o LONG 1 SLAND FORUM --% ■• Er.-f : . ,.-\-i : f**o t r r Shinnecocic Canaf in 1887, Showing Newly Constructed Railroad Bridge (Story Page 167) TABLE of CONTENTS HE KNEW PECONIC MILL A NASSAU COUNTY LANDMARK SHINNECOCK CANAL OF 1886 SOME CENTURY OLD LETTERS PATCHOGUE IN 1812 ANOTHER ATTIC TREASURE GRANDPA DID SOME BEACHCOMING Dr. Clarence Ashton Wood Robert R. Coles John H. Sutter Kate Wheeler Strong Mrs. Harry C. Hetzel Wilbur F. Howell Eva Gordon Slaterbeck LETTERS FROM FORUM READERS i^ nx SEPTEMBER 1954 .00 a year by Mail; Single Copies 25c VOL. XVII, No. 9 H. E. Swezey & Son, Inc. GENERAL TRUCKING Middle Country Rd., Eastport Telephones Riverhead 2350 Eaatport 250 Louden-Knickerbocker Hall A Private Sanitarium for Nervous and Mental Diseases II Louden Av«. AmityTille AMityville 4-0053 Farmingdale Individual Laundry Dry Cleaning - Laundering Rug Cleaning Broad Hollow Road F«rinined«le Phone FArmingdale 2-0300 Chrysler - Plymouth Sales and Service MULLER Automobile Corp. Merrick Road and Broadway AMityville 4-2028 and 4-2029 BRAKES RELINED on Passenger Cars and Truck* Power Brake Sales Service Suffolk County Brake Service 314 Medford Avenue, Patchogue Tel. 1722 FURNITURE S. B. HORTON CO. (Eatabliihcd 1862) 821 Main St. Greenport Tel. 154 SCHWARZ FLORIST PHONE FArmingdale 2-0816 SUNRISE Division Household Fuel Corp 'Blue Coal' Fuel Oil Amityville Farmingdale 1060 12 Lindenhurst 178 THE LcNS Island feCLIM Published Monthly at AMITYVILLE, N. Y. FOR LONG ISLANDERS EVERYWHERE Entered as Bccond-clasi matter May il. 1947, at the post office at Amityville, New York, under the Act of March 3, 1879. Paul Bailey, Publisher-Editor 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 Woodhull Park, L. I. In connection with John Tooker's fine story on General Woodhull in the July Forum, it reminds me that there was a station named Woodhull Park on the LIRR in the 1890's. It was the terminal of the "rapid traniSits" (later known as the local electric trains) from Flatbush avenue, Brooklyn. In those days the rapid transits were diminutive steam trains consisting of cne or two small cars with a tiny locomotive. Woodhull Park station was on or very near the site of the present- day Hillside station (earlier known as Rockaway Junction). It should not be confused with the first station in the area, known as Wil- low Tree, which was three or four blocks farther east. Felix E. Reifschneider Orlando, Florida Tallmadge Sisterless In the July Forum Mr. Clarence Comes writes "Mary Tallmadge, sister of Major Benjamin Tall- madge . . . married David Osborn of New Haven." Major Tallmadge had no sisters: see his Memoir, N. Y. 1904. Several Marias appear in the Tallmadge line: a daughter; his second wife, nee Maria Hallett; and a daughter-in-law, nee Maria C. Adams. Major Tallmadge had four brothers, and at his death left five sons and two daughters. One of his sons was Benjamin Jr. who became sailing master of the U.S.S. Constitution. Mr. Comes might look into their family lines for the Mary he men- tions. Chester G. Osborne Center Moriches Miss Strong Is Brief Miss Kate Wheeler Strong has the rare ability to say much in a few words. "An Old Slave's Fiddle" in the May issue again proved it. (Mrs.) Florence D. Lampe Levittown NICHOLS RUG CLEANING Freeport 86 E. Sunrise Highway Tel. 8-1212 Rug and Furniture Cleaning SWEZEY FUEL CO. Coal and Fuel Oils Patchogue 270 Port Jefferson 55."! Funeral Director Arthur W. Overton Day and Night Service 172 Main St. Tel. 1085 Islip Loans on Bond and Mortgage Deposits Accepted by Mail First National Bank of Islip Member Fed. Deposit Insurance Corp. Work Clothes and Paints Building and Garden Tools Desks, Typewriters, Etc. Suffolk Surplus Sales Sunrise H'way, Massapcqua (East) MA 6-4220 C. A. Woehning Highest Grade MEATS South Side Meat Market Stephen Queirolo, Prop. At the Triangle Amityville AMityville 4-0212 FURNITURE Frigidaire Home Appliances Englander & Simmons Sleep Products BROWN'S Storage Warehouse Your Furniture and Appliance Store 186 Maple St. Phone 31 ISLIP. L. I. Established 1919 LEIGH'S TAXICABS MOTOR VANS - STORING WAREHOUSE Auto Busses For Hire AMityville 4-0225 Near Amityville Depot 162 SEPTEMBER 1954 LONG ISLAND FORUM \}£e tCnew'T^econic Q!7lf[ill r TN 1906 there was taken -'■ down "on salvage shares" for its then owner Lewis H. Case to make room for a cot- tage development the rem- nant of a picturesque land- mark which had stood many years near the mouth of Gold- smith's Inlet in the town of Southold where the northerly end of Peconic Lane stops at the shore of Long Island Sound. It was a welcome relief to this writer in the late 1880's from routine daily tasks on the Howell, now the Donahue, farm at the head of Tucker's lane and the North Road north of Southold village, to ride with "Uncle" Eli Howell in the "schooner" wagon to the Peconic gristmill with wheat, corn and oats to be ground into flour, light and dark canaille, and meal for the kitchen, and bran and feed for the bam. About 1760 Amon Taber, the millwright of Orient (then called Oysterponds) , who in 1803 built the present edifice of the Southold Presbyterian Church, erected the first tide- water-mill at the Inlet. The mill however failed to work satisfactorily. The nat- ural channel did not supply a sufficient stream of water to operate the undershot wheel. TTie mill was hence built over into a horse-mill such as Jere- miah Goldsmith had at his farm home at the corner of the Lane and the North Road. The horse-mill fell into dis- use after the Revolution as the money crop was then flax. As the farmers began again to raise wheat and corn there also again arose the need for a local mill. It was too long a drive to the tide-water-mill at Mattituck and also to the similar one at Tom's Creek at Ashamomoque where for a hundred years past the South Road which connects Southold and Greenport has crossed ,the creek over a bridge. Dr. Glarence zAshton Wood Editor's Note This second story on. the Peconic mill, by one who knew it as a boy and saw it run and knew t;he in.il- ler, brings many additional facts to light. The author also gives further data on the mill's back- ground. Dr. Wood, our senior con- tributing editor, certainly has a fund of knowledge on all phases of Southold Town history. Joseph Hull Goldsmith, son of Zachariah, a lawyer, had in 1833 returned after a nine years absence in New York City with his wife to spend the remainder of their lives in the town of their birth. He was an ardent Spiritualist and member of the Southold Universalist Church. He pro- moted the extension of the railroad to the East End and later the establishment of the Southold Savings Bank, also of the Suffolk County Mutual Insurance Company. He had wanted the terminal of the railroad at Goldsmith's Inlet. ^ About 1839 he and Benja- min H. Palmer and others sponsored the building of an- other tide-water-mill at the Inlet. They met with many discouragements but were finally successful. The money for its construction was raised among the neighbors who felt the need for a mill in the vicinity. The Shareholders and others carted in their farm wagons the rocks for the construction of walls to narrow, restrict and control the water in the channel of the waterway. It may be well to preserve here a copy of a document dated a century ago addressed to property owners along the lane leading to the mill by the roadmaster of the time. It read : "Cutchogue, Dec. 4th, 1852. Sir. There has been sev- eral complaints in relation to the Trees and bushes Stand- ing in the road usually called the Mill road running from the Main road to the Inlet Mill. "You will please clear that road without Delay of the Trees and Bushes so that Waggons can pass each other without any inconvenience. Yours, S. E. Horton." "Uncle" John Conklin Ap- pleby, grandfather of John Ellsworth Appleby, a "prince SWEZEY GRISTMILL, SWAN CREEK, PATCH06UE Sketched and etched by Jos. P. DiGemma 16.^ LONG ISLAND FORUM among millers" who had ground grits at the tide- water-mill at the mouth o± Tom's or Mill Creek at Asha- momoque to the satisfaction of everybody, was induced to conduct the Peconic Mill threa days each week and devote the other three weekdays to the Ashamomoque mill. In those days there was not enough business to keep the miller busy all the while at either mill. The mill at Tom s Creek, it is said, may have ground a "leetle better be- cause of its "steady gait. In these tide-water-mills the rising tide swept into the rock-walled channel through the open gates. As the tide- water retreated the gates would close, storing the water in the creek for use when it flowed out, turning the big water wheel. When Appleby retired from the mill his place was taken by Richard Cox who had come east from Oyster Bay in 1821 to erect and conduct the tide- water wheel at Mattituck Creek a few miles to the west of the Peconic mill. Cox in turn gave way to Gabriel Bennett, a miller from East Hampton who had run the Red Mill on Pme Neck, Southold, until it was removed about 1840 to Shel- ter Island. Later one Smith, an Englishman, bought out the other shareholders of the PecoT^ic Mill. After operating it a few years he sold out to Cox and his son John Cox. Their mill at Mattituck took so much of their time in 1872 that the Coxes sold their hold- ings there to Capt. Joshua U. Terry who, after retiring from his seafaring life m 1847, conducted the Mattituck mill for over twenty years. The next miller at the Peconic mill after Cox and his son was Edward H. Terry who conducted it until the growing infirmities of age compelled his retirement. He was succeeded by his brother Gilbert Terry who as the last miller there ran the Peconic mill for thirty-four years. He Continued on pagf. 172 SEPTEMBER 1954 Bank and Borrow ^ AT THE FIRST NATIONAL BANK AND TRUST COMPANY ^^ BAY SHORE 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. Designfers and Manufacturers of the Panther Albatross Mallard Airplanes for the U. S. Navy, the Air Force and Commercial Users B U I C K SALES SERVICE PARTS Suffolk County's Largest Selection of GUARANTEED USED CARS Ande-McEwan Motors, Inc. Tel B*y Shore 2 228 East Main St., Bay Shore WE BUY USED CARS FOR CASH WILLIAM A. NICHOLSON 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 164 SEPTEMBER 1954 LONG ISLAND FORUM c54. J^ssau Qounty Ljandmar\ \ MONG the few remaining -'*■ landmarks from the ear- liest days of Mosquito Cove is the homestead built in 1668 by Robert Coles, one of the original settlers of the region and a direct ancestor of the writer. This stands today on the north side of the street called "The Place" and to the west of the large brick build- ing occupied by the Griscom Publications, within the City of Glen Cove. A high board fence and heavy foliage par- tially hide it from view of passers-by. While the old dwelling has undergone much renovation and extensive additions dur- ing the past two hundred eighty-six years, anyone fam- iliar with the architecture of this locality during the latter part of the seventeenth cen- tury can easily recognize the small wing to the right that was the original house. To- day this is overshadowed by two large additions of later construction and different style. By mentally erasing these, however, and concen- trating on the small east wing, one can get a fair idea of how the original homestead ap- peared. Many years a<^o there was an old well in the front yard and, until 1945, a large wea- ther-beaten black locust grew about fifteen feet to the southwest of the oriq-inal dwelling. This was said to have been one of a number of young locusts that were brought from Virginia during the late seventeenth or early eighteenth century by Cap- tain John IS and s of Cow Neck, (now Sands Point). Others were planted elsewhere on the north shore of Long Tslard at the same time and these are claimed to have been the first of this s'necies of locust on the islar^d. Today they are very plentiful on the north shore and elsewhere. The construction of this Robert R. Coles house was apparently much like that of the one built by Joseph Carpenter at about the same time. Carpenter was the leader of the small group that settled Mosquito Cove and built his home on the west side of the road now called Dickson Lane. Comparison of the east wing of the pre- sent structure with a sketch made of the old Carpenter home, in 1835, shows a strik- ing resemblance. In both, the front door is centrally posi- tioned and divided so that the upper and lower halves may be opened independently. Mod- erately large windows made up of several panes of glass are placed on either side of the door. In the old Coles homestead there are small wi- dows directly over these with the sill nearly at the second floor level and the top beneath the edge of the slop- ing roof. The sketch of the Carpenter home does not show these upstairs windows. A large chimney is built into the east side of the Coles dwelling, which accommodates a fireplace that was used for cooking and heating purposes during the colder months. Unfortunately the old Car- penter homestead was de- stroyed, probably over a cen- tury ago, and all that remains is a depression in the ground where it stood. This is now overgrown with briars and several large locust trees. Over thirty years ago the writer retrieved two or three old bricks from the excava- tion that may have been part of the foundation or chimney before the building was de- molished. Robert Coles died on April 16, 1715, and was buried on a knoll almost directly across The Place from his home. His grave and about half a dozen others nearby were marked with crude field stones and in time the old cemetery be- came overgrown with weeds and briars. More than ten years ago I took a very good picture of his stone. It was of granite, and on it was Gravestone of Ancestor, Preserved by Aulhor 165 LONG ISLAND FORUM crudely carved the following inscription: "R C D S A P 16 1715 ". Also buried in the same cemetery was Robert Coles' wife, Mercy (Wright) Coles, who died on October 21, 1708. This spring the property where the cemetery stood was leveled by bulldozers to make way for a parking field for the Columbia Ribbon and Carbon Company which came into possession of it some years ago. I removed Robert Coles' stone to my home and shall someday set it in the ground, in the hope that it may stay unmolested for an- other two hundred thirty- nine years. Since the death of Robert and Mercy Coles the old home- stead has been occupied by many families. For some generations it was the home of his children and gra^^d- children. During the latter part of the nineteenth cen- tury and early in the twenti- eth it was the home of Mr. George W. Cocks, one of G^en Cove's most respected geneal- ogists and historians. He did a great deal of work in help- ing to get out the first volume of the Oyster Bay Town Rec- ords and prepared an histori- cal sketch on the Town that is included in that volume. Also, in collaboration with John Cox, Jr., he compiled the "Cock, Cocks, Cox Genealogy" which is filled with interest- ing historical data concerning Glen Cove, Oyster Bay and the surrounding region. Much that we know today concerning the early history of Mosquito Cove has come from the pages of a quaint, old parchment bound volume known as the Mosquito Cove Proprietors' Book." This measures 141/2 x 914 inches and is now in the possession of the writer. While never actually part of the Oyster Bay Town Records, most of the information froni this volume is now included in Vol. I of that publication. It was be'Tun by Robert Coles, in 1668, and contains many in- teresting entries, including land records, family records SEPTEMBER 1954 of the Coles, Carpenter and Thornycraft families, two wills written by Robert Coles, one before and the other after the death of his wife, mis- cellaneous merchants' ac- counts and much other valu- able data. It survives today as one of the few relics of the first days of Mosquito Cove. Robert Coles was one of five men known as the "Pro- prietors of the Mosquito Cove Plantation". As previously mentioned, Joseph Carpenter, originailv from Warwick, Rhode Island, was the leader of this little band of pioneers. The others were Daniel and Nathaniel Coles, older bro- thers of Robert, and Nicholas Simokins. Simpkins had lived at Oy- ster Bay, having apparently been on hand at the time of its settlement, in 1653. Also it seems that Nathaniel Coles lived there and never occupied his holdings at Mosquito Cove. , ^, The three Coles brothers were sons of the first Robert Coles in America, who came from England on the Winth- ron Fleet, in 1630. Some years previous to 1668 Joseph Carpenter had ex- plored the resrion in the vicin- ity of Mosquito Cove in search for a favorable site on which to erect saw and grist mills. In the stream that ran through the vallev at Mos- nnito Cove, emptying into Hemnstead Harbor, he found exactly what he desired and soon beran negotiations with the Matinecock Indians for its purchase. After obtaining permission from Governor Nichols, he purchased the land from the Indians on May 24, 1668. Six months later, November 24, he received as equal share- holders Abia Carpenter, (his brother - in - law), Thomas Townsend, Nathaniel Coles and Robert Coles. Shortly afterward, however, Thomas Townsend transferred his in- terests to Nicholas Simpkins and Abia Carpenter trans- ferred his to Daniel Coles. According to mutual agree- Continued on page 175 TRAPHA6EH SCHOOL /v OF FASHION f"*" ^^'''^''~ I Zj rCAINING HERE PAYS IIFE DtVIDiNDS JlMn Summer, Fall and Winter Course* r^K Professional methods day or eve. All 'iH branches of Fashion for beginners or ittfL advanced students. Regents Credits. DAY, EVENINQ ft SATURDAY COURSK Mow forming for Design, Illustration. Clot n- Ing Const ruction and SU branches of Fashion INTERIOR DECOR, and DISPLAY ConrseBhere prepare students for the fasci- nating and remunerative fields of commercial art Maximum instruction in minimum time. Active Free Placement Bureau. Send for Circular F or Phone CO. 5-2077. REGISTER h40W! Our Graduates in Demand! Traphagen, 1680 B'way (52 St.) N. Y. 19 FIRST SUFFOLK NATIONAL MNK For Every Banking Service Including- Convenience AMITYVILLE, N. Y. 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Ever since the coming of the white men to Southamp- ton town in 1640 there had been a narrow natural drain here flanked by a path where the Indians dragged or port- aged their dugouts between Peconic and Shinnecock Bays. That is how Canoe Place got its name. Only during very high tides was there any flow of water through the drain. When the (State tackled the project of widening and deepening the old drain in 1886, it installed tidal gates just north of the Montauk highway. An engineer named Rumbleeamp came down from Albany to superintendent the work and when he learned that Colonel Rowland was a former railroader he got him to lay tracks to the dump and a small locomotive and gon- dola car were procured from the LIRR to move the sand. It took six years to complete the job. An Albany man named Par- rott was in charge of the dredge which was broue-ht to Peconic bay bv a tuar. When warned that the craft lay in an exposed position in case an easterly storm should blow up, he remarked that "a little Dond like the Peconic wouldn't hurt the outfit" which had encountered many a stiff gale on the Hudson. But shortlv thereafter a real old-fashioned Jo/in H. Sutter easter set in. The tug was driven ashore and smashed to pieces and the dredge was sunk, but was later raised, pumped out and used. The LIRR had a track gang housed in a caboose. These men were paid $1.25 a day and had to pay 18 cents a day for board. Their principal meal was a loaf of Italian bread hollowed out and stuffed with garlic and other vesgetables. They worked under the padro3ie system, the padrone having brought them over from Italy and hired them out in a body to the contractor. The padrone was paid for their services and gave the laborers what was left after deducting living costs and other expenses. The system has long since been banned in this country. Colo"^el Rowland was ap- pointed watchman during building operations, receiving 1.35 a day. He was also re- tained after the railroad bridge was built across the canal and was instructed to see that freight trains must proceed over the span no fas- ter than five miles an hour. Canoe Place Inn at that time was operated by one Charlie Conklin who had come from Jamesport. It was during the building of the canal with its tidal gates, a vehicular bridge on Montauk highway and the railroad trestle further to the north that the gigantic bust of Hercules, which had been the figurehead of the U. S. frigate Ohio, was purchased by the inn-keeper and mounted across from the old hostelry on the highway which was then known as the Country Road. Among those who worked on the canal project besides the gang of Italians were Shinnecock Indians who in 1703 had had their tribal reservation removed from just west of the canal site to the east. A number, how- ever, still lived in Canoe Place and in Hampton Bays, among them descendants of the Indian missionary Paul Cuf- fee whose fenced-in grave may still be seen between the junction of the highway and the railroad, west of the canal. Just how Ellsworth How- land acquired the title of Colonel I learned from him. It seems that it was bestowed upon him by one Joshua Conklin who had difficulty in Continued on page 177 Shinnecock Canal in 1900. Phcto by Hal B. Fullerton 167 LONG ISLAND FORUM SEPTEMBER 1954 Reminders Pleasure Boat Insurance Specialist GEORGE C. BAKTH 134 A Broadway, next to Post Office AMltyville 4-1688 (Res. 4-0855) E. CLAYTON SMITH Established 1913 Jobber-Replacement Parts Tacls - 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- viile. CtJans AMITYVILLE DAIRY, INC. AMITYVILLE ROCKVILLE CENTRE BLUE POINT STILL B. CALSO GASOLINE — FUEL OIL DISTRIBUTOR Tel. SElden 2-3512 Birds in a Hurricane "The Hurricane of 1938, — in Retrospect" by William T. Hel- muth 3rd, describes the havoc played by that holocaust on the bird life of the east end. It is issued as the 8th pamphlet in the series entitled Birds of Long iF-land initiated in 1939 by The Bird Club of Long Island Inc. Fcr our copy we are indebted to Dr. John T. Nichols, who is editor, i nd is associated with the Ameri- can Museum of Natural History. Dr. Helmuth who resided in East Hampton took first hand notes on the effects of the hurricane on the wild birds in that vicinity and included in this interesting account a li=;t of the 54 species of birds which were fcund dead from the storm. Dr. Helmuth died while publica- tion of the pamphlet was pending and Dr. Nichols was obliged to rr.ake the final revision and carry the work to completion. It is a valuable contribution to the irlanu's ornithological data. Cash and Carry Service 159* Off UNQUA LAUNDRIES AMityville 4-1348 Dixon Avenue Copiagrue Malverne's Village Flag The municipality of Malverne in Nassau County is the first in the State to adopt a village flag. We are indebted to Malverne His- torian George R. Van Allen for one of the handsome silk emblems in blup, white and orange, colors Eymbolic of the Dutch West India Company which founded New Netherland of which Long Island wa« a part. , It carries the Malverne coat-of- arms, a shield topped by a spray of oakleaves and acorns with the inscription "Oaks from Acorns". Also included are a chipmumk, a dinky, an open clamshell, a Bible and quill pen, a baseball, liberty bfll, an artist's palette with brushes, and two masks — all typifying the past, present and future of the village. tion, Cooperstown, lists from the Long Island Forum "Jchn Leayard the Traveler" by Dr. Clarence Ashton Wood and "Big Manuel, Whaling Captain" by Andrus T. Valentine. From the Journal of the Nas- sau County Historical Society Mr. Dunn lists: 'Tae Story of Oyster Bay" by Paul Bailey, "Thomas Dongan and the Charter of Liber- ties" by Jesse Merritt, anJ "The Gardens of My Great-Grandmoth- ers" by Julian Denton Smith. 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A Shrine to Religion Freedom ADMISSION FREE Sundays, Tuesdays and Saturdays 1 to 6 P.M. Sponsored by HALLERAN AGENCY Realtor* 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. 168 SEPTEMBER 1954 LONG ISLAND FORUM ^ jome Qentury &ld L^etters f m TLDST a bundle of letters, •^ yellow and brittle with age, but they carry us back into the past and show us the thoughts and doings of some of the people over 100 years ago. Such a bundle of letters has just been given me by my cousin Mr. Arthur T. Strong. Letters he had inher- ited from his father, my Uncle Charles. Now to the letters. From Hempstead June 21st 1838, came a letter to my grandfather. Judge Selah B. Strong, from Dr. Benjamin F. Thompson. The first part was a general printed letter, telling that as Silas Wood's History was out of print, he had been urged to write a longer and fuller history. He gave a list of some of the items he wished to include, early settlements, churches, schools, agriculture, industry, etc. and "the number of pau- pers and. the mode and ex- pense of their maintenance." Followed a personal note to my grandfather asking for in- formation about the Strongs, the Brewsters, and the real facts about the Nicoll Patent. A letter to Grandfather from Richard Smith of Smith- town, October 31st 1819, fol- lows: Dear Sir: Previously to the receipt of your favor of the 24th Inst, notice of the con- templated exhibition of the Suffolk Co. Agricultural Soci- ety had been sent to the Long Island Star, and Sag Harbor Eagle. Mr. Smith is worried about two things : the idea had been put forth so recently that there was little time to prepare and secondly it had been the worst season (prob- ably since 1816.) He adds that yet without a beginning, the object, laud- able as it is, can never pro- gress. "Therefore under these disadvantages we will do enough to make it appear well on paper afterwards." He K^fe Wheeler (§trong feels that this may draw to the farmers' attention the benefits of belonging to the Society. (I confess that "on paper" tickled me, they would see to it they got a decent writeup anyway!) The next letter I drew from the bundle is from the earlier historian Silas Wood. He wrote from Washington on January 18th, 1827. It seems that the lighthouse keeper at Historian and Congressman Silas Wood Old Point had died. A Mr. Smith and a Mr. Jayne both wanted the job, and he had many letters from people, some urging one and some the other. All these he had turned over to the proper authority from whom he had learned that the keeper's Widow had also made application and had been promised the job until March. I wonder if the Jaynes got it. I know they had it years later when they used to let me climb the tower. He mentions the two im- portant issues before Con- gress: a treaty with the Brit- ish, framing of which, he states, is puzzling the "wise men." The other is the Bank- rupt Bill which he thinks will go down to defeat as Virginia is against it. In another letter, dated February 19th, 1827, Mr. Wood tells my grandfather of his plan to write a history of the early Towns on Long Island. At the time he was working on the early history of the Brewster Family, and had written to a Capt. Henry Brewster of Blooming Grove also to Brewsters in Dan- bury, Conn., and to a Brew- ster in New Hampshire. Grandfather's uncle Joseph Strong had taken Mr. Wood to the family graveyard here on the Neck and he had copied some of the inscriptions. He asked grandfather to give as many facts as possible. There are many more let- ters in that old bundle, but I think I have puzzled long enough over the faded writ- ing for this time. Monument Rescuers The men who saved the Culluloo monument from destruction and had it restored and relocated were the late William S. Pettit and Smith N. Durlamd, who were as- sisted by others. R.P.S. Mr. Robert Jonas was right in thinking I'd find something to inferest me in the Long Island Forum. Lawrence Conant, Garden City. (Note: Mr. Jonas and Mr. Conant are charter members of the Nassau Archeological Society Inc. Editor.) Seven in One At our Neighborhood Circle I showed my L. I. Forums and en- close seven subscriptions from members who saw it for the first time. Why don't you circularize it more? (Mrs.) Marilyn Metz East Meadow Having enjoyed the Forum as a gift from the Union Savings Bank (anniversary souvenir) for the past year, I would like to continue as a subscriber. Helen C. Wood- hull, Patchogue. 16^ LONG ISLAND FORUM SEPTEMBER 1954 Leading Real Estate Brokers of Sayville LiDian H. Robinson, Realtor Real Estate, Insurance, Furnished Cottages Farms - Homes - Acreage 169 W. Main St. SAyville 4-190O Menibt r 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 fO Broadway Tel. Hicksville 600 Rirerhead DUGAN REALTY COMPANY Eastern Long Island Country Places along Ocean, Sound, Peconic, Shinnecock Bays. North port 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 only Savings Bank in Western Suilolk County Member Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Ketcham & Colyer, Inc. INSURANCE Georse S. Colyer, Secy. Broadway and Faric Ava. AMityville 4-0198 Grandpa Did Some Beachcombing I was much interested in the article by Clarence Russell Comes entitled Peconic's Old Mill in the June issue. It takes me back to the time when Uncle William Austin Haynes drove his bags of wheat to the mill when Gilbert Terry was the miller. I sat on the wheat for a ride to the mill and rode back with the newly ground flour, golden hue, sweet to the taste. There was also Cornell flour for (Our pancakes served with ooir own home-cured ham. Gilbert Terry was the only resi- dent at the Injet then. He had a cute grey house with a big peach orchard behind it and kept a beau- tiful light brown horse, fat as meal from the mill could make her, for his daughter to drive. Later Artist Fitz built a cottage on the Inlet. Next the Dr. Wilsons built a summer place on the Sound bluff. Where the Inlet flows into the Sound folks said there was quick- sand, but I never heard of a drowning there. It was great to sit on the bridge and watch the mill- wheel revolve while meditating on your sins or, perhaps, your good qualities. The one thing that marred the summer day was the buzz of the mosquito, for there was no DDT then. My grandfather Halsey Haynes' farm of 110 acres, partly wooded, ran to the Sound, and by the unr written law of which Dr. Wood Continued next page Farmingdale GREGORY SOSA AGENCY. Inc. Real Estate and Insurance Serving The Community Since 1921 FArmingdale 2-0321—2-1286 Mubbell, Klapper &. Hubbell LONG ISLAND REAL ESTATE 65 Hilton Avenue Garden City, N. Y. REAL ESTATE Insurance Mortgages JOHN T. PULIS 101 Rictimond Ave , Amityville AMityville 4-1489 EASTPORT Edward B. Bristow Real Estate and Insurance Main Street EAstport 5-0164 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 HENR\ A. MURPHY INSURING AGENCY, Inc. Real Estate, Insurance, Mortgag* 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 Realtor — Insurer 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 Auto and Other Insurance — Real Estate — HENNING AGENCY, Realtor 86 E.Main BayShore 7-0876 & 0877 Central Islip ROBERT E. O'DONOHUE Carleton Ave. Tel. 6317 Central lalip 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. <r 170 SEPTEMBER 1954 LONG ISLAND FORUM ^ <m % 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 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 ill 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 Real Estate & Insurance Brokers North Hempstead Turnpike Tel. OYster Bay 6-0692 "BehiTWe/t Real Estate 'Insurance East Tetauket Lond Island. N«w York ■ TeMOISoUuket | Unqua Agency, Inc. General Insurance Real Estate GORDON W. FRASER. Mer. 199-A Broadway AMityville 4>0376 once wrote in the Forum, every- thing that came ashore fronting his farm belonged to Grandpa. And good Presbyterian though he was, Sunday or weekday he paced the beach for trophies. Thus on December 26, 1866, he saw the wreck of the steamer Commodore with 100 passengers and a variety of merchandise. A beautiful purple and gold carpet came ashore which later adorned the new home which Grandpa Halsey was building across the street. The heavy front-door of this new domicile also came from the Com- modore's remains, and also a very beautiful mahogany stair-railing. The door had a massive lock and key and we used to hide the key under the door-mat when we went to a neighbor's to play dominoes. The lock reminded me of the one Jack of the Beanstalk hid in. Of a number of articles in the Haynes farmhouse it could be said: No one knows whence it came Bat I am sure 'twas of Commodore fame. , Eva Gordon Slaterbeck 1487 East 14th Street Brooklyn 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 Massapequa Cor. Merrick Rd. and Ocean Ave. Massapequa, N. Y. BELLPORT Edward B. Bristow Real Estate and Insurance Main Street BEUport 7-0143 Robert A. Dodd General Insurance Real Estate RAYMOND A. SWEENEY 66 Merrick Rd., Copiasue AMityville 4-1961 Real Estate Insurance EDWARD F. COOK East Hampton Telephone 4-1440 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 W, CHARLES F. PFEIFLE Licensed Real Estate Broker Lots - Plots - Acreai:e Main St., nr. Lake Babylon 644 Wading River WM. L. MILLER & SON Real Estate and Insurance Phone: Wading River 4323 Great Neck Of Mocr^ 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 ^^ Brooklyn and Lang Island's Largest Real Estate Organization" 721 Franklin Ave. Tel. Garden City 7-6400 Save at Southold BANK BY MAIL Latest Dividend 2'/2^ Plus '/2% extra per annum The Oldest Savings Bank in Suf- folk County. Incorporated 1858. Southold Savings Bank Southold, New York Member Federal Deposit Insurance Ck>rporation 171 LONG ISLAND FORUM Peconic Mill Continued from page 164- gave up milling in 1902, and thereafter lived at Orient with his niece Mrs. Wilson L. Petty. Gilbert Terry married Al- meda V. Robinson. They had a daughter Ella who as Mrs. George Billard lived or lives at Cutchogue. Joshua U. Terry who ran the Mattituck mill for over twenty years, dying about 1900, was a brother of Gilbert Terry. During his ownership of the Peconic mill, Gilbert Terry enlarged and improved it in the early 1870's by adding an extension on the north side and putting a windmill wheel atop a tower. The windmill much increased the efficiency of the plant as the tide- wheel would only operate during part of the rise and part of the fall of the tide, or some ten hours a day at most. With the second set of stones installed, Terry ground over 200 bushels per day on numerous occasions. H i s largest grind was 300 bushels, when he worked a greater part of twenty-four hours. Ernest M. Robinson, cura- tor of the Suffolk County His- torical Society at Riverhead and a nephew of Mrs. Gilbert Terry, recalls that while vis- iting the Terrys during the 1880's the miller told him "We are grinding a bushel a minute, using both tide and windmill." It is my notion that Robinson and I first met in the noisy mill in that long ago. The first windmill head had the conventional four arms equipped with canvas sails which had to be renewed sev- eral times a year. The head was changed from the sail type to a new folding vane type after the Civil War. The latter type was built in sec- SEPTEMBER 1954 tions and the outer part of the wheel could be folded to stand at right angles to the vane and thus acted as a brake against the remaining part of the wheel. This kind of wheel could weather an average gale. The Inlet windmill was destroyed during a great storm on November 26 and 27, 1898. The wheel of the mill was blown to pieces and the wreckage left hanging. Ore by one the few remaining sticks dropped before the wind until the standard stood alone. On that occasion in 1898 a three-masted barge was blown upon the Sound shore just west of the mill. By this time farmers had found it more profitable to grow potatoes and cauliflower than grain. Consequently the amount of work brought to the mill rapidly decreased un- til finally the water-wheel Continued on next pagre 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 172 SEPTEMBER 1954 LONG ISLAND FORUM m m Patchogue in 1812 From a Sanford, Florida, sub- scriber, Mrs. iiarry C. Hetzel (for- merly Miss Geraiaine Ne-wind of Pattaogue) comes a time-worn maii.ui,cript written by one Andrew Jaciuun famitn, entitled "Patchogue In 1812." The writer's name sug- gests mat he was born not much later than 1828 when Anarew J ack- son was eiectea Presiaent and pos- sibly as early as a aecaue before as Jackson became a national hero M 1614 for His victory over the British at New Orleans. Perhaps some Patchogue reader may know of Andrew Jackson timith and when he lived. From his manuseiipt we learn that in 1812 there were but 75 inhabitants in Patchogue and only two roads or paths as they were called: Main street and Oceam avenue (the Lane). There were but five houses on the Lane, all on the east side, namely : Moses Wicks, Robert Mills, Jacob Baker, William Baker and, ne..r the site of Carman avenue, Daniel Smith, grandfather of the writer. About a quarter-mile from the bay a pair of bars crossed the Lane, and at Main street there was a gate. Between this gate and the bars, cattle roamed at large. On the south side of Ma^n street (now Montauk highway), between (Dcean avenue and Swan Creek, was only one house, that of Squire Beale. On the north side, there was a small mill-house near the creeK. To the west near Medford avemue stocd the home of John Charlick, father of Oliver ivho became presi- dent of the LIRR. To the west lived Jesse Howell and west of that was the home of Phineas Rose, grand- father of Charles E. Rose. Between the site of North Ocean avenue (then overgrown with pines) and "Patchogue pond" to the west were the Lamed and Ack- erly homes. Oin the south side of Main street, west of Ocean avenue, lived Smith Hammond, village cob- bler, near the creek, and Smith Conklin. "It was here," writes the narrator, "that the soldiers of 1812 stepped overnight while on their tramp from Brooklyn to Sag Har- bor, where they had been ordered to prevent the British from land- ing." Michael Smith, Peter Smith, Jonathan Baker and several others were drafted to accompany the sol- diers to Sag Harbor. The writer goes on to .~ay that the only other house thereabouts wai that of Mr. Mulford, Patch- f- "lip's la'-nfest landowner, on the site of Lo'see's hotel. "Situated f.wgy from the settlement was the homestead of Joshua Smith, on whi't is now Bay avenue, about where Hiram Newins now lives." Wrote Andrew Jackson Smith: "In 1808 the ocean broke through the beach at Smith's Point, iniuring the oysters so that, they all died. In 1814 the beacli again closed. During 1816 the bay yielded an extra abundance of hard clams. * * * They sold for six cents per 100." He added that oysters sold for 20' cents a bushel and that Capt. Samuel Tooker planted the first Virginia oysters m South Bay, at Howell's Point. In 1812, wrote Mr. Smith, mail was carried on horseback once a week between Patchogue and New York, the ride being made in eight hours. He also told of three British soldiers deserting from a landing party at Sag Harbor, going to Patchogue and "lived the remainder of their days here. One of the fugi- tives, Deyuril by name, or Devil as he was nicknamed, was finally the village pedagogue. The writer was one of his pupils." Peconic Mill Continued from page 172 vras stopped, to turn no more. The ^ates were no longer used to hold the tide, the inlet be- p-SLTx to fill with seaweed and the channel with mussel shoals. The nejrlected build- ing gradually fell a prey to storms and decay. On the wall of my library I have a framed picture of the Goldsmith Inlet mill taken in its heyday beside a framed picture of the four yoke of oxen and cart taken in the Sage brickyard at Ashamo- moque as they in July 1890 were about to join the parade in the celebration of South- old's 250th anniversary of its settlement. The oxen were driven by Peter Gaffaga with Mrs. Williamson Albertson and children in the cart. The following September I became the teacher at Quogue's little old district school. I append a poem about the old mill which was written by the Rev. Daniel H. Overton, a native of Southold who mar- ried Carrie C. Terry, daugh- ter of Jonathan Barnes Terry, one time president of the Southold Savings Bank, and Martha Jane (Corey) Terry, granddaughter of Major Gil- bert Horton of local Revolu- tionary renown. On Swan River in eastern View of Patchogue in Brox^knaven, Long Island. From a Very Old Sketch rl'MbW JJiiO^IjSvJ/kZ^^ 173 LONG ISLAND FORUM SEPTEMBER 1954 Patchogue there was also an old mill operated for many years by "Gil" Swezey of an- other old Long Island family. Edward H. Terry, brother of Gilbert Terry, the last miller at Peconic, had until about 1892 run the Mattituck mill in which he acquired an inter- est in 1858. After 1892 he not only ground grain at Patch- ogue by day but also ran a dynamo at night. He intro- duced that system of lighting the streets of the village. Friend Robinson, the curator at Riverhead, he who visited the Peconic mill as a boy when conducted by his uncle Gilbert Terry, also helped his great uncle Edward H. Terry at the Patchogue mill. Joshua U. Terry, also men- tioned above as having run the Mattituck mill for over two decades, was a son of Joshua Terry who was a son of Brewster Terry of Coram, an uncle of Gilbert Terry of the Peconic mill. These Terry millers all sprang from Walter Franklin Terry, an earlier mil- ler born Oct. 12, 1804 who died March 24, 1871. Brews- ter Terry had a daughter who married Nathaniel 0. Swezey, a prominent bayman at Patch- ogue who was born there Feb. 26, 1845 and died at the same place Jan. 18, 1879. Nathaniel 0. Swezey had a nephew who in the mid-80's was a boyhood pal of this ^£NJTH STOP in and let us demonstrate the NEW ZENITH/-^) ROYAL V model/ HEARING AID In Stock: Batteries for all Types of Aids PICKUP & BROWN GUILD OPTICIANS 18 Deer Park Ave. Babylon Tel. Babylon 927 writer at Southold. Arthur Dwight Swezey was then a chore boy on the farm of S. Wells Phillips at Pine Neck while yours truly filled that humble position on the North Road farm of ex-Captain Eli Woodhull Howell. Dwight's father William Swezey and my father John Oakley Wood had been drowned at sea. Likely the O in the name of Dwight's grandfather stood for Oakley. More than a half century later both Dwight and I re- turned ard lived for a while as near neighbors in the heart of Southold. He died a few years ago at that village and this other erstwhile chore boy, now an octogenarian, as stated by the editor in the July Forum, "writes on." The Old Tide Mill The old tide mill is ruined now Down by the surging Sound, Where day by day for many years The fanner's grain was ground. The great wind wheel that o'er the mill Stretched out each mighty arm And spread its wings to every breeze, And to the scene lent charm Is ruined by the very wind That swept it round and round, And gave it power to turn the stones By which the grists were ground. In one great storm of fearful force This old windmill was blown From off its place, and all its wings Upon the sands were strewn. The old tide-mill is ruined now, The miller's moved away, The farmer's greater grist is ground By other power today. LONG ISLAND'S Greatest and Biggest Civic Event MINEOLA FAIR and Industrial Exhibition at the ROOSEVELT RACEWAY WESTBURY, L. L, N. Y. Oct. 9-10-11-12-13-14-15-16 & 17, 1954 with The George A. Hamid BIG CIRCUS Grand Stand Seats Included in Admission Adults 50c — Children UNDER 12 Years 25c The Miracles of Industry Blended with all the Picturesque Features of New York's Oldest County Fair DRY GLEANING FUR STORAGE cMlfviikJkMu^ RUG CLEANING AMiTYVILLE 4-3200 1^^ 174 SEPTEMBER 1954 LONG ISLAND FORUM • Nassau Landmark Continued from page 166 ment the land was appor- tioned so that each of the proprietors received a so- called "Home Lott" on or near the highway known as The Place, and equal areas of woodland, pastureland, etc., throughout the remainder of the tract. According to the Patent this entire area, as purchased from the Indians, was said to comprise some seventeen hundred acres. It is interest- ing to note, however, that a list of the land-owners, made in 1786, giving the amount of property that each held, to- taled three thousand six hun- dred and seventy-eight acres. Apparently the poor Indians were not completely versed in the technique of land survey- ing and never knew what they had bargained for. The Indians that welcomed Joseph Carpenter and his fol- lowers to Mosquito Cove on that spring day of 1668 have long since departed for the Happy Hunting Ground. If they and the white pioneers of that far-off era could re- turn today it is doubtful if they would find anything familiar in the land that they knew and loved nearly three centuries ago. Enormous factories have sprung up on the la^^d once occupied by the Matinecock v/igwams and the blue ribbons of smoke that rose from their campfires have been replaced by the be'ching smoke of industry. Time and change have erased almost every- thing that belonged to their world. Yet, here and there Old Buildings at Glen Cove. Pholo by Carl Kohler # ESTABLISHED 1887 SOUTH SIDE BANK BRENTWOOD BAY SHORE Suffolk <&• 4th Main &> Bay Shore Av. Phone BR 3-45 1 1 Phone BA 7-7 1 00 Member Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation we still find a few cherished landmarks to remind us of those days of long ago. Historian's Comment I would miss the Forum! It is so interesting and helpful to me in my D. A. R. historical work. Mrs. W. Carl Crittenden, Freeport. Note: Mrs. Crittenden is State Historian of the D. A. R. Ship's Identity Ross & Pelletreau's L.I. History stranded four-masted bark which resembles the Galbraith, stranded at Water Mill in July 1916. It is probably not the same ship. Could some reader identify it? H. B. S„ care L.I. Forum Rare Long Island Boaks Personal Reminiscences of Men and Things on Long Island, by Daniel M. Tredwell, in two vol- umes. '■A Sketch of the First Settle- ment of the Several Towns on Long Island" by Silas Wood. Printed by Alden Spooner, Brook- lyn, in 182'8. For particulars write Long Island Forum, Amityville. I enjoy the Forum very much. G. Burchard Smith, Freeport. (Note: Mr. Smith, County At- torney of Nassau County, is a descendant of Smithtown's founder, Richard Smith.) Paumanok School As a result of the very informa- tive material which you gave me some time ago including the refer- ence to Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass", our school board de- cided to call the new school which is beins: erected on Udall Roa*! (West Islip) "Paumanok School." We all feel very much indebted to you for an excellent solution of a rather difficult problem and the Board asked me to express its appreciation and to thank you for your kind help. Livingston S. Jennings Vice-President Village House Arts, Crafts, Americana Museum of the Oysterponds Historical Society at Orient, L. I. Open July 1 to October 31 Tuesdays. Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays 2 to 5 P. M. Free Admission 175 LONG ISLAND FORUM SEPTEMBER 1954 for good taste and suitability of design by Fashon Digest Maga- zine. The dress modeled here by a classmate, Doris Arden, depends on line and color for its glamour. Black nylon met over cafe au lait taffeta, and a garland of golden- brown-cast roses carry out the new season's concept of the bouffant gown with diminished petticoats. A black net stole provides optional cover-up of the decolletage, aind pale beige suede gloves comple- ment the colors of the gown. This young man deviated from the usual procedure of making a sketch first, as taught in the school's Art Department — instead he draped his design in muslin. , Mr. Podosek, who is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Podosek of 27 First Street, Syosset, Long Island, will return to Traphagen for the fall term to continue his studies in draping, design, clothing construction and patternmaking. Other courses also opening at the Traphagen School the first week of October include Costume Design and Illustration, Styling, Life Drawing and Fashion Sketch- ing, Interior Decoration and Win- dow Display. Eveming as well as regular full day classes are scheduled. Prize Gown Designed By Long Islander A gown for the gramd occasions that come in with the fall season, this dress is a prize winner, de- signed and made by Edward Pod- osek, student at the Traphagen School of Fashion. He presented I saw my first Forum in a neigh- bor's house. Enclosed find check for two years, beginning, if you will, with January 1953. (Mrs.) P. 0. Averill, Levittown. My daughter and 1 enjoy the Forum and look forward to each issue. Mrs. F. S. Leslie, Cutchogue. We enjoy the Forum very much. Edward F. Cook, East Hampton. his design in a recent style show given in the assembly hall at the school, 1680 Broadway (52nd Street), New York, and was the recipient of first prize awarded Nassau Archeological Society Archeologists of Nassaia County have organized and imcorporated and have already launched a pro- gram of excavating with excellent results. The mailing address, where particulars may be ob- tained, is Box 1026 Sea Cliff. Anniversary Gifts IN CHINA Minion Bone, Spode, Doulton Syracuse, Lenox IN STERLING TowIe 3orham IN GLASS Foitoria Tiffin Duncan And in Other Quality Lines TOOMEY'S GIFTS 85 Main St. BAY SHORE 253 W. Main St. Smithtown Branch COLUMBIA SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATION 93-22 JAMAICA AVENUE WOODHAVEN 21, N. Y. VIRGINIA 7-7041 FOREST HILLS OFFICE 15 Station Square - at Forest Hills Inn CHARTERED 188 SAVINGS ACCOUNTS MORTGAGE LOANS SAFE DEPOSIT BOXES Safety of your Savings Insured up to $10,000 176 SEPTEMBER 1954 LONG ISLAND FORUM # Shinnecock Canal Continued from page 167 pronouncing the name Ells- worth. And I might add that Ellsworth Rowland was still wearing the title with com- mendable dignity at the age of 89 when he passed the above information on to me. Cooper at Sag Harbor Sag Harbor has never laid claim to James Fenimore Cooper as a native son. The author of The Leather Stocking Tales belongs to Cooperstown, N. Y., and is buried there. He did, however, reside in Sag Harbor shortly after t,he War of 1812 and invested in at least one whaling voyage, that of the ship Union in 1810. It has been said too that Cooper obtained material for his first book "Precaution" at Sag Harbor, and began his writing career there. In his novel "Sea Lions" Cooper evidently used his knowledge of Sag Harbor in describing a "small seaport town, where the -whole in- dustry of the place was connected with ships and shipping." I recall that when the ice in Great South Bay broke up during a heavy storm on December 31, 1902, ice piled up along sihore more than two dozen feet in height and much damage was done to boats and buildings. J. R. James, Jamaica Clje l5mk of amitptJille Incorporated 1891 29^ on Special Interest Accounts Compounded Quarterly Hours: 9 to 3 except Saturday Friday Evening, 6:30 to 8:30 Member Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. 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 AMityville4-1177 The Forum is such a splendid magazine I wish there was one like it in this section of the State. I have given all my copies to our local library. Mrs. Chester G. Allen, Wellsville, N. Y. Naphtha Launch on Shinnecock Canal, 1900 Fashion Articles Those illustrated fashion articles about Traphagen pupils have been very favorably discussed at our club on several occasions. (Miss) Olga Danes, Levittown. J. G. DODGE & SON, Inc. Glen Cove's Oldest Furniture House Established in 1835 when Andrew Jackson was President. 99 GLEN STREET GLen Cove 4-0242 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. Clie I80t House FINE FURNITURE Interior Decorating BAbyion 6-1601 173 West Merrick Road, Babylon In August 1882 Oscar Wilde, famous English author of his day, dined in Babylon at the old Argyle Hotel as the gues^ of Robert B. Roosevelt, uncle of T. R. 177 LONG ISLAND FORUM Another Attic Treasure LoDig Island has not yet discov- ered the hiding place of Captain Kidd's treasure, but last year the attic of an old Mattituek house yielded up a box handsome einough to hold pieces of eight — indeed one of the papers found in it men- tions "halfe pieces of eight." This document box, leather covered, domed lid, with hand wrought hinges, lock and studding nails, was old in l!793 when it was com- pletely relined with a newspaper of that date. It guarded a treasure of hun- dreds of even older papers of the Howell (Southold) family, dating from 1678 to 1875, covering the first five generations, of one branch of the Southold Howell family — Richard (1) circa 1650/ 1709, John (2) circa 1670/1734, Joniathan (3) 1720/1804, John. (4) 1756/1837 and Sylvester (5) 1799/ 1875, and also Jonathan (4), died 1791, the son of Jonatham (3), and Jonathan (5) 1770/1832, the son of Jonathan (4). It is seldom in- deed that family records are kept in one piece for five generations. The box, now repaired, its cor- dovan covering polished to a lustre attainable only in old leather, now reposes in the Suffolk Counity His- torical Society, Riverhead, to which it and its contents were presented by Chauncey Howell Downs, eighth generation descend- ent of Richard (1), to be known as the "Chauncey Perkins Howell Collection" in honor of his grand- father, the sixth of the Howell line. These records were found in the attic of the second homestead built on the farm deeded to Richard (1) by his father-Jn-law in 1676. The house is on the North Road Continued on back cover Over 100 Years of DEPENDABLE SERVICE TO LONG ISLANDERS Everything for Building TlaA^au Suffolk LUMBCR A SUPPLY IfV COQP AMITYVILLE ROSLYN HUNTINGTON SMITHTOWN WESTBURY WANTAGH LOCUST VALLEY SEPTEMBER 1954 MATTITUCK TODAY FORUMS, PRIOR TO 1950 One dozen scattered numbers. At least 50 stories on island history. 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The writer, who is a direct descendent of Richard (1) through another son, had the interesting task of mending, sorting, trans- cribing and mounting these family papers an^d found them not only valuable to family genealogical research, but of great importaTice as a reference work, particularly because they cover such a variety of subjects that they present a mirror of the history, economics, and customs of the periods in which they were written, as full list will illustrate the wide range of interests covered: Family shop- ping lists, wills, deeds, receipts for expenses from false teeth and stays to tombstones, tax lists, in- dentures of boys to learn trades, slaves, settlement of estates, to personal letters which range from a dignified appeal of Richard (1) of Southold to Col. 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