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MATAWAN, N.J. Until the summer of 1916, many scientists believed sharks would never harm humans. That myth was shattered when the first recorded multiple fatal shark attacks left four people dead at the New Jersey shore over a period of 12 days, sparking fears that endure today. Some thought a sea turtle was to blame when a Philadelphia man died after his thigh was stripped of flesh while he swam in the Atlantic Ocean off Beach Haven on July1, 1916. Five days later, a bellman at the Essex Sussex Hotel in Spring Lake died after he was bitten a nd his legs severed.

orse was to come. Talk of the attacks was far from the minds of Matawan residents on a hot and humid uly12. The town was inland from aritan Bay, which helped feed the idal Matawan Creek. Boys like 11-year-old Lester Stillwell liked to skinny dip off the Old Wyckoff Dock, about a mile and a half from the bay, Matawan istorian Al Savolaine said. at me, boys, Lester aid, just as his playmates saw what they thought was a log.

Then, they saw a fin lift him out of the water, revealing a bloody mess the shark does anumber on him and takes him Savolaine said. Running naked toward the center of town, the oys shouted, shark got W. Stanley Fisher, 24, heard the screams and head- to the creek with friends to recover the body. After nearly an hour, Fisher decided to make one last dive. breaks the surface and shouts he has the body when the shark Savolaine said.

A bout 100 bystanders watched Fisher fight the shark. A friend beat it with an oar before the creature finally re- eased Fisher, having severed an artery near his hip. A tourniquet was applied, and Fisher was placed on a train to a hospital. He was dead in little more than two hours. Ahalf-mile downstream, the shark latched onto Joseph leg.

A tug of war ensued before Dunn was freed, his artery intact. he next day, as dynamite was dropped into the creek in hopes of raising body, acting mayor offered a $100 reward for anyone who the Before 1916 scientists thought humans at risk SHAWN MARSH ASSOCIATED PRESS NEWS JOURNAL II 5B TELL US ABOUT YOUR EVENT Email: Fax: 419-521-7415 LIFESTYLE nap. Snap. Snap. My pile of snapped beans keeps growing as the heap of reshly picked beans keeps diminishing.

Summertime can be intensely muggy and warm in southern Illinois, yet who would actually want to skip this important season loaded with bounty from the garden and fields? In our little mobile home it does get quite warm at times, especially without having air-conditioning. not comp laining, just something to work ith. On the hottest days of summer I ind it refreshing to spend time in my woods at their cabin that my ad and us children helped one another esign and build 10 years ago. entirely enveloped by maple trees, providing cover from the summer sun. ulia and Austin are always delight- to join me on our little walk to the oods.

Naptime on their list of favorite activities, but if they have a chance to take naps in the cabin instead of in the house, a welcome change for them. Austin especially likes being put to sleep as we swing on the front porch. Julia always eagerly volunteers push us back and forth, delighted to elp put Austin to sleep. I usually avoid having to work in the arden during the hottest part of the ay, then tackle what needs to be done i the morning or in the evening after supper. Remember how my husband Daniel ad a brainstorm of covering the entire arden with plastic strips and then mulching between the rows? To a large egree it was a smashing success.

I ould like to share a hint with you, though. Double check to make sure our straw have any seeds in it from the wheat tassels. Here is what happens: Instead of keeping the weeds own, actually be planting wheat seeds, resulting in lush greens strips between the black plastic. Uh-oh. Yeah, that is exactly what happened to a part of our garden.

We debated about what would be the most ractical route to eliminate it. One evening ambition kicked in as he started pulling handful after handful weeds. Even though pulling weeds the most pleasant job ever, we ended up having a companionable time together. We tackled our mundane task, discussing the continual efforts needed in maintaining a closeness and heartfelt connection as husband and wife, yet how precious and rewarding it is to accept love and freely give to and eceive it from one another, blending ogether as one in the Lord. he plastic cut back tremendously the hours of labor needed to keep the arden weed-free.

We look forward to sing this method next year with most of the plants. Dainty plants such as carrots prefer to not to be close to the lastic, which causes them to wilt as he sun beats on it. The individual holes we poked for i tems such as sweet corn, green beans, elons and squash worked fantastic. As the plants grew the weeds a ble to get enough sunshine or find sufficient space to squeeze up beside the plants, thus diminishing their abil- i ty to grow. Working in the garden is enjoyable, but nothing beats harvest time.

I enjoy keeping a basket on the table with a variety of vegetables, which keeps me from having to run to the garden every ime I need a fresh veggie. Garden goodies can also make great gifts! Recently I had fun making a pair anniversary zucchini for my parents on their 30th wedding anniversary. I decided to tie two zucchini together with a golden ribbon. Using a marker, I drew hearts on it and wrote tidbits like twain shall be one and will God have for you in the next 30 dream of raising candy nions is finally coming to reality this ear. After struggling with harvesting nly small- and medium-sized onions, finally having a good turn-out.

he rows of onions look outstanding. eemingly they thrive on some extra fertilization and lots of watering. Now, how about having onion pie for upper? If you like it as much as I do, ou are in for tasty treat. Bountiful garden one of rewards GLORIA YODER OASIS NEWSFEA TURES ONION PIE 30 saltine crackers 1 3 cup margarine, melted 3 cups onions, diced 1 4 cup butter 1cup shredded Cheddar cheese 3 eggs, beaten 1 1 2 cup milk Salt Pepper Mix crackers, butter and 1 3 cup margarine and press into a 9-inch baking dish. Saute onions in 1 4 cup butter until onions are slightly tender.

Spread onions over cracker mixture a nd sprinkle with cheese. Combine remaining ingredients and pour over cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. MEL Toys surround the grave of Lester Stillwell, 1 1, the victim of a shark attack. MEL Old pilings show where a dock was located in Matawan Creek in New Jersey, where a hark attack in 1916 killed 11-year-old Lester Stillwell as he swam in the creek.

On July14, a circus lion tamer who a lso was a taxidermist caught a shark in anet in Raritan Bay. The shark was pened up, and human flesh and bones were reportedly found inside. The shark was put on display with no firm proof it was the killer, and the reward went to another an who had caught a blue shark. a purely scientific standpoint, a ingle shark involved in multiple attacks would be a rogue killer. While it does happen on occasion, it was never said George Burgess, curator of the International hark Attack File in Florida.

Burgess believes a single great white shark as responsible for the Matawan attacks. Memories of the attacks faded as the nation entered World War he said, but people were reminded in 1975 when a character in the movie mentioned the 1916 attacks. rom July9 through July17, istorical Society will hold events commemorating the attacks and understanding the role sharks play in the sea. A memorial service will take place at the cemetery where Stillwell and Fisher are buried, and a monument will be unveiled in memory of the victims..

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