Beach Haven Public Library and Museum
Third Street and Beach Avenue
Beach Haven, NJ

Beach Haven Volunteer Fire Company #1
1883 - 2018 • 135 Years

1881: Due to the devastating Parry House fire, the townspeople made an effort to organize & establish a fire company.

1883: April 28th, the Beach Haven Volunteer Fire Department #1 was established & 

Oldest fire company in Ocean County.

The first firehouse was in a borough owned garage on Engleside Ave.
1915: First firehouse built of red brick with bell tower, on corner of Amber St. & Bay Ave.

1917: First Annual Turkey Dinner was a Chicken Dinner held at Green Gables on Centre St.
1933: Floyd Cranmer, builder, started first addition to firehouse: removed bell tower, doubled width of engine room, provided 4 doors in place of 1, added coat room, & scullery to adjacent kitchen. Second floor: Council Chambers, Lodge Room, Ladies Auxiliary Room, & Billiard Room.

1940: Floyd Cranmer started next building phase, which was a 2 story brick addition.

1976: Major renovation of firehouse.

2012: Renovation of first floor after Super Storm Sandy.        
Displays designed by Anna Serbek, Library Technician
Beach Haven Public Library

Even though World War l started July 28, 1914, the United States didn't entered the war until April 6, 1917. The War Ended: November 11, 1918.

Our display shows a picture of a 1903 Springfield rifle that would have been used during that time period. The artifact on display is the wooden "shell". Cartridges that would have been used are in the display case. There is a large bronze valve which was recovered from the R.C. Mohawk, that was sunk off of Sandy Hook by a collision with the British Tanker SS Vennacher. The collision was an accident.
The "Sprague" name has been a local Beach Haven name for many generations. Of the six sons of Beach Haven's Captain, Jerry Sprague, four sons were in WWI. They were Chris Sprague: U.S. Secret Service, James Sprague: Chief Bos'ns Mate, U. S. S. Vesta, Jerry Sprague Jr.: Chief Bos'ns Mate, U. S. S. Iroquois, Edward Sprague: France in National Army. The display photo was from the N.J. Courier, Toms River Edition, September 13, 1918. (The photo inside display case shows all six of his sons.)

Come in to see the other objects on display from World War l.
The Beach Haven Library wants to thank the NJ Maritime Museum for loaning us these amazing objects.

Veterans Display
Outside of the library is a Blue Star Memorial By-Way Marker. It's the 36th in New Jersey an is on the ground with the flagpole. The memorial is for all veterans who have served our country... whether civilian or military.

Inside we have our Display of Veterans from Beach Haven who served from the Civil War until the Vietnam War. There is also a tribute to those who lost their lives during WWII and the Korean War.

We are asking that anyone who has lived in Beach Haven and was a veteran of any war, or is still in the military, to please bring in or email a photo of their veteran along with a description of what war they served in and what capacity. This material will be placed in a binder for our Museum Archives. Please email any info to: Attention: Anna