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South Amboy in Middlesex County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

First Air Mail Delivery Flight in New Jersey

 
 
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By Don Morfe, April 6, 2016
1. First Air Mail Delivery Flight in New Jersey Marker
Inscription. The South Amboy Post Office was located here in 1912. From this post office the First Air Mail Delivery Flight in New Jersey was undertaken. This event was the brainchild of Assistant Postmaster Edwin Roddy, also a member of the South Amboyís Business Menís Association. After proper approval from Postmaster E. Heines this historic event took place.

On July 4, 1912, Aviator Oliver J. Simmons flew a Wright-Burgess Hydro-Aeroplane, owned by Robert J. Collier, publisher of Collierís magazine, from Perth Amboy to South Amboy. After landing on the water by the coal docks, Aviator Simmons received 1,250 pieces of mal from the South Amboy Post Office to be delivered to the Perth Amboy Post Office. After an unsuccessful attempt to take off due to heavy boat traffic, a path was made and at 12:30 p.m. the plane took off and flew across Raitan Bay and delivered the mail to the Perth Amboy Post Office.

After this flight a communication was sent to the mayor of Perth Amboy from Michael Welsh, Mayor of South Amboy. A portion of this communication is as follows: “The conquest of the air having been accomplished we much look for new worlds to conquer. As this first communication between our cities by the most modern conveyance is held on the anniversary of this nationís birthday, may it be the precursor of an increased and harmonious

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By Don Morfe, April 6, 2016
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relationship between our communities.” This event was the first Air Mail Delivery in the State of New Jersey.
 
Location. 40° 28.983′ N, 74° 16.783′ W. Marker is in South Amboy, New Jersey, in Middlesex County. Marker is on South Broadway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 105 South Broadway, South Amboy NJ 08879, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old St. Maryís High School (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1950 South Amboy Explosion (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Bluff: Witness to History (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Water Highway (approx. 1.3 miles away); Ambo Point (approx. 1.3 miles away); Elizabeth Lawrence (approx. 1.3 miles away); Kearny Cottage (approx. 1.3 miles away); Kearny Cottage: Historic Home (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in South Amboy.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 15, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 79 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 15, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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