Manasquan, N.J.

We moved to Manasquan in the early 1940s. Manasquan was a small beach front town of about 4,000 population on the Jersey Shore about seven miles to the south of Asbury Park. In the summer the population would increase to about 12,000. We were about 60 miles from New York City which we could get to easily via the Jersey Central RR which went right through town.

The house my parents bought actually was just outside the city limits of Manasquan in Wall Township. Accordingly we boys went to Allenwood Grammar School rather than to a grammar school in Manasquan. Beyond our house, to the west, were woods and farms, the main north-south highway and many small villages. The house faced an unpaved road, Tecumseh Place. Many of the nearby roads had Indian names.

Shortly after arriving in the area I learned that after the first rain following the fall plowing of the farm fields near the Manasquan River the Indian arrowheads and the sharks’ teeth would be visible on the top of the ground. I would walk for hours up and down the furrows and over time collected quite a few arrowheads. I also found sharks teeth. They were there because the old time farmers used marl for fertilizing their fields and the marl pits had lots of fossils in them.

I also got to know probably every wild flower within twenty miles of our house which I would press and add to my attic museum. The attic of our house was unfinished and I took it over as my private museum. That is where I had my collections of skulls, fossils, arrow heads, wood samples of all trees in the region, sea shells, minerals and many other things. I was a budding naturalist and collector.