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12/23/1920

Bamber Company Bankrupt

The Cedar Crest Orchard and Produce Company, which owns several thousand acres at Cedar Crest, formally Bamber, Ocean County, is now in bankruptcy. The home office of the company in Bellville, Essex county. The large tract at Bamber was under the superintendence of E. W. Weimar. On this tract Weimar had set out something like 150,000 peach trees, more than half of which came in bearing last year. Storms at the time of ripening wiped out much of the crop. There are several thousand young trees not yet bearing. The Bamber tract was for years the property of the Hurry family and William Hurry made his home there a long time. It is on the Tuckerton railroad, south of Whitings, and aside from the railroad can only be reached by unimproved sand roads of the pines.
 
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12/22/1921

HUNTER AIMS GUN AT GAME WARDEN

Forty Gunners In Wrangle Over Game License

Game Warden Charles C. Morton, of Mount Holly; Thomas Kelly, of Jersey City, and Frank Stemming, of Stanwood, Union County, had an exciting experience with a party of nearly 40 gunners at Shoal Branch below Chatsworth, on Monday afternoon, when the officers approached the men and asked to see their hunting licensees. These fact were made known yesterday after the wardens returned home. The party comprised mostly gunners from Chatsworth and vicinity, with a number of non-residents who had come to enjoy the four-day open season for deer in the Jersey pines.

It is said that some of the party did not take kindly to the demand of the wardens and hot words were soon exchanged, while hints at violence on the part of some of the party finally caused Warden Stemming to draw his revolver. No sooner had the officer done this than one of the gunners said to be a man from Deal, N.J., is alleged to have loaded his gun with buck-shot. He is accused of shoving the muzzle of his gun into Stemming's back, apparently with the intention of pulling the trigger. Before he could do so, however, one of the man's companions struck the muzzle upwards and the gun went off into the air. This hair-breath escape from a gruesome tragedy sobered everybody down considerably. Warden Morton later had to handle one of the gunners rather roughly for his belligerent attitude. The wardens examined the licenses produced by the members of the party. The authorities have the name of the man who is accused of attempting violence upon the warden and it is promised that he will be severely dealt with. Warden Morton said it is the first time he had ever met with resistance on the part of gunners when he had asked to show their licenses of for any other cause during his long experience.
 

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....."nearly 40 gunners at Shoal Branch below Chatsworth".

Funny, we all think "below" Chatsworth for a location such as that, but in an article today, it would be 'south' of Chatsworth.
 

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1/23/1908

A seasonable Warning

William H. Schack of New York city, has sold his interest in a tract of 500 acres of land near Chatsworth on the Tuckerton Road between Duke's bridge and Three Bridges to the National Townsite Co. Another fake city lot scheme may be looked for.
 

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Cranberry Watchman Found Dead in Bog

10/22/1947

Atwood Tomlin, 76, a watchman on a cranberry bog on Carranza road, Tabernacle, near here was found dead yesterday in a picker's shack near the bog.

His body was found by Mrs. Mamie Prickett, of Tabernacle, wife of the bog owner. (Doesn't that mean she owns it also??????) Coroner Richard A. Grover, of Mt Holly, said the man had been dead since about October 4. He was last seen on that date, according to Grover, in a grocery store in Tabernacle.

Tomlin was a welfare case, Grover said, and added the man had no relatives. When the body was found it was beyond recognition, Death was attributed to natural cases, Grover declared.

Internment was in Burlington county burial ground today at New Lisbon. The case was investigated by Hammonton sate police.
 

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July 28, 1931

Washington Township, Burlington county obtained additional aid to the amount of $1134. for placing bituminous treated gravel on Speedwell Road.
 

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See Atwood Tomlin two posts previous

ShotOver Lega; Size Get Hunter 90 Days

2/3/1932

Charged with violation of the game laws, Atwood Tomlin was arrested by Game Warden Roy R. Carson, yesterday, in the dear woods, and was committed to the county jail for 90 days in default of a fine of $100 and $7.50 costs, by Justice of the Peace John Throckmorten, of Mt. Holly.

Tomlin was charged with having in his possession, shot larger than No. 2.
 

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$100 is a ridiculously high fine for that era. No wonder he took the jail time over the fine. He got a cot, a warm place, and food. Cost them more than the $100 to keep him.
 
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I may have another interesting article about him. His age is off by one or two years so I am uncertain. But I think it is him. It is long so it will take some time to write up.
 

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The age of Atwood does not match and is two years different. However, it may still be him as his date in either article may have been incorrect. In any event, it is still interesting.


NY TImes 9/21/1903

Say They were Shanghaied

Two NJ Farmers, Stowaways On The Cymric, Tell Story Of Hard Luck In England


Two native born American's, a naturalized citizen, and a German who said he had lived here for twenty years were found stowed away on the steamship Cymric, which reached the port yesterday from Liverpool. The two former are farmers, and according to their stories were shanghaied on board a steamer and taken to England. They were Atwood Tomlin, thirty years of age, and James Chambers, twenty six years of age. They gave their homes as Skyeville, N.J. (Near Camden according to another article??)

When the ship had been out three days a coal passer discovered them hiding in one of the bunkers. They were taken on deck, and after being questioned were put to work. Tomlin, who was spokesman, said:
"We went to New York one night about a month ago, and while there had several drinks, the last one at a place on the water front. What happened after that neither of us remembers. We awoke on board a tank steamer named the Saxilene, when she was almost out of sight of land. Of course, we had to work until the ship reached Shields, in England, where we were put ashore without money. We applied to the American Consul for aid, but we had no proof we were Americans, so he would not help us. We had to walk all the way to Liverpool, begging for food where we could not steal it. We waited for a chance and climbed aboard the steamer."

When the ship arrived the men were locked up in the hospital until affidavits saying they were citizens of this county were prepared for signing. Tomlin signed his and was about to be allowed to go, when it was discovered that his companion could not write. The officers could not discharge Chambers until the paper was signed, so they ordered him sent to Ellis Island. Tomlin said he would stick by Chambers, and was allowed to go to the island also.

The other two stowaways, Edward Cowan and Jon Ekorbe, both of whom gave address in this city, were also held until authorities could investigate.
 

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In the article above where Atwood was arrested for having the wrong size shot, it is mentioned he was arrested by Roy R. Carson. Well, Game Warden Carson had an interesting career. There are numerous articles about his massive arrest record and here are a few that lead up to something interesting. It was like the old west in the pines back then.

12/19/1928

PHILA. HUNTERS FINED FOR POSING AS NATIVES

Dr. David Mackey, 4223 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, and William Britton, 434 South Fourth street, Philadelphia, were arrested by Game Warden Roy R. Carson, of Atsion, charged with obtaining a resident hunting license.
The combination looked odd to the warden, the men driving a Pennsylvania car and exhibiting New Jersey buttons. They were given a hearing before William Branin, justice of the peace who imposed a fine of $20 on each.



11/12/1028
2 CAMDEN MEN JAILED AS DRUNKEN HINTERS

William May, of 2808 Burwick street, and William Coz, 1970 Federal street, both of Camden, were arrested Saturday by Game Warden Roy R. Carson, on a charge of hunting in the woods for rabbits while under the influence of liquor. They were given a hearing before Justice. Joseph W. Johnston, of Moorestown, who imposed a fine of $57.50 each. Being unable to pay the fines they were committed to the county jail at Mt. Holly.

There are many many more. Then this.

1/21/1933
GAME WARDEN DENIES ATTACK ON VIOLATOR

When Roy R. Carson of Medford, a state fish and game warden, indicted for assaulting Samuel Nichols, of Green Bank, during an argument over a game law violation by Nichols, appeared in court before Judge Charles A. Rigg, yesterday, he entered a plea of not guilty through Robert Peacock, assistant attorney general of the state.

As a result, when the case is moved by Prosecutor Howard Eastwood, the state will be arrayed against itself, for the attorney general's office has taken up the case of Warden Carson, an employee of the state, which Prosecutor Eastwood, representing the state, will prosecute the case.

The angles presented in this trial are unique in the annals of the Burlington County courts.


At this point I found nothing on the outcome of his case. He continued to work until at least 1938.


3/23/1963

Roy R. Carson
Medford
Roy R. Carson, 69, died Friday at his home after a short illness. A WW1 veteran of the Army, he was a retired game warden.
 
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The local Game Warden for Camden County when I was a kid and up until I was an adult living here, was the late Bob Hutchinson. He was everything you would imagine a Game Warden to be. He was a big man, a little gruff and truly concerned with getting the bad guys and cheaters. I first met him when I was a kid fishing at Square Circle in Gibbsboro when the lake was open to the public. The lake was on the trout stocking list back then and he was there every opening day that I can remember checking licenses, stamps and limits.

He use to visit the bogs near my house every year during waterfowl seasons and he always wrote a lot of summonses for late shooting. This offense was and is still prevalent after the Federal law made sunset the quitting time for waterfowl as opposed to one half hour after sunset as it is for all other game species. Late shooting back here is especially troubling because these bogs cannot be waded (bottomless, life sucking mud) and unless you have a dog or boat, you will never retrieve your birds.

Hutchinson's successor wasn't nearly as visible and he has already retired. I have met a few of the newer, younger guys that handle our territory and they try to do a good job but they are spread far too thin. One thing that I appreciate is that they are more than willing to give you their cell numbers. I keep two of them handy to call in violators along with the Operation Game Thief number: (855) 648-8477
 
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12/13/1947

DEER HUNTING GUIDE DIES ON JOB

David Thomas, 58, well-known deer hunting guide, died of a heart attack today as he was starting to lead a group of hunter along the Chatsworth-Tabernacle Road.

Thomas was guide for the Roosevelt Deer Club of Trenton, and was accompanied by his son, Robert,22, and his brother-in-law, Kenneth Scott, when he slumped over near the side of the road.

Thomas who resided on the Carranza Memorial road, Tabernacle, is survived by his widow, Nevata; another son, David Jr,, of the Army, and three daughters.