Thrown Away at No. 28 Tyler Street, Trenton…
Thrown Away at No. 28 Tyler Street, Trenton, New Jersey
A modest working to lower middle class dwelling of the third quarter of the 19th century, this derelict wood frame house, covered in asbestos shingles, stands as a typical example of ”the formerly” in Trenton, New Jersey.
Probably built after the American Civil War, somewhere in the period of the 1860s/70s, this modest three story dwelling was once someone’s home.
In fact, it was once, in its early days, the home of a one Aaron Groom. Before Aaron moved to this house in Trenton, he lived in Upper Freehold and was a common laborer, which he had been ten years before still living in his father’s house. A farmer’s son from New Hanover, Aaron wanted something more than what he had known as a youth. As a tradesman, doing some work on the side, this was possible. And by 1880, he had moved up.
By then a carpenter and part-time “car driver,” the 44 year old Aaron Groom was living in the house shown above with his wife Amelia and at least five of their children. They had made it. This modest yet comfortable dwelling symbolized that fact. His son Charles , then 17, was a laborer, and even young David, just 15, worked in a Pottery. Aaron, born in New Jersey, was of parents both natives as well. The same with his wife. All of his children were born in New Jersey too. Probably some were even born in this house. By 1900, they are no longer in Trenton, and certainly not in Tyler Street. He and his family remained in this house through 1881 and 1882 as his “driving” services were advertised here directly.
Even by 1920 the working man, aspiring to the middle class, was living in this house, probably in a community not dissimilar as when the Grooms were in residence. Isaac Anderson, a Lather in 1920, was one resident.
Because at one time, this was a home. Yet in the age of Green, it is yet another thrown away. Filled with trash, boarded up and forgotten, it like much of its local has been forgotten.