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Re: Woodruff-Potter Families
Posted by: Kathleen Dunn Tortora Date: July 24, 1998 at 15:49:35
In Reply to: Woodruff-Potter Families by Linda Furlong of 23710


I don't really have any genealogical experience under my belt nor am I particularly knowledgeable about historical things, but I do know that there were a lot of Potter family members in Mahwah, NJ (Bergen County). In fact, George T. Potter was President of Ramapo College of NJ at one time, and the library at the college is currently named after him. A Sociology Professor at Ramapo College wrote a book about Mahwah. I believe the Potters were mentioned in it as well as many others for the era in which you speak. The professor's name is Dr. Henry Bischoff. Dr. Bischoff was still at Ramapo College in January 1996 and may still be there yet. The college is located at 505 Ramapo Valley Road (also known as Route 202) in Mahwah. The general phone number for Ramapo College of NJ is (201) 529-7500. Maybe someone there can help you get in touch with Dr. Bischoff. He can probably tell you something about the Potter families of Mahwah (Mahwah was formerly known as Ho-Ho-Kus Township. There is a lot of historical heritage here in Mahwah, including the underground railroad and old houses in the area of what is now Ramapo College of NJ that belonged to famous people.) The Mahwah Public Library, 100 Ridge Road, Mahwah, NJ 07430/Phone: (201) 529-7323 might also be able to get you a copy of Dr. Bischoff's book. The name of the book is FROM PIONEER SETTLEMENT TO SUBURB written by DR. HENRY BISCHOFF AND MITCHELL KAHN. Mahwah's town historian is John Bristow/Phone: (201) 529-3136. Mahwah's Historic Preservation Commission Secretary is Denise Storms/Phone: (201) 529-5757. There are several Potters in Bergen County. If you'd like their addresses/phone numbers, let me know, and I'll mail you a xerox copy from the Bergen County phone book.


Kathleen Dunn Tortora


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