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Timeline Mysteries: Solve a Mystery, Win a Prize!

From time to time, we at Monmouth Timeline come across a great story, but for which there are questions that need to be resolved before we can add an event to our compendium of historic occurrences.

We want your help! If you can provide the information we need to resolve one of our Timeline Mysteries, you win a free “This Day in Monmouth County History” t-shirt! You will also be celebrated for your achievement on our social media pages as well as the Timeline post we’re able to add thanks to you.

As we solve these Timeline Mysteries, we’ll add new ones, so check back to see what’s got us stumped this time!


Where and when was Bud Abbott born? Bud Abbott was the straight-man half of the legendary comic duo Abbott and Costello, who made history as stars of movies, TV and radio. Virtually every biography states that Bud Abbott was born in Asbury Park, but the birth dates vary. And, in his bio on, it states that Abbott was actually born in Reading, Penn., and moved to Asbury Park as a youth…and that Abbott himself is the source for the erroneous citations of Asbury Park as his birthplace. We have been unable to reach the author of the IMDB bio.

So where was Bud Abbott born, and when? Somewhere, a birth certificate exists. Other sources refer to his draft card. If you can supply us with an authentic image of Bud Abbott’s birth certificate, or other conclusive documentation of his birthplace, we add it to the Timeline, and you win a free t-shirt! If we receive multiple submissions with the same information at the same time, we’ll give out multiple prizes, but otherwise the prize goes who whomever solves the mystery first.

Is there really no photo of the Dangler Mansion?  In 1928, Edward and Teresa Dangler constructed a large two-story Colonial Revival mansion on the hilltop of their 35-acre property at 152 Red Hill Road (other accounts set it at 42 and 24 acres) .  Edward died from heart disease a short time later; his widow sold the property to Florence Sperling on March 18, 1933, and she sold the house on June 28, 1935, to noted gangster Vito Genovese.  The house burned down under suspicious circumstances a short time later.  The property would change hands several more times before being donated to Monmouth County where it now exists as Deep Cut Park.  Mass-produced cameras had been available for years at the time this house was built, yet no photo seems to exist of the lavish structure, either the original or the much-altered second version reflecting the major renovations made at the behest of the Genoveses.  We are looking for a confirmed image, or architectural plans, a painting, anything that illustrates what this structure looked like at any point in time.  A prize of a free “This Day in Monmouth County History” t-shirt is offered as a reward for solving this Timeline Mystery.

You can submit your Timeline Mysteries answers and sources via Contact Us
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