8 Bancroft Place1

The occupants of 8 Bancroft Place were:

#1. Alfred R. Chappelka (from 1930 to 1931).
The value of the house in 1930 was $10,000.2

Alfred R. Chappelka was born in 1900 in Ohio.2 Alfred R. Chappelka married Eloise in 1925.2 Alfred R. Chappelka appeared on the 1930 Census as the head of household at 8 Bancroft Place, with Eloise as wife, and their child Doris.2 Alfred R. Chappelka was an electrical engineer (with a public utility) in New York.2,3 He owned a radio in 1930.2 Eloise was born in 1901 in Ohio.2 Alfred and Eloise were listed in 1930-1 at 8 Bancroft Place, and in 1933 at 420 Colonial Rd, Ridgewood

#2. Dorothy C. Lawn (from 1933 to 1939).
The monthly rent in 1940 was $60.4

Dorothy C. Lawn was born in 1889 in Missouri.4 Dorothy C. Lawn married Victor H. in 1916.3,5 Victor and Dorothy had two sons: Evan and Roger.5 Dorothy C. Lawn married William Ingram circa 1939. William was born in 1872 in England.4 No occupation was listed for William Ingram. In the 1940 census he is listed as retired.6,4 William lived in 1935 in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.4 Dorothy was listed in 1931 with her first husband at 10 Bolton Place, then in 1933-9 alone and in 1940-1 with her second husband at 8 Bancroft Place, and before 1944 William and Dorothy moved to Ashville, North Carolina.7
Evan Lawn was born in 1918 in Pennsylvania.4 Evan Lawn was from 1937 to 1939 a student, and later he was a teacher (science and history) at the George School.8,4,6
Roger C. Lawn was born in 1923 in New York.4 Roger C. Lawn attended Radburn School.9 Roger C. Lawn graduated in 1940 from Ridgewood High School in Ridgewood. He atttended the University of Michigan for two years.9,10 Roger C. Lawn served in the Army. He was inducted in Jan 1943, and received training in Miami and Denver, CO. He was sent oversees in the fall of 1943. He was a bombardier (private).9,11 Roger C. Lawn died on 20 May 1944 in Italy.9 (Obituary in the Fair Lawn - Paramus Clarion on 21 July 1944, insert, pg.1).9

#3. Lawrence O. Houstoun (1944).

Lawrence O. Houstoun was born in 1903 in New York.12 Lawrence O. Houstoun married Almeda F.13,14 Lawrence and Almeda were listed in 1939-41 at 328B Plaza Road North, in 1944 at 8 Bancroft Place, and in 1946 at 14A Townley Road.

#4. Richard H. Young (1946).

Richard H. Young was born in 1900 in Massachusetts.15 Richard H. Young married Sara M.13,15 Richard H. Young was a salesman. In the 1940 census he was listed as a foreman dyer in a silk mill.13,15 Sara was born in 1900 in Texas.15,16 Miriam was born in 1927 in New York.15,17,18 Miriam Young graduated on 20 July 1944 from Ridgewood High School in Ridgewood. Miriam was one of the last graduating class of Radburnites of Ridgewood High School. She planned to go to secretarial school.17,18 Miriam Young was in 1946 a stenographer in New York.19 Marjorie was born in 1938 in New Jersey.15


  1. [S3] Radburn Association, Map of Radburn, NJ, c. 1990.
  2. [S1] 1930 Federal Census, T626, Roll 1312, ED 2-66: sheet 3A (151), line 3-5.
  3. [S5] 1931 Directory.
  4. [S2] 1940 Federal Census, T627: ED 2-87, sheet 10B (1314), line 42-45.
  5. [S39] Federal Census: 1930. T626, Roll 1538, pg 75, line 70-73 (ED-875).
  6. [S10] 1941 Directory.
  7. [S27] Clarion, July 21, 1944. insert. Serviceman's Newsletter, July 1944.
  8. [S8] 1937 Directory.
  9. [S27] Clarion, July 21, 1944. insert, pg.1. Serviceman's Newsletter, July 1944.
  10. [S29] Arrow, 1940.
  11. [S24] NARA, online http://www.archives.gov/index.html, World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army Air Forces Personnel Buncombe County, North Carolina. pg. 4. <http://media.nara.gov/media/images/29/15/29-1431a.gif
  12. [S2] 1940 Federal Census, T627: ED 2-87, sheet 2A (1306), line 18-21.
  13. [S9] 1939 Directory.
  14. [S11] 1944 Directory.
  15. [S2] 1940 Federal Census, T627: ED 2-94, sheet 6B (1406), line 65-69.
  16. [S39] Federal Census: 1910 (T624). Tennessee, Shelby County, Memphis City, 20th Ward, Ed 242, pg. 181, sheet 3B, line 86-93.
  17. [S27] Clarion, July 21, 1944, pg 6.
  18. [S29] Arrow, 1944.
  19. [S12] 1946 Directory.