|Birth: ||Feb. 7, 1910|
New Jersey, USA
|Death: ||Feb. 14, 1995|
New Jersey, USA
I interviewed Glendin numerous times in 1988 and 1989 at his West Collingswood home and took notes at the time.
Glendin attended Drexel Institute of Textiles and Sciences 1926 - 1932. B.S. Electrical Engineering.
Glendin served in ROTC and CCC camps. During World War II, he served in the Infantry Army Corps of Engineers and saw the Pacific, Australia, New Guinea, Phillippines.
Glendin provided first-hand details of the lifestyle in South Jersey during the twenties and thirties:
Lard came loose in a tub and was ladled into a boat with a paddle. It was taken home wrapped in wax paper.
Salt pork came in grind. Portions were fished out with a hook and cut to size.
Cheese was cut to size from a wheel.
Robert Clem was the only local butcher and provider of meat. He delivered meats by horse and wagon without ice storage. Blow flies would lay eggs on meat, "There he is cutting blow fly eggs off the meat for the next customer," Josie Koster would tell young Glendin. The butcher would trim the meat and give scraps to the dog.
On Summer picnics sponsored by lodges fresh hand-made, ready-made ice cream was served with bananas.
PINE BARREN JELLIES
Jellies made at Hermann family homestead according to Glendin Koster:
Wine / concord grapes were ate at the Hermann homestead. Orchard was used for jelly.
Wild, or fox, grapes also used. Had a lusty or "foxy" taste.
Chicken grapes - Smaller. Only good after the frost was over.
Peach plums, wild cherries and persemins. Persemins good to eat after the frost.
1. SWAMP or BLUEBERRIES - blueberries are actually large swamp berries. Several varieties exist. Small ones appear in early June. Later the true swamp berry developed.
2. BLACKBERRIES - "Sweetberries"
3. UPLAND BERRIES - "Seeds" Had small bushes found in New England called "sugars". Blue dangles is another upland berry.
4. GROUSE BERRES- "Staggarts" Grew in savannahs and called "hairy monkeys". Oval shaped with cilia. Black.
2. Sasafras tea
3. Black alder tea - blood rejuvenator taken in Spring. Alder bushes grew along river. Take the outer bark off exposing a thick greenish layer of pulpy skin. Shave that off and steam it. This provides a bitter-tasting drink to be sweetened with sugar.
4. Wild bee honey.
Glendin used to belong to Green Bank hunting gang that used upton air rifles. Glendin had a four-barrel pepper box rifle.
Hunting along the Green Bank area included ducks, rabbits, quail, pheasant, native rouse. Later the ring-neck Chinese, or Mongloian, pheasant became prolific.
Rabbits provided big game. Decoys were used mostly at Lower Bank and Bay using sneakboxes on the river. Hatche's Creek, directly across from the old hotel, was a great place for duck-hunting on water. Much duck hunting was done at Elwood; nothing faster than woodducks coming in and splashing at night.
Not much venison in early days [twenties]. Deer only in Weymouth. Later became more prolific.
Glendin Koster used a single 100 foot longwire. A good ground was provided with a pipe into sandy soil driven 12-15 feet to strike water.
WOO Philadelphia Wanamakers
WFI Philadelphia (?)
KFKX Hastings, Nebraska
KGO San Francisco
Glendin remembered when Long Beach Island was deserted.
Philadelphia Inquirer February 16, 1995:
GLENDIN A. KOSTER, 85, of Marlton, formerly of Collingswood, died Tuesday at West Jersey Hospital-Marlton.
A Collingswood resident from 1927 to 1994, Mr. Koster had served on the Collingswood Zoning Commission. He was a past chairperson of the Transfiguration Parish Council in Collingswood. He was a member of the Collingswood Newton Colony Historical Society, the Friends of the Collings- Knight House and the Friends of the Champion School.
Mr. Koster was an engineer for Rohm & Haas Co. in Bristol, Pa., retiring in 1975. He was a World War II Army Corps of Engineering veteran, serving in Australia, New Guina and the Philippines. He reached the rank of lieutenant colonel before retiring from the Army Reserves in 1960. He was a member of the Reserve Officers Association, the Retired Officers Association, the Fort Dix Retiree Council, the American Legion in Egg Harbor City and the American Society of Military Engineers.
Born and raised in Green Bank, he was a 1926 graduate of Egg Harbor High School. He graduated from Drexel University in 1932 with a degree in electrical engineering. He moved to Wiley Village in Marlton in 1994.
Survivors: his wife, Elizabeth Dussinger Koster; two daughters, Mary Elizabeth Pabst of Willowbrook, Ill., and Joanne Tarvers of Rock Hill, S.C.; a grandson, Douglas Pabst; and two sisters, Janice Weeks and Agusta Miller, both of Northfield.
Services: viewing, 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow, Blake-Doyle Funeral Home, 226 Collings Ave., Collingswood; Mass of Christian Burial, 10 a.m. Saturday, Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church, White Horse Pike and Magill Avenue, Collingswood; burial with military honors, Green Bank Cemetery, Green Bank.
Memorial donations: Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church, 445 White Horse Pike, Collingswood, N.J., 08107.
Leon Abbot Koster (1883 - 1962)
Josephine Garton Koster (1881 - 1945)
Elizabeth Dussinger Koster (1917 - 2010)*
Green Bank Methodist Cemetery
New Jersey, USA
Created by: Researcher
Record added: Oct 19, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 30682735