Gable House, 1900s

The Gable & Waddington Homes
Strathmere NJ

The Gable home, which still stands beside the Deauville Inn, was the summer home of Percival (Percy) Gable (1860-1930) and Ella Johnson Kulp (1861-1930). Percy was a Montgomery County, PA-based hotelier operating various hotels in that region throughout his lifetime, including the Rambo House of Norristown, the Red Lion of Quakertown, the Central House of Lansdowne, the Hartranft House of Norristown, the Valley House of Skippack. He also operated the Hotel Appledore for a period of time in Atlantic City.
Together Percy and Ella had three children, Rosa Linda (b1887), Elsie Irene (b1888) and Mary Kulp (1889-1973). It was in Strathmere, that their third child Mary Kulp met and eventually married Earl Waddington.

Mary Gable 1900s

Earl Waddington (1889-1971) was born in Salem County, NJ and moved to Sea Isle City in the early 1900s, where he’d go on to operate the Davis-Waddington Lumber Company on 38th Street in Sea Isle City and the Strathmere Lumber Company on Bayview.
Earl and Mary married in 1913. They initially lived in the red home at 14 Sherman Ave, which continues to stand today. They had two children early in their marriage, Percival born in 1914 and Earl Jr. born in 1916. In 1918, the Spanish Flu broke out and concern grew over access to medical care at the shore. The decision was made in late 1918 to spend the winter in Norristown, PA where they would stay with the Gables. Unfortunately, it was at this time over the holidays their two children would come down with the Spanish Flu and would ultimately perish within two weeks of one another in January of 1919. Earl Jr. was just 2 years old and Percy 4.

Mary Gable is on the left, in the front row.

Waddingtons in Strathmere 1918news clipping deathe of Earl jr
The Waddingtons behind their home on Sherman Ave. and a news snippet about the death of their son Earl Jr. Percy would die shortly after.

Just one year later, on January 28, 1920, their third child Marian was born. In the coming years, they would have four more children: Marie (born in Strathmere) Diana, Irene and Roberta. Eventually they would reside in Sea Isle at 35 38th Street, another home that still stands to this day. Marian would often reminisce about taking the train to school in Ocean City and even playing around the wreck of the Sindia after school with friends.
During the Prohibition Era, Earl was the mayor of Sea Isle City. He would speak of the time he found a barrel of rum that had washed ashore and being chased down the beach by a revenuer that had spotted him claiming the barrel for himself. He had also claimed to have made his own bathtub hooch a time or two, presumably in the home at 38th street.

When the Great Depression struck, financial pressures forced the Waddington family to leave the island and move to Salem, NJ where Earl would operate a lumber yard and they would spend their remaining years. The Sea Isle City home was retained as a second home for a period of time after moving inland, but ultimately sold so as to prevent their five surviving children from fighting over it.
Family history and photos provided by JoAnne Lawrence who is the grandchild of Earl and Mary Waddington and daughter of Marian, their 3rd child.

Percy Gable's 3 daughters with others in front of the Gable House during low tide.
The Deauville is in the background, behind another house that was later torn down to build Strathmere's first auto bridge.
Earl Waddington's lumber yard supplied the lumber to build the bridge.

Gable House Strathmere NJ 1900s

Gable House Strathmere NJ 1900s

Below, on the back is written "Strathmere Club House, currently occupied by the Getz Fishing Club, and Captain Ely P. Johnson's house and boat house, where he has large pleasure and fishing party outfits."
The home on the far left still stands. Capt. Johnson's house is the 2nd from the left. The building with 2 big doors is his boat house. Both buildings are gone now.

View of Strathmere from the bay 1900s

The front and back of a postcard that Earl Waddington sent to his mother Mary in Woodstown NJ. Post marked 1911.
It features the 'Strathmere Bath House'. The home still stands on Sumner.

Strathmere Bath House Postcard

1911 Strathmere post card

Earl Waddington's Lumber Yard, on the bay front in Strathmere

Waddington's Lumber yard

Some newspaper ads for Waddington Lumber in Strathmere. Dated 1917, 1919 and 1920

Waddington Lumber Yard 1919 Waddington Lumber Yard 1920

News articles about Earl Waddington and the Strathmere Lumber Yard which were very important in the developement in the area. The lumber yard supplied the wood used for a rebuild of the Sea Isle City Boardwalk in 1919 at a cost of $15,575.00. He also supplied the wood for the original car bridge in Strathmere. He chartered a boat to bring the lumber in by water rather than freight cars.

Waddington Strathmere lumber supplies wood for new bridge SEa Isle City Boardwalk Contract

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