1896 – Visitors to Ocean City were so shocked by the condition of resort horses that they were planning to start a local chapter of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Many suspected that some of the horses struggling to pull carriages to the hotels and rooming houses were horses that had been pulled out of services in Philadelphia because they were in such poor health that they were no longer able to serve. Some were also shocked to see that many of the young boys working in the resort were so inexpedient that they beat the horses for no apparent reason.
1951 – Atlantic City was once again under investigation for violating state gambling statues. This time, the investigation resulted in shutting down boardwalk bingo games.
1901 – An early morning fired destroyed Doughty Bath House at 8th and Wesley in Ocean City and brought most of the town out to either watch or fight the flames. Unfortunately, the resort’s water supply was turned off the night before in preparation for installing new fire plugs. People brought buckets to the fire and formed a line from Wesley Avenue to the ocean using salt water to fight the flames. It was said that this prevented the fire from spreading to hotels, cottages and the boardwalk.
1894 – Ocean City’s Yachtsman Association offered yacht excursions from the wharf at Third Street. Excursions left at three PM on Thursday and offered a twenty mile sail, all for just a quarter.
1891 – Now that Cape May was known as “The Summer Capital” national papers turned out to cover President Harrison’s walk from his cottage at Cape May Point to the Beadle Memorial Presbyterian Chapel where he attended Sunday services. Postmaster John Wannamaker was also in church that Sunday.
1940 – An assortment of “Beach Tarzans” were arrested on Ocean City beaches. Shockingly, these men were on the beach topless. One man Blair Mc Glenachen, of 16 Beach Road, insisted that he was only lying on the beach with his top pulled up, but the arresting officer maintained that he had clearly removed his top and draped it around his neck. At the time, it was illegal for men to be topless on the beach.