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Port Norris, NJ

Interviewee Collection Sort descending Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation
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

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
James Bradford New Jersey’s Delaware Bayshore

Interview with James Bradford.

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

William H. Bradway, Jr. describes his work experience while employed by the Port Norris Oyster Company including the company business, employees, boats that were owned by the company and the captains who ran the boats. He discusses who they sold their oysters to, where the plant was located. He also goes into detail the genealogy of ownership since the beginning of the company. The company had a shucking house associated with the canning and shipping and he shares stories about the shuckers and where they lived.

Meghan Wren-Briggs, Pat Moore Port Norris, NJ Bayshore Center at Bivalve Delaware Bay Museum & Folklife Center
Phillip Cisrow New Jersey’s Delaware Bayshore

Philip Cisrow, an oyster shucker from the Whittington-Cisrow family, demonstrates how to shuck an oyster and discusses the job of a shucker during a presentation to a 6th grade class at Port Norris School.

Sally Van de Water Port Norris, NJ Bayshore Center at Bivalve Delaware Bay Museum & Folklife Center
Joan Riggin Harper New Jersey’s Delaware Bayshore

Joan Riggin Harper was born in 1924 to an oystering family. Her father and uncle where owners and operators of Riggin & Riggin. Joan grew up in Port Norris and shares her memories of her family's shucking house, which burned down in the 1930s, and their schooners the ADDIE RIGGIN and TONY FAUST. She also recalls family members such as Aunt Beck and her cousins the Batemen's.

Patricia A. Moore , Rachel Dolhanczyk Port Norris, 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
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
George "Babe" Wallace New Jersey’s Delaware Bayshore

George Wallace (b. 1914) and Freddie Smith (b. 1929) were employed by different oyster companies for over 50 years throughout Bivalve and Port Norris, New Jersey. They worked as oyster shuckers and skimmers in the oyster houses and as deckhands and captains on oyster schooners. They discussed their work, families, life and memories of friends and other workers. The interview was conducted while they were on break from their work at Harbor House Packing Company, the last shucking house in Port Norris, New Jersey.

Patricia A. Moore , Olin McConnell Port Norris, NJ Bayshore Center at Bivalve Delaware Bay Museum & Folklife Center