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The Way It Was for May 26, 2022

Wed, 05/25/2022 - 17:41

125 Years Ago - 1897

From The East Hampton Star, May 28

Tyson Dominy has purchased a fishing smack of five tons burden and will engage in the fishing business this season. “Arabella” is the name of the boat and she hails from New London. Condit and Ernest Miller and Oliver Goodale will sail the boat from New London to Fresh pond on Saturday, if the weather is right. William Baker will go with Mr. Dominy on his fishing trips.

A heavy thunder shower at midnight Monday, with a copious fall of rain, kept many timid people awake and made the grass grow rapidly.

Beginning on Tuesday last and continuing every Tuesday and Friday during the season, except July 2, a special train for horses and carriages will leave Long Island City at 1:00 o’clock p.m. for Amagansett, Sag Harbor and the Hamptons.


100 Years Ago - 1922

From The East Hampton Star, May 26

The home of Alex Satanek of Wainscott was raided by officers S.J. Kelsey and John J. Gay last Thursday afternoon and a still of no small production was found in operation. Nearly forty gallons of distilled liquor and three barrels of mash were seized. Officers Gay and Kelsey made the search under a warrant of search and seizure by Judge Furman.

In arresting Satanek the officers believe they have captured the king of the bootleggers of the east end of Long Island. It is said that Satanek supplied several dealers about the county regularly with his home brew. As a camouflage to his illicit traffic he carried with him a patented gas heated iron which he told people he was selling.

Andrew A. Carson, the new proprietor of the Three Mile Harbor Pavilion, announces that the formal opening will take place next Tuesday, Decoration Day. A special shore dinner will be served and in the evening the East Hampton orchestra will be present and furnish music for entertainment and dancing.

Eagle Boat No. 17, which ran ashore off the East Hampton beach early last Friday morning, still remains high and dry on the beach, the only change in her position being that she has worked to the west about 400 yards. Representatives of the Scott Wrecking and Towing company of New London were here yesterday looking the situation over. Definite orders are being awaited by the crew as to what will be done with the wrecked craft. It will probably be two or three days before this order comes through from Washington.


75 Years Ago - 1947

From The East Hampton Star, May 29

The Montauk Downs Golf Club and the Montauk Yacht Club are opening for the holiday weekend; the golf club, newly reconditioned, opens today under the direction of Walter Leddy, well known local golf professional, while the yacht club goes into commission at noon on Saturday. The yacht club, dock and charter cruisers will all be decked out in flags. W.L. Gilmore of Larchmont and Miami is club commodore; H. Bellas Hess of Huntington, L.I., is vice commodore; F. Rogers Ketchum of Huntington is secretary and H. Stewart Kenyon is treasurer.

A sunny Main Street is hoped for tomorrow’s annual Memorial Day parade, which will start at 11:00 a.m. at the Village Green, to proceed to the Memorial Green, where services will be held.

At 9:00 a.m., veterans will assemble at the Masonic Temple for the decoration of graves in East Hampton. Veterans in Amagansett and Springs will decorate the graves of ex-servicemen buried there.

Quick thinking and actions on the part of Captain Frank Moss of the sports fishing boat “Kuno” out of Montauk recently, brought about the rescue of a fellow fisherman who fell overboard in the swift rip tide that runs close inshore near the Montauk Lighthouse.

Captain Moss was pollack fishing with a party of six headed by Carl Olafson of the New York Western Electric Company, and was anchored with a number of other craft from Montauk and New London, Conn., on the south bank of the rip. A member of the Kuno’s party saw Ray Ruszala, of Colchester, Conn., fall overboard from a New London craft, “My Pal.”


50 Years Ago - 1972

From The East Hampton Star, May 25

The fair season will begin on the East End on Saturday at the sixth annual country fair on the grounds of the Hampton Day School, on Butter Lane, Bridgehampton. In addition to many games for children and booths, there will be a chance to win a ten-speed French Gitane Derailleur bicycle, a Mayan hammock, or a silver Mylar kite.

“It’s miserable, believe me, you can’t do anything but just sit here and answer the phone, and they’re not very nice,” is the way Ethel MacGarva, in Supervisor Eugene Lester’s office at East Hampton Town Hall, described the complaints that barraged that office yesterday morning in response to the fact that the aerial spraying of Sevin to combat the gypsy moth had begun in East Hampton Town.

Two planes, from the Simsbury Flight Service in Simsbury, Conn., arrived at East Hampton Airport on Tuesday to begin the work of dosing some 5,000 acres of the Town infested by the young caterpillars, now hatched.

Montauk Fish Notes

The Inlet reported some nice flounders; cod were taken Sunday, when Gosman’s Dock reported a busy day.

Some fish were brought in, as were lobsters. Saturday’s rain dampened the tourist trade, but it was a fair weekend business-wise.


25 Years Ago - 1997

From The East Hampton Star, May 29

There was another development this week in the long-running dispute between Martha Stewart and Harry Macklowe, high-profile neighbors on Georgica Close Road in East Hampton. A landscaper working for Mr. Macklowe, a New York City developer, has complained to East Hampton Village police that Ms. Stewart backed her car into him on the night of May 21, pinning him against a gate.

Ms. Stewart, the homemaking authority and television personality, had not been charged with any crime as of press time. Village Police Chief Glen Stonemetz said, however, that an investigation was continuing and indicated that Ms. Stewart would be arrested sometime next week.

For two years, a proposal before the East Hampton Town Planning Board to redraw the boundary lines of a vacant 1.9-acre parcel on the west side of Three Mile Harbor, creating two lots out of three to make the property more marketable, has languished.

The land is in the estate of Mildred Loper Bianco, a lifelong East Hampton resident, who with her husband, Paul, developed Old House Landing Estates nearby and other property overlooking Three Mile Harbor.

Oceanfront mansions, pondside villas, wooded hideaways, modern palaces with their own film viewing rooms — if it’s real estate you’re looking for, there’s plenty to choose from on the South Fork, if you can afford it.

That “if” is the catch for many people who live and work here year round. They must look not to real estate brokers but to the local housing office, innovative builders, Mom and Dad, or a friend with a couch to find solutions to their housing problems.

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