Yaphank - 1877 -1885

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Patchogue Advance
December 15, 1877

John Rogers, the blacksmith, moves to Southampton today. Clark his partner, will continue at the old stand.  The $10 purse rumored to be given at the Alms House "trotting track" was drawn.
The dwelling house and furniture of one Mr. Miller, a new resident of West Yaphank, was totally destroyed by fire on Friday evening of last week.

Feb. 16, 1878

The literary and Philharmonic Society is fast becoming a fixed institution. It has hired Mill's spacious hall and will labor for its extension and influence in the village.
Collector Rose was again in this village on Tuesday. He has been obliged to get a renewal of time, but reports generally prompt payments.
Enjoyment in a genuine sense, was typified at the party given by the family of Mr. Alfred Reid on Tuesday evening of this week. As a solid respectable pleasure gathering, it was the success of our winter pastimes. Music was furnished by Profs. Hammond and Homan.

Feb. 23, 1878
The monthly concert at the Presbyterian Church drew a large congregation.
A Sheriff's sale of liquor and cigars is announced at Mill's store, Sat. Feb. 23d.
Prof. Homan's singing school gives a concert about April 1st. The scholars will be assisted by the best talent in the county.
A closely contested game of baseball was played between the Patchogue nine and the Young Athletes, of this place, on the grounds of the latter. In all points it was a most interesting game. The final score was Liberals 11, Athletes 8. Mr. Seley, of Patchogue, officiated as umpire, and as he always does gave entire satisfaction. Honest and impartial, he gives a tone and pleasantness to the game.

March 2nd, 1878
Rosewell Davis has been appointed notary public of this place.
Yaphank is suffering with a relapse of ball fever. No less than three nines have been organized.
James Smith is said to be failing slowly. For a long time he has breathed through a silver tube inserted in his windpipe.
The following officers were elected at the first quarterly meeting of the Athletics ball club. President L.B. Homan, secretary, R.E. Hammond, Treasurer, A.W. Train, Captain, R. Nolan Trustees F. McCreary and Smith Thompson. The club is improving as a union and the national game increases in interest.

March 9, 1878
Will Hawkins has purchased a fine roadster, and believes in enjoying life while it lasts.
Alfred Davis, carpenter, has gone to Southampton to erect a blacksmith shop for Mr. Rogers.
The first and second nines played a match game on Saturday, resulting in a victory for the former, by a score of 54 to 13.
The village school began a new term last Monday, under the charge of Miss Mary Augusta Randall, Miss Russell resigning.

March 16, 1878
It is rumored that Wm. Phillips, Jr. has purchased a team of horses, and intends on farming next season.
The "Young Athletes" played the "Atlantics" of Coram, on their grounds last Friday. The Coram team had a number of substitutes from other clubs. The "Athletes" won the game easily by a score of 21 to 7.

April 13, 1878
Yaphank has got the measles.
Horace G. Randall, a prominent farmer of Middle Island, died at his residence Tuesday night, of this week.
Mr. Phillips, Jr., and Miss Martha Hallock, both of this place, were married last week.

April 20, 1878
The question now is "Have you had the measles?"
Deacon Norton is erecting a new barn and carriage house.
The "Lazy man's club," croquet has bloomed here. A shameful defeat for Yaphank's champion team, is the first item of the spring opening.

April 27, 1878
J.E. Weeks is a first rate house, sign and decorative painter, and excelled by none. He can also do a job on wagons and carriages second to very few.
Rev. G.R. Harding preached in the Presbyterian Church last Sabbath, to a large and intelligent audience... All ought to hear this lecture and witness the exhibition of the "Life and Death of the Drunkard," in twelve scenes. To conclude with "Rock of Ages," or "Simply to thy Cross I Cling"

May 11, 1878
A gay party left Yaphank Monday evening and boarded the yacht "Pvche" Capt. Wilson Higgins, at Bellport, bound for New York.
Last Saturday evening, Nelson Monsell's trotting horse ran away smashing the wagon. Mr. Monsell was thrown against a tree and quite badly bruised about the head.
AThe mysterious disappearance of Eugene Coombs last Monday has occasioned considerable sensation, and of course, Miss Grundy has taken the case in hand, and the gossips will roll a nine day's sweet under their tongues.

May 18, 1878
Mr. train is running a grocery wagon through middle Island and Coram.

May 25, 1878
Miss "Allie" Weeks who is earning quite a reputation as a taxidermist, has completed the stuffing of a fine specimen of the Great Northern Diver for Mr. Wm. Smith of Smiths Point.
Probably it is known to but few residents here that that great expounder of the Constitution. Daniel Webster once honored Yaphank by a visit and fished along its lower streams. On one occasion Mr. W. J. Weeks met the great orator while paddling down the river, the two saluting each other as they passed. Both Webster and Martin Van Buren were frequent guests of Samuel Carman at South haven.

June 1, 1878
John Dayton is rebuilding his house.
A junior baseball club has been organized with Berny Homan as Captain.
June 1, 1878 Yaphank

John Dayton is rebuilding his house.

A junior baseball club has been organized, with Berny Homan captain.

Mrs. Ira Davis, the milliner, is erecting fences and out buildings on her property.

It is everywhere evident that the harvest of croquet will be unusually large. Philetus Phillips takes the medal for the finest ground.

Mr. William Walling, the popular clerk of E. W. Mills' store, has resigned his position on account of ill health. He will probably reopen his shoe shop at Middle Island. Mr. Walling has many friends, and if there be a premium for honesty, he deserves it.

Capt. Higgins is getting his yacht in sailing trim at Port Jefferson. James Weeks, the knight of the brush, is doing the artistic.

Elbert Brewster, who is now in an European port, has sent home peculiar specimen of bird. Bill Robbins says it is a cross between Ben, Butler, and William Lloyd Garrison.

The "Young Athletes" challenge any amateur club in Brookhaven or Riverhead town to play a match July 4th, on grounds to be mutually agreed on. Address R.E Hammond, secretary. Here is a chance for Patchouge ash-Moriches and Bellport included.

June 8, 1878 Yaphank

Someone suggests that we should have been surnamed Yank-yankers.

Capt. Richard Homan made a visit home Tuesday, and left for his vessel at Philadelphia Wednesday morning.

Mr. James Ashton, now a member of the Brooklyn police force, has been visiting with his family and some friends here. Mr. A., is an old ex detective and policeman.

From the best authority it is announced that Mr. Alfred Reid has traded his farm with a Mr. Styles for Brooklyn property. We regret to learn that Mr. Reid contemplates moving from the place.

June 22, 1878 Yaphank

The Presbyterian festival has come and gone. The attendance was large, although only about $50 was netted. The supper, under the direction of Mrs. Horton, was excellent; and the floral stands presided over by Misses Ella Hawkins and Ada Homan added a snug sum to the church coffers.

H. W. Train has returned from his agency venture…. Lloyd Higgins will retire from behind the counter at Mills', and accept another position…. Wm. Walling has opened his shoe shop at Middle Island…. Capt. R. Homan has accepted the mateship of the yacht Rambler…. Dr. Baker has a new joy in the handsomest roadster that travels our streets…. Noah F. Swezey of New York, visited his friends here over Sunday…. James E. Weeks< has completed an artistic sign for Reid, the furniture dealer of Sayville…. Messrs. Sidney and Daniel Phillips hold the croquet championship against all comers…. Will "Wick" Mills kill that Peacock?

Miss Mary Booth, editress of Harpers Bazar, is a relative of Mr. Nelson Monsell, of this place.

June 29, 1878 Yaphank

Wm. Homan, late of this place, has accepted a position in the Brooklyn Post Office. He was in town on Saturday, to procure board for his wife and family during the "heated term."

Evening sailing on the flower pond, is becoming fashionable.

In the death of Hawkins Gerard, Yaphank has lost one of her noblest and truest men. L.B Homan, in his illustrated history, truly says of Mr. Gerard:
"There will always be a niche in the history of Yaphank's
benovelent, christian men for Hawkins Gerard Surely his was the white rose of a blameless life.

July 21, 1878
Miss Augusta Jenkins is now visiting her father, Sylvester Homan, is reported very low with cancer in the stomach. Hr recovery is despaired of.
The draining of the upper pond creates a stench, which we hope will not be prolonged.
A tub and rowing race is proposed by the ladies.

Yaphank, July 27, 1878
Eugene Coombs has established a grocery route through Coram, Middle Island and adjoining country. Our friends of the middle section are highly favored in number of venders
The draining of the lower pond and repair of a defective flue, was a picnic for the small boys this week. The number of stumps and logs exposed proves that the ponds were once large swamps, through which a small stream probably meandered its way to the ocean.
Van Ransellar Swezey, one of the old landmarks of the place, and a citizen long connected with the church and moral society of Yaphank died at his residence here on Monday.

August 10, 1878
Overton the butcher, has evidently struck a beef bonanza.
The Bailey family now occupy their country seat near Artist Lake.
Beach parties are now an epidemic here. A number will take place this week and next. Sun sea and sand form peculiar attractions, when fashionable to patronize them.
Mr. McCreery is at his home sick with malarial fever. He is filling a profitable position in Hunter's Point, and attributes his sickness to the recent filling in of low land near his business.
Personal-Frank McCreery is the coming curve ball pitcher…. Newton at the station is handling some promising roadsters. ..Why does not our worthy neighbor, Wm. Phillips complete his half finished trotting track.

August 17, 1878
A regatta on the lower lake is a probability.
Rosewell Davis, the "Prince Hal" of the upper store, is enjoying a relaxation from his mercantile cares in a town of sightseeing.
Eddy Hawkins is now a fact behind Mill's counter. He is one of our most honest young men and will prove an acquisition to Mr. Mill's establishment.
The farmers are busily engaged on the South meadows, and they report the harvest of mosquitoes unusually large. Keeping time with a forkful of hay and a wagon full of mosquitoes is a sight Yaphankers have learned to appreciate.

September 7, 1878
Gerard the lumberman, received six car loads of lumber and building materials. A good evidence of his success.
Dr. Lampman the Brooklyn artist has rented Mrs. Frazier's cottage near the parsonage for the coming season.

Sept. 21, 1878
Mr. J. Weeks is picking his cranberries. Years ago he conceived the idea of turning low, swampy land to account, and while the wise-acres declared it nonsense and whispered together, Mr. Weeks pushed his enterprise, and today produces the best cranberries in the county.
Elbert Brewster, who left a Spanish port in August, is expected home in a few days, after an absence of over a year.
Farmers are busy cutting their corn. Philetius Phillips, Frank McCreery and John Randall will harvest large crops.
W.H. Train leaves for the West next month

October 10, 1878
Alonzo Homan, the market man is enjoying the novelty of a new horse.
A handsome monument has been erected in the cemetery, by Mr. David Jenkins, to the memory of his wife, a daughter of Sylvester Homan of this place.
E.L. Gerard is erecting another large lumber shed on his property south of the lake. Mr. Gerard is doing a large lumber trade.
E.R. Nolan, Captain of the Young Athletes B.B.C. is home at present.

October 16, 1878
Wm. Ashton, the blacksmith, shipped a finely finished road wagon on Tuesday to his son, who runs a flourishing bakery in Brooklyn.
H.W Train, like the star of our empire, is western going. He left on Tuesday for Illinois, where he will engage in business with a brother. Henry was a festive bird, and merry circles will miss him.
Probably the oldest citizens among us who retain the use of all their faculties are Mrs. Lydia Turner and Wm. Dayton, she latter more familiarly known as "Uncle Billy". "Uncle Billy" is 86 years old, and Mrs. Turner 85. Both are active and healthy. Few men among us do more hard work in a day then "Uncle Billy", while "Aunt Lydia" can lead any of truly modern specimens of females in the kitchen and household. Truly the true elixir of longevity lies in the plain, simple life of our fathers. "Eureka" will be the verdict of those who practice it.
Gerard's Lumber Yard will be 110x30. Mr. Gerard gives employment to a number of mechanics nearly all the season, thereby benefiting the place.

December 7,1878
The young men of Yap. Are soon to organize a dramatic club.
Hog butchering is at hand again; if all the hogs in Yaphank were to be killed, there would be some with two legs amongst the slaith.
A.P Homan, our energetic market man, has sent away in the last month over 1800 rabbits, and still the woods are full of them.
Why don't our road masters see that the roads are put in good condition or are they waiting until some has his wagon broken or worse, his horses legs.

December 28,1878
The exhibition and Christmas tree was held in the school house last Saturday night. Although the night was stormy the house was well filled. With the dialogues, singing, speaking, etc., the exhibition was superior to the usual run in this place. The Christmas tree was loaded with presents, and among them we noticed that Miss. M.A Randall the teacher, was presented with a handsome napkin ring by here pupils.
The boss surprise party of the season was given at Mr. Augustus Edwards, at his residents at Swezeytown, Wednesday night last by a party from Yaphank. Dancing was indulged in until the weesma' hours. Prof. R.E Hammonds String Band, furnished the music.
Good skating on W.J Weeks Pond, and our young sports are enjoying it.

Jan.11, 1879
Our blacksmiths are reaping their harvest over horse shoeing now.
The ice crop is fine this season, and most of our citizens have secured a supply.
William Homan of the Brooklyn Post Office Department, was in town this week visiting friends,

Jan. 18, 1879
E.W. Mills store and two buildings adjoining, both owned by him, one being used as a blacksmith shop, were entirely destroyed by fire on Monday morning.

January 25, 1879
Yaphank's District school has an average attendance of about thirty pupils. Its trustees are Capt. W. Coombs, Robert F. Hawkins and James G. Miller. Miss Augusta Randall is teacher, and the children under her, are progressing rapidly in their studies.
Henry W. Train paid us a flying visit this week, and exercised his fast horses.
Sleighing is splendid, and all are enjoying it.

February 15,1879
Charles E. Howell has purchased the stage route between Yaphank and the Middle Island from Charles W. Train ad notifies the public that he transports no dead heads.
Mrs. Matilda Davis sold off her millinery and fancy goods at auction, Wednesday; E. W. Mills, auctioneer.

May 17, 1879
-Gerard's mills are busy this season and the amount of lumber sold and flour disposed of testify to the fact that mills are profitable institutions in our village.

-There is not a single saloon in Yaphank, nor a place where liquors can be purchased. Surely we are a temperate people.
-Coombs' store is the center of attraction, and from it the caravan rolls three times a week in a westerly direction as far as Lakeland, and the people along the route are saved many weary steps by this recently inaugurated system

-S. C. Hallock is an ingenious man with a mind that runs on inventions. In 1862 he projected the original snowplow, for the right of which there has been long and expensive contest. His latest, while another snowplow, is entirely different form the original and has been named "Eureka Snowplow," a patent for which is bow pending. It is intended to run on an ordinary car truck, and while it is but thirty feet long, it feet long, it has in the rear what is intended to be a comfortable room for employees or others. Two thirds of the car is drawn and but one-third driven, although the engine is to be attached to the rear. It has three shovels, which through a slanting centerpiece cuts the snow into eight pieces and as the slope widens and rises as it goes back, the snow is thrown out at an elevation of from 4 to 14 feet, according to the amount of snow laying on the track. Old railroad men who have seen the model and examined its working testify to the fact that the invention supercedes by far anything in the shape of the snow plows yet invented. It is strong, practical and useful, and will be a very great saving to the railroad companies during the snowy seasons. We learn that as soon as the patent is secured, which will be by the end of May, Mr. Hallock intends to presents one of the plows to the Long Island Railroad Company.

Capt. S.W. Higgins has secured the captaincy of the yacht "Bertha"
E.W. Mills has sold to Mr. E.L. Gerard the lot on which his store which was burned down, once stood, on Railroad ave.

September 27, 1879

The athletic sports that took place on the county grounds last Saturday drew a large crowd of spectators who were well pleased with the programme. First on the programme was a half mile run for boys under the age of 14. Jimmie Nelly, francis Weeks and Nat Monsell entered in the race. Nelly won; next came a mile dash between Wallie Coombes and C.E. Howell, the latter won

Yaphank has an artistic sign and landscape painter and those who desire a figure from a good sized bull frog to a half starved nag can have their wish gratified.

Our school house has been painted and looks somewhat better.

A.L. Davis, who recently purchased of S.F. Norton, his tenant house, will rebuild it this winter.

Oct. 4, 1879

The part of Yaphank near the upper mill, shows signs of improving lately.
The parsonage after being closed for several months, is thrown open, and men and women are busy from garret to cellar getting it ready for its new occupants.

Oct. 11, 1879

A.S. Ackley has purchased the store up town and will move it along side of his residence and enlarge it.

Capt. R.S. Homan, of the Yacht "Dreadnaught" is stopping home, as the yacht is laid up at Northport, for the season.

The rag mat made and exhibited at the Suffolk County Fair, by Mrs. Wheelock Coombs, of this village took first premium.

January 10, 1880

C.W. Train is road master to the upper district, and we expect better roads.

March 27, 1880

Samuel Randall's colored boy that he had bound out to him, gave him the slip.

July 3, 1880

C.W. Train intends to run a stage line from Yaphank station to Brookhaven and Bellport this summer.

Army worms have come and gone.

William Homan of the Brooklyn post office has come to town to pay a visit to friends.

August 28, 1880
The Grist Mill and Saw Mill, Clover seed mill, with the pond, Stream of water to its source, and all land belonging to the same, with all the machinery and appliances belonging to the Mills which are in good working order, offering a rare chance to any person wanting to purchase the property. Also the farm of the late D. D. Swezey, excepting the house and lot containing about one hundred acres.

Sept. 18, 1880

The marriage of Miss Josie F. Hume and Mr. Rosewell Davis was celebrated on Thursday Sept. 9, at the residence of Dr. James Baker.
Sept. 20th, at Artist Lake the effects of James Crawford will be disposed of at public auction.

December 25, 1880

Nearly all our ice harvesters have filled their ice houses.

Skating has been good on our beautiful lakes, and but one baptism has been reported there from.

As hog killing time has arrived, that swine squeel is heard in all directions.

Feb. 19, 1881

On Monday morning about daybreak, the dwelling house on the Buckingham farm near Middle island, owned and occupied by the well known W.O. Bartlett, Counselor at Law, was discovered to be on fire, and burned to the ground. It caught fire in a room on the second floor, used for birds and flowers and heated with a wood stove.

Our day school will close for two weeks.

March 12, 1881
Our school opened last Monday, under the direction of Miss Clark, who is admitted by all to be an able teacher.

Yaphank-April 16, 1881:
-Mr. C.W. Train, has taken the Mail route from Charles Howell which he sold him about two years ago. The people are very indignant over the affair.
-Our new Post Master, Mr. Roswell Davis will take his position on Monday next. He will also conduct the business formerly owned by E.W, Mills. We hope he will keep a stock.

Yaphank-April 30, 1881:
-Prof. Homan will occupy Mr. Charles Train's house from May 1st. We congratulate Mr. Train in securing so desirable a tenant.
-Mrs. Hewlett Hawkins is making great improvements on her place, by moving her barn and other buildings back near the pond.
-A new clerk now treads the Coombs Store. Archie is quick, courteous and pleasant, and that with the interior improvement of the store, render it an attractive place.
-Sickness reigns here at present. Nehimah Overton is quite ill. Two daughters of W.J. Weeks and one of Mrs. George Hulse are suffering.
Once more, Charly Howell conducts the mail, the other Train having gone on a different track.

Yaphank-May 14, 1881:
-Horse racing seems to prove pleasant exercise to some of our village youth on Sunday evenings.
-The old Swezey mill, In accordance with the terms of sale is being, removed to the other side of the stream.

July 6, 1881
Johnny Whitbeck has an ice cream stand in R. Davis' store. The ice cream is delicious and would be better patronized by the ladies if there weren't so many setters around.
It is reported that E.W.Mills has sold his well known trotting horse to parties in New York.
Bertie Hulse, who was hurt by Elbert Homan's runaway team is around again, lively as ever.

August 6, 1881
The ladies of the Presbyterian Church will hold a fair and festival, in the basement, all are cordially invited.

Yaphank-September 17, 1881:
-Yaphank's institution of elementary instruction, is under fall blast again. Ms. Annie E. Clark " holds the reins."
-Mr. Blacksmith Clark has resumed business after vacation.

Yaphank-October 18, 1881:
-We have always held the opinion that in our village school might be found some of the brightest and best of our juvenile scholars in Suffolk; and by the award to Ms. Collyer, that opinion has been fully endorsed. As a reader, this young lady ranks far above the average at her years, while she is fully up in other studies.
-At the school meeting held in the schoolhouse on Tuesday evening, it was voted to have a new floor, new desks, &c. Window shades have just been put up through the efforts of the teacher and scholars, which adds much to the attraction of the room. The following officers were elected at the meeting-For Trustee, Robert F. Hawkins. -Collector, R.A. Miller. - Librarian, Charles Howell. - Clerk, Roswell Davis. The Trustees now are-Robert F. Hawkins, Alonzo P. Homan,, and E. Wickham Mills.

Dec. 31, 1881
The bones of John Buckingham, interred 29 years ago were removed from this place, to the Middle Island Cemetery on Friday.

There seems to be a lack of interest taken in the union socials, of late. It should not be so, let every one made it a point of duty, to be present next Wednesday evening, at Mrs. Wickham Mills, and make things lively.
Boss Hallock, the noted checker player, claims that he can beat any Auburn wiskered man in the place, or "Noxon" Sports out of Bellport either.
A new line of Spring Millinery Goods next week, at Elkons.

` Yaphank 4-15-82
Tommy Miller, thinking wood butchering a more lucrative and healthful vocation than collegiate duties, has gone into the former with J. J. Randall of Green Point.
Charles Marvin has made noted improvements in the public roads.
There was an exhibition held in the school house on Monday evening, by the children of District School No. 18, for the purpose of raising money to purchase maps. The house was full, although it was dark and stormy. There could be no individual compliments, for they all did nobly and well, and were a credit to their teacher and trainer.

Yaphankers observed Decoration Day by staying at home, there being no warriors' graves to decorate the only sign of a holiday was the stars and stripes waving in the breeze.
There should be a petition sent to Congress, before they make a complete census return, to have our district enumerated again as there certainly would be a material difference now. There are bright prospects of having a city some day.

July 29, 1882
The crops hereabouts are in an excellent condition and hay and wheat is gathered in great quantities.

Sept. 9, 1882
Parties living near the river are losing their fowl, by some small animals supposed to be coons.
Charles Marvin has broken ground for a new residence on Main Street. Wm. G. miller has the contract.

Oct. 14, 1882
The people here are not a little troubled by the nomination of our fellow citizen Holmes W. Swezey, for the office of County clerk lest his election should be the means of our losing his presence in our little village.

Nov. 11, 1882
Mr. Wm. Robbins has suffered a severe lesion of his arm by the kick of a horse.
The election called out all the men to Coram and all voted for Holmes Swezey for County Clerk. Yaphank went for him to a man.
Mr. John Ferguson is doing a good work in beautifying and fencing the long neglected cemetery in the rear of Capt. Coombs store.

The stores of Capt. Coombs and Roswell Davis are justly enjoying a rushing business. It would make a Patchogue merchant's eyes glisten to see the crowds of country wagons clustering around these popular places of trade.
The ladies Social and Benevolent Union meets at the spacious residence and hospitable home of E. W. Mills, Esq. This excellent organization is doing a grand work, both for the church and for all the village, in the way of social advantages, and of public improvement, and of public improvement, and of the high art of doing good.
Mr. Daniel Oveton, who has been preparing for College under the tuition of Rev. W. B. Lee, and who had taken charge of the public school at West Yaphank, has gone to the Academy, at Southold, to assist in teaching, and to continue his studies in the languages, and higher mathematics.

Scarlet fever is so prevalent that the public school has had to be given up for a couple of weeks.
A throat-disease has also attacked many of the swine, so that great loss is feared, and some of the owners are beginning to butcher the animals, which have not yet been affected by the scourge.
Sleighing has begun- as Genie Coombs always gives the first jingling of the merry bells when forty flakes have fallen. It is hard work, however for the horses, as the runners cut through the snow, so that not many care to try the sleighs.

Clarence Garfield Whitbeck, infant son, (aged 2 years and 7 months) of Tsunis Whitbeck, Esq., died of scarlet fever, Dec. 1, and was buried in the village are sick with the same disease, b it these all seem to be recovering, and the disease is not spreading.
Thanksgiving day passed quietly, not many being at church, though the Presbyterian pastor gave the people a rousing sermon on "Christ's present and coming reign among the Nations of the earth;" He preached an hour to an attentive, though a small congregation, who express themselves as happy that were there. After these public services Mr. Lee went to the County House where he gave a few words of cheer to the inmates , and invoked the divine blessing, as they were gathered around the well-loaded tables. Some good friend had sent to them apples and candies, roast turkey and pumpkin pie, with all the "trimmings," furnished them a dinner fit for a king. The successor of Mr. Holmes W. Swezey will have his hands, bead and heart full to keep up the present comfort of these poor ones, and the prosperity of the institution. We hear that Mr. Dickinson is the right man in the right, place and as such he will be welcomed to his responsible position, and to a residence in the village. The little orphans in the Children's Home also had a good dinner, and such gentle and benevolent care as Mrs. Wheeler and Miss Carson are fully capable of bestowing, and as their warm hearts always prompt them to give.

Where can you find a better place for skating than on these twin lakes-Willow Lake and Lily Lake? Children, large and small, have fun enough in the healthy and exhilarating exercise and sport.
The public school still remains closed on account of the fear of scarlet fever. Our District Committee are watchful for the interests of the children; and our excellent physician, Dr. Barber, will not countenance the running of any risk. Our brains are the future men and women to give character to this place, and to regions far beyond.


E.D. Carpenter, of Artist Lake, died last week, and was buried on Saturday. In the Art World Mr. Carpenter was long and favorably known among professionals of New York City.

Saturday morning Mrs. William J Weeks died, she and her husband had not been living together for some time prior to her death.


The large store and dwelling house combined, owned by Capt. Wheelock Coombs, together with a number of out buildings, and the shoemaker shop of John Hammond, were burned to the ground last Saturday.

March 3, 1883
Mr. William G. Miller, one of our best, most honored and useful citizens, has gone from us to live in Brooklyn, where his business prospects as a carpenter are so much better than here.

Mr. John Randall and family are also planning to remove from the village in the Spring.

April 14, 1883

Mr. S Dickenson is making marked improvements on the County Farm by clearing up and painting fences, grading roads, etc. He is a man that believes exercise better than doctor's medicine, and puts that belief in practice by keeping able inmates to work.
Miss Annie Clark, teacher in Dist. 18, finished her winter term on Thursday last, and school is closed for the present. We hope it will only be temporary.

June 9, 1883
Isaac Robbin"s cow was killed by a stroke of lightning.
Dr. Swezey and L. Beecher Homan, Esq. are making the farming and gardening "hum". They evidently mean business and show the excellence of their early agricultural training in the years of their boyhood in this, their native place.

July 27, 1883
No intoxicating liquors are sold here unless it is on the sly. One man paid for a license, but the whole village was aroused by Postmaster Davis and Charles W. Train, and all the best citizens signed a remonstrance which was presented to the Excise Commission, so that they refused a license. Now, if liquors are sold here, both buyer and seller will know that they are outlaws.

August 11, 1883
Our excellent merchant, Rosewell Davis postmaster and notary public, is doing a rushing business, as the only storekeeper in the village since the fire burned out Capt. Coombs.
Mr. Godry who was buried last week from the Alms House, was in the battle of Waterloo, and one of Napoleon's guard.

September 29, 1883
The recent rains have done much good to cabbages, cauliflowers, and turnips, and fall pastures, and now ground is being made for sowing winter wheat.
Willow Lake is still in a shallow condition in order to make repairs to the mill, and there is fear that sickness will thus be caused.

October 6, 1883
L. Beecher Homan, has harvested his corn and potatoes, and sent to market his watermelons and cucumbers for pickling, and looks as he is the very picture of good cheer and general impulses.

February 2, 1884
It is said that William Homan, late of the Brooklyn post office, who left for Dakota last fall was badly frozen in a blizzard there, and his recovery is doubtful.
Fox hunting is a daily pastime here.

March 1, 1884
We are now going to have a new store. Robert Hawkins has secured the old Conner site that was occupied by W. Coombs.

March 11, 1884
Albert Davis boss builder, began on the frame of the new store.
Elbert Randall is building a new house, in West Yaphank.

July 11, 1885
Foxes are said to be so bold as to carry off poultry in broad daylight, in the upper part of the village.
We are glad to say that the trustees have engaged Miss Ross as teacher for another year.

July 25, 1885
An immense piggery has been established in the woods between this place and Manor upon land leased by Mr. Weeks to Mr. Slas of Brooklyn. Side tracts have been laid connecting it with the railroad. It will probably be in a short time the largest pig farm in the Union. The pigs will be fattened on the garbage from Coney Island Hotels and the city of Brooklyn.

Yaphank:August 8, 1885:

-Charles King the enterprising miller in the upper mills, has made a purchase of a horse. Charlie is a fine young man and he deserves much credit for the business he has built up at the mills.
-A beach party of nearly thirty, young and old, paid water island a visit last Friday, and a very enjoyable time was had.

Yaphank:September 12, 1885:

-School commenced on Monday with Miss Ross at the helm.
-The peach crop is good and the growers are finding good sales at one collar per basket.
-E.L. Gerard reports that the lumber business is picking up. Mr. Gerard has the largest and finest stock of lumber this side of Brooklyn.
-We don't wonder that oats have gone down in price since Roswell Davis, the enterprising merchant, has received the finest and largest stock of horse whips ever put in this county before. The whips came right from the manufactories and are of good material.
-A short time ago a stranger visited our village and in conversation with Charlie the stage-man complained of the depots on the Island being at a distance from the various villages and he thinks it is a "put up job" between the Railroad Company and stage drivers. Well, I think he is right. How are the stage-drivers going to live with a station within a stone's through of the village!

Yaphank:September 19, 1885:
-Yaphank seems to be a thriving village. It has two well-stocked stores, both the buildings being new and fine. It has one church (Presbyterian) and a good school. The Gerard saw mills and lumberyards are known far and near. There is the residence of Wm.J. Weeks, a familiar name in the county; also of Mrs. J.S.C.Abbott, the widow of the historian. With her live son and his wife, both of whom are deaf mutes, but congenial and intelligent. In a pleasant drive through Long Wood (the large landed estate of Sindey Smith, dec'd for thirty-six years treasurer of Suff. Co.) and Middle Island, we passed the beautiful Artist Lake and the large estate of the late lawyer Bartlett, now controlled by Judge Willard Bartlett of the Supreme Court-Traveler.
-Philetus Phillips had the misfortune to lose a valuable horse with the lockjaw this week.
-A grandchild of Captain Brown, who died in Brooklyn, was interred in the cemetery at Yaphank this week.
-Mr. James Nicoll, who for several years managed the railroad business so satisfactorily to the company and the people at our depot, but who now holds a much better position in the Grand Central Depot at 42nd street, was in town calling on his many friends and old acquaintances one day last week.
-A few days ago we were shown by Mulford Homan a mammoth squash which he had grown. It measured 2 ½ feet long and 1 ½ feet across. Who can show one as large?
-The apple crop has not been as large for many years as it is as present through the middle of the Island. We notice a number of trees so heavily loaded as to cause large limbs to break under the heavy burden of fruit.
-If you wish to make a purchase of a good set of harness, single or double, light or heavy, at astonishing low prices, you will do well and save money by writing or calling on C.E. Howell, Yaphank.

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