In Another Time | History of the Wildwoods

Explore the history of Wildwood, NJ with Jacob Schaad Jr. as he looks back In Another Time .

In Another Time> Wildwood clubs booked big names to lure tourists

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Sunday, July 20, 2014 12:00 am

The year 1952 was a benchmark time for the Wildwoods and the rest of the nation. Although there were still traces of the effects of the recent war, signs emerged that a better future was in the making.

General Dwight David Eisenhower, who led the nation to victory over Germany during World War II, was elected president of the United States in November 1952 and a conflict was raging in Korea. It was to end the next year with the intervention of the new president, and the nation was to experience a period that was often referred to as the Happy Days.

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In Another Time>Miss America pageant has some Wildwood roots

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Saturday, July 12, 2014 12:00 am

As the Miss America show nears in Atlantic City in September, a Miss New Jersey was selected recently in OceanCity to represent the state, and soon there will be a plethora of local pageants in which contestants will try to make their way up the ladder to the 2015 title.

The history of the pageants has traveled in different directions since P.T. Barnum started them in 1854 and was to quickly abandon the idea when he was rebuffed by the public, some of whom claimed the pageants were immoral. Soon, however, the pageants rebounded in various forms, and the contestants competed in costumes and swimsuit sizes that would have made Abraham Lincoln blush.

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In Another Time> Fourth of July marks beginning of ‘The Season’

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Friday, July 04, 2014 01:54 pm

It will happen again Friday, the beginning of the annual summer tourism season at the seashore, a period stretching from the fourth day of July until the first Monday of September.

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In Another Time> Pick your day when celebrating independence

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Sunday, June 29, 2014 12:00 am

Visitors and locals in the Wildwoods will again have a few options of dates on which to celebrate Independence Day, depending upon whether they support the view of President John Adams or other interpretations about what is the proper day to observe the holiday.

John Adams was the second President of the United States, 1797-1801, and was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

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In Another Time> Real estate entrepreneurs made the Wildwoods

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Saturday, June 21, 2014 12:00 am

Once they were oriented to their new environment the early settlers who discovered the Wildwoods did more than tan themselves on the sun baked beaches or swim to the roar of the mighty ocean.

Opportunists that they were, these newcomers set about selling real estate and with some ingenuity and perseverance, then the profits started rolling in.

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New stop signs in North Wildwood

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, June 14, 2014 12:00 am

NORTH WILDWOOD – Two new stop signs could be added to North Wildwood, if city council passes an ordinance allowing for their installation at its next meeting.

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Flag Day has a little known history in the United States

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Friday, June 13, 2014 12:00 am

Local and national history will come together in the Wildwoods on Saturday with few participants aware of its local significance.

Saturday, the June 14, is Flag Day, a holiday that takes second billing to the celebrations of Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. Usually life goes on routinely during Flag Day. The banks are open and so are the schools, the mail is delivered and there are no fireworks to celebrate the occasion. In most places, there are no parades either; unlike in Fairfield, Washington, and Quincy, Massachusetts, where they claim they have been parading on the holiday for more years than anywhere in the nation.

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In Another Time> Ditching propriety, one woman was quick to the helm of Wildwood newspaper

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Thursday, June 05, 2014 03:43 pm

In April 1885, at a time when it wasn’t considered proper for a woman to work as a reporter (or anything else, for that matter) Jeanette DuBois Meech began to change the face of journalism in a new borough called Holly Beach.

Meech was to start the first newspaper on the island, some 30 years after the Cape May-based Ocean Wave had become Cape May County’s first newspaper in 1855. She called her paper The Holly Beach Herald and her intent was to publish it weekly during July and August, but perhaps longer, depending upon how the tourism winds blew. They didn’t blow strongly enough, however, because the paper folded after just 20 issues.

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In Another Time> Hot dogs and flappers dominated 1920s Wildwood

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Sunday, May 25, 2014 12:00 am

The year 1922 was a big one on the boardwalk in Wildwood, perhaps the biggest since the end of World War I in 1918. W. Courtwright Smith was mayor, and Warren Harding was president of the United States.

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In Another Time> It was the iceman vs the actor in 1912 Wildwood election

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Saturday, May 17, 2014 12:00 am

In 1906, two political adversaries came together in a showdown that may well have set the stage for future battles in the Wildwoods.

Holly Beach was still a viable borough then, having been born on April 14, 1885, but latecomer Wildwood, circa 1895, was on its way to absorbing Holly Beach in 1912.

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In Another Time> Wildwood followed Coney Island, Atlantic City into amusement industry

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Saturday, May 10, 2014 12:00 am

When the Baker brothers founded the southern section of FiveMileBeach in the late 1800s, it is doubtful that they had amusement rides in mind as a major part of their venture. Their main selling point seemed to be the ocean and the fresh air that they said contributed to one’s good health.

Soon, though, they and others got into the act when they saw what was happening elsewhere in venues as Chicago, Coney Island and Atlantic City.  Entrepreneurs were establishing amusement ride sites and they seemed to be successful.  So why not in the Wildwoods?

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In Another Time> Automobiles changed the way people came to Wildwood

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Saturday, April 26, 2014 12:00 am

Information about the first automobile driven into the Wildwoods is virtually non-existent and that’s probably because when it happened many people scoffed at the new arrival and paid little attention to its potential.

Robert Fulton’s steamboat was called “Fulton’s Folly” and years later, after the steamboat had made its mark in transportation to and from Cape May County, people were taunting the new-fangled automobile with cries of “Get a horse!” Few realized, though, the impact that automobiles were to make on tourism and other segments of American life.

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In Another Time> Rabbits and egg hunts have long been a part of Easter traditions

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Sunday, April 20, 2014 12:00 am

Jen Marra/ Students at Margaret Mace show off their Easter hats. Jen Marra/ Students at Margaret Mace show off their Easter hats.
As the Wildwoods plan to celebrate the holiday with three Easter egg hunts, it is interesting to note that ironically today’s presence of egg hunts, rabbits and colorfully decorated eggs go back to the pagan days, but soon after they were to be adopted by early Christians as representations of their religion.

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In Another Time> The twisted history of Wildwood’s favorite tree

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Saturday, April 12, 2014 12:00 am

The 'W' tree was once an icon in the Wildwoods. The 'W' tree was once an icon in the Wildwoods.
In this week's "In Another Time" Jake Schaad Jr. looks into the history of Wildwood's "W" tree. Last month, the Board of Commissioners voted to remove it from the city seal

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In Another Time> Wildwood saw a thriving nightclub scene from big bands to Bo Diddley

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Saturday, April 05, 2014 12:00 am

Those who remember “the good old days” of entertainment in the Wildwoods point to the times of the 1950s and 1960s when the spotlight focused at several Wildwood and North Wildwood nightclubs on big name performers appearing there.

Impressive that it was, that was only a part of a Wildwood show business era that stretched from the 1930s into the early 1970s. The music and other types of entertainment that came with it represented society as it was then.

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In Another Time> Revolutionary battle well remembered in Wildwood Crest

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Saturday, March 29, 2014 12:00 am

In recalling the history of the Wildwoods often overlooked is the background of the borough of Wildwood Crest. Unlike its Five Mile Beach neighbors of Wildwood and North Wildwood it has no Boardwalk to stroll, no thrill attractions to ride and no public bars to frequent.

The Crest, as some people call it, was the last of the three largest municipalities on the island to be incorporated, in 1910. It followed Wildwood in 1895 and Anglesea in 1885, which was to become known as North Wildwood in 1906. West Wildwood, the smallest of the quartet, became official in 1920.

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In Another Time > Hungry yet?

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Saturday, March 08, 2014 01:00 am

Photo by Christie Rotondo/ Boardwalk pizza is a Wildwood tradition. Photo by Christie Rotondo/ Boardwalk pizza is a Wildwood tradition.
A look at the origins of pizza, fudge, taffy and funnel cake

The beloved tastes of the Wildwoods boardwalk each have a story.

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Were Indians the first year-rounders in the Wildwoods?

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Saturday, March 01, 2014 01:00 am

Since the Wildwoods were founded late in the 19th century, there has been debate on whether the Lenni Lenape Indians were ever year-round residents on the island.

There is a consensus that they spent some of their summers fishing, hunting and swimming at the seashore, but some historians maintain that they couldn’t have lived on Five Mile Beach the full year because of an insufficient amount of potable drinking water, even though some of it came from Magnolia Lake, which once stood near New Jersey and Magnolia Avenues are now in Wildwood.

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In Another Time> Film reawakens memories of old Wildwood

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Saturday, February 22, 2014 01:00 am

Mickey Shaughnessy was from New York, but moved to Wildwood. Before his long career in movies, he was a comedian in the Catskills. Mickey Shaughnessy was from New York, but moved to Wildwood. Before his long career in movies, he was a comedian in the Catskills.

When they recently showed a documentary at Middle Township’s Performing Arts Center during  its “Monday Night At The Movies Series,” those who were old  enough to remember may have related some of the film to the golden times of nightclubs in the Wildwoods.

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In Another Time > Wildwood, Atlantic City share similar histories

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Saturday, February 08, 2014 01:00 am

While Atlantic City and the Wildwoods are now very different, their histories reflect that there has been an influential connection since the two regions began competing for tourists dollars.

Atlantic City was to arrive first when it was officially incorporated as a community on May 1, 1854  from sections of Egg Harbor and Galloway Townships. That was years before the three Baker brothers and others had a clue about the future of the island that was to be referred to as Five Mile Beach or the Wildwoods.

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