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Willard Road

The May Family has a long history in Strathmere too. This house was built by John R. May on Willard in 1948.
From Tom May - "The lot was bought in 1947 or 1948 for about $500. Our father borrowed about $5,000 from his life insurance to spend on materials. Most of the labor on the house was his, with significant help coming from his brother George L. May. George contributed not only labor, but considerable expertise in construction since by trade he was a boat builder. (Note, at one time on another, the brothers, Al, George, and John collaborated to build several houses in Philadelphia and Strathmere.) During the second year of construction he did hire a professional carpenter, a fellow named Trout. The only power tool I remember was a circular saw. Unlike today when the sheathing would be plywood, the sheathing on this house was eight-inch wide tongue and groove planks nailed in on the diagonal for strength. Today, plywood sheathing would take a few days to install. The sheathing on this house took months. The foundation is poured rein forced concrete. In a storm, this will be the last house standing. The original plan for the house had only one floor. Part way through the construction our parents decided to add the dormers and make two separate apartments. They rented out the first floor for about $1,000 a season. This paid for the taxes, which even then were relatively high."

First photo - On the lawn are George Paul May, Mary Emma May Tyrrell, John Thomas May, and their grandmother, Mary Emma Shriver Carson

Second photo - siblings John R., Carrie, Ruth, and William May. Sitting behind the car adjusting her hearing aid is Mary Emma Shriver Carson. In the background on the left is Wittkamp's corner store and gas station getting a fill-up from a tanker.(now La Fontana) From George May "Later it was Mrs. Bulotta's store. Before she would give me the dime change for my soda, she would hold my hand and recite "Georgy Porgy" to me. The white house in the background was Adolph Erickson's house. That house was moved from Whale Beach and (as I recall my mother telling the story) Mrs. Erickson (who was an invalid), sat in the front room to ride along with the house while it moved to its new location."

Whittier Road

This old bungalow on Whittier remains with the front of the original building still standing, and a large addition in the back.
The 2 photos older color photos were sent to us by Sarah Shivy. Her Great Grandparents - Raymond & Addie Woodward bought the house, and the family owned it until around 1993.
Sarah says "Even though our family no longer owns a house in Strathmere, we still visit the beach, the Deauville, and Twisties every summer! I know I speak for the rest of my family when I saw we love Strathmere! It will always be a favorite place for us!"

This old beach front house on Whittier has withstood mainy storms. The newspaper photo on the left is from the 1962 storm.

Webster Road

This Webster bungalow was known as the 'Lippencott Cottage'

This house was built by George Erbe. It stood happily on the beachfront at Vincent (first photo) until the hurricane of 1944 which left it teetering on it's piles, as you can see in the 2nd photo, which was taken right after the hurricane. Notice the house next to it collapsed, and the house behind it too. The top 2 floors were taken off of the house and moved to a new foundation on Webster. The destinctive roof and side windows are still very recognizable in the 3rd photo, which was taken in 2002.
The Erbe family inherited the 'beachfront property' where the house originally stood on Vincent, but they were unable to rebuild on the property, which is now under water due to beach erosion. But they kept the property and continued to pay the taxes which were only a few dollars a year. Grandson George Erbe, gave the deed to the property to the township a few years ago.

In 1931, The Carson School for girls rented the house for the Summer season, when it was still on Vincent. See photos from their scrapbook here

This house on Webster once stood on the other side of the street, before the hurricane of 1944. It was the 2nd house from the ocean, next to the house once known as the 'C.B. Winters House' The photo with the car was taken about 1932. The other was right after the hurricane, storm debris can be seen in front of the house.

The house was then moved to it's current location across the street. Below is a photo of it from 1954. The 2nd photo was taken in 1991, around the time that the present owners bought it. The last photo shows the home right after it was raised.

Vincent Road

This is the old 1 room schoolhouse on Vincent. The old photo was from the Wittkamp family, who missed the top of the roof in the photo. The destinctive roof remains with the round window on the upper-front of roof.

Julia Walls sent me some history of her family's time with the home - "I was searching the web for the spelling of Strathmere, as I spent many a summer on Vincent Road in the One Room School House, and to my delight found your page! The School House was owned by my Aunt and Uncle (Charles and Heidi Boyd) and purchased by Heidi’s father, William Schwoebel and restored by the family. The garage in the back yard was a home rescued by my uncle after the storm in 1962. They lived there year round at the time of the storm, and were helicoptered out for safety. (including their dog!) What a wonderful world of memories I have as a child in the 60’s playing kick the can, “dancing in the street”, swimming and having barbeques on the beach with my grandparents, a different day and age."

These photos were sent to us by Lucille DeAngelis Ettore. The family owned this house on Vincent street in the 1960's. Doris DeAngelis is seen in the first photo. The 2nd photo shows a truck and plow that were called in to clear out the 2 feet of sand left in the yard after the storm of 1962.The last photo shows Lucille with friend Patricia Bradley. Behind them is the house next door to theirs, more info on that house below

This Vincent house still stands with just a few additions to the sides and porch.
Tecumseh Road

This great old bungalow was built in 1905 by Gilbert S. Smith. It was bought by Dr. I.S. Ravdin around 1915. Today it is owned by his daughter Elizabeth Bergus's family.

The home was one of the five homes built by Gilbert Smith in Strathmere, the picture on the right shows it right after it was built (Smith's name is on the sign out front) Mr. Smith had flood protection in mind when he built this house. The tall foundation is all concrete. The electrical wiring in the house was originally set in extra wide chair railing, to keep it up high and safe from possible flooding. In the bedroom downstairs, the beds were hung from hooks in the ceiling, to keep sleepers safe and dry during possible flooding. The house also has great details, including the stone covered pillars with decorative tile out front.

This was another of the 5 houses built in Strathmere in the early 1900's by Gilbert S. Smith. This house was all concrete pillars with decorative tile.It has since had additions to the front and back, along with new windows.

The home was once owned by the Troemners. In the small old photo on the below, you can see this house on the left end of the picture. It use to have a screen porch with stone covered pillars. The photo is of Elizabeth Bergus as a young girl, with her mother. They are standing in the street in front of their house. You can see not only this cottage, but also Carother's/Harvey's Corner, and the old country store in the background. Old photo is from the late 30's to early 40's.
Sumner Road

The old photo shows how the building looked in the early 1900's.

This home was once a bed & breakfast/boarding house type rental. It was built by James Carothers (who had also built the Whelen/Deauville in 1881) It was known as 'Strathmere Cottage' or just as 'Carother's'. It was operated by The Carothers family till around 1942, when they gave it up due to the hard times caused by WWII.

It was later known as 'Harvey's Corner' run by a man named Harvey, of course in the late 50's to early 60's. You could rent rooms and eat in the diningroom downstairs. It was a favorite place for fishermen, stopping in for an early cup of coffee. A nice, friendly family place. Harvey's closed around 1962.

From the 1970s until recently, it was the home of 'Trader Al' Dick Alliger, who passed away in 2013. It was a rooming house where many people spent their Summers, and a favorite hang-out

The 3rd photo to the left was sent to us by Jeff Bearse who stayed at a house on Sumner in the 1970s and occasionally at Trader Al's. The photo was taken in 1975.

This postcard was sent to the website by Michael Cornwell. It is from the early 1900s and it shows the 'Strathmere Bath House' which was a public bathing house built in the late 1800s. Day Trippers would come by train would use to the bath house to change, possibly rent swimsuits for the day. The building was converted to a home and it still stands today on Sumner.

The photos of the aftermath of the 1944 Hurricane were contributed by Ann Coleman. She and her sister vacationed in 17-19 Sumner Road in the 1930s and until 1943.

Bernard & Helen Boris bought the home in 1950. Their daughter Elaine Boris Holsomback still owns the home today.

Beach front, all concrete house,one of 5 built by Gilbert Smith in the early 1900s. This photo from Elizabeth Bergus is from around the 1920s.

Florence and Herman Kibler owned the beach front house, a Spanish style, solid reinforced concrete home with inlaid Spanish tiles throughout. In the livingroom, the tiles were laid out to resemble an Oriental rug. They owned it from the 1940s through the 1960s. Then Mr & Mrs. Dagliesh owned it through the 1990s.

One of the last of the 3 remaining homes from the original five built by Gilbert Smith, it used to stand beach front, but this house was torn down in recent years. The concrete pillars had decorative tile on the corners.

Sherman Road

From Barbara Sharp - "My grandmother Marie McClatchy Mecke spent May- November in her summer home every year- Commonwealth and sold it 1968...fond summer memories"

The following 3 photos were sent to the website by Marlene Paar Murray and her son Steven Murray. The house at 100 Sherman was built by Marlene's parents Frank & Edith Paar in the 1940s. The photo with baby Scott Murray in the playpen was taken about 1959.
The 2nd photo is of Marlene Murray at age 13, standing in front of Dr. Rosenbach's birdbath. The Coast Guard building is in the background.
The 3rd photo is of Scott & Steven's daughters taken from the same angle, almost 60 years later. The girls are clockwise from upper left: Michaela, Makenna, Larkin and Devin

This house stands beachfront on the end of Sherman. I The left photo is from 2001, taken by Alex Halderman. The other photo shows the house after the work was finished.
Putnam Road

Prescott Road

Mystery Strathmere house - I've come across 2 photos of this house now, and I still cannot figure out where it once stood in Strathmere

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