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Manning L. Douglas, farmer



Manning L. Douglass (3 Oct 1925 - 20 Jan 2011) was a son of Stanley and Lillie Lambert Douglass. He was a lifelong farmer.

Born in Trenton, Manning resided in the Pittstown area for 80 years.

He and his brother Merlin farmed Linden Farms on Route 513 (Pittstown Road) in Union Township until retiring. Both men attended Flemington High School. Manning did not get to graduate; World War II was going on and his services were needed on the farm. Originally the family produced, bottled and sold raw milk in the Pittstown area.

Then came the law that said milk must be pasteurized and they became Dairymen's League members. In addition to the "home" farm started by their father, Stanley, they rented two area farms. Besides cows, they had a chicken operation, 20,000 laying hens, with the eggs sold at the Flemington auction market.

When the Douglass family constructed a dairy barn with room for 100 cows, they left the egg business to concentrate on dairying. At one time Linden Farms was producing Kosher milk, for which they received a bonus price.

The Douglass family sold their main farm to Union Township in 2000 to become a preserved farm, never to be developed. The township later sold the property at auction to Brendan Furlong, an equine veterinarian, who has been restoring the barns.

Manning was a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Alexandria Township, and was a charter member of the Quakertown Fire Company.

In 2006 the Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum in Delaware Township added him and his brother, Merlin, to its Honor Roll of distinguished Hunterdon farmers.


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