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Monday, May 14, 2012

The Greenwood Cemetery Society

There have been various articles in local newspaper about cemeteries in surrounding towns having financial troubles that make proper care of the cemeteries challenging. Greenwood Cemetery in Tuckerton is a case in point. The cemetery has been looking unkempt lately, and local citizens have rallied to attend meetings to strengthen and give support to the Cemetery Board to improve the appearance of the cemetery. Hopefully, their efforts will be successful.

Greenwood Cemetery Entrance- Rt 539
(Photo by Pete Stemmer)

The problem of keeping Greenwood Cemetery looking presentable is an old problem which led to the formation of the  Greenwood Cemetery Society in 1928. 

The Greenwood Cemetery Society sometime back morphed into the Tuckerton Old Home Society which maintains Greenwood Cemetery today. I am unaware of when and how this happened. Perhaps someone out in the Blog-O-Sphere, can shed some light on the situation.

Pete S

Saturday, May 5, 2012

The Sandpaper Newspaper Online

The Sandpaper Newspaper has excellent local history articles, often written by Pat Johnson, my favorite local history reporter. Unfortunately, It is not available in New Gretna and those of you out in the Blog-O-Sphere away from Tuckerton do not have access to it. 

I was pleased to find out that it is available on line. You may want to pay a visit to its Web Site and bookmark it for future reference. Click on the Sandpaper photo below to go to their web site.

The latest edition has an article on a Civil War presentation that I recently gave at the Tuckerton Library. It focused on the Civil War and Little Egg Harbor. 

 Pete S

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Shipwreck Shopping

There has been quite a bit of publicity about the likelihood of a Super Walmart being constructed on Rt. 9 in Little Egg Harbor Township. There appears to be two sides regarding the desirability of the project. Those who are against the project as creating undesirable traffic and congestion problems and those who are in favor of the project which will bring shopping closer to home and thus more convenient. 

Convenience, it seems, is extremely important in today's society. I got to thinking about shopping in our area near the turn of the 19th century. Not only were there no chain stores in the area to make shopping convenient, but there were few stores of any kind. Most goods of any consequence had to be shipped in by sea or rail or the buyer would have to travel by wagon to a far off city for a major purchase. Sometimes that trip would take days.

While reading an old scrapbook with news articles clipped from the late 1800's thru the early 1900's, I discovered another unexpected alternative to shopping which was made possible by the trecherous seas in our area - shipwrecks. 

A beached schooner

You may wonder what shipwrecks have to do with shopping. If so, please read the following article about the wreck of the Charlemagne Tower, Jr. The last sentence provides the answer, so read on. It seems that our ancestors were a rather resourceful and thrifty lot.

March, 1914 news clipping
Unknown Newspaper

Sometimes, shipwreck shoppers would become impatient and resort to trickery to move things along. When schooners ruled the seas, a common trick of tying a lantern on a tall stick attached to a donkey and walking him back and forth on a dark beach sometimes induced a shipwreck. An unsuspecting captain, unfamiliar with the local waters, would mistake the bobbing and swinging lantern for another ship and unwittingly steer too close to shore causing a beaching of the ship or a shipwreck. Either way, the locals would end up with the cargo. They would help unload the beached ship's cargo to lighten the load to re-float the ship or would gather the items that floated onto the beach from a shipwreck.

In the market for a few household items? How about meeting me on Long Beach tonight for a little shipwreck shopping? I'll bring the lantern and stick. You bring the donkey!

Pete S