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The Way It Was for September 28, 2023

Thu, 09/28/2023 - 09:19

125 Years Ago                1898

From The East Hampton Star, September 30     

The Edison Projectoscope entertainment in Clinton Hall, Friday evening, Oct. 7, will draw a full house. It is one of the most interesting and enjoyable entertainments that can be devised. All who have not seen this wonderful invention, which shows pictures with figures and objects moving as in real life, should improve this opportunity.


Albert Hastings was awarded the first prize, $8.00, given by the committee at the Maidstone club for efficient service of the golf caddies. Herbert Filer and William Butler each secured a second prize of $5.00.


The bath houses were practically closed Sept. 24. Yesterday there were thirty-three persons in bathing, and the bathing was said to be most excellent. It would seem that everything that can be done to induce our visitors to remain here late in the season would have the result of benefiting the place eventually.         

100 Years Ago                1923

From The East Hampton Star, September 28     

The ceremonies of the presentation of the portrait of John Drew to the town of East Hampton will take place tonight, Friday, September 28, in Clinton Academy at 8:30 o'clock.     

Speeches will be made by John Bouvier, jr., John Drew, Hiram Sherrill, chairman; and Nelson C. Osborne.   

The residents of the town have generously contributed toward the painting fund which is a sure proof of the high esteem in which Mr. Drew is held by everyone here.


Sheriff Biggs Tuesday night captured 100 cases of Scotch, a 50-foot yacht, a Reo speed wagon and seven men, the largest haul yet made in Suffolk County. The capture was made at Tuthill's dock, New Suffolk, at 1:30, by Biggs, assisted by Under Sheriff Edward J. Weidner, Warden George Gobel of the jail, and Officers Wiggins, Parker, Moir and Burns. No resistance was offered by the alleged rum runners.     

The yacht is the Natawa, said to hail from Brooklyn and supposed to be owned by George Simons, alias Bernstein, 34, of 1238 Bay Parkway avenue, Brooklyn, one of those arrested. He is also alleged to be the owner of the rum seized.


A number of Masons from this vicinity are planning on attending the ceremonies accompanying the laying of the cornerstone of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial at Alexandria, Va., on Thursday, November 1. The event will draw together the largest number of Masons ever attending any ceremony.     

The memorial is an expression of the esteem in which the Masons of the United States hold Washington, the Mason.

75 Years Ago                1948

From The East Hampton Star, September 30     

September 30 marks the close of Montauk's finest season. John A. Craft, General Manager of the Montauk Beach Company, Inc., stated that Montauk Manor, which will continue under the direction of Karl P. Abbott in 1949, experienced its most successful season since 1927 when the famous resort hotel was first opened to the public by Carl P. Fisher.     

Although Labor Day marked the end of the holiday season for most at the Manor, the resort hotel continued in full operation until September 15 in order to accommodate several large convention groups.


On October 17 the churches of the village will all observe Church Loyalty Sunday. A committee composed of representatives of the Protestant churches is making plans to make everyone church-conscious for at least one week. Display cards will appear in windows, and stickers on windshields and letters, all suggesting I'll "See You in Church Sunday."


On Friday, September 24, representatives of East Hampton's civic organization were invited by Mayor Judson Banister to attend an informal meeting at the Village Hall at which two representatives of the State Highway Department were to be present. About twenty-five men and women from East Hampton, representing the Village Board, the Chamber of Commerce, the East Hampton League and the Ladies Village Improvement Society, met with the State representatives and the traffic and parking problems which have grown to alarming proportions in recent years were discussed at length.

50 Years Ago                1973

From The East Hampton Star, September 27     

The East Hampton Democratic candidate for Town Supervisor said this week that she was convinced the Republicans were trying to get her off the ballot.     

A reliable source in the local Republican Party vigorously denied the allegation, made by the Democratic candidate, Mrs. Judy Hope, as did two officials -- one a Republican, the other a Democrat -- at the Suffolk County Board of Elections. All of these sources, however, admitted they had heard a rumor to that effect.


A concern for the ecological value of parklands rather than simply their recreational value seems to have taken hold on Long Island in recent months, and will undoubtedly affect East Hampton as the Town looks toward a more-than-60-per-cent increase in the not too distant future in State and County parklands here.   

In the immediate offing is the acquisition of the major portion of Indian Field, Montauk, by the County.


At the age of 14, John Behan was playing in a Sunday football league. Some of the guys he played against were 20 or 21. When he moved here from College Point, Queens, in his junior year of high school, he played defensive end on the football team, started to play basketball but dropped out because there wasn't any bus for the Montauk kids after practice, and in the spring played first base and outfield on the baseball team.   

Summers he would teach riding at Deep Hollow Ranch, not being one for fishing, which is the vocation of his father and elder brother.

25 Years Ago                1998

From The East Hampton Star, October 1     

By land or by sea?     

By sea would, according to consultants, be the cheapest and least intrusive way to transport out of state the expected 150,000 tons of garbage to be mined from the Montauk landfill, the most problematic and costly effort ever undertaken by East Hampton Town.     

Following a Sept. 23 meeting to firm up a required work plan for the project, Town Board members, with one exception, remained undecided about whether to send off the garbage by barge, by train, or by truck.


The Kilmore horse farm was given an unofficial go-ahead by the East Hampton Town Planning Board on Sept. 23, when board members agreed that the project not only complied with the spirit of the town's zoning laws but met all of the standards necessary to be granted a special permit.     

The board is expected to vote officially on a resolution approving the project at its meeting on Wednesday.  


After a sopping wet spring that interrupted planting schedules, turned fields into small ponds, and had farmers quaking in their proverbial boots, the growing season on the South Fork turned out to be one of the best in recent years for some local farmers.     

Grape growers are talking about a vintage year, nursery business was great, and farm stands report a "super" season.   

"I don't have a complaint about anything," said Andy Babinski of Wainscott.


Montauk Beaver Meets Its End on Highway

A beaver that likely arrived at Hither Hills State Park in the ocean surf last April and then built a lodge in a secluded part of Fresh Pond in Hither Woods was found dead on the side of Montauk Highway Tuesday morning. 

Jun 13, 2024

A Surprise Guest at ACAC Meeting

The Amagansett Citizens Advisory Committee had a surprise guest Monday night, Natalie Mongan, a junior at East Hampton High School. Ms. Mongan presented her own independent research, done through an A.P. research seminar, showing the level of erosion at Atlantic Avenue Beach that can not only affect shoreline defense, but shift the coastline itself.

Jun 13, 2024

Item of the Week: Remembering Dorothy Horton, 1899-1917

This tintype photo from the Fowler family photographs shows young Dorothy Horton seated in front of what is likely the Fowler House in East Hampton.

Jun 13, 2024

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