Our Retro Pic of the Day serves as a special birthday card to a special fair lady — this editor’s mom, Sally Van Develde.
Today would have been her 92nd birthday. She and her husband Bill moved themselves and their two girls to Fair Haven in 1965, made it their home and quickly fell in love with the town, its people and a couple of unassuming volunteer organizations — like the Fair Haven Fire Department.
They passed on that love of their community to their children. That is why this site, Rumson-Fair Haven Retrospect, is dedicated to them.
Chatting and catching up in the Acme was also one of Sally Van Develde’s favorite things to do. Everyone knew her. Hearing “You’ll never guess who I saw in the Acme today …” was about as comforting as the smell of a good cup of coffee wafting upstairs with the sound of chatter and laughter in the kitchen when friends stopped by to see her.
Seen in this photo, sent by Fair Haven Fire Department life member Ray Bennett, Sally is seen working at one of her earlier Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair nights in 1969.
President of the Fair Haven Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary many times over, she later became known as the Grab Bag Booth balloon lady.
In this photo, she is manning the popcorn popper in what is now called the Out Back, where all the goodies, like hot dogs, burgers, fries, cotton candy and ice cream are made and served.
Thank you for the gift of raising us here, Sally Van Develde! Happy birthday. You are remembered every single day with every bit of work that’s done on this site.