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setting of curb, a great deal of this work being done by private
owners of property. Some of the old brown stone curbs set in 1835
are still in evidence at the present day. Appropriations deemed
necessary for the safety and comfort of the inhabitants were voted
on at the annual elections and for many years the township lived
within its means. Then a new light seemed to dawn and the voters
determined that succeeding generations ought to pay at least for
some of the improvements; it was found that money could be raised
with ease on obligations issued by the township and the
appropriations grew less. In 1849 the township determined to
realize on its assets; the poor house had already been sold; in
1849 Archibald Graham, Jr., made a successful investment in real
estate by the purchase of the "town lott," obtaining what in after
years was worth thousands of dollars for the sum of $800. What he
obtained is described as follows: Beginning at the northeast corner
formed by the intersection of York street with Broadway running
thence (1) northerly along York street 600 feet (2) parallel with
Broadway easterly 343 feet to the line of lands formerly owned by
Edo Van Winkle (3) southerly along said line 600 feet to Broadway
(4) westerly along Broadway 341 feet to the beginning at York
street, containing four acres and seventy-one hundredths of an
acre. The voters of Paterson apparently liked the idea of getting
along without any tax bills to pay; the township real estate had
been sold, but men of means were ready to advance more money on the
corporate obligations and the voters concerned themselves little
about what future generations might think of them. The voters
finally concluded that the township expenses might as well be all
paid out of the cash advanced by money-lenders and o...
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