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How Good Is Your Memory?

By THOMAS P. FARNER | Dec 18, 2019

Surf City, NJ — There are some New Jersey traditions that you can set your clock by … like it will rain and be cold during Memorial Day weekend and you will see your last mosquito while wearing your Halloween costume. Locally you notice that The SandPaper dispensers are empty the last week in December and the first week in January.

Here the last issue of the year brings with it a test to see if you can recall all or any of the topics covered during the past 12 months. Before you begin taking the test, just a little refresher of the year 2019: The major storylines were Alice Paul and her fight to win suffrage for women, Jersey Shore shipwrecks, the saving of old Barney and the Jersey Pine Barrens from Cedar Bridge to a jetport, along with events in post-World War I Ocean County.

Good luck! The answers will appear in our next issue, Jan. 8.


1. In early 1919, suffragettes were arrested for protesting President Woodrow Wilson’s lack of support for giving the women the vote when he returned from France at A. Atlanta; B. Boston; C. New York City; D. Philadelphia; E. Baltimore.

2. In 1884, a newspaper launched attacks on Jersey Shore residents accusing them of mistreating shipwreck victims. The paper was: A. The New York Times; B. USA Today; C. the Tuckerton Beacon; D. the Philadelphia Inquirer; E. the New Jersey Courier.

3. In recent years archaeological studies have been carried out at Ocean County’s Cedar Bridge Tavern by: A. National Geographic; B. New Jersey Historical Society; C. Rutgers University; D. Stockton University; E. Monmouth University.

4. The tavern was also host to a segment on a TV show called: A. “Celebrity Chefs”; B. “Diggers”; C. “The Voice”; D. “History’s Mysteries”; E. “Shark Tank.”

5. In 1936, five men died fighting a wildfire in the Pine Barrens near Warren Grove. They were members of: A. The Civilian Conservation Corps; B. Boy Scouts of America; C. The Warren Grove volunteer fire department; D. New Jersey Forest Fire Service; E. U.S. Army.

6. Today there is a monument to the fallen firefighters located at: A. Toms River; B. Cedar Bridge Tavern; C. Bass River State Forest; D. Trenton; E. Stafford Forge.

7. In the early 1960s, government officials developed a plan that would effectively wipe the Jersey Pine Barrens off the map by: A. building a national university; B. erecting a series of nuclear reactors; C. building a giant oil tank storage facility; D. building a huge jetport with a nearby city; E. developing a massive federal prison.

8. During World War I, a local site was used by the Army to test poison gas at: A. Island Beach State Park; B. Stafford Forge; C. Bonnet Island; D. Camp Kendrick; E. Holgate.

9. Which New Jersey Governor signed the bill permitting the forcible sterilization of criminals and those deemed defective? A. Richard Hughes; B. Brendan Byrne; C. Christie Whitman; D. James Fiedler; E. Woodrow Wilson.

10. During the summer of 1919, this New Jersey landmark was in danger. It was: A. Lucy the Elephant; B. Barnegat Lighthouse; C. Cape May Lighthouse; D. the Tuckerton wireless tower; E. the Beach Haven boardwalk.


Match the name of the ship with its description. There will be one left over.

A. The Surprize

B. Brig Hannah

C. Barkentine Elmina

D. Schooner Enterprise

E. Wing Fool

F. Army Transport Sumner

11. Locals were accused of burying its victims in shallow unmarked graves on the beach.

12. the 1832 ship carrying cholera that anchored off Tuckerton.

13. In 1815 before there was a life-saving service, over 100 of its survivors were left to save themselves on Island Beach.

14. Stranded south of Barnegat Light carrying a circus, its horses and monkeys were left free to roam on the beach.

15. Locals claimed its stranding was the cause of the erosion at Barnegat Inlet.


16. At one time Ocean County claimed one of the tallest towers and one of the largest structures in the world.

17. When the Democratic Party won control of Congress in 1918, it quickly passed the amendment giving American women the right to vote.

18. The Kite report stated that many people living in the Jersey Pine Barrens were guilty of inbreeding, bigamy and deviant behavior.

19. Rudy Koening deserves much of the credit for preserving the Cedar Bridge Tavern during the latter half of the 20th century.

20. The Four-Mile Colony was originally founded as a home for Pine Barren deviants.

21. In 1919, a hydrogen-filled airship exploded and crashed into the Empire State Building.

22. Suffragettes in front of the White House once burned speeches given by Republican President Warren G Harding.

23. In order to bring their story to the public, a special train carrying women who had been imprisoned by the U.S. government for demanding the vote, once toured the country.

24. On display today at the Cedar Bridge Tavern Museum is a banner sewn by the women of Tuckerton to celebrate the inauguration of Woodrow Wilson.

25. For a test of the effectiveness of poison gas held in the Jersey Pines, the U.S. Army imported 1,500 Angora goats from Mexico.

Bonus: His study of the heredity of the Pine Barrens Kallikak family was used by the science of eugenics and later the Nazis to urge the elimination of those deemed defective.

Happy Holidays!


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