Thanks to Bob Kays… again for sharing some of the fun from Lake Hopatcong back in the day and the Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum. And yes Miss America was there at Hockenjos.
The Steneck Family recently donated to the Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum, photos from the years of their family’s ownership of Hockenjos Marina on Lake Hopatcong. The Steneck’s owned the marina from 1933 until 1948. Katz’s Marina at the Cove sits on the site of Hockenjos.
“Lake Hopatcong Breeze July 1, 1933
The Hockenjos Boat Co., formerly Hockenjos & Hockenjos, is now being operated by Mr. J. Nicholas Steneck, president of the newly organized concern. Mr. Steneck purchased the business and took over the operation of the firm on February 1st of this year. Mr. Roy S. Foyle who has been with the firm a number of years, is continuing as manager,” Mr. Hockenjos is continuing the operation of his passenger boats from Bertrand Island.
A new office building has been erected on the Hockenjos Boat Co. property, new rest rooms and an enlarged parking space have been added. The firm has also taken on a line of household electrical appliances for the convenience of their patrons.
The next year, 1934, with America in the great depression the Miss America pageant was not happening. The business owners of Lake Hopatcong held their own Miss America contest. As reported by the Lake Hopatcong Breeze “Lake Hopatcong was the scene of the Miss America Beauty Pageant in 1934. Myrtle
Richardson of Ardmore, Pa., was selected Miss America. The two-day pageant was held at Bertrand Island Amusement Park. Thirty-six girls were entered in the competition and a silver loving cup was awarded to the winner by the Lake
Hopatcong Chamber of Commerce.” The current Miss America group does not recognize Miss Richardson as a Miss America.
Here is where Miss America 1934, Hockenjoes, Chris Craft and the Steneck family all come together.