Our neighborhood, known as the Frankyln Tract, had been the site of a Hotel/Cottage complex during the late 1870's. This was the Elberon Hotel c 1904.
Collection of Robert SpeckLong Branch in the 1800s was the fashionable summer resort. Arriving by rail or steamer ship were politicians, authors, publishers, ex-Civil war generals and the wealthy from New York City and Philly's social registers who came to bathe, gamble and race horses along the shore at tracks that rivaled Saratoga.
Among those summering were President Grant and his family,
the Guggenhiem clan, Henry Morganthau, Teddy Roosevelt's gang,
Mark Twain, the Rothchilds, Vanderbilts and the like. Lots of money floating around. They were followed to the "Branch" by sports, dandies and card sharks. Think Diamond Jim Brady, his special friends Lillie Langtry and actress Lillian Russell,
Presidents from Grant to Wilson summered at the Shore. Lincoln and James Garfield vacationed as Congressmen. After President Garfield was shot at Washington's Union Station on July 2, 1881 he endured a hot summer at the White House. In September, with the threat of malaria in DC, he was moved to Long Branch NJ. They brought the injured President Garfield to Charles Franklyn's cottage on the hotel grounds.
c 1910So he would not be jostled in a horse drawn carriage an extraordinary effort was undertaken to accommodate the dying president. On the night of September 5 2000 towns people built a rail spur 5/8ths of a mile down Lincoln Ave from the Elberon rail station to the house door.
Entertaining a Nation
Our house is in the upper right.
I spent a great deal of time on this private beach, even before we lived there. I had several mother's helper jobs for families on the next over private street. On one job I had a "Pink Car Jeepy" (to quote the kids) that had been imported from Acapulco. I used it all the time. Fringe on the top, no seat belts back then!!! Looked like this model. Even Elvis had one!!!
My Mom painted this great 1907 house black. Come to think of it she had all our houses painted black. Second kitchen in the basement. (See why I was drawn to my present house?) Outdoor shower too. I love those.
Here's a view from today. Fronting Ocean Ave, we had a enclosed porch off the dining room where we ate every summer meal, watching the street action. There is a funny curve and lots of accidents!
The lovely wide, shady, cool porch where there was always a breeze is gone! It opened up past the front door and wrapped all the way around to the ocean side. Replaced by a deck. The two car garage was moved from the back corner of the property and attached to the side of the house in place of the porch. The balcony I had off my bedroom, overlooking the ocean ... gone.
Marian WashauerI cropped it out of the aerial picture above but Bing and Google have old and new aerial views) Here's a shot of our house's oceanside stairs and my sister's wedding party.
My son on the pebble drive at my sister's wedding
c 1905and the reception was at the house. My dress is the same white cotton pique dress my sister wore later. Mom made all the dresses. We had a tent pitched on the lawn (now a parking area). All the neighborhood little girls came to catch the bouquet.