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History of the Settlements (Towns) in Elk Township
founded April 17, 1891
|Elk Township was settled by Jacob and Leonard Fisler from Switzerland,who purchased
land here in 1791. Elk Township was originally noted for its lumbering business,but
at present it is known as a farming community ,with some of the finest orchards in
the country to be found in the area.
The roads in Elk Township are said to follow the paths of elks, (hence,maybe the name of Elk) . No history can be found to authenticate where the name Elk originated from It was originally called "Shoestring Township" because of its shape which resembles a shoestring, says Mr.Oscar Carr who at this time (1976) is now 93 years old and lives in Glassboro.
It is believed that the earliest residents in Elk Township settled in the Ewan-Bridgeton Pike area, where the oldest homes still standing date to the mid-1700`s.
The Township set aside in April 17th, 1891 has had a good population growth over the years. Est. 5,800+
2,636 (1970 census)
3,806 (1990 census)
?? (2000 census)
It was separated from Franklin, Harrison, Clayton, and Woolwich Townships.
Still in the works (for the past 14 years) is The Silver Gate
Development (672 acres) by the Quaker Group.
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