Remembering The Past: Thomas Alva Edison

by Diane Norek Harrison

EDISON-On May 16, 2010, Edison Township held a 85th Anniversary Celebration of Menlo Park.

This column is from material I received from there.

“Exactly 85 years ago today on May 16, 1925, Thomas Alva Edison and approximately 600 dignitaries gathered at Menlo Park the site’s significance.”

LABORATORY-In a letter dated December, 1976 Thomas Edison wrote to William Orton “I have now thoroughly completed & stocked my Laboratory at Menlo Park, N.J. 26 miles from New York on the Penn. RR. The building is 25 x 100 & 2 stories filled with every kind of apparatus for scientific research. My laboratory with machinery & apparatus have cost about $40,000.”

OFFICE AND LIBRARY-The 2-story brick office and library was built in 1878 with funds from Edison Electric. In 1879, Edison expanded his office staff in order to meet the demands of record keeping for the electric light research. After Edison abandoned Menlo Park, the office and library became a home for a local family.

If you have your own memories of the past in Middlesex or Union counties, email me at or send copies of your material to me c/o CMD Media, 1139 East Jersey St., Suite 503, Elizabeth NJ, 07201

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