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50 The Hoaglands

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In our last blog (Blog 49), we highlighted Edward Page Terhune, who delivered oil throughout the Montgomery Township area with a team of horses and a tank wagon in the early 1900s. In this blog, we will highlight the lives of the Hoaglands who contributed significantly to the quality of life in Blawenburg. Myrtle Hoagland was Edward’s daughter. This blog would not have been possible without the help of Myrtle and Norman Hoagland’s daughter, Judith Hoagland Adams.

Edward Page Terhune holds Judy Hoagland in his lap circa 1949. Note the early television on the card table to the right.


Edward and his wife, Estelle Davis Terhune, had two children, Walter Edward and Myrtle Davis Terhune. Both Walter and Myrtle Terhune carried family names as middle names, a common practice at the time. Walter married, and he and his wife, Mazie, lived in the house south of the post office that was once owned by long-serving postmaster, John N. Van Zandt. This house has been owned by Steve Boynton since the 1970s. Walter and Mazie had no children. Walter worked for Van Zandt’s farm equipment business for 21 years until 1950, when he and Mazie moved to Beaufort, South Carolina to begin an International Harvester farm equipment business.


Judy Adams remembers that Mazie passed away at about the same time as the Kennedy assassination in 1963. In 1970, Walter married Laura Nell Sikes (1912 – 2004). “Nell was from Claxton, Georgia, the home of the famous fruit cakes,” Judy recalled. “When they were married, Nell and Walter still lived in Beaufort, South Carolina. They were married many years, and I remember her southern accent and her sweet, kind nature.”

Myrtle Terhune married Norman Hoagland, and Judy was their only child. They lived in Blawenburg, just east of Blawenburg Church, where they were active members. Norman had a workshop behind the house to ply his sign painting and furniture-making skills.


Myrtle and Norman Hoagland.

This picture was taken shortly before Norman went overseas in World War II.


Judy said that her family was linked to other Terhune families living in Blawenburg. “My mother was the first cousin of Bill Terhune, Ed Terhune, Doug Terhune, and Francis Conover.… She (Myrtle) attended the Blawenburg School through the eighth grade, and then went on the train every day to Bound Brook High School, where she was graduated.”