Originally inhabited by the Lenni Lenape People, the area was called “Cohockan,” meaning “cedar swampland” in their native language. As a division of the Algonquin tribe, they used the land near the Delaware River for hunting and fishing, leading them to be known as “Delawares” by European settlers. Most of the tribe left the area to join the Iroquois in New York in 1801 after giving up most of their land.
When the West Jersey Railroad line between Bridgeton and Woodbury opened in 1862, Elmer thrived as a transportation center. This lead to the opening of several mills, and two glass and shoe factories in the early 1900s. The railroad was also vital to the potato market in the area, making transport of the crops easy to reach the big cities and making use of the larger yields.
Most of Elmer sits on land that was once owned by David Hitchner, who purchased it from John Elwell, a blacksmith, and wheelwright. Hitchner’s children would later sell their land inheritance to the town’s residents after it became more densely populated.
Elmer was incorporated on January 28, 1893, and named after Lucius Elmer, a former judge who served as a congressman and aided in securing a post office for the community. Today, Elmer is a dry community where no alcohol can be sold. It is one of several in New Jersey, keeping with the founding moral code of the early settlers.
Today Elmer’s residents know to keep Hutchinson’s local contractor’s number on hand. Heating and air conditioning emergencies can happen at the worst times, and our goal is to keep these families comfortable and running efficiently.
Each one of them can count on Hutchinson’s local contractors to take care of their HVAC and plumbing needs. Hutchinson’s plumbing has been counted on in the local area for seventy years. We started in 1948 with two brothers and a shoebox full of savings. Over the years we’ve grown into one of the most prestigious and notable companies in the industry.
Hutchinson’s services win awards each year and have had customers returning year after year for four generations.
We never stop learning and improving our heating and air conditioning services. In fact, every contractor that works with Hutchinson is required to undertake an additional one hundred hours of minimum training per year to keep us the best. Our initial training and educational program is in-depth and keeps all of our plumbing and HVAC services state of the art and up to date.