Watchung New Jersey. Watchung, from the 1900s was a semi-rural small community of about 3,200 people in comparison with the relatively much larger cities of Plainfield and Somerville. The first mayor of the town was Henry Baldwin Macdonald (1926–28). Even as late as the 1960s, it was common for residents to know one another by name, with few moving in or out of the town. The riots, however, caused an exodus of the large upper-middle class population from the nearby cities to move to the Watchung Hills area to towns such as Watchung, warren township and Bridgewater Township. It was at this time that Watchung became a bedroom community and the average income and median house prices soared.
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