LONG I SLAND FORUM p" ; ■■/" 'i""X\f Capt. John Underbill Monument, Mill Neck, Oyster Bay (Story on Page 207) TABLE of CONTENTS HURRICANES I HAVE KNOWN Dorothy Quick SOME MATINECOCK PLACE-NAMES Robert R. Coles TALES OF ST. GEORGE'S MANOR Kate Wheeler Strong POET OF PAUMANOK William Wrigg LETTERS FROM FORUM READERS ■ NOVEMBER 1954 52.00 a year by Mailj Single Copies 25c VOL. XVII, No. 11 H. E. Swezey & Son, Inc. GENERAL TRUCKING Mirfdle Country Rd., Eaatport Telephones Riverhead 2350 Eastport 250 Louden-Knickerbocker Hall A Private Sanitarium for Nervous and Mental DiseaaeB II Loadcn Ayc. AmityTill* AMityville 4-0053 Farmingdale Individual Laundry Dry Cleaning - Laundering Rug Cleaning Braad Hollunr Koad FarmincdaU Phone FArmingcdale 2-0300 Chrysler - Plymouth Sales and Service MULLER Automobile Corp. 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AMityville 4-0554 Congratulations, Dr. Wood Among the congratulatory mes- sages received by our senior con- tributing editor Dr. Clarence Ash- ton Wood on the anniversary of his birth at Setauket, L. I., Sep- tember 16, 1873, was the follow- ing: "The Oysterponds Historical So- ciety (of Orient, L. I.) tenders its felicitations on the occasion of your 81st anniversary and congrat- ulates you upon arriving on this day in such strong physical and mental health. This organization recognizes the valuable contribu- tion you have made to posterity in recording through the columns of Dr. Clarence Ashton Wood the Long Island Forum your many articles on People and Events of the Past." As honor guest for thi? occasion at his winter home, Florallure, Brooktondale, N. Y. Dr. Wood en- tertained Col. Thatcher Taylor Payne Luquer of Rockmeadow. Bedford Fills, N. Y., the last sur- viving relative of John Howard Payne, author of "Home, Sweet Continued on page 208 NICHOLS RUG CLEANING Freeport 86 E. 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At the Triangle Amityville AMityville 4-0212 LEIGH'S TAXICABS MOTOR VANS - STORING WAREHOUSE Auto Busses For Hirs AMityville 4-0225 Near Amityville Depot 202 NOVEMBER 1954 LONG ISLAND FORUM urncanes I oCave K nown /^ IF these hurricanes keep up on Long Island and con- tinue to take toll of our lovely trees we had better make up our minds to plant palms and other tropical trees that grow quickly. I have now been through five hurricanes. In 1938 we were marooned in our East Hampton house, "Mostly Dune" with no way of getting out, but of that experience I have written fully for these pages. In the one that fol- lowed we were ordered out bv the Coast Guard. That time I had house guests, a^d by the time they were put on the train with the maids and the baggao-e checked we were late in getting off, and drove up to New York through the worst of it. The road by LaGuardia Airport was under water, and so wo had to go through Long Island City. By the time we got to Manhattan I didn't even recognize Park Avenue. Even the do«rs were exhausted and the bird hadn't a peep left in him. But tired as I was I recog- nized the magnificence of my chauffeur's driving. I be'^eve it was a major miracle in view of the hundreds of cars we saw parked and deserted on the sides of the road. It was good to get home to the safety of heavy windows and steel buildings, but later when I returned to "Mostly Dune" it was so beautiful that one forgot the troubles that had preceded our leaving. This time the hurricane hit only the land side and avoided the shore. Not so the next one, wh'ch came whipping along in 1953. That one started at night, and it felt as though some prehistoric monster had the house in its jaws and was shaking it. No one could sleep so we gathered in my room and talked. Each time the bouse rejected the advances of the Dorothy ^ick waves and quivered so tre- mendously my poodle cried out and clung closer to me. When daylight came and we could see the ocean we knew we were in serious trouble. It was a "sweeping" sea — running sideways like a river in full flood, and it was even with our p'orch, that sundeck where I had spent much time on a chaise longue watching an ocean a full city block away. Now that selfsame distant ocean was battering our doors, and as it receded taking great portions of our dune with it. They looked like giant powder puffs floating by with the Editor's Note The Forum was almost born in a hurricane. Before its first year ended came the infamous hurri- cane of September 21, 1938. But it brought us a blessing. We in- duced Miss Dorothy Quick, nation- ally known novelist and poetess who had barely lived through the holocaust at her country home at East Hampton, to describe the experience. The story is still re- called by our earlier readers as the high spot in The Forum's first year of publication. Now Miss Quick tells of subse- quent hurricanes from first hand observations made at what might be called the front line of battle. It is not, only another classic but a chapter of island history that will have lasting value. dune grass still shining silver upon them, tremendous tufts Dorothy Quick, Poet and Author 203 LONG ISLAND FORUM going to sea, leaving our beach naked and forlorn. This time we called the Coast Guard at Montauk and he said it wouldn't be high tide for three hours yet, and we'd better leave. Down came the bags and once again we went through the agony of deciding what to take. Our choice was limited so we only had four bags for three people. I took what little jewelry I had, some sweaters I was sure were irreplacable, a few blouses about which I felt likewise, my work and one or two dresses. We also had those wonderful Italian straw baskets which we filled to the brim. The 1770 House, our fine local inn, took us in, and tlie maids found refuge in a near- by boarding house. When I left "Mostly Dune" I put it in the Lord's care with a prayer that it would still be there for me to return to. At that moment it didn't look as though it would be — but it was! The next morring Lincoln, the chauffeur I've been prais- ing, arrived early with the car, said it was safe to go back. So return we did to a "Mostly Dune" strangely un- disturbed, not even a window broken, all my clothes hang- ing undisturbed in the closets. But there was only three feet of lawn left in front of the house, with a sheer drop of about forty feet to the beach below which seemed much lower, and the ocean, calm and beautiful, was farther away than ever. It was hard to think that it had been that broiling, sweeping, demented thing twenty-four hours ago. I was grateful to be back and certainly hoped I'd been through my last hurricane. We set about rebuilding the dune, — snow fence, brush, tires, more snow fence, then sand thrown up and the dune grass planted — a most expen- sive job, but anything to save the house I love so much. When I came down this summer the new dune looked wonderful. I had a thirteen NOVEMBER 1954 Continued on page 206 Bank and Borrow AT THE piRST NATIONAL BANK AND TRUST COMPANY BAY SHORE OF OPEN FRIDAY EVENINGS 6:30 TO 8 128 West Main Street Member Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Bay Shore, N. Y. Member Federal Reserve System Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corp n Bethpage, Long Island, N. Y. Designers and Manufacturers of the Panther Albatross Mallard Airplanes for the U. S. Navy, the Air Force and Commercial Users ^ WILLIAM A. NICHOLSON Vice President JOHN E. 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An investigation into this "long foreground" leads one back to Whitman's early life on Long Island, and the count- less sights, sounds ard experi- ences that became part of his very being: "The early lilacs became part of this child, And grass and white and red morning-glories, and white and red clover, and the song of the phoebe-bird." Paumanok, the Indian name for Long Island which Whitman adopted at an early age, meant much more to the poet than mere geography. It was for him a place to ramble, to teach in country schools and to experiment with coun- try journalism; later it be- came a symbolic word that stood for the happy years of his childhood and young man- hood; but most of all it was the nucleus around which his greatest work, "Leaves of Grass," took shape. Born on May 31, 1819, in West Hills, a few miles south of Huntington village, Walt Whitman's early years were spent amid surroundings that made a lasting imprint on his sensitive mind. One can al- most visualize him as a small boy, scampering across the rolling meadows to the wooded summits of West Hills. It was here that he first became acquainted with the early lilacs and the song of the phoebe-bird. Closely associated with these early childhood experi- ences at West Hills were the frequent visits to his mater- nal grandparents', the Van Velsors near Cold Spring Harbor. After a span of al- most fifty years. Whitman was able to recall with re- markable clarity, "The ramb- William Wrigg Editor's Note The author is chairman of the Department of Social Studies, of the Elmont Public Schools, Nassau County. He is recagnized in the county's school system as an authority on the life and works of Huntington town's world famous native poet, having made a special study of the subject for a number of years. ling gray, shingle-sided house, the vast kitchen and ample fireplace and sitting room ad- joining, my grandmother Amy's sweet old face in her Quaker cap and my grand- father, the Major, red-faced, jovial, with a sonorous voice and accompanying physiog- nomy." Nor did the country- side about Cold Spring Har- bor, with its picturesque inlets and coves, make any less impression on the small boy than the environs of his birthplace : "The village on the high- land seen from afar at sun- set .. . The schooner nearby sleepily dropping down the tide, the little boat slack- tow'd astern . . . These be- came part of the child." The Whitman family moved to Brooklyn in 1823, where Walt attended public school for a few short years. His formal education was abrupt- ly ended at the age of twelve, and during the years that immediately followed he worked as a printer's devil in several Brooklyn printshops. From what can be learned of these years, it would appear that he held a job just long enough to save money for Paumanok vacations. One bio- grapher, writing about this period of the poet's life, com- plains that "it is hard to keep one's finger on this youth be- cause he is always skipping off from a job, or between, jobs, to rural Long Island." By 1836, this nostalgia for Paumanok had gotten the better of him, and he secured a teaching position in a coun- try school just west of Baby- lon. He moved about a great deal during the next three years, teaching school in no less than seven Long Island communities. It was the long spaces be- tween school terms that af- forded him the opportunity to indulge in the favorite pas- time of "exploring" eastern Continued on page 215 Birthplace of Walt Whitman, West Hills, Huntington, With Roadside Well (1904 Photo by Hal B. Fullerton) 205 LONG ISLAND FORUM Hurricanes Continued from page 204 foot lawn, and a gently slop- ing dune, upon which dune grass waved benignly, though looking somewhat the worse for the lack of rain. How- ever, after the horror of last fall and the steep cliff that had been there when I left, this looked magnificent. I was quite content until hurricane Carol made her appearance. The only good thing I can say about Carol was she came in the daytime. Once again I stood in the window and watched the dune go — again the sweeping sea swept away all the work that had been done. Great sheets of water blew across the house and my property, burn- ing my trees. And this time there were leaks, for a good number of shingles as well as the rido-epole and a part of the roof had gone in the fir<5t blow and the rain came in 'til we had several feet of water in the kitchen, pantry and cellar, not to mention various other leaks. Tt was a hard experience, difficult to face, looking out at the dune that wasn't there —all the srow fence gone and the lovely terrace a thing of the past, about four feet of lawn left, sa'v-toothed and ragged, and then the news that again we must leave as even though the worst of Carol was over the tides that night would be very hio-h and might undermine the house. Once again we Dacked — only the cherished irrep'ac- able things, and once ao-ain we left and t^>e 1770 House took us in. This time the poodles were at the vet's so we left them there, knov/ing they'd be safe. My cook took the bird and fish with her. By this time T was quite profi- cient at knowing ^vhat to pack, but it is difficult to leave all your best clothes and things you have accumu- lated for years. The eleuhant from Persia, for instance, and the saucy one from the Austrian Tyrol, not to men- tion the lovely furniture and NOVEMBER 1954 pictures that would be impos- sible to replace. It was a heart-breaking business but we did it and set off. Once again in the morn- ing Lincoln came for us. Once again Mostly Dune was safe in the sunlight, though slight- ly battered. Again we were on a steep cliff, the new steps down to the beach were gone, the awnings and their sup- ports rent and torn, but it was the loss of our dune that af- fected us the most — twice in less than ten months seemed hard to bear. Carol had been no lady. All through town was a shambles. No matter what road one took there were fal- len trees and broken branches. We started on the dune again — another snow fenco and brush, brush, brush, until it seemed as though a whole forest was supporting what was left of the dune. Gradu- ally we unpacked and were just about back to normal when Edna announced she was on her way. We decided to sit Edna out. After all, the house ha-^ sur- vi'-'ed four hurricanes. I had faitTi in it. We put on some storm doors and windows in strategic spots and bedded down. A friend arrived in the morning to invite us to her house in case we should have to leave, which I thorght one of the nicest things that had ever happened to me. But I didn't want to take advantage of her good nature. After all, there were three of us. For- tunately the dogs were again at the vet's. We were glad of that as being far inland they were in no danger. At eiffht o'clock we were still decided to sit it out. After all, Edna wasn't due 'til morning, but someone from the Fire Department arrived and said we had to go. 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This is particularly true of many of those encountered on the north shore between Glen Cove and Oyster Bay ; one of the Quaintest and most his- torically interesting sections of Nassau County. In colonial times much of this region was called Matine- cock, a name that applies to only a small part of it today. It is a descriptive term, de- rived from the Indian chief- taincy that once occupied the lard, and is said to mean "the hill country," or "land that overlooks". All familiar Avith the topogranhy of the region will agree that this ram.e is perfectly suited. At the same time, it is most anpropriate that the name of those origi- nal lords of the soil be perpet- uated, since they played a very important role in ^*ts early colonial history and the remains of their ancient canin and village sites are still abundantly evident. It was at old MatiTie"ock that the famous Indian fighter. Captain John Urder- hill, spent the sunset of his life and in those mellow years became their friend: often interceding for them in their dealings with the settlers. His grave in the TTr^derhill cemeterv. at Mill Neck, is marked by a tall obelisk, at t^e base of which are metal nlaques denicting scenes from his colorful career. Many who use these old place-names today are com- pletely unfamiliar with their meaning and in some in- stances even the local histori- an finds it difficult to trace their origin witTi certainty. Robert R, Coles This is the case with the name of Factory Pond Road, a pic- turesque, wooded lane that winds along the slope west of Mill Neck Bay and connects Feeks Lane with the Locust Va'ley-Bayville Road. There is a stream passing under the Factory Pond Road a short distance nortli of the old Underbill cemetery, that was formerly known as Corn Creek. About the year 1820 this w?s dammed on the west side of the road to provide water power for a woolen Capt. John Underbill factory, and the pond that resulted was called Factory Pond, which name was ap- plied to the road. Although the factory has long since dis- appeared, the pond remains and is ore of the most attrac- tive spots in the vicinity. Nearly everyone is familiar today with the name of Saga- more Hill, the home of the late President Theodore Roose- velt, at Cove Neck. Many would be surprised, however, to learn that the hill east of the railroad station at Mill Neck was called Sagamore Hill many years before "Ted- dy" named his home. This is clearly indicated on a map in Vol. I of the Oyster Bay Town Records, as are many other place-names around old Mat- inecock. The region once known as Matinecock included within its bounds all that land now comprising the Village of Locust Valley. This commun- ity had previously been called Buckram, a name of disputed origin. In a paper read before the Matinecock Neighborhood As- sociation, in 1910, Mr. George W. Cocks made the following obse'*'vation: "Buckram as a designation of the territory now known as Locust Valley, first appears of record in 1730 — and per- sisted until 1856, in which year a neighborhood meeting called for the nurpose, changed the name of the Post Office to Locust Valley. . . Not haviror learned of any more credible theory of the oT-io-in of the use of the name Bnckram in this localitv I will venture to suggest that it was a modification of 'Buckerham', a town in the County of Norfolk, Ensrland, where it is shown in Blome- field's Hi<5torv that sundry members of the Cock familv hpid landed estates and offi- cial positions in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Now about 1730 there were resident in this vicinity Heze- kiah Cock — and John Cock and they being grar»dsons of our immio-rant a^c*^stor, Jam-es Cock, it is within the bounds of probability that ^-hey may bave used the name in remembrance of an ancest- ral home in Old Ensrland." A few years later Halstead H. Frost mentioned a very different origin for the name in an editorial that appeared Continued From Page ^18 207 LONG ISLAND FORUM NOVEMBER 1954 Reminders Pleasure Boat Insurance Specialist GEORGE C. BARTH 134A Broadway, next to Post Office AMityville 4-1688 (Res. 4-0855) E. CLAYTON SMITH Established 1913 Jobber-Replacement Parts Tools - Equipment 218-220 East Main St. Babylon Tel. 6-0551 Visitors Welcome The General Museum-Library of the Suffolk County Historical So- ciety, at Riverhead, is open daily (except Sundays and Holidays) from one to five P. M. Visitors always welcome (no charge) at this educational insti- tution where items connected with Long Island's history, culture and natural sciences are on display. Wines and Liquors Large assortment of Popular Brands at the Lowest Possible Prices and in various size con- tainers to suit your needs. Losi's Liquor Store, 170 Park Ave., Amity- ville. €t)an0 AMITYVILLE DAIRY. INC. AMITYVILLE ROCKVILLE CENTRE BLUE POINT STILL B. 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Derbies Were Common Mr. Clancy's letter in the Oc- tober Forum suggesting that the derby-hatted man on the Shin- necock Canal railroad bridge, as pictured in the previous issue, was the late Alfred E. Smith, is in- correct. Mr. Smith, I am advised by those who claim to know, had not then become a visitor to his be- loved Good Ground. The late Col. Rowland, who supplied much of the material for my story, "Shinnecock Canal of 1886", served as watchman on the bridge during its construction and shortly ailir. Standing on the bridge, it was his duty to slow all trains down to at least five miles an hour while crossing. Now as to derby hats, those were the days when they were in com- mon use and my late friend the Colcnel, who wore one on the job, once told me that he was the man on the bridge when that photo was taken, John H. Sutter Hampton Bays (formerly Good Ground) Dominy Genealogy A complete history of the Dominy and allied families vdll be available about January 1, 1955. Representing a labor of more than twenty years, it covers the period from 1630 to the present day, as well as the three branches of the Dominy family, namely: the ori- ginal Long Island; the Beekman- town of Clinton County, N. Y., and the Ohio, an offshoot of the two mentioned. The comprehensive, illustrated volume, a uinque achievement in photo-engraving and typography, will sell at $25 postpaid. No re- mittance need accompany orders at this time. Address: Newton J. Dominy, Historian, 29 South High, Dublin, Ohio. Schrafel Motors, Inc. NASH Sales and Service NEW and USED CARS Merrick Road. West Amityville Leo F. Schrafel AM 4-23 06 FAMILY HISTORY Start yours now with our Simpli- fied Worksheets and Directions , , . Complete Set, punched for three- ring binder, postpaid $1. . . . GIDEON STIVERS Box 382 Riverhead, L. I. The Bowne House Historical Society Judge Charles S Colden, President presents The Bowne House Built 1661 Bowne St. and Fox Lane FLUSHING, N. Y. A Shrine to Keligior Freedom ADMISSIOJS FREE Sundays, Tuesdays and Saturdays 1 to 5 P.M. Sponsored by HALLERAN AGENCY Realtors Flushing, N. Y. Farmingdale Federal Savings and Loan Association 312 CONKLIN STREET First Mortgage Loans Insured Savings 2!% Dividend Phone FArmingdaie 2-2000 FARMINGDALE, N. Y. 208 NOVEMBER 1954 LONG ISLAND FORUM (Sales of jt Qeorge^s (fJtianor "W/- HEN Col. William (Tan- ^^ gier) Smith died his oldest son Henry received that part of the vast estate on the north side of the island which he called St. George's Manor while the por- tion on the south side, retain- ing the old name of the Manor of St. George, went to son William. It was the north side house and land that my great-grandfather purchased from the Smiths. When my grandfather Judge Selah B. Strong mar- ried Cornelia Udall of Islip in 1823 she was only 17 and her family insisted that she re- main with them until after her first child was born. Al- though my grandfather was very much her senior he had loved her, the story goes, since she was a little girl. Following the birth of their first child, they settled in the old house on the Neck once owned by the Smiths. Here were born three daughters and four or five of their seven sons. In 1839 my grand- father's first cousin, Anna Smith Strong, daughter of Joseph, married Frederick Diaper, who had studied ar- chitecture in England under Sir Robert Smirke. So when Grandfather decided to build a new home he naturally asked Diaper to draw the plans. It was completed some time in 1844 and still stands, an imposing structure with a wide hall in which a beauti- fully hand carved staircase rises from just insMe the front door. This haU runs through the house, with draw- ing room and library or» one side and sitting and dining rooms on the other. Tn the wing, there are pantries and cuoboards which leads me to think that my grandmother had a hand in the planning as on both floors are nlenty of closets. Also in the wing was located the big sunny I^te Wheeler t^trong nursery in v/hose brick oven my grandmother baked her famous pies. The kitchen itself was in the basement but much of the cooking was done in the wash- house, so called, which had been the wing of the old house until moved and rebuilt. It, too(, has a large fireplace. The second floor of the main house has seven rooms and there are three in the wing. The stairs to the third floor with its two bedrooms rise in a graceful curve on one side, leaving the hall clear. There were gay times, too, when the young people enter- tained friends. One summer at least 18 ate at the large dinner table throughout the season. Once a group of 17 young folks from a becalmed sloop were taken in, the boys sleeping in the third floor hall while the girls bunked with the household's womenfolk. Among the weddings held here was that of a grand- daughter who was awaiting the train bringing the groom and bridal party when it be- came snowbound. The only thing to eat were the fancy cakes being brought to the St. George's Manor, on the North Shore The house was built to face the souths as was Grand- father's boyhood home so he could gaze from the third floor of his 7"ew home into the home of his childhood. The new home was indeed a house for a growing family — a stately ma^^sion well called St. George's Manor. This house of 1844 has had its sad times as well as gay. There were solemn proces- sions to the Strong family graveyard where, my father told me, the Episcopal rector usually presided following the Presbyterian minister's fun- eral service at the house. That is why so many Strongs are listed in the burial records of Caroline Church. wedding. But everything turned out alright and the knot was tied on schedule. Through sunshine and sha- dow the house stands today as sturdy as when its founda- tion was laid beck in 1844. Stimulates Interest in History My interest in the Forum is as deep as ever, and I read it from cover to cover — including the ad- vertisements. It is really unique, and I know it plays a significant role in stimulating a real interest in history, past and present, on Long Island. Malcolm M. Willey Minneapolis Note: Dr. Willey, one of our con- tributing editors and a real student of island history, is administra- tive vice-president of the Univer- sity of Minnesota. 209 LONG ISLAND FORUM NOVEMBER 1954 Leading Real Estate Brokers of Sayville Lillian H. Robinson, Realtor Real Estate, Insurance, Furnished Cottages Farms - Homes - Acreage 169 W. Main St. SAyville 4-1900 Member of L. 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Broadway and Park Ave. AMityville 4-0198 General Woodhull's Patriotism Felix E. Reifschneider (of Or- lando, Fla.) refers to the old Woodhull Park station on the Long Island Railway, now called Hillside station. This change was made because it was brought to the knowledge of the management of the railway that the Woodhull for whom Wood- hull Park was projected had not been a consistent patriot. Stanley R. Borcherding 605 East 14th Street New York, N. Y. Editorial Opinion: Mr. Borcherd- ing has evidently read the recent book purporting to present the "inside story" of General Nathan- iel Woodhull, Long Island's first high ranking Revolutionary mar- tyr. We are not among those who take seriously the attempt to dis- credit General Woodhull's good name. The evidence submitted may be interpreted quite differently than was done by the author. We still believe that Woodhull was a real patriot and we doubt very much that his alleged inconsist- ency had anything to do with the LIRR's changing the name of its station. The Name, "Lake Success" People have asked me frequently to give them the history of Lake Success. They are always inter- ested in the derivation of its name. Some wonder if it was an Indian name that must have sounded like the word success. I have believed that the lake was in the bounds of the settlement known as Great Success, in Hemp- stead for John Robinson mentions s»me in his sale of his right to the Old Purchase of Oyster Bay to Thomas Miller of Lusum. The Oyster Bay Town Records Vol. 1 gives the following information on Page 568; "To All Christian People to whom this p'sent writing Shall come or in any wise Apptaine; Be it known yt I John Robinson of Great Suckcess in ye Bounds of Hempstead in Queens County on Long Island in ye Pvince of New York. . . ." I'd like to hear from other Forum readers who might have the correct information on Lake Success. Harriet G. Valentine Cold Spring Harbor Edna's Rep Went Far Of all the pictures which must have been available, this is the only one carried in the Long Beach (Cal.) Press-Telegram Sunday in connection with the news items of Continued next page Port Washington Howard C. Hegeman Agency, Inc. Real Estate and Insurance 185 Main Street Tel. POrt Washington 7-3124 Commack JOHN W. NOTT Established 1925 Wanted: Large flat wooded acre- age eastern L. I. to Riverhead. Jericho Tpk. FOrest 8-9322 Huntington HENRY A. MURPHT INSURING AGENCY, Inc. Real Estate, Insurance, Mortgage Loans, Appraisals Steamship Tickets Cornelius L. Murphy Tel. Hunt. 176 Wyandanch HAROLD S. ISHAM All Lines of Insurance Real Estate Straight Path, Wvandanch Tel. Midland "7755 Mastic Real tor — Ins ur or BENJAMIN G. HERRLEY MONTAUK HIGHWAY Phone ATlantic— 1-8110 Glen Head M. O. HOWELL Real Estate - Insurance 25 Glen Head Road Telephone GLen Cove 4-0491 Bay .Shore Auio and Other Insurance — Real Estate — HENNING AGENCY, Realtor 83 E.Main,BayShore 7-0876 «& 0877 Central Islip ROBERT E. O'DONOHUE CarletonAve. Tel. 6317 Centra! Islip. Real Estate - Insurance Established 1911 Hampton Bays JOHN H. SUTTER Licensed Real Estate Broker 1 East Main Street HAMPTON BAYS 2-0420 Tel. Babylon 6-0265 w. E. MAGEE, APPRAISER Inc. Real Estate and Insurance || Brokers Babylon. N. Y. 210 NOVEMBER 1954 LONG ISLAND FORUM ^ Long Island's Suburban Homeland Uniondale ^ PETER P. ROCCHIO The Town Agency For Real Estate and Insurance 889 Nassau Road, Uniondale Phone HEmpstead 2-6858 Patchogue Realtors^Insurors JOHN J. ROE & SON 125 E. Main St. Patchogue 2300 Glen Cove HAROLD A. JACKSON CO. Insurance and Real Estate 7 W. Glen Street Telephone 4-1500 Westbury HAMILTON R. HILL Insurance - Real Estate WEstbury 7-0108 249 Post Ave. For Westbury and Vicinity Floral Park EDMUND D. PURCELL REALTOR Sales - Appraisals - Insurance 111 Tyson Ave. FLoral Park 4-0333 Lake Ronkonkoma CLIFFORD R. YERK Lots, Farms, Shore Frontage Homes Acreage Rosedale Ave. and Richmond Blvd. Telephones Ronkonkoma 8543 and 8S59 East Norwich RICHARD DOWNING & SONS Real Estate & Insurance Brokers North Hempstead Turnpike Tel. OYster Bay 6-0592 'BenjIWe/t' Real Estate Insurance East Tetauket Lond Island. New York ■ Tel. 101 Solaukek ■ Unqua Agency, Inc. General Insurance Real Estate GORDON W. FRASER. Mgr. 199-A Broadway AMityville 4-0376 the havoc created by the hurricane Edna. I read every word in my copy of the Long Island Forum, as soon as I receive it with great interest and untold pleasure. Horace K. T. Sherwood Long- Beach, California Editorialism: The picture showed Ryan's Restaurant, Bridgehamp- tcn, toppled by high seas. Mr. Sherwood is a former mayor of Glen Cove. The Long Beach Press- Telegram was owned until re- cently by another former Long Islander, S. S. Conklin, also a Forum subscriber. Either the world is small or our circulation Is not. STATEMENT required by the Act of August 24, 1912, as amended by the Acts of March 3, 1933, and July 2, 1946, showing the ownership and man- agement of the Long Island Forum published monthly at Amityville, N. Y., for October, 1954. The name and address of the publisher and editor is Paul Bailey, Amityville, N. Y. The owner is Paul Bailey, Amity- ville. N. Y. The known bondholders, mort- gatrees, and other security holders owning 1 percent or more of total amount of bonds, mortgages, or ether securities are: none. Paul Bailey, Publisher. Sworn to and subscribed before ne this 27th day of September, 1954. Hugo C. Waldau, Jr. Notary Public. (My commission expires March 30, 1955.) Author's Correction Inadvertently, the caption to the photograph with my article on Prehistoric Long Island, in the October issue, gave the age of the sandstone outcroppings at Hemp- stead Harbor as 200-million years instead of 100-million. The latter figure is more nearly correct. Robei-t R. Coles Storm of 1854 Paul Bailey's article in the Riv- erhead News-Review of September 16 mentioning the storm of April 1854 reminded me of the epitaph on a stone in the Waterford (Ct.) cemetery which I saw many years ago, as follows: "In memory of Lester Beebe lost with the schooner Gazelle in a gale on Nan- tucket shoales April 1854, aged 21 years." In the old days it was quite a common custom to erect stones in Continued on next page East Quogue GEO. H. JONES Real Estate and Insurance Montauk Highway Telephone East Quogue 960 Wantagh W. J. JORGENSEN Realtor — Appraisals Tel. Wantagh 2210 Wading River WM. L. MILLER & SON Real Estate and Insurance Phone: Wading River 4323 Great Neck Q?^%£^ LONG ISLAND REAL ESTATE City line to Montauk Point. List- ings wanted all over Long Island. Sales offices at 740 Northern Blvd., Great Neck, and Route 25 Matti- tuck. Tels. GReat Neck 2-5614 and Mattituck 9-8434. Garden City RlJLKLEYgHpRTONfO. l_/ (i:ST. l«7T r-| VJJJ CHK.M.T<.l7in \ 1 "Brooklyn and Long Island's Largest Real Estate Organisation'" 721 Franklin Ave. PI 6-5400 Save at Southold Latest Dividend 2\ Plus Vi% extra per annum Bank by Mail WE PAY POSTAGE BOTH WAYS The Oldest Savings Bank in Suf- folk County. Incorporated 1858. Southold Savings Bank Southold, New York Member Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 211 LONG ISLAND FORUM NOVEMBER 1954 Leading Real Estate Brokers Miller Place ALFRED E. BEYER Licensed Real Estate Broker Member, Suffolk Real Estate Board North Country Road Miller Place Tel. POrt Jefferson 8-1204 Babylon CHARLES F. PFEIFUB Licensed Real Estate Broker Lots - Plots - Acreage W. Main St., nr. Lake Babylon 644 EASTPORT Edward B. Bristow Real Estate and Insurance Main Street E Astport 5-0164 Real Estate Insurance EDWARD F. COOK East Hampton Telephone 4-1440 INSURANCE Ask EDWARDS The Oldest Agency for Miles Around Phones SAyville 4-2107 - 4-2108 GLEN FLOORS FRED CAPOBIANCO Broadloom - Linoleum Tile Shades and Blinds BABYLON GLEN COVE HICKSVILLE Robert A. Dodd General Insurance Real Estate RAYMOND A. SWEENEY 66 Merrick Rd.. Copiasue AMityville 4-1961 memory of men lost at sea though the bodies were not recovered. These nautical matters interest me, as my great-grandfather John S. Billings, was a captain in the West Indies and South American trade for many years. I have the sextant which he carried, also some of his log books. He had a son drowned in the English Channel by falling from the bowsprit while reefing the jib. A. B. Roberts, Windham, Conn. Christmas Gift Subscriptions Every year more and more Long Islanders are using yearly sub- scriptions of the Long Island Forum as Christmas gifts. They simply send us the names and addresses of the recipients, to- gether with a check (at $2 each) to cover the list and we do the rest. Our special Christmas card mailed to each recipient in time for the holiday bears the giver's Yuletide Greetings. The important thing, however, is to place these orders early to insure our card being received just prior to Christ- mas Day. That geology story was the best I've read. Horace J. Campbell, Far Rockaway. (Referring to Pre- historic Long Island by Robert R. Coles in October issue). Tales of Old Long Island The sixteenth series of True Tales from Early Days of Long Is- land has just been issued and cop- ies may be obtained by addressing the author. Miss Kate Wheeler Strong, "The Cedars", Setauket, N. Y. "The price is $1.25 postpaid. Miss Strong's historical stories, which have appeared in the Long Island Forum as a regular feature since the November 1939 number, would certainly "fill a book, and a good size book at that", as one reader has written. Instead, she has preferred to have them reprint- ed in pamphlet form at about the rate of one each year, in time usu- ally for the Holiday season, for they have been used quite exten- sively as Christmas gifts. They have also become collectors' items and those who possess the complete set of pamphlets are for- tunate. To preserve this phase, the pamphlets are limited to 200 copies in each edition, so that those who wish to obtain them should write without delay. The author, who has been called "Brookhaven Town's gift to local history," has given a folklore touch Continued on back cover Farmingdale GREGORY SOSA AGENCY, Inc. Real Estate and Insurance Serving The Community Since 1921 FArmingdale 2-0321—2-1286 Hubbell, Klapper €*■ Hubbell LONG ISLAND REAL ESTATE 65 Hilton Avenue Garden City, N. Y. REAL ESTATE Insurance Mortgages JOHN T. PULIS 101 Richmond Ave , Amityville AMiiyville 4-1489 BELLPORT Ed^vard B. Bristow Real Estate and Insurance Main Street BEIIport 7-0143 Over 100 Years of DEPENDABLE SERVICE TO LONG ISLANDERS Everything for Building Tlal^au SuUolk LUMBER i SU PPLY t't/ COt?P AMITYVILLE ROSLYN HUNTINCTON SMIl HTOWN WESTBURY WANTAGH LOCUST VALLEY FORUMS, PRIOR TO 1950 One dozen scattered numbers. At least 50 stories on island history. (^ Sent postpaid for ^1.50. Address L. I. forom, amityville 212 NOVEMBER 1954 LONG ISLAND FOIMJM Hurricanes Continued from page 206 This time I didn't take the sweaters, blouses, or clothes — only the necessaries and two dresses just in case I never saw it again. Once more I put it in the Lord's care and the special protection of a Madonna from Sicily a friend had brought me, who was the Madonna of the Sea to whom the sailors brought chains of shells before they set out on voyages. At quarter of ten we left for my friend's house, I hav- ing alerted her we were com- ing. Her house was a good distance from the sea. One great elm was down across the terrace — Carol's work — but otherwise it was serene and lovely with the most per- fectly appointed guest rooms into which we settled so gratefully. The night was wild but Edna didn't really arrive until mid-morning. Then the wind blew with terrific force, the barometer dropped and we watched huge sheets of rain sweeping across the land- scape. It was frightening in its way, especially when a favorite tree of my hostess went down, but by four o'clock the barometer had risen and my host and hostess went out to view the damage. Edna had worked differ- ently from Carol. She had "Only Dune," Miss Quick's Summer Home MORTGAGE MONEY HOME OWNERS Mortgage Loans to refinance existing mortgages or to purchase and/ or renovate homes INDIVIDUAL MORTGAGE HOLDERS Existing mortgages purchased or refinanced RIVERHEAD SAVINGS BANK RIVERHEAD. N. Y. RIVERHEAD 8-3600 213 LONG ISLAND FORUM NOVEMBER 1954 gore around in gusts. My garden was under four feet of : water — and one of my pre^i- jous pines was riven in half. Two others were down but they can be salvaged. The brush had held, all except for one deep hole where the water had poured from a broken leader pipe. But again high tides were expected that night, so we very gratefully stayed where we were for another night. The next morning at eleven we tried to thank our friends for taking us in. But it's im- possible to really express ap- preciation for a^'y'^hing so thoughtful, but it does cer- tainly restore one's faith in human beings. Hom.e with the sun shining: just as though Edna had never been — the ocean far out, the sand gleaming wher- ever it wasn't covered with debris. Long Island had been lucky where Edna was concerned. She wreaked her fury on New England more than our shores, but she treated us badly enough. If, as they said, we only got the fringe, I should have hated to be in the middle of it. I _ An article in the New York Times says hurricanes go in cycles, that Florida used to get the full force of them and now if is New England. The last severe one in Florida was in 1933, with winds over two rpNiTH ■IC U 1 PA1 < ) STOP in and let us demonstrate the NEW ZENITH / ^«^, ROYAL \^tx HEARING AID In Stock: Batteries for all Types of Aids PICKUP & BROWN GUILD OPTICIANS 18 Deer Park Ave. Babylon Tel. Babylon 927 hundred miles an hour. They have had heavy storms since. Miami last had a hurricane in 1950. So perhaps their cycle is ending and Long Island and New England are their targets now, with California being exempt. Navy pilots study the storms and a good deal of what we know of them comes from this source. Why thev call them by female names I cannot see. Ore paper said it was because "Women were so unpredictable." This is all nonsense ard it see^ns awful to take a nice name like Card to label a hurricane. Personally I favor naming them after battles or wars. Carol could have been the Battle of Bull Run. She wm bul'ish enough and how she did run. Edna might have been the Troian War — she was that deceitful. But by whatever name they are called they are certai- iy not welcome on Long Island — or anywhere else for that mat- ter. The old-timers here who are weather-wise shake their heads. "Used to be we had an equinoctial storm every year. Now we get hurricanes ajid it don't make sense." It really doesn't. Carol took down all the trees that were straightened up after the ori- ginal hurricane in 1938, Two that had been salvaged^ at The Hedges, for instance, are no more. You can add many others to the list, for there wasn't a road or lane in East Hampton that hadn't suffered trpe loss and wasn't filled with boughs and branches. Everyone agreed Carol did more damage than 1938. If it's true that hurricanes go in cycles, then I hope they'll cycle themselves to some other part of the world. Long Island would be glad to see the end of them — not to mention the owner of "Mostly Dune." L. I. Books For Sale Memorial of the Late Hon. David S. Jones, containing data on Jones Family rf Massapequa. By W. A. Jcnes. 1849. Social History of Flathush. Ger- trude L. Vanderbilt. HIus. 12mo. cloth. 1900. History of Town of Flathush. Thf^mas M. Strong. Illus. 12mo. cloth. 1842. Reprinting of 1938. Long Island Forum •T Clje iianfe of amitpbtUe Incorporated 1891 2fc on Special Interest Accounts Compounded Quarterly Hours: 9:00 to 3:00 except Saturdays Friday Evenings 6:00 to 8:00 Member Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Blomquist Laundry COMPLETE LAUNDRY SERVICE 11 Cottage Row Glen Cove Tel. Glen Cove 4-1105 Serving the Community Since 1900 RECORDS RCA - Columbia - Dacca Wide Selection of POPULAR CLASSICAL CHILDREN'S in all the speeds AMITY RADIO For Quality Service on TV On the Triangle AMityvilie4-1177 «^^ ^ 214 t "i NOVEMBER 1954 Poet of Paumanok Continued from page 205 Long Island, the Greenport and Montauk regions, and the shores of the great bays. These, of course, were not the scenes of his early childhood, but they were the enchanting, faraway places of which he had heard constantly as a small boy. In summer he would often gather sea gulls' eggs on the sands of Peconic Bay, or wander aimlessly across the wide Hempstead plains which never ceased to hold for him a particular fas- cination : "I have often been out on the edges of these plains to- ward sundown and can yet re- call the interminable cow processions, and hear the music of the tin copper bells clanking far or near, and breathe the cool of the sweet and slightly aromatic air, and note the Sunset." Winter would find him out on the Great South Bay fishing through the ice for eeKs, and filling up his basket with the "great, fat, sweet, white- meated fellows." Recalling this scene many years later he wrote, "The shores of this bay, winter and summer, and my doings there in earlv life, are woven all through Leaves of Grass." Perhaps, however, an even greater influence on Whit- man's poetrv was his visits to Montauk, with i"ts atmosnhere of storm and shinwreck. Occa- sionally the poet would go there and sit by the old light- house for hours on end, watching and listening to the Dounding of the waves as they beat ap-ainst the rorkv shore- line. It is not surprising that many literary critics have compared the metre of Whit- man's verse with the recur- rence of lesser and larger wa^'p«( on the seashore, rolling in without intermission and fitfully rising and falling. Such an internretation seems to be borne out by the poet's own words: "Once at Montauk. (by the old lighthouse, nothing but sea tossing in sight in every direction as far as the eye coud reach), I remember well I felt that I must one day write a book expressing this liquid, mystic theme. After- ward I recollect, how it came to me that instead of any special lyrical or epical or lit- erary attempt, the seashore should be an invisible influ- ence, a pervading gauge and tally for me in my composi- tion. ' »rr?® *^®" ^o®s on to state: ,,^here is a dream, a picture, that for years at intervals has come up before me, and I really believe has entered largely into my practical life — certainly into my writing and color'd and shaped them.' It IS nothing more or less than a stretch of intermin- able white-brown sand with the ocean perpetually, grand- ly, rolling in upon it, with rustle, hiss and foam. . . This scene, this picture, I say, has risen before me at times for years. Sometimes I wake up at night and can hear and see it plainly before me." LONG ISLAND FORUM From this account it be- comes quite evident that the countless hours Whitman spent roaming along the beaches of Long Island were not wasted in idle loafing, as many of his family and friends seemed to have thought at the time; on the contrary, his keen receptive mind was absorbing the very tempo of the waves as they rushed in against the shore. If the surf pounding against the Long Island coast provided Whitman with the metre and rhythm of his poetry, it was as a rural schoolteacher and country journalist that he first be- came aware of the American character, which was to be- come the central theme of Leaves of Grass. "Ameri- canos! conquerors! marches humanitarian! Foremost' century marches! Liberated masses! For you a programme 01 chants." As a country schoolteacher Continued on page 2 1 7 ^^^^^^*^^^^^^^^ ESTABLISHED 1887 SOUTH SIDE BANK BRENTWOOD BAY SHORE Suffolk &> 4th Phone BR 3-45 1 1 Main 6. Bay Shore Av. Phone BA 7-7100 Member Federal Depo.it Insurance Corpor.Hon 215 LONG ISLAND FORUM Japanese Versus Western Fashions Many former students from Japan, launched on tlieir careers by the Traphagen School of Fash- ion, returned and found success in their homeland. From there, in- spired by their own good fortune, they have recommended other young people to study at their alma mater. New students not only from the United States but from Europe and the Orient are now entering Traphagen at 1680 Broadway (52nd St.), New York, where their celebrated courses in costume design, illustration, cloth- ing construction, draping, pattern- making, grading, dressmaking, and interior decoration are now start- ing. One of these students, Teruko Hirota (above) says that while most Japanese girls now favor Western costume for everyday life, the traditional wedding cos- tume of old Japan, which she mod- els here, is a beautiful survivor. Miss Hirota came to Traphagen from faraway Nishinomiya City, Japan. She is one of the hundreds of girls and young men who, dur- ing the past quarter century and more, have come from forty-six foreign countries to attend this world-famous school. They are carrying home the know-how of designing and making the Am- erican-style fashions which have captivated women the world over. Black is the background color of the Japanese wedding kimona, a color usually worn only by brides and older women. The length of the sleeves and the spread of the pedded hem on the floor mark this as a costume of much formality. The centuries-old style of coiffure in the wig comes into its own, too, on the wedding day. Teruko demonstrated the use of the wedding veil. The wig of the bride is draped before and dur- ing the ceremony with a pink silk nbbon "veil" (see iluustration in- set) which is removed after the marriage. This costume is an au- thentic one from the Museum Col- lection of the Traphagen School, secured in Japan by Ethel Trap- hagen and her husband, W. R. Leigh, for use by their students in living research" and modern de- sign inspiration. NOVEMBER 1954 "The Fame Behind the Name" HARDER Extermination Service, Inc. 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When, in 1839, Whitman left teaching to try his hand at country journalism, he con- tinued his close relationship with the rural folk of Long Island. Although his connec- Walt Whitman tion with the weekly news- paper which he founded was desti .ed to be shortlived, it proved to be an experience that greatly enriched and broadened his understanding of human nature. Perhaps he never was again so happy or content as when he started out each v/eek to deliver his paper to the nearby communi- ties : AMITY AUTO SALES Chevrolet Agency For Sales and Service Parts and Accessories Merrick and County Line Roads Tel. AMityviUe 4-0909-4-0910 "I never had happier jaunts — going over the south side to Babylon, down the south road across to Smithtown and Commack, and back home. The experience of those jaunts, the dear old fashion'd farmers and their wives, the stops by the hayfields, the hospitality, nice dinners, oc- casional evenings, the girls, the rides through the brush, come to my memory to this day." Here, then, was that lust of life, that deUght in human nature, that capacity for sensation which was gath- ering material for Leaves of Grass. When Whitman left Hunt- ington, it marked the end of his formative years. He had just turned twenty-one and was restless to experiment — "Life immense in passion, pulse and power." The years ahead were to be spent, for the most part, in cities — New York, Washing- LONG ISLAND FORUM ton, Camden; all too often, however, this later associa- tion with the teeming life of the city obscured the great importance of his earlier years on Long Island. The truth of the matter is that a large part of Whitman's poet- ical imagery was inspired by the beauty he perceived in the natural surroundings of his beloved Paumanok, and that he found in the sturdy inhabitants of its countryside and villages the democratic spirit his poetry extolled. This Old Long Island Robert R. Coles' story on the geology of L. I. (Oct. issue) is very interesting to me as I have read some of that before, but am glad to know that our island is really older than I thought, even though I was willing to give it a few million years. John Tooker Babylon (( Long Island Whalers" By Paul Bailey The history of whaling by L. I. ships and men for more than 200 years, briefly told. Showing the begin- ring, the rise, the peak and the decline and finish of the industry between the 1640's and 1870's. Well illus- trated. Postpaid $1. Address LONG ISLAND FORUM, Box 805, Amityville J. C. DODGE & SON, Inc. Glen Cove's Oldest Furniture House Established in 1835 when Andrew Jackson was President. 99 GLEN STREET GLen Cove 4-0242 U The Long Island Indian" By Robert R. Coles With 20 Line Drawings How our Indians looked and lived. The names and distribu- tion of their chieftaincies. Their contribution to our civilization and many other interesting facts about those first Long Islanders. Send $1 to Robert R. Coles, 7 The Place, Glen Cove, N. Y. 217 LONG ISLAND FORUM Place-Names Continued from page 207 in the East Norwich Enter- prise. This reads in part as follows : "—there was a Mill, or Factory, located in the east- erly, or 'old Kaintuck Mill Pond' section of what is now known as Locust Valley, the motor power of which was derived from a beautiful small lake. The owner of this mill manufactured a fabric, presumably of flaxen mater- ial, known as 'Buckram'. "The fabric manufactured in the quaint old mill was well-known, and highly val- ued, and at that time was an attractive class of 'dry goods,' and its name, 'Buckram', was a familiar one to all the coun- try round-about, and in this way the locality became known as Buckram". The pond to which Mr. Frost referred exists today north of the railroad tracks and west of Beaver Lake, at Mill Neck. It is very difficult today for anyone to determine with certainty which of these sug- gestions is correct. I am in- clined to favor the one offered by Mr. Frost, although I do POWELL Funeral Home, Inc. 67 Broadway Amityville, New York AMityville 4-0172 Monumental Work Telephone AMityville 4-2126 FIRESTONE Motor Sales, Inc. De Soto Plymouth Austin Sales and Service Martin Firestone Merrick Road Just West of Amityville not have much evidence to support my choice. Apparently there had been considerable opposition by local residents to both the names of Buckram and Lo- cust Valley. Many preferred that of Matinecock, which is the name of the old Quaker Meeting House built in 1725 and still standing on the north NOVEMBER 1954 side of Duck Pond Road on the boundary between the City of Glen Cove and the |^ Village of Matinecock. ^^ These are only a few of the many quaint and interesting place-names found in the vicinity of old Matinecock. Let us hope they will survive many centuries more to keep fresh the memory of long ago. DRY CLEANING FUR STORAGE JaittfviikJImdm RUG CLEANING AMityville 4-3200 Auto Radiators Repaired, Recored and Boiled Out Electric Motors— Rewinding and Rebuilding AMITYVILLE BATTERY & IGNITION SERVICE, Inc. Broadway and Avon Place Phones 1174 - 2095 Amityville Bailey's Long Island History A limited number of sets of the Long Island History, com- piled by Paul Bailey and pub- lished last year by the Lewis Historical Publishing Com- pany of New York, has been made available through the Long Island Forum at one- third off the publishers' price. This drastic reduction from the original price of $46.50 is made possible by eliminating volume 3 which consists en- tirely of biographical sketches. Volumes 1 and 2 comprise the complete History as com- piled by Editor Bailey and written by leading authorities in every field, consisting of more than 1000 pages. 43 chapters and 200 illustrations. These handsomely printed and bound deluxe books (size 8x10% inches) will be sent, while they last, in the same order that anplications are re- ceived. Price $30. Besides the complete history of the island, from its discov- ery, including chapters on geo- Address: LONG Amityville, N. Y. # logy and archaeology, there are separate chapters on each of the towns in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, the history of the leading church denom- inations, whaling, fishing, sheU fisheries, agriculture, medicine, banking, education, aviation and many other sub- jects. Long Island Birdlife is com- piled by Edwin Way Teale, nationally known authority ; the island's mammals, by Dr. W. J. Hamilton, Corned zoolo- gist. The most extensive cov- erage of the island's Indians ever printed was prepared by John H. Morice. Among th(i authors represented are J. Russel Sprague, Dr. Oscar G. Darlinpfton, Dr. C'arence Ash- ton Wood, Miss Jacoueline Overton, Re'^ John K. Sharp, Chester T?. Blake'ock, Osbom Shaw, Herbert F. Ricard, Preston R. Bassett. Robert R. Coles. Halpev B. Knapn, Nancy Boyd Willev. Mary E. ^^ Bell — in all more than forty Hfc; such authorities. ' ISLAND FORUM Tel. 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I returned to the post office about 11 p. m. and had the fire- men pump out the basement, started cleaning up the next morn- ing and had the office functioning again two days later. Mabel B. Williams Westhampton Beach Editorial addition: Mrs. William does not mention her personal heroism and the many services she rendered the community dur- ing the post-flood period. I don't know of anywhere else to get as much for so little money (as the Forum). Osman C. Lane, Southampton Chief of Police, Re- tired. "Willie and Herman's" La Grange Montauk Higrhway East of Babylon Luncheons - Dinners Large New Banquet Hall . Tel. Babylon 480 For the Sea Food Connoisseur It's SNAPPER INN on Connetquot River OAK DALE Phone SAyville 4-0248 CLOSED MONDAYS HARBOR LIGHT RESTAURANT EXCELLENT CUISINE Catering to Small Parties M. SWANSON AMityville 4-5868 and 4-9704 Dawes Avenue and George Brown Plaza Amityville (East) PETERS Delicatessen Tel. 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