New Jersey’s Delaware Bayshore | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

New Jersey’s Delaware Bayshore

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    Principal Investigator:
    Rachel Dolhanczyk
  • The Bayshore Center at Bivalve’s Oral History program is dedicated to preserving the oral history and culture of New Jersey’s Bayshore region by saving for posterity the oral histories and material culture connected with the Bayshore region, by creating a repository of recordings and data that can be used for research, by preserving, treasuring and celebrating the environment, history and culture of the Bayshore region and by sharing the heritage of the Bayshore region today and with future generations through program related activities serving visitors, students and scholars.

Interviewee Collection Sort descending Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation
Betty Higbee New Jersey’s Delaware Bayshore

Betty Higbee of Fortescue, NJ, is owner and operator of Higbee's Luncheonette. Her son, Jim, owns and operates a charter fishing boat and Higbee's Marina. Betty's husband, Clarence, was born and raised in Fortescue, which was known as the "Weakfish Capital of the World." Betty discusses the history of Fortescue and recreation on the Delaware Bay, past and present including, fishing, cabins and hotels, businesses, marinas and speakeasies.

Rachel Dolhanczyk Fortescue, NJ Bayshore Center at Bivalve Delaware Bay Museum & Folklife Center
Barry Ballard New Jersey’s Delaware Bayshore

Barry Ballard (b. 1945) is the retired Superintendent of Commercial Township (Port Norris, Haleyville, Mauricetown) Schools. He was educated in the Port Norris School and graduated from Millville High School and later earned degrees from Cheyney University and Rowan University. His father was from Virginia and his mother from Crisfield, Maryland. They came to Port Norris in 1928 following the oyster industry. Mr. Ballard discusses his childhood, education, desire to become a teacher and inspiration from Mrs.

Bill May Millville, NJ Bayshore Center at Bivalve Delaware Bay Museum & Folklife Center
Jode Hillman New Jersey’s Delaware Bayshore

Jode Hillman is a professional decoy carver and guide, as well as, a hunter and waterman.  He discussed decoy carving, guide service, hunting cabins, regulations, waterfowl and railbird hunting, fishing and crabbing in the marsh and along the rivers and creeks in Cumberland County, New Jersey.

Rachel Dolhanczyk Port Norris, NJ Bayshore Center at Bivalve Delaware Bay Museum & Folklife Center
Daniel and Marie Cobb New Jersey’s Delaware Bayshore

Marie Beebe Cobb was the daughter of Allen Beebe, owner of the Port Norris Iron Works, who fabricated and repaired oyster and surf clam dredges “drudges”, various equipment, oyster knives, hammers and did metal work for the shucking houses.  Mr. Beebe got his start learning the trade as an apprentice to his uncle Archie Jackson in the mid-1940s at Dorchester Shipyard. Mr. Jackson then opened his own business with Bob Sutton and Mr. Blizzard in Bivalve. In 1962, Mr.

Rachel Dolhanczyk, Pat Moore Port Norris, NJ Bayshore Center at Bivalve Delaware Bay Museum & Folklife Center
Beryl Kane New Jersey’s Delaware Bayshore

Story of Frank P. Schuster as told by his daughters Beryl Kane and Alice Gerard.  Story contains background information on his birth, education, work experience as owner and operator of the Stokes - Schubert Engineers and Machinists.  Beryl identifies the location of the shop in Bivalve and Port Norris, NJ.  She and Alice also describe what it was like growing up in Port Norris during the 1930's - 50's.

Patricia A. Moore Pitman, NJ Bayshore Center at Bivalve Delaware Bay Museum & Folklife Center
Alice Gerard New Jersey’s Delaware Bayshore

Story of Frank P. Schuster as told by his daughters Beryl Kane and Alice Gerard.  Story contains background information on his birth, education, work experience as owner and operator of the Stokes - Schubert Engineers and Machinists.  She also describes what it was like growing up in Port Norris during the 1930's - 50's.

Patricia A. Moore Pitman, NJ Bayshore Center at Bivalve Delaware Bay Museum & Folklife Center
Ruth Yentsch Lobach New Jersey’s Delaware Bayshore

Ruth Yentsch Lobach (b. 1917) spent weekends as a child in Maurice River, New Jersey, in the 1920s and 1930s. Starting at the age of 7, she recalls traveling by car to Maurice River, NJ from Camden, NJ and then in pitch darkness, rowing across the Maurice River to her family's cabin. She describes her days, her family's cabin, her mother's garden, her father and the boys recreational fishing, various people and playing with shuckers' children. Etched in her mind forever is watching the schooners under sail leave during Bay Season. Mrs.

Rachel Dolhanczyk Port Norris, NJ Bayshore Center at Bivalve Delaware Bay Museum & Folklife Center
Don McDaniels New Jersey’s Delaware Bayshore

Don McDaniels' great-grandfather was Charles Riggin who was the patriarch of a well-known oystering family. Mr. Riggin had the schooners AMELIA RIGGIN, J&E RIGGIN and C.M. RIGGIN. The J&E RIGGIN won the Delaware Bay Schooner Race of 1929. Don started oystering in 1958 and also tonged for seed oysters. But, by 1966 switched to clamming (surf clams and Quahogs). He discussed the clamming schedule and seasons, laws, regulations & permits, and areas he worked out of including Point Pleasant Beach, Barnegat, Atlantic City, Cape May, Maryland and Virginia.

Sally Van de Water, Deb Slating Cape May, NJ Bayshore Center at Bivalve Delaware Bay Museum & Folklife Center
Louis Peterson New Jersey’s Delaware Bayshore

Interview with Louis Peterson on April 17, 2013 and May 10, 2013.

Patricia A. Moore , Unknown Bayshore Center at Bivalve Delaware Bay Museum & Folklife Center
Harold Bickings Jr. New Jersey’s Delaware Bayshore

Interview with Harold Bickings Jr. in Port Norris, New Jersey.

Pat Moore, Rachel Dolhanczyk Port Norris, NJ Bayshore Center at Bivalve Delaware Bay Museum & Folklife Center