12 Arlington Place1

The occupants of 12 Arlington Place were:

#1. Howard R. Speer (1930).
     Bessie Meehan is enumerated with him as a servant.
The value of the house in 1930 was $12,000.2

Howard R. Speer was born in 1901 in New Jersey.2,3 Howard R. Speer married Hildegard in 1925.2,3 Howard R. Speer appeared on the 1930 Census as the head of household at 12 Arlington Place, with Hildegard as wife, and their children Audrey L. and Donald S..2 Howard Speer was in 1930 a foreman, and in 1931 a engineer at the Telephone Company in New York. In the 1940 census he is listed as a test supervisor (telephones).2,4,3 He owned a radio in 1930.2 Howard Speer was a Veteran of the World War.2 Hildegard was born in 1906 in New Jersey.2,3 Audrey was born in 1929 in New Jersey.2,3 Donald was born in February 1930 in New Jersey.2,3 Howard and Hildegard were listed in 1930 at 12 Arlington Place, in 1931 at 325 Howard Ave, then in 1933 at 2 Ashburn Place, in 1935 at 20A Townley Road, in 1937-9 at 341 Howard Ave, in 1940 at 12A Townley Road, in 1941 at Fair Lawn Ave, Fair Lawn, in 1944 at 302-H5 Highstreet, and in 1946 at 302-F7 Highstreet.4,5,6,7

Bessie Meehan was born in 1911 in Irish Free State.2

#2. William A. Duncan (1932).
     He is listed in a Times article, but never in the directories.

The New York Times, 18 July 1932, pg. 28.
     1st Lt, Inf. Res. William A. Duncan of 12 Arlington Place was ordered to Camp Dix for active duty with the 310th infantry, 78th division, NJ National Guard. He will be released from duty July 30.8

#3. Donald F. Hastings (from 1931 to 1946).
The value of the house in 1940 was $7,000.9

Donald F. Hastings was born in 1904 in Maine.9 Donald F. Hastings married Elizabeth M.4,10,9 Donald F. Hastings was a radio engineer. In 1949 he patented a a rheostat for adjusting the volume in radios in New York.4,11,9 Elizabeth was born in 1905 in Maine.9 Elizabeth M. Hastings was in 1940 the suburban news editor for a newspaper.9 Donald and Elizabeth had 2 children: Nancy Jean and David C.9 Nancy was born in 1929 in New York.9 David was born in 1939 in New Jersey.9
The Ridgewood Sunday News, 21 October 1945, pg. 8, col. 3.
     Mrs. A. M. Hastings of Rockland, Maine, arrived last week to spend the winter with her son and daughter-in-law Mr. and Mrs. D. G. Hastings of Arlington Place.12

The Ridgewood Herald News, 28 July 1949, pg. 7, col. 3.
     Donald F. Hastings patented a rheostat. He was at that time no longer living in Radburn.11


  1. [S3] Radburn Association, Map of Radburn, NJ, c. 1990.
  2. [S1] 1930 Federal Census, T626, Roll 1312, ED 2-66: sheet 1A (149), line 45-49.
  3. [S2] 1940 Federal Census, T627: ED 2-94, sheet 6B (1406), line 72-75.
  4. [S5] 1931 Directory.
  5. [S6] 1933 Directory.
  6. [S7] 1935 Directory.
  7. [S8] 1937 Directory.
  8. [S22] NY Times, Jul 18, 1932. p. 28.
  9. [S2] 1940 Federal Census, T627: ED 2-87, sheet 8B, line 61-64.
  10. [S9] 1939 Directory.
  11. [S30] Ridgw. Herald News, July 28, 1949, pg. 7, col. 3.
  12. [S18] Ridgewood Sunday, 21 Oct 1945, pg. 8, col. 3.