A Syosset Scrapbook 

 Part Eleven


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Below: Equestrian Images captured by Bob Boslet:

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Bob Boslet was an avid horseman

Fox Hunting:


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Meadow Brook Hunt 1925




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Drawing of C.V. Whitney and Stewart Iglehart


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Horse Shows and Jumping:

Smithtown 1937


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Piping Rock 1937:


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Patrolman Burke


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Oyster Bay High School, early 1900s, and 1958 graduation invitation

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More recent pictures of Oyster bay High School
(images courtesy of Stephanie Ferri Green)

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Left, Hicksville High School
Right, Glen Cove High School

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Left, Westbury High School, under construction, 1935 
(Edward J. Smits, Nassau Suburbia, USA, Friends of the Nassau
County Museum, Syosset, New York 11791, 1974)
Right, Carle Place High School

 Syosset students attended other high schools, including the five above, before
 Syosset High School opened in 1956.

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Play performed at Hicksville High School, c. 1932
From left, Stella Nowak (5th), Nellie Nowak (17th) 
 Other students from Syosset are in the cast.
(photo courtesy of Stella Nowak Berg)

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Mildred Knettel of Syosset graduated from Hicksville High School in 1933.
 (from Mildred Knettel Vanstane's album,
image courtesy of Diane Vanstane Oley)

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Senior Class Hicksville 1933
Class picture at Mount Vernon
Mildred Knettel is in 2nd row, 6th from right.
Her classmates autographed the back.
Note all the girls wore hats and some of the boys held walking sticks.
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image courtesy of Diane Vanstane Oley)

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Charles Ferri of Syosset
in his classroom at Hicksville High School c. early '80s
Mr. Ferri taught Chemistry there for many years.
images courtesy of Stephanie Ferri Green)

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Raymond Burckley's retirement c. 1979
Mr. Burckley of Syosset (left and far right) taught at Hicksville High School for many years.
images courtesy of Stephanie Ferri Green)

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Guckenberger's Luncheonette menu, Hicksville, c. 1935
Memento from Mary Wencko of Syosset's first real date.
(image courtesy of Florence Kwiatkowski Sendrowski)

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Oyster Bay High School Commencement Program
June 28, 1949 
Graduate John Alfred Pennington is the grandson of Charles Alfred VanSise, Syosset's postmaster 1892-1896 and 1905-1927.


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Left, St. Dominic's R.C. Church and Parsonage in Oyster Bay
Center and right, St. Dominic's Church, c. 1911 and 2004
Before St. Edward's was built, many Syosset Catholics attended St. Dominic's.



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Florence Wencko's Senior Prom ticket, May 20, 1936
$1.00 per couple.

(image courtesy of Florence Kwiatkowski Sendrowski)

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Left, invitation to the Commencement Exercises of Saint Dominic's High School, June 26, 1936 
Right,  Gordon McAuliffe, graduate
(images courtesy of Maureen McAuliffe Smith)

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St. Dominic's Third Grade 1949-50
One Teaching Sister to 64 Students.
Syosset students:  Middle row, Norris Miller (2nd), Maureen Hakker (5th),  Marjorie Langa (7th), Florence M. Kwiatkowski (16th);
Top row:  Chucky Martin (end of row)

(image courtesy of Florence Kwiatkowski Sendrowski)

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Intersection of Routes 25A and 106 in East Norwich,
before and after the street widening in 1964
While this caused the destruction of an historic general store,
Rothmann's restaurant (1907) on the right was spared.
(April 8, 1966 news clipping courtesy of Diane Oley)

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Vintage Rothmann's East Norwich Inn postcard


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Burt Bacharach's East Norwich Inn postcard

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6270 North Hempstead Turnpike, home of Richard Downing Sr.
It is now a photography studio and is unrecognizable from its earlier days, seen above.
(image courtesy of Peter Hayward) 


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6278 North Hempstead Turnpike, East Norwich, c. 1980
 Syosset resident Downing Hayward grew up in this house  It is located across and a bit to the east of Rothmann's.  The house has fallen on sad days.  It is now leased by Fido's fences.
(image courtesy of Peter Hayward)


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The Pickwick Motor Inn
Exit 48, Long Island Expressway, Plainview

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Ad for the Camelot Restaurant at the Pickwick Motor Inn, c. 1974

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Mid-Island Plaza, Hicksville, 1957 
(photos courtesy of The Library of Congress,  Prints and Photographs Division, Gottscho-Schleisner Collection:
    left, LC-G613-71033; right, LC-G613-71035)

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Aerial view of Mid-Island Plaza, Hicksville, c. '70s
(August Viemeister, An Architectural Journey through Long Island,
Kennikat Press Corp., Port Washington, N.Y./London, 1974)

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BIDS for KIDS $1 tokens, good only at Mid Island Plaza, late '50s

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Vintage Gertz charge plate

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Admission ticket to Century Theatre, Hicksville, January 31, 1960

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Westbury Drive-In Theater, c. 1970s, photo from Newsday


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New Hyde Park Inn matchbook cover
The Inn was the site of the Syosset High School Five Class Reunion in 1998.


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The tugboat Syosset, locations unknown 
(image on left, from the website, "TugBoats:  From my time in the Industry")
"Beginning in the 1880s, freight cars were floated across New York Harbor between riverside railroad terminals in New Jersey and Long Island, ending the expensive and time-consuming process of transferring freight from railroad cars to barges and back to cars at the other end.  All of the railroads involved soon acquired their own tugboats and carfloats.  In 1899, the L.I.R.R. purchased its first steel-hulled tug, the Syosset, from Cramp's Shipyard in Philadelphia...."
text from THE LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD in Early Photographs
Ron Ziel, 1990, Dover, page 87

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"Water-Cure at Syosset, L.I."
This July 7, 1847 letter published in the New-York Daily Tribune (July 19,1847) extols Dr. Joel Shew's hydropathic cure and the charming village of Syosset with its exhilarating springs (and ladies). 
"Syosset" is really the hamlet of Oyster Bay which was called Syosset between 1845 and 1848.
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Left, the entrance to Sagamore Hill (pre-1915 postcard)
Right, the Roosevelt Memorial Birdbath Fountain 


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Sagamore Hill, Oyster Bay

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Sagamore Hill, Oyster Bay
Drawing room

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TR/Sagamore Hill pennant

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President Theodore Roosevelt is greeted by a huge crowd in Oyster Bay upon his triumphal return from his expedition to the heart of the Amazon basin in 1914.  
(Candice Millard, The River of Doubt : Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey, Bantam Dell Pub Group, 2005)

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Cartoon from Harper's Weekly, June 4, 1904

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Grave of Theodore Roosevelt, Oyster Bay

Film clip of the Prince of Wales placing a laurel wreath on TR's grave, Nov. 21, 1919
View using Internet Explorer.  If you see an X instead of the video, click on it.
(Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recording Sound Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA)


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 Program for the exercises on the first day of issue of the commemorative postage stamp honoring Sagamore Hill, September 14, 1953
The address was given by Fleet Admiral William F. "Bull" Halsey (1882-1959);
 Syosset lawyer Benjamin Zipper was on the Commemorative Stamp Committee.

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Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club, Centre Island
The Club was founded in 1871; The Clubhouse opened in 1892.

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Vintage cartoon regarding Piping Rock Club in Locust Valley

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Piping Rock Club
Left, 1913 Horse Show; right, 1915 press tag,

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Sign advertising Steven A. Pedrick's grocery store in Cold Spring Harbor, c. 1910

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 Left and center, t
he Fish Hatchery in 1930s, Cold Spring Harbor
Right, Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum (courtesy of the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum) 


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St. John's Episcopal Church on Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor
(photo on right, August Viemeister, An Architectural Journey through Long Island,
Kennikat Press Corp., Port Washington, N.Y./London, 1974)


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 Laurelton Hall
, Cold Spring Harbor, New York

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Loggia from Laurelton Hall
, Cold Spring Harbor, New York, ca. 1905
Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933)
 American Limestone, ceramic, Favrile glass, 21 x 23 ft. (640 x 701 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Gift of Jeanette Genius McKean and Hugh Ferguson McKean, in memory of Charles Hosmer Morse, 1978 (1978.10.1)


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Tiffany Foundation artist, 1937
"In 1918 Tiffany established a foundation to which he deeded Laurelton Hall with the aim of establishing a program to nurture young artistic talent.  Not intended as a place for technical instruction, Laurelton Hall was a haven for fostering creative freedom."
(text from www.metmuseum.org)


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Vintage postcard from the Eugenics Records Office of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
The postcard contained a request for a copy of a schedule—"Record of Family Traits"— that the ERO used to document these traits..
From 1910 to 1940, the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory housed this infamous and discredited office which had become a major advocate of eugenic sterilization in the United States.  The Carnegie Institution ordered it to stop its efforts in 1939, and withdrew funding for it. 

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Letterhead and signature of Alfred D. Hershey
His discoveries involving viral DNA at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in the early '50s won him the Nobel prize in 1969.
Although his letterhead reads "Syosset", the address actually is in Laurel Hollow, which uses the Syosset post office.

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Home of Mrs. E. F. Hutton
Hickory Lane, Laurel Hollow, June 26, 1967
(photos courtesy of The Library of Congress,  Prints and Photographs Division, Gottscho-Schleisner Collection,
    clockwise from top left:  Exterior, LC-G613-81347; Exterior of porch, LC-G613-81327;  Hall, LC-G613-81342; Library, LC-G613-81343)

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Old Dock


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Laurel Hollow
 Left, Bus Lambertson and daughter Helen, 1937;
center, Don and Bob Boslet, 1937;
right, c. 1956

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Boslet's service station, Jericho Turnpike, Ellwood, L.I., c. 1937
Clockwise from top left: pumps, car and trailer;
view of station;
Bob Boslet; Joe Boslet, unidentified and Don Boslet


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Racing at Roosevelt Field 1937

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Andrew Wencko kept his home in Syosset but he also had a farm in Huntington from 1941 to 1945, where he died.
Above is a 1941 letter from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture re acreage planted.
(image courtesy of Florence Kwiatkowski Sendrowski)

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Selective Service Occupational Questionnaire sent to Andrew Wencko, 1942
(images courtesy of Florence Kwiatkowski Sendrowski)

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1945 postcard asking Andrew Wencko if he wanted to hire Jamaicans for farm labor
(images courtesy of Florence Kwiatkowski Sendrowski)

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1945 postcard asking Andrew Wencko if he wanted to hire Jamaicans or POWS for farm labor
(images courtesy of Florence Kwiatkowski Sendrowski)

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Vanderbilt Museum, Centerport
Right, Vanderbilt Planetarium
Back of postcard reads:  "Long Island's first and only major planetarium, one of the world's largest and best equipped; its main sky projector shows 11,369 stars
2,459 more than any other."

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Thatched Cottage, Centerport
match cover

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Dahlstrom's Green Tree Lodge, c. '30s-'40s
Jericho Turnpike in Huntington Station
"A favorite of my family and my first introduction to smörgåsbord and g
lögg outside of my home.  I remember it was still there in 1962."  John Delin 

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Another image of Dahlstrom's Swedish S
mörgåsbord  c. 50s

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Smith St. Greenlawn, c. 1900
Back of postcard reads "Miss Laura Smith Syosset L.I."
Laura Smith, her siblings and parents, Henry and Carrie, moved from Greenlawn to Syosset.  Mr. Smith became the superintendent of the McGuire Pickle Works.
(postcard courtesy of Diane Oley)

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Northport Harbor

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Vintage ad for the Bagatelle Nursery
It was owned by Dr. Herman Baruch who supplied azaleas to Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt in 1947.
It was located on Bagatelle Road in the Half Hollow Hills area. 
"My father and I searched for the Bagatelle Nursery for years.  We kept following the signs for it, to no avail.  We finally stumbled on it in the late '50s and once found, the challenge was over. We didn't buy anything." John Delin

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This photograph by the noted photographer, VanSise, probably taken in the 19th century, has "Bayview, L.I."  written on the back of the mounting. 

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Bayville Bridge
 (image on right, courtesy of Virginia Budd Vail Hofstad)

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Oswald "Ozzie" Andreasson, Caroline Nowak, Agnes Nowak and Bob Boslet at Bayville, c, late 30s

(photo courtesy of Caroline Nowak Zgutowicz)


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Jones Beach and the Water Tower at night (c. 1935)

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Jones Beach State Park
West Bathhouse

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Jones Beach salt water pool

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Robert Moses Causeway and Robert Moses State Park


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Camping at Wildwood State Park, Wading River
Top row:  John Delin, c. 1949
Bottom row:  c. 1950, John's parents, John and his father and John

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The beach at Wildwood State Park 

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Vintage postcards of Wildwood State Park

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Great River, c. 1946
John Delin and his mother on vacation


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Cardboard Santa from Long Island Savings Bank


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