This is one of the most incredible looking photos that I have pulled out of Neal Ranauro’s photo archive. “The First Manville Band” The back of the photo is dated “1922”, which gives you an idea on how early the vision of Manville existed before it’s emancipation from Hillsborough in 1929. We know that it took many years of battling for Manville’s Independence to be recognized, and this photo alludes to the idea that it was operating as a defacto town for many years before. I wouldn’t want to say too much here, as this photos speaks loudly for itself. According to Ranauro’s notes the following folks are pictured (a few of the names are missing )… John Shutack, Charles Kozar, George Malinowski, Ed Zujkowski, Frank Lewandoski, Enoch Malinowski, George Sopko, Al Fiala, Walter Zawalla, Pat Mayernick, C. Marshall, Jack Marshall, Joe Krasnansky, Jack Malinowski, John Fiala, Joe Lewandoski



  1. Enoch Malinowski was my grandmother’s brother.He was a heck of a storyteller.The neighborhood kids would sit around for hours listening to his war stories and he’d play his cornet(I believe)for us.Thanks for the memories.
    Tom Kopsco(aka Al Kopsco)

  2. Charles Marshall and Jack Marshall were my uncles(Mom’s brothers).I think I was related to the other Malinowskis also.

  3. Hi – this is a great site. We on the Library Board are wondering if we cba use some of the information and photos for thr History of Manville Book we are working on. We have a lot of this information, but could use some of what we don;’ have to add to our research. Plus a lot of the photos are great.

    We are not doing a for-profit book but rather something for the ages.

    Please let me know. We would give you an sckonowledgement in the book.

  4. My Great-grandfather is seated behind the bass drum.
     The newspaper article has his name wrong. His name was Peter Hamernik and his nickname was “Patsy” or “Pat”.

  5. Pingback: First Manville Band in Action | Manville, NJ ... Revolution on the Millstone

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