Welcome to another era in Ocean County's past, one century ago this week!
Let your mind wander as you consider life around November 4th, 1921, courtesy the New Jersey Courier weekly newspaper and Ocean County Library archives, and peppered with items of maritime interest (around a 10 minute read).
BREVITIES AND EDITORIALS
(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)
Leaves litter the ground.
Election day next Tuesday.
Hallowe'en was a gay night.
Tuesday was All Saints' Day.
Oak trees are ruddy or brown.
Few yachts left in commission.
Three legal holidays this month.
Some pee-rade on Monday evening.
Warm rain Monday night and Tuesday.
Banks, etc., have two holidays next week.
Sample ballots were mailed Wednesday.
Mercury stood 60 degrees at 7 A.M. November 1.
Candidates are on the last lap of the political race.
Armistice Day, Friday, November 11, a week from to-day.
The sand spit seems to be a public hauling out place for boats.
The Women's Relief Corps held a supper on the night of Hallowe'en.
Plenty of soft clams on the flats and the bay full of ducks is the report.
The wild cherry, one of the last of the trees to lose its green, is now yellow, orange and crimson.
The sewer digging force is being transferred to a job at Palmyra. Most of the sewer in Toms River is laid.
The Water Company has had an extension laid on Hyers Street, from Washington to Sheriff St., with a hydrant at the upper end. This will give another hydrant for fire fighting in event of a fire on Washington Street, which is now a built-up business block. It will also lay an extension on Irons Street, from Water Street across the central railroad track, and the Township Committee will have two hydrants on that street, which with the Hensler lumber yard, has become a fire hazard.
Postmaster David C. Brewer is raising and remodeling the house he has on Hooper Avenue, better known as the Jackson house.
Chrysanthemums are the reigning flower.
A son was born on Saturday, October 29, to Mr. and Mrs. William De Graw.
Gasoline has gone up another cent—27 cents per gallon retail [$4.14 in 2021 dollars]; 24 cents wholesale [$3.68 in 2021].
A.J. Harris, of Allentown, made a trip from his farm with a truck load of apples for Toms River customers last Saturday.
George Riley Applegate is suffering from the effects of a fall down a flight of stairs last Wednesday, at his Walton Street home.
Work of widening Washington Street on the north side, at Main Street, has been started. The sidewalk will be moved further in and leave a few feet more for the turn at that corner.
The Lipschuetz house on Water Street and Hooper Avenue has been completely remodeled. With heavy cornices, large sun parlor, stuccoed outside and asbestos shingle roof, it looks like a new house.
Not much mischief by the boys these Hallowe'en occasions. It seems to be more fun to dress up and mask than it is to play tricks. But on Tuesday morning a chicken crate was at the top of the flagpole on the American Legion lot.
The big storm sewer has been completed on Main and Hyers Streets, running up Hyers Street beyond School Street to the Old Pond. There are inlets also on both sides of Washington Street, and both sides of Main Street, at the junction of these two streets, to carry off the surface water coming down the gutters.
Dr. and Mrs. Hubert Milford, who recently arrived in Toms River from Sydney, Australia, suffered a considerable loss in personal property and a big collection of war relics and curios shipped from Sydney on the American steamship Conestota which, according to reports they got from that Sydney, blew up shortly after leaving that port, vessel, cargo, and crew all being lost. She carried a large supply of gasoline that is supposed to have caused the explosion.
Everybody wore a green tag last Saturday.
The rain held off Monday night till after the parade.
Toms River High School football team was defeated by Lakewood High School on Saturday last, Score 53—0.
Measles have broken out in the lower grades of the public school, and a dozen to twenty cases are reported.
Somebody solved the problem of “widening Main street” in the business block one night last week, when he drove his car down the west sidewalk and took out a panel of fence for C.L. Tilton. The latter couldn't see the joke.
Over at the Newbury lumber yards they are salvaging what is good from lumber damaged in the recent fire, and tearing down damaged sheds. Work of construction of the new sheds and mill is going on all the time.
Visit our Maritime Museum this Saturday, November 6th from 10 am to 2 pm and enjoy our FALL OPEN HOUSE AND BRASS SALE!
At noon, RECLAM THE BAY'S GIANT CLAMSHELL will be rededicated following its restoration by Toms River Artist Community (TRAC) artist, Judy Calderone-Favia!
Finally, our BOATS OF THE BARNEGAT BAY SHIRTS have been restocked since our Summer Festival and all sizes are now available!
Come join us!
Corner of Hooper Avenue and Water Street (parking entrance on Hooper), Toms River
BODY OF LAKEWOOD SOLDIER HAS ARRIVED FROM FRANCE
The body of Ambrose Matthews, the first Lakewood boy to be killed in the war, arrived on Saturday from France.
Matthews was in the Red Bank Ambulance unit, which went overseas with the Rainbow Division, the first troops to reach France other than regulars and engineers. He was in an ambulance when a shell struck in the road, a piece of it killing him instantly. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Matthews, of Lakewood.
Upon arrival of the body in Lakewood a military funeral, under the direction of the local American Legion Post will be held.
Ambrose was born in Lakewood October 17, 1896. He lived in Lakewood all his life, and attended the public school. He died in action July 26, 1918.
Ambrose enlisted at Red Bank, June 3, 1917, and was sent soon afterward to Sea Girt, and finally to the Rainbow Division, which was formed at Camp Mills, N.Y.
Surviving him are his mother, Mrs. Bendo M. Matthews; his father, George S. Matthews; his brother, Clarence E. Matthews, and two sisters, Mrs. Klarman and Mrs. A. Lyle Clayton, all of Lakewood.
Matthew's body reached Lakewood Tuesday. The funeral services will be on Sunday, and the town is preparing to do its loyal son special honors. The American Legion will turn out in a body.
SURVIVORS OF ZR-2 CREW AT LAKEHURST AIR STATION
The officers and mechanics sent overseas expecting to bring the ill-fated ZR-2 to the massive hangar at Lakehurst, arrived at the Naval Air Station last Thursday night and the entire crew trained for the destroyed air craft, excepting those who were lost with the ship, are now at Lakehurst...
HORSE SICKNESS APPEARS AGAIN IN SHORE VILLAGES
The horse sickness, so fatal a few years ago, and more or less epidemic last year along the shore, has reappeared at Barnegat and Waretown. On Sunday County Agent E.H. Waite was notified that Elton Carter, of Barnegat, had lost a horse from it, and that Mick's sawmill, at Waretown, had also lost a horse. The disease has been the subject of a great deal of study, for about six years ago it spread all through the Middle West, costing the farmers of the Mississippi Valley millions of dollars' worth of horse flesh. It is assumed to be the result of the horse taking into its mouth, by feeding or drinking, a vegetable germ which finally attacks the spine and brain, somewhat like the spinal meningitis and the infantile paralysis among the humans. These scientists also say that this germ is found in the soil, as is the germ of lockjaw, or tetanus, another horse disease, to which the horse is generally immune, but which is often fatal to man.
Early this fall County Agent Waite started a campaign of inoculating horses against botulinus, as inoculation had last year appeared to be successful in preventing infection. A hurry call has been sent for veterinaries and they will, with County Agent Waite, make a tour of the shore, inoculating horses in every shore town...
CRANBERRY PRICES HIGH
Cranberry prices are ruling rather high, and there has been a flurry in the New York and Philadelphia markets because the big growers have been shipping their berries all into the West. Fancy berries, like the Howes, have brought $15 a barrel [$230 in 2021 dollars], and on down to $12 for cheaper grades [$184 in 2021]. Local growers, who started their first carload lots out to the Pacific coast are now shipping to west of the Alleghenies, to Louisville, Cleveland and Cincinnati. Small growers, who ship direct to the commission men in New York and Philadelphia, have got as high as $4 and $4.25 a crate for choice berries [$61 to $65 in 2021]. The demand is for the Thanksgiving trade.
SCHOOL GROUND BONDS O.K.'D
The State Department of Education has approved the issue of school bonds of Dover Township, put out to buy the school house hill from A.C.B. Havens and Son, and the Gulick Field from Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Lonan, of Richmond Hill, L.I., formerly of Toms River. It will take $2500 for each purchase [$38,311 ea. In 2021 dollars]. The town is to be congratulated in getting these properties.
ASK STATE $200,000 FOR ONE BRIDGE, $100,000 FOR OTHER
Trenton, Nov. 1—Citizens prominent in the commercial, financial and political life of Ocean County this afternoon discussed with the Road Committee of the State Highway Commission the question of the compensation from the state for the Beach Haven bridge [from mainland to Long Beach Island], and the Island Heights-Seaside Park Bridge [later replaced by the Mathis bridge, then later still added upon with the Tunney bridge, between Toms River and the Seasides], which two structures connect Ocean County's seashore from the mainland. The Highway Commission took over the structures the first of last March and lifted the tolls.
Under the law the state must compensate the owners, the Long Beach Turnpike Company and the Island Heights-Seaside Park Bridge Company. The former wants $100,000 for its bridge [$1.5 million in 2021 dollars], and the other is asking $200,000 [$3 million in 2021 dollars]. The committee will make a report to the Highway Commission.
BIG CROWDS WATCH MARCH OF HALLOWE'EN MASKERS
Crowds from all the surrounding towns gathered in Toms River Monday evening and watched the parade of Hallowe'en maskers. This was the third event of the kind arranged by Toms River Fire Company, and in some respects was the most successful of all. There were more individual entries in the line, though not so many organizations as last year or two years ago.
Dr. E.C. Disbrow was marshal of the parade, on horseback, and was followed by the fire truck. Then came the marching contestants for prizes, followed by various organizations, chief among whom were the American Legion, the Mannahassett Haymakers, the Ocean Gate and Seaside Heights Fire Companies, Steiner's girls, making the acrostic “Universal,” each carrying one of the letters, weer also in the line; and the Klu Klux Klan carried the flaming torch. Following the parade there was a dance in the Scout Hall. The company figure that they made between $100 and $200 out of the evening [$1,532 to $3,064 in 2021 dollars].
The Boy Scout Band, of Paterson, furnished the music for the parade and also an orchestra for the dance hall...
THIS SAILOR NEAR DEATH
Lakewood, Nov.1—Reggie Conly, of this place, after a serious illness at Camp Dix Hospital, lying for days at the point of death, is greeting friends here, getting about on crutches. Conly was on the Lakehurst Naval Air Station fire engine the night it hurried to Toms River to help fight the Newbury fire last summer, and was severely injured when the machine skidded into a telephone pole.
KIMBALL HOSPITAL MAKES APPEAL FOR MANY NEEDS
The Kimball Hospital, at Lakewood, has sent out to the newspapers of the county an appeal for its many needs, and the further appeal that the good people of the county remember this institution with Thanksgiving offerings. Among the articles asked for are:
Sheets, 72x108 inches; pillow cases, 36x45, or smaller; tuck-in pillows, tray covers, 16x20 inches; towels of any size.
Toys and picture books for child patients, and clothing for new-born babes.
Fruits and vegetables, fresh or canned; groceries, poultry, etc.
Cups and saucers, and other china ware; reading matter; warm clothing for out-going patients; money to help along patients after they leave the hospital.
Everybody in the county knows where Kimball Hospital is, on River Avenue, Lakewood; its 'phone No. is Lakewood 410.
MORE PIPE FOR OIL WELL
A carload of pipe arrived at Lakewood and were taken out to the oil well at Jackson Mills on Monday. The big derrick on the hill above Jackson Mills pond is all activity these days, and somebody is surely spending a wad of money there. Every once in a while the report comes that they have “struck oil.” Let's hope so.
ARIZONA MAN WANTED HERE JUMPED BORDER TO MEXICO
Lakewood, Nov. 1—Constable Richard Riley, who with Prosecutor Plumer went to Phoenix, Ariz., after a prisoner, returned here last Saturday without his man. They went after Robert Bruce, indicted for criminal assault on a girl under fifteen years. On their arrival Bruce was given a preliminary hearing and his lawyer got him out on bail, when his is alleged to have jumped the border into Mexico. Prosecutor and Mrs. Plumer went to the California coast.
About a hundred people, most of them in costume and masked, attended the Hallowe'en affair of the Toms River Yacht Club on Friday evening, October 28, at the club house. Commodore and Mrs. Horace A. Doan were the host and hostess, and the entertainment was in charge of a committee—Frank Buchanan, John Hensler and S.A. Loveman. A pretty pantomime was given by Messrs. Buchanan and Hensler, and Miss Elizabeth Sculthorp. Music was furnished by a Lakewood orchestra, and dancing was enjoyed till a late hour. About $100 was the net result financially [$1,532 in 2021 dollars].
In honor of the fifth birthday of Benjamin Leet, Mr. and Mrs. Max Leet, on Sunday afternoon, entertained twenty little folks at their home in Berkeley. Mrs. Wilmer Clayton presented Bennie with a handsome birthday cake, decorated with candles. The little folks will long remember the happy time they had.
Allen Brouwer is taking up dentistry at the University of Pennsylvania.
FISH AND GAME
Upland gunning begins on Thursday next. Gunners are locating the quail and rabbits, and land owners are posting their grounds. Each year there are more and more land owners who feed quail during the winter, get accustomed to having them around, and don't like the idea of the flock being killed off by gunners. These kind of folk post their lands with the idea of preserving the quail altogether. Others post their lands to save the shooting for themselves or their friends.
Indications are that the number of quail is a little higher than usual this fall, and rabbit about as usual, while the gunners may be looked for to increase several percent.
Sunday there were a number of crabbing parties on the bay bridge at Seaside Heights. The crabs caught were few and small.
A few geese are shot on their southward flight. Most that have been killed are brought down from points in the upper bay.
Not very many migratory ducks up to this time have reached the bays.
The Newark Call says that some pound fishermen have reached the point where they favor the federal control of sea fisheries, and gives the reasons in the following:
“One of the leading pound net owners of the coast declared a few days ago that the season now nearly closed had been a poor one for the net owners. He said there had been vast numbers of fish ten to twenty miles off the coast and that the fishing smacks had never made larger catches but that inshore the fish were scarce. He attributed this scarcity to two factors—the oil pollution and the increased amount of sewage poured into the sea from the resorts along the coast. This sewage, he declared, remained close to the shore, as did the oil, and drove the fish away. Salt water fish, he said, with few exceptions, will not stay in polluted waters, and having the whole vast body of the ocean to swim in, they naturally refused to remain near the shore where the water was impure. He declared it was time for the federal government to do for migratory fish what it has already done for migratory birds.”
Fred Penn, of Seaside Park, celebrated his fifteenth birthday by shooting his first wild goose. Fred was some proud of this fine fowl, as he has a right to be.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Collins and Mr. and Mrs. Horace G. Smith, of Keansburg, spent several days last week at Prickly Pear Island, at the mouth of Goose Creek, gunning. They came down in the most complete traveling home that has been seen in this part of the state. It was a regular house and is christened “Moving Inn.” It contains its own water and electric light systems, the pressure water tank holding sixty gallons, and forcing water up into the interior. Besides the kitchenette there are bunks for sleeping four people. The whole outfit is on a five-ton truck, and goes where its owner wants it to. They have leased the shooting on the island.
A.C. King and Jess Miller, of Toms River, on Monday bagged forty-five ducks in the upper bay.
Win Irons bagged a wildcat last Saturday while exercising his dog in the swamps along Toms River, west of the village. This cat was treed by the dog, and Win poked him out with a pole several times, but each time the cat would make another tree. Charles L. King, of Broad Street, heard the noise and joined the chase. The last time the cat went up a tree, King went up after it and flung it to the ground, where the dog was waiting for it. The cat punished the dog so badly that Irons jumped in and got his foot on its neck, when it writhed 'round and tore his rubber overshoes to shreds with its teeth and claws. Hundreds of people stopped to look at the wildcat in Grover's window Saturday night. It was a house cat of unusually large size, with long claws and half-inch “eye teeth.” It had evidently been living in the woods for some time, as Harry Herbert and other gunners have reported seeing a “wild” cat in that piece of swamp several years straight. Win Irons did not have all the excitement or notoriety on Saturday, however, as his son, Milton, came in for a little of it. Milton, with Joseph E. Abbott, fire warden, went gunning for crow ducks in the coves near Silverton. Somehow their sneakbox turned over with them and both of them went clean out of sight in the cold water of the bay. When they stood up they were in water breast deep, so no harm was done. One explanation is that they thought they saw a hell diver and each tried to catch him under the water, but that is rather fishy, don't you think?
Reports from Laurelton say that there have been some gunners shooting nights at Forge Pond, and the game wardens have been after them.
The story of Game Warden Evernham's encounter in the deer woods with a camel and an elephant was reprinted in the Philadelphia Ledger on Sunday last, with supplements and embellishments.
With all Chatsworth out hunting a bear last week, and a bear, a camel and an elephant in the Bamber woods, the Hawkin Bear is put to his stumps to get back upon the pinnacle of fame. But just leave it to Lee, Steve and Sam. If they can't hoist him there, Phin will send some help from Atlantic City.
Surf and bay fishing are both over for the season. Flounders are around the inlets and outside, and tom cod are caught, but that is not looked upon as sport by most of the fishermen.
Frost fish are picked up on the beaches o'nights, and make good eating for a change.
DOVER TOWNSHIP SCHOOL NOTES
The teachers of the High School, with Mr. Finck, attended the annual convention of the New Jersey High School Teachers' Association,, at New Brunswick, on Friday evening and Saturday of last week.
The football team took its fourth straight beating on Saturday, Lakewood High turning the trick in this instance. The score was 52—0. Toms River is hampered by the lack of experience and weight. The Lakewood team outweighed them twenty-five pounds to the man. On Saturday of this week the boys go to Red Bank and next week to Clinton, to meet Mr. Hellman's charges. They promise better results against these schools which are more nearly in their class.
The first issue of the Cedar Chest [a semi-regular journal produced by the school through the year; prior to formal hardbound yearbooks, the last edition of the school year included senior student portrait photos and items similar to a traditional yearbook – when hardbound yearbooks took over those duties, they kept the name Cedar Chest, used to this day by TRHS's descendant, Toms River High School South] is in the hands of the printer [the printer being the printing office of this New Jersey Courier weekly newspaper, as part of its other services offered to the community]. Copies will be ready for distribution in about two weeks' time.
The Home and School Association took in $341.16 [$5,228 in 2021 dollars] with its tag day last Saturday. This is thought to be enough for the playground equipment—at least for a start.
At its meeting Wednesday, the Home and School Association had the first demonstration of the moving picture machine it has bought and placed in the opera house for educational purposes. They also received a number of new members, and are expecting more. The banner was awarded to the fourth grade.
Edgar Lawrence Simpson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Simpson, of Island Heights, died at Kimball Hospital last Saturday, October 29, after an operation for appendicitis, in his fifth year.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. H.J. Smith, at Island Heights M.E. Church, November 1. Burial at Riverside Cemetery.
Walter Ridgway is building a large garage for the accommodation of the many summer boarders who stop at his place.
There have been several business changes here recently—Mrs. Curtis, of Camp Dix, has bought the Spangler restaurant; Mr. Stahl, of Bamber, has the Shreve pool room and has also fruits and vegetables; Walter Brower has opened his barber shop; Cranmer and Reeves are doing a good business with the assistance of Tom Galvin, who is a live man in the advertising line. He knows advertising what you have brings the people to you and then a pleasant smile and a courteous treatment holds them. Conrad Brothers are very busy with their lumber and coal yards, employing five men, four trucks, two teams and are busy all the while. Gray and Rutter have extended their meat business at Forked River, where they have established a branch in Al Grant's store. Elmer Bennett has two trucks constantly busy in his delivery business. Gaskill's Garage is a busy place, four men are busy, with always a line of cars outside waiting for repairs. The new shoemaker in the Conrad Building is developing a good trade. Mrs. Miller has a large stock of goods in her store for the fall and winter trade. The baker's family have returned here from Ocean Gate; he does the baking there and brings the goods here for the shop. Perrine's boat shop is a very busy place now-a-days. Billy Froust is having a fish pond dug out at his place downtown. Samuel Mathews is getting ready to operate an up-to-date milk route. In spite of the general depression of business throughout the country our place has not felt it yet.
Gunning parties are very scarce compared with other seasons. Many of our guides have had but one or two parties so far. There are two reasons given for this condition, one is that ducks are scarce and the other because many of them have not the money they had some time ago. We must remember that all who come here are not rich, but ordinary people who have put a little aside for a few day's pleasure, and like the rest of us, figure on how much they can get for the amount.
That thieves are no respectors of persons was shown recently at Chatsworth, when Rev. Clarence Woodmansee, of this place, who is stationed there, was robbed of clothing and cash. He had a room in the church for his study and it was in this room that they made their haul. They left two old dirty sweaters in place of his clerical garb.
Why will so many people persist in walking in the street when there are good sidewalks. They then wonder why autos will hit them occasionally.
Did you ever consider what the Shewsbury Bay Head Canal and the new road will mean to our bay? They are both coming and with them a great chance for those who make their money out of those who come here for sailing, crabbing, fishing and other sports. Here is one thing that would bring a good return to the owner—take one of the large bay scows and make it absolutely tight; put a strong open cabin with an upper deck, a kitchen on one end; serve chowders, deviled crabs, sandwiches, soft drinks, cigars, etc.; have a dozen row boats for hire; give moonlight dance parties; advertise for crabbing parties, also fishing right from the deck. There are many other things that would attract thousands to our bay if proper means were taken to entertain them. Many people have been turned away from here this season through lack of row boats, and if they tell their friends, that keeps many more away. The man who starts something to accommodate and bring the people will find a good thing, provided he knows how to cater to them and keep their trade and at the same time gain others. Trying to get their money for little service as possible, with the idea that they are here today and gone to-morrow, won't bring new ones or keep the old ones. Don't be afraid of a little extra work to please them, it always pays in the long run...
Mrs. Laura Brockway and Miss Carrie Bonnell spent Wednesday of last week at Barnegat Pier with Mrs. Wesley Falkinburg.
We suppose, from what we read, that Bayville is to lose another of its leading citizens, who will make his home where he has long been in active law practice, at Toms River—we refer, of course, to Judge David A. Veeder, to whom (and his bride) Bayville folk wish every joy.
The Beachwood Gun Club held a series of trap-shooting matches on October 20... each shoot being 25 birds apiece. The club now has a membership of 140, and is still growing, being expected to cross the 150 mark soon. It is planning weekly shoots.
The Woman's Club is planning a series of meetings this winter in New York or some central point for its members while at their winter homes, under the leadership of Mrs. Siffert, who takes an active interest in all Beachwood matters.
The Beachwood fleet is housed away for the winter. Big things are looked forward to next summer in the yachting line.
Mayor Senior and family are among those staying into November at their home here.
Dr. Slonaker, who has the contract for transporting school children, has a comfortable 'bus for them to ride in.
Jake Hoffman thinks it is time for another clam chowder supper at the Rod and Gun club house.
The Borough Commission meets on Saturday evening, November 5, and at that meeting the charges against Frank Turner, Borough Clerk and Marshal, will be heard.
Mrs. N.T. Pulsifer, of New York, was here on Wednesday.
Both diphtheria and measles have appeared in parts of our town. The families are under strict quarantine.
Wednesday morning a big buck deer strolled down Lookout Street, wandering about Club House Place, and then leisurely went off down the river bank toward Pine Beach. We live close to nature at Beachwood.
We are pleased to see the family of S.B. Conkling at their home here, after a summer at Beach Haven.
The lot at the corner of Boulevard and Bay Street has been sold to W.T. Cook, and it is expected a bungalow will be built there.
The numerous changes of property in this locality has brought many strangers here and also increased the population some.
The Hallowe'en dance at Manahawkin drew a number of the young folks.
Postmaster W.S. Cranmer has rearranged his store and post office, put in new fixtures with lock boxes, a pipeless heater and other changes.
Capt. Samuel B. Conkling reports oysters exceptionally fine in these waters this fall.
The Clover Troop of Girl Scouts gave a benefit social and dance at Mrs. Malcolm Dunn's in the form of a Hallowe'en party. The evening was spent in dancing and appropriate games. Senorita Clovera wrote fortunes with the aid of the spirits. A large company attended and the affair was a success financially and in enjoyment. The Scouts have passed the tenderfoot test, and are studying and working toward becoming second class scouts. This is recommended as a splendid movement for girls and is encouraged by the home, the school and the church as an aid; in fact, the records show that troops are started by these institutions. The scouts know the policy and laws governing them and are willing to tell everyone what a wonderful time they can have while trying to keep the rules.
Capt. Joe Smires and family motored to Toms River Monday night to see the parade.
The Greyhound Inn held a dance on Hallowe'en that was attended by many of the young people. Parties came from Lakehurst, Cedar Crest, Tuckerton to this masque ball.
Capt. Theodore Hanford has returned to Jersey City to resume his job as captain in the P.R.R. tugboat fleet.
President Ernest Napier, of the State Fish and Game Commission, has been making some fine catches of striped bass while out on the bay with J.S. Bunnell. His score is now 25.
Townsfolks will receive folders from the pastor requesting them to take an active part in the noon-day prayer on Friday, November 11, Armistice Day. Our church bells and school bells will be rung at 12 noon—a call to prayer for the abiding peace among the nations of the earth.
The sympathy of the entire community is with Mr. and Mrs. Frank Simpson, in the death of their little son, Lawrence, aged 4 years, who died from the effects of an operation. The little body was laid to rest on Tuesday afternoon, in Riverside Cemetery, Toms River.
Mrs. W. Haverstick gave a Hallowe'en dance on Saturday evening at her bungalow on Ocean Avenue. Among those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Harry Sharp, Mr. and Mrs. E. Moore, Miss George Jahns, Misses Florence Forrester, Dorothy Stokes, Mary Stokes, Mrs. A.E. Stokes and Lewis Forrester.
Little Leroy McKelvey, son of Mr. and Mrs. William McKelvey, is around again after the measles.
Two or three cases of scarlet fever and our school closed. With careful quarantine, we hope to escape an epidemic.
Hallowe'en was celebrated on last Saturday night by our young people of town visiting different homes and having a good time.
Capt. Martin McCarthy, of 109 C. G. S. [Coast Guard Station], was home over last Monday.
Capt. John McCarthy bagged fifteen ducks one day this week.
The test on street lights will take place on Saturday. There are several houses that have been inspected O.K. For turning on the lights.
Charles Hankins, the boat builder, is very busy with pound boats for next season.
Mr. Tallman, of Bayonne, has plans for building a cottage on the corner of Guyer Avenue and Boardwalk, which will make quite an improvement on the beach front.
Mr. Roller, of Newark, is the first to pay for having the lights turned on in his house.
Mr. Hemphill is very busy at this time getting houses wired.
Everyone who missed seeing the ocean for the last few nights certainly missed a grand sight. The phosphorus made quite an illumination.
There have been a large number of wild geese and ducks killed in the past week. Gunners from all over the state in Lavallette this season.
The fishermen are getting their nets ready for fishing in the bay for perch.
There are lots of crabs seen in the bay staying later than usual this season.
W. H. Nugent is very busy overhauling his boats and storing others away for the winter.
There is a heavy fine for breaking electric light bulbs. Anyone caught will be given the full penalty of the law.
The new law passed last winter puts a heavy fine for breaking glass on the highways or streets of any town or borough in the state. If you ride over the roads you can see lots of bottles broken and scattered all along the way. This is a bad practice and should be stopped.
Contractor Joseph Stillwell is repairing Mrs. Sarah W. Downer's cottage.
Captain Fred Bailey entertained friends this week.
Samuel Brower, of the Coast Guard Service, has had his house painted. Claude Hurley and Albert Ware did the work.
Mrs. J.R. Albertson, of the Albertson Hotel, has been spending some time at Mohonk Lake, N.Y.
Last summer the Ladies' League of Voters of Ocean Gate Borough held a “parcel post sociable” to raise money to procure a bell for the fire company. As usual, they were successful, the money was raised, the bell procured and placed on the fire house. The fire company, to show its appreciation gave a chicken supper in the fire house, last Saturday evening, handled entirely by the men, without assistance. The fire house was tastefully decorated and the long table looked very inviting. Marshal Joseph Sellinger was the head chef, and certainly was at home in the kitchen. The waiters, headed by Assistant Chief H. D. Black, wore boudoir caps, white aprons and pleasant smiles, and were very attentive to their duties. The menu started with chicken soup, strong enough to draw a prize in a lottery, followed by generous portions of chicken, green peas, potatoes, plain and colored, celery, olives and other relishes, coffee, cake and ice cream. President Shindler welcomed the guests and thanked the ladies for the bell. Brief remarks were made by H.D. Black, Marshal Sellinger and others. Want of space prevents giving the names of those present. Music was furnished by Anthony Endler and Hugo Schwindt, with Mrs. Alvin Black at the piano. Dancing was enjoyed by those who desired and there was solo singing and dancing, with singing of old-time songs, everybody joining in the choruses. It was such a social success that another affair of the kind is expected in the near future.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wheeler went to Pine Beach on Hallowe'en. Mr. Wheeler is now connected with the West Philadelphia branch of the Saving Fund instead of being at Seventh and Walnut Streets.
Mr. John O'Boyle, one-time summer visitor, was the guest at a dinner at the Rittenhouse on Saturday, given him by several of the public school principals of Philadelphia.
Mr. and Mrs. Chris Bauer were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Hendricks, in Island Heights, over the week-end. They motored over to Pine Beach to look over their own place.
Miss Schaeffer, while riding horseback through Pine Beach the other day, was thrown from the horse and sustained some slight injuries.
Mr. Thomas Sheeran has added another story his garage and divided it into bed rooms. He has also added a kitchen and provided for heating in the winter time when he comes down in the gunning season. Mr. McKaig, of Island Heights, did the work.
Mr. Thole, a prominent lawyer, of Philadelphia, has purchased a lot on the river front.
The auxiliary of the Yacht Club gives a dance at Mosebach's on December 11th.
Most all of Pine Beach was at the Hallowe'en celebration in Toms River Monday evening.
Seaside Heights has given the Lakewood and Seacoast Electric Company a two-year contract to light its streets, beginning November 24. The company will also sell electric current to the borough. It now has its lines down the beach from Point Pleasant to Seaside.
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