No classes the last Wednesday of the month until May.
By Frank J. Tiemann
Reprinted here with the permission of the author.
In order to know the full background of
In 1695 Thomas Bud, was forced to take land he didn't want at four cents per acre in order to close a deal for more valued farmland of the mainland at forty cents an acre. Bud came from
The section we know as
At this time what we called
The first known settler was a fisherman and farmer named Hezediadiah Samson who lived in the area during the War of 1812. He employed a deserter from the American forces. This deserter named William Day, lived in a cave on the
In 1840 John Bryan established residence in
Meadows and bayberries covered most of
In 1869 the State Legislature paved the way for the individual
The Legislature, however could not see eye-to-eye with the petitioners for a new charter in 1869 and turned down the request to extend the original boundary lines. Although the idea of one municipality on the island has been discussed from time to time since, this 1869 effort is the closest the matter ever came to realization. It since has been considered a hot potato by politicians.
In 1881 James V. Lafferty of
In May of 1884 the railroad started down to
The first type of transportation to
On August 4,1885
The officers of
The following is a copy of a map drawn by Albert Whittaker showing
I only saw Miss Whittaker for one interview for fifteen minutes on October 2nd and she told me about the map-and that she let a Ralph Levin copy the same. That was the last time I saw Ms. Whittaker. She is 97 years old and she stated that she did not want to talk about the old days anymore. The map follows:
Number 1 on the map is the sod bank built by the Borough Council near where Fredericksburg Ave. is now, to hold back the tidewater from the inside thorofare. The old sod bank is still there deep under the sand that was dredged in the spring of 1923.
Number 2 on the map is also a sod bank that was backed up with sand carted off the beach so that it made a sand road back to the thorofare. This sand road was called
Number 3 on the map shows that
Number 4 on the map was some more high ground, known as Pine Woods to the residents. This was a fine growth of cedars, large pines some fifty feet high, also wild cherry and a fine growth of oak timber located where Douglass and Monmouth Avenues are now.
Number 5 on the map was the Government House Creek which was filled in from Coolidge to Washington Avenues in 1907-1908, when a dredge worked those two years filling in all the low ground between the two said streets from the thorofare to
The meadows were not all low and muddy. Some higher ground had good salt grass which made the best salt hay. The residents used the salt hay for their horses.
Number 6 on the map was the old Cedar Grove Creek. It was filled in from
Number 7 on the map is
Number 8 on the map was
Number 9 on the map is
In 1892 a trolly system extended southward down
The riders on the trolley cars to
On May 3, 1909 South Atlantic City became
In 1919 the region from
In 1937 the War Memorial at Mansfield and Ventnor Avenues was dedicated. This was made possible by the subscriptions of the school children, residents and friends of
On June 25, 1938 the Margate Theater opened. It is a wetland theater and shows first run features.