Writing is central to Jim’s work. It documents achievements and provides information to guide clients and to inform readers. Research, organization, organizing, applying appropriate techniques in a changing world.

Eminent Domain

A Legacy of Hurt:Eminent Domain at Tocks Island The dam was never built, but Annie Oftedal died alone at home because of it. “Why fight a losing battle?” commented Joseph H. Cook, Jr., chief of the Corps of Engineers real estate division in Philadelphia. “We wish we never heard of the damn thing.” “We uprooted …

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Tocks Island Resistance Publications

Tocks Island Project Resistance Publications The Minisink Bull was a periodic newsletter circulated in the area of Pennsylvania and New Jersey that would have been impacted by the proposed Tocks Island Dam construction. It was published by Joan Transue Matheson, a resident of Dingman’s Ferry, PA, with the assistance of unpaid local writers and supporters. …

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Women of the Delaware

Women of the Delaware Nancy Shukaitis Thoughts on Women’s History Month 2021 By Jim Alexander March was Women’s History Month. On the fourth day of that month, an elderly woman died in a nursing home in Nazareth, PA, her granddaughter at her side. Outside the region, her passing was little noticed. There is nothing unusual …

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Human Interest Writing

Human Interest and Personal Jim enjoys writing and has penned a number of articles throughout his life and career. Some may be found by using the menu drop-downs under “Writing.” This section presents topics of personal interest and experience. Regardless of subject, the same research, planning and organizing skills come into play. It’s all about …

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Spring Lake, NJ Memories

Spring Lake School Class of 1955 Following a reunion of the graduating class of 1955 of the then Spring Lake Public School, a special web section was created.  In an earlier page format, it is continued here. Included is information about H. W. Mountz, the long-time principal, the students of that class, and other information about …

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Dr. Ely’s Legacy

Dr. Ely’s Legacy: The Mount Holly, Lumberton and Medford Railroad James Alexander Jr. ©2018 Lumberton Station TERRIFIC EXPLOSION OF A LOCOMOTIVE IN MOUNT HOLLY — LOSS OF LIFE — A HORRIBLE SCENE. — Excerpted from the Mt. Holly New Jersey Mirror. May 26, 1869. A train operated by the Camden and Amboy Railroad, running on …

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Tocks Island Controversy / Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

The Tocks Island Dam Controversy/ Delaware Water Gap National Rec. Area Following the disastrous flooding on the Delaware River in 1955, the Army Corps of Engineers secured Congressional approval to build a dam just above the Delaware Water Gap, at a location called Tocks Island. The results were equally disastrous, with thousands of people being …

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