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I believe that Van Lieu and Van Horn built all of those theaters. Uncle Don was my father’s half-brother. I’m not surprised that his things were tossed after his passing. I was in his house near this time last year. There were hundreds of old “Life” magazines…
I still use some tools and equipment from Van Lieu and Van Horn!
Van Lieu and Van Horn
Walter Hand, Farrington, Ed Weede, George Van Horn, Russell Van Lieu
I don’t remember George Van Horn. The bald man looks too old and the man in the back next to my grandfather looks too young. The order of names is as it’s written on the back. Any confirmation?
I’ve been trying for maybe a year to register for this discussion. At last! My grandfather Russell, my father John and even my mother Evelyn (Kris) Van Lieu burned the midnight oil to complete the Hunterdon Theater before the deadline imposed for the war effort. Just today I found a large photo of Walter Hand, BW(?) Farrington, Ed Weede, George Van Horn and Russell Van Lieu. They are posing in the lobby of the theater on June 6, 1942. Any devotÃ© of the Hunterdon will recognize the wild carpet!
The story of the theater’s construction was a tale of legend in our family. I grew up watching movies there and am sad that the town of Flemington is so blind to its own history that it would allow it to go. Grandpop, Mom, Dad and Uncle Don are all gone now and the landmark too.
Van Lieu and Van Horn’s office was two doors north of the theater. I’ll guess it’s the site of some fast food emporium now. The Flemington of my youth is long gone.
Photos of the construction are to be had through the archives of the Democrat, assuming they still have them. One shows my father up on one of those amazing trusses. RIP Dad.
Have I finally succeeded in my quest to register?!