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Centerville probably came from the fact that when KnowltonTownship also included Blairstown and part of Hope Township, Centerville would have been located in the center of the township. Due to this location, it was at one time the hub of business and town meetings. The first postmaster was Peter Blair. The mail was originally carried by horseback from Columbia to Hackettstown by a Mr. Drake, who would stop in Centerville to drop off, or pick up mail. It cost 24 cents to mail a single letter at the time.

This town, in early times, had a tavern, a hotel,a blacksmith, a shoemaker, and a store, which has now been converted into a private home. One other business, but has long since closed its doors was owned by Ed Range. He sold feed, fertilizer and did various custom jobs for farmers.