1973
(December)

  • Bummer
  • Harry
  • Bogie
  • Tier
  • - escaped
    - escaped
    - lucky
    - lucky
    Hear Terry's comments
    Part 1 and Part 2


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  • Bag
  • Paul Allatta
  • Danny
  • Geb
  • Lance
  • Wiz
  • Dave
  • Bitzo
  • - minor
    - luckiest
    - minor
    - not there
    - not there
    - not there
    - not there

    - fainted

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    Arrested: Linda Schneider, Lynn Ryan, Dorothea Von Hollen, Allen Franzel (should be Frenzel), Thomas McDonough, Robert Freeman, Michael Winer
    Charged with being present at a disorderly assemblage: Robert L. Roast, Lawrence Segal, John F. Eddington, Paul Denz, Matthew Pross, James Featherstone, Terrence Gross, Charles Zabriski, Gerard A. Gallagher, James Blitz (should be Bitz), Joseph Borelli, Michael Mandell, Robert J. Murphy Jr., Brenda Freed, Adrian Baker, Donna Naporano, Margaret Slesinger (visiting the Grosses from N.C.), Stephanie Woll, Judy Felame, Caryn Geschwint

    Notes: After being rounded up into a large room, Harry backed up to a window, then slowly lifted it open behind his back, while keeping an eye on the cops who were frisking people and making them empty their pockets, and then did a back dive out of it. None of the cops evidently saw him, as Bummer got away next, only he just climbed out. On this clipping, Tier writes that he and Bogie were "lucky" because they weren't there, Tier being with John Joyce (Dinger) of Delbarton before he caught up with the Crew much later that night. Paul Allatta was the "luckiest" because he was the youngest minor, and so wasn't charged. Bag and Gonkie were there also as minors. Lloyd and Geb weren't there. Lastly, when the cops knocked on the door and Bitzo answered it, he was greeted by a shotgun pointed right at him. Bitzo fainted, and literally fell straight backwards on the floor, making a loud thud.


    From the Cromwell Hills Chronicle                             Summer of 1975

    or blown upA Threat to our Community                                Bill Schaeffer
              The recent police road blocks and continuoues surveillance of
    Cromwell Hills painfully manifested how grave the problems with our
    youth have become. Indeed, our conversations with the Township
    police indicate that the problems have grown to alarming proportions
    and could even threaten human lives. Our small community has experi-
    enced the following serious incidents within the last two weeks:
               - Large rocks thrown at passing cars.   (Brent)
               - A near "rumble" that would have involved bats and chains
                 as weapons.    (the Crew vs. Madison)
               - A fire deliberately set on the field.  (Harry)
               - Mailboxes smashed at night.   (Vince)   →  →  →  →
               - Rocks thrown through picture windows.   (Brent)
               - Parties involving alcohol held on the field.   (the Crew)
               - Cars speeding on the streets at late hours.   (J5, Howie, Clete, et al.)
    Individually these acts are disturbing; collectively they are out-
    rageous. They clearly demonstrate a lack of parental control on the
    part of some of the parents of Cromwell Hills.

               Many of our youth would like us to believe that outsiders are
    causing these incidents. True enough, outsiders have significantly
    contributed to the severity and frequency of the recent events. But
    why have they sought revenge in our neighborhood? Who has provoked
    them? Why are so many Cromwell youths available for a confrontation
    at late hours? Why is Cromwell the only area in the township with
    these serious problems?

               Perhaps the answer is that Cromwell is "where the action is"?
    Perhaps "a Cromwell crowd" sought pleasure in other areas and invited
    retaliation? Whatever the answer, the problems could certainly be
    minimized with increased parental control and more positive activities
    for your people. Parents, you can make a big difference by acting
    upon the following suggestions:
              1) Make sure your children are home at a reasonable hour.
              2) Let your children know you check on their whereabouts--and do
                   it. You often know the parents of your children's friends. Keep
                   in touch regarding the mutual activities of your children.
              3) Most of all, keep your children off the streets and out of the
                   field after dark. Encourage your children to invite their friends
                   into your house or to use your property for socializing. Many
                   Cromwell parents do; more parents should do likewise.

    This was circulated as a neighborhood flyer. Mr. Schaeffer's daughter is Mary Lou.


    See more clippings from around Morristown:
    1. MHS race riot (5/07/74); Final Exam goes up in flames (10/76); Mark Loiler's car crash (1/24/75)
    2. Daily Record article (8/23/04) about Cromwell Hills
    3. Newspaper article (12/22/05) that John Schneider wrote for The Baltimore Sun ("Military Recruiters Have Eye on Students")
    4. Read a ghost story about an 1833 Morristown murder in a home that later became the Wedgewood Inn,
      then Society Hill, then Jimmy's Haunt, and is now
      a bank.
    5. Daily Record article (8/12/08) about a fire at the
      Cromwell pool house.