Posted Monday, June 20th, 2016
TARGET OF RESTORATION WAS 95-YEAR-OLD “GERALDINE’’
The Morris County Freeholders have honored the Borough of Madison with a Historic Preservation plaque for their unique effort to preserve and restore “Geraldine,’’ a circa 1921 fire truck that was donated to the borough nearly a century ago by the late Geraldine R. Dodge.
The Ahrens Fox P-4 fire truck was a gift from the borough’s benefactor, who also gave the borough the Hartley Dodge Memorial Building, which serves as the borough’s town hall.
Madison Councilwomen Astri Baillie and Carmella Vitale, along with Madison Fire Chief Lou DeRosa, accepted the historic plaque at the freeholder’s June 8 meeting held at the Mennen Sports Arena in Morris Township.
The restoration project was partly financed with the assistance of the Morris County Historic Preservation Grant Program, which provided $75,000 for the project. The borough provided $75,000 in matching funds for the project.
“This is an absolutely unique restoration project, and one that really preserves a hands-on part of our county’s history,’’ said Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo. “It is certainly far different than most other preservation projects the county has funded but certainly one that is very deserving. Congratulations to Madison for this great effort.’’
Morris County Historic Preservation Program Coordinator Ray Chang provided details of the Madison project:
Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge (188201973) was the youngest daughter of William A. Rockefeller Jr. In 1907, she married Marcellus Hartley Dodge, president of the Remington Arms Company. In 1916, they purchased the estate in Madison that is now known as Giralda Farms.
For more information on “Geraldine’’ the fire truck and Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge, visit: http://www.bringgeraldinehome.com/
For information on the Morris County Historic Preservation Grant Program, visit: http://planning.morriscountynj.gov/divisions/prestrust/historic/