Welcome to another era in Ocean County's past, one century ago this week!
Let your mind wander as you consider life around November 17th to December 1st, 1922, courtesy the New Jersey Courier and Ocean County Review weekly newspapers, from the Ocean County Library archives, and peppered with items of maritime interest (around a 20 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)
New moon tomorrow.
Six weeks left of 1922.
Pretty near time for snow.
The dark of the mooon.
A little rain on Wednesday.
Red Cross roll call this week.
Christmas is only five weeks away.
Dandelions still bloom in the grass.
Days are getting shorter and shorter.
Even the Kiefer pears have been harvested.
Weather begins to feel a little more like winter now and then.
Toms River merchants say that business holds pretty well this fall.
Poultrymen are talking of widening their plants, and increasing the number of their birds.
Walter Johnson has moved his store from Washington Street to the Thomas B. Irons store on Main Street.
The Ladies' Auxiliary of the American Legion is preparing Christmas boxes for disabled soldiers in the hospitals.
Many folks call this a very nice fall. For that matter the autumn generally gives us the very nicest weather in the whole year.
There is a persistent rumor, grown stronger since the election, that the state is going to change things all around at the Main Street bridge.
Now that the leaves are off the trees, the shade trees along the streets of Toms River show their deformities. It would be well to get that Shade Tree Commission going at once, and see what can be devised to save such trees as are worth saving, and replace those that are not.
Many folks about the county are going south for the winter.
Cranberries are being hurried to market to get the Thanksgiving buyer satisfied.
The Poultry Producers' Association will have a banquet next Tuesday night at Lakewood.
Election made a big flurry for a day or two, but how quick it has settled down for most folk.
Lower Main Street is ripped up, on its west edge. Next week will see the concrete laid there, presumably.
Main Street makes for poor walking—the contractor has no thought of the people who have to use its sidewalks.
Speaking of his gunning trip down the bay last week, Cap Grover remarks that it was the only time he ever spent a week gunning and came back with more shells than he had when he started.
Commodore P.L. Grover went rabbit hunting on the first day of the season, but refuses to incriminate himself by telling how many he shot. Disinterested witnesses, however, say that he brought home one.
A dozen or more boys, from 14 to 18 years of age, had a conference by personal invitation Thursday night of last week with Recorder King. This official told the boys that some, if not all of them, had been connected up with acts of malicious mischief on Hallowe'en, and that from their prank several citizens had had property damaged or destroyed. Most of the boys at the conference were accompanied by either father, mother, or both. The boys were told that if they were willing to get together and make good the loss they had occasioned the matter would be dropped. Otherwise there were several people ready to issue warrants for arrest. Here is where the matter now stands.
Saturday night crowds continue with this nice weather.
Trapping season for pelts began on Wednesday, November 15.
How the leaves dropped off the trees last week.
Sunday was a warm day, with a cool blow out of the west at night.
Flocks of hundreds of starlings are seen in the fields up Point Pleasant way.
Thanksgiving day comes as late as it ever does this year, the last day of November.
Max Leet has laid a concrete curb along his property on South Main Street, Berkeley [today South Toms River Borough].
A few motorboats were out on the bay and river last week end—summer visitors came down to get one more nice day on the water.
The Toms River High School pupils are getting out a Thanksgiving issue of the Cedar Chest [a semi-regular school journal that eventually became an annual yearbook]. Mrs. J. Lloyd Glass is the faculty advisor this year.
Let's all be thankful.
Five weeks left of 1922.
New moon last Saturday.
One week more of November.
Weather is more like winter.
Freeholders met on Tuesday.
Thanksgiving day next Thursday.
Christmas is only a month away.
Crescent moon in the west this week.
Seward Avenue has three new homes about completed.
The roof is about on the large parish house at St. Joseph's R.C. Church.
The forehanded merchant is already advertising goods for Christmas shoppers.
Frank W. Sutton, Jr., is building a hollow tire garage on his Main Street property.
Arthur C. King killed two cock pheasants on Saturday last and is having both of them mounted.
Riverside football team came here last Saturday and played the Naval Air Station team. The score was 13-12.
A number of Toms River people are planning to attend the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia tomorrow.
“Blueberries an Inch Across” is the title of an article in the current issue of the Country Gentleman, written by Carl Woodward, of the State Experiment Station, New Brunswick, and describing the results at Whitebogs by Miss White in cultivating the swamp huckleberry.
If the summer was set, the autumn has been dry. Farmers would like more rain. Wells and springs are low.
George H. Holman, at one time about the largest holder of cranberry holdings in all this neighborhood, has sold about all his bogs.
Manager Ferris, of the Marion Inn, denies the story that has been spread around town to the effect that the Marion Inn was to close down for the winter.
Charles H. Bond will give a dance on the Scout Hall. These dances are given each Saturday evening, and are apparently enjoyed by the younger dancing set.
Most of the cranberries in this neighborhood have been shipped to market. Every freight train you have seen for the past three weeks has had one or more refrigerator cars in it.
The Ladies' Auxiliary of the American Legion served dinner on Wednesday evening of this week at the home of Dr. and Mrs. George T. Crook, to about one hundred people. Beside an excellent dinner, a pleasant social time was had.
The express and freight carriers have had a real job this week delivering goods to places on Main Street.
Mr. Craig, of the freight department of the Central Railroad, was in town on Tuesday, and said that the officials of that road were greatly pleased with the heavy increase in freight traffic to and from Toms River in the past three years.
This wasn't “Down in Grover's Store,” but across the street in the Toms River Supply Co. Store. They were talking about game, and a young lad broke in—“Say, Mr. Blank, did you ever shoot a parsonage? I was out the other day and a big bird got up ahead of me—I didn't know what it was, but they said it was a parsonage.” He later agreed that maybe it was a partridge.
Joseph Y. Murphy boasts that he had the last drink out of the fountain before it was torn down to widen the street. The fountain had stood there for almost 25 years. The Township Committee have not decided where they will put it. Widening the street also compelled the moving of the two gas tanks and pumps in front of the Toms River Supply Co., and of a number of stop boxes on water service pipes, as well as a fire hydrant.
The Toms River Co-Operative Association is planning to acquire land along the railroad, where a siding can be put in, and build a warehouse for the receipt of their supplies.
Toms River High School and Newman School, of Lakewood, tied at football Wednesday afternoon, at the Gulick Field, score being 7 to 7. Burnett was the pride of Toms River, intercepting a forward pass, circling the ends, and making a touchdown.
L.R. White, who was for some time employed at the Proving Ground, Lakehurst, and later at the Air Station, has opened a repair shop on Sheriff Street, in the new garage just built by George H. Holman. Mr. White, who is a Yale graduate, has been an automobile mechanic for twelve years.
Capt. Stephen H. Sherrill, Signal Corps, U.S. Army, was in Toms River on Tuesday and arranged to come back on Wednesday of next week, November 29, and give a radio concert in front of the Traco Theatre at 8:30 P.M. His subject is to demonstrate the army apparatus, said to be the best in the world, and also obtain recruits for the Signal Corps, at Camp Vail, near Long Branch. Captain Sherrill was a room mate of Maj. Grant Holmes, of Forked River, when they were cadets at West Point, before the war.
Thanksgiving will be the last day of November.
Won't we feel proud when Main Street is finished. We ought to have a parade and celebrate.
A pig roast will be held at the Toms River Yacht Club on Tuesday of next week, in the evening, for the male members and their friends.
Lakewood is to have a third theatre, the Rialto, having been leased by Frey and Weber, of Long Branch, and put on their circuit.
Tuckerton and West Creek and Parkertown folks say that the new electric lights at Beach Haven are easily seen from the mainland, even if Beach Haven is six miles at sea.
Last month in the year.
Thirty days left of 1922.
Full moon next Monday.
Shop early—shop at home.
Holidays are drawing near.
Days will soon be at their shortest.
The first snow on Monday night.
Get busy on your Christmas shopping.
Better lay in some wood—you may not get coal.
Yachts are either laid up or on their way to Florida.
Give the town merchants the benefit of your Christmas buying.
And now Toms River is to have a Legion Home for Convalescent Soldiers.
There was enough snow on Monday night to make a white showing on roofs and on grass Tuesday morning.
One of the biggest pieces of business the cranberry men ever did was to get people thinking they can't eat the big dinner without cranberry sauce for the turkey or chicken.
Very few leaves left on the trees now.
Merchants are getting in their Christmas stocks.
Main Street, once it is cleaned up, will be some street, eh?
There is talk of putting in still another siding at the Central Railroad, near the depot.
Signs of fresh eggs for sale along the Lakewood Road have dropped to eighty cents a dozen.
On Tuesday the barriers on the new concrete road were moved down to Lein Street, all the rest of the street being thrown open.
Joseph Y. Murphy bought a lot on lower Hyers Street, between the Knox blacksmith shop and the Havens building at the corner of Sheriff Street.
The cardinal bird, which kept in the thickets for the past few months, is again visiting his favorite haunts in the gardens. One has been seen the past several times about Walton Street.
An occasional robin is seen, and also an occasional blackbird. The latter are generally found, when seen in winter, in with a flock of starlings. The starling this fall are seen in flocks from a dozen or two, up to several hundred.
O.E. Payne reports the sale of his 66-acre farm, formerly known as the Woolley property, on the north side of town, extending from the Freehold Road to the Lakewood Road, to the Dinnerstein Brothers, of Brooklyn. A large poultry plant will be established at once.
The Toms River Yacht Club held Thanksgiving night dance, last evening, at the clubhouse.
The Point Pleasant Leader [newspaper] says that men with crab nets make a good haul of frost fish on the beaches at night in that section; also that a fishing crew of four caught four barrels of cod off shore in one day. The party was headed by Alonzo Asay, formerly of Toms River.
The reason it is so difficult to enforce the law against liquor-selling is inherent in the American make-up. We are all spontaneously against the enforcement of any law that interferes with us. Come along shore and hear the men sitting around the grocery store stove discussing the game laws; stop at a country club and hear the boasts how this one and that one broke the speed laws and motor regulations, and evaded arrest; go into a club of business men and listen to how they get from under the income and excess profit taxes, and use the tariff, or evade it, as it is to their interests. It makes no difference what class of society it is, a law to the American mind is something that he can change if he gets enough votes, and therefore something to be evaded when it crosses his purposes or desires. Then take foreigners coming to this country from a land where law was rigid against his (the peasant) class, let him find out the American attitude as to law, and how can you expect anything else than what we find?
DOWN IN GROVER'S STORE
The fact that “Bill-Ed” and “Sampson,” fresh from the inlet, answered the roll call on Saturday night, at Grover's Store, made it an eventful hour—for “Bill-Ed,” though a charter member, and in good standing, owing to his living in Darby, doesn't get a chance to attend an open session more than once, or at most, twice in a year.
Habits of duck were being discussed. It was the unanimous opinion that a duck is a real feeder. One said that a fat black duck, with the ponds frozen over three days, would starve so thin that he wasn't worth cooking. Another said that a wild duck in the grainfields would stuff his crop full and his neck full—“So full that he can't either bend his neck or turn his head.”
But Cap finished the argument. “The most fish I saw all this season was this fall, down the bay. We shot a shelldrake, and I noticed his neck bulged out. I shut my hand around his neck bellow the bulge and worked it toward his head. And more fish shot out of that shelldrake's bill than I had seen all summer.”
From that to fish was an easy transition, and somebody said that a bluefish would eat till it could eat no more, and then keep right on eating, or at least keep on killing. Speaking of bluefish got a rise out of “Skip,” who never does have much to say: “Franklin and I were down at the Inlet for a week's fishing this fall, and say, some of these city folks do have queer ideas of sport. There was a bunch there fishing for channel bass—the same bunch that made the biggest catch of striped bass of the summer on the whole beach, and had everybody envying 'em. 'What luck, boys?' I sung out, as we come up. 'None at all,' one answered back. 'We haven't caught a dang thing, except striped bass and blue fish!'”
The Newark Call says that Elwin Brooks of the “Four Corners Town” bagged two wild geese, several duck and snipe, while on a gunning trip at Barnegat. Also that James Thompkins and Bert Wolfe gunned three days at Pasadena, Ocean County, getting fourteen rabbits and three pheasants. They expect to return to the same camp for the deer season. Andrew Hall and Frank Kiefer, also of Newark, were at Seaside Park last Thursday and brought back six ducks, two geese and two sheldrakes apiece.
Frost fish are gathered these nights in the surf. They say that, with a flashlight, t was not necessary to wait for the moonlit evenings.
You can go raccoon hunting these nights, if you want to, as the law won't stop you.
ALWAYS AT THE FRONT
A live town, like a live man, cannot be kept down. A place located with so many natural advantages as Toms River is bound to be attractive to all who see it. Another evidence of its attractiveness is seen in the selection of a home here for disabled soldiers by the American Legion. Toms River seems destined to grow. And not only Toms River, but all Ocean County. Take a look, for instance at the growth of the Lakewood and Point Pleasant neighborhoods in the past few years.
NEW YACHTS FOR BARNEGAT BAY RACES NEXT YEAR
Reports say that there will be a number of new yachts for the Barnegat Bay races for next year. If present plans work out former Commodore Edward Crabbe, of the Toms River Yacht Club expects to have a catboat built by Morton Johnson, of Bay Head, about the size of the Mary Ann, which last summer took most of the Barnegat Bay catboat events, and carried the cups home to Island Heights. The Crabbe boys, Edward, Daniel and Birkbeck, are also making arrangements with Mort Johnson for a twenty-foot sneakbox.
Mort Johnson has two twenty-foot boxes to build, from designs by Charles D. Mower. One is for Orton G. Dale, owner of the famous old-time racing box Arran. The other is for an Island Heights yachtsman, who so far is not named. It is understood that other yachtsmen are talking over with other builders plans for several other boxes, and that the fifteen-foot fleet will be increased by next July, when the racing begins.
The Barnegat Bay Yacht Racing Association has appointed a committee to amend rules to keep out freak boats. It is understood that accepting the Mary Ann as an accomplished fact, they will try to keep her build as the extreme limit in construction of racing boats.
Toms River Yacht Club will probably sponsor the September race of the Barnegat Bay Yacht Racing Association, in 1923, off Cedar Creek Point.
RUM RUNNERS AT OUR INLETS
Reports from along shore say that fishermen are running in rum at Barnegat Inlet. The same reports come from Manasquan Inlet and from Tuckerton Bay. Reports tell of strange men harboring in gunning shacks on the meadows, generally foreigners; of strange trucks that frequent roads to the bay shore at night; of launches, some known and some unknown, that slip in and out the inlet after nightfall. The old days of the smuggler seem to have returned.
PROGRESSIVE SHORE TOWNS OBTAIN ELECTRIC LIGHTS
1922 will be remembered in a number of the progressive shore towns in lower Ocean County as the year in which they obtained electric lights. Tuckerton started off by making a contract with an Atlantic City electric plant, which has the contract to supply current to the radio station four miles below Tuckerton, and were willing to take Tuckerton on that feed wire. Barnegat, never to be outdone by Tuckerton, then installed a plant of its own. Beach Haven, heretofore dependent upon an acetylene gas plant, when it learned what Barnegat was doing, started a plant, also municipally owned, and the lights have been turned on for a week. Now West Creek has made arrangement with the same company in Atlantic City, which supplies Tuckerton with current, and as the line will be run to West Creek, Parkertown will also be served. Now it would seem to be Manahawkin's opportunity to harness the waste water power from Stafford Lake and put in its electric plant.
But down shore is not the only spot where electricity has been extended.
The Lakewood and Coast Electric Company has run wires down the beach from Bay Head to Seaside Park, which means that Lavallette was lighted by electricity this summer. The same company is now lighting Lakehurst and Whitesville. The Toms River Electric Company has extended its lines to Pine Beach, and also is putting them north in Dover Township to Pleasant Plains Church, in the rapidly growing poultry district. Ocean Gate has appointed a committee to see if either the Toms River or Lakewood Company will supply them with current.
FIRED TO HALT RUM SHIP IN CHASE OFF JERSEY COAST
Atlantic City, Nov. 17.—Ending a chase of more than an hour off coast last night, Federal coast guards, commanded by Captain John Holdskom of the Absecon Station, captured the auxiliary schooner Edwin H. Berke. A cargo of 400 cases of Nassau liquor was confiscated, and Harry Goekler, her commander, and Sidney Calmer, his crew, were arrested. A shot was fired across the schooner's bow to halt her.
When Captain Holdskom took up the patrol, he found a suspicious light beyond the bar off Absecon Inlet, which proved to be a heavily laden schooner cruising toward them. About that time, the vessel sighted them and turned about, heading up beyond Brigantine Beach.
The coast guards gave pursuit. The schooner extinguished her lights and doubled back, hoping to evade capture. When she turned again, Captain Holdskom anticipated the action and shot in toward shore, throwing a searchlight on the craft, as she darted into Brigantine Inlet.
N.J. PRODUCTS CHEAPEN THANKSGIVING DINNER
Thanksgiving dinners will cost less this year than at any time since pre-war days, the State Bureau finds, in a survey of food prices for the coming holiday and added the interesting information for Jerseymen that their own state has contributed largely to production of supplies and reduction of prices for the feast. From oysters to pie and ice cream, in fact, the bureau shows that New Jersey can supply everything needed for a sumptuous dinner...
NEW PUMPING ENGINE SHOWS ITS WORTH IN HAZARDOUS FIRE
WATER STREET LANDMARK WRECKED BY $20,000 FIRE
A fire that caused at least $20,000 damage, as estimated by the owner of the building, Samuel Kaufman, completely wrecked the United Feed Company building, on Water Street, and the W.L. DeGraw store, on Tuesday, November 28. The heavy weight of five carloads of corn on the second floor, after the roof had burnt off and fallen in crushed in the floor of the second story, and shoved out the side of the building on the west so that the building is almost a complete wreck, and is fit for little except to tear down.
When the building collapsed several firemen, members of Fire Company No. 1, were on the second floor, and went down with it. They all escaped serious injury, thought more or less painfully hurt, but were around the rest of the day. William S. DeGraw, Henry Bocock and Harry Harris went down with the floor, while Sidney R. Harris, president of the Fire Company No. 1, was in the alleyway between the burnt building and the Alonzo Hyers building, next door, and just escaped being pinned fast by the falling timbers.
The fire was a bad one to fight, as it was an old building full of inflammable dust from being used for years on its upper floors for storage of grains. Hardly more than a yard away on the west was Capt. Alonzo Hyers building, and but a short distance on the east was the Central Hotel. It was a great piece of luck for the village that the fire broke out on Tuesday, when there was almost no wind, rather than a day earlier, when a wild westerly gale raged...
Both fire companies were early on the job. Two streams were got on the front of the building from the hydrants and the new pumper was run back of Berry's stores. Its suction pipe lowered into the river, and it threw four streams of water on the burning building...
The Beachwood firemen hurried up with their apparatus and offered their aid, as soon as they heard the alarm blow...
The DeGraw grocery, which was in the west end of the building, after the collapse of the upper floor, was a mass of broken and charred timbers, with loose corn spilled everywhere.
Samuel Kaufman, of the United Feed Company said that the loss could not be less than $20,000. He figured the company's loss on corn, hay and other feeds at $10,000, besides the loss of the building and the loss of the DeGraw grocery stock. The United Feed Company has almost completed a large grain elevator, warehouse and store on the Main Shore road, in Berkeley, with a siding from the Central Railroad, and will transfer their business as soon as possible [ironically this also burned in a terrific conflagration thirty years later, the dramatic photos of which still exist in various local archives]. They were almost ready to move. Their stock in the burned building is all water soaked and damaged, if not ruined...
The building in the olden days was known for a generation as Potter's store. The eastern part of the building was built by, or at least occupied by Ed Ivins as a store in the sixties. About 1868 the late Charles W. Potter started a store there. Later he sold out to his father, Reuben Potter, who built the west part of the building and the peaked roof over it all. He carried on a store there for nearly twenty years. In 1890 Joseph Grover began business for himself in that store and staid there til 1896, when he moved to his present location. In the seventies and eighties, when there were still a few of the charcoal burners left in the pines, and the clamboats used to come up from Barnegat Bay and Egg Harbor to ship their catches from Toms River, “Potter's Store” was the headquarters of both piner and bayman, and the boys of that time can remember the interest with which they used to hang about the store and listen to these oldtimers from the bay and woods.
The feed business was started by John Hagaman, Jr., who bought the place about twenty years ago and conducted a grocery and feed store. Later William L. DeGraw bought the grocery business and Joseph Y. Murphy the feed business, the latter selling to the United Feed Company.
No one can explain how the fire stared. So far the only suggestion is that there must have been a crack in the chimney in the second floor, or else the chimney caught fire, and got hot enough to set fire to the woodwork. Being unable to get coal, Mr. DeGraw was burning wood, and the chimney was old. That may be the explanation...
KITE BALLOON IN AIR
A new kite balloon was sent up last Friday and Saturday afternoon at the Naval Air Station, Lakehurst. Saturday afternoon the balloon was hauled down and deflated. The balloon was of light grey silk, or some material that was as shiny as silk, was almost spherical, but a little egg shaped, with two inflated fins at the tail end. Its cable was fast to a winch on a heavy motor truck, and in addition it took a score or more of men to handle the ropes after the balloon had been brought close to the ground to rip open the escape and let the gas out, and then to open the big valves for the same purpose. A detachment of sailors and marines handled the balloon.
BUILDING JETTY TO HEAD OFF BEACH HAVEN INLET
In an effort to stop the encroachment of the sea at the new Beach Haven inlet, below Beach Haven, on Long Beach, the Long Beach Township Committee is building a jetty out into the inlet from the north point of the beach. The jetty starts from the beach about two or three hundred feet to the west of the County road. For the past year the inlet has been cutting away the land rapidly, as it has moved, or widened, toward the north. The U.S. Government found it necessary to move its coastguard station. Many acres of beachland have gone under water. It is hoped that a jetty system may hold the beach from further scouring away.
HOME TALENT BURGALIZES SUTTON'S ICE CREAM STORE
What is unanimously believed to have been home talent burglarized the ice cream and confectionery store of Fred G. Sutton on Main Street, last Sunday night or Monday morning. When the store was opened Monday morning it was found that the rear door had been forced open, and the cash register robbed of about $25, small change to the amount of $2.65 being left. They had also taken, as near as Mr. Sutton could tell, six boxes of candy, five boxes of cigars and six cigarette holders, making his loss about fifty or sixty dollars. It will be remembered that on election night an attempt was made to unlock the front door of Meyer Williams' shoe store, and a key was broken off in the lock, so that the entrance was not gained.
APPLEBY A GOOD SPORT
The Trenton Times designates Congressman Appleby as a good sport, saying, Congressman T. Frank Appleby, who was defeated for re-election by Elmer H. Geran, by about a thousand votes, was asked whether he would contest Geran's election. “No,” was his answer, “I do not believe in contesting elections.”
“SQUIRE RAWLEY, “A MODERN DANIEL COME TO JUDGEMENT”
For destroying property in their Hallowe'en pranks, three young men at New Egypt were brought before Justice George A. Rawley. The boys were Richard Sparks, Samuel Pullen and Elmer Bechtel, and this was the sentence meted out to them after they had pleaded guilty: “Pay all damages fined five dollars and costs; learn the life of Abraham Lincoln and appear before Justice Rawley every month and recite what they had learned; and put on parole for one year with the understanding that they be in bed every night at 9 o'clock.”
WILL RECONSTRUCT BAY BRIDGE
The bridge from Seaside Heights across Barnegat Bay to the mainland will be reconstructed. Louis J. Selling, of Red Bank, was the lowest bidder at $83,718. It is intended to put an entire new floor, including new stringers and deck beams. It is not expected that the bridge will be closed while making repairs, although certain sections may be closed for short periods at various times during the progress of the work.
BOOSTING TOMS RIVER AS FOREMOST POULTRY CENTER
Toms River got a big boost as the foremost and most progressive poultry center in the state last week by the publication all over this state and in the dailies of cities in adjoining states, of the big record made by William Johnson's flock of hens, which laid an average of 198.6 eggs per bird in one year. This is a record never exceeded for so large a flock, and such successes as that keep Toms River as a poultry center and Toms River poultrymen as leaders in their methods and results, in the limelight.
SPENT 75 DAYS IN JAIL
Judge Newman, on Wednesday, released on their own bail, two Swede fishermen, Chris Johnson and George Urchin, who were arrested about September 1, on a booze charge, and had been in jail for the past 75 days. The men had a job waiting them on the beach.
OCEAN COUNTY HENS IN VINELAND EGG CONTEST
S.C. White Leghorns
Bayville Farms, Bayville, N.J. - 43
A.L Causse, Jr., Toms River, N.J. - 82
Columbia Poultry Farm, Toms River – 95
C.S. Greene, Mt. Kisco, N.Y. - 27
Michael R. Hecht, Toms River – 38
Hoehn Farm, Brooklyn – 99
Novins Poultry Farm, Toms River - 71
THE LEGION IN POLITICS
For forty years after the Civil War the question asked of every man who was nominated for high office, was, “What was his war record?” Grover Cleveland was the only man, from Grant to McKinley, elected President without being able to show that he had an honorable part in the Civil War. In the South, during that period, a war record in the Secession army was as vital to success at the polls. The last election showed the first effort of the American Legion in politics in this county. Had this been a close county, the fact that Lieut. James W. Lillie, the Democratic nominee for Assembly, was supported by the Legion, might have elected him. As it was Lillie ran well ahead of his ticket. Are we to have a Legion faction (or bloc) to add to our baymen's faction, oystermen's faction, clammers' faction, resort hotel mens' faction, as well as wet and dry [for and against prohibition], etc., in this county. And why not a cranberry mens' bloc and a poultrymen's faction also? Or, best of all, a taxpayers' bloc, to see that we get value for the dollar or tax money that is spent.
HINT BOOZE TRUCK KILLED OFFICER BEEBE AT LAKEWOOD
The killing of Policeman Richard Beebe of Lakewood, so far as the public knows, is still a mystery, after a lapse of three weeks. There is a rumor that crops in all kinds of places about Lakewood which connects up the killing of the policeman with a booze truck that supplies some of the alleged “thirty saloons or speakeasies” in Lakewood with their source of supply. Those who tell this say in all seriousness that had it been a booze truck that killed Policeman Beebe its driver would not have dared to stop, for the whole liquor trade, while in some ways open enough, is naturally allowed only so long as it can keep under cover.
TRUANCY CASE DISMISSED; DELINQUENT CHILD A BRIDE
The case brought in the truancy court against Sarah Platt, of Berkeley, Toms River, by Arthur McKelvey, attendance officer, before Judge Newman, was dismissed on Wednesday of this week, when it was reported to the court that the delinquent child is now a bride. Miss Platt was recently married to Jesse Magee, of Toms River.
“BETTER SWEETS” TRADE NAME FOR OCEAN COUNTY
The Ocean County Sweet Potato Growers' Association, at a meeting on Monday evening, at Toms River, adopted the trade name, “Better Sweets,” under which to market the Ocean County Association grown sweet potatoes. This is to be copyrighted, application having already been made.
It is probable that the next move of the sweet potato growers in this section will be to secure a storage house to take care of their potatoes during the winter. The storage house, if built for this purpose, will probably be on one railroad or the other, in order to have it act as a shipping house also.
LEGION BUYS HOME FOR DISABLED SOLDIERS AT TOMS RIVER
OLD J.G. GOWDY FARM ON EAST WASHINGTON ST.
A home for convalescent soldiers has been bought at Toms River—the former James G. Gowdy farm at Washington Street and Clifton Avenue—by the American Legion. It will be the second American Legion Convalescent Home in the United States, the first being also in South Jersey, at Wildwood, Cape May County. The farmhouse will be fitted up to receive convalescent men who are not sick enough to come under the care of the government, and yet not well enough to make their own way in the world. It is planned to turn the large and well built farm into an annex, if it is needed, for that purpose. The farm has thirty-two acres of good ground, though it has not been cultivated for some years [it was eventually purchased and converted into what today is the Toms River Elks, with the remainder of the property sold and cut up for house development]...
The farm that has been bought for this purpose, when owned by the late James G. Gowdy, was kept in a high state of cultivation, and was one of the show places of this neighborhood. Mr. Gowdy had fine asparagus beds, fruit orchards, etc. The place could once more be made into a real farm. The house sits back from the road with a spacious lawn. Seen from this place are glimpses of the river, gleaming through the trees, across the Cranmoor estate [itself since redeveloped into housing from Washington Street to the riverfront in the years since]...
OYSTERS FAT AND FANCY
Reports from the lower end of the county say that the oysters are fat and fancy in condition, and meet with a ready market at fair prices, so that the oyster planters are shipping steadily with a profitable business. The weather has been sharp enough the past month to make a demand for oysters.
For arrest and conviction of persons who stole six wild tame black duck and two chickens from my farm at Forked River. Thos. H. Thropp—Adv.
TRUCK AND AUTO COLLIDE
Newly Wedded Couple Injured on Honeymoon Trip
An auto truck of the American Company, of Toms River, and a Ford sedan, driven by Percy Chadwick, of Bayhead, collided at Sumner avenue and Boulevard, Seaside Heights, and the latter's wife, a bride of a week, was badly cut about the face, her head going through the windshield. Mr. Chadwick's mother was also badly shaken up in addition to receiving a fracture of the shoulder.
The injured were taken to Wickham's Pharmacy, Seaside Park, where their injuries were temporarily treated. Later they were taken to the Spring Lake Hospital. Mr. and Mrs. Chadwick were married on Wednesday of last week...
THESE HUMANS MUST STARVE—UNLESS AMERICA SENDS AID
Near East Meeting Next Sunday, 7:30 P.M., At Traco
The community meeting, in aid of the Near East Relief will be held on Sunday evening next at the Traco Theatre, at 7:30 o'clock. The meeting will be in charge of the clergy of the town, and all the churches of the town are interested, as an undenominational and village affair.
There will be a film showing some of the conditions among the orphans in the Orient. The hymns to be sung, are well known and popular tunes, will be shown on the screen. There will be an address on conditions in the Near East by Albert H. Skean, who recently returned from Smyrna [Greece]...
TO MATCH JOHN D.'S $5000
$9746.12 has been raised toward the maternity ward, at the Kimball Hospital, Lakewood. It is necessary to raise $2748.61 before January 1 to secure the John D. Rockefeller gift of $5000 which was offered on May 10 last, and conditioned on another $5000 being raised from that date to match his $5000.
ALBERT'S UNLUCKY DAY
Albert Miles, a stalwart and good-humored citizen of Whitings, is sure that Monday was his unlucky day. He started before daylight from Whitings, coming down by the railroad track, to Toms River, and got caught and soaked through by the storm that broke when he was half way here. His team [of horses] were so frightened that he had trouble with them all the rest of the day. When reaching Toms River he found the streets torn up and got caught in the mess on his way to the blacksmith shop, to have the team shod; and when he did get there the team was skittish, not having gotten over their fright from the storm, that he had another time. Then to make a most unpleasant ending of an unlucky day, he took home a gold watch from Worstall, the jeweler, for Charles Payne, of Whitings, and lost it on the road. Albert said he had it in his trouser's pocket, and driving home via Lakehurst, as he had a load on the wagon, he looked at the watch shortly after starting up the Lakehurst road, and put it back, as he supposed in his pocket. Up by Jake Miller's, he went to look at the watch again, and it was gone. He walked all the way back to town, searching both ways, but didn't find it. Yes, Albert is sure it was his unlucky day.
LOCAL EGGS HIT 94 CENTS, NOW HAVE DROPPED TO 90
The local hennery white Jersey eggs candled, climbed up to 94 cents per dozen in the New York markets on Monday, about the high water mark for this fall. Tuesday they were reported at 92 cents a dozen. Yesterday's figures in the New York Herald gave fancy Jersey hennery whites, uncandled, at 86 to 90 cents; and the same eggs candled, at 90 cents. The mild fall and heavy production of eggs is said to have resulted in the drop in the present price this week.
WELL-KNOWN LAKEWOOD MAN BURNED TO DEATH IN SHACK
Lakewood, Nov. 20.—The charred body of “Capt.” John Johnson was found in his shack, which was almost completely destroyed by fire about 9 o'clock Friday evening. Captain Johnson, as he was known by his acquaintances, was about 65 years of age. He is known to have been a heavy drinker, and a number of people are reported to have seen him in an intoxicated condition about two hours before the fire was discovered.
The deceased is survived by two sisters and three brothers. He was a skilled mechanic, both as an architect and builder. His shack was on wheels. Johnson had been a lifelong resident of the Lakewood section and was a town character, known to all the old residents.
CRANBERRY PRICES HOLD UP TO WHERE THEY STARTED
Cranberry prices seem to be holding up to where they started or a little better, owing to the demand for the Thanksgiving market. Early blacks are given in the New York markets as $8 to $12 per barrel. Later varieties, fancy stock, at from $12.50 to $14. Lower quality berries are somewhat under these figures.
TWO MEET DEATH AS TRAIN CRUSHES AUTO
Point Pleasant, Nov. 18.—Two persons were killed and one seriously injured here last night when the New York express, due to arrive here at 9:52 struck a Ford sedan at the Forman Avenue crossing, on its return from the loop about 10:10. Albert Johnson, a local taxi driver, and driver of the Ford, was killed instantly, and Mrs. William T. Paterson, a passenger in the car, died before aid could reach her. Mrs. Pauline Regan, another passenger, is confined to the local hospital with severe bruises about the head, several teeth knocked out, a broken arm and lacerations of the right leg. It was reported this morning that she will probably recover.
All three of the occupants of the Ford were local residents. Johnson was one of the leading taxi operators in the borough. Mrs. Patterson lived with her husband and a son on Cramer Avenue. Her husband is a freight man on the Pennsylvania Railroad. Barton Regan, the husband of Mrs. Regan, is a telegraph operator at Mt. Holly. They also have a son and live on Lincoln Avenue.
The express arrived at the scheduled time last night and having stopped at the local station to discharge passengers, proceeded to the loop. It was headed north on the northbound track about a quarter of an hour later. Johnson was headed west of Forman Avenue. The Ford was struck with terrific force and carried about 150 feet, being completely wrecked. The bodies of Johnson and Mrs. Patterson were taken to the undertaking establishment of J.H. Harvey here, where preparations for burial were made... The Forman Avenue crossing is not guarded by a flagman.
PROFIT IN CRANBERRIES UNCLE SAM'S EXPERTS SAY
As followed in New Jersey, cranberry culture is recommended as a profitable industry under suitable conditions and in certain climates, by specialists of the United States Department of Agriculture. At a conference of extension workers the possibilities, advantages and drawbacks in cranberry growing were discussed.
The bulk of the present cranberry crop is grown on the acid soils and peat bogs of New Jersey and Massachusetts. In New York, Wisconsin, Michigan and near the mouth of the Columbia River, in Washington and Oregon cranberries are also grown in commercial quantities. Some cranberries are also grown in the mountain districts in Virginia and West Virginia.
Preparation of the land for cranberry growing is an expensive process. All trees and roots have to be removed from the marsh and burned, and the fields graded, ditched, dyked and sanded. Before the war, swamp land could thus be cleared and prepared for about $300 to $700 per acre. At present prices of labor and materials, this work will cost anywhere from $600 to $1200.
Ordinarily the price of cranberries per barrel is from $6 to $10, although during the past year as much as $40 per barrel was obtained for small lots. The number of barrels produced per acre ranges from 15 or 20 to 100 and sometimes 200. A reasonable expectation, under good conditions and management, however, would be from 35 to 40 barrels per acre, the specialists say.
The Ocean County Sweet Potato Association has been holding a number of meetings lately preparatory to putting their sweet potatoes on the market. Meeting was held Monday evening, November 20, in the Toms River Chamber of Commerce rooms, at which a demonstration in grading was given by County Agent E.H. Waite. Plans were made for transportation of sweet potatoes to New York. It was decided to make no shipments until along in December. The trade name adopted is “Bettasweets.”
The association is planning to stage a large exhibition at the State Horticultural meeting in Atlantic City December 5, 6 and 7. Exhibits have been selected by each member and Ocean County will probably be represented by close to 80 bushels. Julius Wider, of Forked River, a member of the association, will take the exhibits to Atlantic City in his two-ton truck and bring them back. The association is planning to make another large exhibit at Trenton Farmers' week.
FREDERICK JONES RESIGNS AS SEASIDE HEIGHTS MAYOR
Councilman E.C. Kramer, the borough's first mayor and who served several terms, is selected successor.
Quite a surprise was created at the Seaside Heights council meeting on Tuesday evening when Mayor Jones tendered his resignation. He gave as a reason that he is going to Florida and will not return until spring and that in the meantime the borough needed a mayor. Mr. Jones further stated he is going to retire from work and will reside permanently in Seaside Heights, except during the winter months.
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The Chamber of Commerce had a busy meeting on Wednesday evening of this week, it discussing many subjects of importance to this village business. President Warner appointed a committee consisting of Dr. Frank Brouwer, Anthony Then, Daniel B. Priest, Atwood Wardell and William H. Fischer, to take up with the Board of Education plans of getting a new school house started before school should open in September, 1923.
On complaint that some merchants were at times blockading the sidewalks with their goods, Messrs. O.E. Payne and William H. Fischer were named a committee to see if the merchants could not be induced to give the pedestrians the right of way...
Other matters discussed were a possible census of Dover Township; a celebration of the 250th anniversary of the discovery of the river by Capt. William Tom, after whom it is supposedly named; a fitting opening of Main Street when the concrete road is completed; traffic post location at Main and Washington and Main and Water Streets; a traffic cop at Water and Robbins Streets; the shade tree situation, and the widening of Washington Street at Main Street. The committee on this last proposition favor the purchase of the Priest building, tearing it down and throwing that plot of ground facing Washington Street, and lying between Main and Hyers Streets, into a public plaza.
WHITESVILLE MAY LOSE P.O.
Postmaster Holman of Whitesville, being unwilling to longer run the office at that place, there is every reason to believe that the office will be closed. Inspector Harrison went over the ground on Friday last and was unable to find a person willing to take it. If no one is found by December 1st, office will be closed and Lakewood will be the nearest place for the residents of that place to go and get service.
The office paid $425 last year, and to this the $300 that is allowed for carrying the mail should be added.
PERSONAL MENTION WITH LOCAL FLAVOR
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Crabbe spent the week end at Sheffield, Mass., where Daniel and Birkbeck Crabbe are attending school.
John D. Rockefeller has been spending part of the pleasant fall weather at his home in Lakewood. He motored there from his estate in Tarrytown, N.Y.
Senator-elect Mathis, County Chairman A.W. Brown, Jr., and A.C. King spent Tuesday at Trenton.
Captain Heinan, the German expert on dirigible balloons, who is employed at the Naval Air Station, Lakehurst, and recently bought the Louis Arm bungalow on Seward Avenue, has his family here, newly arrived from Germany.
Rumor says that a young Berkeley girl was married this week to one of the young men among the newcomers in town.
Edward Crabbe and H.B. Scammell, of the Double Trouble Company left here on Sunday last for a trip to Cape Cod, to observe methods used here in cleaning, packing and shipping cranberries. Mr. Crabbe also plans to visit his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Starr Ballou, at Concord, N.H., before his return to Toms River.
Marvin Campbell, of Brooklyn, spent the week end here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.M. Campbell.
Mrs. Dave Marion was home over the week end. The Marion show is playing in Buffalo this week and Mr. Marion is with it.
Last Sunday's papers told of three fatal shootings by gunners in the woods and fields in two days gunning in this state, not to mention several arms and hands shot away, and one man found unconscious, who might have been a victim of a gunning accident or of a murder.
RECENT ARRESTS MADE BY COUNTY GAME WARDENS
On November 8, Warden Evernham found one Peter Egle, of Lavallette, gunning without a license. Egle was a foreigner and Evernham confiscated his gun and sent it to Trenton. Warden Howard Mathis also aided in the arrest. Bernard Gandet was arrested as an alien gunner, the arrest occurring on Tuesday. His gun was also confiscated.
Warden Evernham arrested G.W. Holloway and James Mathis for illegal gunning from a blind in Barnegat Bay last week.
FISH AND GAME
Both eels and crabs are bedding away in the bay bottom, it is said. Still, if you want them, you can spear the eels and tong the crabs with oyster tongs.
Tom cods are now in the bays along the Jersey coast. Up in North Jersey they made quite a lot of sport fishing for these fish, but it is either business or nothing with them down this way—and mostly nothing, except as for what are caught in the pounds outside the beach.
Gerald, son of Joseph Hickman, of New Gretna, just below Tuckerton, shattered his hand while gunning on Thursday morning of last week, when he picked up the gun by the muzzle, and it went off. He was sent by Dr. J. L. Lane, of Tuckerton, to the Atlantic City Hospital, where, reports say, the hand had to be cut off.
There are a good many Toms River folk who do not know about the pike fishing in our stream. Read this from the Philadelphia Record about Philadelphia anglers: “Thomas Bairy was on Toms River Sunday and brought home 24 pickerel. These were all caught below the landing. Dick Matheson, John Toner, Chris Rebman, Morris Sendler, George Thomas and Walter Kerber went to Toms River on Sunday. They caught 51 pike.
A contingent from Haddonfield, headed by Commissioner Fred Halloway and Borough Engineer J.C. Remington enjoyed a pilgrimage to Beach Haven in quest of wild fowl. They bagged chiefly ducks.
Plenty of wild fowl in the bay, or sitting out in the ocean in nice weather, the baymen all say. In fact, the fowl are sitting pretty and safe, for the gunners can't get at them, and they, with few exceptions, won't go to the gunners.
All the county papers say that rabbit are scarce in their neighborhoods, as most hunters have found them about Toms River. The papers, quoting local sportsmen, say that the rabbits are devoured by foxes, and that foxes keep gaining in number and boldness, and that soon the poultry raiser will have to start a war on the fox, or meet serious losses.
The trapping season began on November 15. There are a number of men all along the shore who make a comfortable living with their traps each winter, but they don't talk much about it, as that would mean more traps.
While cutting grass to build a duck blind Francis Sapp, of Tuckerton, stabbed himself badly just above the knee, and was weak from loss of blood by the time that Joe and Claude Smith, who were with him, could get him back to Tuckerton.
Fish pounds along the coast have been catching a few weakfish in their nets right along. These were, strange to say, not big weakfish but medium-sized fish.
Such large catches of cod have been made by the pound fishermen that they realized only two cents a pound for these fish many days at a time in the past few weeks. In fact, cod were sold in shore towns like Forked River at that low price—two cents a pound.
Market fishermen at Barnegat Inlet are still making their runs to the fishing grounds. The seabass and blackfish have staid late, and have been biting fairly well. Codfish have been so cheap that the handline men have not given much time to catching them. There are some fishermen, so rumor says, who make their highest price catches off shore, and bring it in the inlet in bottles, but all of the Barnegat Inlet fishermen are not of that type.
Deer hunters are getting ready for the season. The law that has allowed the shooting of bucks only, has during the last ten years brought fairly large herds of does, with but an occasional buck. As soon as a buck is old enough to grow horns he is a fair mark for the hunter, and must take his chances of being killed. Some of the backwoodsmen report that this summer there were herds from three to forty, all does and fawns, about their places. There will be two days' shooting in December and two in January this winter, but these four days will be a week apart.
TOMS RIVER HIGH SCHOOL [which at this time was a magnet school for a large part of Ocean County]
Toms River High School has a number of activities this year. In addition to its football team, and the boys' and girls' basketball teams, there is a debating club, glee club, spelling club, needlecraft club, radio club, library club, and the organization, or staff, which publishes the Cedar Chest [a semi-regular school digest that eventually became the annual yearbook of the same name, continuing today at Toms River High School South, original location of TRHS].
Thomas Galvin is having his house wired for electricity. John V. Lewis is doing the work.
Carlton Bros. have opened a vegetable and fruit store which was very much needed here.
Willits Parker is the proud owner of a new pony, having given his other one to Ernest Cranmer.
At 7:30 Saturday morning the fire bell rang. The Capt. Wright Predmore house was afire around the chimney. The fire company responded at once and it was soon put out.
Clarence Woodmansee and Allen Ridgway spent a few days at the Sims' place last week.
Theodore Wilbert, son of Elbert Wilbert, will build himself a bungalow on the west side.
Arthur Strickland and Charles Tilton have left for a week's gunning down the bay.
Dr. William's sea-skiff, “The Bon Homme Richard,” recently built by Hubert Johnson, was launched last week. The boat will make thirty-two miles an hour and is claimed to be one of the fastest boats at this end of the bay.
The engagement is announced of Miss Sarah Coats Forsyth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John J. Forsyth, of this place, to Mr. Edward A. Glover, of Mr. Vernon, N.Y. The date is not yet set for the wedding. Miss Forsyth has been the active and efficient business secretary of the Bay Head Yacht Club.
After spending five days at Whitesville gunning, A.G. Spaulding and party, of Baltimore, Md., arrived here Friday to continue their trip by spending a week down the bay gunning for duck and geese.
A new concrete foundation is being placed under the local railroad station by contractor Frank Ferry, Jr., of this place. Mr. Ferry has charge of all the repair work of the stations on the Trenton division of the P.R.R.
Miss Laura Chadwick of this place has resigned her position with the New York and Long Branch railroad owing to the ill health of her mother, Mrs. B. Chadwick, who was seriously hurt in a recent auto accident.
Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Hankins are receiving congratulations upon the arrival of a nine pound boy last week.
Carl Numemaker is one of the few local gunners who have been fortunate enough to bag a goose.
Emil Littell and wife, have closed their summer home on the beach front and have opened their winter home in New York.
Miss Eleanor Potter is living in Passaic this winter and taking a course in Drake's Business School.
Rev. Jesse Foster, of Lakehurst, is building a bungalow on the Main Shore Road beside the home of his father-in-law, Calvin Potter.
Holly strippers are beginning to bust out the nice red berries for the holiday times. It is a shameful thing the way some of these people break, chop and tear down the holly to get what they want. Already we see holly tied fast to automobiles, and the trucks will come a little later.
A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Philip Allen Wednesday of last week, November 15.
How do you like the new street lights?
There is a new home going up on Bay Avenue near the R.R. station.
A number of property owners are having their homes wired and connected for electricity.
The State Police are frequently seen here, but not because we are a disorderly town.
Beach Haven Ice and Cold Storage Company continue to be quiet busy, keeping their men on night shifts frequently.
The pleasant weather of the week end brought down a number of cottagers down for a few days.
It is reported that the Sprague property opposite the Ocean House, has been sold, and that a row of stores and apartments will be built on the corner lot.
Some of the fishermen who are employed by the Hayes Fishery, gave a farewell dance in the Fire House on Monday evening before leaving for the season. It was enjoyed by those present.
Our National Bank continues to enjoy prosperity and increasing business, there being a hundred thousand dollars increase in deposits the past year over last year.
Osborn's real estate office on Center Street, near the depot, has been moved as the lot where it stood was sold this summer and a large building will be put up there.
Beach Haven folk recall with interest that the new U.S. Senator from Delaware, Senator Bayard, is a well-known figure at Beach Haven, having for several summers occupied a cottage here with his family.
The men who have been pumping in the piling for the jetty have had a good deal of trouble to get water for their steam boiler. Several wells were sunk at the point of beach, but the water frothed and would not make steam. Last Saturday they made arrangements to cart water down from the Borough plant.
Gunning parties take the place of fishing parties.
Mrs. Widmaier opened her attractive bungalow to the members of the Women's Club, their husbands and children, on Saturday evening, and a very pleasant time was enjoyed by all who were in Beachwood for the week end (the house still stands at 325 Ship Avenue).
Tax Collector A.D. Nickerson has started a new plan to collect taxes on many of the lots here. He is sending out a personal letter to those who bought lots in Beachwood [almost surely during the 1914-15 New York Tribune newspaper promotion that established the resort, turning into an independent borough in 1917], yet who never took the trouble to have their deeds recorded, and to some who have not as much as obtained their deeds. The letter invites the lot-owners to visit Beachwood and see if he or she does not think the lots bought a good investment; the letter also suggests that they have the deed recorded in the Ocean County Clerk's office, if the lot owner has his deed, and where the deed can be obtained, if he hasn't it. Then it, in a nice way, suggests that taxes are due on the lots. It is believed that this will bring in considerable returns.
A number of Beachwood sports expect to attend the Yale-Princeton football game tomorrow and root for the tiger.
John J. Nolze is expecting to build two handsome bungalows, one at Harpoon and Forepeak streets, for Joseph H. Green, and one on the Atlantic City Boulevard, for William A. Russell, both of whom are employed at the Naval Air Station in Lakehurst. The new houses are expected to cost about $4000 each.
In order to promote good fellowship and innocent fun during the winter months in Beachwood, the Fire Company is planning to hold a dance the first Saturday evening of each month. The next one will be on Saturday of next week, December 2, in Borough Hall. The firemen promise that all who come will have a good time, and they are looking forward to having numerous couples from Toms River.
The Beachwood Rod and Gun Club has scheduled a shoot for Thanksgiving day, Thursday of next week, at its traps in Beachwood. The program calls for three classes—A, B and C. There will be first and second prizes in each class, and also a prize for high over all. The prizes will be live fowl, turkeys, geese, ducks and chickens. It is expected that there will be a large turn-out. There will also be shoots the first and third week end of each month during the winter.
In order to buy a site and build a firehouse the Borough Commissioners are to issue temporary improvement bonds to the amount of $6500. The ordinance for this bond issue has been introduced and will come up for final passage on Saturday, December 16.
Marcus Brown has been building a new barn.
Burnet Penn and party, while out gunning, bagged the limit on rabbits, one quail and one pheasant.
A party here from Belmar went out fox hunting and killed three foxes near the old Joseph Stout place.
Ollie Boshier is looking for the party that meddled with his dog.
Joseph Parker has completed two miles of work on the Lacey road, which runs to the northwest from our river landing toward Dover and Lacey. It was built by General Lacey, the iron founder, who came here shortly after the Revolution, and had foundries in Pemberton as well as at Lacey. The roadwork has been done by the county and township, the former putting up 75 per cent, and the latter 25 per cent of the cash. Mr. Parker was at Toms River on Monday on matters connected with his work.
Frank W. Briggs, who has had carpenters and workmen making many changes at the Greyhound Inn, will give a dance as usual on the night before Thanksgiving. It will be a masquerade, with prizes for costumes and for dancing.
The talk of making Forked River a borough seems to have died down for awhile. It may pop up again when the legislature meets in January.
Mr. and Mrs. John Burlew, of South Amboy, have moved here. Mr. Burlew was for 53 years an employee of the Pennsylvania Railroad, and is now on their pension list. His wife is a granddaughter of the late James Williams, of this place, one of a family well known along the shore.
Keeper Nelson Rogers, of Bonds Coast Guard Station, and wife, have been spending a few days with Mr. and Mrs. Randolph Phillips, and took them back for a stay on the beach.
The Wider Bros. have from 1500 to 2000 bushels of fine sweet potatoes, grown on their Hollywood farm.
E.W. Parker and Capt. Frank Brower have been duck shooting at the North Point of Beach and staying on E.W. Parker's houseboat, “Home Comfort.”
Mr. and Mrs. Randolph Phillips have been visiting Keeper and Mrs. Nelson Rogers at Bonds Coast Guard Station and all returned here together last Saturday. While there Mr. Phillips started to build a bungalow and garage. Saturday they all took in the Traco Theatre at Toms River and Mr. and Mrs. Philip Rogers returned from Toms River with them to spend Sunday at the Phillips home.
Cornelius Barkalow recently visited Atlantic City. He is now back at his old job at the Naval Air Station, Lakehurst.
A number of our summer folks were here for the week end. Report says that houses are being rented for next summer.
Bert Smith is doing considerable cement work, in the form of curbs, sidewalks, etc., and has expectations of more.
Miss Beck has been spending some time here. She recently bought the home of the late Miss E.G. Shreve, and is fitting it up for rental next summer.
You can see the Island Heights regulars at the Traco, Toms River, every Saturday evening, and for that matter other evenings in the week.
A.W. Atkinson, of Merchantville, a summer cottager here, is one of the exhibitors at the national horse show being held in New York City this week. His Glenaven Trixie, Aflame and Dragon Fly promise to bring his name into prominence in several events.
Island Heights friends of Mayor and Mrs. J. Hampton Moore, of Philadelphia, sympathize with them in the loss of their son, Richard Oellers Moore, who died at the age of 20 years on November 16. Mr. Moore had been an invalid for some time. Funeral services were held on Saturday last, at 2:30 P.M., from 1820 Chestnut Street. The burial was private. This is the second time death has invaded the family of Mayor and Mrs. Moore this year, each time taking one of their young sons, just grown to manhood.
Island Heights can boast one of the oldest people in this neighborhood, Mrs. Mary McKaig, widow of the late Henry McKaig. She is well known here as Aunt Mary, and is in her 98th year.
The recent seven-cent supper netted about $50. The library has received 75 new books, being the donations of Mrs. Pritchard, Mr. Schoettle, Mr. Wainright and Mr. Cox.
Tonight (Friday) the Boy Scouts will visit the Scouts of Seaside Heights, to give an exhibition in first aid, semaphore, etc.
Lavergne Wissner left Sunday for his new home in California. He has been employed at the Naval Air Station for two years or more.
Monday night, about 11:30 fire was discovered in the wood house on Frank Ruocco's property on Union Avenue, which was totally destroyed. The fire department was on the job and confined the fire to the one building.
While at the fire Monday night, Freddie Ridgeway stepped on a nail which penetrated his right foot, crippling him somewhat as it has been very painful.
Eli D. Wager has sold out the grocery and butcher business on Union Avenue to Harry E. Jones.
The woods are full of gunners but game is not plentiful.
The work on the large dirigible is progressing nicely according to the information given out. Everything is running like clockwork and by July the ship is expected to be finished.
At the Naval Air Station the new balloon has been seen flying high the past few days. On Saturday we were thrilled again to see the men jump out, raise the parachute and drop through space and land on the soil, safe and sound. These stunts are part of the aviator's life.
They have been slaughtering the rabbits in this vicinity.
Joseph Bunnell has enlisted as Coast Guard in Capt. Mart McCarthy's crew.
There are several gunners here for wild geese and ducks, but the weather seems too warm to have good luck. They say there are lots of game farther north.
The pound fishermen are having a good catch of codfish the past week.
The post office has been moved to Gus Helmuth's store, corner Grand Central and Reese Avenues.
Coal is a scarce article at this place as well as other shore towns.
Mr. and Mrs. Dando, of Philadelphia, have been here at their bungalow on a gunning trip.
John Camp and Ray Reeves are sawing wood for the village.
Emmett Mervine is installing a wireless outfit [a radio], and is looking forward to much pleasure from it.
Miss Frances Plaag, of this place, is helping Fire Company No. 2, of Toms River, raise funds for their apparatus. Money Island has not forgotten the work these boys did at the fire on the hill last spring.
Work in Lieobovits and Son's factory has been very scarce, owing to the firm being unable to procure the goods used in making pajamas from their own factory. Mrs. Mattie Cranmer visited the firm in New York City Thursday of last week and was assured there will be plenty of work in the future.
Chester Foulks went gunning on Friday and Saturday and shot two rabbits, an eight-pound hare, one squirrel and one quail.
Henry Horner attended a hog killing on Monday at his brother's, Harvey Horner, in Arneytown.
George Woodward and Roy Irons have completed and are now living in new bungalows at New Egypt.
The frame work on the new addition to the fire house is well under way now.
Gunning season opened but from reports there are very few rabbits being shot this season so far.
The Borough Council held their monthly meeting at the fire house on Saturday evening last. Several matters of importance were taken up, among them the electric light proposition. The committee in charge are to find costs of placing lights throughout the Borough from the Toms River Co.; also the Lakewood Co. and report at next meeting. Also on Sunday morning last soundings were made out in the bay from Angelsea Avenue for the proposed pier [today well-known and celebrated as Ocean Gate's “second pier”]
Chris Angerer spent the week end with his family here.
Mr. and Mrs. C.S. Bissel have closed their river front home and returned to Newark for the winter.
E.P. McAllister has taken his large power boat out for the winter. We hear that he is going to enlarge it to be ready for next season.
Next Sunday, November 26, will be the last excursion train for the season and a large crowd is expected down for the day.
The Ocean Gate A.A. football team traveled to Camden on Saturday afternoon last and lost to the Penndale team, of that place, 13-0. On Sunday, they traveled to the Fortieth Ward to play that team, which is one of the hardest teams of the West Philadelphia district.
A list of those who came down on Sunday on the last excursion until the robins nest again would read like a page in the summer resort section. All the older residenters—and some of the baby members—of the colony were here to extend their greetings to the hibernators who will try to hold up the end of the borough until the return of spring.
The “holly hog” was out in number on Sunday and it kept the Town Marshal busy “shooing” him off private grounds. It is not the fact of the holly being taken, but the manner of the taking that piques one. It is the rip, slam-bang, catch-as-catch-can, knock-down-and-carry-out method that hurts the tree lover, as well as the tree, and leaves the latter looking like a veteran of the Marne—or worse—when spring comes, whereas proper use of the pruning knife, and liberal, too, would bring good results in the early months. But Town Marshall Selinger “kept them moving,” and the local vigilance committee was relieved of at least a portion of its responsibility.
E.C. Hansell was down over the week end and returned to the city on Monday. Mrs. Hansell expects to go back to town this week, having stayed till this time to give the measles epidemic a chance to peter out, as Betty Hansell is a scholar in the schools hardest hit by this malady.
Contractor Bancroft is making rapid progress on the second story of the firehouse. This building, when completed, will compare favorably with any in Ocean County used for like purpose.
Council is working hard on several propositions for the betterment of the lighting and water facilities of the borough. There is no pussy-footing, but the plans are sub-rosa, and therefore nothing definite can be given out. Those who keep both eyes open and one ear to the ground will be rewarded before strawberry time next year.
Now that electric lights in West Creek are a certainty in the near future and the wires will go through our town, there is not any reason why we can not have the town lighted. It has been rumored that arrangements have been made to light the town, which are very much needed as we have been living in darkness long enough, and let us hope these rumors will materialize.
PERSHING [section of Toms River]
Gunners are numerous, but game is scarce.
Ralph Downs is building himself a house on Brahn Avenue.
Mr. Parvola has moved his family from William Vaughn's to the Andrew Applegate house on Clifton Avenue.
Theo. Brahn is working for William Marquis chicken ranch.
Mrs. Catherine T. Applegate has sold her house on Island Heights road and has bought from Mr. Holman some cranberry bogs near Goose Creek and will build there in the near future.
Herman Asay is having his house wired for electric lights and making other improvements to his home.
Pine Beach has suffered an irreparable loss in the death of Mrs. W. Price Davis, last Tuesday at the Homeopathic Hospital, in West Philadelphia. Mrs. Davis took a great interest in every activity in Pine Beach, and was a benefit to the community. Through her influence her aunt, Miss Wynne, lent several hundred dollars to pay off a debt on the chapel. Mrs. Davis herself lent a large sum to the Yacht Club when it was first built and it was found that no one else would accept a mortgage on the building because it was out over the river. Mr. and Mrs. Davis again stood ready to lend some thousands of dollars to pay for the enlarging of the club house and on as liberal terms as they had loaned to the chapel and the first yacht club building. Although in very poor health for some years past, Mrs. Davis was always bright and cheerful, and will be terribly missed by her family and the friends and people in Pine Beach. She was a descendant of the Hugh Wynne in Weir Mitchell's novel. Part of her aunt's farm at Bala was sold for building purposes and named Wynnefield, after Mrs. Davis' family. Her Philadelphia home was in the old farm house which stands in the part of the grounds her family still own. St. Joseph's College is to be built across the road from it.
Mrs. Davis had attended the last meeting of the Ladies' Auxiliary of the Yacht Club. She was a member of the Ladies' Aid and of the Lot Owners' Association. She took a very active part in the affairs of the chapel until failing health compelled her to lessen her activities. She was a big, outstanding character and we all have lost a good friend. Pine Beach may never find any one to fill her place.
James Sheeran and Aleck McKelvey were public spirited enough to haul the old raft in and tie it up to prevent it going down the river. Neither man ever uses the raft nor has a family to use it, but they are interested in Pine Beach and believe that each one can help to care for what benefits all of us.
A new metallic raft, like the one in Beachwood has been purchased and will be ready for next summer. These were used by the U.S. Navy and were on sale at Hog Island. They are quite a good size.
Mr. Wells plans to build a bungalow on the river front up near the station at River Bank.
A Philadelphia doctor is building a bungalow on Huntington Avenue, near Mr. Schweigart's and expects to live here all year. He is coming here for his health.
PLEASANT PLAINS [section of Toms River]
Joseph F. Blackham, who bought the Fred Hagaman farm and moved here from the city, had the hard luck the first week he was here to have his cow stray. He left it out in the yard over night and next morning it had disappeared.
Harry Clayton is building a bungalow on a two-acre tract of the former Charles Clayton farm, opposite Gordon Clayton's store.
Ocean Fire Company, of Point Pleasant Beach, will give its thirty-eighth yearly ball on the evening before Thanksgiving.
Dog poisoners have been at work about Point Pleasant, and some who have lost pets are so enraged that they report a detective engaged to run down the pill maker.
Point Pleasant felt honored last week by the visit of one of her former summer residents, Charles Belmont Davis, a brother of the late Richard Harding Davis, and son of L. Clarke Davis, long editor of the Philadelphia Ledger, and Rebecca Harding Davis, who was also well known as a writer of fiction. There were three sons in the Davis family, all famous newspaper men. The boys were all brought up at Point Pleasant or at least spent their summers there.
Mrs. M.C. Koch, proprietor of the St. Charles Hotel, is making considerable improvements in beautifying the grounds around the hotel and planting cedar trees. Mrs. Koch intends to build a garage and is having the driveway constructed.
Communication was received from the Fire Company and the Ladies' Auxiliary, asking council to erect a community building, including a fire house, council chamber and community hall, to be located on the Boulevard between Webster and Sherman avenues. Messrs. Fineran, Wolff and Kramer were appointed a committee to ascertain the cost and kind of building necessary, the cost not to exceed $10,000. The Firemen and Ladies' Auxiliary offered to furnish a site for the new building. It was suggested that the cost of the building be financed by improvement certificates.
Emmett J. Ross, our newly-elected councilman, is building a barber shop and apartment house on the Boulevard. He will run the barber shop, and have apartments back of it, leaving the upper story to rent as another flat.
Dr. and Mrs. Lawyer were here recently from Philadelphia, at their summer home, the former going out on the bay and getting some ducks during his stay. William Hauser and Bert Perry were also here for the wild fowl gunning.
The preliminaries for the new Coast National Bank are being taken up by committees of the stockholders. The present plan is to erect a new bank building, none of the buildings available being considered just what is wanted for banking purposes.
A dozen or so new buildings are now going up in various parts of the borough, but that is nothing to what is expected by next spring. The local paper says that 82 contracts have now been given out for buildings here, and that number will be increased to a hundred before spring.
The Boy Scouts, always trying to be useful, undertook the job of building a coal bin in the basement of the Union Church.
There is a scarcity of coal all along the shore, the same condition existing as has existed for several years. Coal seems to be as scarce now as it was in war times.
(Newsy Notes Caught In Our Net On The Beach of This Breezy Borough)
Thos. H. Devlin and Wm. Bates will take the boat Valletta to Stuart, Florida, for its owner, D. Bennett. They pulled anchor on Wednesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Arden Penn, of Island Heights, is building a home on the bay boulevard between Sixth and Seventh avenues.
Many of the townspeople attended the marriage ceremony of Frank Hewitt and Miss Tilton, at the Presbyterian church, at Point Pleasant, on Wednesday last and wished them well at the reception following, at the bride's home in Bay Head. Mr. and Mrs. Hewitt are honeymooning in the South, making Charleston their destination. They will occupy Dr. Harker's bungalow while their new home is being completed.
Borough Council will meet tomorrow, Saturday, with a bunch of business ahead of it. One thing it is considering is the cost of a thirty-foot wide concrete street, the full length of Ocean Avenue, where the winter storms make it hard to hold a gravel road. A number of streets are being graded and graveled, and curbs and sidewalks laid in cement. Property owners who have not connected up with sewers are being notified that they must do this, or the borough will do it for them and charge it as a lien against the property.
William Bates and Tom Devlin started for Florida last Wednesday, in the Valletta, owned by Dory Bennett of Manasquan.
The borough is driving piling at the edge of the boardwalk in the lower part of town to keep back the encroachment of the sea during the winter storms. Brush is being cut and placed in danger spots to hold the sand, also. Below the end of the boardwalk, running down to Fourteenth Avenue, piling is being driven to save the beach front.
Arden Penn, of Island Heights, is building a bungalow on the bay front between Sixth and Seventh Avenues.
Harry Cale, of Long Branch, is building a boarding house on the bay front.
John Pharo and family have returned from a few days in Tuckerton.
Albert Hansell, of Rancocas is here looking after his bungalows.
It seems there should be some way to stop gunners from trespassing more severe than at present, since they are so bold, careless or whatever you might call it. Last Saturday morning Mrs. Effie Irons had a very narrow escape from getting shot, while in her kitchen about work, when an unknown gunner shot several loads at something and evidently did not hit it for the shot came straight at Irons' house, Mrs. Irons happening to be close to an open door, but closed it just in time to fend off the shot which checked the glass in the door in many places and cracked a window pane also. She did not know the shots were coming her way when closing the door. Of course the guilty one kept hidden. Sportsmen had better be more careful.
Selah Hulse, of Mantoloking Coast Guard Station, spent Tuesday at his home here.
George W. Lynch and family are moving to Tuckerton, where they have bought a home, coming from Bridgeport, Conn. Mr. Lynch is captain of the coal and iron police of Fayette County, Pa. His son, Fred, pitched for the Syracuse team last summer and expects a try-out by Detroit next season.
A public meeting of voting portion of the town and officials representing the Atlantic City Electric Lighting Company was held in the O.U.A.M. [Order of United American Mechanics] Hall last Saturday night, resulting in the decision for electric lights in our town, much to the satisfaction of the traveling public and the sentiment of progressive people.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Holloway have returned to their home here on Main Street, after spending two months in Toms River, N.J., attending to their cranberry interests in that locality. Mr. H. reports a most successful season. Mrs. Hollloway is quite ill and we hope for her speedy recovery.
Miss Pauline Shinn has accepted a position as stenographer and typist with the Theo. Presser Music Company, of Philadelphia, and Miss Helen Cox has a like position with the State Board of Health, with offices in the State House, Trenton. Our congratulations to these energetic young ladies, who are making good for themselves.
Cranberry and oyster shipments are still continuing at a steady rate. The fine weather and markets have been exceptionally favorable this fall for both industries.
J.H. Seaman, Station agent at Beach Haven, spent the week end with his parents on Division Street.
A representative of the Anti-Saloon League gave a most interesting discourse in the M.E. Church on Sabbath morning last.
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