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Number Twenty-Five

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A Walk to Ballouville


Approaching the spillway of the dam that creates the mill pond for the Ballouville mill. The drawings of the piping systems for the mills estimated the average flow at 600,000 gallons per day. There's a six inch pipe from the dam to the mill in Attawaugan to provide backup water for the mill and the system of fire hydrants in the village, one of the first such systems in a rural Connecticut area.

The control gate for the old mill race has been filled in, so not even a trickle of water runs through now.

Dry mill race


This is an average amount of water flow over the dam. During spring floods, the tiers in the spillway are obscured by the water, and you wouldn't even consider getting near the edge. During the dry part of the summer, the flow shrinks to a trickle over the center, and kids play in the water at the base of the dam.

The road out of town to the north cuts through what remains of the village of Pineville. Site of another mill, and not much else. Pineville is very overgrown and green looking because of the high water table and frequent floods. This pink azalea is about the only non green color along the road.

Pink azalea


Walking back through Ballouville, we see the last addition to the Ballouville mill. This "shed" covers about four or five thousand square feet, with twenty four foot clear span ceilings. It has a concrete floor and large roll doors at each end, the north one opening onto a loading dock. Great furniture storage possibilities.

Looking past the "shed" towards the back of the original mill building. A few company houses were built between the mill and the road, and are still home to some former mill employees.

Mill houses

Loading dock

A newer addition with a loading dock, tucked between some company houses on one side, and what used to be the general store in town on the corner. The building still houses the Ballouville post office, the Ballouville Aquarium (fish, tanks and supplies), and some apartments.

An interesting old building overlooking the main intersection in "town". Rumored to be an old blacksmith's building, or granary.

Old building

A little rooster

A small colorful rooster guarding the sidewalk on the way out of town back to Attawaugan. It was clear that this was his territory, and I was visiting.

The down stream side of the old millrace about a quarter mile down from the mill, and a hundred yards before it rejoins the Five Mile River.

Millrace down stream

The river

The Five Mile River, just south of the Ballouville Road bridge. This is a quiet stretch of the river north of the turbulent areas near the church and the old Attawaugan mill dam.

A race of Super Weeds lives along the road on the way back to Attawaugan. They grow through the pavement just outside of the tire path.

Super Weed

Paint By Numbers

The last quarter mile of the trip passed by a yard sale, where five dollars bought this paint-by-number scene. One of the same series of paintings of which two hang in the Dip&Sip, painted by my grandfather many years ago.

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Patent Related

United States Patent Office

Patent Search Legal Server

Nautical Sites

Original Sloop Providence, the coastal steamer Nobska. Great java graphic on the home page.
(Used to be docked in Providence), The Yachtsman's Guide to the Web.

Huge Nautical Site, one of the best out there.

Tall Ships Site

Draikar's Photo Archives, Photos of historic ocean liners.

Ports Of Call, A strange nautical site, mostly about pirates.

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Star Market , a supermarket chain and food wholesaler from the Boston area, has launched a web site with downloadable catalogs for its wholesale customers. We would like to think Eastside Marketplace was one of the first to request this service, a number of years ago, and that gentle pressure over time has resulted in this development.

Check out the Bloom Aroma Therapy partial order form.


the Rhode Island Product page, featuring Mayor's own Marinara Sauce.

Remember, these are not complete order forms. They're just set up to establish color schemes and page layouts and graphic content. The actual pages will be delivered by an online database.

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A History Of The Ocean County Seashore
Part Five

In 1880 there were only 7 houses on the peninsula from Bay Head to Barnegat Inlet.

In 1926 Island Beach, south of Seaside Park was bought by the Phipps family. It was acquired by the state in 1958 and opened as Island Beach State Park in 1959.

On Decoration Day in 1909 Christian Hiering and the promoters conducted railroad excursions to show prospective buyers land in what would become Seaside Heights. In 1912 the Manhasset Company laid out streets from Porter Avenue to Grand Avenue. On April 12, 1913, they split off from Berkeley Township and became a borough. In 1913 the Union Church was founded. In 1914, the year their school opened, you could buy a 40 foot beach front lot for $100.00, a summer bungalow complete for $500.00, or you could rent a four room bungalow for $150.00 for the season.

October 23, 1914, the bridge across the Bay opened, making it only a 65 mile auto trip from Philadelphia, and therefore the nearest seashore resort to the Quaker City. It cost twenty-five cents for a car to cross.

1916 brought street lights and the first movie theater. The first carousel started operation in 1917 and the boardwalk was completed in 1919.

In 1924, J. Stanley Tunney, who would later be the long time mayor, came to Seaside Heights. He worked for Frank Freeman, a pioneer developer, and supplemented his income by mining the sand for lost coins. In the mid twenties, he hired a lifeguard for Freeman. He noticed the man always carried with him a life ring. It was for a good reason. Only at the end of the season did Mr. Tunney discover his life guard couldn't swim. The illustrious Seaside Heights Beach Patrol began operations in 1927. All of its members could swim.

In December of 1924, a rum runner ran afoul of heavy seas and spilled it's cargo on the beach. Seaside Heights citizen salvagers had a field day. By the time the authorities arrived, there were only forty cases left to be seized, and the rum running crew was long gone.

(I bet there's still a bottle of that rum in some dusty garage, basement or attic)

That's all for part Five.

Look for part six, the last, in the next issue.

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Sunset 1

Another great sunset, listening to the ducks and geese and bullfrogs.

A slap on the water from fish jumping and...
A steam whistle from the steam launch making its first appearance on the lake this season.

Sunset 2

Sunset 3

The launch seems to be berthed somewhere on the northeast cove, and steams around the lake around sunset on many summer nights.

The southwest corner of the lake seems to be home to a Mini-Tugboat . Check out this link, it's a nice website, and check out this azalea.

Sunset 4

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