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1906 Atlantic City Train Wreck and residents of Wenonah


Easter in 1906 was on April 15. The next Thursday on April 19th Claire sent a postcard from Atlantic City to Master Steuart DeKlyne in Wenonah saying that she would see him on Sunday April 22. The Flett Studio was at 1517 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ. It was a well known studio and big names like the owners of Bamberger's Department store would stop there for a portrait.

Sithens Cash Grocer

Here's the second photo provided by Rick Mitchell, also given to him by Sue McNally.

W.H. Sithens and his wife, Phoebe were listed on page 255 of The Farm Journal Directory of Gloucester County, published in 1913. They were listed as tenant farmers located on South Broadway. Shown below is the page that lists them. You can download and view the whole journal from the link at the bottom of the page.

Former Resident of Wenonah Recalls Childhood Days of 1890s

Born July 10, 1885 in Pennsylvania, John Craven Holinger, moved to Wenonah at an early age and spent his boyhood there. In this letter to the Woodbury Daily Times published on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 1972 he recalls those childhood days. His family is shown by the US Census to be in Wenonah in 1900. His father, Charles was listed as a railroad clerk in that census.

They later moved to Woodbury and then to Philadelphia. The 1900 Census is linked below. Draft registration cards for John are also listed.

Wenonah School Board's High School Decisions in 1905, 1908, and 1911

A 1905 decision by the Wenonah Board of Education paid tuition for students going to Woodbury High from the borough.

A 1908 decision of the Wenonah Board of Education to pay for transportation of Wenonah students to Woodbury High School. The notice appeared in the Jottings through Jersey column of the Philadelphia Inquirer on February 21, 1908. It is the last note in this clipping.

Wenonah Posse That "Got" The Two Yeggmen.

This posse from Wenonah was responsible for apprehending two of three post office robbers in 1908, and according to the Woodbury Times: "Postmaster English, Jos. Truncher, Geo. Parks and some others of Wenonah deserve much credit for walking into the jaws of death in their efforts to capture the robbers."

The story was picked up by a number of papers including the Philadelphia Inquirer, New York Herald, a page is included below, see the article with the title, "BURGLARS AT BAY SHOT BY FARMERS."

Edward Fredrick, 1944

Here's the final photo from Cindy Norris. This one is of her father, Edward Fredrick in 1944. Mr. Fredrick served in the Air Force in World War II (he landed in Europe on the eve of D Day). After the war, Mr. Fredrick joined Cindy's uncle, Charles Fredrick, as owners of Fredrick Pontiac in Woodbury.

Charles Fredrick

Photo from Cindy Norris of Charles Fredrick, Cindy's uncle, with the right side of his home behind him. Charles Fredrick took over the Pontiac dealership from Cindy's grandfather, George Fredrick.

1st Lieutenant William Edward Seiders, Jr.

1st Lt. William E. Seiders served with Gen. George S. Patton Jr.'s Third Army, United States Army, during World War II.

He was the son of William E. Seiders Sr. and Myra B. Seiders of 207 North Clinton Ave., Wenonah.

Seiders was a graduate of Woodbury High School and Drexel Institute. He entered the Army in April, 1943, and, after training at Camp Walters and Camp Livingston, graduated from Officers Candidate School in April, 1944.

Seiders was promoted to First Lieutenant Dec. 1, 1944 at Camp Luis Obispo, California. He was killed in action April 26, 1945.

Private Robert Manners

Private Robert Manners served with the United States Army in World War II. Manners was born in 1925 and was raised in Wenonah.

After initial training in the Army, he was assigned to the 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division serving in the European Theatre of Operations.

Manners fought in what later became known as the Battle of the Bulge and was killed in action on Dec. 22, 1944, during that battle.

Manners is laid to rest at Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery in Henri-Chapelle Belgium.

Wall of Heroes: 1st Lt. Arthur J. Holeton

1st Lt. Arthur J. Holeton served with the American Expeditionary Force, United States Army, during World War I.

He was a graduate of the Wenonah Military Academy, Class of 1912, and the Arthur J. Holeton American Legion Post 192 was named for him.

Holeton was killed after the Armistice was signed, while on a troop train, in Bordeaux, France, Dec. 21, 1918. [DNB on the photo above stands for Died, Non-Battle}

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