More than 20 bands thumped their way down Main Street and more than three dozen units marched.
It was a glorious day, balloons with “Happy Birthday Boonton” on them were bobbing in the light breeze. A sunny, summer day and thousands of people. And all here Saturday in Boonton. The weekend wind-up of Boonton’s Centennial Celebration was underway.
On Sunday, five hundred children marched in a special parade.
But only a handful of women pushed their menfolk down Main Street in wheelbarrows. The Sisters of the Swish lost the membership contest to the Brothers of the Brush and had to suffer the consequences.
An estimated 6,000 persons turned out at Pat Marotta’s Boonton Township estate for the Centennial Family picnic.
To add to the nostalgia, dozens of antique cars putted along the route.
The Centennial Capsule was buried with official ceremonies and will be exhumed in the year 2067.
Items in the capsule:
1966 Income Tax Return
1967 Local Municipal Budget
1967 Morris County Manual
Boonton – The Past 100 Years.
Centennial Buttons & Pins
Centennial Map of the Town of Boonton
Centennial Program of Events
Clippings from County Newspapers of Centennial Events
Copy of the 1867 Jerseyman
Dedication of the New Town Hall Booklet
Edition of the Boonton Times-Bulletin
Information about the Rotary Club Ancestor Cards of Boonton Townspeople
Letter from the 1967 4th grade to the 2067 4th grade of John Hill
Letter from Mayor Scerbo to the Mayor of 2067
List of Town Officials
Lyon’s Historical Disclosure
Master Plan of the Town of Boonton
Pack of Filter cigarettes
Set of 1967 Coins
Slides through the Century
Tape recordings of Radio Broadcasts
Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Control Ordinance
The stainless steel capsule, four feet, six inches tall and costing $1,500 was buried in Mayor’s Park. A two-ton puddingstone will mark the burial spot. Pictured are Centennial Chairman Jack Wootton, Pat Marotta, whose firm donated the capsule, Mayor Scerbo, and Bernard Sheplin, president of the Rotary Club which sponsored the project.
Not too many men were brave enough to bare their faces in public. Those who were, took part in the shave-off contest in Boonton Sunday. Sisters of the Swish had a “this hurts me more than it hurts you” look on their faces as they raced through the brush with electric razors. James Hodgings had his beard shaved off in the shortest time and won the prize. Above, Mrs. Val Onorati does some cutting up on her husband.