Beachwood a Borough: As It Happened, 1917

The Borough of Beachwood marks its centennial birthday today, March 22nd, having been cut away from Berkeley Township, in which it was established as a resort┬áby the New York Tribune as a land/subscription promotion (announced in Nov. 1914, with construction of the earliest public buildings starting a month later and the resort itself open for new property owners on Decoration Day – now Memorial Day – 1915).

Below are a series of newspaper articles from the New Jersey Courier and the New York Tribune chronicling the move to self-governance courtesy the Beachwood Property Owners’ Association, beginning in Winter 1917 through the passing of the “Beachwood Bill” and subsequent public referendum to make the break official.

New Jersey Courier, Feb. 9th, 1917:

19170209 - NJC - Bill for Beachwood to Be Introduced WM

19170209 - NJC - Incorp Notice 01 WM19170209 - NJC - Incorp Notice 02 WM

New York Tribune, Feb. 18th, 1917:

19170218 - NYT - Lot Owners Back Beachwood Plan to Incorporate Crop WM

New Jersey Courier, Feb. 18th, 1917:

19170223 - NJC - Senator Conrad Intro Bill WM

New Jersey Courier, Feb. 23rd, 1917:

19170223 - NJC - Wonder Where Town Hall Crop WM

New York Tribune, Mar. 6th, 1917:

19170306 - NYT - Bill Passed Crop WM

New York Tribune, Mar. 12th, 1917:

19170312 - NYT - Mayor Rumors Crop WM

New Jersey Courier, Mar. 30th, 1917:

19170330 - NJC - Beachwood Bill Passed Crop WM

19170330 - NJC - Special Election Announced for April 5 WM

New Jersey Courier, Apr. 13th, 1917:

19170413 - NJC - Beachwood a Borough WM

19170413 - NJC - Beachwood Voters from City Came Down Crop WM

Keep an eye on for more Beachwood Centennial history throughout 2017.


Morning Light at Harry P. Staton Home

Morning sunlight at the historic Staton home on December 1st, 2016 –


Bio: Staton, Harry Parker, corner of Beachwood and Barnegat boulevards, Block D-28. All-year resident of Beachwood. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. Manager of the sales department for the comic features of the New York Tribune. The drawings of Clare Briggs and other celebrated comic artists are syndicated by The Tribune and Mr. Staton makes periodic trips through the country to sell these attractions to various daily papers. This makes him move in a continual atmosphere of fun and laughter and accounts for his own good-natured personality. Wife, Mrs. Mabel Staton; children, Alice, Grace and Parker Staton. Member Newspaper Club and Dutch Treat Club, New York City, N.Y. Also charter member and treasurer Polyhue Yacht Club; member, with Mrs. Staton, of the Property Owners’ Assn.

Photo by BHA; information from William Mill Butler’s Beachwood Directory & Who’s Who 1924.