Middle Island 1877-1885


Middle Island

March 9, 1878
Lester H. Davis and Nathaniel Miller are exerting themselves to secure subscriptions to the lists circulated in aid of the family of the late Benjamin T. Hutchinson. It is hoped all who have sub scribed, will hand in the amount at an early date as it is the intention of the committee to complete the matter as quickly as possible.

Swezey Town June 15, 1878

Is midway between the Town capital and Middle Island, and is made up of a Temperance saloon, a store, a blacksmith shop, and about two dwelling houses. Before the present Excise Board took the reins, the traveler could here be regaled with nectors pecular to his tastes, but now on entering he beholds "Only Temperance drinks sold here," in large letters, and from which the proprietor informed us there was no deviation. Seeing Bro. Train, the pleasant stage proprietors pay the place a friendly call the other day, we infer that indeed the Temperance wave has even reached this secluded spot.

November, 30 1878
Middle Island
A little 13 year old darkey, who had been employed by William S. Swezey, has flown. Mr. Swezey cautions all persons from harboring him on his account.
We understand arrangements are being made to have the property formerly belonging to the late B.T. Hutchinson, remain in the possession of his widow, she preferring the old homestead to spend her remaining years in.
Getting ready for winter is the prevailing industry at present.
The William O Bartlett property is being greatly improved. Carpenters are repairing was a old building, masons are walling a handsome garden, while gardeners and farm hands are making gardens of the wilds and avenue of the BV roads. Several thousand fruit trees have been planted recently.

January 11,1879
Middle Island
A horse belonging to James Crawford, slipped and fell, in front of the Post Office, Monday he was hurt.
A Christmas, tree exhibition was held in the Presbyterian Church, New Years Eve. Pieces were spoken. Fine selections read and some good music rendered by the Sunday school scholars. Presents were given to scholars from teachers. And from scholars to teachers, and a good time was had in general.

Jan.25, 1879

Mr. Dants trustee of the amalgamated District School reports it in a flourishing condition. Mr. Dants being an old typo is alive to the interests of education, and does what he can to further it.

February 8, 1879
Middle Island
Dancing parties are all the rage in this section, Isaac Swezey's was last week the scene of one of these pleasant parties, and this week another "sich" whiled away a pleasant night at the residence of Mr.Dantz.

February 15,1879
Middle Island
The land here is very clayey, and during such wet weather as we have had for the past week, one can consider himself fortunate if he manages to stay on the surface.
Dogs are willful creatures; they will at times introduce themselves whether wanted or not. At least that man who had both the legs of his trousers torn the other day, thought so. And your correspondent had very good reason to accept this as a fact when going past W.O. Barlett's one day.

February 22,1879
Middle Island
Mr. Harman Petty, more familiarly known around here as Uncle Harman, died on Saturday night of last week, from the effects of an epileptic shock received that afternoon. He was buried Tuesday of this week.
Rumor reports a party at Mr. James Crawford's Thursday night.
The wedding of Wm. Davies to Clara Overton, took place Thursday.

Middle Island 5-24-79
W.O. Bartlett has been improving his property, and the road leading from Middle Island to Yaphank.
Shooting statues and scare-crows are frequent spectacles.
John R. Dayton, the energetic road- master on the Yaphank and Miller's Place road, is active at improvements.

Middle Island:September 19, 1885:

-Elbert J. Swezey had young peoples' gathering at his place recently. They enjoyed a good time.
-The funeral ceremonies of Mr. Abner Van Horn were held in the Presbyterian church on Tuesday last. A large number of friends and relatives gathered to pay their last tribute of respect to the memory of the deceased. Mr. V. had resided at Greenpoint or a number of years past, visiting his family here often, and did business in New York. He was engaged in the manufacture of ventilators for vessels, until about one year ago, when he changed his business and engaged in the brass foundry business, which he followed until his death. He was taken sick on Monday with that dread disease, cholera, and on Saturday afternoon he passed away, trusting in Him who had called him and who had promised "In my Father's house are many mansions, I go to prepare a place for you." He leaves a wife, one son and seven daughters to mourn his loss. The place here loses a good citizen and a kind neighbor. We extend our sympathy to the bereaved family.-NEWS LETTER.

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