THP purchased the property where Monroe Court is built from Mr. Caesar Gorski. A condition of sale was that Mr. Gorski cound name the roads to honor his family, friends and Skippack residents who were in the Service of the United States of America or moved here after their service. Mr. Gorski resides on Mt. Airy Rd.
The first and most significant street to Mr. Gorski, is Bean Drive. Bean Drive was named in honor of Andrew D. Bean, who lived and worked on the farm where the new Skippack Elementary School now stands with his brother, John D. Bean. Andrew's nickname was Bud. Mr. Gorski has a fond memory of Bud driving his pick-up down Mt. Airy Road making a lot of dust. It was a dirt road back then. Bud served in the U.S. Army Infantry and was killed on D-Day, June 6th, 1944 during the landing of the troops on Omaha Beach.
Napoleon Drive was named in honor of his brother, Napoleon V. Gorski, Jr. He served in the U.S. Army's 42nd Rainbow Division as an Infantryman with a 60MM mortar crew. He went ashore at Marseille, France and fought through France, Germany, ending in Salzburg, Austria.
Shenkle Drive was named in honor of George Shenkle. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II. He was at D-Day, the Battle of the Bulge, and the Bridge Too Far – movies were made of these battles. George lived for about 20 years at the corner of Mill and Collegeville Roads in the stone farm house.
Schwendt Lane was named in honor of Carl Schwendt. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II. He was in the South Pacific and was wounded after making a landing on an island there. Carl was raised on the farm on the bend of Stump Hall Road about 1/4 mile in from Route 73.
Cholet Drive was named in honor of Phil Cholet who lived for many years on Creamery Road at what is presently called the Cholet Farm that Skippack Township now owns as Open Space. Phil was in the U.S. Army during World War II and served in the European Theater of Operation. He also served on the Board of Supervisors of Skippack Township. Mr. Cholet held a Ph.D. but never wanted to be called Doctor and, as far as Mr. Gorski knows, he is still living.
Hoffman Court was named in honor Paul Hoffman who lived on Evansburg Road at the bend across from the Evansburg pumping station, which is now part of Evansburg Park. His father had a dairy farm and delivered milk around the area and was also a Township Supervisor in the 1940s. Paul served in the U.S. Army Air in Europe as a pilot. One day in the 1940s, Mr. Gorski was having recess at the former Skippack Elementary School, which is where the 4H Center is now, and Paul buzzed the school at a low altitude with his fighter plane. It was quite a thrill for the children. After the war, he became an airline pilot and moved from the township.
Shainline Court was named in honor of Thomas Shainline who lived in the old stone farm house that is now part of Monroe Court and is currently called the Hunsicker House. Tom served with the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam and volunteered for two tours of duty with a Reconnaissance Unit. He was wounded three times and then sent home. He now lives in Florida.
Palmer Court was named in honor of Donald C. Palmer who lived back along a drive off of Forty Foot Road, about one block north of the intersection of 73, which is now part of Evansburg Park. He went to the Skippack School on Route 73 and, when all the small schools were joined in 1941, he came to the new W.J. Wright Consolidated School which later became the Skippack Elementary School and then the 4H Center. He was in Mr. Gorski’s class and graduated from Collegeville-Trappe High School in 1949 with 40 classmates. Donald served in the U.S. Marine Corps with the field artillery in Korea and was at the Chosan Reservoir when the Chinese entered the war.
Sarah Court was named after his mother who moved to Creamery, Skippack Township, in 1927 from the Manayunk section of Philadelphia.
Mr. Gorski noted that he tried to include the Navy in his naming of the streets but the only sailor he knew was Lloyd Landes and Skippack already has a Landis Road and he could not use the name. Many thanks to Mr. Gorski for sharing this information. To find out more about the history of Skippack and the surrounding areas, go to the Skippack Historical Society website at www.skippack.org.