150 years ago


May 5, 1870


A relic of antiquity


A maiden lady Miss Salile Jelf, died at her residence in Elizabeth, N.J., on Saturday, in her 105th year. Some of the incidents of her history are thus related. She was born March 27, 1766. The father of Miss Jelf, who was an English merchant, died while she was young, and although having lost all his property by the depredations of the Hessians and the depreciation of the currency, he left her in comfortable circumstances. Her memory did not desert her until a few days before her death, when she become wholly unconscious. Up to that time she was cheerful and contented. She resided many years with her niece, Miss Mary Chetwood, who with the exception of an old and attached domestic, was the only other inmate of the house, in which she had lived nearly 60 years. She could read with ease ordinary newspaper type. She remembered distinctly the breaking out of the Revolution of ’76, and loved to tell of her conversation with George Washington and General Lafayette, and the banquet she attended — given in her honor — on their visit to Elizabeth at the head of the American army, during the great Jersey Campaign. She clearly recollected the burning of a portion of Elizabeth by the Hessians. She had not been out of the house for nearly 15 years, and had never seen a locomotive, or ever ridden in a horse car.


125 years ago


May 9, 1895


She convinced him who she was


The many Sussex admirers of Annie Oakley, who have witnessed her marvelous shooting on the fairgrounds in this town, will read the following concerning her with considerable interest. Miss Oakley received a post office money order recently and went to the post office at Nutley, where she resides, to have it cashed. It was made out to the order of Mrs. Frank E. Butler, which is the lady’s name in private life. The postal clerk told her she would have to give proof of her identity. She explained that she was Annie Oakley. The clerk refused to believe her, saying: “No, you ain’t; I’ve seen her lots of times with Buffalo Bill’s show, and she’s a little bit of a girl and you’re a grown-up woman.” Miss Oakley noticed a revolver on the clerk’s desk and said: “I’ll prove I’m Annie Oakley; lend me your revolver; now go and stick that envelope up on the wall.” The clerk obeyed her, and before he knew it she sent a bullet through the postage stamp on the envelope. She got her money order cashed without more ado.


100 years ago


May 6, 1920


Cause of rain a mystery


The mysteries of rain are not yet cleared away. The forces of electricity, or magnetism, of radio activity, of ultra violet light and all the other agencies which may collaborate in the production of a downpour of rain are very obscure. Wind and rain come together, and the changes of temperature make what we call weather. In the South Sea Islands the natives have no word which means weather, as the atmospheric conditions never change.


75 years ago


May 3, 1945


Jud Snover writes from Pacific


Jud was formerly an employee of the New Jersey Herald


Dear Harry:


Just a few lines to let you and the rest of the boys know I’m still kicking and getting along fine. I sure hope you are too. Things seem to be coming under control very nicely out this way and I say the sooner the better. I’ve certainly found out that there is one lot of water in the Pacific and a long way between ports. It sure will be good to set foot on some good earth again, preferably Newton, but I imagine that will be a while yet.


I’m enclosing a copy of the address given at the memorial service for the late President Roosevelt, on board here somewhere in the middle of the Pacific by our Navy Chaplain. It was really an impressive service, we thought, so I asked the chaplain for a copy to send you for the paper. You’re free to use it, if you care to.


How is the new addition coming along? That should make it quite a building. Give my regards to all the boys, also Mrs. Brugler and Clare. Where is “Spike” now? I haven’t had the paper in some time. I’ll probably get a lot of them at the next port, so I don’t get much news from around there.


Give my regards to all and drop me a line when you get the chance.


As ever,


“Jud”


50 years ago


May 6, 1970


Protected postmen


LONDON — British postmen are to be protected against robbers this winter — by headlights.


The men will have new two-beam lamps fitted to their uniforms.


It will be a case of dipped lights to read addresses and switching to main beam to pick out house numbers, door-step hazards.


The lights will be used during the early morning hours of winter darkness.


25 years ago


May 3, 1995


Bear crashes museum party


FRANKLIN — As the employees at the Franklin Mineral Museum got ready for a visit by 122 schoolchildren on Tuesday, an uninvited guest showed up.


A black bear, which had been near the museum mineral dump on Monday, much to the excitement of two classes prospecting there, showed up again early Tuesday morning, prompting a flurry of calls to police and the state Division of Fish and Game.


“We are mainly concerned that no one gets hurt,” said Manager Carol Hunsinger. During the night, the bear knocked down the rear fence on the mining property, she said.


Children who visit the museum eat lunch in an area outside near the mineral dump, she said.


But Richard Goszka, wildlife control officer for the state Division of Fish and Game, said the 350 bears in the state frequently come in contact with people. He said he would not expect the bear by the mineral museum to hurt anyone.


“There has never been a documented case in New Jersey where they hurt people,” he said.


Fish and Game prefers not to move a bear from its established territory because there is no place to put them, Goszka said. Noise can discourage a bear from hanging around an area, he said.


The bear had been spotted on Monday with a cub. No cub was spotted on Tuesday.