The Historical Society of South Amboy

The Historical Society of South Amboy The Historical Society of South Amboy is dedicated to the preservation and management of historical and cultural resources of South Amboy, NJ and to provide educational opportunities for both its membership and the general public.

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Congratulations Mary!😊
09/15/2021
South Amboy Volunteer Honored by Gov. Murphy

Congratulations Mary!😊

SOUTH AMBOY -- The New Jersey State Governor’s Awards are the state’s official recognition for community service. Honorees of the New Jersey State Governor

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09/14/2021

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Sending a big shout out to our HSSA members and visitors🎉
09/12/2021

Sending a big shout out to our HSSA members and visitors🎉

Sending a big shout out to our HSSA members and visitors🎉

These cuties we’re excited to visit our History Gallery and sit in the historic desks from the old School #2 that was lo...
09/12/2021

These cuties we’re excited to visit our History Gallery and sit in the historic desks from the old School #2 that was located on 4th and Potter Street back in the old days.

These cuties we’re excited to visit our History Gallery and sit in the historic desks from the old School #2 that was located on 4th and Potter Street back in the old days.

Thank you to all who stopped by the History Gallery today…including our City Council President Mickey Gross and Congress...
09/12/2021

Thank you to all who stopped by the History Gallery today…including our City Council President Mickey Gross and Congressman Frank Pallone.

Thank you to all who stopped by the History Gallery today…including our City Council President Mickey Gross and Congressman Frank Pallone.

Memorial service yesterday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Sept 11th. Thank you to all of our firemen and first r...
09/12/2021

Memorial service yesterday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Sept 11th.

Thank you to all of our firemen and first responders for all you do to keep us safe.
Thank you Larry McMahon Jr for sharing the story behind this steel remnant from the north tower and how it came to our city.

A day of remembrance for those who lost their lives, and for those who gave their lives. 🙏🙏🙏 Twenty years later - We Wil...
09/10/2021

A day of remembrance for those who lost their lives, and for those who gave their lives. 🙏🙏🙏 Twenty years later - We Will Never Forget 😢😢

A day of remembrance for those who lost their lives, and for those who gave their lives. 🙏🙏🙏 Twenty years later - We Will Never Forget 😢😢

Photos from The History Girl's post
09/08/2021

Photos from The History Girl's post

HELP solve a South Amboy history mystery…Sunken Ship.Looking for any information on the hull of a sunken ship at the bot...
09/04/2021

HELP solve a South Amboy history mystery…Sunken Ship.

Looking for any information on the hull of a sunken ship at the bottom of George St. believed to be there from the 1930s and covered over during the landfill project in the 1950s.
The County is coordinating efforts to locate the ship which include ground pe*******on radar performed in and around the area yesterday.

🔎 Please post or email us with any information on this mystery ship 🔍

HELP solve a South Amboy history mystery…Sunken Ship.

Looking for any information on the hull of a sunken ship at the bottom of George St. believed to be there from the 1930s and covered over during the landfill project in the 1950s.
The County is coordinating efforts to locate the ship which include ground pe*******on radar performed in and around the area yesterday.

🔎 Please post or email us with any information on this mystery ship 🔍

American flag flies in battle Sept. 3, 1777(By ANDREW GLASS)On this day in 1777, an American flag flew in battle for the...
09/03/2021

American flag flies in battle Sept. 3, 1777
(By ANDREW GLASS)
On this day in 1777, an American flag flew in battle for the first time.

This occurred during a Revolutionary War skirmish at Cooch's Bridge, Del. Gen. William Maxwell, commanding a Patriot force of infantry and cavalry, ordered the new flag raised in a clash with an advance guard of British and Hessian troops.

American flag flies in battle Sept. 3, 1777
(By ANDREW GLASS)
On this day in 1777, an American flag flew in battle for the first time.

This occurred during a Revolutionary War skirmish at Cooch's Bridge, Del. Gen. William Maxwell, commanding a Patriot force of infantry and cavalry, ordered the new flag raised in a clash with an advance guard of British and Hessian troops.

08/26/2021
www.thesatimes.com

HSSA in the news 📰
Check out all the great articles in the latest SA Times…
https://www.thesatimes.com/SATAugust2021_compressed_1_.pdf

Congratulations Cranbury Station 🎉
08/11/2021
Cranbury Station hamlet gets green light for historic designation - centraljersey.com

Congratulations Cranbury Station 🎉

The Cranbury Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) will recommend to the Planning Board that the Cranbury Station hamlet be designated as an historic district. The decision comes after two years of an HPC study, residents’ input and the gathering of documentation. HPC Chairman Steve Golisano, Vic...

South Amboy makes the news again. Looks like it will be a hot one today 🥵 😎 🌞
08/11/2021

South Amboy makes the news again. Looks like it will be a hot one today 🥵 😎 🌞

South Amboy makes the news again. Looks like it will be a hot one today 🥵 😎 🌞

The HSSA was proud to present the members of Enterprise Hook & Ladder Company with copies of the original  meeting minut...
08/04/2021

The HSSA was proud to present the members of Enterprise Hook & Ladder Company with copies of the original meeting minutes from May & June 1890 recording the details of how the company was organized.

The HSSA was proud to present the members of Enterprise Hook & Ladder Company with copies of the original meeting minutes from May & June 1890 recording the details of how the company was organized.

Photos from Speaker Craig J. Coughlin's post
08/03/2021

Photos from Speaker Craig J. Coughlin's post

08/02/2021

Thank you everyone who stopped in to visit our History Gallery yesterday!
What was your favorite historic item? 🤔

The coolest cars were in front of the History Gallery thanks to Jan Williams & Jerry Pizzillo  😎😎
08/02/2021

The coolest cars were in front of the History Gallery thanks to Jan Williams & Jerry Pizzillo 😎😎

The coolest cars were in front of the History Gallery thanks to Jan Williams & Jerry Pizzillo 😎😎

Sending a special shout-out to Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin who joined us at yesterday’s historic landmark dedication...
08/02/2021

Sending a special shout-out to Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin who joined us at yesterday’s historic landmark dedication of the Independence Firehouse 😊

Sending a special shout-out to Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin who joined us at yesterday’s historic landmark dedication of the Independence Firehouse 😊

Tune in to Channel 12 News today to see clips of yesterday’s car show and historic designation 😎…
08/02/2021

Tune in to Channel 12 News today to see clips of yesterday’s car show and historic designation 😎…

Photos from Independence Fire Company - Engine 7's post
08/01/2021

Photos from Independence Fire Company - Engine 7's post

07/21/2021
07/21/2021

And we're back....after a year off, it's that time again!!!

SOUTH AMBOY & THE NJ SHARK ATTACKS OF 1916 ~The movie Jaws is said to be based on the shark attacks along the coast of N...
07/13/2021

SOUTH AMBOY & THE NJ SHARK ATTACKS OF 1916 ~
The movie Jaws is said to be based on the shark attacks along the coast of NJ in 1916. The first attack occurred on July 1st in Beach Haven and the last three on July 12th in Matawan Creek. What is not as widely known was the event that occurred two days later in South Amboy.

July 14, 1916 - SOUTH AMBOY was the site where two men, Michael Schleisser and John Murphy, left the local dock to go fishing in a small eight-foot motorized rowboat. While in Raritan Bay, their boat was jolted by a huge shark tangled in their fishing net. As the shark trashed and began to attack, Schleisser grabbed the broken oar that he coincidently brought on the boat and started beating the shark. Using all his strength to avoid becoming another victim of the vicious attacks, he killed the shark with a final frantic blow from the oar.
The 350 pound, seven and a half feet long great white shark was towed back to the South Amboy dock. When cut open, the 15 pounds of human flesh and bone in its stomach were presumed to belong to the NJ victims of the prior two weeks. Although unable to confirm this shark as the one that caused the last five attacks, no further incidents were reported that summer. It remains uncertain if more than one shark caused the attacks and the type of shark, although many suggested the Bull or Great White.
For more information on the South Amboy connection:
• The book “Close to Shore” by Michael Capuzzo
• “Jaws – The Shocking Truth” on REELZ (specifically mentions South Amboy and has clips of the Great Beds Lighthouse and the Raritan Bay – very cool!)

THE SHARK ATTACKS -
The cool coastal waters of New Jersey likely provided welcome relief against the excessive heat that hit the state in the summer of 1916. The year would go down in history for something far beyond a summer heatwave as July began by claiming the first of five shark victims; only one would survive.
July 1st - Beach Haven, Long Beach Island, Ocean County, NJ, the first attack.
Charles Vansant, 23, of Philadelphia, vacationing with his family at the Engleside Hotel, heard the warning cries of beachgoers too late to avoid the shark that attacked him from behind. Despite the human chain that ultimately pulled him from the jaws of the shark to the shore, nothing could save him, including the efforts of his father, Dr. Eugene L. Vansant, who helplessly witnessed the event. Massive blood loss from a severed femoral artery proved fatal.
July 6th - about 45 miles north in Spring Lake, Monmouth County, NJ, the second attack occurred.
Charles Bruder, 27, a Swiss bell captain at the Essex & Sussex Hotel, had both legs bitten off by a shark while swimming 130 yards from the beach as hundreds watched. Lifeguards pulled him to the shore, where he died about ten minutes later.
July 12th - three more became victims of shark attacks just 30 miles north in a freshwater inlet of Raritan Bay called Matawan Creek in Monmouth County, NJ, about a mile inland from the Atlantic Ocean.
The third victim was Lester Stillwell, 11, swimming off Wyckoff Dock when the shark dragged him under the water.
The fourth victim was Stanley Fisher, 24, who made several heroic attempts to retrieve Lester’s body from the creek. On his last attempt, he was attacked and died later that day.
The fifth victim was Joseph Dunn, 12, swimming with other boys not far from the Wycoff dock. After hearing warning cries, he was trying to getting out of the water when grabbed by the shark and dragged underwater. His older brother and another friend saved his life by pulling him out of the jaws of the attacking shark. Although his lower left was “cut to ribbons from knee to the ankle,” he survived the attack, and his leg was saved.

Following what became known as “twelve days of terror,” residents, law enforcement, and government officials waged war on sharks - killing as many as possible with any means necessary, including guns and dynamite. President Woodrow Wilson, former Governor of New Jersey who regularly vacationed at the Jersey shore, instructed the Coast Guard to kill as many sharks as possible.

Many believe the movie Jaws, inspired by the book of the same name, was based on the New Jersey shark attacks of 1916. The similarities are evident, including the reluctance to close beaches to protect summer tourism. During the time, the general belief was that sharks did not attack humans, which was a drastic contrast to the truth.

07/04/2021
06/26/2021
06/21/2021
The HSSA will resume in-person meetings in September at our History Gallery on Broadway on the 4th Tuesday of the month ...
06/21/2021

The HSSA will resume in-person meetings in September at our History Gallery on Broadway on the 4th Tuesday of the month (Sept 28th). Stay tuned for future historic events...
We would like to wish everyone a safe and happy summer.

The HSSA will resume in-person meetings in September at our History Gallery on Broadway on the 4th Tuesday of the month (Sept 28th). Stay tuned for future historic events...
We would like to wish everyone a safe and happy summer.

06/06/2021
On the anniversary of the D-Day Landing on the beaches of Normandy, let us never forget the sacrifices made by so many t...
06/06/2021

On the anniversary of the D-Day Landing on the beaches of Normandy, let us never forget the sacrifices made by so many that allow us to now enjoy sunny days and baseball games.

06/06/2021
Photos from The Historical Society of South Amboy's post
06/06/2021

Photos from The Historical Society of South Amboy's post

⚾️ Hopefully everyone enjoyed the game yesterday. Thank you to all who joined us for the sun, fun and hot dogs. And Than...
06/06/2021

⚾️ Hopefully everyone enjoyed the game yesterday. Thank you to all who joined us for the sun, fun and hot dogs. And Thank You Tom for the great pictures!

06/05/2021

It going to be a great day for some vintage baseball ⚾️

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This is from Frank Leslies illustrated newspaper Sept 2nd 1865… it reads Grand Annual Picnic & Excursion of Jersey farmers to Raritan Bay Amboy NJ
My name is James Gray, I am 81 years of age and I am writing on behalf of the late John Liscombe, and other Australian war veterans, who have been buried in unmarked graves in cemeteries throughout Australia for the last 150 years. John Liscombe, the son of James Lisconbe and Betty Howe, during the American Civil War, 1860 - 1865, living in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, enlisted in the American Union Army at 34 years of age on August 3, 1862, as a Sergeant in Company “D”, 2nd US Dragoons/Cavalry. Liscombe was discharge from military service on August 3, 1865 at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, as a Sergeant. After the war Liscombe migrated to Australia, where he established himself and became a postmaster, in a store, in East Molong. John Liscombe also served as Clerk to the Court of Petty Sessions, at Bathurst. His military pension card revealed that John Liscombe had died, in Australia, on December 13, 1914, at 78 years of age. He is buried in the Toowong Cemetery in Brisbane, Australia. John Liscombe had a bit much to drink one day, was arrested for drunkenness, locked up and died in the watch house overnight. He was unceremoniously buried with others in Toowong Cemetery in what is usually described as paupers, criminals and hospital graves. He was buried in the same grave along with James Whelehan who died 18-08-1892, Henry Beal who died 24-09-1875, a man named Hastings who died 02-08-1892 and a man named Flood who died 11-08-1892. John was said to have had a brother in Victoria and a sister in New South Wales. I am working to acquire a "free" bronze memorial plaque for John Liscombe from the American Veterans Administration and to make his descendants aware they can all receive as many as they would like, "free" parchment "Presidential Certificates" signed by the President of the United States and bearing his gold seal, honoring his military service. I need your help in locating any direct, or indirect, descendant of John Liscombe. I am trying to find a descendant so his grave site can at last be marked and his life remembered. I would appreciate hearing from you or anyone who can help. You can reach me at [email protected] or by telephone at 07 3801 3400. If you know any of his descendants, or descendants of any American Civil War veteran, and could put me in touch with them, I would greatly appreciate it. I need a descendants request to acquire a marble headstone or a bronze memorial plaque for these Australian war veterans unmarked gravesites.
Can anyone tell me where Anton & Chucks Tavern was on Ridgeway Avenue? I saw a reference to it in The South Amboy Citizen. Thanks.
Have you been to the Historic Metlar- Bodine House museum? We will be open tomorrow for tours and you can also browse our amazing gift shop!!!
Hopefully the Morgan Baby Boomers will like this one.
Here are a couple of additions to the Morgan-NJ.org site for alumni of Jesse Selover School. A third one about the school's history is in the works but Photoshop has decided to stop working at the moment so there is a temporary roadblock. In the meantime, enjoy and please help fill in some of the missing info. http://www.morgan-nj.org/blog/sample-page/morgans-people-places/people/jesse-selover-school-faculty-and-staff/