Dobbs Ferry Historical Society

Dobbs Ferry Historical Society visit our website at: www.DobbsFerryHistory.org Our Archives are located at the Mead House which was bequeathed to the Society by Clara Mead in 1990.
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The house is also available for community meetings and private functions.

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In the Rivertowns Enterprise...
08/27/2021

In the Rivertowns Enterprise...

In the Rivertowns Enterprise...

Road to Freedom, August 19, 1781…The Continental Army begins its march to Yorktown and the eventual defeat of the Britis...
08/19/2021

Road to Freedom, August 19, 1781…

The Continental Army begins its march to Yorktown and the eventual defeat of the British. http://dobbsferryhistory.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/071-2008_Spring.pdf.

The annual Road to Freedom Day walk will take place Sunday, Oct. 17 starting at 1 p.m. at Gould Park.
The walk, led by a fife and drum corps, will follow the path of the Continental Army as it began its first steps of the 400-mile march to Yorktown, VA, on Sunday, Aug. 19, 1781.

The walk ends at the Mead House, home to the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society, 12 Elm St., where refreshments will be served.
Everyone is welcome to this free event. For further information, email us at: [email protected]

Road to Freedom, August 19, 1781…

The Continental Army begins its march to Yorktown and the eventual defeat of the British. http://dobbsferryhistory.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/071-2008_Spring.pdf.

The annual Road to Freedom Day walk will take place Sunday, Oct. 17 starting at 1 p.m. at Gould Park.
The walk, led by a fife and drum corps, will follow the path of the Continental Army as it began its first steps of the 400-mile march to Yorktown, VA, on Sunday, Aug. 19, 1781.

The walk ends at the Mead House, home to the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society, 12 Elm St., where refreshments will be served.
Everyone is welcome to this free event. For further information, email us at: [email protected]

What goes up….Blood, Sweat &Tears, a headliner group at the Woodstock festival (Aug. 15-18, 1969), at one point had a st...
08/18/2021

What goes up….
Blood, Sweat &Tears, a headliner group at the Woodstock festival (Aug. 15-18, 1969), at one point had a studio at 40 Cedar St.
At Woodstock, the group performed in the early overnight hours from Sunday into Monday of the closing day. However, the group doesn’t appear in the eponymous film as its then manager had the cameras turned off during the groups ‘performance because he insisted that it wasn’t being paid to be filmed.
BS&T, formed in 1967, played mostly in Greenwich Village before hitting it big.
There were several iterations of the band as members came and went.
At the 1968 Grammy Awards, the group’s “Blood, Sweat and Teras” won album of the year, beating out The Beatles “Abbey Road.”
In his memoir, original band member Stephen Katz recalls the group’s time at the Dobbs Ferry Studio.

So much more…The Mead House, home to the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society, was the gathering place for two recent happenin...
08/14/2021

So much more…
The Mead House, home to the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society, was the gathering place for two recent happenings.
Wedding guests enjoy themselves on the veranda that is lighted for the occasion. (Image 1)
The Dobbs Ferry Seniors were treated to a slideshow on stained glass windows in village architecture, and lunch from Scaperrotta’s Deli topped off with a cake from Stop & Shop. (Image 2)

Born on August 11, 1833, in Dresden NY, Robert Green Ingersoll (Photo 2), known as the “great agnostic,” died in Dobbs F...
08/11/2021

Born on August 11, 1833, in Dresden NY, Robert Green Ingersoll (Photo 2), known as the “great agnostic,” died in Dobbs Ferry in 1899 at what is today the castle that sits atop Beacon Hill.

Although a lawyer, Ingersoll was a great orator and crossed the country for years speaking on a range of topics. He was seen and heard by more Americans than any other person until the advent of radio and movies.
He also served as a colonel in the Union Army during the Civil War.

While his daughter Eva Ingersoll Brown (Photo 3) and husband Walston Hill Brown and their family lived on the estate it was known as Walston.
Eva, a suffragist and feminist, founded the Child Welfare League of America and was a member of other civil and charitable organizations.

In the 1920s Louis S. and Irma Levy moved into the estate.
Irma’s rock gardens (Photo 4) were well known and were opened-up for charity events.

One time Dobbs Ferry resident Rex Beach (1877-1949) was part of the water polo team silver medal winners at the 1904 Sum...
08/06/2021

One time Dobbs Ferry resident Rex Beach (1877-1949) was part of the water polo team silver medal winners at the 1904 Summer Olympic Games held in St. Louis.
The games were the first to take place in the US and the first to award medals for prizes.
The games originally scheduled to be held in Chicago, were moved to coordinate with the St. Louis World’s Fair. Participation and attendance at the games was low due to the tensions of the Russo- Japanese War and the difficulty of traveling to St. Louis.
Beach maintained a home on Myrtle Ave. A walking trail in the village is named for him.

It’s here…The Ferryman has arrived in your mailbox.More ferry saga, understanding our infrastructure, Covid high school ...
08/01/2021

It’s here…
The Ferryman has arrived in your mailbox.
More ferry saga, understanding our infrastructure, Covid high school style, and a new column, Research at the Archives by society president Madeline Byrne, makes its debut.
Check it out…

It’s here…
The Ferryman has arrived in your mailbox.
More ferry saga, understanding our infrastructure, Covid high school style, and a new column, Research at the Archives by society president Madeline Byrne, makes its debut.
Check it out…

You may leave here for 11 minutes…Early aviation pioneer, Ruth Rowlands Nichols (1901- 1960), holder of simultaneous wor...
07/20/2021

You may leave here for 11 minutes…
Early aviation pioneer, Ruth Rowlands Nichols (1901- 1960), holder of simultaneous world records for speed, altitude and distance records for a female pilot, and who trained in the women’s space program, graduated from Masters School in 1919.
During WWII Nichols was a pilot in the Civil Air Patrol, an auxiliary of the U. S. Air Force, where she achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. She founded the Relief Wings, a humanitarian air service for disaster relief in 1940. Relief Wings was an organization run by women and where women could participate in any of its roles.
Nichols is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx.

You may leave here for 11 minutes…
Early aviation pioneer, Ruth Rowlands Nichols (1901- 1960), holder of simultaneous world records for speed, altitude and distance records for a female pilot, and who trained in the women’s space program, graduated from Masters School in 1919.
During WWII Nichols was a pilot in the Civil Air Patrol, an auxiliary of the U. S. Air Force, where she achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. She founded the Relief Wings, a humanitarian air service for disaster relief in 1940. Relief Wings was an organization run by women and where women could participate in any of its roles.
Nichols is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx.

Day tripping…At the St. Francis Cabrini Shrine on Fort Washington Avenue in Manhattan.Mother Cabrini was born on July 15...
07/15/2021

Day tripping…
At the St. Francis Cabrini Shrine on Fort Washington Avenue in Manhattan.
Mother Cabrini was born on July 15, 1850, in Lombardy Italy, and in 1946 became the first American saint to be canonized. She is the patron saint of immigrants and hospital administrators.
Cabrini founded orphanages and schools and the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In 1914 she purchased an estate on Broadway which would become Sacred Heart Villa orphanage and school (Photo 3). Cabrini Nursing Home occupies that property today.
Cabrini Nursing Home and Cabrini Immigration Services on Main Street are acknowledgements of her importance and time spent in the village.
Cabrini is honored with shrines in Chicago, Colorado, upstate New York, and PA.
A statue of her stands in Battery Park and in June a statue was unveiled at Sacred Heart and St. Stephens Church in Brooklyn.

Happy Fourth of July….The 1921 celebration of the Fourth of July included a village parade featuring Uncle Sam. As the p...
07/04/2021

Happy Fourth of July….
The 1921 celebration of the Fourth of July included a village parade featuring Uncle Sam.
As the parade enters Cedar Street from Broadway, it passes De Rosa’s Barbershop, a village fixture for many years. In 1927, the building was razed and a new one built. Rochambeau Liquors is at that location today. De Rosa’s moved next-door. In the background are Sacred Heart Church and Griffins Garage (Performance Auto is there today.)

Happy Fourth of July….
The 1921 celebration of the Fourth of July included a village parade featuring Uncle Sam.
As the parade enters Cedar Street from Broadway, it passes De Rosa’s Barbershop, a village fixture for many years. In 1927, the building was razed and a new one built. Rochambeau Liquors is at that location today. De Rosa’s moved next-door. In the background are Sacred Heart Church and Griffins Garage (Performance Auto is there today.)

In the news…Crushing on the Rivertowns Enterprise…More on the event/winners in an upcoming issue of The Ferryman
06/26/2021

In the news…
Crushing on the Rivertowns Enterprise…
More on the event/winners in an upcoming issue of The Ferryman

In the news…
Crushing on the Rivertowns Enterprise…
More on the event/winners in an upcoming issue of The Ferryman

Tales from the….The Lefurgy Family burial crypt once stood in the Little White Church cemetery on Ashford Ave. along wit...
06/23/2021

Tales from the….
The Lefurgy Family burial crypt once stood in the Little White Church cemetery on Ashford Ave. along with the graves of Civil War veterans and other early village residents. Barely seen in the background on the left -hand side in this circa 1930s photo, the crypt fell into disrepair and became a hangout and play destination for local youths, and no longer stands.
In 1823 the cemetery was deeded to the congregation of Presbyterian Church by Martin Lefurgy who had owned it since 1785. The Presbyterians deeded the cemetery to the village in 1962.
Burials in the cemetery ceased in the late 1800s.

Tales from the….
The Lefurgy Family burial crypt once stood in the Little White Church cemetery on Ashford Ave. along with the graves of Civil War veterans and other early village residents. Barely seen in the background on the left -hand side in this circa 1930s photo, the crypt fell into disrepair and became a hangout and play destination for local youths, and no longer stands.
In 1823 the cemetery was deeded to the congregation of Presbyterian Church by Martin Lefurgy who had owned it since 1785. The Presbyterians deeded the cemetery to the village in 1962.
Burials in the cemetery ceased in the late 1800s.

It was history in the making last evening on the porch of the Mead House as the Historical Society celebrated the partic...
06/14/2021

It was history in the making last evening on the porch of the Mead House as the Historical Society celebrated the participants and winners of its 2021 DF Historical Society Contest entitled the “Pandemic Time Capsule”.

Students from the freshman and sophomore classes of Dobbs Ferry High School were invited to submit a project (via visual arts, audio, essay, poem or Powerpoint) in response to the question : “What was it like to be a teenager in 2020?”

We received many creative, smart, clever and thoughtful submissions. We would like to thank all the students who participated. All their entries will be catalogued in the archives of the Historical Society so that in the years to come we will have first hand witness accounts of this past pandemic year through the eyes of the young.

We are pleased to announce the grand prize winners were Maeve Larson (9th grade) and Ariana Biberaj (10th grade). They each received a gift card for $150. Honorable mention runner up awards ($75 gift cards) were also presented to Amalia Hunt, Kendall Krauss, Kylie Krauss and Henry Peet.

All in attendance at the reception were treated to a reading of the winning entries by the young authors Maeve and Ariana. Excerpts from these winning entries will be featured in the next issue of our newsletter, The Ferryman.

We would particularly like to thank Betsy Hunter and Jeanne Cronin Ceccolini, the trustees of the Historical Society who coordinated this contest along with our guest judges, parents, the teachers and all those who helped facilitate this wonderful program.

Here’s some photos from the happy night including our winners Ariana (in close up shot on the left) and Maeve (on the right) :

06/11/2021
Peggy Conklin

Putting on the Ritz…
Dobbs Ferry goes all out to welcome actress Peggy Conklin, during a DF Fire Department parade held in the 1930s.
Peggy, (1906-2003) who grew up in the village, would go on to be star of stage and screen alongside the likes of Paul Newman and Ginger Rogers.
More on Peggy in an upcoming issue of the Ferryman.
Clip from "Movie Faces: Dobbs Ferry Yesterday", Ogden Engine Company video

The Prom is back…A formal from the 1947 Periauger
06/09/2021

The Prom is back…
A formal from the 1947 Periauger

The Prom is back…
A formal from the 1947 Periauger

Play ball… today is opening day for MLBDuring the 1950s many baseball players and managers were familiar faces around th...
04/01/2021

Play ball… today is opening day for MLB
During the 1950s many baseball players and managers were familiar faces around the village as they rented homes in Dobbs Ferry during the season. It was not unusual to spot Alvin Dark (Giants) Wh**ey Ford (Yankees) Dusty Rhodes (Giants) and others, as they quickly became part of village life frequenting local businesses and restaurants.
A sad note : On opening day in 1996 at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium, in the contest between the Cincinnati Reds and the Montreal Expos, National League umpire and Dobbs Ferry resident John McSherry, died of cardiac arrest forcing postponement of the game.

On this National Vietnam War Veterans DayHonoring, remembering, thanking all who served; especially Robert Reilly and Ro...
03/29/2021

On this National Vietnam War Veterans Day
Honoring, remembering, thanking all who served; especially Robert Reilly and Robert Wilson who along with the more than 58,000 others gave their lives.
Photos from Wall of Faces, a virtual site dedicated to posting a photo of every veteran whose name appears on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.

Noted artist Vera Andrus, a Wisconsin native, lived at 8 Hudson Terrace, Dobbs Ferry, from 1931-1957 and  commuted by tr...
03/29/2021

Noted artist Vera Andrus, a Wisconsin native, lived at 8 Hudson Terrace, Dobbs Ferry, from 1931-1957 and commuted by train to her job at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she was a staff member. Her works included watercolors, oil paintings, book illustrations and her longtime devotion, lithographs.

Her works were exhibited in many venues, including one woman shows. Her lithograph, “Memory Stairs”, displayed at the World’s Fair, won the 1941 medal from the National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors.
Her works are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, Boston Library and the Rhode Island School of Design, among others.
Andrus also authored three books including Sea Bird Island, 1939 and Sea Dust,1955.
In 1980, the June 1 Gallery in Bethlehem CT held retrospective of her art and life.
While living in the village, Andrus also taught art at the City College’s Adult Education Program.
Andrus moved to Rockport, Ma where she died in 1979.

On this St. Paddy’s…Buckley’s Café, was an Irish-immigrant owned business.In this photo, circa 1900, owner Lawrence Buck...
03/17/2021

On this St. Paddy’s…
Buckley’s Café, was an Irish-immigrant owned business.
In this photo, circa 1900, owner Lawrence Buckley, son Ed, and dog Spot pose in front of the building located at 92 Main St., currently home to Harper’s Restaurant & Bar.
Photo from November, 1968 Hudson Valley Shopper’s Guide.

On this St. Paddy’s…
Buckley’s Café, was an Irish-immigrant owned business.
In this photo, circa 1900, owner Lawrence Buckley, son Ed, and dog Spot pose in front of the building located at 92 Main St., currently home to Harper’s Restaurant & Bar.
Photo from November, 1968 Hudson Valley Shopper’s Guide.

On this Presidents Day…Dobbs Ferry native John Maguire was a crew member onboard the US Navy PT- 109, commanded by Lieut...
02/15/2021

On this Presidents Day…
Dobbs Ferry native John Maguire was a crew member onboard the US Navy PT- 109, commanded by Lieutenant John F. Kennedy, when it was sliced in two by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri in the early hours of Aug. 2, 1943, off the Solomon Islands in the Pacific.
The events of the collision, the crew’s efforts to stay alive and their ultimate rescue would become known worldwide as Kennedy would go on to become President of the United States in 1961. The film, PT- 109 chronicling the ordeal, was released in 1963, five months before Kennedy was assassinated.
Maguire, who was appointed a U.S. Marshal by the President,
died in 1990 at age 74 and is buried in Florida.
(John Maguire back row, 2nd from right, next to the future president. Photo from Wikipedia)

On this Presidents Day…
Dobbs Ferry native John Maguire was a crew member onboard the US Navy PT- 109, commanded by Lieutenant John F. Kennedy, when it was sliced in two by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri in the early hours of Aug. 2, 1943, off the Solomon Islands in the Pacific.
The events of the collision, the crew’s efforts to stay alive and their ultimate rescue would become known worldwide as Kennedy would go on to become President of the United States in 1961. The film, PT- 109 chronicling the ordeal, was released in 1963, five months before Kennedy was assassinated.
Maguire, who was appointed a U.S. Marshal by the President,
died in 1990 at age 74 and is buried in Florida.
(John Maguire back row, 2nd from right, next to the future president. Photo from Wikipedia)

No hype… Brady, Mahomes, home team advantage, half time, TV ads have nothing on the 1938 DFHS football team posing here ...
02/07/2021

No hype…
Brady, Mahomes, home team advantage, half time, TV ads have nothing on the 1938 DFHS football team posing here in front of the high school.

No hype…
Brady, Mahomes, home team advantage, half time, TV ads have nothing on the 1938 DFHS football team posing here in front of the high school.

The Ferryman is here… good reading on such winter days…. Did you know that the very first issue of the Dobbs Ferry Histo...
02/06/2021

The Ferryman is here… good reading on such winter days….
Did you know that the very first issue of the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society newsletter of July/August 1980 appeared with no name?
But in that issue a contest to find a name for the new newsletter was announced. As an enticement for suggestions, two Dobbs Ferry t- shirts were to be awarded to the person who submitted the name chosen by the Society for the newsletter.
Thirty- one suggestions were submitted. Loretta Deluca of 413 Ashford Ave., with her suggestion of The Ferryman, was the winner. And it remains the name today.
Lorretta and husband, Louis, a lifelong resident of the village, owned and operated both an eponymous liquor store and grocery/ deli at 411 Ashford Ave.

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I inherited many photos from old Greenburgh/ Dobbs Ferry. Here are a few.
One of the best memories of Dobbs Ferry is BARTELLS ICE CREAM SHOP and the homemade lemon ice. Also every halloween the candy apples he gave out to all thhe. Kids.
Hello. I thought you might find this photo of my grandfather (Samuel Milefsky) in front of the Cigar/candy/news store he managed for a few years while he and his wife lived and worked in Dobbs Ferry, c. 1922.
This is B. Frank Springsteel, a Charter Member of the Resolute Hook & Ladder Co., c.1917. Any family info available? I have this photo and also a {tintype?] of a young female child named Schuyler Springsteel. Any info?
An old picture I had of the Pickwick.
A loss for us all. Our thoughts are with you and your family, Linda Jo.
*Help Support the Sailors' Snug Harbor Cemetery Memorial Campaign* The Descendants of Sailors’ Snug Harbor Mariners have been reaching out to the Greater New York City Metro Area Heritage (Historical and Genealogical) Societies, Museums, Military Veterans Groups, and Concerned Citizens, to invite them to join a Letters of Support Campaign to support their efforts to gain access to the old Sailors’ Snug Harbor Cemetery on Staten Island to honor their Ancestors, and all of the 6,500 Merchant and Naval Mariners interred there (1834-1976), by installing a Memorial Monument (Obelisk) and holding an annual Memorial Service. Sadly, the Sailors' Snug Harbor Cemetery is devoid of gravestones or markers, except for 15 remaining gravestones. The Cemetery is closed and not open to the public. The Board of Trustees of Sailors' Snug Harbor have rejected the Descendants' requests to access the SSH Cemetery to honor their Ancestors. The Descendants are collecting Letters of Support to persuade the Trustees of Sailors’ Snug Harbor to change their decision. For more information and Support Letter Writing Instructions, use the following link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1sZv5VFLNWw0HA-pW2i33RhbgVFQ6oExx
Celebrate National Library Week as well as the fifteenth anniversary of the Colonel Brown Brown Bag Book Group, we will have a special lecture about our town father, Franklin Q. Brown, or Colonel Brown as he was known, and how he and his wife, Ida made their mark on Dobbs Ferry in the Gilded Age. A descendant of Colonel Brown will be a special guest. The speaker is Walter Schwartz, former Ardsley Historian . The event is sponsored by The Friends of the Dobbs Ferry Library, Dobbs Ferry Historical Society and The Westchester County Historical Society Book for Sale: Westchester County: A History with a portion of the proceeds to go to the Friends of the Dobbs Ferry Library.
Help. I am wondering if this View could be from Dobbs Ferry. It was painted in 1920. I am trying to find out what the industry was. It looks like the sloops were there to load cargo. Thanks for any help you can provide. The Palisades are across the Hudson. I Posted your announcement on my page Hudson River Valley Art & History. Have fun - Rob Doyle.
On Sunday, October 14th 2:00 PM, at the Dobbs Ferry P***c Library, please join our Dobbs Ferry village historian, Richard Borkow, and trustee, for a history talk on "World War One and The Villards of Dobbs Ferry" scheduled Sunday, October 14th at 2:00 PM. War trench cake, hot herbal chickory tea, and coffee refreshments provided by the Hudson River Patriots Chapter, NSDAR in memory of the Keskeskick Chapter, NSDAR, organized in 1895 (Yonkers, NY) around WWI.
Hi, I have a question. I was visiting the bldg. at 87 Livingston Manor in DF recently and noticed a gated underground structure. It curves to the right, under a hill opposite the bldg. My contact inside told me it was a former beer storage cellar and might become a restaurant or something, possibly. Can anyone tell me anything about this? Can we inspect it somehow? Thanks!
I am looking for a researcher in the area that can check property records in the 1800's. Any recommendations?