My progress so far seems to be coming in tiny baby steps. I hadn’t realized how hard it was going to be to research the mill–not that the information isn’t out there, but a lot of on-site/visiting needs to happen to get information. Problem? I have classes three nights a week, my niece four days a week, and a heck of a lot of reading to do!! SO on days when I have neither class nor niece, I feel guilty going anywhere when I should be getting other work done.
Tomorrow is a day without niece or class, so I’m hoping to make a lot of progress on this research!
I have found some information, though.
Through searching on the web I’ve found a book that might (or might not) be helpful for my research. It’s titled Centerton, NJ and was written by Arthur P. Schalick, Jr., the son of Arthur P. Schalick, a prominent man who was “known as one of the driving forces in the development of the township” of Pittsgrove (an extension of Elmer) and has been named one of the “People of the Century” of Cumberland County.
I started to wonder if I was looking at different Schalick families when I found the “Schalick Reunion 2000,” which does not mention the Oakford of today’s Schalick Mills, Inc.
THEN I realized both this site and the site for the Centerton, NJ book both came from the family’s RootsWeb ancestry website. There I found an Oakford Albertus Schalick who died in 1977–perhaps the father of the Oakford from the Meeting Minutes?
I can’t wait to explore this ancestry site!!