This is a lovely story to share from 2011 and even further back to the 1930’s. —Paul @Blogfinger. There is a journalism student from Rutgers who lives in town and is doing a paper on Ocean Grove, and specifically about the Whitfield Hotel.
I found this article for her and decided to share it with those who never saw it before or forgot about Julia West Howard.
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By Eileen and Paul Goldfinger
It was June, 2008, and there was a knock on our front door. A young woman named Cathy Midkiff was standing on the porch. She said that she was visiting Ocean Grove from Maryland and wanted to see the house that had a special meaning for her. We invited her in. She looked about curiously and then proceeded to tell us her story.
Cathy had recently inherited a piece of furniture—an armoire. It seems that a celebrity named Julia West Howard had lived in our house at 113 Mt. Hermon Way from 1938 until her death in 1947. Cathy’s aunt, a friend of Ms. Howard, had acquired the armoire from the Howard estate.
The aunt, Wilma Bodine of Bangs Avenue in Asbury Park, had owned a funeral home there and that’s where the armoire remained until Cathy acquired it. The armoire is a carved walnut…
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