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Officer Ivan Everett Van Auken

Ivan Everett Van Auken was a direct descendant of one of the early families to settle in the Delaware Valley. He was the great grandson of Marinus Van Auken, and Pieternelle De Pre, who emigrated from Holland in 1684. Ivanís 4th great grandfather, Abraham Van Auken, was appointed as Justice of the Peace in Hunterdon County in 1739. Abraham was also a Justice of the Court of Quarterly Sessions for Sussex County. Ivanís great great grandfather, Nathaniel Van Auken, served in the Revolutionary Army, was a Freeholder and a Justice of the Peace in Walpack Township in Sussex County. His great grandfather Bowdewine Van Auken Sr. was also a Freeholder for Walpack Township. All of Ivanís ancestors were farmers including his grandfather, Nathaniel Van Auken, and father Abraham Cole Van Auken.

Ivan Everett Van Auken, known as ďVanĒ by his friends, was born in Stillwater, New Jersey on May 22, 1893. He was the sixth of ten children born to Abraham Cole Van Auken and Mary Helen Haney. They lived in Walpack Township, New Jersey.

Ivan married Margurete Beatrice Hagaman, of Dover N.J., on October 23, 1913. They had two daughters, Alice and Helen. Ivan worked for the Vulcan Power and Light Company in Newton and also had a farm in Hampton Township, Sussex County. Ivanís wife, Margurete, died in 1917. Ivan married his second wife, Julia May McCort of Stanhope, on May 22, 1923 and settled in Netcong. While living in Netcong, Ivan worked for the Erie & Lackawanna Railroad. His first son, Ivan Jr., was born in 1924.

Ivan moved to Budd Lake and built a house on Route 6 (now Route 46). The location where the house stood is now the intersection of Rt. 46 and International Drive. Ivanís fourth child, Fred, was born in 1931; the same year Ivan began to work for the Mt. Olive Twp. Police Department. He worked under the supervision of Chief Dan Tremitier as a special officer.

One of his duties at that time was to patrol The Wigwam dance hall located along Route 6 across from Budd Lake. On one occasion Van assisted in a raid of a German Bund Camp in Andover Township where subversive literature and weapons were found. Van was also one of the officers who rode the departmentís motorcycle on patrol of the township. He turned his enthusiasm into a part time motorcycle repair business that he operated out of his home.

Ivan eventually left the police department and went to work for the railroad again at the Port Morris rail yard in Roxbury. He died on August 3, 1945 and is buried in the Mt. Olive Cemetery.


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