Strathmere Photos from George MacGauhey

George MacGauhey was born in Philadelphia around 1896. He was an engineer and fireman for the West Jersey Seashore Railroad Line starting around 1915. (Later known as the Pennsylvannia Reading Seashore Line). In his early engineer days, he came through Strathmere often. He built a home of his own on The Point in Strathmere in the late Teens. For his foundation, he used beams from the wreck of the barge known as the Maryland (formally part of the General Slocum) The Maryland sank off of the coast of Strathmere in 1911.
During his time in Strathmere he helped to start the Strathmere Volunteer Fire Company in 1924, and he was one of Strathmere's first lifeguards. He also served in WWI.
He retired from the railroad in 1965 after 50 years of hard work. He and his wife Margie retired to their home in Strathmere. George passed in 1986 at the age of 90.
George's brother Harry was a real estate developer in Strathmere for many years, and their mother Ella Lump also owned property in Strathmere.

Some of the following photos were shared by the family of Frank Hauck of Sea Isle City. They came from photo albums belonging to George MacGauhey that he gave to his friend Frank. The newspaper story was found online at

George in his WWI uniform, posed in front of the West Jersey Cottages in Strathmere

George (left) on the beach with Strathmere's first lifeguard Johnnie Trainor, 1920s

I think this is George's wife in both photos. George has on his Strathmere lifeguard uniform, but I don't know where that photo was taken.

Here are some early photos taken around The Point area, around 1918, probably by George.

The A-Frame of the West Jersey Railroad Bridge. This railroad bridge was once where our current bridge is now.

This is a view of the railroad tracks of the West Jersey Railroad bridge, taken from on top of the A-frame.

View from the north end of Bayview, looking south-west towards the bay and the railroad bridge.

View from the old water tower, looking north towards the West Jersey Railroad Bridge.

The flag is on the roof of the West Jersey Cottage, the railroad bridge and the bay are in the background. The photo was taken from the roof of The West Jersey Cottage's Annex

I'm not sure of the date, probably the late Teens or 1920s. The house was saved, it still stands.

George and his wife Margie in later years, on the steps of their house. I would guess late 1940s to early 1950s. After George's death, his home was bought and expanded by Dewey Powell. The house still stands in part.

On September 9, 1923, a group of 14 residents and property owners of Strathmere met and formed the Strathmere Fire Company. It was incorporated under the laws of New Jersey in February 1924. Those present for the incorporation of the Fire Company were - James E. Godfrey, W.A.P. Thompson, George R. McCullough, Frank B. Burroughs, H.B. MacGauhey, G.B. MacGauhey, H.A. Wittkamp Jr., W.T. Sweigard, Harlan P. Wittkamp, Henry A. Wittkamp Sr., C.T. Hankins, George B. Glenn, Edward B. Burroughs and A.Z. Drozdov. Witnessed by Catherine McCullough.
Here is a photo of George in Strathmere's first fire truck. The truck was bought in 1927, but this photo was taken around 1940.

Here is a story from The Press of Atlantic City 1974. It features an interview and photo of George on the steps of his house. The story talks a little about the history of storm damage in Strathmere and how George's house has withstood them. He believes it is because he used huge beams from the wreck of a barge that sank off of the coast of Strathmere for his foundation.

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