Welcome to another era in Ocean County's past, one century ago this winter!
Let your mind wander as you consider life around February and March 1923, 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)
More like winter. Full moon yesterday.
Today is Ground Hog Day.
Coasting was the favorite sport this week.
The river was closed up Wednesday morning.
Plenty of flu and grip around—enough to satisfy the most of us.
Roy Tilton has moved on his new chicken farm at Berkeley Heights, on the Dover road. Roy has Farm No. 4, built by the Toms River Poultry Development Association.
The New York phone linesmen have been putting up a new cable on Main Street this week. Trees that were in the way were slashed and broken. What is the remedy—or is there none?
While we do not know it, we are expecting Lester Irons to arrive in this country with the “Army of Occupation,” from Coblenz, Germany. The ship St. Mihiel is to stop at southern ports first, and then come to New York.
The Newbury Company got in a [railroad] car of coal last week and seven cars the first of this week—their entire February allotment. This has been parceled out in small quantities to go all the way round.
The concrete road, with a thin coating of ice, gives little footing for a smooth-shod horse. Horse drivers have found that out already.
Wednesday, on lower Main Street, there was a wood saw hooked up in front of Jack Irons bakery, on the sidewalk, sawing up oak wood for the bake ovens [due to the coal shortage].
Today we watch for the Ground Hog to see his shadow.
Boy Scouts, Troop No. 2, with Scoutmaster W.W. Payne, spent last Saturday on a hike. They went up the North Branch of Toms River, above Vince's Bridge, cooked their dinner in the open and had a great day.
Dr. Howard L. Tindell, Mayor of Point Pleasant Beach, has a letter in last week's Leader, in which he says he has entirely recovered, and was removed from the Trenton Hospital for the Insane some time ago, and asserts that some of his enemies are trying to have him shut up in the asylum as permanently insane.
Good old winter time.
February—short but boisterous.
About six inches of snow on Tuesday night.
If you have coal in the cellar now you are in luck.
Soft coal is making our business section begin to look dingy.
The February cold snap probably was needed as the buds were swelling on the trees and shrubs.
Bre'r Ground Hog must have seen his shadow a teeny, weeny bit, at any rate, judging from the weather this week.
It is planned to have a special school meeting on February 27, to vote on the proposed new school house.
George Morehouse of Forked River, was in town yesterday. George has been ill with the flu, which explains why the Forked River column is absent from The Courier this week. He was taken down while visiting at Forked River Coast Guard Station, and was cared for by the crew.
Robert Disbrow has resigned as a member of Toms River Coast-guard station crew and expects to be home soon.
The bid of Herman Fuhr for the Beachwood Town Hall and Fire House, reported in The Courier last week at $5825, should be $5925, says Herman.
All the poultrymen were supplied with coal last week for their incubators and brooders. County Agent Waite undertook to act as fuel administrator and to see that all got what they needed, and none got an excess supply.
Valentines now have the right of way.
Poultrymen are brooding their hatches now, and incubators are working all the time.
The High School pupils, aided by Mrs. J. Lloyd Glass, are getting out a February issue of the Cedar Chest [a semi-regular digest that acted as journal, news reader and yearbook].
Where is the old-time sleigh, and the fancy cutter, with its ringing bells? The automobile has taken the romance out of winter travel.
The 1923 girl, with her modern way of dressing, is all set for coasting. Skirts worked badly when playing in the snow in the old days.
Boys and girls had skating Monday and Tuesday. Some boys have been skating on the ice on Main St., the concrete road making a good foundation.
George Clayton, of Pleasant Plains, went to Asbury Park, and got his auto driver's license on Tuesday. All the old-time horsemen are coming to gas buggies, one at a time.
It is stated that the Township Committee is planning to open a new road from the Gowdy School House, on Freehold road across to Hooper Avenue. It is estimated to cost about a thousand dollars.
The State has had a gang of men repairing and replanking the Main street bridges. While the planks were up, the ironwork was painted. Plank are on the ground for a similar job at Jake's Branch.
Hutch Faunce has been putting up a garage, with living quarters, on his lot in Berkeley, and is using the garage as a boat shop, building row boats. He has also been building a number of miniature rowboats, about five feet long, for a motion picture concern in New York. Other folks, seeing these small boats, have ordered them, so that Faunce has had to build a number to supply the demand.
“Louis Favor,” the pianist at the Traco, wishes The Courier to state that while he is often called as above, his real name is Louis Favor Zampirro.
Telegraph Operator Peterson, at the C.R.R. depot, has been home at Barnegat on the sick list, and Station Agent C.M. Campbell, while down with a cold, has had to keep on the job.
Stormy this week.
All kinds of weather.
Sloppy walking now and then.
Did the Ground Hog see his shadow? I'll say he might as well.
Officers had a busy week end with rum raids.
Auto dealers report many orders for spring deliveries.
Soft coal soot is a new thing in our village. And we do not like it.
Rumor says that the plan of moving the First National Bank and running the Main road (Route Four) [today Route 166] on the north side of the C.R.R. track to Beachwood is likely to be abandoned by the state as costing too much money [this happened at the end of the decade when Senator Mathis used a gasoline tax to pay for the project, which then ended the main road following what today is Flint Road to go south].
A schoolman recently said there used to be “three r's” in school—but now there are four: Reading, riting, rithmatic and radio—and the most popular of these is radio.
State workmen have been a month repairing the Main Street bridges. Four-inch plank, long enough to go the full width of the bridge, have been laid, and ironwork was changed about and painted. Jake's Branch bridge, near Beachwood, comes next.
March will begin next Thursday.
Boys and girls have been skating.
The bay has been frozen up for about a fortnight now.
Some of the boys are beginning to talk baseball for 1923.
Yachting sharps are planning to see the boat show that began in New York yesterday.
Toms River defeated Lakehurst Fire Company, at Lakehurst, on Friday night, in a basketball game, 28 to 12.
No. 2 Chicken Farm, on the Toms River Poultry Development tract, at Berkeley Heights [an unofficial name occasionally used by this firm to describe a place in Berkeley Township that is now South Toms River Borough], has been sold to Harold Chamberlain, who will move his family there at once. This farm is already stocked with five hundred hens that have been on the place all winter, paying their way with their eggs. No. 5 farm will be started soon, as the Toms River Poultry Development Association has but one farm left (No. 4) and that is being negotiated for.
Mrs. Charles Parent last week received from West Palm Beach a cocoanut in the husk, sent her by Mrs. Bryce Evernham, who is spending the winter there.
Joseph Gentile is putting up a large chicken house on his place on Hooper Avenue.
Robert Disbrow, who recently resigned from the Coast Guard Service, is now employed at the American Stores.
It is being admitted all over the state that Toms River has achieved a place of prominence as a poultry center that is hard to beat.
Frank Butler, of Newark, son of Postmaster B.F. Butler, of Bayville, has bought No. 5 house built by the Toms River Amusement Co., on Irons Street. He will make his home here, it is understood.
COAL IN THE FUTURE
We are getting through this winter by burning up all the old trash in the cellar and the backyard, added to what oak wood we can buy, a little soft coal now and then when we can get nothing else, and about one-third our usual order of anthracite, much of which last seems not to have been cleaned before leaving the mines. Fortunately this winter so far has been mild, 8 or 10 above zero has been the lowest, and that only on about two mornings. We have not had any nights so cold as to freeze us up unless we kept a good fire...
ABOUT OUR VILLAGE
The Courier asked a week or two ago, “Who is to keep Main Street clean?” The condition of that new roadway would not compare very favorably with a slum street in south Philadelphia. The melting snow exposed dirt in all the gutters. Storekeepers on Main Street, some of them, continue to sweep the dirt from their stores and sidewalks out into the roadway. After Jack Irons had several loads of oak wood sawed on his sidewalk last week, as an exaggerated instance, his chore boy swept the sawdust out into the gutter. Now don't find fault with Jack—that is only what a number of others are doing, on a smaller scale. But why should we have to wait till May for a clean-up week? Why not keep clean as we go along? We have a fine street—let's keep it fine.
The State Police have been seen around here lately more than ever before. It is stated that two troopers will be located at Toms River this summer to watch after the motor car traffic, and any other matters that may need them.
Business men assert that one of the matters the Township Committee must take in hand is that of police protection. At present there are two men on duty, and two men ought to be ample to care for the situation in our little village—but, and here is where the business men find fault, the men are not on duty when most needed. Burglaries almost always occur in the early morning hours, just before daybreak. And it is then that the town is without protection from police.
During the last few months there have been a half dozen robberies or attempted robberies of business places, most of them in the main business block. Whenever it was these robberies took place the robbers seemed to know when and how to make their attempts so that they would not be disturbed by the night officer. The hours might well be so adjusted that the men could take time off in the easy hours of the day, and one man could be on duty all night.
OTHER FOLKS' IDEAS
SEASIDE PARK MAN WOULD DROP ISLAND HEIGHTS BRIDGE
Seaside Park, N.J., Jan. 31, 1923.
My Dear Mr. Fischer:
Please allow me to point out some facts regarding abolishing the spur at Island Heights Junction.
Every passenger between Long Branch and Toms River is losing twenty minutes daily, going and coming in and out of Island Heights by train. It is not only the loss of time to the passengers, but also the agony and expense it adds to the railroad company, and we all know who pays the bill in the end.
Our cottages will not come to the shore resorts while they are compelled to make that ride in and out of Island Heights morning and nights, and when the shuttle train goes off late in the season they close up and go home, the result is that they are compelled to have only a short season.
Every business along the coast is suffering on this account and we feel sure this applies to every resort, therefore not only the railroad company is justified, but the traveling public demands and will uphold its move.
Turn that railroad bridge into a wagon bridge and not only Island Heights, but all the neighboring resorts will derive more benefit by such a move.
Get this section within sixty or seventy-five minutes of Philadelphia, and real estate values will be tenfold, and in order to get this that junction must be abolished.
Let the leading citizens of Island Heights, the Board of Freeholders and the railroad people get together and secure the best deal which would be beneficial to the most people in this section.
Cut a road from the Atlantic Boulevard [Route 9 today, along Pine Beach and Berkeley Township] to Island Heights Junction with a wagon bridge to the Heights and that town will have thousands of visitors, who never knew that there was such a beautiful place as Island Heights.
Very truly yours,
A.C. Haag contributes the above to the Island Heights spur abandonment, from the standpoint of those living east of Island Heights. The length of time spent running into the Heights by the spur train in the winter is of course a serious annoyance to the people on the beaches. But that could easily be avoided by the use of a “gas car,” with a crew of two men, running on the spur, both winter and summer.
One can, however, imagine the attitude of mind of Mr. Haag, all the residents and summer residents of Seaside Park should the P.R.R. calmly announce that it purposed running its trains no further than the meadow at Barnegat Pier [an event that came to pass 23 years later, in Dec. 1946, when a 300-foot middle section of the trestle from Barnegat Pier at Good Luck Point in Berkeley Township to Seaside Park, spanning Barnegat Bay, caught fire and was later abandoned], and that if the people of Seaside Heights wanted to travel on its line, the railroad was willing to give its railroad bridge across the bay to the county and the county could fix it up as an automobile bridge for the benefit of Seaside Park; further, that if the Seaside Park folk didn't get the county to build this bridge for them, all they need do would be to drive to Toms River depot to make trains to Philadelphia. The way Mr. Haag and his Seaside Park neighbors would feel over such a proposition on the part of the railroad, is exactly the way the Island Heights folk feel now. The cases would be parallel, except that the water to be crossed and the distance to nearest station would be about twice as far in the case of Seaside Park, as is now the case of Island Heights.
And, while this may look far-fetched, just now, is it altogether remote?
One of the leading men of the county told me within a week that a prominent P.R.R. official, when some folks interested in Beach Haven, joined the remonstrance against the abandonment of the Barnegat Railroad, said the “Beach Haven Railroad might be the next abandoned.” And further, the explanation for wanting to stop service on the Island Heights spur and the Barnegat City line is that they do not pay. The P.R.R. has all the time held that the section from Toms River to Bay Head is a losing line, never having paid its way. If the railroad, with the aid of the beach dwellers between Bay Head and Seaside Park, established the principle that it can abandon the Island Heights bridge because it does not pay, who can foresee whether or not in some near future day it may not use that precedent for cutting off the line from Ocean Gate to Bay Head? The arguments sounds foolish, doesn't it, because we all known that a railroad would not give up such a vantage point on the beach, which it had held against losses for forty years—and yet that is just what the railroad is trying to do on Long Beach.
QUITE A DIFFERENCE
The federal government at Washington gravely tells us that it cannot stop smuggling of liquor on our coast, or at least it cannot molest the ships that bring the liquor so long as they stay outside the three-mile limit and fly the British flag. Our respect for Great Britain is such that her subjects and her ships may set at defiance our customs laws and our constitutional and statutory provisions against the entry of liquors.
That is one picture—now look at this. During the war billions of dollars worth of arms and munitions of war were shipped from the United States to Great Britain and her allies, and the sale of arms is a recognized trade, the chief exponent of which, up till the world war, was Great Britain herself. Yet there are men under indictment in the federal courts of this state, charged with attempting to ship arms to Ireland. Great Britain made no objection to her subjects selling arms to the Southern Confederacy when it was in rebellion against the United States Government; it refuses now to stop the export of liquor to this country, contrary to our laws. But to oblige Great Britain this country is willing, it seems, to go to any extreme. No wonder the British forget all about Bunker Hill, Yorktown and the Fourth of July, at times, and still consider the U.S.A. As an appendage to the British crown.
You must hand it to the British as the most successful nation in the art of having its own way!
COAST GUARDS SPOIL RUM-RUNNING IN BARNEGAT BAY
287 CASES OF SCOTCH SEIZED ON CLAM ISLAND [located to the west of Barnegat Light]
Through the watchfulness of Keeper Raymond Palmer and his crew of Coast Guards, at Barnegat Station, Barnegat City [today Barnegat Light Borough], a cache of 287 cases of Scotch whiskey was seized on Clam Island, on Sunday afternoon last. The cases had been shipped from Bermuda, according to the markings, had been brought into the inlet on the Monday previous, and had been stowed away in two houseboats, in sneakboxes and some was found in a boat that had sunk under the weight of the cases. Clam Island, where the whiskey was found, belongs to George J. Gould. Capt. Watson Penn, of Forked River, generally known as “Wats,” has charge of the Island during the gunning season, and still had the two houseboats there which had been used for gunning parties.
Seizure was made by Under Sheriff A.W. Brown, Jr., who was notified by Keeper Palmer on Sunday afternoon that there was a load of whiskey on Clam Island. Supreme Court Commissioner W. Howard Jeffrey, accompanied the Under Sheriff, with officers from Toms River, and Coast Guard crews from Long Beach that Keeper Palmer had assembled before the county officers arrived. Not knowing how many men might be on the island to handle the stuff, or to defend it, Keeper Palmer took no chances, but carried a full crew in his power surf boat to Clam Island.
However, there were but two men there Sunday afternoon. One was Capt. Connie Nicholson, an off-shore fisherman, at Barnegat, master of the fishing smack Karm, who has this winter been fishing for cod off the beach. The other gave his name as Fred Watson, and seemed to be the agent of the owners of the whiskey. It developed that Nicholson had brought the whiskey in the inlet and placed it on Clam Island, and that Watson had paid him $1050 for the transfer from the ship at sea to Clam Island. The plan was further to land it at Forked River, Barnegat, or some other town on the mainland, and truck it to New York City.
Both Watson and Nicholson were put under arrest and brought to the county jail. 287 cases were put in two trucks and also brought to the county jail, where it almost fills a jail corridor, the full length of a tier of cells, piled in three rows, the height of a man's head. While 287 cases were found, the agent, Watson, said there should have been 300, but that he could only find 290, when he checked it up on the island. Three other cases had disappeared before the officials reached there, or else were in the water. A large part of that taken was found under water, which was too cold.
Capt. Watson Penn denied all knowledge of the whiskey being in his houseboats, or rather the boats under his charge. He was at Clam Island, Barnegat City and Forked River, off and on, during the week that Keeper Palmer says the whiskey was on the island. Captain Wats told The Courier man that he spent Wednesday night on the island and that he would swear that at that time there was not a drop of the stuff on the houseboats.
Under Sheriff Brown seized, in the name of Sheriff Holman, the houseboats and other craft on which the cases were found, and also the two-masted cod-fisherman, Karm, belonging to Nicholson, which brought the stuff in the Inlet, according to Captain Palmer's belief. The Karm was so badly cut by ice Monday night that Nicholson had to beach her after landing the cargo.
Nicholson and his crew of three other Swedes were set off at sea on Monday, February 5. It is said that the stuff was transferred to his smack from two vessels, one the steamer Jessie and Alice, and another vessel.
The transfer was made seven miles at sea, due east of Barnegat Inlet. The Karm was seen by the coast guards to come in the bay that night with no lights burning, and instead of making for the boat harbor, she smashed around in the ice in back of Clam Island. Later she came back to the harbor at Barnegat City. This night was clear, the moon rising between 10 and 11 P.M., and the night was very cold, the mercury dropping to zero. The bay closed up with ice that night, and Nicholson explained the cutting on his boat, so that she leaked badly, by saying that he got caught in the ice, after entering the bay.
The coast guards say little more, as to how they discovered the stuff was on Clam Island, but in some way they did. Sunday afternoon Keeper Palmer telephoned to Under Sheriff Brown to come to Barnegat City and bring a warrant, so they could break into some boats to look for whiskey. Meantime he had Keeper Calvin Falkenburg, of Ship's Bottom, and Keeper Nelson Rogers, of Bonds, with some of their crews, and the crews from the intervening stations, all awaiting for the arrival of the Under Sheriff. From Toms River went Ed J. Kelly, from State Troopers, C.W. Ludlow, J.H. Evernham, Willits Manolt, William Gwyer, R.C. Buckwalter and County Engineer J.M. Abbott, beside Sheriff Brown and Supreme Court Commissioner Jeffrey.
The whiskey seized, according to the labels on the cases, was all Scotch... The boxes were mostly wired with a heavy steel wire, about heavy piano wire size.
Tuesday the Treasury Department sent a man down to take over the stuff on the ground that it was smuggled. He decided to leave it at the county jail for the present. The Sheriff's office consider that the seizure was made under the state law, and that it is up to the Supreme Court to say what shall be done with it.
It was evident that Watson and Nicholson had no idea that Keeper Palmer had his eye on Clam Island. On Watson was a check book, showing by the stubs what he had paid to Nicholson, $1050, for landing the whiskey. The checks were on a Staten Island bank. In his pocket was a leather-bound diary, or account book, in which Nicholson gave his receipt for the money. There were many other entries, all in a kind of cipher or short hand, mostly numbers and initials.
On Monday, Axel Axelson, of Barnegat City, one of the crew of the fishing smack Karm, was arrested as aiding in smuggling the whiskey...
Fred Watson, who is assumed to be the agent of the principals in this rum-running attempt, was held in $3000 bail for conspiracy with Captain Nicholson (or Nicholsen) to smuggle the whiskey into the United States...
Cash bail was produced from some mysterious source for Watson...
R.R. ABANDONMENT LOOMS DANGEROUSLY CLOSE AHEAD
ISLAND HEIGHTS RESIDENTS TO FIGHT R.R. ABANDONMENT
Plans to fight the proposed abandonment of the P.R.R. spur before the Public Utility Board, before the Interstate Commerce Commission and up to the highest federal courts, are said to have been made by a committee of summer residents at Island Heights, appointed for that purpose at a recent mass-meeting of Philadelphia commuters who have their summer homes at Island Heights...
BARNEGAT R.R. ABANDONMENT HEARING TO END TUESDAY
The hearing which is being held by the State Board of Public Utilities for the Interstate Commerce Commission, on the application of the Pennsylvania Railroad to abandon its train service on the Barnegat City Branch, was resumed Tuesday of this week, and continued till next Tuesday. The statement is made that the people who ought to be interested in retaining train service on the beach, have not, in fact, been sufficiently interested to attend these hearings and testify to the facts they have knowledge of. The opposition to the abandonment is being made by Judge Berry, of Toms River, as counsel for Long Beach Township, Surf City, Barnegat City and the Board of Freeholders, and also for the Long Beach Board of Trade and several civic bodies...
The railroad was incorporated January 29, 1894, at a time when the building of an ocean city near Barnegat point seemed a certainty of the future. These hopes, however, were never realized, and for twenty years Barnegat City either went backwards or stood still...
When an improved highway was built along the shore front between the tracks of the Barnegat Railroad and the ocean, and jitneys and trucks began to operate along this highway, receipts of the railroad fell off...
BOOTLEGGERS AND HOOCH MAKERS CAUGHT IN CLEAN-UP
The past week seems to have been a kind of clean-up for hooch-makers and sellers and bootleggers. Beside the big seizure of smuggled whiskey at Clam Island, there were three stills seized and several arrests made.
Sheriff Made Lakewood Raid
Last Saturday evening Sheriff Holman, at Lakewood, with several policemen, searched the apartment of Adolph Wicks, who runs the Hungarian restaurant. A few weeks ago this restaurant was searched, but beyond an empty bottle, to which the scent still lingered, nothing was found.
This time, instead of going to the restaurant, the Sheriff and his men visited the apartment over the Strand Theatre where Wicks lived. They found two five-gallon tins of what is denominated by the knowing ones—“varnish remover.” It is said that this stuff will take the varnish or paint off anything it touches. Wicks was held for the grand jury, giving bail. In the Sheriff's party were officers Walter Curtis, Jack Soden, Bill Cornelius and Hallett.
Robert Froriep and Wife Taken
Saturday night, or Sunday morning, Under Sheriff Brown, with a search warrant sworn out by an officer, searched the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Froriep, on South Main Street, Berkeley [today South Toms River Borough]. This house had been under suspicion for some months. They found four tubs of raisin and prune liquor and part of a still. Froriep was held under $500 bail, and is alleged to have put the blame on his wife, so she was sent for and also held under $500 bail trying to shift the burden of guilt meanwhile on her husband.
One story is that the officers were leaving without having seen the still, when one of the family remarked in German—“They didn't find the still.” A state trooper, in the party, understood German, and a further search found it. Two well-known Toms River men were at Froriep's when the officers walked in.
Found Few Bottles of Beer
Another place visited Saturday night was the home of Fritz Walderman and his mother, over by the Dover Road, in Berkeley [also today South Toms River Borough]. Here a few bottles of beer were seized, but no arrests made. The woman claimed it was only German beer. The stuff will be analyzed for its alcohol content.
Troopers Bring in Two Stills
Tuesday, at noon, the two troopers stationed here, came into town with two large copper stills. One was said to be a fifty-gallon still, and to have been stolen from an applejack stillhouse that was formerly licensed in the old days, near Wrightstown. The other was a twenty-five gallon still. They were found with two barrels of mash, near the old Debbie Platt place, out Whitings way. This find was made near what in the old days was called Boyd's Tavern, or, in common parlance, “Hell's Kitchen,” before the Civil War, a resort in the pines on the old stage road to Philadelphia.
30 Days for Driving When Drunk
Sheriff Holman was coming to Toms River by train on Tuesday, when from the car window, at Lakehurst, he saw a man too drunk to get out of his flivver and crank it. Somebody else had to crank it for him, and he drove off. Getting to Toms River the Sheriff sent an officer up after the man. It turned out to be Joseph Murphy of Lakehurst, formerly of Baltimore. When found, he was sleeping off a drink. Before Recorder King, at Toms River, he admitted having had several drinks. Dr. Brouwer pronounced him under the influence of those drinks. He was put in the county jail for thirty days, and his driver's license was forfeited for a year.
LESTER IRONS IS AT WALTER REED HOSPITAL, WASHINGTON
Lester Irons, son of Mrs. J.A. Irons, of Toms River, who was in the Army of Occupation at Coblenz from the time the first U.S. Troops reached the Rhine, till a short time ago, is now at Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, D.C. Lester's mother and family here were apprised of his being in Washington through Miss Maude Richtmeyer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac W. Richtmeyer, of Toms River, who is employed in one of the departments at the Capital. Miss Richtmeyer inquired at the hospital if Lester Irons was there, and found that he was, and that she would be allowed to see him. She reports that he can walk a little and talk a little, but that he has had a serious wound in the head, and takes little interest in what is going on. She said she thought he recognized her but was not certain.
Irons was one of the first men to enlist from Toms River, going into the Freehold National Guard Company and being sent to the camp at Anniston, Ala., for training. He had been in France some little time when the armistice was signed. His father, in the spring of 1919, was ill, and the family tried to get Lester home, but were unsuccessful and the father died.
The last part of August, 1922, word came by newspaper dispatch that Lester Irons had been found with the top of his head shot away, and that he could not live. He was on guard duty that night at the garage of Major General Allen, commander of the Army of Occupation. Later the family were told that he was getting better, but very slowly, and that if he recovered sufficiently he would be brought to Walter Reed Hospital. The family were not notified of his arrival in this country, however, and knew nothing of it till Miss Richtmeyer informed them. She said that Lester told her he had been at the hospital about four weeks.
BEACH RESORTS CAN'T KEEP UP FIGHT AGAINST THE ATLANTIC
ASK COUNTY AID TO PROTECT BEACH FROM SEA'S INROADS
Residents of both Island and Long Beaches sent delegations to the meeting of the Board of Freeholders on Tuesday, February 6, asking the county to protect their ocean front from the encroachment of the seas. The delegation from Seaside Park and Seaside Heights asserted that the lower end of Seaside Park, near Fourteenth Avenue, is threatened, and that if the cut continues, an inlet is likely to open there. The Seaside Park members of the delegation said they had built bulkheads to no avail, and that a jetty built out to sea, had been washed out by the storms, and the inroads of the sea continue. They said that they had gone as far as they would, and had not the money to go further.
From Long Beach came an even worse report. It was that the Beach Haven Inlet, which cut through in February, two years ago, is eating away the beach rapidly. Long Beach Township started to build a jetty to head it off, but thuse far the result is null, as the encroachment continues rapidly. The township is also at the end of its rope financially.
The Freeholders did not know whether under the law they had power to appropriate moneys for this purpose. Nor could they foretell where, if they were to begin, the precedent would take them, as Barnegat City [today Barnegat Light Borough], Surf City and other places have been menaced by the sea the past two years, and no one knows what the next spot will be. The Freeholders did agree that they would appeal to the state for aid...
PROSECUTOR RAIDS LAKEWOOD GAMING HOUSE MONDAY LAST
Having received a number of complaints that a gambling house was being run on the second floor of a Clifton Avenue place, Lakewood, Prosecutor Jayne Monday directed a raid there. They found the game in full swing, money, chips, cards and dice on the green cloth, all of these articles being seized. The names of thirteen people in the rooms were taken down, one being a Toms River man. Lawrence Carter, the “banker,” insisted he was also the proprietor, though it was supposed another Lakewood man is the real backer of the place. He was held by Recorder Muller under $200 bail for the grand jury. The raid was made by Officers Mason, Cornelius, Soden and Bennett, of the Lakewood force.
NEW INLET STILL RAMPAGING
Beach Haven, Feb. 5.—The Beach Haven Inlet, the newest inlet on the Jersey coast is still rampaging, and cutting things loose. It is working up the beach toward this place, and looks now as if it might cut in back of the jetty that is being built by Long Beach Township at the point of the inlet. There is a deep channel right next to the north point of beach, and the ebb and flood both cut away the sand hills and also the end of the county road. It is rapidly creeping up toward the bungalows built on this part of the beach last summer. The inlet is a mile wide. It seems to have no steady channel as yet, but to be in a state of turmoil, changing every few days, the sands washing away here and boiling up there today and reversing themselves tomorrow. More jetties are thought to be needed to hold the land.
WOMAN AND CHILD LOST IN WOODS ALL OF BITTERLY COLD NIGHT
LAKEHURST HOTEL GUESTS WANDER ALL NIGHT IN PINES
Lost in the pines while out for a ramble in the woods, Mrs. Massee, of Stamford, Conn., and her 7-year-old daughter, Mildred, wandered about all last Saturday night through the woods back of Lakehurst, where they had come as guests at the Pine Tree Inn. Warmly clad and keeping in constant motion they survived the cold that would probably have cost them their lives had they lain down to sleep that night, and early in the morning found shelter in an unoccupied wood chopper's shack. In the cabin they also found food and matches. It was about 6 o'clock Sunday night that the searching parties, who had been out since the midnight previous, found them in the cabin, apparently none the worse for their experience except for their fright.
Mrs. Massee is the wife of Will Wellington Massee, headmaster of the Massee Country School for Boys, near Stamford, Conn. Her father, Dr. Chas. McGraw, who also teaches in her husband's school, was at the Pine Tree Inn with her. Saturday afternoon Mrs. Massee and her daughter started out for a woods ramble, their chief errand being to find the pitcher plant. They left the Brown's Mills road, and as twilight began to fall the woman discovered that she was lost. There were many old roads through the woods, leading in all directions, and criss-crossing one another. In some way in the darkness she lost all sense of direction, and traveled away from Lakehurst. It was an extremely cold night, down to six above zero. Mrs. Massee, however, wore a heavy fur coat, and the little girl was warmly dressed, and in her fright the woman knew enough to keep moving.
About six or seven miles west of Lakehurst they came to a cabin where wood choppers had been at work during the week, but had gone home for Sunday. In the cabin was a stove, fuel, matches, crackers and a can of milk, also bedding and blankets. With shelter, fire and food furnished Mrs. Massee and her child settled down by the fire to sleep and rest.
Meanwhile, when they did not return to the Pine Tree Inn for dinner Saturday night their friends and the hotel management began to make inquiries. It was learned that they had gone toward the pines. Searching parties were sent out and, being unsuccessful, about midnight a fire alarm signal was blown, the men of the village aroused, and searching parties went to scour the woods in all directions. At daybreak the lost ones had not been found. Prosecutor Jayne was notified and also the Sheriff's office, and both responded, coming to Lakehurst to help direct the search. Mr. McGraw, her father, offered a reward of $1000 to the one who should find them. It was about twenty-six hours after they had left the inn when Frank Hornsberger, an inn employee, with two companions, stumbled on the cabin, and found them. They were brought back to the inn and put to bed.
Dr. and Mrs. Massee are both graduates of the University of Minnesota, where they met. They were married April 22, 1905.
YACHT CLUB BALKS AT STATE AND U.S. BRIDGE PLANS
The Bay Head Yacht Club has balked at the plans of the War Department, which would allow the County Board of Freeholders to build a jack-knife draw at the Mantoloking bridge, and also at the plans which are said to allow the state to build a stationary bridge, with no draw at all, over the Bay Head-Manasquan River canal where Route Four crosses it, on the road from Point Pleasant to Lakewood.
The Bay Head Yachtsmen would be trapped within and between these two bridges. They assert that for sailing craft the jack-knife draw is not so good as the old time center pivot draw, which gives the sailor a chance at the side where the wind best favors him; also that the draw, under certain wind conditions, blankets the boat and takes all the wind from her sails as she passes through the bridge span. They point to the state bridge across the bay at Seaside Heights as proof of their contention.
As for the canal bridge being fixed, the natural inquiry is, why build a canal, if it is not to be used. Boats with masts or with high works would be precluded from going under the bridge if it is to be fixed. A drawbridge would allow sail boats as well as power boats to use the canal.
All the yacht clubs along the bay have been appealed to by the Bay Head Club and urged to fight the two plans as proposed.
ASK FOR TWO NEW BOROUGHS
The legislature is being asked to pass bills to create two new boroughs in Ocean County—the Borough of Forked River and the borough of Beach Arlington. To make the Borough of Forked River would do to Lacey Township just what creating the Borough of Tuckerton did to Little Egg Harbor Township, and forming the Borough of Lakehurst did to Manchester Township. It would leave the village of Lanoka, and the settlement of Cedar Crest, and a large area of brush and woodland.
Beach Arlington lies on Long Beach, just below the railroad and automobile bridges across the bay from Manahawkin. The plan is to take the strip from the bay to the ocean, starting at the Surf City line on the northeast, and running down the beach to South 25th avenue. This proposed borough would take in the most rapidly growing part of Long Beach in the past few years. The houses in this section are not large but there have been a lot of them built.
PROF. HAUPT REPORTS JETTY AT BEACH HAVEN FAVORABLY
Prof. Lewis M. Haupt, of Cynwyd, Pa., a summer resident at Point Pleasant, and the recognized authority on this coast in all matters such as water currents and their effects on sands and beaches, reports to The Courierthat the jetty on the north point of Beach Haven Inlet is doing its work, but that another jetty will be needed to catch the seaward tide of the inlet, where erosion continues. Professor Haupt says that the erosion at this north point of beach has exceeded 100 acres, but that since the jetty was partially completed it has succeeded in rebuilding about five acres of the lost land...
As Professor Haupt's letters was written on Lincoln's birthday, he brings out the interesting fact that he, as a youth, was appointed to West Point by Lincoln, in 1863, and thus his whole life was changed, being sent after graduation to service on the Great Lakes, and then to the Gulf of Mexico, with the result that he took up the study of water currents and their effects on sandy beaches.
FLOAT COAL LADEN SCHOONER FROM SHIP'S BOTTOM SHORE
The four-masted schooner Estelle Krieger, out of Norfolk, Va., for New Haven, Conn., soft coal laden, which struck on the bar at Ship's Bottom, Long Beach, Thursday of last week, was pulled off Friday afternoon and towed to New York. The Coast Guard Cutter Kickapoo and the Merritt-Chapman wrecking tug Rescue, floated the schooner.
The story told by her master, Capt. Emil Bonomo, was that they struck a submerged wreck, about twelve miles off shore, probably one of the vessels sunk by the German submarine in the summer of 1918, and carried away her rudder. Before they could rig up a jury rudder and get control of the vessel, she bumped on the bar, Thursday night, February 8. Next day the Coast Guard crew, at Ship's Bottom, under Keeper Calvin Falkenburg, of Tuckerton, brought ashore the vessel's crew of ten men. All but the captain were [Black].
The Krieger was formerly called the Mary T. Quinby. She is listed in the maritime register as a sailing vessel of 1172 gross donnage, is 184 feet long with a breadth of 40 feet and a depth of 18 feet. She was built in 1899, at Thomaston, Me., and her home port is Boston, Mass. She is owned by the Crowell and Thurlow Steamship Co., of 44 Whitehall Street, New York.
The vessel was pretty well up on the bar, and for a day or so it looked as if she must stay there, considering her cargo was soft coal. The cutter and the wrecking tug were able to pull her out of the sand, however.
P.R.R. WORKS AGAINST ITS OWN INTEREST
RAILROAD INJURES ITSELF IN ABANDONING SPURS
It is the contention of residents on the upper end of Long Beach, and also of the population of Island Heights and Money Island, that the Pennsylvania Railroad is showing a very short-sighted policy in its efforts to abandon the railroad from the Junction on Long Beach, to Barnegat City [today Barnegat Light Borough], and from Pine Beach Junction across the river to Island Heights. What the railroad should be doing, it is the almost unanimous opinion of both the year-round and summer residents in the Ocean County shore district, is to try to build up its business, and not destroy what it now has. On every hand the criticism is heard that the railroad, by abandoning its old policy of trying to serve the public, and by adopting its recent policy of “the public be ——“ (you can substitute any word that fits in this blank space), is injuring its own present business and future prosperity.
It is shown that the frequent embargoes on freight and express at Camden, and the way in which both freight and express has been held up at points along the line, has caused a number of people who must have quick and accurate service, to adopt the motor truck, thus taking business away from the railroad's freight and express departments. They also say that it is just as easily shown that the high cost of passenger fares has made it about as cheap for a fair-sized family to travel from their city home to their shore home in their own motor car, as it is to travel by rail, and that the added pleasure of the auto ride over the ride by railroad, when it is just as cheap, has taken many thousands of dollars in fares from the railroad.
It is also alleged that the boards of trade, chambers of commerce and representative citizens of the shore resorts have been treated with scant consideration when they have tried to point out to railroad officials what they have thought would build up the shore, and by increasing the shore population, increase the railroad business. Such delegations have been shunted off on clerks, more than once, when railroad officials were “too busy” to listen to them. When given a hearing it was generally courteous enough in form, though the visitors were given to understand that they knew nothing about the problems of railroading, and sent away feeling anything but kindly toward the railroad; when it would have been possible, by hearing and debating their propositions, instead of dismissing them summarily, to have sent them back home thinking the railroad was a friend to the shore district and was honestly trying to help build it up.
It is alleged that all of the Pennsylvania Railroad's aggressiveness and energy, used in building up the resorts on the Jersey coast, has been put in building up Atlantic City, and other resorts where the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad made competition, and that no effort seems to have been made to advertise or build up the Ocean County resorts where the Pennsylvania would reap all the benefit of the growth.
And now as a last blow comes the plan to drop certain feeder spurs because it is alleged that they do not produce revenue sufficient for their maintenance. It is alleged by those fighting abandonment that by the railroad system of bookkeeping it would be possible to prove that any particular piece of road did not pay for itself; in fact, for the past few years the railroads have been complaining that their whole systems were not paying. If the roads should be allowed to lop off every feeder that apparently does not pay its way, the question arises, of what value would be the main lines, and how would they get enough traffic, either freight or passenger, to pay for their upkeep?
In the abandonment proceedings relating to the Barnegat Railroad, before the Public Utility Board last week, the claim was made that there was a deficit of about $150,000 accumulated from year to year by this branch. Yet in making up their figures, the average allowance for passengers traveling over this branch was said to be about ten cents. In other words, because of the existence of the road from the Junction to Barnegat City, some one in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh or Chicago might buy a ticket to Harvey Cedars or to Barnegat City—but the branch the railroad now wants to abandon, and which in this suppositious case was the cause of the ticket being sold, would be credited only ten cents on the average. Yet without this railroad at the end of the line, the ticket from Philadelphia or Pittsburgh, or Chicago, would not have been sold. The same is true of freight. The Barnegat Fishery alone showed that it paid freights on shipments to and from Barnegat City in the last two years about $9000 to $10,000 yearly. Yet the railroad is credited only with the haul from Barnegat City to the Junction, perhaps one-tenth of the total freight bill. But had the road not run up to Barnegat City, the rest of the railroad would not have had the business.
It has been suggested at the hearing, in The Courier, and elsewhere, that the modern gasoline motor car, with one or two men as crew, be put on these branch lines to keep up the traffic and cut the expenses.
Should the railroad on Long Beach be abandoned, either freight and passengers must be taken up the beach by truck and auto, or the beach must lose out. On the other hand, freight originating at Barnegat City, such as fish shipments, might easily be lost to the railroad. Several years ago the fish were run right across the bay to Barnegat landing, packed and shipped to New York direct on the Central Railroad. That may happen again, and may be the cheapest and easiest to do should the railroad service be taken from Barnegat City.
At Island Heights and Money Island if the railroad has its way, and the spur is closed, Philadelphians wanting to use the railroad to and from Island Heights, would find Toms River their nearest station—unless the county went to the expense of many thousands of dollars to put an automobile bridge across the river. The railroad says it will cost them a large sum of money to put their bridge in shape for travel, and they cannot afford it. Perhaps the county would not see that it could afford what the railroad could not, and would not build the bridge, for the one purpose of feeding the railroad at Pine Beach station. In other words, as to Island Heights and Money Island the Pennsylvania Railroad is trying to shift the burden of getting its passengers from Pine Beach Junction (or station) across the river, and the maintenance of the bridge over the river, upon the taxpayers of Ocean County. Whether the taxpayers will enjoy that or not, remains to be seen, but it is likely that the Board of Freeholders will join with the Borough of Island Heights and the Township of Dover in fighting the abandonment of the railroad.
As told in The Courier last week all the interests on Long Beach have united to make the fight against the abandonment of the Barnegat Railroad—the Boroughs of Barnegat City, Harvey Cedars and Surf City, the Township of Long Beach, the County of Ocean, and such civic bodies as the Long Beach Board of Trade, the North Long Beach Improvement Association, the Ocean County Society of Philadelphia—besides individuals who use the road for freight or for passenger traffic.
FINED FOR NIGHT GUNNING
Game Wardens J.H. Evernham, of Toms River, and Davis, of Monmouth County, on Saturday last, January 28, arrested William Applegate on the charge of gunning after night. They claimed it was about 9:30 P.M. when they caught him at Persimmon Point, at the head of Mosquito Cove, gunning for geese. He was fined $27.50, including costs, by Justice Willits.
LAKEHURST MEN TO BRING AIRSHIP FROM GERMANY
Los Angeles, Cal., Feb. 17.—Lieut. Commander Maurice R. Pierce, commander of the submarine base here, has been ordered to leave March 1 for Lakehurst, N.J., where he will assume command of a naval detachment en route to Germany to take over the ZR-3 [later named U.S.S. Los Angeles], a 750-foot airship under construction there for the United States Navy.
JETTY AT BEACH HAVEN
The Borough of Beach Haven will have another jetty built to protect its terrain from being washed away by the currents of the sea. Prof. Lewis M. Haupt, who drew the plans, calls the work a “reaction jetty.” Bids will be received on Monday, March 5.
CONVALESCENT SOLDIERS COMING TO T.R.
LEGION HOME TO HAVE ROOM FOR 35 WHEN OPENED SOON
Definite plans for the American Legion Convalescent Home, on the former Gowdy farm, Washington Street and Clifton Avenue [current home to Toms River Elks], Toms River, were made at a meeting of representatives of the various Legion Posts and Auxiliaries, held Sunday last with the Asbury Park Post...
FOUND TWO STILLS AT WEST CREEK AND MAKE ARREST
County officers found two stills at West Creek one night recently, one at the Minnich farm, where they also found mash and several quarts of liquor. Other indications pointed to the probability that the still had been busy. Minnich was held in bail for court. The other still was found at Richard Cranmer's, and was not in operation. Under Sheriff Brown, Officers Buckwalter and Kelley, of Toms River, former Sheriff C.H. Cox and John W. Holman, of West Creek, made the search.
TUCKERTON OYSTERS SCARCE
Tuckerton, Feb. 6.—Oysters are rather scarce just now in Tuckerton Bay, and also rather poor. There has been a scarcity of seed for several years past, and the oystermen now feel it, in that they have got the grown stock they need to fill the market demand this winter. Oysters are also reported as not up to the standard this winter in size and fatness. Oftentimes one, two or three oysters will be good and fat, then the next one will turn out poor. Oysters in Great Bay are better in quality and the quantity is also larger. More shipments are being made from this bay. West Creek planters have also been short of stock, like a good many Tuckerton men.
MAY HAVE FREE MAIL DELIVERY AT TOMS RIVER
The decision of whether or not Toms River village is to have free mail delivery [mail delivered to individual addresses as opposed to all residents picking up mail at the post office] in the near future is now squarely up to the department at Washington...
Free delivery has been agitated again and again for five or six years last past. Many of the business men have not been keen for it, as they think it will cost them the last mail in the evening. On the other hand, residents in the outer sections of the town, and particularly the newcomers from the cities are eager for free delivery.
OLD BARNEGAT LIGHT
The photo section of the Newark Sunday Call of this week gave a page to old Barnegat Light. More than half the page was given to majestic picture of the tower, taken from the adjacent sand hill, showing the ruins at its feet, and the clouded sky as its background. There were two interior pictures of the light machinery, each showing Keeper Clarence Cranmer; another picture showed the ruins of the keeper's former quarters; and still another gave the boat harbor at Barnegat City, showing the fleet of power boats used by the off-shore fishermen, who at this time of the year are setting trawls to get codfish [this photo section appears lost to time as the issue is not present in the known online archive of the newspaper, but the New Jersey Courier did reprint its text in the Feb. 16th, 1923 edition].
EXPECT TO COMPLETE ZR-1 LATE NEXT SUMMER SURE
Those acquainted with the situation at Lakehurst say that ZR-1 [later to be named USS Shenandoah], the huge airship being assembled at the Naval Air Station, Lakehurst, will be ready for her trial trip sometime last this coming summer—somewhere between June and September, is the way it is sometimes phrased. The original expectation was that it would be finished in June.
Now the expectation is that ZR-3 [later to be named USS Los Angeles], the airship that is being built in Germany for the United States, will be at Lakehurst before ZR-1 is ready for her trial flight. ZR-3 is looked for early in the summer. It is the largest airship that the Allies would allow Germany to build for the United States Navy.
Every pains and every care is being taken, it is said by men who are at work at the hangar, to see that ZR-1 is built as safely as possible. It is hoped to avoid the tragedies of the Roma, at Hampton, Va., the semi-rigid airship bought from Italy, and that of the ZR-2, built in England, which collapsed over the Humber River, in both of which good men lost their lives. The ZR-1 is said to contain more rings, more braces, more struts, more wiring than ZR-2, and also it is said that care has been taken in her construction that seldom more than one man, and never more than two, are allowed to work on any one ring at one time—and it is said that where ZR-2 broke, was at a spot where the weight of twelve men had been, as they worked on the construction.
The present plan is to use helium gas in ZR-1, making her non-explosive and non-inflammable. There is a plant at the Air Station, capable of turning out 100,000 cubic feet of hydrogen gas daily. But both ZR-2 and Roma used hydrogen, which accounted largely for the loss of life in each disaster. With the non-burning and non-exploding helium gas, the factor of safety in the airship now building is expected to be greatly increased, though the helium gas has not the lifting power of hydrogen. Helium is obtained in Texas, from lower strata of the earth there. It is in fact a natural gas. The supply is so far limited, and the amount that filters through can hardly be hurried or increased. Three carloads of this gas was expected at Lakehurst this week to fill certain sections of the ZR-1 and as experiments. With hydrogen gas ZR-1 was designed to carry or lift a weight of 73 tons in addition to her own dead weight. With helium this will be cut about in half.
The superintendent of construction on the ZR-1, Commander Weyerbacher, has had the aid of both the British Navy and the German Government in building this craft. The German government sent over Captain Hainan, who, like Commander Weyerbacher, lives at Toms River. The British aid is a civilian employee of the British Navy Department, and he is also consulted on all steps in building the big airship. So far it is said that Captain Heinan has been of considerable service in solving difficulties that have arisen from time to time in the construction.
The building of ZR-1 has been a considerable aid to Toms River business men. One of the men who works at the Air Station, and who is in a position to know, says that the payroll of men living at Toms River and immediate vicinity, and working at the hangar, amounts to $1000 a day. He estimates that the bulk of this money is spent at Toms River. Then there are others from Island Heights, Forked River and adjoining towns, who also spend part of their wages at Toms River. It is figured that 160 people travel from or through Toms River up the Lakehurst Road to work each morning and back each night.
Should the ZR-1 prove a success, as the men at work on her are convinced she will be, it is altogether possible and probable that another craft, ZR-4, will be started at Lakehurst, larger and more powerful, taking advantage of the lessons learned in building this first airship. In that event the workers in this vicinity would continue to have jobs at the hangar. Should the construction stop, it is figured that there will be a larger detachment of sailors and marines at Lakehurst, and that the officers will, many of them, want to live at Toms River.
FLASH FORWARD: 14 DIE IN U.S. DIRIGIBLE WRECK
BIG NAVY AIRSHIP. HIT BY LINE SQUALL, BREAKS UP; MEN KILLED IN FALL
Commander Lansdowne Among Victims; Huge Flier Splits Into Three Pieces in Night Storm
Associated Press – Sept. 3, 1925
CALDWELL, OHIO—The giant U.S. Navy dirigible Shenandoah is no more.
It went down in three pieces here early today, killing 14 and injuring 15.
Comdr. Zachary Lansdowne was among those killed.
The airship struck a line squall, the variety of storm most feared by air men, shortly after 5 o'clock this morning while traveling at an altitude of 3000 feet en route from Lakehurst westward.
There was no explosion, the ship simply meeting the wind's strength, which it was unable to combat.
After encountering the storm at the high altitude the ship headed towards the heavens to an altitude of approximately 5000 feet when suddenly it came down again and broke up.
One piece 450 or more feet long fell in a field about a half mile from Ada. The control compartment in which the commander and navigating crew were riding fell 50 feet away.
The third section, which was about 150 feet long, drifted through the air like a free balloon for 12 miles, landing near Sharon.
Most of the dead were found tangled in the wreckage of the control cabin, where a full crew was on duty attempting to outride the buffeting winds.
The survivors of the wreck will be ordered to Lakehurst this evening, two officers and two enlisted men remaining to guard the ship...
AND NOW BACK TO 1923--
ASSERT LOSS OF TRAIN SERVICE MEANS RUIN
ISLAND HEIGHTS A UNIT IN OPPOSING ABANDONMENT
Asserting that the future of Island Heights as a summer resort depends upon the retention of the railroad depot and train service at that place, summer residents, business men, owners of cottages and others interested in the borough, are uniting to engage counsel, and oppose the abandonment...
Many Island Heights folk say that it means, if the train is abandoned, that they must either move elsewhere or drive to Toms River station, a distance of four miles or more. They do not see the likelihood of the county building a bridge and maintaining a draw tender to feed the railroad, when the railroad itself says that it costs the railroad too much to maintain its own bridge. They further say that, even if they stay at Island Heights, it will mean that some kind of auto service for freight and passengers must be arranged to and from Philadelphia. That would of course mean a loss to the railroad and the general impression among the commuters is that without railroad service into Island Heights, the commuter traffic is ended.
MANTOLOKING SUMMER FOLKS IN PHILA. DIVORCE COURT
Mrs. Edwin P. Whitehill, in the Philadelphia courts last week, suing her husband for divorce, told of his threatening to drown her last summer, while they were occupying a cottage at Mantoloking. They were married twenty years ago, and have four children. Mrs. Whitehill alleges that there is “another woman” in the story. She said that they had separated in December, 1921, but her husband made up in the spring of 1922 and they went to Mantoloking for the summer. She said one night, when she was ready for bed, he grabbed her and started moving toward the bay with her, saying he was going to drown her. She got away from him. Anotehr time he took her and two children out for an auto ride; when they were four miles from Mantoloking he put them out, flung her a $5 bill and drove off...
HUNTING FOR OTHER FORMS OF TAXATION
MUST HAVE STILL MORE FUNDS FOR SCHOOLS SAYS ENRIGHT
That there is no let-up in sight in the cost of the public school system in New Jersey, was the statement made by John Enright, the head of the State educational system, at the annual meeting on Tuesday, January 30, at the Laurel House, Lakewood, of the Ocean County School Boards' Association. The Commissioner of Education further stated that real estate was paying all the tax that it could bear, and that the owners of real property were groaning under their tax burden, and some new method of taxation must be derived to meet the continually increasing cost of schools. He favored the plan of an income tax on all incomes, no matter how small, starting with one half of one per cent on incomes under $1000 [$17,807 in 2023 dollars]; running up to three per cent on all incomes over $5000 [$89,038 in 2023 dollars], this money to be used for school purposes wholly and releasing real estate from taxes to support schools...
TUCKERTON MAN'S ESTATE TO BUILD BACHELOR'S HOME
Again the will of the late Marcus L. Ward, of Newark and Tuckerton, has been upheld, this time by the Court of Errors and Appeals. Ward left $4,000,000, to found the “Marcus L. Ward Home for Aged and Respectable Bachelors and Widowers.” He died in May, 1920, and since that time the relatives have been fighting his will, till the highest state court has decided against them. Mr. Ward was the son of Marcus L. Ward, the Civil War Governor of New Jersey. He was a close friend of Joseph J. Pharo, and spent much of his time in Tuckerton. He was unmarried. John O.H. Pitney and John R. Hardin, of Newark, are executors. It is understood that the home will be built [it was built in Maplewood, Essex County, and exists today as the senior citizen estate, Winchester Gardens. Coincidentally, a journalist, writer and pioneer resident of Beachwood, William Mill Butler, who wrote the early history book of that borough, Beachwood Directory and Who's Who 1924, eventually went to live there when his wife passed away and until his death in 1946].
FISH AND GAME
Greatly to the surprise of everyone, the report of Chief Game Protector James M. Stratton says that more bucks were killed in the four-day season just passed than in the 1921 season of five straight days; 860, as compared with 1921 kill of 770. For the most part the increase was in north Jersey, all the south Jersey counties except Ocean showing a falling off in the number killed.
Pound fishermen on Long Beach, both at Barnegat City and North Beach Haven have been putting in their winter trawling for codfish whenever the weather would allow. The Barnegat City fishermen go out the inlet, and the Beach Haven fishermen off the beach, and both take their open boats often out of sight of land when necessary. Usually they set long trawls of baited hooks and then go back and take them up, running the length of the line and taking off such fish as are caught. One day last week twenty-eight barrels of cod were shipped from Beach Haven, caught by these Swede fishermen. In previous years most of the pound fishermen left the beach when the pounds shut down.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Crabbe left here on Saturday for a Florida motor trip. They will be gone for a month or six weeks, and will probably make the steamer trip to Cuba.
D. Carleton Boyd, the artist, spent last week in Philadelphia, stopping at the Pen and Pencil Club.
Isaac W. Richtmeyer, the local “memorial merchant,” is attending a three days' convention of the Memorial Craftsmen of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and District of Columbia, at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel, Philadelphia, Pa.
Mrs. Alfred R. Scott spent last week in New York with Mr. Scott. Wednesday they attended the 24th annual supper of the Municipal Engineers, and on Thursday the Poultry Show at Madison Square Garden. Mr. Scott was home for the week end and spent Monday at his poultry farm, Quail Run, installing a new 9000 egg incubator.
Louis Zeller of the Naval Air Station sailed yesterday for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to be stationed there two years. Mrs. Zeller will stay in Toms River for a month with her mother Mrs. McCready, and will then go to Washington, D.C.
Mrs. M.C. Polk, of Toms River, writes from St. Petersburg, Fla., that she gets The Courier every Monday and enjoys reading it. She says she is sorry to read of so much sickness and death, and that they have sunshine and warm weather all the winter through. “I had a wonderful New Year's trip to Cuba, seeing the city of Havana thoroughly—saw the races at Oriental Park, beautifully dressed women and other sights of the city. We went as far as Matanzas, through famous sugar plantations, sugar mills and a brewery. Along the road one sees almost every known tree and plant that grows in Cuba—plantations of sugar cane, pineapples, tobacco, oranges, cocoanuts, guavas, bananas, in fact, almost every tropical fruit grows in Cuba. To give in detail the number of places we visited would fill a good sized book.” Mrs. Polk sends her regards to her friends in the north.
Mrs. Joseph Y. Murphy, who is in Brooklyn, had thumb taken from her hand recently because of blood poison. Her daughter, Miss Adah, who is in the Post Graduate Hospital, New York, underwent a serious operation, the bone being laid bare and scraped and chiseled. Both are doing as well as could be hoped for.
Capt. William C. Crane, formerly of Manahawkin, now of Mt. Holly, was in town Tuesday. Captain Crane was formerly master of the yacht Togo, when some years ago it tied up at Toms River.
The marriage of Louis Favor Zampirro, pianist at the Traco Theatre [providing music for the silent motion pictures of the era], to Miss Nora Terraneo, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Terraneo, of the Central House, took place on Saturday evening, February 3, at 5 P.M., at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Salathe, on Main Street. Rev. W.W. Payne performed the ceremony. They will make their home here. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Conley attended the bridge and groom. After the ceremony a wedding supper was enjoyed by the bridal party.
Miss Antoinette Terraneo, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Terraneo, of the Central House, Water Street, died there on Monday, February 5. She died on the day following her 19th birthday, and had been ill with tuberculosis for some time. Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday by Rev. W.W. Payne, and burial was at Riverside Cemetery, by Charles P. Anderson, undertaker. Her parents are natives of Italy, but she was born in New Jersey.
William B. Singleton
William B. Singleton, who served three terms as Postmaster of Toms River, and who at the time of his death was Crier of the Ocean County Courts, died on Wednesday of this week, February 14, in his 64th year. He was a native of Toms River, and had made his home here all his life. He was the son of Thomas and Hester (Brinley) Singleton, his farther for many years conducting a restaurant and ice cream place on Main Street, where the Harris restaurant is now, and the father was also prominent in local politics as a Republican leader under the late Ralph B. Gowdy, for many years.
William B. Singleton attended the local schools, and afterward was employed by his father. On the election of Benjamin Harrison he was in 1889, appointed Postmaster at Toms River, succeeding Augustus W. Irons, the Cleveland appointee. Grover Cleveland, on being re-elected, appointed E.W. Manolt, a brother-in-law of Mr. Singleton as Postmaster; and on the election of President McKinley the deceased was again appointed and re-appointed Postmaster for two terms.
He was a member of Good-Will Assembly, A.O.M.P. Mr. Singleton married Miss Jersey Banker, of Brooklyn. He leaves a widow and three daughters—Mrs. William L. Liming, of Pine Beach; Mrs. Henry M. Dunham and Mrs. Benjamin F. Johnson, of Toms River. One sister, Mrs. David O. Parker, survives him. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, at 2 P.M., at the home of Mr. and Mrs. B.F. Johnson, on Snyder Street, conducted by Rev. I.S. Hankins. Burial at Riverside Cemetery, by C.P. Anderson.
Miss L.C. Barnard
Miss L.C. Barnard, who died last week at Ogontz, Pa., was buried at Toms River on Saturday, January 28. She was an aunt of Roy Gowdy, of Toms River, and of Fred B. Gowdy, of Forked River. She was the daughter of the late Capt. and Mrs. Charles D. Barnard, of Massachusetts, who at one time made their home at Toms River, and was the last of her family. Her sister, Rebecca, was the wife of Capt. Ralph B. Gowdy, dying thirty years ago. Miss Barnard was for many years connected with some of the most celebrated girls' schools, being at one time with the Ogontz School, Ogontz, Pa. She was 83 years of age. Rev. I.E. Hicks conducted services at the grave at 2 P.M., Sunday.
James V. Jones
James V. Jones, one of the most widely and highly esteemed residents of the lower shore, died at his home in Manahawkin on Sunday, from pneumonia. Mr. Jones had been employed on the Barnegat Railway since it was built, in 1894, and had for many years been conductor on its trains. He lived at Barnegat City in the summers and Manahawkin, his home town, in the winters. At the time of his death he was Mayor of Barnegat City, a position he had filled for a number of terms. He leaves a widow, who was Miss Minnie Carr, of Manahawkin, and one son, Morris Jones, a coast guard, on duty at Asbury Park. Two daughters, Katie, and Mrs. Margaret Elberson, died some years ago.
Mrs. Louisa Berry
Mrs. Louisa Berry, mother of Judge Maja Leon Berry, of Toms River, and of J. Willits Berry, of Beach Haven, died at her home in West Creek on Sunday last, at the age of 80. Judge Berry went to West Creek to see his mother on Saturday, and finding her ill, at once sent back here for a nurse, and staid with her till the end. Mrs. Berry was a prominent figure in West Creek, as our letter from that town in this issue, says. She was left a widow by the death of her husband, a sea captain, with two small boys. She raised her boys with industry and thrift, and they have become citizens of importance in our county.
Clifford Mayhew Campbell
Clifford M. Campbell, for the past eleven years Central Railroad Station Agent at Toms River, and prior to that the agent at Lakehurst for nine years, died on Monday of this week, February 19, aged 50 years. Death was caused by pneumonia. He had a bad attack of influenza the week before and, there being two of his force at the depot off sick, he stuck it out till Friday morning, when he gave up and went home. Sunday he was so ill that oxygen treatment was tried by Dr. Frank Brouwer, of Toms River, and Dr. G.W. Lawrence, of Lakewood, who had been called in. Funeral services were held at the M.E. Church, Toms River, on Thursday, at 1 P.M., conducted by Rev. W.W. Payne. The Masonic ritual was also used by Harmony Lodge, F. and A.M., of which he was a member.
Burial at Riverside Cemetery by C.P. Anderson.
Mr. Campbell was the son of Capt. Archibald and Mrs. Rae Garrison Campbell and was born at Newport, Cumberland County, September 14, 1872. His father was an oysterman in the Maurice River Cove section. At the age of 18 Mr. Campbell entered the employ of the Central Railroad at Port Norris, and remained with the company till his death.
He was at Port Norris nine years; at Greenwich, four years; at Lakehurst nine years, and at Toms River eleven years. He was married March 24, 1896, to Miss Eva Lake Fagan, and leaves a widow with two grown-up sons, Clifford Leeland and Marvin Swing Campbell, the former living at Toms River, the latter in Brooklyn. He also leaves a sister, Mrs. Bertha Shull, of Port Norris, and Rev. Stephen B. Campbell, of St. Louis, Mo., one of the leaders in Methodism in the Middle West. Mr. Campbell joined the M.E. Church at an early age.
At Toms River, as he had been at Lakehurst, he was a prominent factor in the M.E. Church. He served on the official board and was assistant superintendent of the Sunday school, also a member of the church choir for years. He stood high in the community as a man of integrity and of unquestioned sincerity. His sudden death, in the prime of his years and strength, was a shock to the whole community. He will be greatly missed.
A.H. Tolbert has the contract to build William Ireland's bungalow. He will commence as soon as the weather permits. Let the good work go right on. Barnegat has taken a boom in the building line. When a stranger comes to Barnegat they are so taken with the place that they build and settle right here.
BARNEGAT CITY [today Barnegat Light Borough]
The house A. Axelson is moving toward Fifteenth Street slowly, the movers have gotten it as far as Seventh Street.
Clarence D. Gant, of Forked River Coast Guard Station, has been home on sick leave.
Keeper Clarence Cranmer recently visited his daughter, Mrs. Crowell, at Trenton, and took in the inaugural of Governor Silzer.
Contractor Harry Johnson, of this place, has five new houses under construction and they will be ready for occupancy this summer. The owners of the new houses are Jerry Dobbin, who is building at the extreme southern end of town; George Kirk, of Trenton, and Gardner Meeker, both of whom are building at the northern end. Mr. Johnson is also building a beach-front house in Mantoloking.
Traces of where a traveler had spent the night and made a fire in a paint bucket in Ruloff Cranmer's new house, on Bay Avenue, last Wednesday night, were found by the workmen going there to work the next morning. A serious fire might have been started. The same man, who was a stranger, stopped at the school house while the janitor was fixing up the morning fires and asked to be allowed to get warm that morning.
There were three bids received by the Commissioners on Saturday evening last for building the proposed fire house and borough hall, as follows: Herman Fuhr, $5825; American Constructing Co., $6000; Snyder and Butler, $6020. Fuhr was awarded the contract.
Harry Russell, who drove for Dr. Slonaker and transported the school children to and from Toms River, has been given the contract, beginning yesterday, in his own name, to transport the Beachwood pupils. Russell was in the Canadian army in France for almost the whole length of the war, and then came out without a scratch. He was one of the 43 men in his regiment who were not killed and one of the ten unwounded.
Beachwood folk who live in and around New York, and those at further distances are planning to attend the third yearly dinner or reunion of Beachwood summer residents at the Hotel Astor, New York City, tomorrow (Saturday), February 24, at 7 P.M.
The gunning season ended January 31. Watson Penn and Charles S. Grant wound up the season with a nice kill of geese.
A number of the members of the state legislature visited the State Game Farm on Thursday of last week, and made an inspection of that property. They were served dinner by Head Keeper and Mrs. Duncan Dunn at the farm house. They went all over the farm and saw the various kinds of fowl and game propagated here.
Walter Frazee has been filling his icehouse for use this summer in the ice cream business. Others filling their icehouses have been the Riverside Hotel, the Greyhound Inn, Penn and Grant.
HIGH POINT [section of Harvey Cedars Borough]
Owing to the difficulty of getting enough people living on the beach the year round to fill the offices, it is planned to change the form of government in Harvey Cedars Borough from Mayor and six Councilmen to three Commissioners, the form used in Beachwood Borough. A petition has been circulated for a special election for that purpose.
J.B. Kinsey has started to build summer homes for Mr. Hauser and Jacob Dreer, on lots they bought last summer.
S.E. Leming, our genial station agent, returned from a trip through the South on Friday last.
Mrs. Mary McKaig, “Grandmother,” passed away on Friday, January 26th at the home of her son, Charles H. McKaig. She was the oldest resident in the Heights or for that matter, in the immediate locality, being not far from the century mark. She, with her husband and family, were among the pioneers of this resort, coming here from New Egypt, N.J. She was the mother of a number of children. She leaves two surviving sons, Charles H. of Island Heights, and Jacob A., of New Egypt, a number of grandchildren and several great grandchildren.
The snowfall on Saturday night and Sunday has given our hills a good winter coat, and once again the small boy (and girl) requisitions his sled to make the most of it.
Charles W. McKeehan has been appointed federal judge for the district of Pennsylvania by President Harding, a similar position to that to which Senator Runyon was just named in New Jersey. In both states, because of the increased litigation, an additional judge was appointed. Mr. McKeehan has been coming to Island Heights for the summers for many years. He is looked upon as an aggressive, fighting lawyer, of more than ordinary legal ability and acumen. At Island Heights last summer he sailed and owned the winning catboat on the bay, the Mary Ann, which swept the bay clean of prizes last summer in her class. The McKeehan family have been coming to Island Heights almost as long as Island Heights has stood, and they have one of the show places there.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry H. Horrocks were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin J. Schoettle at their home, “Crosstrees,” last week.
The subject of the bridge “to be or not to be” holds first place in the “Town Topics.” All are hoping it will continue “to be.” There will undoubtedly be a joining of forces to make a strong fight against losing anything so vital to the welfare of the community. With the public in general, the summer commuters, the business element, the yacht club, the residents of Money Island and all others who may be interested, we should be able to put up a very strong argument as to its necessity.
The “Radio Fever” has hit Island Heights. Adelbert Penn, of Windsor Park, having an outfit installed by himself which is giving very good satisfaction. Mr. Hendricks is installing one at the Riverview, and there are others both installed and to be installed.
The Island Heights Yacht Club gave a winter dance on Saturday evening last, February 17, at the Roosevelt, Philadelphia.
The old “Trunk” to the factory site, running through town, caved in on Church Street, opposite the residence of S.C. Rhoads, Friday last. There is a probability of successive cave-in now that it is no longer in use.
Complaint has been made of the bootleggers who visit this place with their poisonous product. A few jail sentences would end a good deal of this work.
David Giberson, of Church Street, at 91 years of age, is very active, keen and very alert. He is to be seen often in the woods chopping and preparing fuel for the home. He is a veteran of the Civil War, and gave about three years to the service, and while not wounded he had many privations and sufferings to bear. He is the father of 13 children, 12 daughters and a son.
Among the many guests at the Pine Tree Inn are a large number of young people who are to be seen most any day hiking through the pine walks and woods enjoying the sweet pine air.
It is a common thing these days to see an airplane go over this place.
Now that Kimball Hospital, Lakewood, has matched John D. Rockefeller's $5000 contribution for its maternity ward, Mr. Rockefeller comes across with another $2500, and announces that he will give that sum if the hospital will equal it by June 1.
Hershell Stout, of Toms River, is cutting off woodland at Lanoka and will have wood for sale in a short time.
Capt. Nelson Grant and Capt. William McCarthy visited Toms River one day last week.
Mrs. H. Boburg and Mrs. George Ditton visited the movies at Toms River Saturday night.
Joseph Bunnell, of Coast Guard Station No. 10, was home on Friday last, being liberty day.
If the owners of cottages would take a little more time when they leave them there would not be so much trouble for the people here. Some of the doors and shutters have not been locked or fastened this fall.
There is some talk of opening Vance Avenue from the railroad west to the bay. The Mayor and Council will look over two or three more streets in the southern part of the borough from the beach to the railroad.
It will soon be time to advertise putting down curbs and sidewalks on Reese and Vance Avenues to finish up the work that an ordinance passed last fall. Owners of sidewalks should get busy as soon as possible.
Charles Hankins, the boat-builder, has several boats to build at the present time. He has the agency for several marine engines.
Otta Peterson has got all the ice in his ice house for the summer.
Borough Council held rather a busy and lengthy meeting at the new council chamber on Saturday evening last. Quite a discussion was held over the contract for the electric light. The specifications as read did not show what kind or size poles to be used, so the Mayor did not sign the contract before taking the matter up before the Electric Company. Monday he called at their office in Toms River and had this matter adjusted and had the company make out a supplementary contract, after which he signed this contract, and everything is in readiness for the Electric Company to go ahead now and wire the town. We understand this is to be completed in time to have the lights turned on by June 1.
Also the ordinance was acted upon and ready to advertise for the bonding of the borough for $14,000, on a six-year term, this money to be used to fix most every street in the borough.
The plans for the new comfort station were on hand and approved by Council. This building to be erected at the corner of Wildwood Avenue and the river front, is to be a good sized building, with all improvements.
The plans for the new pier at Angelsea Avenue were also on hand and discussed thoroughly.
The matter of the new large signs to be placed at the entrance of the state road near the Veeder farm, also the large one to be placed on the state road at the Pine Beach entrance and no doubt will be placed on the grounds at the station, if they can get permission from the railroad company. This sign will most likely be illuminated by electric lights.
There was also some discussion on having several small signs made to place on the state highway in the form of an arrow pointing to the town of Ocean Gate.
Every councilman was present with the exception of John Yocum, who came down Saturday, but was unable to stay for the meeting, as he had to go to Cleveland that night on a business meeting.
Next meeting of council will be held on Saturday, February 10. This meeting was well attended by quite a number of citizens of the town. Shows they are taking an interest in the working of Council this year and if they get through all the work they intend doing this season it certainly will make quite a good showing for this year.
The Borough Council are about to prepare an ordinance for the laying of sidewalks, four feet wide with gravel six inches deep on a number of main streets through the town.
The ladies of the Ocean Gate M.E. Church are planning an apron social to be held in the church on February 11. The idea is, as we understand, they come around to your homes and leave enough small aprons for each one in the family, and you put in one cent for each inch you measure around the waist. Then they will have on sale at the church a few aprons. Refreshments will be served.
Ocean Gate folks upon rising last Sunday were quiet surprised to see the heavy snowfall; in fact this was the largest this season so far.
The Ocean Gate Athletic Association are planning to have a far better and stronger ballteam on the field this coming season.
Council met in their new room on Saturday evening last for the first time, this being the rear room on the second floor of the fire house which the Fire Company fitted up and rented them.
Borough Council had its semi-monthly meeting on Saturday night last, all councilman present except R. Scott Smith...The Borough Solicitor, Judge Jeffrey, is also to draw up an ordinance for the comfort station to be built at Wildwood Avenue and the river front. The electric light contract, with a supplement describing the kind of poles to be used, was approved. The poles are to be seven inches through at the top; the lights to be 16 feet high along the streets, and 12 feet above ground along boardwalk and piers.
Bids for comfort station are to be in by March 19. Jacob Vogler was the low bidder and got the contract for building three large signs, one to be placed at each entrance to the borough, and one at the station grounds. His bid was $187...
Friends of Mr. and Mrs. William Griffin of Cape May avenue to the number of thirty called last Tuesday to extend their congratulations to the couple on their fifteenth wedding anniversary. Mr. Griffin is a radio fan and has just installed a new outfit of long range, and the evening was spent mostly in “listening in.” The host was aided by Mr. Gaudet of Angelsea avenue, who is also a radio fan. Particularly pleasing was the broadcasting by the General Electric Company of the third act of “Die Walkeure,” from the Manhattan Opera House, New York. The hands on the clock were sliding down the right side before the cheer was served and the party broke up. While their elders were extending their congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Griffin, the children were the guests at a juvenile party given by Mr. and Mrs. William Page.
Miss Minnie Moldoff was given the surprise of her life on Saturday night when her friends gathered at her home with a surprise linen shower, her engagement to Samuel Segall, of Philadelphia, having been announced a short time ago. Miss Moldoff and Mr. Segall were out of the house when the party reached there. All the lights were turned off. When the engaged pair came in and found the place dark they naturally thought Mr. and Mrs. Moldoff had gone to bed—when, boom! Boom! Everyone of the visitors had been provided with a paper bag, and all exploded them. After the lights were turned on and explanation made the evening was given up to games, dancing, music and refreshments.
Thursday afternoon several people hurried to the beach to see a five-masted schooner and a barkentine sailing close under the shore. They were well inside the fish pounds, and though the lettering could be seen, it was not distinct enough to read the names. Men who have lived along the shore many years say they have never seen such large vessels sailing so close to shore. There is a stately beauty about the old sailing vessels that the newer steamers lack, and these two, with all sails set, made a picture that we well appreciated.
On Friday, King Neptune gave the townspeople another treat of sea clams [which washed up on the beaches], and chowder was the favorite dish for that day.
The Casino, on the beach at North avenue, is advertised in this issue of The Courier by Charles J. Schaeffer, to be torn down and moved away. The Casino was built by those interested in the new Seaside Park, which was started up nearly 25 years ago, by a group of prominent residents of south Jersey cities and towns. Before they bought the tract, the bath houses were below Fifth avenue. In the changes this new ownership brought in the latter years of the last century, the bath houses were moved to North avenue, where they burned down a few years ago. Soon after, the Casino was built, and owned by the same interests that owned the Manhasset Hotel. It was leased from year to year, and the late “Gus” Voigt managed it for a number of summers. For some years past the Casino has been vacant much of the time. The bath houses were too hold to attract and were shut down, and then burnt. Two years ago a new group took over the Casino, built to it, and added bath houses—but the venture was not a success financially, and it attracted undesirables to the beach front, so that now beach-front property owners seem to have bought the Casino to dismantle it.
Two fishermen were coming up from the Inlet Sunday afternoon, driving along the beach, when something went wrong with the steering wheel, and the Ford turned turtle into the ocean. The owner must have got a little mad. He walked back a half mile, borrowed an axe, and chopped the Ford into kindling wood. Every spoke was chopped out of the wheels, though the trusty Ford would go anywhere on land, even if it could not navigate the high seas.
A communications was received from the Cummings Brothers, selling agents for the Venice Park section, asking that water and lights be extended to that tract. The Borough Clerk was instructed to reply that they would be supplied if they paid the price, and if it proves a paying proposition it will be purchased of them.
Approval was made of the blowing of the new fire siren every Saturday at noon, that the Company may be assured that it is in good condition.
William H. Cowdrick, station agent, is unable to be on duty as he is another on an already crowded sick list.
C. Van Vorst of Barnegat and Walter Fisher of Newark, N.J., spent a few days here this week gunning. One day they bagged five ducks.
John Johnson and Richard Donaldson are working on the new jetties down at the new inlet below Beach Haven.
We are glad to see a lot of building. We had nearly 20 cottages built last season, and expect to double that amount this coming season.
Calvin Falkinburg, keeper of the Coast Guard station, is spending some time with his family in Tuckerton.
Look for the ground-hog on Friday, as well as look for fish on Friday.
Wreck of the Spanish ship Remedias Pascual, on January 3, 1903. Twenty years ago last month, on the above date, at 3:15 A.M., this ship came ashore a half mile north of the life-saving station, in thick fog, and was immediately sighted by surfmen on patrol, who burned a coston signal and then hastened to the station and notified the keeper. There was a southeast gale with a rough sea at the time which caused the vessel to go well up on the bar and lie near the beach. Station crew took the beach apparatus abreast the wreck and fired two lines, the second one landing among the crew, who hauled off the whip, but, not understanding its use, made it fast improperly. Surfmen then returned to the station, hired horses, teamed the lifeboat to the shore, and at daylight pulled off to the wreck, and landed her crew of twenty-one men, making three trips, and being assisted by the crew from Harvey Cedars Station. The ship was full of water and pounding heavily, and her spars began to fall before the rescue was completed, making the work extremely dangerous. The shipwrecked men were taken to Ship Bottom Station, where the keeper succored them until January 6, when they departed to New York.
The recent weather has interfered somewhat with oyster shipments.
Harry Holloway is having his house wired for electricity. Howard Shinn has the contract. Others are ready to follow and we hope the circuit will soon be completed so we won't fall over each other in the dark groping for our front gates and stumbling over hedges. It might also expose some of the post-midnight prowling around this and adjoining towns.
Mrs. Louisa Berry, one of our most respected and life-time residents, passed to her reward on Sunday morning last, after an illness of about two weeks. Mrs. Berry was one of those fortunate beings who never grow old. Although in her 80th year, she was a comrade for both young and old, and as “Aunt Louise” she will be much missed in the community. A faithful member of the M.E. Church since young womanhood and mother of two successful businessmen, Judge Maja Leon Berry, of Toms River, and J. Willits Berry, in the real estate business, at Beach Haven. Her life was well rounded with improved opportunities and it may well be said of her, “She hath done what she could.” Funeral services took place in the M.E. Church on Thursday of this week.
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