Rachel Dolhanczyk

Interviewee Collection Sort descending Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation
Joan Riggin Harper New Jersey’s Delaware Bayshore

Joan Riggin Harper was born on February 7, 1924, in Millville, Cumberland County, New Jersey. Her father was John Cullen Riggin and her mother was Emily Fowler Bateman. Joan attended Port Norris Grammar School and later graduated from Port Norris High School in 1941. After high school, she attended a business school in Bridgeton, New Jersey, where she completed a one-year course. Joan's first job was typing deeds when the Army bought the airport ground in Millville. She later got married and had three children.

Patricia A. Moore , Rachel Dolhanczyk Port Norris, NJ Bayshore Center at Bivalve Delaware Bay Museum & Folklife Center
Betty Higbee New Jersey’s Delaware Bayshore

Betty Higbee of Fortescue, New Jersey, is owner and operator of Higbee's Luncheonette.. She was born and raised in Cedarville, a nearby town, and attended high school with her late husband, Clarence Higbee, who was affectionately known as Bunky. The couple got married almost fifty-seven years ago and had four children together. Bunky was a lifelong resident of Fortescue, having lived there for seventy-six years. He was born and raised in the same house that Betty and he later lived in, making him a fourth-generation resident of the small house.

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

Jode Hillman, a professional decoy carver, has been in the profession for about seventeen years, with the last six years being professional. He specializes in making cedar decoys, which are primarily used for duck hunting. However, many people also collect these decoys as decorative items. Hillman's interest in the bay, duck hunting, and life on the marshes is deeply rooted in his family history. His father's family, the Hillmans, were avid fishermen who would often visit Fortescue for fishing trips during the weakfish boom years.

Rachel Dolhanczyk Port Norris, 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
Carrie Jamison and Edith Selby New Jersey’s Delaware Bayshore

Sisters Carrie Jamison (b. 1921) and Edith Selby (b. 1927) grew up in "uptown" Port Norris, New Jersey. As children, they were not allowed to go to Shell Pile or the river (Bivalve). Their parents were from Saint Mary's County, Maryland. Their father came here to work on the boats and on farms. They attended Shiloh Baptist Church. In the early 1940s, they both worked in oyster houses as shuckers including Robbins Brothers, Carl Reed, Stowman's Brothers, Peterson Packing and George Gaskell.

Rachel Dolhanczyk, Leo Warner 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
Harold Bickings Jr. New Jersey’s Delaware Bayshore

Harold Bickings Jr. is a descendant of a long line of oyster fishermen who have been in the business since the 1800s. His great-grandfather, a Danish immigrant, started the family's involvement in the oyster industry, which was carried on by subsequent generations. Bickings Jr. has a wealth of knowledge about the family's history in the oyster business, including the trials and hardships they faced, the locations of their businesses, and the names and locations of other companies in the Port Norris and Maurice River area.

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

James Bradford was born on July 30, 1930, in Morristown, but was raised in Port Norris where he also attended school. After leaving Port Norris, he served in the Navy and was stationed in Norfolk for three years, with a one-year duty in Hawaii. Upon his return, he worked on an oyster boat for Norman Jefferies, Sr. in Greenwich. His parents were Janet Bradford and Earl Bradford, originally from Newport. He had two brothers, Robert and Earl.

Rachel Dolhanczyk Port Norris, NJ Bayshore Center at Bivalve Delaware Bay Museum & Folklife Center
John Breslin, Jr. New Jersey’s Delaware Bayshore

John Breslin, Jr. grew up in South Jersey, where both his parents were raised and worked in the Millville, New Jersey area mother,  His mother, Mabel Banks Holt, worked as an office manager for the shucking house F.F. East Co., Inc. in Maurice River Township, New Jersey, from the 1930s to the early 1950s. She traveled across the country for business with oyster wholesalers and clients. After F.F. East's death, Mrs. Holt took charge of the shucking house. Mr. Breslin taught history at Port Norris Elementary School from 1952-57.

Patricia A. Moore , Rachel Dolhanczyk Maurice River, NJ Bayshore Center at Bivalve Delaware Bay Museum & Folklife Center
Richard Camp New Jersey’s Delaware Bayshore

Richard Camp is a third-generation railbird pusher (guide). He is the son of Kenneth Camp and grandson of Hise Camp, a well-known family who live along the Maurice River in Port Elizabeth, New Jersey, and operated Camp's Farm Market until 2015. Richard started pushing when he was fourteen or fifteen years old in 1970.

Rachel Dolhanczyk Port Elizabeth, NJ Bayshore Center at Bivalve Delaware Bay Museum & Folklife Center