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--from Edna Ingalls Adams' 1983 article
so many others, the Cravata brothers, William and Roger, came up from the
City looking for a farm because someone has suggested that they “should
go to the country.” They
found a farm east of Freehold at the corner of country roads Nos. 67 in
41. They bought the 79 acres
in 1929 and with the help of the previous owner began to farm.
(They sold eggs at 12 cents a dozen and milk for four cents a
quart.) But right from the
start they “took boarders.” Soon
they converted a barn into a casino and had the first one in the area.
William entertained the guests -- imitations of Jimmy Durante, etc.
-- and “enjoyed himself.” In
the early days they sold beer for 50 cents a pitcher.
During Prohibition William made his own beer.
The brothers spent the winters in