Shark Attacks of 1916
NJ Governor James Fielder "virtually mandated" that steel wire mesh be used to enclose all popular swimming locations. 5:30 am: Train conductor Harry Van Cleaf spots Lester Stillwell's body floating in the creek by the train trestle (approx. 150 ft. west of Wycoff dock). 10:00 am: Stanley Fisher's parents - who had been out of state visiting their daughter - arrive by train in Matawan.
Possibly both panicked and enraged by the loss of two members of their tightly-knit community, underwater blasting with dynamite in the creek was done in an attempt to kill the shark. Arris B. Henderson, Matawan Mayor, posted a $100 reward for "killing the shark."
5:06 pm: Stanley Fisher was placed on the train to Long Branch. 5:30 pm: Mr. Fisher was wheeled into the operating room. Dr. Edwin Field was the surgeon working to save his life. 6:45 pm: Mr. Fisher died from blood loss and shock. For more information about Stanley Fisher, please visit our Historic People page.