n LONG I SLAND FORUM r. The Ireland Gristmill, Amityville, About 1900 Photo by Marshall Woodman (See next Page) r^ TABLE of CONTENTS GENERAL EMORY UPTON SUFFOLK COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY PECONIC'S OLD MILL THOMAS HODGKINS'S ADVENTURES "AUNT" FANNY HOMAN MAP OF LONG ISLAND Dr. Charles A. Huguenin David Price Jenning-s Clarence Russell Comes Kate Wheeler Strong Capt. Eugene S. Griffing Cyril A. Lewis LETTERS FROM FORUM READERS JUNE 19S4 $2.Q0 a year by Mail; Single Copies 25c VOL. XVIL No. 6 H. E. Swezey & Son, Inc. GENERAL TRUCKING Middle Country Rd., Eavtport Telephones Riverhead 2350 Eastport 250 Louden-Knickerbocker Hall A Priyate Sanitarium for Nervous and Mental Diseases «1 Louden Ave. AmitrTilIt A Mi ty villa 4-0053 Farmingdale Individual Laundry Dry Cleaning - Laundering Rug Cleaning Broad Hnllow Koad Farmincdalc Phone FArmingdale 2-0300 Chrysler - Plymouth Sales and Service MULLER Automobile Corp. Merrick Road and Broadway AMltyville 4-2028 and 4-2029 BRAKES RELINED on Passenger Cars and Trucka Power Brake Sales Service Suffolk County Brake Service 314 Medford Avenue, Patchogue Tel. 1722 FURNITURE S. B. HORTON CO. (Batabliched 1862) 821 Main St. Greenport Tel. 154 SCHWARZ FLORIST PHONE FArmingdale 2-0816 SUNRISE Divieion Household Fuel Corp 'Blue Coal' Fuel Oil Amityville Farmingdale 1060 12 Lindenhurst 178 THE LcNG Island fccuM Published Monthly at AMITYVILLE, N. Y. POR LONG ISLANDERS EVERYWHERE Entered as «econd-clasi matter May U, 1947 at the Paul Bailey, Publisher-Editer Contributing Editors Clarence A. Wood, LL.M., Ph.D. Malcolm M. Willey, Ph.D John C. Huden, Ph.D. Julian Denton Smith, Nature Tel. AMityville 4-0554 The Ireland Gristmill Amityville, like other island com- munities with a very few excep- tions, has been without a gristmill for niany years. On the west side of what IS now the village-owned lake, north of Montauk highwav «f"n A^u^^'t'*^, °^^^n ^^e""e, once stood the Ireland Mill. It was established by one Sam- uel Ireland, who moved to Amity- ville from the north side during the mid-years of the 19th century. In tame it descended to his son Ed- T!^ ?• ^I^^^"^ ^"<^ was last oper- ated by the latter's son Rufus J. Ireland until the early ID^O's The reproduction shown on our cove^is from a photograph taken by Marshall Woodman when the mill was in operation, about fifty years ago. " . The site of the mill is now occu- ^llt ^ ""'''^T" ^^™^^' facing the lake. We understand that part of the mill building is still preserved m a remodeled structure in the nf M .*^', ^°:c?"ed Haight House on Montauk highway. Last Month's Cover Artist The Forum failed to name the ll^iX ^^ i*' '*'* '"""th's cover sketch of Apaucuck Homestead at Westhampton Beach. The name is Miss Lois Kimball of Remsenburg It was indeed a very fine sketch by an accomplished artist. Thanks, Congressman The other day I happened to pick up a copy of the Long Island Forum for February and found the articles most mteiresting. I would like to ask you to send me a year's sub- scription. vi^^f ffreat-grandfather. Captain i^lbert Latham, sailed ships out of bag Harbor years ago. Henry J. Latham TvT i r^ Jama ca Note: Congressman Latham who represents the Fourth District (Queens County) has rendered ex- cellent service for all Long Island. Hidi, 102 „,^.^ ^joy the Forum very much. Phihp G. Smith, Glejis Falls, N. Y. NICHOLS RUG CLEANING Freeport 86 E. Sunrise Hitchway Tel. 8-1212 Rug and Furniture Cleaning SWEZEY FUEL CO. Coal and Fuel Oils Patchogue 270 Port Jefferson S.-^fi ^ Funeral Director Arthur W. Overton Day and Night Service 172 Main St. Tel. 1085 Uljp Loans on Bond and Mortgage Dapoaiu Accepted by Mall First National Bank of Islip Uamber Fed. Depoait Insurance Corp. PHONOGRAPHS SUFFOLK AND NASSAU AMUSEMENT CO. Tel. 2393 Patchogue FURNITURE Frigidaire Home Appliances Englander & Simmons Sleep Products BROWN'S Storage Warehouse Your Furniture and Appliance Store 18t Maple St. Phone 31 ISLIP, L. I. Eitablished 1919 Highest Grade MEATS South Side Meat Market Stephen Queirolo, Prop. At the Triangle Amityville AMityville 4-0212 LEIGH'S TAXICABS MOTOR VANS - STORING WAREHOUSE Auto Busses For Hire AMityville 4-0225 Near Amityvillt Depot JUNE 1954 LONG ISLAND FORUM r Qeneral Smory Upton /-J AMP Upton at Yaphank ^^ was named after an of- ficer whose dash and cool- ness in the excitement and turmoil of battle finally won him a glorious page in the an- nals of the Federal Army dur- ing the Civil War. Emory Upton rose from the rank of a second lieutenant to that of a brevet major-general and the command of a divi- sion when he was only twenty- five years of age. His success did not stop with the close of the Civil War. He subse- quently held the position of commandant cf cadets at the U. S. Military Academy at West Point for five years. He was then sent by the Govern- ment to Europe and Asia to make a study of the organiza- tion, equipment, and adminis- tration of armies. Upon his return he was assigned to the Artillery School for Practice as instructor in the art of war with the rank of colonel. His annual income from sal- ary, investments, and royal- ties on the copyrights of his military texts was about ten thousand dollars. Perhaps no man in the Service was more widely known for his "New System of Infaritry Tactics. Double and Single Rank" and other publications, nor better liked for his blameless, noble, and manly qualities. It was scarcely possible to enjoy a more delightful position or to entertain brighter prospects. Yet, on the morning of March 15, 1881, in the forty-second year of his age, he was found by his three Chinese servants dead in bed, with a bul'et wound through his mouth into his brain, a victim of his own hand. Though he was reared an a farm in Batavia, N. Y., Emory Upton was a bom soldier. After a freshman year at Dr. Charles A. Huguenin Oberlin College, he secured an appointment to the U. S. Mili- tary Academy. From the mo- meat of his matriculation, Up- ton became a marked man. Not only had he come from a college that was despised for its opposition to slavery and its admission of negroes as students, but Upton had squarely placed himself in the ranks of the unpopular, lib- erty-loving dreamers by frank- ly declaring that he was an abolitionist. The father of one of the cadets at West Point had been captured with others by John Brown, a fanatical Puritan with a conviction that he was commissioned by God to free the slaves. Moreover, Brown's ruthless murder of five Kan- san slaveholders and his cap- ture of the arsenal at Harper's Ferry naturally violated the cadets' respect for law. In the course of a heated discussion with his chums. Cadet Wade Hampton Gibbes of South Carolina passed offensive, un- justifiable remarks on Upton's intimate association with ne- groes. The insulting remarks were repeated to Upton, who promptly called in vain for an explanation. Word soon passed through the cadet companies that Gibbes and Upton were to settle the matter with fists. Because more than personal differences were involved, a crowd packed the hall on the campus selected for the en- gagement. At the end of the encounter that was remembered by one of Upton's classmates nearly fifty years ]a+:er, Upton emerged from the hall victori- Gamp Upton was Named for Hii 10.^ LONG ISLAND FORUM ous, his resolute face bleeding freely. Retiring to their rooms that night, the cadets little dreamed that the fight was but the prelude to a mightier collision in which Upton for- tuitously was given full scope to his genius for war, and Gibbes was accorded the re- spect of all Southerners in an old age of engaging sweetness for his gallant services to the Confederacy in a defeated cause. Upon graduation from the Academy, eighth in a class of forty-five, Emory Upton was at once appointed a second lieutenant of artillery at the age of twenty-two. He subse- quently fought in nearly every major engagement of the Civil War, including Gettys- burg, the greatest, and An- tietam, the bloodiest. His career was one of the most notable in the annals of the army, comprising service in all three branches — artillery, infantry, and cavalry. By the valor of his own right arm, he continued to rise by successive promotions. After his sensa- tional conduct under fire at the Battle of Spottsylvania Court House, Ulysses S. Grant himself promoted him from colonel to brigadier-general on the field. General James Har- rison Wilson, his last com- mander in the field when Up- ton led a division of cavalry, prcnounced him the equal of Custer in dash and enterprise and the most accomplished soldier in the Service. Upton was a genuine mili- tary enthusiast, absorbed in dreams of military glory and grimly determined to win it as the opportunity offered. Early convinced that the first requi- site to success in the profes- sion of arms was unflinching and unhesitating courage, and yet with full knowledge from bitter experience as the war dragged on that the most courageous were frequently the first to fall, there was no Contimied on page 112 JUNE 1954 Bank and Borrow ^ AT ™= FIRST NATIONAL BANK AND TRUST COMPANY OF BAY SHORE OPEN FRIDAY EVENINGS 6:30 TO 8 128 West Main Street Member Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Bay Shore, N. Y. Member FederaJ 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 ^ B K U I C SALES SERVICE PARTS Suffolk County's Largest Selection of GUARANTEED USED CARS Ande-McEwan Motors, Inc. Tel. Bay Shore 2 228 East Main St., Bay Shore WE BUY USED CARS FOR CASH WALTER A. SAXTON Vice President JOHN E. NICHOLSON President Nicholson & Galloway Established 1849 Roofing and Waterproofing Difficult commissions accepted to correct wall and roof leaks in schools, churches, banks, public buildings, etc. 426 East 110th Street New York City LEhigh 4-2076 Cedar Swamp Road Brookville, L. I. BRookville 5-0020 104 JUNE 1954 LONG ISLAND FORUM Suffolk Qounty \Jiistorical Society 'y HE Museum of the Suffolk ■*• County Historical Society at Riverhead, is one of the largest and most complete such institutions in any rural county ox the State. The Society was founded in 1886 and has maintained its own Museum building' since 1892. The two large wmgs, more than doubling the building's space, were dedicated in 1951 during the presidency of John D. Hallock. The various collections now en display cover every phase of the county's past and that of the island prior to the county's erection in 1683. The array of Indian artifacts which includes all sorts of utensils, weapons, tools and other reminders of the thir- teen tribes which once inha- bited the island, is on loan from the Long Island Chapter of the State Archaeological Society. Near at hand is the A. Paul Benatre collection of small lamps, presented by Mrs, Isabel Henderson cf Southold. In the collection of china and glassware given the Museum by Mrs. F. Delancy Robinson of Greenport, a descendant of General Wil- liam Floyd, the island's only native Signer of the Declara- tion of Independence, will be found items of Staffordshire- ware, Ironstone, Wedgwood, Sandwich Glass, Cantonware, David T'rice Jennings Stone Glaze, Salt Glaze; sil- ver, gold, pink and orange Lustreware; Lowstoft, Spode and Dresden China, and Majolicaware. Also in this collection are numerous cup-plates and the map-desk of General Richard De»afield, commander at West Point between 1838 and 1861, which map - desk, together with its contents, was the gift of his granddaughter, Mrs. Grace Floyd Delafield Robin- son. There are old Delafield dishes, some that belonged to Governor DeWitt Clinton, a gravy-boat presented to George Washington, dishes used by Martha Washington and many others of historical significance. Other items to be seen at the Museum are wedding dresses of bygone years loaned by the Misses Hulse of Wading River and Mrs. R. C. Brown and Miss Alice Perkins of Riverhead. Here too is a collection of pewter and one of stuffed birds presented by the late William D. Halsey of Bridgehampton. Numerous other items and collections are on every hand throughout the main floor of the large build- ing. Ihe basement likewise con- tains a wealth of ancient ob- jects, including boat models, an old time blacksmith shop and a country store of many years ago, complete in every detail. The boat models were presented by Miss Alma Smith of Patchogue, granddaughter of one-time Boatbuilder Gil Smith of that village. The country store came from that of Samuel T. Green of West Sayville and was presented by Col. John P. G. Bates, a descendant. Also in the basement is a very complete collection of tools, utensils and implements from colonial farms, whaling and other activities of long ago. Five official copper dry measures used by Riverhead Town in 1833 were presented by Matthias N. Ammann. There is likewise a very ex- tensive collection of flintlocks and other colonial weapons, a weaving exhibit from flaxseed to fabric, nautical instru- ments and a large number of horse drawn vehicles once used by island farmers. Among the dioramas is one of Gov. Thomas Dongan pre- senting the Charter of Liber- ties and Privileges in 1684; another of the Barnabas Mor- ton house, Southold, in 1640; still another of Washington's stop at Roe's Tavern i i Setauket in 1790, and one of Conscience Point where the founders o f Southampton Town landed in 1640. Early Indian life, a 1700 farmstead and an episode of the Battle of Long Island in 1776 are a^so Enlarged Museum at Riverhead, Frcm Architect's Drawing 105 LONG ISLAND FORUM JUNE 1954 represented in dioramas. The Museum's library is especially complete with sev- eral thousand volumes deal- ing with local, State and national history, newspaper and other files, maps, alman- acs, town and country records, genealogies and other items too numerous to mention. The present officers of the Society are: Paul Bailey, president ; Roswell Corwin and Mrs. Mary F. Brown, vice- presidents; Miss Rose P. Terry, treasurer; Mrs. Mar- .iorie W. Sawyer and Miss Ruth Ackerly, secretaries ; Ernest M. Robinson, custo- dian, and the following town councilors — Mrs. Helen W. Ammann and George W. Hil- dreth, Riverhead ; Mrs. Martha K. Hall, Huntington; Ernest S. Clowes and Mrs. Beatrice G. Rogers, Southampton ; Mrs. Naomi Griffiths and Mrs. Frances R. Howell, Babylon; Miss Louise E. Ockers and John A. Wilbur, Islip; Robert H. Pelletreau and Mrs. Helen Brown West, Brookhaven ; Morton Pennypacker and Ed- "The Fame Behind the Name" HARDER Extermination Service, Inc. Termite Control, Mothproof- ing and all other services Phone Nearest Office PAtchogue 3-2100 HUntington 4-2304 Riverhead 8-2943 HEmpstead 2-3966 BAbylon 6-2020 Southampton 1-0346 BEllport 7-0604 STony Brook 7-0917 F. Kenneth Harder President Robert Troup Vice-President v/ard M. S. Strong, East Hampton; Mrs. Katherine W. Reeve and Mrs. Grace Floyd Delaf:e!d Robinson, Southold; Col. and Mrs. Verne LaSalle Rockwell, Smithtown, and Syl- vester Gardiner Prime, Shel- ter Island. There is no charge of ad- mission to the Museum which is open daily except Sundays and holidays from one to five p. m. It is partly supported by the dues of its members who include not alone residents of the county but others who appreciate the splendid ser- vice tlie institution is render- ing in its field. There is a con- stant need for more members and applications may be ob- tained by addressing the Soci- ety at Riverhead. The dues are as follows: annual, $5; group, $5; life, $100, and benefactor, $500. Also by the payment of $500 or mere a person becomes a benefactor as well as life member. Anyone under 21 years of age may become a non-voting member for $1 annually. MORRELL'S AUTO - MARINE ESSO SERVICENTER Engine Tune-up Carburation and Ignition Work Merrick Road, opp. Richmond Ave. Phone AMityville 4-3442 «t Wayfarings" by Ernest S. Clowes A collection of more than 100 pieces on the history of Eastern Long Island, especially during the 18th and 19th centuries. About shipwrecks, old buildings, notable people. How people lived ; what crops they raised ; how they had fun ; their homes ; their food . Long Island weather and how to forecast it. Stories of famoois storms. A long account of the day of the Great Hurricane . This is the best book of its kind now in print. Dur- able cloth binding ; 340 pages ; Indexed ; $4.20 postpaid. Copies are still available from THE HAMPTON PRESS, Bridgehampton, N. Y. 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LAUNDERING* DRY CLEANING Xllai mmu BLUE POINT Telephone BLue Poitit 4-0420 Wines & Liquors IMPORTED AND DOMESTIC Delves Liquor Store LICENSE L-1382 201 Bway., AMityville 4-0033 # 106 JUNE 1954 LONG ISLAND FORUM f' T^econic^s &ld Qristmill ^ m I N 1836 a plan to build a ■'■ tidewater mill at Gold- smith's Inlet in Peconic was consummated and an agree- ment to take stock in and support the undertaking was signed by about eighty men of Southold town. Expert mill builders had carefully exam- ined the proposed site and had given their approval of the project. The shares appear to have been sold at ten dollars each. The following names are signed in the same order on the original document dated December 29, 1838, which is owned and treasured by Mrs. Julia Overton Bell of Peconic. What a representative list of old Long Island families ! H. Case Hutchinson, Asahel Palmer, William H. Overton, J. H. Goldsmith, James W. Davids, S. H. Landon, William B. Horton, Ira B. Tuthill, Henry Landon, William D. Cochran, Ephraham Overton, William Booth, David D. Webb, William Wells, Benjamin Goldsmith Jr., Evertus Hal- lock, Barnabas Wells, John A. Landon, Daniel Caso, I. M. Case. Elisha G. Case, Israel C. Jennirgs. Daniel H. Gold- smith, Martin Goldsmith, Israel Case, Joseph Terry, Wessel Woodhull, Benjamin Case, Benjamin L. Penny, Benjamin H. Palmer, S. H. Haines, Youngs Billard, Clau- dius Woodhull, Daniel H. Goldsmith Jr., Charles Glover Jr., William Terry, Jonah Halsey, Charles Glover, Al- bert P. Terry, A. G. Case. Rensselaer Goldsmith, Moses Case, Tra Corwin, Josiah Al- bertson, Benjamin P. Tuthill, James Overton, Ezra C. Terry, John Wells, John Wickham, David Carpenter, Rensselaer Horton, William H. Wells, Benjamin Wells, Daniel Webb, James Dorony(?), Asa Mapes, Isaac Swezy, Barnabas Howell C/are?2ce Russe// Comes Augustus Conkling, William Wines. Henry Jennings, David Mil- ler, Silas Moore, Joseph H. shorn, Piatt G. Gould, John C. Wells Jr., John Clark (3rd) , Alanson Hallock, Joshua Hor- ton, William Vail, Warren Richmond Jr., Reuben Smith, Jr., Joseph P. Wickham, John S. Howell, Barnabas Terry, Jonah H. Tuthill, David Gold- smith, John Buckingham, Barnabas Osborn. The mill, erected in 1843, stood on the west bank of Goldsmith's Inlet, north of Peconic and within a stone's throw of the Sound. A sturdy bridge crossed from the mill to the east bank but all has long since disappeared except for foundation stones and a few piles. The tidewater rushed in through the inlet as it still does today, filling the pond. When the water had reached its greatest height it was held in the pond by means of a lock and diverted to the millrace. It has been said the occasional closing of the inlet on the beach due to shifting sands interfered with the op- eration of the mill. This tem- porary blocking of the tide- water still occurs at times. The mill was operated by Gilbert Terry and must have been flourishing in the 1890s as in addition to the wheel moved by tidewater a large windmill was erected on top of the structure. The latter is said to have been one of the largest of its type in the state. In a winter storm in 1898 the windmill with its supporting timbers crashed to the ground. It is probable that it was in the same storm that three barges broke loose from their tow and were blown ashore, one at Greenport, one near Cutchogue and one at Gold- smith's Inlet. The latter had evidently been a large three- masted schooner in former days. Its hulk interfered somewhat with the action of the tide at the mouth of the inlet. It must be nearly a hundred years ago that the steam- boat Commodore, which plied the waters of the Sound, struck a reef and was disabled and drifted ashore near Gold- smith's Inlet. Fortunately men, women and children were able to get to land and were taken into the homes of citi- Continiied on page 116 ■fiK»*™*»p--.— « The Old Mill, Photo by Author 107 liOMG ISLAND FORUM JUNE 1954 Reminders Pleasure Boat Insurance Specialist GEORGE C. BARTH 134A Broadway, next to Post Office AMityville 4-1688 (Res. 4-0855) Automotive Supplies E. Clayton Smith, jobber. Re- placement parts, tools and equip- ment. 218-220 East Main Street, Babylon. Tel. 551. 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 conhected 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. 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Please write Felix Reifschneider, Box 774, Orlando, Florida The Golden Years We have enjoyed every copy of the Forum and would miss it ter- ribly now. Have been going to write you to tell how much we en- joy it. We feel as though we be- long to the same era that the Forum often tells about, as we celebrated our 55th wedding anni- versary on April 5. Rose and Sidney Gerrodette Patchogue Wanted Lineage of Jonathan Smith (born 1718, came to Orange County 1770), and wife Deborah. Harry Hawkins Smith, 184 North Church St., Goshen, N. Y. 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. L The Bowne House Historical Society Judge Charles S Golden, President presents The Bowne House Built 1661 Bowne St. and Fox Lane FLUSHING, N. Y. A Shrine to Religion Freedom ADMISSION 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 21% Dividend Phone FArmingdale 2-2000 FARMINGDALE, N. Y. # # 108 JUNE 1954 LONG ISLAND FOEUM ^Dhx)mas ^tJfodg/cins's cAdventures ^ # COME years ago I wrote of ^ the later years of Mr. Thomas Hodgkins who gave the Emma S. Clarke Memorial Library to Setauket in mem- ory of his niece. I have just found in Miss Emily's scrap book a most interesting ac- count of his early life written for The Times at the time of his death in 1893. I had been told that he started life as a poor boy and so stated, but from this ac- count that evidently was not the case. He was born in Lon- don in 1803 and was three years old when his mother died. Later his father mar- ried again and this new wife found his sea a strong willed youngster with whom she could not get along. His father therefore sent him to school in France where he received what was known as a gentleman's education in the classics and arts. (That does not sound like a poor family). He did not return home until he was fifteen. His stepmother had no more use for the fine French gentleman than she had had for the willful boy. He simply could not stand her and against his fathers wishes he shipped before the mast on a merchant vessel bound for India. The vessel was wrecked at the mouth of the Ganges and young Thomas landed in Cal- cutta, shoeless and penniless, a poor boy indeed. Taken sick, he was carried to a hospital where the doctor told him he had only six months to live. However, as soon as he was out of the hospital, he began to make plans to get back to England. He prepared a petition to the Governor General of India, the Marquis of Hastings. The fact that the Marquis was at his country seat 20 I(^te Ti'heeler (§trong miles away, did not alter his determination to present the petition in person. With two of his sailor comrades he set out but these two soon found the long walk too hard and dropped out. Thomas kept on alone, how- ever, and finally reached his goal. There, ragged and bare- foot, he was refused permis- sion to see the governor but persuaded an attendant to present the petition. Even with all his education, that must have been a remarkable petition for a boy of sixteen to have written for it gained him audience at once. What is more he was offered a posi- tion in the governor's house- hold. Young Thomas refused the honor saying that if they filled his cap every morning with gold pieces, he would not stay in India. Shortly after- wards he returned to England and from there went to Spain in order to learn that langu- age. Again returning to Eng- land he married and came to New York about 1830. Here he started a small candy store on Greenwich Street which in time grew into a million dol- lar business. His wife, however, did not live long to enjoy their pros- perity. About 1875 he bought a place in Old Field, Setauket, which he called Bramblety Farm (now the home of Mrs. Brown). Two nieces came to live with him. One married, the other died and in memory of the latter he founded and endowed the Emma S. Clarke Library. Mr. Hodgkins, having seen many wills miscarry, decided to give away most of his money in his lifetime. He gave $200,000 to the Smithsonian Institute, half to be used as they saw fit; the other half to be used for "the diffusion of knowledge in the properties of air and its relation to the physical and cultural welfare of mankind." To the Royal Institute of Great Britain he gave $100.- 000 to be used in scientific research. He died in 1893, and his funeral was attended by the heads of many of the in- stitutions and charities he had helped. The Emma S. Clarke Library trustees acted as pall- bearers. ■rf.',', -fe^5i>ww J»^srf . >t>' -Si"- "-i ;" 109 LONG ISLAND FORUM JUNE 1954 ^^^4i?^^^^iEstate_Brokers Of Sayville Lillian H. Robinson, Realtor Real Estate, Insurance, Furnished Cottages Farms - Homes - Acreage 169 W. Main St. SAyville 4 190O Member of L. I. Real Estate Board Munsey Park See Wile for Worth While Real Estate General Brokerage Manhasset and vicinity DAVID T. WILE JR. & CO. 3393 Northern Blvd. Manhasset 667 Mineola J. ALFRED VALENTINE Real Estate - Insurance 148 Mineola Boulevard Phone Garden City 7-7200 Hicksville SEAMAN & EISEMANN, Inc. Real Estate - Insurance •0 Broadway Tel. Hicksville 600 Rirerhead DUGAN REALTY COMPANY Eastern Long Island Country Places along Ocean, Sound, Peconic, Shinnecock Bays. Northport EDWARD BIALLA ALBERT M. ZILLIAN EDWIN N. ROWLEY, INC Real Estate — Insurance " Appraisals 74 Main Street NOrthport 3-0108 and 2272 Members L. I. Real Estate Board Latest Dividend Declared at the rate of 2V2 % per annum Savings Accounts opened and Banking-by-Mail The Union Savings Bank of Patchogue, New York The Eastport Tomb I was mterested in the story of the Long Island Country Club at Eastport as the club site was my son s great-grandfather Jayne's farm. "The Tomb" which stood on the grounds of the Long Island Coun- try Club at Eastport was taken down and the bodies buried, with a fence around the plot. I th^nk there were three or four bodies down- stairs and one upstairs. Mrs. Fred L. Swanson Patchogue Major Andre's Saddle A Peekskill item of several years ^^?, tolfi of Major John Andre's saddle, taken by one of his captors on September 23, 1780, as he was enroute from Raynham Hall in Oyster Bay to meet Benedict Ar- nold to arrange for the betrayal of West Point to the British The Ma- jor s captors were John Paulding, David Willams and Isaac Van Wort who took him into custody at Tarrytown and turned him over to General Washington's force-, Nathan Hale had been hanged by the British some time before. .V, ji*;®"^ ^" question describes the saddle as having a wood frame covered with reddish-brown leather but without padding for either horse or rider. Wooden stirrups SIX inches long and four inches wide, hang from inch-wide black straps, with six-inch leather disks Continued on next pag-e The only Savings Bank in Western Suffolk County Member Federal Deposit Iniurance Corporation = Port Washington Howard C. Hegeman Agency, Inc Real Estate and Insurance 185 Main Street ^I. 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. MURPHY INSURING AGENCY, Inc. tteaj instate. Insurance, Mortgage Loans, Appraisals Steamship Tickets Cornelius L. Mur phy Tel. Hunt. 176 . Wyandanch HAROLD S. ISHAM All Lines of Insurance Real Estate Straight Path, Wyandanch Tel. Midland 7755 Mastic Realtor — Insuror BENJAMIN G. HERRLEY MONTAUK HIGHWAY Phone ATlantic— 1-8110 Glen Head Farmingdale GREGORY SOSA AGENCY, Inc. Real Estate and Insurance Serving The Community Since 1921 FArmingdale 2-0321—2-1286 M. O. HOWELL Real Estate - Insurance 25 Glen Head Road Telephone GLen Cove 4-0491 Bay Shore Hubbell, Klapper 6- Hubbell LONG ISLAND REAL ESTATE 65 Hilton Avenue Garden City, N. Y. REAL ESTATE Insurance Mongages JOHN T. PULIS 101 Richmond Ave , Amity ville AMilyviile 4-1489 Auto and Other Insurance — Real Estate — HENNING AGENCY, Realtor 86 E.Main BayShore 7-0876 & 0877 Central Islip ROBERT E. O'DONOHUE CarletonAve. Tel. 6317 Central I.lip Real Estate - Insurance Established 1911 Hampton Bays Ketcham & Colyer, Inc. INSURANCE George S. Ctolyer. Secy. Broadway and Park Ave. AMitj^ille 4-0198 EASTPORT Edward B. Bristow Real Estate and Insurance Main Street EAstport 5-0164 JOHN H. SUTTER Licensed Real Estate Broker 1 East Main Street HAMPTON BAYS 2-0420 Tel. BAbylon 6-0265 W. E. MAGEE, Inc. APPRAISER Real Estate and Insurance Brokers Babylon, N. Y. r no JUNE 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 — Insurers JOHN J. ROE & SON 125 £. 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 8859 East Norwich Richard Downing & Sons GENERAL INSURANCE Licensed Real Estate Broker Tel. Oyster Bay 592 North Hempstead Turnpike ■BEHJ.T.WE/r' lieaJ Estate -Insurance East yfeTAUKET Long Island. New York ■ miOl Setaukel ■ Unqua Agency, Inc. General Insurance Real Estate GORDON W. FRASER, Mgr. 199-A Brokdway AMityvilU 4-0376 Andre's Saddle Continued from Page 110 to prevent the stirrups from chaf- ing the horses flanks. Carrie Lucas ' Quogue Note: Major Andre's watch was another souvenir retained by one of his captors. In 1885 it was pur- chased at an auction in New York for |510. Following his capture, Andre was put in the custody of Major Benjamin Tallmadge of Satauket. Although a fence still surrounds the plot where Andre was buried at Tappan, his remains were taken to England in 1821 and placed in Westminster Abbey. He was a courageous and loyal subject of the King. Editor. Pepperidge Trees The article "Beetlebung Trees" in your April issue is well written. I liked the cover picture of your December 1953 issue also. Here, I miss the pepperidge trees, but the fall coloring of the maples is matchless. Dr. Lewis A. Eldridge, Jr. Rensselaerville, N. Y. Note: The Beetlebung article (about pepperidge trees) was by Meade C. Dobson. The Forum's December 1953 cover showed road- side trees at Hauppauge. Dr. El- dridge was a long time resident of Great Neck. Edi. Miller Place ALFRED E. BEYER Licensed Real Estate Broker Member, Suffolk Real Estate Board North Country Road Miller Place Tel. POrt Jefferson 8-1204 ^^^^^ Massapequa TOM ABBOTT Ma»sapequa Cor, Merrick Rd. and Ocean Ave. Massapequa, N. Y. BELLPORT Edward B. Bristow Real Estate and Insurance Main Street BEllport 7-0143 Robert A. Dodd General Insurance Real Estate RAYMOND A. SWEENEY 66 Merrick Rd., Copiague AMityville 4-1961 East Quogue GEO. H. JONES Real Estate and Insurance Montauk Highway Telephone East Quogue 960 Wantagh W. J. JORGENSEN Realtor — Appraisals Tel. Wantagh 2210 Babylon CHARLES F. PFEIFLE Licensed Real Estate Broker Lots - Plots - Acreage W. Main St., nr. Lake Babylon 644 Wading River WM. L. MILLER & SON Real Estate and Insurance Phone: Wading River 4323 Great Neck C^/i' .-.^ I^ONG ISLAND ^-^kS^ REAL ESTATB 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 '^Brooklyn and Long Island'' s Largest Real Estate Organisation" 721 Franklin Ave. Tel. Garden City 7-B400 Save at Southold BANK BY MAIL Current Dividend 2^/2% The Oldest Savings Bank in Suf- folk County. Incorporated 1858. Southold Savings Bank Southold, New York Member Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 111 LONG ISLAND FORUM General Upton Continued from page 104 enterprise too perilous for him to undertake. Emory Upton's conduct un- der shot and shell reads like fiction. In the successful charge against the enemy's position in the early Battle of Bull Run, he displayed great coolness and dash. His horse was shot from under him, and a musket ball ripped through his left side and arm. Instead of quitting the field, Upton re- mained at his post of duty and later won the commendation of his general for his gallan- try. Upton was thus gloriously launched on a career in which he reveled. It was at Antietam that the valor of Upton, now an experi- enced soldier of some half- dozen engagements and com- mander c-f an artillery bri- gade of twenty-six guns, stood the most crucial test under a literal baptism of fire. "It is no exaggeration to say," he wrote later in a letter to his sister, "that I was fired at a dozen times during the day." In the assault of the rebel intrenchments at Rappahan- nock Station, Upton's rare in- genuity and cool courage are best illustrated. With orders to take a rifle pit that directed an enfilading fire upon strate- gic redoubts held by the Fed- eral forces, Upton led two regiments within thirty yards of the target in the dusk be- fore he gave the order to charge. The intrenchment was carried at the point of the bayonet. Ulysses S. Grant's "Per- sonal Memoirs" recounts vivid- ly how Upton, put in command of a storming party of twelve regiments at Spottsylvania Court House, crossed the en- emy's intrenchments in an JUNE 1954 almost impenetrable ravine and captured several guns and some hundreds of prisoners. He was forced to abandon the advantageous position and the guns because of "a lack in others of the spirit and dash possessed by him." Upton's gratifying promotion to briga- dier-general by Grant as- suaged somewhat the pain of a bad wound. Opequcn and the capture of Winchester climaxed and closed Upton's career as a leader of infantry in the Union Army. It was Upton's brigade that finally pierced the en- emy's left center in the final rush of both infantry and cav- alry to make victory certain. Upon the death of the com- mander of the division, Upton promptly took charge. He pressed the division forward with conspicuous ability and energy. In the full tide of suc- cess, the gallant young com- 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 112 JUNE 1954 mander was severely wounded on the inside of the right thigh ^ by a fragment of a bursting ^ shell. The muscle was fright- fully lacerated, and the ±em- oral artery was laid bare. In- stead of retiring, as he was ordered to do by General Sheridan in person, he called his staff -surgeon and directed him to staunch the bleeding wound with a tourniquet. Thereupon he called for a stretcher and commanded its bearers to carry him about on the field. He continued to di- rect the movements of his vic- torious division and did not re- linquish his command until night closed in on the pursuit. In the engagements of Mon- tevallo and Ebenezer Church and in the capture of Selma and Columbus, Upton com- manded a cavalry division. At Selma in Alabama dismounted Federal cavalry; of which Up- ton led a detachment, broke through and surmounted • stockaded fortifications de- fended by sheltered infantry and superior artillery, captur- ing the city and arsenal. By a night attack in the last con- siderable action of the Civil War at Columbus in Georgia, Upton's skillful leadership re- su'ted in the capture of nearly aU of the rebel defenders and, more si^rnificantlv, of the bridges across the Chatta- hoochee River. In securing the City of Columbus Upton's forces ultimately opened the way for the speedy conquest of the entire State of Georgia. The suicide of one widely beloved and honored at a period of life when rich har- vests might be reaped is al- ways astounding. Why did Up- ton, who had been un- equivocally pronounced in his condemnation of suicide, be- come the victim of his own hand? Grief over the loss of his beloved wife of consump- "^ tion is hardly a plausible ex- ^ planation ; she had died eleven years before and was but a treasured memory. Money, likewise, must be eliminated as a cause; Upton was in com- fortable circumstances. Un- happiness in his work, also, is invalid; as a colonel of the Fourth Artillery he belonged to what was perhaps the most agreeable arm of the Service, reaching the highest rank ob- tainable in it without selection, seven years sooner than any other colonel. Among Upton's papers after the inquest were found two letters, one to his sister and the other to the Adjutant Gen- eral of the United States Army. The first expressed concern over the loss of his reputation if his newly-devised system of infantry tactics were impractical. The second, which was unfinished, was a frank avowal that his system was inapplicable to the move- ments of companies containing two hundred or more men. The distress caused by the im- pending failure of the tactics may have been a contributing factor. The major contributing fac- tor was probably the unbear- able frontal headaches, pro- duced by what his physicians pronounced nasal catarrh. One of Unton's physicians wrote the foUowine: diagnostic ex- planation of his patient's sui- cide: "I think it probable that the catarrh was a symptom ex- cited by a slowly-growing tumor, or slowly-extending in- flammation, which involved LONG ISLAND FORUM the remote recesses of the face, and, by a sudden change in its character, the mem- branes of the brain as well, or so excited the brain to mor- bid activity as to explain the suicidal mania." The disorder that clouded his mind and confused his thoughts explains the depar- ture in terminology from well- established forms in which his military resignation, dated the night before he blew himself into eternity, was couched. Informative and Educational One year ago I was presented w'th a ffift subscription to the Pcrum (by the Union Savings Bank, as an anniversary token). I find it such an informative and educational magazine that you will please renew it for another year. You perhaps may recall when we were together on the staff of the Patchogue Argus (now no more). Henry J. Bishop Patchogue Yes, Our Writers Are Good As I figure it the Forum has come out now close to 200 times (since January 1938) and your corps of historical writers never seems to run out of material. Con- gratulations to John Tooker on his story, "Melancton Smith, Naval Hero." in the May issue. Alfred Fitch Corson Garden City Bailey's L. I. History Bailey's two volume history of Long Island is grand. You did a very excellent job. Everyone who sees the books thinks they are wonderful. Robert M. Smith, Stony Brook. SIX^^^^^I^u^wI^^ 113 LONG ISLAND FORUM JUNE 1954 Canadian Stadent From Traphagen School of Fash- ion comes another successful young designer and custom dressmaker, this time a Canadian, who chose his hometown as the best career locale. "If I can make good with people who 'knew me when,' I can make good any place," he says, and he is doing just that. Billie Burke was a recent cust- omer of Louis Berai in tets St. DRY CLEANING Catherines, Ontario, salon. She or- dered dresses for herself and took along some sketches to show her daughter. So now, in addition to the prominent women of his own community whose confidence he has won, his reputation is spread- ing. His designs are featured in magazines and newspapers, and he is in demand as a speaker at women's clubs and forums. Berai aims to express in clothes each customer's personality as well as flat+er and to do something for her type. Also, he creates to please her personal taste and meet the re- quirements of her daily life. This brilliant young designer graduated in 1950 from Traphagen, the internationally known School of Fashion at 16&6 Broadway, New York. At the termination of his studies, he opened his own salon immediately. It was then that he changed his name for business pur- poses from Lewis Aiken to Louis. Berai. Although he moved to larger quarters over a year ago, the new establishment is already, again, straining at the seams. Work Clothes and Paints Building and Garden Tools Desks, Typewriters, Etc. Suffolk Surplus Sales Sunrise H'way, Massapequa (Eait) MA 6-4220 C. A. Woehning ^EHiza. ) •IG u V Ml OM STOP in and let us demonstrate the NEW ZENITH / -^ ROYAL \ model HEARING AID In Stock: Batteries for all Types of Aids PICKUP & BROWN GUILD OPTICIANS 18 Deer Park Ave. Babylon Tel. Babylon 927 FUR STORAGE Mt^eJkMuf' RUG CLEANING AMiTYVILLE 4-3200 f) (^ 114 JUNE 1954 LONG ISLtAND forum • t Old Westbury, who has long sum- mered at Orient where his family tree is deeply rooted, will likewise contribute greatly to the success of the Museum as its curator. Village House is worth a visit by every Long Islander who appre- ciates the interesting background of eastern Suffolk County and would attain a broader understand- ing of the subject. The Museum will open for the season this year as usual the first of July- Village Mouse, Orient Whaling Museum Report Tlie 11th report of the Whaling Museum Society Inc. of Cold Spring Harbor, of which Mr. Hoyt Ammidon is the newly elected president and Walter K. Earle the continuing vice-president and cura- tor, shows the institution to be performing the same fine service as always since its founding in 1942. See Historic Village House The one time home of Historian Augustus Griffin at Orient, near the easterly end of Southold town, is among Long Island's outstand- ing points of cultural interest. Now the home of the Oysterponds His- torical Society and open as a museum during the summer months, it has become widely known under the simple name of Village House. It was in this two-story, rectang- ular homestead that Augustus Griffin, schoolmaster, auctioneer and philosopher, wrote the now frequently quoted history which was published in 1856 as Griffin's Journal when he had passed his ninetieth birthday. According to this Journal, Orient was then known as Lower Oysterponds while today's East Marion was Upper Oysterponds and present Orient Point was generally referred to simply as Oysterponds. During colonial times much of the area was town-owned and used as com- mon pasturage grounds by Southold town farmers. The Oysterponds Historical Soci- ety is one of the most successful such organizations in Suffolk County. In 1954 under the presi- dency of George R. Latham, the present curator, the Society dedi- cated the homestead and opened it to the public since when each sum- mer, from July 1 through October, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, from two to five p. m., visitors are admitted free to view the many fine collections there assembled. , Since the death last January of Tabea Hofman, assistant curator and one of the country's leading painters of wild flowers, many of her paintings, each notably true in color and character to its botani- cal subject, have remained at the Museum and will continue to be exhibited there. Among other items are antiquities and historical data, ledgers of the old village store, a replica of the Orient wind- mill, relics of whaling days, arrow- heads and pottery, primitive farm- ing implements and articles repre- sentative of local Americana gen- erally. Since George R. Latham gave up the presidency, the office has been ably administered by Howard L. Young whose knowledge of toWn history makes him well fitted to guide the destiny of the Society. Former President Latham, Mine- ola businessman and resident of Father's Day Gifts IN CHINA Minton Bone, Spode, Doulton Syracuse, Lenox IN STERLING Towie Gorham IN GLASS Fostoria Tiffin Duncan And in Other Quality Lines TOOMEY'S GIFTS 85 Main St. BAY SHORE 253 W. Main St. Smithtown Branch Save at Bay Shore Federal Savings •Big Dividends compounded semi-annually. •Your savings are insured up to ^10,000. BAY SHORE FEDERAL SAVINGS and Loan Association 300 East Main St. Bay Shore, N. Y. MEMBER FEDERAL HOME LOAN BANK 115 LONG ISLAND FORUM JUNE 1954 Peconic's Mill Continued from page 107 zens living in the neighbor- hood. Some of the fine furn- ishings of the vessel came ashore, too, in one way or an- other, and are said to have adorned the parlor of many an old home. The engines of the Commodore are believed to be still embedded in the sands offshore. Shortly after the faH of the windmill the watermill was abandoned and it slowly dis- integrated down the years. It became a favorite playground for neighborhood children who liked to amuse themselves among its timbers and on the heavy stones. It was also in- teresting to watch men catch- ing blackfish, sea-robins and snappers from the remains of tho bridge. Many a grandpar- ent remembers those days with pleasure. An Artistic Map The map of Long Island in this issue is reproduced from the original watercolor by the well known artist Cyril A. Lewis, A. W S. whose paintings have been awarded numerous national citations. Readers of the Forum are fami- liar with Mr. Lewis's watercolors and sketches of Long Island's colonial homes, churches and other subjects of historic interest as shown from time to time on its cover and to illustrate various articles. The original map was painted by Mr. Lewis for Mr. Harry L. R. Clapp, president of the Columbia Savings and Loan Association, of Woodhaven, Queens County, and will be displayed in its bank at 93-22 Jamaica Avenue. Mr. Lewis is a member of the Allied Artists of Amerrlca, tihe Audubon Artists, the Salmagundi Club and secretary of the Ameri- can Watercolor Society. m Village House Arts, Crafts, Americana Museum of the Oysterponds Historical Society at Orient, L. L Open July 1 to October 31 Tuesdays. Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays 2 to 5 P. M. Free Admission ^m 116 JUNE 1954 LONG ISLAND FORUM That Fanny Bartlett Station Aunt Fanny Homan was an un- usual and unique character, as was her husband, Frank Homan. They lived in a low, one-stoiy cot- tage located on the east side of Napeague Harbor. Their house was built on a sand dune very near the bay, about twenty feet above high water mark. A great deal of drift- wood was used in its construction. There was also a barn and chicken house built in the same manner. A typical home for a bayman. Frank Homan was a native of Greenport; his brother was a well- digger. He dug a well for my father when I was a small inquisi- tive boy and no doubt hindered more than I helped. This was a good well and is at the present time. Aunt Fanny was a native of New Haven or had lived there at one time. I imagine Bartlett was her maiden name of which she was very proud. She gave the impres- sion that she had enjoyed wonder- ful educational advantages, even college. To prove this, she was fond of using very long words with plenty of adjectives. I cannot sub- scribe to this boast of her educa- tion, but I will say she was a well- read woman and gave very good advice to everyone in a very bossy manner. She could well have been called the "Harbor Master". Fanny was the "head of the house" and not Frank. She saw to it that Frank was kept busy clamming and fish- ing. They sat up very late at n:ght and as a result found it difficult to get up before ten a.m. RECORDS RCA -Columbia- Decca Wide Selection of POPULAR CLASSICAL CHILDREN'S in all the speeds AMITY RADIO For Quality Service on TV On the Triangle AMityville 4-1177 Ci)e IBunk of amitptJille Incorporated 1891 2% on Special Interest Accounts Compounded Quarterly Hours: 9 to 3 except Saturday Friday Evening, 6:30 to 8:30 Member Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. The clams in front of their place were the largest and best I ever saw. She took it upon herself to chase all other baymen from dig- ging clams in front of her prem- ises. Sometimes this caused a bit- ter warfare but Aunt Fanny al- ways won the day. There was a fleet of fishing smacks that made Napeague their usual harbor for the night, espe- cially when there was a gale of wind, among them the smack Louise (Captain W. H. Tuthill), the Loretta (Captain Charles Brown), the Cora L. Griffing (Capt;ain F. J. Tuthill), and the William T. Seward (Captain Frank Rackett). Many other vessels used this harbor as being the safest lit- tle harbor on the whole coast. In- cluded among those who used it was the writer of this article. In the late fall, the fishermen and all of Fanny's neighbors re- turned to their homes leaving her Celebrating Our 65th ANNIVERSARY with the opening of Our New and Modern Building JUNE 26, 1954 Columbia Savings and Loan Association 93-22 JAMAICA AVENUE, WOODHAVEN 21, N. Y. %\)t 1801 House FINE FURNITURE Interior Decorating BAbylon 6-1801 173 West Merrick Road, Babylon Walt Whitman as a youth in the 1830's lived west of Baby- lon where his father owned a farm, later the Gilmore estate. LONG ISLAND is located advantageously for light industry. Its suburban and rural areas offer ideal living conditions. Independent Textile Dyeing Co., Inc. FARMJNGDALE, N. Y. Auto Radiators Repaired, Recored and Boiled Out Electric Motors— Rewinding and Rebuilding AMITYVILLE BATTERY & IGNITION SERVICE. Inc. Broadway and Avon Place Phones 1174 - 2095 AmityviUe 117 LONG ISLAND FORUM and Prank to the tender mercies of the fish-hawKs and. the winter season. When their provisions ran out, they hitched up old uobbin ana drove to Amagansett for sup- plies. Upon their return in tne late evening, the fire was started and a regular feast was prepared. Sometimes she would invite her fishermen friends to have dinner with them. They always came back witft glowing accounts of what a wonderful cook she was. I cannot vouch for this for I was not on Fanny's list. She was informed of all that went on from Amagansett to Mon- tauk Point amd she never kept the news and scandal to herself. On one occasion in helping her hus- band tar the fishing nets, she got quite a bit of coal-tar in her hair which, of coHrse, did not improve her appearance for the time being. I will say she was aai inde- pendent and fearless woman; she helped her husband to eke out a living in that most barren place. When the LIRE decided to lay its tracks from Amagansett to Fort Pond Bay, they made no provision for way-stations. The fishing smacks could run into Port Pond Bay and ship direct to Fulton Fish Market in New York City, but there was no provision for the little fellow who fished off the beach using only a small flat-bot- tom rowboat. This is where Aunt Fanny stepped into the picture. She inter- viewed the R. R. officials and re- ceived very little encouragement, but she persisted and finally she was promised they would build a siding platform for the fish and a shelter for passengers who wished to take the train. This was dur- ing the years 1894-95.' Her inter- est was much appreciated by all the baymen. Captain Eugene S. Griffing St. Petersburg, Fla. PETERS Delicatessen Tel. Amityville 4-1350 176 Park Ave. Amityville Smith Knows the Beaches Julian Denton Smith's articles on "Seagulls and Spearing" in the May issue sustains his standing as JUNE 1954 a true observer of the great out- doors beside the ocean. Peter F. Jefferson Huntington ''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 civilizatoin and many other interesting facts about those first Long Islanders. Send $1 to Robert R. Coles, 7 The Place, Glen Cove, N. Y. 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Get full facts today at tmy of our local business offices • LONG ISLAND LIGHTING COMPANY For Luncheons and Dinners The Patchogue Hotel Centrally located on the South Shore for Banquets and other functions Modern Rooms and Suites Montauk Highway PhoneB Patchogue 1234 and 800 Wining and Dining in the Continental Tradition, superb, leisurely, inexpensive, will be yours to enjoy, at the entirely new RENDEZVOUS Restaurant 292 Merrick Rd. Amifcyville Phone AMJtyvMIe 4-9768 For the Sea Food Connoisseur It's SNAPPER INN on Connetquot River OAKDALE Phone SAyville 4-0248 CLOSED MONDAYS The Shoreham "0« The Great South Bay" Since 1903 Specializing, in SEA FOOD Special Luncheons Daily Foot of Fostei- Ave. Sayville Tel. SAyville 4-«050 CLOSED MONDAYS Water Mill Hotel In July 1950 you published an article entitled "Famous Fummer Hotels". Whether the eld Nowedo- nah House at Water Mill, owned by the Benedict family, would come under that heading, I am not sure, but to me, a veiy small child, it was a hotel of hu^e proportions. This was about 1885. In the dining-room the guests, usually between twenty-five and thirty in numher, were seated at one long table and were served by colored waitresses imported from New York. A very important person in the kitchen, along with Hannah, the cook, was an Indian woman from the Shinnecock Reservation. Her name was Mary Ann Cuffee. She helped grandmother with the carv- ing, and always addressed her as "Old Mitt"— short for Mistress, I suppose. Mary Ann was a great favorite with us children and many a choice tid-'bit came our way ac- countable to her generosity. My uncle had a sailboat in Mecox Bay and was in the habit of taking the guests over to the Ocean bath- ing beach every morning. A num- ber were always late in getting to the dock and one morning, upon arrival, they were surprised to be greeted by a large sign reading, "This boat starts at 9 o'elcek — ready or not." The old water mill which be- longed to the place was an intrigu- ing feature with all. Uncle Frank made ice cream in the basement and sold it in the adjoining villages both on the North and South Forks. (Ir, fnct, Benedict's ice cream was quite famous on the eastern end of Long Island.) In the floor of the mill was a trap-door around which we youngsters sat to fish for ale- wives in the water below. I wonder that we weren't drowned. Both the house and the mill have passed out of the possession of the family. Very few changes have been made in either, except that the maehineiy for grinding the grist is gone, as are the old mill- stones which now stand as war memorial monuments on the village green. The old boarding house is a private summer home and the New York State Association for the Blind now uses the mill in the summer as a tearoom and sales- room for articles made by the blind. (Mrs.) Eunice B. Smith Southampton DINE AT FRANK FRIEDE'S Riverside Inn Table d'Hote and a la Carte On Jericho Turnpike Route 25 SIMITHTOWN, L. I., N. Y "Willie and Herman's" La Grange Montauk Highway East of Baby Ion Luncheons - Dinners Large New Banquet Hall Tel. Babylon 480 Enroute to the Hamptons on Montauk Highway lisiiCASABASSO-^ Enjoy the Best Luncheon and Dinner Westhampton 4-1841 Closed on Mondays STERN'S Pickle Products, Inc. Farmingdale, N. Y. 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