Yaphank, Coram, Middle Island) 1916 -1919



1916 - 1919

 Middle Island  March 17, 1916

 Political activities began during the past week, by the circulation of petitions by the Republicans for the designations of James M Ashton as county committeeman for this seventh election district and for Harry Lee for State Committeeman for this assembly district.

 Coram March 17, 1916

 Foxes are very numerous this year.  Leon Edwards killed a large one the first of the week.

 March 31, 1916

 Miss Emma L.  Norton postmistress at Coram, died at her home there Wednesday night, aged 79 years.  The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon with the service at the house at 2 o’clock, the Rev. Jacob Norris of Middle Island officiating, and interment in the Coram Methodist burying grounds.

 Middle Island  April 16, 1916

 Wallace E. Mott is employed on the game farm, where Charles Edwards, Orlando Edwards and Herbert Benjamin are also at work preparing habitations for the thousands of pheasant that are expected to be produced there.

 Middle Island April 16, 1916

 William L. Still, John Risley and Roy Still have opened the season at work in the orchards of J. H Randall.

 Coram   April 28, 1916

 Homer Davis of Hamilton College is home for the Easter vacation.

 Coram April 28, 1916

 he United States Civil Service Commission announces that an examination for fourth class postmaster will be held at Port Jefferson on May 13 to fill the vacancy at Coram.  Any one 21 years old and resident of the territory supplied is eligible.  Application forms and full information can be secured from the post office at Coram.

 Yaphank   April 28, 1916

 A bakery route from Moriches has started through here.  No doubt the cake and pie end will be in demand as only bread had been on sale her for some months.

 Yaphank, April 28, 1916

 Harold Bubb has gone to Boonton N. J., where he has a position as chauffeur.

 Yaphank, April 28, 1916

 The fine property of Charles E. Gerald overlooking the lake is reported sold to Captain Leonard Miller of Brooklyn.  This place, if improved, owing to its beautiful location, will be an ideal one for a summer home.

 Yaphank May 26, 1916

 The Grange offers a prize of $3, $2 and $1 for the boy or girl bringing in the most tent caterpillar nests by June 15.  Mr. Krabbe will also give an additional special prize to the winners of the same, open to all school children on Coram, Middle Island and Yaphank- C. H. Hamel, C. Krabbe, committee.  In an old almanac printed in 1773 it says:

“ By moulding a ring of mud or loam around the trunk of a tree just below the branches, every caterpillar on the tree will almost instantly drop off on to the ground.”  We doubt it.

 Yaphank May 26, 1916

 Work on the Children’s Home addition is processing favorably.  Two Yaphankers are on the job we hear.

 Yaphank, May 26, 1916

 Phillip Hagenberger and family will move to Wellington farm June 1, where he has taken the position as manager.

 Yaphank    May 26, 1916

 Mr. And Mrs. J.S. Pinkney moved to their home in Penraquid last week.

 Yaphank   May 26, 1916

 The Coram baseball nine play the Sanatorium nine next Saturday.  Last Saturday Coram played against Yaphank.

 Middle Island   June 9, 1916

 The school district No. 17 has closed for the summer and in No. 16 will close this week.  Miss Violet Van Horn has been re-engaged as teacher in District No. 17.

 Middle Island    June 9, 1916

 Henry Butler has a position on the duck ranch of Du Gumoen and Tuttle at Eastport.

Middle Island   June 9, 1916

 Percy Risley has sold his Maxwell car to John E. Davis of Yaphank and is now driving a Ford.


 School closed in District No. 14 Friday.  The annual picnic was held on the school grounds.  Miss Ketcham returned to her home in Babylon.  The following received prizes for good work during the term:  Department, Frank Lyons, first grade,  Peppino Borella, second grade;  spelling,  Albert MacMullen, third grade, spelling,  Milton Smith,  fourth grade;  Peter Plate, seventh grade,  Jennie Rovagnas.

 Middle Island 

 Judge Bartlett was at his country retreat here over Sunday.

 Middle Island

 Building improvements at the State Game farm continue,  among which are a large new barn, large addition to the house and numerous small buildings.  The 500 pheasants are laying eggs now at a lively place and besides what are being incubated under hens on the farm, about 60 to 70 settings of eggs are being shipped weekly to different parts of the state. 


 School closed of Friday last.  We hear that a new teacher with be engaged and Miss Wells, who has taught for tow seasons here, will go elsewhere. 

 Coram  June 23, 1916

 Mr. and Mrs. John Bollinger have moved form Middle Island into L.H. Chambers' farm house.  Mr. Bollinger  takes the position of foreman on the farm.

 Yaphank    June 23, 1916

 Bets are out that the mill dam may not be widened.  This is a pet project of the Civil Association for some years but not yet realized. 

 Yaphank  July 14, 1916

 William L. Denton of Jamaica, now nearly 95 years of age and his grand-daughter, Anna arrived with his son;  the Rev. Mr. Denton at Oak Villa Manse Friday, for the summer.  On Monday, Mr. Denton Sr.,  took a mile walk to visits some friends and view the beauties of Yaphank. He was pleased to notice the absence of the traction engine with the gravel cars on our street and that they are being much improved under the direction of Messars, Dare, Ashton and Homan.

 Yaphank  July 28, 1916

 Albert Bayles of Middle Island has taken the place as clerk with C. E. Howell, the previous one returning to his home in Brooklyn.

 Middle Island July 28, 1916

 The fishing privilege in the ponds on the Victor Edwards Farm has been leased to F. H Rodman, so the public is forbidden fishing there.  The town’s right to these ponds was conveyed by the trustees to the owner of the farm more than a century ago.

 Middle Island    July 28, 1916

 Teachers have been engaged for the schools in Districts No. 16 and 17.  Miss Nellie Swezey in the former and Violet Van Horn in the latter.

 Yaphank   August 11, 1916

 The Brookhaven town authorities are widening Yaphank Avenue over the mill dam road which is much needed improvement.

 Middle Island August 11, 1916

 John L’Hommedieu, an octogenarian, who was once a school boy here, paid a visit during the past week to some of the localities that revived memories of his childhood days.  He found very few of the boys left who played ball with him in front of the old church sixty years ago.

 Coram August 25, 1916

 Noah T. Terry had the misfortune to lose his old horse “Mayor” last week.

 Yaphank   August 25, 1916

 Lewis Kammer is visiting friends in the city.

 Coram September 1, 1916

 Miss Alice Still entertained a number of friends at a party last Thursday evening.  Games, music and dancing were the pleasant diversions.  Those present were the Misses Margery Smith, Frances Abrams, Lillian Usher, Jeanne Geertsema and Mrs. Albert Geertsema, Miss Marjorie Brush of Patchogue and Miss Martha Smith of Coram.

 Middle Island September 1, 1916

 Mrs. Parker, who was Emily Nicholas once a school girl here, with her daughter and granddaughter, and her sister Mrs. Edward Carman of Brookhaven visited the scenes of long ago Tuesday.

 Coram   April 27, 1917

 Mrs. M. G. Mulford and friends spent Sunday in town.

 Coram   April 27, 1916

 Miss Eunice Still is filling the vacancy in school No. 14 caused by the resignation of Miss Alberta Smith.

 Yaphank   April 27, 1916

 E. Wickham Mills, a former storekeeper here 25 years ago, died at his home in Brooklyn last week.  Burial in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Port Jefferson.  Mr. Mills at one time was a leading young business man here, and owned the large general store since burned down on the corner now occupied by the post office.  His portrait and history were among those given in L. B Homan’s book published 30 years ago “Yaphank As It Was and Is,” at that time.

 Yaphank   April 27, 1916

 The local farmers loan committee here is John S. Jones, C. H. Hand and Howard C. Swezey, Middle Island, who will receive applications for government loans to needy farmers.

 Middle Island May 4, 1917

 The Pheasants at the State game farm have begun laying eggs, and the distribution of them to game fanciers in different parts of the State is beginning.

 Middle Island   May 4, 1917

 Cedar trees are being dug up from wild pastures on the Thompson farm and shipped away to customers by some nursery company.

 Yaphank   May 4, 1917

 It looks as if considerable farm land here will be cultivated owing to the lack of teams and men who will do it, as farmers are too busy with their own work to plow fields and gardens outside.

 Yaphank   May 4, 1917

 The Grange have improved their new headquarters by removing the old street fence in front and making a general clean up of the grounds.  A drive will be laid out to the lake at foot of their property.  A new pool table for the entertainment of the members and others will be added shortly.

 Yaphank May 4, 1917

 The annual school meeting was held on Tuesday evening with a fair attendance.  Charles E. Walters was elected a trustee for three years.  F. W. Edwards collector and treasurer, James Scott clerk. $800 was voted for the school budget for the ensuing year.  The valuable gift of a fine parlor organ for the school was made by Mrs. Agnes L. Gerard a former resident, now of Patchogue.  It was accepted with most appreciative vote of thanks and will be placed in the school.

 Coram May 11, 1917

 B. Woodhull Davis of Wesleyan University and Harry L. Smith of Patchogue are among the Coram boys who have left school in view of President’s Wilson’s appeal for nation wide farm work.

 Yaphank May 11, 1917

 S. Meckinion and son are going to plow up some of their vacant land on the old Darrow place and put it into cultivation. 

 Coram   May 18, 1917

 We wish to correct the item published last week regarding the census.  The State Woman Suffrage party has volunteered their service for the State military census, not the Federal as was stated.

 Coram   May 25, 1917

 Rev. Robert Thorne, pastor of the Methodist Church of this place will give a patriotic address from the pulpit on Sunday afternoon at three o’clock.  The Selden people have presented the church with a handsome flag which will be dedicated at this time.  An invitation to be present is extended to everyone.

 Coram May 25, 1917

 Miss Mary Rovagna is the owner of a new bicycle.

 Yaphank   June 1, 1917

 J. S.  Jones will take the draft register at our polls on June 5.

 Coram   June 8, 1917

 Charles J. R. Davis has enlisted in the Naval Coast Defense Reserve.

 June 15, 1917

 U.S. Camp Site on Long Island will be Between Yaphank and Mastic

 Thirty Thousand Soldiers to Train There This Fall–Camp to be Made Ready at Once

  Yaphank June 15, 1917

 Two Yaphank young men, Harold Bubb and Albert S. Davis, have enlisted in the navy.  They were examined and accepted in Brooklyn.

 Yaphank   June 15, 1917

 The Lawless farm has 65 acres of potatoes growing.

 Coram   June 15, 1917

 The new house owned by J. H. Rovagna is nearly finished.  It will be a credit to the community when he opens his store and refreshment room.

 Coram June 22 1971

 Don’t neglect to register for the State Military Census. This is required of every person between the ages of 16 and 50 inclusive and Monday is your last chance.

 Coram June 22 1917

 The school children enjoyed the annual picnic on Monday when school closed for summer vacation. One of their pleasures was the gathering of a bunch of daisies to be sent by the L.T.L to the children of the kings County Hospital.

 Coram June 22 1917

 Mrs. Eunice Still who has been substituting in Coram schools since Easter has returned to New Paltz for commencement exercises and to receive her diploma with the class of 1917

 Yaphank June 29 1917

 There is a prospect of people who own land here being besieged by enterprising people who hope to open theatres, refreshment stands, and what not to get cash from soldiers who are trained at the big camp. Chris Krabbe real estate agent says he already been approached by many sharpers seeking options, but there is nothing doing.

 Yaphank June 29 1917

 All dressed nowhere to go? Then come to Yaphank Monday night to the civic entertainment and dance. A good time assured.

 Yaphank June 29 1917

 Work on the Mill dam concrete bulkhead has been commenced by the town road department, and the long awaited material has arrived.

 Coram July 6 1917

 Misses Minnie and Grace Davis, who have been teaching at Freeport, are home for summer vacation.

 Yaphank July 6 1917

 Some attention is due the name of Yaphank now that the determined efforts of New York near humorists have failed to keep it in the joke column and it has emerged on the front page along with the war news. A. C Weeks writing to the New York Sun says it is the ancient corruption of the Indian Appehanog. Or place of traps, so named for the great hunting there. The village was once called Millville. Mr. Weeks incidentally protests against calling the Connecticut River by the name Carmen. He says his father, William J Weeks, often told him of seeing Daniel Webster wading the stream fishing.

 Middle Island July 20 1917

 The Presbyterian Fair last week was held two evenings, a very good company being present each time although the weather was far from promising. The proceeds was well over $130.

 Middle Island July 27 1917

 Potato blight has been threatening the crop, which in most respects is unusually promising. Prof. Sirrence of Riverhead was called one day last week to diagnose a field of tumors on the Dixon farm which was thought to be affected with blight. He said it was not blight but a disease from the seed.

Yaphank July 27 1917

 A member of the firm of J Pierport Morgan Co. Has leased Capt. Leonard Millers fine cottage on Main street as a residence, and is if report is true is going to take much interest in the future of our pretty village.

 Yaphank July 27 1917

 A cigar store and barber shop is to be built, it is said next to Baxters garage.

 Yaphank August 1917

 Mr. Lewis Kamerer and his family has moved into the house formerly used as the post office.

 Yaphank August 10 1917

 Captain Leonard Miller has leased his villa and purchased the cottage next to the school formerly owned by Dr. C. A. Baker and is improving it with a modern outfit.

 Middle Island August 10 1917

 The family of Henry Butler are an during a most thing double bereavement . Just one week after the death of the father Henry Butler, occurred the death of his daughter Miss Flossie Butler at the age of 23 years and just a week after the funeral of the first the neighbors joined in the second procession from the same house to the same plot in the cemetery. 

 Middle Island August 17, 1917

 We regret to hear of the death of Elbert Hutchinson at Sayville last week.  He was one of the boys of Middle Island, born nearly seventy-five ago, son of the late Benjamin T. Hutchinson, who was for many years one of the most valued public men of Brookhaven town.

 Yaphank   August 17, 1917

 In view of the fact of the two splendid lakes at Yaphank and the fine ridge of hills north of it overlooking Camp Upton, with a view of the ocean on the south and the sound on the north, and because of the many natural advantages of the place, many are looking to secure a site to build a good home here.  There is no doubt Yaphank will become a residential section of fine homes for those who will obliged to have business at the camp.  Patchogue is near enough for those who desire city adventures.

 Yaphank August 17, 1917

 Captain Karl Muller of the U.S. Navy was here at his cottage over the week end with his family.

 Yaphank August 24, 1917

 William H. Homan spent the past week with his daughter, Mrs. Effie H. Biauvelt in Brooklyn and attended the marriage of his granddaughter, Helen Biauvelt to Arthur Herbert Homan, Jr., of Cleveland, Ohio.

 Middle Island August 24, 1917

 Percy Still was at home for the weekend.

 Middle Island August 24, 1917

 The family of Adam Bubb has left his position at Easthampton and returned to their farm here.

 Middle Island   August 24, 1917

 Herman Bubb, who has been working in the Remington Arms mill at Bridgeport, sustained an injury to several fingers which laid him off for a time and he has been among friends here while waiting for the wounds to heal.

 Coram   August 31, 1917

 Don’t forget the lawn party to be held E.E. Davis this Saturday evening, which was announces last week.  Tickets may be obtained for fifteen cents: This includes a good entertainment consisting of music, recitations and readings.  Refreshment will be fifteen cents extra.

 Coram August 31, 1917

 Mrs. Harold F. Davis entertained the Sewing Society of the Presbyterian church last Wednesday afternoon.

 Yaphank September 7, 1917

 Patchogue and Riverhead are doing their utmost to make soldier life enjoyable when out of camp, and the smaller villages are preparing to their share.  Yaphank has been overrun with applications for suitable accommodations for the officers families and friends of the boys, and many of our houses are now full.

 Yaphank   September 7, 1917

 Postmaster Cadet Hand has donated ten pounds of worsted and the use of a knitting machine to knit socks to the Yaphank Red Cross auxiliary which meets every Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Yaphank Hall.  Other days the machines will be placed in the house of Mrs. De Larca, the chairman, and any woman wishing to knit socks for the soldiers will be welcomed to do so.

 Coram   September 7, 1917

 Word was recently received from Wendell Still of the U. S. S. Panther that he had arrived safely at the naval base off the coast of France.

 Coram   September 14, 1917

Postmaster J. H. Rovagna has rented one of his houses to parties who are working at Camp Upton.

 Coram   September 14, 1917

 Homer W. Davis has gone to Camp Upton to take charge of Y. M. C. A. work in one of the buildings now located there.

 Middle Island   September 27, 1917

 Lewis Ritch, while at work at the camp, was taken violently ill with cholera morbus resulting in dysentery which completely prostrated him.  After a week or more he is apparently improving but still is in a very weakened condition.

 Middle Island   September 27, 1917

 The friends of Mrs. Topping, widow of Gardiner B. Topping, a veteran of the Civil War are congratulating her for having been granted her application for pension.

 Middle Island   September 27, 1917

 Samuel Buel Swezey died last Thursday, September 20th, after an illness of about two weeks.  He was one of hardy stock, of a family that has furnished many examples of longevity; having reached his ninety-fifth year.  He was a man of kindle disposition and unassuming manners, never figuring in any public or political function beyond exercising his right of franchise.  He was born on almost the same farm on which he spent his life and died.  That farm, now known as Wellington farm, he inherited from his ancestors and sold several years ago.  His wife died about three months since.  He leaves two sons, John W. Swezey and Howard C. Swezey, both residing here.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Robert Thorne on Saturday, at his late home. 

Middle Island October 5, 1917

The Wellington farm is reported as having large crops to gather, but help is scarce.  The war and camp demands have drawn upon their force until only three men are left upon their farm.


 The Grange will hold another dance on Tuesday night.  All are invited to come and try the mammoth floor.  There will be Patchogue music and a big time is assured.


 Albert Davis and the U.S. Navy spent the week end with his parents.


 Lieutenant Carl Muller, U.S. Navy, and family will remove to the city for the winter.


Yaphank is to have a tea room starting next Sunday, when Villa La Marca renamed Villa Butterfly will be opened.

 Middle Island   October 19, 1917

 Operations at Camp Upton have been extended to and beyond the Country Road east of the ridge.  Work is progressing on the rifle range which extends north of the road.  The Hay Road has been widened and improved up to the Country Road so that it is now a very convenient and popular entrance to the camp.

 Middle Island   October 19, 1917

 Mrs. Parker has rented her beautiful residence overlooking the lake to an officer of Camp Upton for his family.

 Coram November 9, 1917

 A few gunners are seen but not much game except squirrels, which are doing considerable damage to corn not yet husked.

 Coram November 9, 1917

 Raymond D. Still, who is stationed at the Brooklyn navy yard, spent Sunday and Monday at the home of his parents.

 Coram   November 9, 1917

 We are glad to note that Bertram Still of Middle Island is a petty officer at Camp Upton.

 Yaphank November 9, 1917

 William C. Swezey and family of Patchogue will live in Yaphank this winter and occupy a part of the Grange Hall.  Mr. Swezey has been engaged to look after the Grange property including the new dance hall and plans are under way to open a reading room, where soldiers and civilians may spend an evening during the winter months.

Yaphank November 9, 1917

 Mr. Prinsing will reopen his plumbing shop at his old stand on Main Street.

 Middle Island November 23, 1917

 Fire in the woods north of this place was burning all last week and the first part of this week, burning over several thousands acres.  By vigorous efforts and careful watching it was kept within bonds of the Rocky Point Road on the east and the Mt. Sinai and Miller’s Place reads on the west and the Whiskey Road on the south.  In a few places it jumped across some of these roads but was promptly subdued.

 Coram December 7, 1917

 Several of the young people were at home for Thanksgiving, among others Miss Elenor T. Davis of Darling, Pa, Charles R. Davis U.S N. R., Homer Davis, the Misses Minnie and Grace Davis of Freeport, Woodhull Davis of Weslyan University, Miss Anna Davis of Richmond Hill, Miss Eva Davis of Oyster Bay, Miss Eunice Still of West Hempstead, Miss Evelyn Still of Patchogue, Miss Angeline Smith of Greenport, Misses Anna and Lydia Mac Mullen of Patchogue.

 Coram December 14, 1917

 Philip G. Still went to Bay Shore Wednesday of last week to join the recruits at Camp Upton.  He is with the 305th Infantry, Company D.

 Coram December 14, 1917

 Word was recently received from Wendell Still, who is somewhere off the coast of France, that he is well.  He has met Mr. Ayres, formally of the experimental farm, who is located near him on the U.S.S. Guinivere Four grandsons of the late Smith Still are doing their bit for Uncle Sam.  Dr, Coldus a first lieutenant at Fort Riley, Kansas, Philip Still is training at Camp Upton, Wendell Still is in France and Raymond Still is at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.  All here wish the boys success.

 Coram January 4, 1918

 Philip G. Still of Camp Upton has been transferred from the 305th Infantry to the 302 Ordnance repair shop, and has had the first lecture on machine gun construction.  He left for Springfield, Mass, Wednesday where he will take up his new work.

 Coram January 4, 1918

 Wallace E. Mott of Camp Upton has been spending several days with his mother, Mrs. Jessie Mott, owing to an attack of tonsillitis.

 Coram January 4, 1918

 The teachers and children of the Methodist Sunday School held their festival on Christmas evening.  The program consisted of music, recitations and a school play by the children, and was much enjoyed by all present.  There was a box of candy, an orange and a gift for each child present.

 Coram December 28, 1917

 J. S. Pinkney has resigned his position as foreman on L. H. Chambers farm and has moved with his family to his home in Pennyquid.

 Coram December 28, 1917

 A Christmas entertainment was held in the school house on Friday afternoon.  The children took their parts very well, reflecting credit on their diligent training.

 Coram February 1918

Rudold Wittschack of Brooklyn has hired the Brick house in Swezeytown and expects to move there with his family in the near future.

 Coram March 1, 1918

 Philip G. Still has completed his studies of machine gun construction at Springfield, Mass., and returned to Camp Upton last week.

 Middle Island March 8 1918

 As Miss Jessie Mott and Mrs. Ruth Mailer were driving to the Post office last Thursday their horse took fright at a cow that was being led across the road and whirling across the lawn of Smith Thompson place, upset the buggy and throwing the occupants the horse broke from the buggy after running a mile was stopped by Fred Brenner. The women escaped without serious injury.

 Coram March 8 1918

A service flag showing six stars has been placed in the Methodist church in honor of the young men from the Sunday school who are now serving in the army and navy. Wendell Still, Raymond Still, Frank Johnson, Charles Kessner, Alfred Faron are in the navy, Phillip Still is in the army.

 Middle Island March 22, 1918

 The east wing of the Cynthia Hutchinson house has been taken down.  This wind served for many years as a public place, in turn as bar room, grocery store, town clerk’s office, and last as polling place for the seventh election district.  When as a tavern, it was kept by B. T. Hutchinson, another road house swung its sign to the east in front of the house now of Edward Pfeiffer, then kept by Bryant Davis.  In those days, before the railroad, stages carried mail and passengers over this road through the Island.  Mr. Hutchinson used to tell of a stage, driver who came in one cold morning, rubbing his hand and exclaiming,  “St. Paul says he rejoiced and took courage this morning when I saw the sign of the two taverns.”

 Coram March 22, 1918

 Raymond D. Still of the U. S. S Canadaigua spent the weekend at the home of his parents, Mr. E. S. Still.

 Coram March 22, 1918

 Wallace E. Mott of Camp Upton was home on a forty-eight hour leave last week.

 Middle Island March 22, 1918

James Ashton 2nd has been borrowing and honing the Longwood Road into camp, it is now the best road.

 Middle Island April 5, 1918

 Fire destroyed the old Zachariah H. Dayton house last Friday.  Occupants of the adjoining farm on the north were burning grass and rubbish when the fire escaped and spread across the line and over the ground covered with dry grass until it reached the house before sufficient help could be called to subdue it.  The barn and wagon shed were saved.  The house was unoccupied.  It was built about 75 years ago, and many years occupied by the Dayton family.  The site was once occupied by a house which had been the home of Daniel Swezey, who in 1799 moved to Herkimer County from which place his descendants struck the trail westward and founded a colony on the shore of Lake Chautauqua, and later played a prominent part of the building of the town of Rockford, IO. 

 Coram April 5, 1918

 Mrs. D. R. Davis spent the weekend at New London, Conn., the guest of her son; Charles R. Davis M. M. U. S. Navy.  She also visited Mr. And Mrs. Jotham Swezey, formerly of Patchogue.

 Coram April 5, 1918

 Mrs. M. G. Mulford is spending a short time in town.

 Yaphank April 26, 1918

 Miss Louis Kammerer of Brooklyn spent the week end here.

 Yaphank April 26, 1918

 Lieutenant Commander Carl G. Muller, U. S Navy has been paving a short visit to Yaphank, while on a weeks leave of absence.  He has, during the past seven months, been going across to France as first lieutenant on the U. S. S. Agamenon, formerly the Kaiser Wilhelm II, having made three round trips this winter with soldiers for Uncle Sam’s Army.  On the 24th of March he was promoted to lieutenant commander and place in command of the U. S. S. Norlina, a 7,000 to ammunition ship, which is to leave shortly for France from an Atlantic port.

 Middle Island April 26, 1918

 Mrs. Elbert S. Roland had a pleasant gathering of her immediate family recently, to celebrate her 74th birthday.

 Middle Island   April 26, 1918

 Henry Butler has been called to go to camp Saturday.

 Middle Island   April 26, 1918

 Potato planting is now in lively progress.  The acreage will probably be a little short of last year.

 Coram April 26, 1918

 Mr. And Mrs. D. B. Still were guests at supper with their son, Sergeant Philip G. Still at his barracks at Camp Upton on Sunday.  Sergeant Still expects to be with his division “over there” very soon.

 Coram May 3, 1918

 On Wednesday last a fire broke out a short distance west of the Sylvester M. Swezey property.  It burned a good deal of standing wood there, then took an easterly course to Mrs. Westbay’s house, where quite a bit of damage was done.  The house was furnished but not occupied.  With the assistance of neighbors the fire was finally extinguished near the fruit farm of Charles Miller.

 Coram May 3, 1918

 In a recent letter from an officer in the army word was received of the good health and high spirits of Wallace Kingsland, who is now in France.  Wallace recognized the officer as a friend of Luther H. Chambers, with who he frequently went coop hunting several years ago, and went up and addressed him

 Coram May 3, 1918

 Mrs. M. G. Mulford of Brooklyn spent the week end at the home of Mr. And Mrs. E. H. Smith.

 Coram May 3, 1918

 Mrs. Mulford came up to attend to the renting of her house for the summer.

 Middle Island May 10, 1918

 An official electrician at the camp has taken quarters for himself and his wife at E. Pfeiffer’s for the season.

 Middle Island May 10, 1918

 Wallace Mott returned to camp last Friday.  He is to take the position of an ambulance driver.

 Middle Island May 10, 1918

 Bertram Still has arrived in France with his regiment, the 306th

 Coram May 31, 1918

 Orlando Edwards was called to Bay Shore on Wednesday to entrain for Camp Upton.

 Coram July 5, 1918

 Children’s Day services have been postponed in the Methodists church this year as the official board of the Sunday school thought it wise to wait until the schools were closed.  The exercises will be held on Sunday afternoon, July 15 at three o’clock.

 Coram July 5, 1918

 Private Orland Edwards of Swezeytown is stationed at a camp at Jacksonville, Fla.

 Coram July 5, 1918

 Word has been received from Sergt. Philip G. Still that he is located not far from Bowrdean.  He spent Decoration Day in the city.

 Middle Island July 5, 1918

 Mr. Randall has the renovation of historic Hutchinson house nearly completed, already for the occupancy of tenants.

 Yaphank July 12, 1918

 An airplane landed on the Webber farm Saturday afternoon.

 Middle Island July 12, 1918

 Blueberry picking parties have been in evidence in the woods on the hills near the Granny Road.  The crop appears to be good but not remarkably abundant.

 Middle Island July 12, 1918

 Victor Edwards herd of Holstein cows now numbers eight head.  Quite like old times to see again such a herd of cattle on a farm here.

 Coram July 12, 1918

 Louis Follini has opened an ice cream and confectionery store in the building formerly owned by George S. Brush and which he used as a a grocery store.

 Coram July 12, 1918

 Captain and Mrs. Henry Martin Randall and son and Mr. and Mrs. Jason Randall visited Mr. And Mrs. Winfield S. Davis and family on Sunday.

Coram July 19, 1918

 Edward Swezey of Middle Island has begun threshing for some of the farmers in this vicinity.

 Coram July 19, 1918

 Sergeant Thomas B. Smith of Quartermaster’s Department at Hobokes recently visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Smith

 Middle Island August 16, 1918

 The contributions called out by the anti-saloon lecture of Mr. Fenton at the Presbyterian church recently amounted to $82, including cash and pledges.

 Middle Island August 16, 1918

 Huckleberries in a few sections are a profitable crop.  One man declares he can make five dollars a day picking them.  They are only plentiful a few spots and the demand has been good and prices unusually high.

Coram August 30, 1918

 Wendell S. Still, machinist’s mate, second class, of the U. S. S. Pocohantas, has returned to the ship after a seven days leave spent with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Still

 Yaphank September 6, 1918

 James Coomes, formerly with John Lewis Childs, has a fine display of asters and other flowers at the lake View Farm.

 Yaphank September 6, 1918

 The authorities  are having Yaphank Avenue and the Main Street of Yaphank village oiled.  It is desirable that they continue oiling the roads to the Base Hospital and to Upton Road station as they are in constant use by hundreds of autos going to Camp Upton.

 Yaphank September 6, 1918

 The Yaphank school opened on Tuesday with Miss Rosalie Junes, a graduate of Oneonta Normal as teacher.

 Yaphank September 6, 1918

 John Davis sprained his ankle in a hole on the sidewalk over the mill dam road.  All the sidewalks in Yaphank need attention.

Middle Island September 6, 1918

 Charlie Hagen went out with a farm wagon on Sunday loaded with people, and decorated with a canopy and banners, displaying the words “saving gasoline.”

 Yaphank September 20, 1918

 The father of Mrs. A VanHassel died at her home, Lake View Farm, on Sunday.  The funeral service was conducted there by Rev. J. M. Denton on Tuesday.  The funeral was at Pine Lawn Cemetery.

 Yaphank September 20, 1918

 At the Yaphank Grange Hall on Monday September 23rd at 9pm. Mrs. Schoenleber of the War Camp Community Service and Sergeant Todd from Camp Upton will give addresses on Social Hygiene, the former to the women and girls over 16 years of age, the latter to men and boys over 15.  All from the community and surrounding neighborhoods are invited to these meetings.

 Middle Island September 27, 1918

 Arthur Risley writes from France that though not on the firing line he is employed in long hours of drilling daily and is tired out when night comes.

 Yaphank September 27, 1918

 David Jones was awarded 21 prizes out of his 28 entries at the Suffolk County Fair.  14 of them being firsts.  He has been making a special of fruit cultures for some years.

 Coram September 27, 1918

 Several residents of this birthplace attended the Riverhead fair the past week.  Among those who received prizes for watermelon were E. S. Still, three firsts; T. J. Smith, three firsts, and two seconds; Coram Hill Fruit Farm, three firsts and two seconds.

 Coram October 11, 1918

 Sergeant Philip G. Still, who is at the front sent his father a German helmet recently.

 Coram October 11, 1918

 Charles J. R. Davis, U. S. N. R. F., who has been seen on foreign service for several months, made a short visit at home of his parents, Mr. and  Mrs. D. R. Davis last week.

 Middle Island October 25, 1918

 Miss Almira Schoonmaker has been engaged to teach the school in District No 16. And began her work here on Monday.

 Middle Island October 25, 1918

 Fire broke out in the house on the Experimental Farm last Friday but, was extinguished before much damage was done.

 Middle Island October 25, 1918

 John C. Fry is having the green houses on his farm rebuilt.

 Middle Island November 1, 1918

 Howard Swezey is cutting and carting to the railroad quite a large number of spiles for government work at Greenport.  Besides timber from his own farm he is working a considerable tract on  property.

 Yaphank November 1, 1918

 Postmaster Head moved the post office to Howell’s store this week.

 Middle Island November 8, 1918

 A steam roller was ditched beside the road just east of the Presbyterian church the other day.  We are not informed as to its destination but we hope it was improve the Country Road, and the last seen of it was in the yard of H. C. Swezey undergoing repairs.

 Middle Island November 8, 1918

 Election passed off very quietly, the newly enfranchised women showing a fair degree of interest in voting.  Mrs. Leonard Miller of Yaphank has the honor of being the first woman voter at the polls in the old seventh district, which amid all the changes has for generations been the central district of Brookhaven town.

 Middle Island November 8, 1918

 Dr. William Sidney Smith, who has been in a camp Iowa and was on his way to go over seas, spent Sunday at his home in Longwood adjoining Camp Upton.

 Coram November 8, 1918

 Alfred Faron writes in a recent letter from the front to his brother S. E. Faron, that the boys are all impatient to get on to Berlin.  He had to stop writing to put on his gas mask.  His many friends are glad that he is well and happy. 

Coram November 5, 1918

 Most of the women of this place took the opportunity of voting last Tuesday and we didn’t hear that either children or housework was neglected.

 Middle Island November 5, 1918

 The trustees of the Presbyterian church have received the legacy directed by the will of Miss Emma L. Norton, amounting to $733.

 Middle Island November 5, 1918

 Joe Butler arrived home Monday for a short leave of absence for the battleship on which he has been patrolling the coast for several months.

 Middle Island November 5, 1918

 Word from Henry Butler reports him in the trenches in the midst of active service.

 Middle Island November 5, 1918

 Allie Ritch, of the Merchant Marine has a two week leave of absence form his ship in Boston.  It is a coal freighter plying the coast from Newport News to Halifax.

 Middle Island November 5, 1918

 Lumber dealers bought of J. H. Randall the large old black walnut tree that stood in the rear of the Hutchinson house.  In the cutting down it crashed upon the kitchen, knocking the chimney off, breaking a big hole on the roof and smashing a window. 

Coram November 29, 1918

 Charles J. R. Davis, U. S. N. R. F. Of Pelham Bay, Sergeant Homer Davis, Master Engineer John Erhardt, Sergeant Seimon, Privaters Lawrence Waite and Joseph Conwell of Camp Upton spent Sunday at home of Mr. and Mrs. D. R. Davis                             

Coram December 13, 1918

 In a recent letter Sergeant Philip G. Still writes that he is in a rest camp in southern France.

 Coram December 13, 1918

 Raymond D. Still of the U. S. S. Canandaigua in foreign waters writes that he has just recovered from influenza.  The boys, happy over the peace news, lighted bonfires in the streets of their base port and burned the Kaiser in effigy.           

Coram December 13, 1918

 L.H. Chambers has killed 11 raccoons this fall.  Foxes are plentiful also.  Two were seen recently near a barn yard in the day time.  Miss Helen Davis saw a large one in the field where her father was at work.  Deer have also been seen.

 Middle Island Jan. 3, 1919

 R.M Bayles has enlarged his garage for his second auto. 

Middle Island Jan. 10, 1919

 Mrs. William H. Fry has sold her furniture that remained in her house that belonged to her late husband’s estate, also has sold the life interest which she held by the will of her late husband in the real estate to Phillip J Fry a brother of William H fry.

 Middle Island Jan. 10 1919

 Allie Ritch was at home over Sunday the ship to which he belongs to the El Alba, being in port at New York.

 Middle Island Jan. 17, 1919

 the Country Road was a lively scene Tuesday morning when it looked as though all the farmers of this and the westward village were speeding to the camp to the camp to the great sale of horses. A number from here bought horses at a fair price. From the way people rushed to the sale it doesn’t look like the auto has driven the horse to the wall yet , by several yards.

 Middle Island Jan. 17, 1919

 Fred H. Elers has purchased the building the building and business of Otto Rower at the Hay road entrance at camp Upton.

 Middle Island Jan. 24, 1919

 Our people are asking and wondering why the school tax rate demanded of us is about to double what is necessary to pay all running expenses and double the amount appropriated by the people in the school meeting. And nobody seems to know where the authority comes from for such an excessive rate. Can anyone official or unofficial in some other part of the town or county or state tell us why?

 Middle Island Jan. 31 1919

 Swezeytown pond, known on the record as “Half-mile Pond” is lower than it has been in about 50 years if ever before. People should take warning that it is unsafe to drive into it now as there may be spots near the shore where it is low.

 Middle Island Feb. 14, 1919

 John G. Randall has turned to dairying. He has a heard of 20 cows and supplies milk to the camp.

 Coram Feb. 14, 1919

 Wendell S Still has sailed from Brest, France on the USS North Pole. This is his fourth trip.

 Middle Island March 7, 1919

 Mr. Hurtin familiarly know as “Uncle Joe” a youth sporting in the nineties discovered in the barnyard remains of a hen that to his practiced eye suggested the work of a possum. He was quite an enthusiast in bygone years in the pursuit of game and had a reputation of a sure shot. He set a trap for this possum and in the morning was pleased to announce to the boys “I got him”

 Middle Island March 7, 1919

 William O’Shea has been discharged from the service and we hear will return to his position at the game farm.

 Middle Island March 14, 1919

 William Herbert, who has been in France and returned to Camp Upton, visited his father at Fergusons’s Club House this week. 

Coram  March 7, 1919

 Edward S. Still a well known Coram farmer, died at his home on the Mt. Sinai road Tuesday morning. He was 56 years old on Washington’s birthday. The funeral was held yesterday with the service at his house in charge of Rev. Robert Thorne of the Coram Methodist Church and interment in Middle Island.

 Middle Island March 14, 1919

 Hermann Bubb has been mustered out of the military service and has returned to civil life.

 Middle Island March 14, 1919

 Joe Butler who is in San Francisco, a machinist on the battleship Marblehead, has met with a serious accident. In hauling a piece of machinery with a crane something slipped and he was caught under the heavy weight suffering injuries likely to disable him for several weeks.

 Middle Island March 14 1919

 Henry Butler is in Company A of the 114th Infantry. The majority of this company was from New Jersey. The captain says the company during October were in the midst of shell fire and shrapnel in the Ormont Woods and suffered heavy loses.

 Middle Island March 1919

 The peepers are shouting in the surrounding swamps and ponds. This is a sure sign spring is here.

 Middle Island March 1919

 Wallace E. Mott was home over Sunday. His duties at Camp Upton hospital seem likely to hold him several months longer.

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