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Roseville was named after James Rowe, an Irishman who sold his land to the city. It lies to the west of the southern part of Branch Brook Park.

From “Newark and Its Leading Businessmen” 1891

Roseville, as that cluster of beautiful villa sites that skirt the line of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, along the elevated portion of the western limits of the city is called, was once a separate township by that name, but for many years has been annexed to Newark, forming its Eleventh Ward.This is one of the most charming and desirable places of residence in the city.  The ground is elevated, and the entire section is free from malarious influences, and the slope of the land is towards the river, affording natural advantages for drainage and sewerage.  Roseville is essentially a settlement of homes, being free from factories and nuisances of every kind.  Its people are among the most refined, cultured and progressive in the city.  There are three public schools, there are two Presbyterian, one Episcopal, one Roman Catholic, one Baptist and one Methodist Church in the ward.  Here also are a number of fine stores and a flourishing athletic club with a handsome building and well appointed grounds.  In this ward are also some of Newark's most prominent charitable institutions, notably the Home for the Aged, under the care of the Little Sisters of the Poor, the House of the Good Shepherd (an institution for the reformation of fallen women), and the Dominican Convent.  The population of Roseville is 12,076 and the taxable value of property, $5,000,880.