“Wild West” Connection in Long Branch

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  1. Frances Picard says:

    My sister’s best friend in high school was Mary Ellen Cody … a direct descendant of Buffalo Bill Cody. Unfortunately, she passed away at the age of 18, shortly after graduating high school.

  2. Theo says:

    Great article Greg yet let us not forget the Kiernan Surfing Association that leased the surfing rights in front of those houses from 1965-1972 from Whitesands Beach Club owner George Savoth.

    We have been awarded a monument from Seven Presidents Park commemorating our tenure and status as the first organized surfing club on the Jersey Shore!

    And at our 50th Anniversary the city of Long Branch awarded us the key to their city as well as recognizing us and declaring so on their books as June 26th Kiernan Surfing Association Day!

    Also, the Historical Society of Long Branch has honored us by having us in for a presentation of our history.
    You may Google us to find a plethora of links of our tenure.

    Sincerely,
    Theo Brantly
    Director
    732.768.8482
    theo.lee3@yahoo.com
    https://www.surfksausa.com/membership

  3. Christian Dauer says:

    My grandparents, Louise and R. Sterling Mueller owned what I think was the “Navaho” in the early-mid 1930s. I believe it’s the last remaining house that was moved. Family photos indicate the houses were not originally painted or perhaps shingles were stained??

  4. Michael P. Sheehan says:

    “Navahoe” was owned by the Muellers. My older siblings remembered when the Muellers spent summers there but I recall that it was rented every summer. One of the tenants was George Delacorte, founder of Dell Books, a leading publisher of paperbacks.

  5. Charles P. Savoth III says:

    I was born and raised on this beach and played amongst the Res homes in winter months. My father Charles operated White Sands Beach Club there when he, my mother Inger, and I lived there in the 1960s. We moved out after a hurricane and my father’s brother Georgie moved in, bulldozing what was left of our modest home.

  6. Charles P. Savoth III says:

    As a matter of fact, I just noticed how the article omitted all references to the time frame my grandfather Charles P. Savoth, I had purchased and owned the entire area of beach upon which he built White Sands Beach Club which my father operated and where we lived until the mid 1960s. It burnt down March 1978. While I believe author Mr. Sheehan’s understandable interest was in his family’s part in the history there, don’t forget us.

    On a lighter note, I’d misunderstood for my lifetime until now that the beach actually had the Wild West Show set up and “summer” there, giving them an occasional show. This makes more sense. But as a young boy, it was me and my Danish mother Inger who would wander around those stately old homes, long abandoned but our interest was in the sea — 24/7, 346 days a year, I awoke to the waves and fell asleep the same. It was an idyllic childhood, albeit not festooned and adorned with the trappings of the former Res Jet Set, Hoi Poloi that predated our time there. The Red Barn up the street which I believe the Savoth family owned as well. was a speakeasy in the 1920s, later becoming Chi Chi’s.

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