A look through Red Bank Register archives at what happened this week in Monmouth history.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Wednesday, February 20
When you take in a runaway, you may want to hide your money. Capt. John Skidmore learned this lesson the hard way. The Feb. 21, 1900 issue of the Red Bank Register chronicles Willie Hendrickson's adventure on Skidmore's $170. Fresh off a "runaway trip to Georgia," the 19-year-old Navesink man found himself homeless with no money. Skidmore, who the Red Bank Register described as being "noted for his bigheartedness," took in Hendrickson and spent $21 on new clothes for the man. The good deed did not go unpunished. Hendrickson soon discovered Skidmore's hidden stash of $170 in cash and went on a spending spree, buying a sailboat in Locust Point, a gold watch in Atlantic Highlands, and opera tickets in Red Bank for him and his friends. All …
Author Kevin Woyce chronicles our shorelines from Sandy Hook to Cape May
Home is where the heart is, and for many of us, our tickers beat along with the waves of the Jersey coast. Did you know that the land we love was once dubbed “worthless” and sold for a mere 4 cents an acre? Author, photographer and speaker Kevin Woyce revealed that and many other fun facts and stories at an event at the Oceanic Free Library in Rumson. Woyce opened his “History of the Jersey Shore” presentation with the story of William Kidd, a New York ship captain who was hired to hunt pirates in the late 1600s. “There really were pirates of the Caribbean back then,” said Woyce. Ironically, Captain Kidd turned the tides and was arrested for piracy in Boston in 1699. It was rumored that he had buried his treasure along the Jersey Shore. “…