W. C. Jones, Photographer, Tuckerton
|The series of photos are part of a vast collection of post cards and old
photos that belonged to and were taken by my grandfather, WC Jones. He was born 6/19/1872 in Hammonton.
He was the first photographer in Tuckerton. He and his wife Nina, my maternal grandparents, settled in
Tuckerton around 1900.
|He photographed and developed photos of Tuckers Island, the Tuckerton Wireless,
the fish factory, the cemetery at Church and Green Streets, Clay Street (where they lived), Tuckerton RR
Station, Westside, Main and Green Streets, Firehouse and Boulevard, Willow landing, the ball park, the Price
home and Leak's, Main Street, the bank, several scenes of the Pohatcong lake, Friend's meeting, Crowley's
basin, Church Street, looking down the creek, the head of the creek, Palace theatre, the high school, the
American store, the clam and oyster houses which lined the Tuckerton Creek, the Carlton Hotel, the Lakeside
hotel and many others during that time.
|He had his photos published and sold them at his drug store. He sold and
repaired watches and was a druggist as well. At the same time he operated the Palace movie theatre during
the silent film era. He was active in the community and played a bass horn. He marched and played for the
Tuckerton Bank in patriotic parades in Tuckerton. My grandfather began his photography as a young boy when he
traveled with his father by horse and carriage from Hammonton. He and his father, John Newton Jones, a
portrait photographer, traveled from town to town from Hammonton to Manahawkin with their photo equipment.
My grandfather also served in the Spanish American war in the Philippines as a hospital Stewart. My
grandfather's photographs were an inspiration to me to paint historical paintings of the area.