11 Aberdeen Place1

The occupants of 11 Aberdeen Place were:

#1. Horace E. Wills (1930).
The value of the house in 1930 was $8,500.2

Horace E. Wills was born in 1869 in Iowa.2 Horace E. Wills married Lola.2 Horace E. Wills appeared on the 1930 Census as the head of household at 11 Aberdeen Place, with Lola as wife.2 Horace E. Wills was a salesmanager in poultry and eggs.2 He owned a radio in 1930.2 Lola was born in 1866 in Oregon.2

#3. Thomas R. Leakey (1935).

Thomas R. Leakey married Mary F.3 Thomas R. Leakey was a catalogue editor in Paterson.3 Thomas was listed in 1935 at 11 Aberdeen Place, and in 1937 as removed to Hawthorne.

#2. William H. Geskes Jr. (from 1931 to 1933).

The New York Times, 3 June 1931, pg. 51.
     The City Housing Corporation sold a house at 11 Aberdeen Place to William H. Geskes Jr., who had been occupying an apartment in the development.4

William H. Geskes Jr. was born in 1901 in New Jersey.5 William H. Geskes Jr. married Alberta.6,5,7 William H. Geskes Jr. was in 1933 a stylist in New York. In the 1940 census he was listed as the proprietor of a silk mill, and in 1941 as a salesman.6,5,7 Alberta was born in 1900 in New Jersey.5 William and Alberta were listed in 1933 at 11 Aberdeen Place, in 1940 at 14 Randolph Terrace, and in 1941-4 at 14 Remington Road. He was not listed in 1935-9, but he was living in Fair Lawn in 1935 (acc. to the 1940 census).

#4. Edward J. Scheeler (1937).

Edward J. Scheeler was born in 1905 in New York.8,9 Edward J. Scheeler married Anna L. in 1927. They probably divorced before 1939, and Edward married Janet before 1944.8,10,9 Edward J. Scheeler was an engraver (photography).8,11,6,9 He owned a radio in 1930.8 Edward and Anna were listed in 1930-1 at 302-F23 Highstreet, in 1933 as renters at 3 Ashburn Place, then in 1935 as removed to Jersey City, in 1937 at 11 Aberdeen Place, and in 1939 Anna alone at 344A Plaza Road North.

#5. Kurt Josten (from 1939 to 1941).
The monthly rent in 1940 was $58.12

Kurt Josten was born in 1901 in Germany.12 Kurt Josten married Eleanor.13,12 Kurt Josten was an artdirector (for an advertising agency) in New York.13,12 Eleanor was born in 1902 in New Jersey.12 Kurt and Eleanor lived in 1935 in Bogota, New Jersey.12 Kurt was listed in 1937 at 2A Townley Road, and in 1939-41 at 11 Aberdeen Place.

In 1931 and 1946 it was listed as vacant.


  1. [S3] Radburn Association, Map of Radburn, NJ, c. 1990.
  2. [S1] 1930 Federal Census, T626, Roll 1312, ED 2-66: sheet 1B (149), line 58-59.
  3. [S7] 1935 Directory.
  4. [S22] NY Times, June 3, 1931. pg. 51.
  5. [S2] 1940 Federal Census, T627: ED 2-94, sheet 5B (1405), line 45-47.
  6. [S6] 1933 Directory.
  7. [S10] 1941 Directory.
  8. [S1] 1930 Federal Census, T626, Roll 1312, ED 2-66: sheet 5A (153), line 41-42.
  9. [S2] 1940 Federal Census, T627: ED 2-87, sheet 62A (1318), line 3-8.
  10. [S11] 1944 Directory.
  11. [S5] 1931 Directory.
  12. [S2] 1940 Federal Census, T627: ED 2-87, sheet 9A (1313), line 6-7.
  13. [S8] 1937 Directory.