Lots of us delivered newspapers as kids. Few have delivered papers the way we do at U.S. 1, going office to office, leaving papers in reception areas, lunch rooms, corporate cafeterias, and sometimes simply on the business owner’s desk. We ask our deliverers to tell us when a new company arrives or an old company leaves. Many U.S. 1 stories begin with a lead provided by a deliverer.

One of our most thorough deliverers was Bob Yuell, who died October 30 at the age of 74. A math major (and tennis player) at Kalamazoo College in Michigan, Yuell began delivering papers for U.S. 1 in the 1990s, after retiring from Johnson & Johnson, where he did computer work for 34 years.

Yuell had a special knack for finding companies off the beaten track, a firm that may have rented some office space around the back of a building, for example, or at the far end of a hallway that other deliverers would skip. When companies leave town or go out of business, they seldom send out a press release and often leave behind a furnished office with a sign still on the door. Yuell was seldom fooled.

Yuell stopped delivering when his volunteer work at the Plainsboro Historical Society turned into the role of executive director. That historian’s eye may explain his enthusiasm for chronicling the comings and goings of the U.S. 1 business community. We will miss him.

#b#To the Editor#/b#

The Battle of Princeton was a turning point of the American Revolution. General Washington knew that winning this battle was critical. The week before the battle Washington sent General Cadwalader to draw a map showing not only physical features, including Bainbridge House and Nassau Hall, but also the location and number of British soldiers on the Post Road (Route 206). The map includes the Saw Mill Road, the “backroad” that Washington used to move the Continental Army into Princeton undetected.

It appears that General Cadwalader did not physically examine this road because the map doesn’t include important buildings on the road — the Quaker Meeting House or the Thomas or William Clarke houses.

More important than the road, however, is the location of the winning counter-attack. Clear evidence, dating back to the mid-1940s when Princeton Battlefield Park was set up, shows where the counter-attack took place. The original boundaries of the park were to include that location. Archaeological evidence and the mapped features of the original accounts of soldiers in the battle have confirmed the location of the counter-attack just outside the park boundaries.

The site of the counter-attack is not an appropriate location for a housing development. Instead it should be sold to the state for incorporation into the park as originally intended.

Daniel Thompson

Member, Princeton Battlefield Society

Editor’s note: The Institute for Advanced Study has proposed to build 15 units of faculty housing on seven acres near the Battlefield Park. The proposal must be approved by the Princeton Regional Planning Board at its December 1 meeting.

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