From: David Goessling dgoessling AT lucent DOT com
Date: Tue, 11 Oct 2005 09:01:46 -0400
Subject: Re: Short Hills weird structure
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I contacted the Millburn Short Hills Historical Society and asked about
the odd structure in that postcard referenced the other day. Here is
their reply, and some other images of it. (Can Paul post?)
Yes, I do know what that structure is -- or was. It used to be the windmill built by Stewart Hartshorn [the founder of Short Hills as an exclusive community in the 1870s; he also paid for the construction of the first RR station, torn down in 1907 when the present station was built - dmg] to bring water to his house, which abutted the tracks. I have attached here a progressive photo of the windmill through the years.
I recall reading a small article in an 1800's local paper, wherein some train engineers complained about the structure, as you see it in the image you sent me, because they feared that on a windy day it might topple onto the tracks. I believe it was taken down shortly afterwards.
Thank you for contacting us about it.
>>I am a member of the Erie-Lackawanna Historical Society. We have an
>>email mailing list where members discuss EL history, etc. Recently
>>someone posted the attached image of a postcard showing a rather odd
>>structure next to the M&E tracks in Short Hills.
>>Do you know what this is? Is it a RR-related building?