Hampton Bays Historical Society

Hampton Bays Historical Society The Hampton Bays Historical Society is housed at the Prosper King House on Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays. We hope you can visit! Officers: Brenda Sinclair Berntson, President Kelly P.

King, Vice President Virginia Christensen, Secretary Treasurer Patricia Hagen-Tuccio Walter "Bud" Jackson, Jr. Ken Langsdorf Patrick O'Conner Frances Oldeack Emeritus: Annabel Brown

Mission: OUR MISSION is to enhance pride in Hampton Bays. P - Preserve Hampton Bays' historic past. R - Restore historic structures and sites worthy of preservation efforts. I - Inspire Hampton Bays to record our history and preserve our heritage for future generations. D - Develop positive attitudes towards archives and libraries as places for life-long learning. E - Educate the general public and students about our "unique" heritage through our monthly lecture series, quarterly "Good Ground Newsletter,” special events and exhibitions.

Operating as usual

Supercar Blondie

Supercar Blondie

The very first self-powered car is basically an oven on wheels 🤣🔥

Stable Express

Stable Express

Horses of WW1 - https://www.stableexpress.com/?T=Horses%20Of%20World%20War%20One

His legs were broke, his wounds did bleed,
The soldier called him ‘Noble Steed’,
And put a bullet through his brain.
Then the soldier kneeling down,
Bent his head and cried,
‘You were the noblest beast of all,
Did your duty - answered the call’,
And I am filled with grateful pride
Through all the charges you carried me,
And never did you falter.
Though bullets whistled past your side,
And many men and horses died,
Your pace would never alter.
And so my friend this isgoodbye,
I’ve done my best for you,
I’ve sent you to a safer place,
Where horses graze in gentle grace,
And wish I could go too.
Then in the sky above all noise,
He heard a singing lark.
He felt it was an Angel’s song,
And knew his life would not be long,
As the sniper’s bullet hit its mark.
They found them lying side by side,
A soldier and his noble Steed,
What sacrifice by man and beast,
Too high a price to pay for peace,
More than God and Man agreed.
Horses of WW1 - https://www.stableexpress.com/?T=Horses%20Of%20World%20War%20One

Hampton Bays Historical Society's cover photo

Hampton Bays Historical Society's cover photo

Let’s wind our way back to Lynn Ave.  There you will find St. Joseph’s Villa, owned by the Sisters of St. Joseph.  We ar...

Let’s wind our way back to Lynn Ave. There you will find St. Joseph’s Villa, owned by the Sisters of St. Joseph. We are sure you have driven past, even if you’ve never had an opportunity to visit.

Those of you who have visited may have been astonished to find this lovely old home down by the bay. Thanks to research by Ron Carter, we know that this structure was built sometime between 1896 and 1902 by Judge William J. Carr and christened “Heathercliff.”

The Carr’s had three sons and four daughters. His wife Julia Carr nee Fryer, was a patroness of St. Rosalie’s Church, who was instrumental in raising funds to build the church.
Judge Carr was born in Brooklyn, studied law in Manhattan and was appointed clerk of the Supreme Court in 1891 and 1892, and in 1894 became a United States Commissioner in Brooklyn. Shortly after, Carr became a Corporation Counsel for the City of Brooklyn. When Brooklyn and the Greater City consolidated, he became Assistant Corporation Counsel of New York. He was elected Justice of the Supreme Court in Kings County in 1907 and was appointed to the Appellate bench in 1911.

One supposes he had little trouble in acquiring a building permit.
Judge Carr died at his beloved summer home in Good Ground in 1917. His wife Julia M. Fryer Carr had passed away there also, just a few months prior.
I believe we can assume that, since he built his estate next door, to the north, of Judge Wauhope Lynn’s, that the two must have been close associates in New York City.
These homes were not insignificant dwellings. Judge Lynn had four structures on his property; his brother had three structures as did Judge Carr. Even Carr's name for his estate, “Heathercliff,” mirrors Lynn’s “Lynncliff.” This cannot be mere happenstance.

It appears that the heirs of W.J. Carr sold the property circa 1922 to two brothers, Cornelius and Andrew Brislin. The two brothers were married to two sisters and had homes in Hempstead. Together, they operated a lumber yard in Queens. From records in Southampton Town we know that sisters Mary and Anna C. Brislin sold the property in 1944 to Henry W. Coughlin. The sale consisted of ‘about 7 acres of land with improvements’ and sold for $13,500. No, there aren’t any zeros missing.
In 1960, the property was sold to the Sisters of St. Joseph, Brentwood, because, apparently, even those with a vow of poverty want to get out of Brentwood for a visit to the east end.
Since the Sisters of St. Joseph acquired the house in 1960, they have made various improvements. The stained glass windows were salvaged from the original building, and reused in this rest house for the nuns. Two postcards in the Historical Society’s collection show the Villa in the 1960s; pictured is a salt-water swimming pool; this has been changed to a larger fresh-water pool.
So it seems, this not insubstantial house by the bay has been a favorite home of people from very diverse occupations, bar nun.

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Hampton Bays Historical Society's cover photo

East Quogue Historical Museum

East Quogue Historical Museum

For Memorial Day we wrote about the letters that were sent, during World War II, to the men and women from East Quogue from Aunt Elsie. During the summer, as I was organizing more in my archives, I came across copies of "The East Quogue Globe" it appears Mr. Robert McGuirk, JR decided to pick up the torch of letter writing to keep in touch with his friends and keep them connected around the globe.

Thank you to all the men and women from East Quogue, and the entire country who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Happy Veterans Day 2020.

I will happily do an online exhibit about our Veterans of the Vietnam War, or any other. As always you can email any stories and pictures to [email protected].

Thank you to all who served 🇺🇸

Thank you to all who served 🇺🇸

Hampton Bays Historical Society's cover photo

Hampton Bays Historical Society's cover photo

On this day in 1775, the Continental Congress passes a resolution stating that “two Battalions of Marines be raised” Hap...

On this day in 1775, the Continental Congress passes a resolution stating that “two Battalions of Marines be raised”
Happy Birthday US Marine Corps

Were we to tell you that 'cop spotters' were patented in 1921, would you be perplexed?  If you drove to work before you ...

Were we to tell you that 'cop spotters' were patented in 1921, would you be perplexed? If you drove to work before you read this, you most likely already used one today. Considering that they are now absolutely the law and most drivers would be lost without them, we are sure you are all familiar with them, although with their more commonly known name, "rearview mirror."

The first rearview mirror was installed in 1911 by racer Ray Harroun on his Marmon race car for the inaugural Indianapolis 500. Mr. Harroun claimed to have noticed a similar mirror on a horse and wagon some years before and thought it would be advantageous for his car, the "Wasp." The mirror replaced the passenger, usually a mechanic, who typically accompanied a driver, and thereby lightened his load. The main purpose of the passenger was to let the driver know if it was safe to pass and keep him apprised of the position of the other cars.

While the mirror sounded like a solid plan, in actuality it was fairly useless. The cobbled course - yes, literally, cobblestones on the Indiana Speedway - made it shake so much that it was impossible to see. The following year, the race made the passenger mechanic mandatory, which continued until 1923, so the temptation to save on weight was removed for a time.

In 1921, Elmer Berger received the first patent for a car mirror. At that time, roads were two lanes, at most, and considered a luxury. Side mirrors - also referred to as wing mirrors - were mounted in various spots: the wheel well, the top of the spare tire, the top side of the drivers door or on the front fender. It would be a long time before windshield mount would become standard.

After World War II, one mirror option was the Passing Eye. It enabled the driver to see forward.

Confused? Don’t be. It is really very simple.

Ever been behind a truck that you wanted to pass? Of course you have. The Passing Eye would help you. Clipped to the top of the driver’s door, this double mirror, one sticking out a bit and facing forward, one closer in and facing back, were used together to see around the vehicle in front of you and determine if it was safe to pass. Think of it as a sideways periscope. It was safer than the careful-swerve-to-the-left method.

While many men claim the honor of having created the rear view mirror, it was in 1906 that Dorothy Levitt, author of The Woman and the Car - "a Chatty little handbook for all women who motor or would like to motor" - who suggested that women should “carry a little hand-mirror in a convenient place when driving” so they can “hold the mirror aloft from time to time in order to see behind while driving in traffic”. Women are so clever, yes?

Rearview mirrors were mandated for safety reasons in the 60s. Prior to that they were an added $15 that most car owners preferred not to add to the price tag. Sideview mirrors are still not mandated by law today.

We hope you have enjoyed looking back through history.

Hampton Bays Historical Society's cover photo

Hampton Bays Historical Society's cover photo

Hampton Bays Historical Society's cover photo

Hampton Bays Historical Society's cover photo

East Quogue Historical Museum

East Quogue Historical Museum

When I go through picture I always come across those that are not labeled. I figure it is a rainy evening we could play the game "Who Am I? I know a couple of those in the picture, but would love to know who everyone is. So if you recognize anyone please let us know. The second picture was, maybe, taken inside the East Quogue United Methodist Church, probably sometime in the 1950's, maybe 1957/58 or so, the other is outside, could be somewhere, maybe in East Quogue. If someone who recognizes themselves could let us know that would be great. Stay safe out there and be well!

Attention to detail is important.  Say you are setting yourself a reminder that it will be American Archives Month in Oc...

Attention to detail is important. Say you are setting yourself a reminder that it will be American Archives Month in October, you need to pay attention and not set the reminder for the month of November. Ok, so yes, we understand this isn't a problem for the vast majority of our readers. Most of you don't even know there is such a thing as National Archives Month, never mind feeling the necessity of posting a reminder. We are glad to expand your knowledge.

Since we almost missed the entire event, please excuse us as we were forced to quickly reach into our archives and fetch out whatever first came to hand - the same method we use in deciding on dinner, as it happens.

Ta Da! Here we have it - a piece of wood! Hold on, let's see what we can dredge up to make this worthy of your time.

Well, this particular piece of wood was from the floor in a home situated on Wakeman Road and built by Waldo Penny. And how do we know that? Well because an ancestor took the time to cut the piece of wood and provide us with the particulars of where it spent its life. And you think it is bothersome to ask you to write down your memories! Just in case you think this is unique, we are also in possession of another piece of wood, a piece of glass, some metal stairs and a door handle. Ahhh, but those tempting tidbits are for another Thursday. Perhaps next October. Or perhaps during National Door Handle Month.

So who was Waldo Penny? He was born in Good Ground in 1892 and passed away in 1968; the husband of Mary and the father to Hope and Shirley. Waldo worked at the Ponquogue Lighthouse for approximately 11 years - first as Second Assistant, then as First.

If you look below you will see the fun bit about this plank is the back.

For those of you new to our area, FW Jackson & Sons was the local lumber yard. The Mill was initially located on Montauk Hwy. The store is still standing next to the railroad crossing on Ponquogue, the current home of Ricky’s Plumbing. The railroad would have been important in the past to transport lumber - hence the yard’s location - and may be the reason there are two tracks through town to this day.

What do we know about this piece of wood? Just the basics. But the dreamers amongst us can flesh out the details. Who were the people who walked on these boards? We know that children played upon it. We can assume that adults laughed, cried and lived upon it. Was this where Mrs. Penny informed Mr. Penny about the upcoming birth of a child? Or when they celebrated the announcement of the job at the Lighthouse? It was a short commute from the southern end of Wakeman to Ponquogue Point, even on foot, even in the early 1900s.
.whole life cycle would have been witnessed by these floors. There would have been food made, preserved and shared. Footsteps and dancing. Babies were more likely than not to be born at home. Loved ones would have been waked at home, before being brought to their final resting place. Most likely the Good Ground Cemetery.

One can look at this chunk of wood and see, well, wood. Or one can look back through the prism of time, and see life.

Thank you to Ron & Lynn King for the wonderful photo of their Lyzon hat and box!

Thank you to Ron & Lynn King for the wonderful photo of their Lyzon hat and box!

The Bowne House  and Bowne House Historical Society

The Bowne House and Bowne House Historical Society

Take a peek behind the scenes at Bowne House for Virtual Open House New York Weekend on October 17 & 18, 2020 with a prerecorded tour of this historic house in Flushing, NY. The tour will be available for viewing on this event page without charge or sign up required throughout the weekend. Bowne House is the oldest building in the Borough of Queens, second oldest in New York City and New York State, and was constructed circa 1661 by English settler John Bowne when the area was under Dutch rule. It is also a New York City Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. OHNY.org/sites/bownehouse

Museum Association of New York

Museum Association of New York

Built in 1798 for Brigadier General Abraham Ten Broeck and his wife, Elizabeth Van Rensselaer, the Ten Broeck Mansion located in Albany's Arbor Hill has shared rich stories of its Dutch heritage with visitors since the 1940s. Today, the museum is focusing on sharing stories of the servants and enslaved people who lived and worked here.

Join us on Monday, October 19 at noon for a personal tour with Albany County Historical Association Executive Director Kathryn Kosto and explore some of the spaces inside the Ten Broeck Mansion and learn about plans for future interpretation.

This virtual tour is free; advance registration required.

Click here to register: https://nysmuseums.org/event-3968420

March was Women in History month.  We should have probably used that opportunity to write about some historical woman --...

March was Women in History month. We should have probably used that opportunity to write about some historical woman -- more importantly, a woman in our history -- but that did not happen. Winter, Florida, relatives, appointments, internet outages, the end of life as we know it: take the excuse you prefer.
One such woman who made history in our hamlet was Alice Raynor Squires. Mrs. Squires was born and raised on a potato farm in Bridgehampton, the daughter of Herbert & Clara Schenck Raynor. After graduating from Bridgehampton High School in 1941, she attended SUNY Albany and majored in English. At some point she realized that English was not her future and switched to science and mathematics. Hundreds of former students are overjoyed that she did.

After graduating “cum laude,” she returned to Long Island and was granted a teaching job in Hampton Bays. She rented a home on Ponquogue Avenue with some other fledgling teachers, where she met the landlord’s brother - Robert Squires - the day she moved in. They married in 1948. Alice continued to teach, but took a short hiatus for a little biology experiment: to begin her family. They had three children -- her daughter still resides in town. Mrs. Squires also operated a retail greenhouse during this time. She was lured back to teaching by the school board in 1956, with promises of a $4,300 salary, benefits and tenure, and there she remained for over two decades.

Mrs. Squires was loved by her students and received awards from her peers. She was a STANSYS Fellow in 1973, Outstanding Biology Teacher for New York State in 1974, Outstanding Teacher in New York State in 1976, received recognition by the National Science Teachers Assoc in 1977 and was elected to Delta Kappa Gamma National Honor Society for Women Educators in 1979. Her accolades were well deserved.

Those of you who did not have the good fortune of knowing Mrs. Squires are probably wondering what her students thought. Well, as a former student myself, I can tell you she was pretty great. She had a knack for involving her students and helping them to master what she was teaching. If you do not care to believe me, ask any locally-educated person of “A Certain Age.”

She taught a senior class entitled Advance Biology, which students vied to get into. Students thought it was fun because it included a field trip every single Friday, for months. We know how students love to fool around on field trips. And we did. But we also learned. We learned that at different beaches throughout our hamlet there are different shells, seaweed etc. We learned that there is a freshwater spring in Squiretown. We learned that different bodies of water may have different salinity. Samples of water, shells, seaweed and anything else we could locate, were taken on Friday and the ensuing week was spent identifying and classifying the samples gathered. The fun field trips culminated in a 100 sample test which we all had to identify with common and scientific names. That is probably when we realized that all that fun had to be paid for. Mrs. Squires loved her subject and it showed.

One well-remembered demonstration evoked “The Population Explosion.” This was in the 1970s, when the future was always dreadful, Malthus ruled, and the advent of the cheap styrofoam packing worm made such demonstrations possible within the school budget. Mrs. Squires used the large glass display case outside of her classroom to show us what happened when two worms procreated. (Note: all procreations were inferred, rather than shown) Well, now there were four worms. And then the increased population procreated again, as they would in nature, and they were eight. On and on it went, for weeks on end in a little styrofoam heaven, until the entire glass showcase was packed with worms! I’d still like to know how she got those last worms in the case, without the others falling out, but alas, I’ll never know. Mrs. Squires was clever like that though.

She was a teacher who welcomed a baby lamb belonging to one of her students into her classroom. She had frogs, which some lucky volunteers got to feed chop meat to with forceps. Sure there were the usual frogs to be dissected and the usual students passing out at said dissections. Mrs. Squires took it all in stride. She was often found judging science fairs in the area as well as putting together science fairs in our school. She founded a chapter of the Future Scientists of America.

Mrs. Squires loved Biology. And her students loved her.


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