Fred and Ethel Noyes of Smithville, New Jersey

The Artist and the Entrepreneur

Available From


Barnes & Noble

History Press

Books a Million

Indie Bound

Available locally at the
following locations

 Smithville Inn
 Days of Olde

Judy Courter's book took me back to the 60s and 70s like no book I have read lately. If you're a fan of Smithville in those days, you will feel like you've been transported back to a time that seems gone and is dearly missed. The names, faces and Smithville tales in Judy's book will make you smile and get you vested with the characters. I was so vested that when Ethel passed and left her dearly beloved Fred to carry on, I got tears in my eyes. Fred and Ethel's passing was almost the end of an era here in South Jersey, one that readers may only fully appreciate when reading this beautiful biography. Judy doesn't write words; she paints them--on your heart.

Carol Plum-Ucci,
(& other tales from South Jersey)
Edgar Allan Poe Finalist/ Michael L. Prinz Honor Book Award Winner


Dave MurphyThrough painstaking research, memorable photographs, and refreshingly delightful prose, Judith Courter has succeeded in bringing to life two individuals whose combined vitality created familiar and enduring landmarks that have added to the cultural and commercial legacy of Southern New Jersey.

--Dave Murphy, Educator and Author


This is so much more than the story of a couple who built a multimillion dollar empire and a legacy. It's a poignant, sometimes funny, quirkier than fiction love story. 

Sandy Warren, author of Art Blakey Cookin' and Jammin'
(Recipes and Remembrances from a Jazz Age)


"Judy Courter has my appreciation and respect for her enthusiasm for Fred and Ethel Noyes."

John T. Cunningham In 1994 John was the author of 50 books, including This is New Jersey and Newark.  He was a five time winner of the Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History, he served as chair of the New Jersey Historical Commission and president of the New Jersey Historical Society.