Sunday, July 17, 2011

Sunday's Obituary - Claire Helen Hildinger Moldovan - Trenton Movie Heir

Trenton Evening Times  1 May 1942
Claire Helen Hildinger Moldovan
17 May 1920 - 30 Nov 1982

Claire Helen Hildinger Moldovan, wife of George Moldovan, and only daughter of the late Charles C. and Helen (Dunn) Hildinger was born 17 May 1920 in Trenton, NJ and died 30 Nov 1982 in Belleair Bluffs, Fl.  Her father was a prominent Trenton, NJ businessman known as the "Nickel King" who created the first movie theaters in Trenton in the early 1900's.  She was also preceded in death by a brother, John Clark Hildinger in 1968.  Burial was at Ewing Church Cemetery in the family plot.

Trenton Times 2 Dec 1982

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Sunday's Obituary - Movie Heir, John Clark Hildinger - Trenton, NJ

John Clark Hildinger 24 Sep 1916 - 3 May 1968

J. Clark Hildinger - 1947

John Clark Hildinger was born in Trenton, New Jersey on 24 Sep 1916 to Charles Clark Hildinger and Helen Beatrice (Dunn) Hildinger.  Young Clark was born into Trenton royalty, his father the owner of a string of motion picture houses and who was known as the “nickel king.”  His father died in 1931 and his mother stepped into his shoes.  After his mother’s death in 1960 Clark took over the reins of the family business. 

Clark Hildinger was a veteran of World War II.   He left the family business in April 1942 entering the U.S. Army as a private at Fort Dix.  In March 1943 he was promoted to Corporal.

Trenton Times 3 May 1968

Clark was survived by one sister, Claire Hildinger and several cousins.  He was a first cousin once removed to my father-in-law, Alvin S. Rogers.  The funeral was held at William Murphy Funeral Home, 149 North Warren Street.  He was buried in the family plot at Ewing Church Cemetery, Trenton, New Jersey.
Ewing Church Cemetery - photo courtesy of Mark Snyder Find-A-Grave

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Those Places Thursday - Warren Street, Trenton, NJ

Warren Street, showing St. Mary's Catholic Church, Trenton, NJ ca 1900-1910
Another great find on eBay, a postcard from around 1900 showing St. Mary's Catholic Church on Warren Street in Trenton, NJ.  What is the particular interest in this card you may ask?  Well, St. Mary's Catholic Church which is still there today is located at 151 N. Warren Street and my husband's ancestor, his great-grandfather, Dr. Elmer H. Rogers lived and conducted his medical practice from 126 N. Warren Street which would have been across the street.  I don't know if the house still exists today, but he and his family surely shopped frequently on nearby Warren Street and this postcard gives me such a visual of what the street must have looked like.  I have posted before how Dr. Rogers frequently took his horse and buggy on medical calls.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Independence Day America!!

In Remembrance

On this Fourth of July, 2011 remembering my husband's ancestors who fought for our country including his 5X great-grandfather Samuel Callender (1756 - 1830) who fought in the Revolutionary War, his first cousin twice removed, Dr. Lawrence Harrison Rogers (1883 -1959) who served in WWI, another first cousin twice removed, Corporal John Clark Hildinger who served in the Army in WWII and his own father, Alvin Stackhouse Rogers (1926 - 1993) who served in WWII in the US Navy aboard the US Nevada.
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