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Chief Bill Polhemus Passes

Bill has been known as “Sheriff Polhemus” for many years now, but he was known as “Chief” by the Seaside Heights police department and community before he retired and moved on to county government. Bill was also a member of the Seaside Heights Volunteer Fire Company for many decades, among numerous local organizations he belonged to, and was a strong supporter of Ocean Air Support Squadron (a volunteer flight organization that I am associated with that serves the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department).  Bill’s loss is sad news for our community. Condolences from all of us to Bill’s wife “Aggie” – Councilwoman Agnes Polhemus – and to his daughter and grandchildren.

Bill was one of the town’s few remaining links to the pioneer days of Seaside Heights. His grandparents, Mr. Samual McNicholl and Helen Gallagher McNicholl, resided along what was later named Dupont Avenue even before Manhasset Realty carved the town into lots and started selling. Bill’s father was a local contractor and built many of the early homes and commercial buildings in town.

Living directly across the street from Bill and Aggie during my high school years was always interesting, especially when my sister and I threw one of our Saturday night parties when Tony & Mary Ellen were out of town. But I’m fairly sure that he never ratted me out! In later years, I enjoyed our conversations about Seaside Heights history. He had so many personal memories and great stories he loved to tell. I learned something new from him every conversation.

Viewings for Bill will be held at the Timothy Ryan Funeral Home, 145 St. Catherine Blvd. in Toms River, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday.  The funeral service will be held at the same location at 11 a.m. Friday. Bill will be buried at Ocean County Memorial Park.

Here are some photos of Bill from The Terry Groffie Collection, The Dr. Anthony E. & Mary Ellen Vaz Collection, and the Seaside Heights Volunteer Fire Company Museum Collection. You can enlarge the images with your mouse.

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Mayor E.C. Kramer

Mayor Edmund C. Kramer was the first mayor of Seaside Heights.  He served five terms.  Click here to visit a prior post with more information about Mayor Kramer.   

Mayor Edmund C. Kramer Residence

This postcard was postmarked in Seaside Heights on August 26, 1913, when the town was about six months old. The view shows the residence of Mayor Edmund C. Kramer – the town’s first mayor. The postcard was mailed to Margrret Gerber in Adamstown, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, with the message “Dear Maggie: A picture of Mary’s home – Pretty isn’t it?” Mayor Kramer moved permanently to Seaside Heights from Philadelphia in 1911 and served five terms as mayor. A contractor and builder, Mayor Kramer erected many buildings in Seaside Heights, including the original firehouse, the “new” Union Church that was built in 1921, the Goodwin-Kramer Building on the northeast corner of Sumner Avenue and the Boulevard, and the Colonial Theatre in Seaside Park. He was active in organizing the Seaside Heights Volunteer Fire Company and the Board of Trade.