lake By long identification with the life of Spring Lake which has been his home for so many years and by his fairmindedness and good will as a representative citizen Mr Bennett has won for himself a permanent place in the hearts of the people of this community and his friends are many Mr Bennett in 1920 became associated with the Shale Oil and Machinery Company with headquarters at Denver Colorado who have large shale holdings in Garfield county Colorado with a plant for extracting the oil. He is a director in this company.

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