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New Jersey Courier 6 Dec 1900:
The steam saw mill at Mannahawkin owned by William B. WILLS of Mount Holly, and recently destroyed by fire, will probably be rebuilt. The boiler, engine and planing machine were not badly injured. The woodwork of the bench and cut off saws and large sawing machine were destroyed, the line shafting and some of the pulleys were badly twisted. The loss is not so heavy as was first reported.
NEW EGYPT PRESS 10 Mar 1905:
C. H. CRANMER put a sample piano in the home of Ada ELBERSON last week.
Olive P. CRANMER has returned home after undergoing treatment for a cancer at Jefferson Hospital, Phila.
The Manahawkin orchestra have ordered two more new horns. Leon HAZELTON joined the orchestra Monday last which has about ten members.
NEW JERSEY COURIER 23 OCT 1908
N. Cranmer and wife of Beach Haven spent Sunday with Mrs. C.S. Shutes.
Mrs. E.J. Cranmer and Miss Elizabeth Sprague were Saturday visitors at Philadelphia.
Harry Willett of Lakewood spent the week's end here with his wife and daughter.
Messrs. Roseby A. Crane and Thos. Smith of Jersey City, Rufus Cranmer of Chester, PA and J. Stemmler of Philadelphia were Easter visitors.
Misses Ada Cranmer, Lidie Bragg and Alice Cranmer of Tuckerton visited relatives here last week.
A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Corliss on Sunday last.
A dollar social was held in the M.E. Church on Monday evening last, by the Ladies Aid Society. An interesting program consisting of readings, recitations, vocal and instrumental music, was rendered. One of the interesting features of the entertainment was the telling how much dollar was made by the different persons. More than $75 was received.
Horace Johnson and family of Philadelphia are visiting Mrs. A. Johnson
M. Lazaroff, wife and daughter of New York visited Mrs. A. Abramowitz last week.
NEW JERSEY COURIER 16 OCT 1916
It is a strange day when Manahawkin can't have some school trouble to bob up and annoy folks. Just now the people in the Beachview section think they didn't get a square deal when it came to transporting their children to the Manahawkin school. J.C. Dougan wanted to make a bid and asserts he was frozen out. He says in effect that on September 6 he was told at a board meeting that no contract for transporting the Beachview children had been given the school; after school opened and Wm. B. Paul was transporting the pupils, Dougan says he again inquired and was told at another board meeting that Paul was given the contract on August 10. Dougan further says that Mr. and Mrs. John Coval, Mrs. Vosbean and Miss Elizabeth Houston heard the conversation and will back him up.
Meantime the village school is getting along with no trouble under former Sherriff Frank Tilton as principal, and the village folks are hoping that their troubles at this school will now be straightened out with a firm but tactful hand. Sheriff Tilton moved here th is week for the winter.
TUCKERTON BEACON 2 AUG 1917
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Crane are rejoicing over the birth of a son.
Mr. and Mrs. George Bowen and son spent Sunday at Arlington Beach with Mrs. Samuel Johnson
Mrs. Angie Wildmger of Collingswood is spending some time with her parents, Mrs. and Mrs. Charles Crane.
Mr. and Mrs. George Cranmer of Cedar Run were Sunday callers in town.
NEW JERSEY COURIER 18 JAN 1918:
The regular monthly meeting of the home and school association will be held at the school house Saturday evening next, January 19. An interesting social evening has been planned.
Constable Sam Johnson was at court this week.
We are soon to have a public debate on the question: "Is there a bear in Hawkin swamp?" Sam, Steve, and Lee are lined up in the affirmative. The only man brave enough to take the negative side is Professor Frank Tilton; but with two sons in the army, the Sheriff says he mustn't show the white feather. Now, we are wondering, what will happen if Ed Cranmer of Toms River hears of the debate and arrives on the scene with his panoramic snapshot showing the bear crossing the county pike? Professor, we fear they are too many for you.
Freeholder Corliss was at Toms River Tuesday.
The Manahawkin branch of the Red Cross has elected Theodore A. Corliss, chairman; Mrs. Luke A. Courtney, treasurer; Mrs. C.H. Cranmer, secretary. It has a fine membership and will do its share of work.
NEW JERSEY COURIER 10 MAY 1918:
At the commencement exercises of The Drexel Institute on May 1, the degree of "Bachelor of Science in Engineering" was conferred upon Lewis D. Asmus. Mr. Asmus was one of four students of the graduating class, consisting of 147 seniors, to receive "Honorable Mention" for "service to the Drexel Institute". This was awarded him for his work as Editor-in-Chief of their annual year book, the "Lexerd". Mr. Asmus is a member of the Engineer Enlisted Reserve Corps and expects to go in active service any day.
TUCKERTON BEACON 5 Feb 1920:
Miss Margaret JOHNSON was home over Sunday from Barnegat to spend the time with her parents.
Mrs. Lydia MALSBURY is visiting friends in Barnegat.
The body of Milton CARR, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter CARR, was brought here on Monday last for burial. He died in the Trenton Hospital with pneumonia. Milton was 16 years of age. He will be greatly missed by his young associates as well as the family.
Mrs. Alice SPRAGUE spent Monday in Barnegat.
Nathan M. LETTS, wife and son were Monday visitors in Barnegat.
Claude CRANMER, son of Mrs. Rachel CRANMER, was brought here for burial last week. Pneumonia was the cause of his death. He was buried from the home of his uncle, C.H. CRANMERr. The body was brought here from Boston. He was 28 years of age.
Mrs. Rachel CRANMER and children spent the week end and Sunday with the former's brother, C.H. CRANMER.
C.H. CRANMER was a Philadelphia visitor on Monday.
Mrs. Winters, who has been spending the winter at Manahawkin, has returned to her home in Staffordville.
Mrs. Rhoda CRANMER is ill at the home of her daughter Mrs. Lena Crane. We hope she may soon recover.
Benjamin BENNETT and wife of Philadelphia are visiting the former's mother, Mrs. Angie BENNETT.
Al. LETTS, of Barnegat City, was a recent visitor at the home of Mr. and Mrs. William ADAMS.
Charles ALLISON has charge of the pumping station and flagging since the death of Mr. George WARE.
Mrs. Ada CORLISS was a recent Barnegat visitor.
Mrs. Emma PAUL and daughter were visitors in Staffordville on Tuesday.
Mrs. Fannie BENNETT visited her daughter, Mrs. Estella MORRIS in Tuckerton on Tuesday.
Mrs. Fannie INMAN entertained her mother, Mrs. Mason PRICE also her daughter, Miss Frances INMAN, of Parkertown recently.
Mrs. Sarah WARE was a visitor in Tuckerton one day last week.
Mrs. Jos. W. OLIPHANT visited her parents in Tuckerton the past week.
Mr. and Mrs. Exel HOLMES are rejoicing over the birth of a daughter.
Mrs. Fannie PAUL visited her sister, Mrs. Archie PHARO in Tuckerton on Tuesday.
Joseph BISHOP and Dr. Joshua HILLIARD celebrated their birthdays here on Sunday last. The former his 82nd and the latter his 47th.
TUCKERTON BEACON 4 Mar 1920
Henry JOHNSON and wife came home Saturday after spending two years in Kansas City.
Stockton CRANMER has gone back to New Lisbon after spending some time with his family.
Mrs. Geneva HAINES, of Pemberton, is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. CRANE.
Mrs. Abbie SHAFTO has returned after a month's visit in Brooklyn.
George FREDERSON is visiting his son, George, for awhile.
W.C. MALSBURY is spending some time in New York.
Miss Geneva VAN VORST died at the home of her aunt, Mrs. S.B. CONKLING. Miss VAN VORST was 35 years old. Death came after a short illness of pneumonia. With her mother she conducted a Millinery Parlor between Manahawken and Cedar Run. When her mother died several months ago, it left her alone in the world and, with her grandfather, she has been living on in the homestead. She will be greatly missed.
Mrs. Exel HOLMES entertained her father, of New York, over Sunday.
Mrs. Fannie INMAN spent Sunday in Parkertown with her parents.
Mrs. J. HILLIARD has been visiting in Atlantic City for the past week.
Harold CRANMER has returned to Trenton after a short visit at home with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles CRANMER.
Leon ELBERSON and wife spent Sunday at the home of his mother.
Tuckerton Beacon 18 Mar 1920:
Samuel LIFORD has gone to Barnegat City, where he has employment.
Clayton CORLISS, of Barnegat, spent Monday with his brother, T.A. CORLIS.
George LETTS, of Camden, spent a few days this week with Mr. and Mrs. William ADAMS.
Luke COURTNEY and wife have returned after spending the winter in Jersey City.
Mrs. Ethel JONES of Barnegat spent a day this week with her aunt, Mrs. Laura LETTS.
William LOWERY of Philadephia was home for over Sunday.
Miss Edna HAZELTON has been ill for a week past.
William ADAMS has been on the sick list for a few days.
New Jersey Coureir 16 Dec 1921
While looking for deer meat at the home of Lewis Parker, near Manahawkin, Game Warden J. H. Evernham and Constable Joseph K. Johnson, of Toms River, found not venison, but a still in full operation. The still was seized and brought to the county jail. Parker was afterward arrested and brought here.
Warden Evernham had received a tip saying that Parker had killed two deer and had them in his house. Parker lives at the Oxycocus plantation, at one time a famous cranberry bog, back in the woods from Manahawkin. The two officers went there and found Parker, demanding that he bring out the meat. He insisted that he had no venison and they proceeded to search the house. When he tried tos teer them away from a certain door all the time, they went into that room and found a still running. It sat on a three burner oil stove, and was steaming. They seized it, and it was still warm when it reached the Sheriff's office and a quart of white mule was in the worm, drawn off after the sheriff got it.
The Prosecutor's and the Sheriff's offices have been watching Manahawkin for some time, and Parker has been under suspicion. Up till now he had managed to keep out of the toils of the law. It was his son, Phil Parker, who was chief witness against Amos Michael some time ago, when Michael was sent to jail for selling liquor to a group of boys.
New Jersey Mirror Nov 3 1937:
: Failing in one attempt, J. George Lowery, 58, of Manahawkin, committed suicide early yesterday the same way his brother ended his life two years ago. Lowery, a laborer, who lived alone on Stafford avenue, Manahawkin, stabbed himself twice over the heart with a butcher knife. Then he tied a rope around a second-floor bannister, the other end around his neck, and jumped. Lowery's brother, John, hanged himself in his Manahawkin home in 1935.
Asbury Park Press 10 Nov 2006 STAFFORD TOWNSHIP Two sisters died minutes apart Thursday after they were shot in the driveway of their home by their mother's ex-boyfriend, who then turned the gun on himself. On most Thursday mornings, 15-year-old Jessica Veitch would be in school. But with school out for the New Jersey Education Association's convention, the Southern Regional High School sophomore was able to spend the morning with her 21-year-old sister, Melissa. The young women were shot before they were able to make it to the front steps of their Mercer Avenue home after returning at about 11:30 a.m. from a trip to a convenience store. Neighbors who heard the shots and screams called 911. "I was in the service, so I knew it wasn't firecrackers," said Thomas Niemiec, 61, who lives a few houses away from the Veitches. Police arrived to find both girls on the ground next to the car, which had its passenger-side window shattered. They were transported to Southern Ocean County Hospital in Manahawkin, where Jessica was pronounced dead at 12:30 p.m. and Melissa was pronounced dead at 12:36 p.m. The victims' mother, Dorea Veitch, was at work at the time of the shootings and learned about the deaths as she was headed home at about 1 p.m., police said. Neighbors reported to police that Melissa might have been pregnant, but authorities said they would not confirm that until an autopsy is done today. Inside the home, officers found the gunman dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, police said. He was lying across a couch in the living room with a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun still in his hand. Stafford Township police said the shooter was an ex-boyfriend of Dorea Veitch. The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office later identified him as William Cordes, 52, of Tuckerton. Cordes' name was added to the deed of the home in 2002. Officials said they were still investigating what prompted the shootings and expected to have more concrete information today. "It's a shame that such a beautiful day had to be wasted on something as terrible as this," Stafford Township police Chief Tom Conroy said. "Our hearts go out to the family." Dorea Veitch's 27-year-old son, John, also lives in the house but was not home at the time of the shootings, Conroy said. An answering machine reached at the number listed for the Veitch residence had Cordes' voice on a message for his plumbing business. A woman answered that line Thursday night, but hung up after being asked about the shooting. Concerned neighbors stopped by the street throughout the day Thursday, but the gravest faces were those of the Southern Regional students who stopped by to see if the rumors they had heard were true. "I played basketball with Jessica two years ago," said Meghan Ramos, 14. "She was nice and always joked around a lot. I just can't believe this is happening." Caitlin McMenamin, 15, came to the crime scene clenching a yearbook so anyone interested could see Jessica's picture. "There are so many rumors that aren't true, I was hoping that this was one of them," McMenamin said. One of the pictures of Jessica, who also played in the concert band, was with the gymnastic team, which she was on for the first half of this season. "Jessica was definitely a very outgoing person, she wasn't someone who would just sit in the corner and try not to be noticed," Southern Regional gymnastics coach Mary Frack said. "The rest of the girls are terribly upset over this. It is a very hard day for all of us." Frack said she expects the entire Southern Regional community will come together to remember Melissa and Jessica properly when school gets back to session Monday. "Tragedies have a way of bringing people together," she said. Kathy Young, who lives directly behind the Veitches with her husband, Arnold, said she remembered seeing the family spending many hours playing in their pool. "I would've never thought something like this could happen here," Young said. Young's feelings were common throughout the community. The home is located in the Deer Lake Park section of Manahawkin, which is part of Stafford Township. The streets of this section of town are typically so peaceful that some of its residents consider it "the perfect place to live." "This is upper-middle class, white-bread America at its finest here," said Colin Brearley, 17. "But I guess you never know what is going to happen. It's crazy."