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Old 05-28-2009, 12:47 AM
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Shad fishermen of Edgewater..and you add more

Community people sharing stories have mentioned names of shad fishermen. Perhaps you'll recognize names and then add others.

I was told that at one time there were 43 state issued yearly renewed licenses for shad fishing and that around 1929 during the beginning of the war, shad fishing became a big industry in the area. Rows began north of the Statue of Liberty with poles measuring 70 to 100 feet in length and were placed north of the G.W. bridge. Christopher Letts told a group of us that from Hoboken to Tappan Zee bridge there was a row every 1000 yards. Ronnie's 60ish foot poles are present in the water to the south off of the bus stop at Park street. He had poles north of the G.W. bridge.

Names mentioned, and places where some lived, have been:
The three generations of Ingolds: Pop (Willie), Ronnie, Scott Ronnie died in 2002 and was the last Edgewater commercial fisherman.
Floyd Clayton lived at Park and Undercliff.
Hotch Lyons, at 704 Undercliff, (and his wife did one of the first shad bakes in the area);
Shawn Scullion; Charlie Smith;
George Kutze-1048 River Road; Truax on Beverly Place; Gustafason-on Ferry Road across from Buena Vista; Bob Sheeley; Cap Sweeney, Myrtle Avenue;
Bob Vogel, Hillard Avenue (whose son, Jay made a 'college film documentary in 1968 on setting the poles' and this will be shown at the Friends of the Library SHAD BAKE, May 30);
Mauers, 633 Hudson; Louis Lasher, lived at the top of the Colony off River Road, and still lives in Edgewater; George Lasher, lives on Park Street. Folk told me he was the best plumber around; Hugo Baer Interesting note about him is that he had a 'cameo role' in the film, THE EXORCIST; Allison, on River Road.

Who can you add to this list?
"If the rich could hire the poor to die for them, we would all make a good living." (Tevye, Fiddler on the Roof)

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Old 05-28-2009, 07:12 AM
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Re: Shad fishermen of Edgewater..and you add more

Billy Busch is another name that comes to mind, I believe he is in Vogels documentary.
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