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The Bi-Monthly Newsletter of the Township of Ocean Historical Society.


  • Ocean'ili~ritage 703 Deal Road. Ocean, NJ ~1~f! Wit; @2"~,... ~ Vol. 27 No 2 May, 2011

    @"~ &i.e "''''... -~ The Township of Ocean Historical Museum

    TAKANASSEE EXHIBIT OPENS Those who come to rekindle fond memories Life-Saving Service. Its first station was of the Takanassee Beacb Club will not be uilt at andy Hook. at long after, another disappointed in the new exhibit opening in as set up at Takanassee beach. the West Gallery June 4 & 5. They will is lirst Takanassee station was a simple lind beach club photos and artifacts galore. shed, equipped with apparatus provided by But they will discover as well another life a the U.S. government. For decades, it-and this small strip of Long Branch oceanfront. all stations in tbe Service--were manned by Shipwrecks, Life-Saving, and the Story a volunteers. much like today's lire compa-Takanassee features beach club memorabil nies. By the 1870s. pressure mounted for a ia. But it also tells a fascinating tale of the professional Life-Saving Service-wltb treacherous nature of early sea travel, J' s versight, paId and trained crews, and well role 10 the country's response, and the hero maintamed equipment. As pan of this over-ism of Life Saving Station #5. Boat House Sketch haul, a new station was built at Takanassee in 1879The three distinctive buildings that still stand at Takanassee and later two other structures, circa 1903. In 1915, the Life-beach were part of the U.. Life-S"ing ervice, created in Saving Service merged with the Revenue Marine Bureau to 1848 10 response to the alarm109 10 e of life and properly from fonn the U.S. Coast Guard, and Guardsmen continued for slup wrecked offour nation's shores-most notably along ew decades to operate out of Takanassee. Jersey's coast. Visitors to the exhibit will learn of the heroic deed of these NJ was the manner's nightmare-arguably the deadliest coast early life-savers. Take the tale of Annie and Charles Green, for in the world. It is said that if all the hIps wrecked along ilS instance. Charles, whose family had owned Takanassee beach expanse were laid end to end, the string of sunken hulls would and surrounds going back centuries, was one of the lirst of the stretch from Sandy Hook to Cape May. A deadly combination Takanassee "keepers." The bravery of his crew-and his of shallow and shifting shoals, trong m-shore currents, heavy wife-in rescumg the crew of the Adonis. run aground in a via-hip traffic. 'orth Atlantic storms, and primitive navigational lent stann in 1859, earned the Service's coveted Gold ~edal and wcather forecasting tools together made the Jersey COasl the (the lirst and last ever gIven to a keeper's wife). "gra\Oyard of the Atlantic." The exhibit tells the story of Takanassee in this broader context. o surprise, then. that the appeal for help came from a J Con- On di play are relics retrieved from local wrecks, the New Era

    gressman-William ewell (later governor). At his urging, the (1854), the Adonis (1859), the Rusland (1877). and the Pliny fcderal government appropriated funds to establish the U. . (1882). It is a fascinating legacy. Come see for yourself.

    "PROHIBITION ON THE NORTH JERSEY SHORE, GANGSTERS ON VACATION" ______Tuesday, June 14, 7:15 pm at the Old tlOn", corne hear author, Manhew R. Linderoth, discuss the

    Oakhurst School, 163 Monmouth Road, orth Jersey Shore's experience dunng th,s tumultuous lime. Oakhurst. Manhew Linderoth is a reSIdent of the orth Jerscy Shore. He Prohibition is perhaps the most unique law studies 2 I-century U. S. social history. He bolds a bachelor's enacted by the Unitcd States. There are few in history from Rutgers University and a master's in U. S. histimes in American history when the nation tory from Monmouth University. has experienced such a dramatic shift in The book will be available for sale at 19.99 each. Open to the character. After 13 years, Prohibition was public free of charge (donations are welcome). Please bnng repealed in 1933. but the nation and the non-perishable food for the MonmouthJOeean County Food Nonh Jersey Shore were no longer the Bank. Refreshments will be served. same. Based on hIS book, "Prohibition on the North Jersey Shore: Gangsters on Vaca

  • A Message From The Happy Spring! Spring is a time for change and here at the Township of Ocean HistoricolMuseum we have had a change that I would like to share with you. Our long standing President, Virginia Richmond, who has guided us and led us over the past ten years, has retired from her position. We are happy to report, that Virginia will stay on the Board as Corresponding Secretary. As the newly elected President of the museum, I would like to personally thank Virginia for her dedication and vision that transformed the museum to a place that the community con be proud to call their own. As I take on this opportunity, I would like to share with you the steps that led me here. I walked into the museum, when it was located on Monmouth Road in the Administration Building, looking to volunteer one day a month and what I found was a second home. The possionJrom the Founders and volunteers soon found their way into my heart, and I was hooked. It was a small two room museum that worked like a well oiled machine. Schedules hung on the wall, quilters worked diligently on the quilt that would become our fillldraiser. Administration staff was folding membership letters to be deliL'ered to the post office, event planning was taking place, and it was very exciting. Virginia was at the core of it all, always with a smile. My job was a docent, teaching our popular


    Luke Bonenfant is a ftrst grade student from Mrs. Vetrano's class in Wayside Elementary School. He and his Mom have been frequent visitors to our Museum. Luke is a friendly, outgomg young boy \\ ho enjoy school and especially likes talking to hIs teacher. During one of his visits to the Museum. our De\\ Presidenl, Brenda Wityk suggested to Luke that he write a story ahout what it's like to be in ftrst grade. The photo

    above shows Luke at the Museum. He is holding the story he wrole entitled, "What It's Like to Be in First Grade." He brought hIs story to the Museum and read it to the volunteers who were presenl that day. Luke's project was very well done and his reading skill quile supenor for his grade level. It was a unique and delightful experience for Luke and for his most interested audience.

    "Third Grade Program" to elementary students in Ocean Township at the museum. The students were very excitedfor a field trip to the museum and asked a lot ofquestions, and I was happy to answer them. As a port ofthis well oiled machine, the Eden Woolley House was preparing to become our township museum. All hands on deck!! Did I mention that we are an all volunteer organization? For the post four years, I have been the Museum Director at the Eden Woolley House, working closely with volunteers, running The Third Grade Program and helping with our wonderful events. This year to my surprise, I was asked and honored to be President of this wonderful institution. With the talented and committed Founders and volunteers, some of the best examples that we could find that represent our township's past, along side ofme, I know we will go on to do great things. I am excited to be a port of the vision that will lead our museum in the next cycle ofgrowth.

    If you find time in your schedule to stop by to see our exhibits, collections and research library, you will not be disappointed. Al o. keep your eye on our events calendar it is packed u'ith fun things to do and see, I hope to see you there!

    Brenda Wityk, President

    lIeather MacDonald, in period costume, demonstrates the eli queue of the ran \\ith sfHral "olunteers who ""ere attending

    the Museum Tea.


    Anna Elizabeth Farry, age 103

  • by Marjorie Edelson In a time when we can communicate instantly by cell phone or text messaging. when electricity and technology make our work easier and put entertainment at our fingertips. when travel is easily accomplished w,th personal vehicles and public transponation. and when we can enjoy the advantage of indoor plumbmg and central healing, we forget how our ancestors Ii'ed in the centuries before u. But the Woolley House is an excellent teaching tool to make that hi tory come alive. When we cooduct tours of the Eden Woolley House we remind our visitors that the earliest part of the house dates back to the 1750s. It was built by Thomas Woolley when this was still a British Colony. Thomas had 3 wives and II children who lived in the house. In 1830, Eden Woolley. a cousm. purchased the farm and added the larger secllon of the house. Eden's family owned the house untilu was sold 10 1926. Last July at the American Doll Tea at the \iuseum. we mtroduced the Woolley Sisters to our audience of children and their parents as a way of illustrating what life was like 10 the 1800s. We used a pall of 18 inch dolls in period dress to ponray the two daughters of Eden and Elizabeth Woolley who were born and grew up on the farm 10 the house that IS now our Museum. Mary Elizabeth was born 10 1836 and Sarah Louvenia in I 41. At the lime ofthell binh, the Woolley land was still Shrewsbury TownshIp. It was in 1849 that Shrews)10') Ind Sirah Woolie) doll .. . .

    '11 k h bury townshIp was dIVided and the eastern ponlOn became the TownshIp of Ocean. At that ttme the "'. rna e Boot er appearance. . . , .

    at the American Doll Tea in TownshIp extended from Sea Bnght south to Shark RIVer and west to mclude what IS now eptune. July Eatontown, West Long Branch and Oceanpon.

    The Woolley sisters were there for the founding nf our Township and saw their father Eden Woolley become one of the first elected comrnineemen to lead the new community. Lacking a municipal building or town hall the