BREVITIES AND EDITORIALS
(often written by NJ Courier editor, William H. Fischer, as he sat at his desk above Main Street near Washington Street; it was much like a collection of online social media updates seen today)
Corn is in the shock.
Primaries next Tuesday.
Wonderfully fine weather.
One week left of September.
Pumpkins are being gathered.
Schools are making a good start.
Baseball season is over, they say.
Many yachts are in commission still.
Summer people are motoring home.
Summer ends and fall begins today.
Water street is one rough road just now.
Oystermen are shipping to the cities now.
The year is almost three-quarters gone.
Many fishing parties motor through town.
Set the clock back next Saturday night.
More bright colored leaves show in the swamps.
An epidemic of colds seems going around the village.
Mercury was above eighty in the shade last Sunday.
This is the time for the motor tourists, finest of all the year.
Main street continues to keep busy on Saturdays at any rate.
Boys fish daily for pike—men do too—in the grass on the river flats.
The clusters of berries on the upland sumacs have turned wine red.
Pears and apples are rather scarce, though some folks have plenty of apples.
Pumpkins seem to have grown in large numbers and size, and in fact most late crops did well.
Jitneys are looking up although the summer is over. Ed Kelly has a Buick light six and Jack Costa a Cleveland six.
The Lambert line boats are off for the summer, except a few special trips. They made a Barnegat City trip Sunday and Wednesday.
If there were only a market for old field balsam, goldenrod and wild carrot, how soon some of our farmers would get rich.
Judge Lloyd has kept court moving at schedule time. He is a busy, an upright, and a capable judge, we'll tell the world.
Strangers in town say that Toms River is a busy little village. Most of them say it is a beautiful one too. That's the difference from old days, of twenty years ago—they used to say it was beautiful, but sleepy.
Rumor says a new dentist is coming to town.
All the public schools of the county are now open.
A change in the railroad time table will take place next Sunday.
Basketball would come next, if there was a place in town to play it.
Robins are mostly flocking to the woods before going south for the winter.
Most of the swallows have disappeared from the beaches and the bay shore.
The Traco theatre has sold its Delco plant [an electric generator] to Mr. Maguire of the Bay-Lea farm.
William VanKirk has sold the yacht Ida May to Edward B. Garrigues of Philadelphia and Ocean City.
Roy King, who was badly burned a few weeks ago by the explosion of gasoline, was allowed out of bed on Monday, and is improving.
In towns which have been on a daylight saving schedule during the past summer, the clocks will be set back an hour at midnight on Saturday next.
Starling are seen and heard about again this week. Query—where were they during late July, August and early September? If you can tell, let us know.
George Newman of Pershing [a section of Toms River mostly forgotten today] has a fine exhibition plot of sweet potatoes that were grown this year from selected seed. A demonstration will be given there in October by sweet potato specialists from the State Experiment station.
Capt. Lambert stopped running the Lambert boat line on Sunday of this week for regular trips. He says that this year was behind last year 1137 passengers; probably due to the free bridge and to the busses that have been running to and from the beach this summer.
The recent full moon was that known to the old folks as the harvest moon—for about a week the moon rose very nearly the same time, and was almost a full round disk the whole time.
Miss Magee, teacher of the Cedar Grove school, was married on Sunday last, and wants to give up the school. Whether to close the school and bring the pupils in to town, or hunt around for another teacher, is bothering the school authorities.
CARNIVAL GAMBLING GRAFT
That carnival company, with its gambling graft as the real show, and the shows as a side attraction, seems to have cut a wide swath through New Jersey this summer, and everywhere to have aroused protest. Wherever they have been heard from it is the same story: the town demoralized by open gambling, large amounts of money taken from the town by the crooked games, little or nothing left for the fire company (they seem to make a specialty of fire companies) or other organization which sponsored them. Toms River, Lakewood, Freehold and now Woodbury and Wenonah. It will probably be a long time before they play a return in this territory and fool another organization into taking them up and giving them a standing in any of these towns visited this summer.
GLAD YOU'RE LIVING, EH!
Glad you're living these days? You bet! Anyone who wouldn't like to live in New Jersey, especially along the Ocean county shore, in September, October and November, must be hard to suit. Anyone who can be a grouch in the weather we get in the fall, must be ailing somewhere in his makeup, either in body or mind.
An old Englishman, still retaining his love for the homeland, though a thorough going American, used to say he had traveled over much of the world, but he had found no climate anywhere to equal the autumn days in this section, with their inspiring and invigorating conditions.
WHERE SUFFRAGE IS A BOON
Suffrage is the biggest boon the small seashore boroughs ever had—meaning of course, woman's suffrage. Before the 19th amendment was passed it was very difficult to get competent men to fill the borough offices in these small places. Now women are taking the jobs of clerk, assessor and collector, clerk of the school board, and members of school board, etc., in ever increasing numbers. It has about doubled the amount of available office-holding material.
HEADLINES AND NEWS NOTES
LOST HIS LIFE BATTLING THE TIDES OF BARNEGAT
Jules Bell, aged 26 years, a Philadelphian who summers at Island Heights, lost his life in the bay near Barnegat Inlet on Sunday. The body was recovered, taken to Barnegat, and Coroner Job Smith of Tuckerton was called. He brought the body to the summer home of the Bells in Island Heights. Undertaker C.P. Anderson of Toms River shipped it to Philadelphia, where it was buried on Wednesday at Ivy Hill cemetery. Bell was married, and leaves a wife and two small children. He was a brother to Walter Bell and Garfield Bell, and had been with his brothers and sisters, coming to Island Heights for a long time.
On Sunday Bell with John McFarland and a party of friends went down the bay on a yachting trip. Bell is said to have donned his bathing suit and jumped over. Some of his friends say that he was warm when he went into the cold water, and the shock was too much for his heart; others say that he was caught in the run of a strong tide, and trying to swim against it, the struggle was too much for his heart. All agree that death was caused by heart failure, rather than by drowning. He was picked up by another boat and taken to Barnegat.
SCHLINGLOGG ARRESTED BY FEDERAL MEN AT ATLANTIC
Julius Schlingloff, who has a home at Beachview, near Barnegat, was arrested last Saturday at Atlantic City, where he is a restaurant chef, on the charge of being implicated in smuggling liquors from the schooner Pocomoke at that place last summer. Schlingloff was one of the men who were arrested with Andy Grob of the Extra Dry cafe, Atlantic City, when digging up $20,000 worth of bottled goods, which is now locked up in Toms River jail, waiting for its disposition by the Supreme Court of the state. Several other arrests were made last Saturday by the federal officers in Atlantic City.
At the time the bottled stuff was located at Barnegat, and Grob, John Maxwell and a number of other men were arrested, a small memorandum book was found on the running board of the big Packard car which Maxwell was in when he was arrested. It is assumed that somebody, presumably Maxwell, thought he had thrown the book away, to keep it from getting into the hands of the officers when he was searched, but that it struck the running board and staid there till the car reached Toms River, when it was picked up. In this book were entries giving names of a number of men suspected to be implicated in the Pocomoke job, with figures opposite the names, as if it were an account of moneys paid out. This book was turned over to the federal authorities, and is probably the link in the chain that has run down a number of men at Atlantic City and brought about their arrest.
RADCLIFFE B. MILLS
Radcliffe B. Mills, for many years one of the most enthusiastic boosters of Island Heights, and of the whole Barnegat Bay section, died on Friday last, September 16, from chronic valvular disease of the heart. He had had a stroke of paralysis some years ago, but had to a large degree recovered from it. With Mrs. Mills he was spending the summer at the Heights. The body was taken to Philadelphia, and burial made at Cedar Hill cemetery, Germantown, Pa. Mr. Mills was the son of William and Martha (Bridge) Mills. He was in the dye and woollen business in Germantown for many years, and for a generation had been coming to Barnegat Pier [the station and settlement area at what is now Good Luck Point, the Pennsylvania Railroad then going across to Seaside Park and the barrier island – the area today (2021) is the site of the Martell's Water's Edge restaurant], Island Heights and Toms River.
He was the organizer and one of the chief boosters in the Island Heights Board of Trade some years ago, and was also one of the originators of the celebrated Labor day sports now held yearly in Island Heights.
In his younger days he was a yachtsman and interested in the races of the old Toms River yacht club, when it was almost the only club on the coast.
His wife, Luzetta Caldwell Mills, survives him; there are no children. He belonged to Mitchell lodge, F. and A.M. In Philadelphia.
FISH AND GAME
Last Saturday afternoon, between Mantoloking and Chadwicks, there were forty or more automobiles parked along the beach road, while the parties coming in them were surf fishing on the beach. Between Chadwick and Lavallette was a smaller group, while south of Seaside Park were more surf anglers. Sunday there was another string of cars along the beach road. Long Beach also had its surf fishermen. Barnegat City [now Barnegat Light] and New Inlet are the favored spots, with Surf City, High Point [section of now Harvey Cedars], and Beach Haven, as second best. Surf fishing had a bad setback last summer and in the early part of this summer, due to continued east winds and heavy seas, making it impossible for the average fisherman to keep his line out; but this fall there have been more fishing in the surf than ever before.
The bay is full of small blue fish, or “snapping mackerel.” Many of them are caught. They are called by their local name because of the bluefish way of snapping at bait or food. They make lively fishing, though running from a half pound to a pound generally.
Oyster Creek Channel has been the favored spot by Forked River party boatmen this month, and other anglers have been going there too.
A.D. Nickerson, Joe Miller, Mr. Carley, all Beachwoodites, with Herman Fuhr and Harry Grover, tried Oyster Creek Channel Saturday night and got eight big weakfish.
TRYING TO FORM A BAND
An effort is being made to organize a band at Toms River, the old Reliance band having failed to survive the war. The new band has been christened the Toms River Military Band. The Courier is in receipt of a communication saying that there will be a meeting next Wednesday evening at the American Legion rooms, when the band will be organized and plans laid for its future. This communication says that an effort will be made to build up a band of forty pieces, and that any and all interested in the band should be out at this meeting. A band is a big asset to the town, and it would be fine to have band concerts in Huddy Park on summer evenings once more.
APPLEBY VISITS BARNEGAT LIGHT WITH ENGINEERS
In his efforts to save Barnegat Lighthouse from the seas, Congressman Appleby again today visits Barnegat City [today Barnegat Light Borough] with federal engineers from the Lighthouse Bureau. The contention of the Bureau that a stone seawall is needed around the end of the island, at the inlet to save the lighthouse is being opposed by the Congressman, who favors the plan that has been partly successful of placing jetties of piling at right angles tot he set of the tide. The Lighthouse Bureau engineers have variously estimated from $150,000 to $1,000,000 needed to save the lighthouse by the seawall plan. Mr. Appleby believes that $50,000 spent on jetties would do the work just as well, or, rather, better. In fact the stone seawall that the government built two years ago went into deep water that winter, while the piling jetty that Barnegat City borough built at its own expense in the sand west of the lighthouse still stands and has built up considerable beach.
CRANBERRY HARVEST HALF OVER BIGGER AND BETTER
The cranberry harvest is now half over, and for the most part the Ocean county growers have found their yield bigger and better than they had anticipated. The fancy varieties turned out especially fine, large and well colored. Most growers are getting more off their bogs than they had estimated.
The cost of picking the bogs is a little lower this year. Italian pickers, who demanded seventy cents a bushel [$10.70 in 2021 dollars] during the labor shortage, are glad this year to work for fifty cents [$7.64 in 2021 dollars]. Scoopers are taking thirty cents [$4.58 in 2021 dollars] and seem to be able to make big money at that.
Some of the growers are shipping berries west. The Double Trouble Company sent a carload to Chicago last week, all in the new half barrel crate, made from Double Trouble cedar. The railroads give an extra low rate on the box package, as compared to the barrel, as it will store more in a car and is easier to handle.
SEA PLANE RUNNING PASSENGERS
One of the passenger sea planes, that operate at Atlantic City in summer and at Miami or Palm Beach in winter, has been in this county the past week. The latter end of last week the machine was located at Bay Head. Monday and Tuesday it was at Island Heights, and took up parties of five or six for a seven minute flight at $5 a head. It made a trip up the river to Toms River village, turning over the business part of the town, and going back to the Island Heights public dock.
DEMAND FOR POULTRY FARMS
This fall sees a brisk demand for poultry farms in this section. A well laid out and established farm is what most of the newcomers want, but barring that (which cannot be had, as the owners of such places will not sell very often) they are willing to take small farms and build their own poultry plants. Some of the newcomers are figuring on buying wild land and putting it into a poultry plant in the rough. Cultivated land is better than wild land in one respect, in that it is always well to raise all the green food needed for the chickens right on the range when possible. Wild land, however, is said to possess some other qualities in its favor that cultivated land has not got.
There has been considerable talk of a building company to put up small poultry farms and sell them on the part cash down, part installment plan. A good many new poultry farms could be established here if such a plan were worked out, as the Toms River-Lakewood section of Ocean county is now looked upon as the most favorable location in the east for chicken raising.
BROOKLYN GIANTS' HOME HITS TOOK GAME FROM TOMS RIVER
Two home runs in the early part of the game, made by the Brooklyn Giants, proved the undoing of Toms river in the “last game of the season” on Thursday, September 15. The Giants were a real team, and played real ball. Toms River was just a little behind them—not much, but enough to lose. Score was 6 to 3.
JUDGE LLOYD CLEANING UP CIVIL COURT CALENDARS
BUCK WOOLLEY WON CASE
Hadley Woolley (better known as “Buck”), who manages the Anthony Irons boat storage and repair shops, won a verdict of $59.53 [$909 in 2021 dollars] against Walter Godfrey, a Beachwood summer resident, on Friday. Woolley had done some repairs to Godfrey's boat. The owner had paid him $100, and there was a dispute as to the balance owed. The jury settled it as above.
DAVID HARUM WAS REVERSED
In the horse trade suit of Minnie A. Mullen, a youthful Tuckerton farmer and dairywoman, vs. Michael Farkas, a Hammonton horse dealer, the decision in the celebrated David Harum court for horse dealers was reversed, and the fair young plaintiff was awarded a cash verdict of $140 as the outcome of her being stuck in a horse trade. Judge David A. Veeder represented Miss Mullen; Judge Maja Leon Berry was counsel for Farkas.
The story of the plaintiff was that she traded a horse and cow and gave $25 to boot to Farkas for a horse last spring, he guaranteeing it would be a suitable horse for her farmwork and for delivering milk in Tuckerton, where she runs a milk route. During the summer, it developed that the horse had the runaway habit, and she could not drive it in her milk delivery. She sued to recover what she had given for the horse. Farkas denied he had sold the plaintiff a horse, saying the deal was with her father, and that he was stuck bad by Papa Mullen, the cow he got being almost worthless and the horse such a poor creature that he sold it for $5.
He said he had wanted to trade back and the Mullens refused. The jury decided that the horse and cow and $25 boot brought the value of what Mullen gave for the Farkas horse up to $140, and gave a verdict accordingly, adding that Farkas should get his horse back. That case was tried before Judge Lloyd on Monday.
POULTRYMEN START LECTURE COURSE FOR THE WINTER
The Ocean County Poultry Association will hold a lecture course this winter, having lectures on practical subjects by the leading experts and investigators in poultry raising. The first of the series was held last Wednesday evening at the courthouse, when about fifty poultrymen gathered to hear Dr. O.B. Kent of Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., tell of culling the flocks and keeping the best breeders. Dr. Kent also gave lantern slides to illustrate his talk. In the afternoon at the George S. Raynor farm, he gave a practical illustration in culling and selecting breeders. This was watched with interest by a gathering of thirty poultry raisers.
FORKED RIVER GAME FARM EXHIBIT AT TRENTON FAIR
Duncan Dunn, head keeper of the Forked River Game Farm, is arranging an exhibit of game for the Trenton fair next week, similar to the one at the Mt. Holly fair held last week. In the exhibit will be deer, rabbit, wild turkeys, wild geese, wild ducks, quail and pheasant, including a number of varieties of the latter game birds.
RUSHING WORK AT NAVAL AIR STATION, LAKEHURST
The past week a large number of men have been put on the job at the Naval Air Station, Lakehurst, and the work there is being rushed. It is stated that it is hoped to complete the plant by the end of October, cleaning up practically all the construction work at the station.
The work of building the ZR-1 [later named Shenandoah] is a separate operation, and is being begun. The big hangar is being got ready for assembling the airship, parts of which have been made at League Island Navy Yard, Philadelphia, and are being shipped to Lakehurst.
BEACHWOOD WOMAN DRIVES 6000 MILES IN LIZZIE
Mrs. Anita G. Busch of Beachwood recently completed a 6000 mile drive in her tin Lizzie. She drove the whole 6000 miles herself, and is quite proud of that fact. She left Galveston, Tex., in the middle of May, drove up through Colorado and Wyoming, through Glacier Park, to the Pacific coast, and down that coast to Los Angeles, Cal. From the latter city, on September 13, she [sent] the Courier... the story of her trip.
ANOTHER TYPHOID VICTIM
Jacobstown, Sept. 20.—Oliver E. Britton, 23-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. John F. Britton of this place, died at his home Saturday, Sept. 17, a victim of the typhoid epidemic which had its origin at a church supper. Britton was badly gored by a bull August 25 and was about on crutches on the day of the church supper. He did not attend the supper, but his parents brought the meal to him. The funeral was held Monday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the Jacobstown home.
60 new desks and seats were installed in the schoolhouse last week and with our new principal we think we have as nice as school as there is in Ocean county.
George Blessing, our barber, has bought the Miller Wilbur house at Windsor Park, and with Mrs. Blessing and little Sara intend to make it their permanent home.
We have had a very busy and prosperous summer here. Now nearly all the summer residents have returned to their city homes and we winter people must return to our same old grind. Have to take a jitney to get our castor oil and our soup bone at Toms River, but there is one blessing, our men won't have to wear raincatchers, and even if our streets are full of holes, why so are a good many of people's stockings.
The seaplane is doing a rushing business. 35 have already gone as high as they ever expect to go.
The following cottages here have been vacated by their summer tenants—Joseph Stillwell, S.C. Shadinger, Rev. Mr. Booth, Mrs. Thompson, H.W. Polhemus and E.K. Stillwell.
Mrs. J.R. Albertson has closed her hotel and will soon go to Asbury Park for the winter.
Mrs. L.M. Runkle of Adamston is having a portion of her store remodeled so she can live there during the winter.
Theodore Sculthorp of the Coastguard station here, spent a day with his family at West Mantoloking this week.
The land company has started a street from the Main road to the bay, running parallel to Bayview avenue, and across the meadows. The Main street end is graded and partly travelled, and two bungalows are being built on it. An office building is also being put up on the land company tract opposite the postoffice on the Main Shore road. This tract of land, lying open to the bay, directly opposite the inlet, is one of the finest locations on the east coast if it could be properly developed.
Day fishing is rather poor, but the night fishing has been excellent. Many parties go down to the inlet for the night and come back with big catches of weakfish running up to 8, 9 and 10 pounds in weight.
The Engleside hotel closed on Tuesday of this week. The hotel put on a sale of a lot of secondhand furniture, which went at a comparatively fair price.
Hotel Acme will not close till October 1. The hotel will be painted and other repairs made before next summer rolls round.
P.R.R. Will take off its summer trains on September 25, and the local beach train will be our schedule for the winter months.
Cottagers are thinning out and going back to the city. Sorry to see them leave and they seem equally sorry to go.
School has resumed with Prof. McCabe of Toms River, Mrs. Hannah Stratton (a former teacher) of Beach Haven, and Mrs. Samuel Soper of Barnegat City, who taught last year, as the three teachers. This is an addition of one teacher, showing the growth of the town. Surf City pupils are brought here now, and also our high school pupils are transported to the mainland.
A bunch of the young people from here enjoyed a marshmallow toast and doggie roast on the beach at Ship Bottom on Friday night. Those in the party included: Mrs. Fannye Allen, Mrs. W. Buckingham, Misses Leona Mott, Ada Andrews, Sara Mathis, Elizabeth Smith, Linda Andrews and Marian Leake, Messrs. Harry Rochesky, Julius Honer, Francis Parker, Allan Graf, C.A. Sharp, Walter Parsons and Elton Mathis.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Edwards and family arrived here on Saturday, having spent much of the summer in Canada. They will stay here till ready for their fall migration to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where they have a winter home.
Dr. Martin Luther Stimson arrived last week and spent a short time here. He and Mrs. Stimson will visit their daughter in Canada this fall, and then spend the winter in the south. Last winter they spent in Japan and China.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank O. Price motored home to Brooklyn on Monday after a delightful summer here.
Dr. Lyons and Miss R.B. Holmes are spending the month of September in the bungalow, as usual. Mrs. Synclair McKelway, wife of the famous editor of the Brooklyn Eagle, and her niece Miss Foster, were their weekend guests. Mr. McKelway was greatly impressed with the natural beauty of Beachwood.
Capt. Frank Worth is home for the winter from New York, where he has been sailing one of the Coney Island boats all summer.
Coastguard Jesse Rogers spent Tuesday with his family.
Commodore William Exall is attending the session of the State Firemen's Association this week at Atlantic City, having been secretary of that body for many years.
Summer folks are pretty well cleaned out, but we have a good many weekend visitors.
C.W. Mathis and Co. recently received three carloads of lumber from the south.
There were many surf fishermen around the past week end, and in fact all of this month.
Almost all the yacht club fleet is still at the moorings, showing that our people still come down for the week ends at least.
The clubhouse will remain open all of this month.
The Manhassat had quite a number of guests over the last week end.
A seaplane belonging to the Aero Marine company came down the coast on Monday and circling dropped in the bay near the public dock. The operator announced that he would give anyone desiring to go a five minute trip for $5, or doubling the price, would take passengers to Barnegat City, alighting for a 15 minute stay and back again. Several of our citizens were glad of the opportunity and made the trip to the lighthouse.
Proprietor H. Ross Turner is still giving late vacationists and tourists the chance to spend the good fall days by the sea at the Manhasset hotel. Over the week end the register showed near a hundred guests and reservations are made for much later dates.
Miss Anna Carter of Camden has been visiting relatives here for the past week. As this is her first visit after a lapse of a few years, she expresses herself as surprised and pleased with the improvements and advancement of our town and we are glad to say the good work still goes on.
Edwd. L. Shinn has purchased the large lot on the boulevard on Main st, owned by G.B. Parsons of Atlantic City, a most desirable location for a home which he intends to build later on, thus adding to that already attractive portion of our village.
Oyster markets are fair. Shipments are made every day and promises of more trade in the near future.
Summer is over, schools are opened, summer visitors have gone, potato crops are short, prices are going up, gunning season will soon be here, lodges are open for the winter season, we begin to look at our coal bins and woodpile, frost is due most any time, and according to some prophets we are to have a hard winter. The north temperate zone can give us both torrid and frigid weather.
There are still a good number of summer homes open in this resort.
E.C. Kramer and Co. are laying the foundation for a dwelling on Stockton avenue.
Charles Homer is now serving the people with milk, Earl Newman having closed his business and returned up the beach.
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ADVERTISE JOBS SWAMP BOGS
Sheriff Chafey is advertising the Jobs Swamp cranberry bogs for sale on October 18. These bogs belong to Mrs. William L. Wilbur of Hightstown who was the daughter of the late Judge Ephraim P. Emson of Collier Mills. The sale is under an order of the Chancery Court, in a suit brought by her brother, Christian D. Emson, and growing out of the settlement of their father's estate. The advertisement appears in this issue of the Courier.