Tales from Ocean City: John Kemenosh

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John Kemenosh, the octogenarian 1st Ward councilman, had a big family to take care of: seven children in March 1962. He depended on a good spring season in the family’s appliance store, Voss Plumbing and Heating on Fifth Street and Asbury Avenue.

It was anything but.

“I had the GE franchise, and we were very busy, until the 6th of March 1962,” he said. “The storm just wiped me out. We had 2 feet of water in the store, lost all the appliances in the store and in the warehouse at Fifth Street and Haven Avenue.

“After the storm, people couldn’t pay for the appliances,” he said. “They needed new, but no one had the money. If you lost everything because you were flooded, there was no insurance. It was a mess.

“You just lift your head up and do your best, but that was a really big setback for me,” he said. “It took me a real long time to recover. It’s a storm I won’t forget, that’s for sure. I hope that we never, ever see anything like that again.”

 


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