A Syosset Scrapbook 

 Part Ten

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Syosset People

The photos in this section generally are arranged in alphabetical order



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Harold and Fredrick Appleton of Meadowbrook Road, c. 1935
sons of Harry and Edith Appleton
(photo courtesy of Diane Oley)

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Douglas Baird



The Boslet-Nowak Families

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Joseph Boslet, Sr.

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Winifred Youngman Boslet

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Bob Boslet

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Nellie Nowak Boslet
Center, with "Toots" Rausch

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Nellie Nowak, bridesmaid (second from left), at friend Sylvia's wedding c. mid 30s

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Robert Joseph (Robin) Boslet

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Pamela Ellen Boslet
First row:  with Dad, Christmas 1946; late '40s
Second row:  Christmas 1958; modeling, c. 1967
Third row:  with Julian Bond and Peter Yarrow, 1968;  teaching, c. 1970
Bottom:  with Dad and Mom, early '70s

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Boslet brothers
First row:  left, Ray; Joe
Second row:  Don
Third row: Don and Joe; Joe and Don
Bottom:  Don and Joe; Don, Bob and Joe


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Tricia and Sean Boslet, October 12, 1958
Children of Donald and Maureen Boslet
Photo taken by Donald Boslet

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Maureen Boslet

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 Boslet family, c. 1965
Back row:  Dorothy, Joe, Maureen. Nellie
Second row:  Ray, Don, Winifred, Bob
In front:  Tricia, Alan, Sean

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Thomas Nowak and Aniela Madjeski wedding, 1913

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Nowak Family
Left:  Aniela Madjeski Nowak, with her father Mr. Madjeski, husband Thomas Nowak and children, Stella, Agnes and Nellie c. 1919
Right:  Caroline, Agnes, Stella and Nellie

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The Nowaks
Stella, Thomas, Nellie, Agnes and Caroline
Aniela, seated
Mr. Nowak was the superintendent of the Tod estate.

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Caroline Nowak Zgutowicz


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"Toots" Rausch and Caroline,  c. 40s

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Stella Nowak Berg with niece Pam Boslet Buskin, February 26, 2005


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Ron Burckley, on right, c. 1952, with members of the Delin family, Anna, John and Gurli
The Burckley family for many years owned the "old Schenck house" on Convent Road, built c. 1680 to 1710.
When the house and land were sold, the Burckley family stipulated that the house and barn be preserved and a lot of the surrounding land be kept from development.  The house is now a Federal landmark.

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Randee Burke
(image courtesy of Randee Burke Tavarez)

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 Patricia Cattani
(image courtesy of Elaine Cattani)

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 Anne Christiano
(image courtesy of Elaine Cattani)



The Delin Family

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Helmer J. Delin

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Gurli Svensson Delin

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 Helmer and Gurli Delin at Jones Beach, c. '50s

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John Delin
Top row:  1951
Fourth row:  1952
Third row: 1960, taken at National 5 & 10, Jackson Ave.
Second row:  1959 and 1971
Bottom:  with Arnold Schwarzenegger, 1979

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 Lawrence "Larry" Ebel, c. 1952
(on right, with John Delin)



The Ferri Family


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Charles and Connie Vitiello Ferri
(image courtesy of Stephanie Ferri Green)

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Daughter Stephie and Charles Ferri, 1961
(image courtesy of Stephanie Ferri Green)

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Wedding February 6, 1965
Eileen Callahan, Stephie, husband Joseph "Chip" Harrison and Tom Harrison
(image courtesy of Stephanie Ferri Green)

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Tony Ferri, 1955
(image courtesy of Stephanie Ferri Green)



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Denise Frazer

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Charles Garvey
(photos courtesy of Diane Oley)

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Betty Huyler Gillies
A pioneer American aviatrix in World War II, she lived on Burtis Lane.

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 Gentleman on a Syosset street, c. '30s
James A. Devine?

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 Barbara Wolheim and Lois Green
(image courtesy of Lois Green)

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At Steve Zajac's house, Greenway Circle, c. 1952
Left:  Larry Ebel, Ron Burckley, Steve Zajac, John Delin
Right:  Butch Lamont, Larry Ebel, John Delin, Steve Zajac, Robert Zepf

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 Lois Ann Greenway Helser

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Virginia Budd Vail Hofstad



The Knettel, Smith and Hayward Families

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Left:  John and Dora Knettel
Right:  son, William J. Knettel and wife
(images courtesy of Diane Oley)

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 William L. Knettel, Leone (Oney), Mildred and Laura Smith Knettel, c. 1920
(image courtesy of Diane Oley, daughter of Mildred Knettel Vanstane)

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William L. Knettel
1924 Ad from the East Norwich Enterprise
(image courtesy of Tom Montalbano)

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Left:  Leone Knettel with uncles Clarence "Dunk" and Raymond "Birch" Smith, High Street, c. 1913
Right:  Freddie and Dot Knettel
(photos courtesy of Diane Oley)

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 Picnic at Bayville, August 1941
Charles "Dusty" DeMilt in window, Top:  Mildred Knettel, Dot VanSise,"Tot" DeMilt
Bottom:  Leone Knettel Taylor, Edith "Poncey" Webb 

(photo courtesy of Diane Oley)

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 Leone Knettel Taylor, 1945
Her brother-in-law, Forrest Vanstane, sent the skirt to the Knettel women from Hawaii. 

(photo courtesy of Diane Oley)

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Henry and Ida Knettel Reinke

(image courtesy of Diane Oley)

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Carrie "Gram" Smith
(images courtesy of Diane Oley)

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William L. and Laura Smith Knettel celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, 1/31/60
Ida Smith DeMilt, left, is the hostess.
(clipping and photo courtesy of Diane Oley)

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  Bernard Poole (brother-in-law of Clarence "Dunk" Smith), Charles DeMilt, Henry and Frank Smith (brothers of Laura Smith Knettel)
c. 1920s-1930s

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Nellie Poole Schmidt
(sister-in-law of Clarence "Dunk" Smith)
(photo courtesy of Diane Oley)

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Nellie Poole Schmidt
Left:  pictured with John Pennington and Leone Knettel
Right:  pictured with Leone Knettel and Ethel Pennington (John's daughter)
(photos courtesy of Diane Oley)

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  Florence "Tot" DeMilt (Charles and Ida Smith DeMilt's daughter) and Edith "Poncey" Webb (Harry and Ella Smith Webb's daughter), 1939
(photo courtesy of Diane Oley)

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 Florence "Tot" DeMilt
(photo courtesy of Diane Oley)

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 Edith Smith Budd, 1982
(photo courtesy of Diane Oley)

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 Raymond "Bubby" Smith, 2006
Ray was "Birch" Smith's son.
(image courtesy of Diane Oley)

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 Earlier photo of Raymond "Bubby" Smith and family
Left to right, grandson Kevin, Bubby, daughter-in-law Linda, son Peter, 
grandson Tom.  In front, grandson Chris.

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The Hayward Family, c. 1938
 Left: "Bubby" Smith's wife Barbara Hayward Smith (1926-1993) with her father, Richard Downing Hayward (known as Downing, 1905-1976) and her sister Lillian (b. 1925). Right:  Barbara and Lillian with aunt Rachel Downing Hayward.
Downing and his wife, Beatrice Rhodes Hayward, lived at 83 Convent Road until Downing passed away in 1976.  Downing and Beatrice were active in the Syosset community.  In the 1930's Downing served as secretary of the Syosset Fire Department and Beatrice was involved in the fire department's women's auxiliary.
(images  courtesy of Peter Hayward)

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 Hayward family May 20, 1941
Funeral party for Harry Hayward, grandfather of Peter, Barbara and Lillian.
 Front Row:  Barbara, Lillian, Beatrice & Downing Hayward, Helen Hayward (Peter's  mother), Mabel Downing Hayward (grandmother of Peter, Barbara and Lillian), Uncle Edward Downing (Mabel's brother), Rachel Hayward, Gordon (Rachel, Downing and Jack's brother) and his wife Ann, Jack Hayward (Peter Hayward's father).
(image courtesy of Peter Hayward)

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 Richard Downing Hayward
(image courtesy of Peter Hayward)

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 Rachel Downing Hayward
 seated left.
(image courtesy of Peter Hayward)



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 Helen and Bill Kupec 
60th wedding anniversary, 1/19/04
(image courtesy of Bob Epstein)



The Kwiatkowski and Wencko Families

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Andrew Wencko
Left, Mr. Wencko's Certificate of Citizenship, received October 5, 1929
Right, cover of Andrew's study book, "How To Take Out Your First Papers"
(images courtesy of Florence Kwiatkowski Sendrowski)

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Mary Wencko
Labor Day 1932 in the driveway of 10 Jackson Avenue. 
Mary Wencko (Gaida)  was 13 1/2 years old.
(image courtesy of Florence Kwiatkowski Sendrowski)

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Mary, Andrew and Florence Wencko, 1936
(image courtesy of Florence Kwiatkowski Sendrowski)

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Florence Wencko (Andrew's daughter) at her desk at St. Dominic's School, c. 1928
(image courtesy of Florence Kwiatkowski Sendrowski)


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Florence Wencko (Andrew's daughter) in her backyard at 10 Jackson Avenue, c. 1930s
Florence married Stanley Kwiatkowski
(image courtesy of Florence Kwiatkowski Sendrowski)


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 Syosset Well Drillers, 
Chanute Air Force Base, Rantoul, Illinois,
c. 1938
John (Kwiatkowski) Flower, Kenny Harris, Stanley Kwiatkowski sitting in Bill Rynsky's car
"These men were not drafted into World War II because their work was considered vital to the war effort at home.  Stan was shot at returning to base after dinner.  The
guards had changed and Stan drove thru the gates with a handwave.  The shots
quickly brought his truck to a stop."  Florence Kwiatkowski Sendrowski
(image courtesy of the Kwiatkowski & Rynsky Families)


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Florence and Stanley's daughter Florence and son Stanley (obscured)
with the Doss family sheep, c. mid 40s
(image courtesy of Florence Kwiatkowski Sendrowski)

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945 Stan & Florence Kwiatkowski in Doss' backyard
on Queens Street.  Tommy Whitenack's grandparents' home. 
 1956 Backyard of 68 Church Street.

Florence Kwiatkowski and Gale Meyerdierks, c. 1957
The photo machine (in National 5 & 10) was on the right hand side
of the store and you could get a strip of 4 pictures for $1.00.  
 Gale's dad was of the Meyerdierks Market in East Norwich.
(image and information courtesy of Florence Kwiatkowski Sendrowski)

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 Florence Kwiatkowski, 1959
Syosset High School graduation picture

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Helena Kwiatkowski and Mary S. Wencko at granddaughter Florence's wedding in 1963
(image courtesy of Florence Kwiatkowski Sendrowski)

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John and Florence Sendrowski finalists in the Harvest Moon Dance, September 1973
(image courtesy of Florence Kwiatkowski Sendrowski)

The Manning Family

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Carl and Lois Manning
(image courtesy of Carolyn Manning DeJesu)

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Marie Manning
Right, pictured with Betty Winkler
1960 Syosset High School Graduation
(images courtesy of Marie Manning)



The McAuliffe Family

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William and Wilhelmina Black McAuliffe
(images courtesy of Maureen McAuliffe Smith)

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Wilhelmina Black McAuliffe
(images courtesy of Maureen McAuliffe Smith)

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 Gordon, Jim, Ed, Babe McAuliffe
(image courtesy of Maureen McAuliffe Smith)

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Gordon McAuliffe
(images courtesy of Maureen McAuliffe Smith)

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Left and center, Edward McAuliffe
Right, Edward and Babe 
(images courtesy of Maureen McAuliffe Smith)

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Edward McAuliffe and Mary Nesbit wed, July 12, 1952
(images courtesy of Maureen McAuliffe Smith)

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 Mary Nesbit McAuliffe
(image courtesy of Maureen McAuliffe Smith)

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 Maureen, Gordon, Eileen and Michael McAuliffe
(image courtesy of Maureen McAuliffe Smith)

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 Maureen McAuliffe
First Communion, 5/8/60
pictured with Gordon and Eileen
(image courtesy of Maureen McAuliffe Smith)

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Maureen McAuliffe
(images courtesy of Maureen McAuliffe Smith)

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Eileen  McAuliffe
Left:  First Communion, May 8, 1965, pictured with 
Maureen, Gordon and Michael
Right:  1972
(images courtesy of Maureen McAuliffe Smith)

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Gordon  McAuliffe
(images courtesy of Maureen McAuliffe Smith)

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Doc Melville and friends, 1937

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The Michalowski sisters of Devine Avenue
Left, Sophie, age 17, 1937
Right, Sophie and Helen
Their younger brother, Stanley, was a World War II veteran.  He entered the Army February 17, 1943 at around age 19.
(images courtesy of Florence Kwiatkowski Sendrowski)

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Bob Otis, 50s and present
(courtesy of Robert Otis (Weiss))

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Bruce Pecheur



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Joan Fletcher Puccio, 1940s
(courtesy of Florence Kwiatkowski Sendrowski)



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"Toots" Rausch, c. '40s

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Judy Riccoboni Prianti



Shirlee Sarver


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Shirlee in 1958
(courtesy of Shirlee Sarver iacono)


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Shirlee, center, with Nancy Standing and Linda Walters
(courtesy of Shirlee Sarver iacono)


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Shirlee and Alice Degen, Dec. 1957
(courtesy of Shirlee Sarver iacono)


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1993:  Shirlee. left, with Gaspare Puccio, Marty Puccio, Jane Puccio and Denis Norman 
(courtesy of Shirlee Sarver iacono)


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1994:  Shirlee, right, with Jane, Denis, Marty and Gaspare
(courtesy of Shirlee Sarver iacono)


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2006:  Shirlee, left, with Gaspare and Jane
(courtesy of Shirlee Sarver iacono)


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2008:  Shirlee, right, with Jane and Denis
(courtesy of Shirlee Sarver Iacono)

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Billy Schulman
"Woodbury’s own Billy Schulman was just thirteen years old when he starred alongside David McCallum (The Man From Uncle) and Ossie Davis in Teacher, Teacher, a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie that debuted on NBC in February of 1969." Dale Thielker.
For Billy's story see Part 12, Syosset Stories.

 (images courtesy of Dale Thielker)

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Jeanne Sittig

Strongin Family


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Barry, Jacob and Gale Strongin of Fifth Place, Spring 1965
(courtesy of Barry Strongin)




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Jacob Morris Strongin at work, early 1950s
(courtesy of Barry Strongin)



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NY Islanders Logo designed by Jacob Morris Strongin
(courtesy of Barry Strongin)




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Kathleen Tracy
modeling, c. 1968

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Kathleen in 1946 and 1976
(images courtesy of Kathleen Tracy)

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 Debbie Travis, Eileen Travis and Michael Mark
Cruising through town...
(image courtesy of Michael Mark)


The Sydney Franklin VanSise Family

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 Engagement party of Ella Augusta May and Voorhees Allen Herbert, c. 1909
 3rd gentleman from the left, Sydney Franklin VanSise; in front of him, Flora Isabella May VanSise.
5th Gentleman from the left is Mr. Herbert with Miss May in front of him.
(image courtesy of
Karrin Marie Tollin Werrenrath)

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 Sydney Franklin VanSise and Flora Isabella May VanSise
Original owners of VanSise Farms
(images courtesy of
Karrin Marie Tollin Werrenrath)

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VanSise Family, 1946
 Harold Van Sise (son of Sydney and Flora) on right
Left to right, mother Flora Isabella May Van Sise, daughter Edna May Van Sise,  cousin Darrin M. Tollin (
granddaughter of Ella Augusta May Herbert, sister of Flora Van Sise), and daughter Cynthia Van Sise 
Harold ran the farm with his father and was also Trustee of the Wesley Methodist Episcopal Church, East Norwich.
(image courtesy of
Karrin Marie Tollin Werrenrath)

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Harold Bruce "Hal" VanSise, 1959
Left, as Syosset High Varsity Football tackle
Right, as a Varsity Wrestler



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Louisa Van Velsor Whitman
Mother of Walt Whitman
She was the daughter of Major Cornelius Van Velsor and
Naomi Williams.  They lived on the Van Velsor homestead near present-day Velsor-Stillwell Road.
(images courtesy of Florence Kwiatkowski Sendrowski)

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Teresa Wilkens, holding son Christopher, pictured with Gurli Delin, early '50s



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