Fire Company, WWI Displays at Beach Haven Library

Nov 07, 2018

Displays commemorating the 135th anniversary of the Beach Haven Volunteer Fire Co. and the centennial of World War I are featured in November at the Beach Haven Public Library.

The displays feature photographs and artifacts. The fire company exhibit notes that efforts to organize the company began in 1881 due to the devastating Parry House fire. The company was established on April 28, 1883, making it the oldest company in Ocean County.

The original firehouse was in a borough-owned garage on Engleside Avenue. In 1915, the first firehouse was built of red brick with bell tower on corner of Amber Street and Bay Avenue, the site of the current facility.

The World War I display shows a picture of a 1903 Springfield rifle that would have been used during that time period. There is a large bronze valve recovered from the R.C. Mohawk, which was sunk off of Sandy Hook in a collision with the British tanker SS Vennacher.

The display also notes that four of the six sons of Capt. Jerry Sprague served in World War I.

In addition, the library has an ongoing display on veterans from Beach Haven who served from the Civil War to the Vietnam War. There is also a tribute to those who lost their lives during World War II and the Korean War.

The library is asking those who have lived in Beach Haven and are a veteran of any war, or are still in the military, to bring in or email a photo of themselves along with a description of what war they served in and what capacity.  —E.E.




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