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Bizarre History of Cape May: Oscar Wilde’s appearance in Cape May went little noted at the time

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Thursday, November 20, 2014 04:00 pm

The trouble is when researching history that the obvious is not always as obvious as it seems. A case in point is the story of playwright Oscar Wilde, who visited Cape May on a national lecture tour on Aug. 26, 1882.

Crowds awaited him at the railroad station and outside the Stockton Hotel, and another 600 curiosity seekers paid admission prices inside the hotel to see him if not to appreciate his words of wisdom.

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Bizarre History of Cape May: Cape May took to the skies in the 1920s

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Thursday, November 06, 2014 01:57 pm

People were getting high in more ways than one during the 1920s

On land and out to sea they were defying the law of government while in the air they were defying the law of gravity. Just about anything went in those days, probably influencing the writing of the hit musical “Anything Goes” during the next decade.

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Sadly, ‘War To End All Wars’ was no such thing

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Saturday, October 18, 2014 11:50 am

Soon Cape May and its neighbors will revive a national holiday that history has revised from its original intent 95 years ago.

Today it is known as Veterans Day, but then it was called Armistice Day. It originally was celebrated on Nov. 11 because it was on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 that the armistice was signed ending World War I. Later, when it became a national holiday, the date was moved to the fourth Monday of October to give federal employees and others a longer weekend and an opportunity to participate in the ceremony.

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Bizarre History of Cape May: Hughes went from the Big House to the People’s House

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Wednesday, May 21, 2014 11:00 pm

Thomas Hurst Hughes was born in the Cold Spring section of Lower Township on Jan. 10, 1769, seven years before the new nation declared its independence. He was blind in one eye, but saw more in his 70 years of life than most people do with perfect vision.

A tall, genial man, Hughes led a life that spanned from a humble beginning to that of a congressman who was to befriend one of America’s most famous presidents.

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Bizarre History of Cape May: Lower Township’s borders have been constantly changing

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Thursday, May 15, 2014 05:20 pm

The Township of Lower, as it formally calls itself, has a peculiar geography that stretches from the ocean to the bay and that touches six of Cape May County’s 16 municipalities. Its history also shows that its early settlers believed in giving and taking back.

It was started as a precinct on April 2, 1723, but by Feb. 21, 1798, after the new nation was born, what is now commonly called Lower Township was among New Jersey’s fully certified 104 townships. Its land, so history has told us, has switched back and forth to others much like the game of Monopoly that was to be born out of Atlantic City years later.

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Bizarre History of Cape May: German POWs helped fight mosquitoes in Cape May County

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Friday, May 09, 2014 07:00 pm

Not too many people are still on this earth today who served in World War II or lived through it as civilians. Much of the war talk among veterans has to do with Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The big war of the world (1939-1945) was the most encompassing in history, though not as long as the one in Vietnam (1959-1975) or the Revolutionary War (1775-1783). With the passage of time some places and people tend to accept the war as a paragraph in this nation’s history. Actually it was a whole volume, especially in Cape May, which was always on the fringe of the war and its consequences.

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Early postal service was mostly an informal system

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Sunday, May 04, 2014 11:00 pm

While America was achieving its goal of independence during the Revolutionary War from 1775-1783, its leaders knew that starting a new nation was not to be all that easy. They were on their own then. Limited and oppressive that it had been, there was no help from the mother country anymore and, as the saying goes with a bit of alteration, now was the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.

One of the problems facing the new kid in the world was the lack of communications. There were no e-mails then or telegrams or telephones and the postman did not ring twice or even once. In Cape May County, as elsewhere, the primitive roads were conversions from the paths of the Lenni Lenape Indians and were not conducive to general travel. Sometimes, in the era of the stage coach, it took four or five days, if at all, for messages to get from one end of the county to the other.

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Bizarre History of Cape May: Easter parade tradition continues in Cape May

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Wednesday, April 09, 2014 09:02 am

The Easter Parade has a long history of commemorating the holiday, some with good intentions, others with commerce in mind.

These parades do not include the usual fire engines or marching bands or floats carrying young women wearing crowns. Instead, they feature adults and children strolling in the finest of clothes. Irving Berlin described it in his “Easter Parade” song as “In your Easter bonnet with all the frills upon it, you’ll be the grandest lady in the Easter Parade.”

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Bizarre History: Tourists weren't fooled by cold snap on April 1, 1923

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Friday, March 21, 2014 11:00 pm

It’s common during Easter time that tourism officials sit back and take a look at what has been, at what is now and at what they hope will be.

Easter, of course, is not the official opening of the tourism season. Some designate the grand opening as Memorial Day and others say it is the Fourth of July. There are still others who contend there is no such thing because Cape May County is open for tourism much of the year; well, maybe not in January when many locals evacuate to Florida.

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No separation between church and state in early Cape May

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Sunday, March 16, 2014 12:00 am

The freedoms for which colonists fought in the American Revolution were abused even in religion as far back as 1721 in the territory now known as Cape May, Lower and Middle townships.

People who were non-believers were often scorned and sometimes subjected to physical punishment if they did not abide by the laws of God. There was little separation between church and state then, as shown by the legislature governing this area. It introduced a bill that would punish those who “denied the doctrine of the Trinity, the divinity of Christ, the inspiration of Holy Scriptures, etc.”

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