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Ferguson, D'Brickashaw

D'Brickashaw Ferguson graduated Freeport High School in 2002.  He attended the University of Virginia.  In 2006, Ferguson began playing left tackle with the New York Jets.  In 2009 South Ocean Avenue was given the honorary street sign "D'Brickashaw Ferguson Way."

 

Source:

Voyager, 2002 (Freeport High School Yearbook).

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, May 16, 2016.

First National Bank

The First National Bank (commonly referred to as the Meadow Brook Bank) originally opened in 1911. Despite its name, it was the second bank in Freeport, formed after the Freeport Bank in 1892.

The original First National Bank building was a two-story building made of Indiana limestone designed in the Romanesque style that included Ionic Columbian pilasters.  It was located on the triangle shaped property on Sunrise Highway near South Grove Street (now Guy Lombardo Avenue).

In 1929, the current six-story building was constructed as Art Deco in a style evocative of the Flatiron Building in Manhattan.  The bank featured six stories with a two-story base.  The base is of granite and topped by two stories of limestone and brick, with limestone trim above.  Mayan reliefs are on the façade of the building.  The lobby was finished in Caen marble and bronze, replete with an electric elevator, cigar stand, mail chute, and staircase.  The building was approximately 17,277 square feet including a basement. Upon its completion, the First National Bank was the tallest building east of Jamaica, Queens. That same year, the First National Bank became the First National Bank and Trust Company.

The building was designed and built by noted architects, the Hoggson Brothers.  Several of their bank buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Federal Home Loan Bank Building, Washington, DC; Citizen’s Trust Company (aka Sycamore Building), Sycamore, IL; and the Mercantile Building, Jonesboro, AR

During World War II, an observation tower was constructed on the roof of the building for enemy plane spotting. The bank was also authorized to receive and honor all ration checks.  For decades this bank served as a depository for Village municipal funds.

The Chamber of Commerce, using specifications set by the War Department, painted “Freeport” on the roof of the building with an arrow pointing to the general direction of the flying fields of Mineola. In the early 1930s, the First National Bank gave the triangular point of land in front of the building, formed by the intersection of Sunrise Highway and Freeport Plaza West, to the Incorporated Village of Freeport. In late 1940, the Federal Communication Commission authorized the Doctors Telephone Exchange to create a radiophone system in Freeport.  This system allowed doctors, lawyers, taxi companies and other businesses to install a two-way radio system in cars for the purpose of emergency communication.  The antennas for this system were placed on the roof of the bank building.  The height of the building allowed the radiophone system to have a radius of 10 miles.  According to one source, this was the first radiophone system in the United States.

In the 1940s, the First National Bank and Trust Company began to merge with other Long Island financial institutions.  After merging with the First National Bank of Merrick in 1949, the bank became known as the Meadow Brook National Bank. In 1950, it became the second largest bank on Long Island after a merger with the West Hempstead National Bank.  Mergers continued into the late 1960s.  Between 1949 and 1968, it merged with 19 other banks. Between 1951 and 1961, its deposits and total assets increased 14 fold.

Meadow Brook National Bank sponsored local little league teams and amateur photography contests.  In the 1950s, the bank provided free income tax assistance.

The bank became the National Bank of North America in 1968. In 1979, it was acquired by National Westminster Bank USA. The building has been empty since the early 1980s.

In the 1991, the freestanding four sided clock that is located near the bank’s entrance was locally landmarked and restored. In 1994, local veteran groups proposed designating the bank’s front tower as a MIA/POW memorial.  That same year, the Freeport Landmarks Preservation Commission tried to get the Village to designate the building as a landmark.  The Village Board refused to vote on landmark status.

In 2004, the Village partnered with Time Equities Inc. (TEI) to create a new “streetscape” for Sunrise Highway, incorporating the bank building.  Plaza West, as it was called, was to include 235 one- and two-bedroom, market-rate housing units, some of them duplexes that the architects said will have views of the Atlantic Ocean and Manhattan; a glass-enclosed, rooftop pool and health club; 23,000 square feet of retail space; underground parking; and a refurbished six-story, former Meadowbrook Bank building providing new offices. The cast-stone and stucco covered complex was to include a new station plaza that is designed to provide a pedestrian focus for the project and surrounding area.  Unfortunately, the plan failed, which led to legal action.  The case with TEI was eventually settled in 2013. 

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Sources:

"Freeport Spotters Receive Wings Wednesday Night." Newsday. October 9, 1944, 8.

"Make Bank A Landmark." The Leader. June 2, 1944, 9.  Accessed March 21, 2017. http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn95071065/1994-06-02/ed-1/seq-9/.

"Meadow Brook Bank Building." The Leader. June 13, 2013, 1. Accessed March 21, 2017. http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn95071065/2013-06-13/ed-1/seq-3/.

"Plaza West Development Moving Forward." The Leader. February 6, 2014, 1. Accessed March 21, 2017. http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn95071065/2014-02-06/ed-1/seq-1/.

"Radio to Relay Phone Calls to Fpt. Autos." Newsday. September 20, 1947, 9.

 

 

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, March 17, 2017.

Flint, Clinton M.

Clinton M. Flint was the twenty-first and twenty-fifth mayor of Freeport (1927 to 1931 and 1943 to 1945).  During his first term, he was the first to use the title of mayor.  Previous mayors were called presidents.

Flint lived at 258 S. Ocean Avenue and had offices at 4 Brooklyn Avenue and 39 Railroad Avenue. He was an attorney, real estate developer, and treasurer of The South Side Messenger, a Freeport newspaper. He was police justice from 1913 to 1919, and a judge in 1922.

Flint received the deed to Randall Park on September 17, 1927, from the estate of John J. Randall. On July 14, 1928, he laid the cornerstone for Village Hall. As mayor, he initiated the installation of the sewer system despite a number of objections from the New York City water supply administrators. They were concerned about the type of pipe to be used on Sunrise Highway because of the location of the pipes for the City water supply. He was a candidate for the Anti-Repeal Party (Prohibition) in 1933.

Flint, during his first term, was preceded by John Cruickshank and succeeded by Russell S. Randall.  During his second term, Flint was preceded by Worden E. Winne and succeeded by Cyril C. Ryan.

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Source:

Hazelton, Henry Isham. The Boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens Counties of Nassau and Suffolk Long Island, New York 1609-1924 (Volume 5). New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc., 1925.

Researched by Cynthia J. Krieg, May 29, 2016.

Florence Avenue

Florence Avenue was named for Florence Meister. Her father was Albert Meister, the developer of Meister Beach.

See Also:

Meister Beach

Researched by Cynthia J. Krieg, May 23, 2016.

Forbes Place

Forbes Place was named for Thomas Forbes, who was involved in trolley transportation and real estate.

Researched by Cynthia J. Krieg, May 24, 2016.

Forest Avenue

Forest Avenue, located in Stearns Park, was renamed as Putnam Avenue.

Source:

Zimmerman, Charles. "Strolling the Archives." The Northwester [newsletter of the Northwest Civic Association]. January 1991.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, May 28, 2016.

Foreman, Jennie Hewlett

Jennie Hewlett Foreman (1849-1919) was the wife of William Foreman, who owned the William Foreman Lumber Yard.  She was the daughter of George Hewlett and was descended from one of the oldest families on Long Island.  For over two centuries, the Hewlett family lived on Long Island. She married William in 1873.  Their three children were Charles Milton, Nellie, and Stella

She is buried in Greenfield Cemetery, Uniondale, NY.

See Also:

Foreman, William

Researched by Cynthia J. Krieg, June 24, 2016.

Foreman, William

William Foreman (1847-1896) was the owner of the William Foreman Lumber Yard in Freeport.  Foreman was born in England and emigrated to Canada with his parents. He came to the United States in 1871 and taught school in Merrick, Freeport, and Hempstead. Foreman entered the firm of Carman & Raynor, which sold lumber, in 1891. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church where he served as a trustee, elder, and superintendent of the Sunday school.

Foreman was a member of the  Excelsior Hook and Ladder Company, the Union League, Hempstead Bay Yacht Club, the Freeport Bicycle Club, vice-president of the Freeport Bank, director of the Freeport Land Company, and president of the board of education.

Foreman married Jennie Hewlett in 1873. They are both buried in Greenfield Cemetery, Uniondale, NY.

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See Also:

Foreman, Jennie Hewlett

Source:

"William Foreman Buried." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. September 29, 1896, 5.  Accessed June 24, 2016.  http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn83031151/1896-09-29/ed-1/seq-5/.

Researched by Cynthia J. Krieg, June 24, 2016.

Franklin Square

Franklin Square was originally called Uncle Wash's Lane.

Source:

Raynor Town Map, 1868 located at the Freeport Historical Society.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, May 29, 2016.

Frank's & Gus' Grocery and Delicatessen

Frank's & Gus' Grocery and Delicatessen was located at 327 South Grove Street (now Guy Lombardo Avenue) at the corner of Atlantic Avenue.  This store sold groceries, fruits, vegetables, candy, ice cream, and tobacco.

 

Source:

Voyager, 1928 (Freeport High School Yearbook).

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, December 23, 2016.

Fred Beers, Inc.

Fred Beers, Inc. was a New York City dairy that maintained a plant in Freeport.  Originally located at 174 North Main Street in 1930, they later moved to 25 Bennington Avenue near Columbus Avenue.  During the 1953 milk strike, Mayor Glacken planned to seize over 20,000 quarts from the Fred Beers plant and make this milk available to Freeport residents at local firehouses and the municipal building.  The strike ended before Glacken's plan was enacted.

Around 1956, the Freeport plant became Dairylea.

 

Sources:

"Glacken Planned to Get Milk for Freeport During Strike." The Leader. November 5, 1953, 1.  Accessed June 9, 2017. http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn95071064/1953-11-05/ed-1/seq-1/.

1930-1931 Freeport Phone Book.

1939-1940 Freeport Phone Book.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, June 9, 2017.

Frederick Avenue

Frederick Avenue was named for Cadman H. Frederick, who was associated with the Long Island Realty Company.  He built hundreds of homes in northeast Freeport.

Researched by Cynthia J. Krieg, May 24, 2016.

Freemont Gift Shop

Freemont Gift Shop was located at 24 West Merrick Road in 1928.  Robert L. Van Alstyne was the proprietor.

 

Source:

Voyager, 1928 (Freeport High School Yearbook).

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, December 27, 2016.

Freeport Airport

Freeport Airport was a 70-acre flying field located at the end of South Grove Street (now Guy Lombardo Avenue). The airport was dedicated on September 30, 1928.  Freeporters Daniel DaSilva and Frank Willetts backed the airport project. Aviator and actor Tom Smith served as the airport's manager and was the first pilot to land his plane at the airport, a week before the dedication.  Smith's daughter, Elinor, was the first to land a plane here on the day of the dedication. 

It was reported that thousands attended the Sunday dedication.  Assistant Secretary of Commerce William P. McCracken and Lieutenant Colonel H. C. Pratt, who served as commandant of Mitchel Field. were in attendance.  Also in attendance were Archer B. Wallace, Mayor Clinton M. Flint and Village Trustee John F. DeLorme.

The airport was described as having two runways that were between 1,500 and 2,500 feet in length and a barn-like hanger.  Mr. Rene Canalizo, of Southside Auto Corporation of Freeport, was the first person to purchase a passenger ticket at the Freeport Airport.

Souvenir envelopes containing the name of the airport and bordered in red, white, and blue were distributed to the well-wishers at the dedication.

Though the airport was seen as a good business investment, the Great Depression led to its closure. The land was later sold for housing development.

 

Sources:

"Aviator-Actor and Daughter Favor Airport." Nassau Daily Review. June 6, 1928, 5. Accessed May 18, 2017. http://fultonhistory.com.

"Freeport's Airport is Dedicated; Thousands Visit Field on Sabbath." Nassau Daily Review, 13. Accessed May 18, 2017. http://fultonhistory.com.

"Freeport's New Airport Given Initial Tests." Nassau Daily Review. September 24, 1928, 2. Accessed May 18, 2017. http://fultonhistory.com.

Stoff, Joshua. Long Island Airports. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2004.

Research by Regina G. Feeney, May 18, 2017.

 

Freeport Artificial Stone Company

Freeport Artificial Stone Company was located on Long Beach Avenue (now North Long Beach Avenue), adjacent to the railroad tracks.  In 1907, a new cement mixer that was invented by company foreman, Clarence M. Van Riper, was installed.

 

Sources:

Aero view of Freeport, Long Island, N.Y. 1909. New York: Hughes & Bailey, 1909. Accessed August 10, 2016. https://www.loc.gov/resource/g3804f.pm005650/.

The Cement Era. January 1910. 8,  no. 1. Accessed August 10, 2016.

"Freeport News." Nassau County Review. February 08, 1907, 1. Accessed August 10, 2016.http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn95071433/1907-02-08/ed-1/seq-1/.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, August 30, 20

Freeport Bay Estates

Freeport Bay Estates was d​eveloped around 1926.  Originally, this section included 40 homes on plots which measured 60 x 100 feet. This section includes East First, West First, Second and Third Streets and Bedell Street.

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Researched by Cynthia J. Krieg and Regina G. Feeney, May 31, 2016.

Freeport Beach

Freeport Beach was a residential area of the Village, developed by John J. Randall in 1924.   This section includes Miller and Nassau Avenues.

Researched by Cynthia J. Krieg and Regina G. Feeney, May 31, 2016.

Freeport Bicycle Club

Freeport Bicycle Club was a popular athletic organization in the late 1890s.  The club was formed at the home of Charles L. Wallace on Fulton Street (now Merrick Road).  At that time, the Freeport Bicycle Club had about 60 members.  William Foreman was a charter member.  Other members included Platt Conklin, Charles W. Bedell, J. Huyler Ellison, James B. Raynor and George Bennett Smith.

The initiation fee was $1 with monthly dues of 25 cents.

 

Sources:

"Freeport Bicycle Club." Brooklyn Daily Eagle. June 9, 1896, 5. Accessed August 1, 2016. http://bklyn.newspapers.com/image/50433092/?terms=%22freeport%2Bbicycle%2Bclub%22.

South Shore Observer. October 9, 1896, 3. Accessed August 1, 2016. http://www.fultonhistory.com.

 

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, August 1, 2016.

 

 

Freeport Board of Trade

Freeport Board of Trade was established around 1903 for the purpose of furthering the interests and welfare of Freeport.  The meetings were held at Fraternity Hall on Railroad Avenue. References to this organization in local newspapers stop in the early 1920s.

Organizers included Alonzo Foster and William P. Jones.

 

Sources:

"L.I.R.R. Owes 'Bill" Jones 5,500 Rides From Freeport to Brooklyn for Unused Trips Left on Tickets Save 26 Years." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. May 17, 1925. Accessed August 8, 2016. http://bklyn.newspapers.com/image/59899844/?terms=%22Freeport%2Bboard%2Bof%2Btrade%22%2Bboard%2Btrade.

"Trade Board Dying; Freeport is Sorry." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. October 10, 1912, 4. Accessed August 8, 2016. http://bklyn.newspapers.com/image/54475773/?terms=%22Freeport%2Bboard%2Bof%2Btrade%22%2Bboard%2Btrade

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, August 9, 2016.

Freeport Business Men's Association

Freeport Business Men's Association was incorporated in 1912.  Early officers included: Robert P. Welden, James F Campion, Edwin H. Van Riper, Albin N. Johnson, J. D. Kiefer, Wallace R. Post, John J. Dolan, Fred L. J. Lee and Charles N. Conklin.

Source:

Freeport Business Men's Association [Advertisement]. Brooklyn Daily Eagle. January 19, 1913, 39. Accessed August 13, 2016. http://bklyn.newspapers.com/image/54380793/?terms=%22freeport%2Bbusiness%2Bmen's%2Bassociation%22

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, August 13, 2016.

Freeport Cemetery

Freeport Cemetery was established sometime between 1856 and 1859 by Willet Smith.  Smith, one of the largest landowners in Freeport, reserved some of his property for a cemetery.  Some of the earliest plots were sold to John Golden.  By 1859, the Freeport Cemetery was managed as an association of plot owners, whereby, the owners were responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of their purchased plots.  Smith died in 1869.  His wife Phebe got control of some of the cemetery land. She later sold plots to Sylvanus Mott.  Smith left the majority of the cemetery land to his son George W. Smith. Cecelia Holloway later gained ownership of this property.   In 1872, the Supervisor of Queens County gave permission to Holloway to set aside 4 1/2 acres for burial purposes.  This land became known as the Freeport Cemetery. Lack of established boundaries of the cemetery eventually led to problems.  Encroachment on cemetery land began in 1886 when Ann Golden built a house and business offices on or near property that was viewed as being part of the burial grounds.  The Presbyterian Church considered taking legal action against John Holloway when he built a house on cemetery land.  Around 1891, Cecelia Holloway allowed Pine and Grove Streets to be constructed on cemetery property.  S. Foster Sprague sued Ann Golden in 1891 in an effort to prevent further construction on cemetery land. Boundaries were finally established by the court.  Justice Cullen prohibited construction on cemetery property; however, he allowed building on the western section of the cemetery since it was deemed poorly adapted for burial use.

After the village incorporated in 1892, local politicians became interested in the cemetery's appearance.  In August 1904, the Village Board formed a committee to ascertain the names of plot owners.  A month later, the Board  requested that plot owners appoint a committee to make improvements to the cemetery.  By 1908, all interments in Freeport were required to use a metallic coffin or vault.  The fence around the cemetery was moved back 50 feet, and trees and undergrowth were removed in 1911.

By the the second decade of the twentieth century, burials slowed to about one per year.  In 1918, vandals pushed over one hundred tombstones.  The last recorded burial at the Freeport Cemetery occurred in June 1920  (Alonzo Raynor).  In February 1921, Legislature Assemblyman McWhinney introduced a bill that gave the Freeport School District permission to purchase the Freeport Cemetery.  The cost included exhumation; re-interment; cost of new plots; mapping and recording the locations of the new graves; removal of tombstones/monuments/markers; and their erection at the new graves.

In June, 1922. 944 bodies were disinterred from the Freeport Cemetery.  856 bodies were reinterred in "district plots" within Greenfield Cemetery.  88 bodies were reinterred in private plots at Greenfield Cemetery and in the Rockville Cemetery. 

Two homes and a fire house were also removed from the property to make room for a new Freeport High School building.

 

Sources:

"Freeport Votes for New $600,000 School." Brooklyn Daily Eagle. May 3, 1922, 5. Accessed August 1, 2016. https://bklyn.newspapers.com/image/56914419/?terms=%22freeport%2Bcemetery%22.

"Speed Up Plans for Freeport $600,000 School." The Daily Review. June 60, 1922, 1. Accessed August 1, 2016. http://www.fultonhistory.com.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, May 17, 2016.

 

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Freeport Community Hospital

Freeport Community Hospital was a 100-bed hospital planned for Freeport but it never came to fruition. Developer, Jacob Post suggested the hospital be built on Babylon Turnpike.  Hugo Stearns offered land in Stearns Park but a hospital committee was unable to get a clear title for this site. A large tract of land for the hospital was bought in 1928 from Anthony D. Mariano by Uhe and Isidore Meyer. The site was located on Pleasant and Ellison Avenues in Roosevelt, close to the Freeport border.

The idea of establishing a Freeport Hospital began to take shape in 1927, when the Village Board passed a resolution endorsing an organized appeal for the establishment of a local hospital and aggressive fundraising took place. A year later, fundraising stalled and the project ceased.

Sources:

"Hospital Plan For Freeport Strikes Snag." Brooklyn Standard Union. November 9, 1928, 5.  Accessed June 14, 2016. http://fultonhistory.com/Fulton.html.

"Jacob Post Offers Site for Freeport Hospital." The East Hampton Star. December 3, 1926. Accessed June 14, 2016. http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn83030960/1926-12-03/ed-1/seq-2/.

"South Nassau Hospital Would Get Little Help from $200,000 Pledged for Freeport Institution." Nassau Daily Review. March 29, 1934, 1. http://fultonhistory.com/Fulton.html.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, June 14, 2016.

Freeport Fire Department

Freeport Fire Department officially began in 1893; however, a local bucket brigade originated in 1874.  In December 1874, the Excelsior Hook and Ladder Company No. 1 was formed.  Other companies soon followed: 1893 - Wide Awake Engine Company No. 1; 1894 - Ever Ready Hose Company No. 1; 1894 - Vigilant Hose Company No. 2; 1895 - Bayview Hose Company No. 3; 1911 - Patriot Hose Company No. 4; and 1911 - Russell Hose Company No. 2 (originally in Roosevelt this company was reorganized in 1923 and is now Hose Company No.5); 1959 - Emergency and Rescue Company No. 9.

Today, the Village of Freeport Volunteer Fire Department is the largest all volunteer fire department in New York State.

See Also:

Jumbo

 

Source:

Bermudez, Miguel and Donald Giordano. An Illustrated History of the Freeport Fire Department, 1893-2008. Freeport, NY, Freeport Fire Department, 2008.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, May 20, 2016.

Freeport Garage

Freeport Garage was located at 23 East Merrick Road in 1909.  The proprietor of this garage was G. Bennett Smith. 

 

Source:

Aero view of Freeport, Long Island, N.Y. 1909. New York: Hughes & Bailey, 1909. Accessed August 10, 2016. https://www.loc.gov/resource/g3804f.pm005650/.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, August 30, 2016.

Freeport Garage and Supply Company

Freeport Garage and Supply Company was located at 18 Brooklyn Avenue.  Joseph Hirsch was a manager.  This garage was the exclusive Nassau County distributor for automobiles produced by the Moon Motor Company.

 

Source:

Freeport Garage and Supply Company [Advertisement]. The Nassau Post., March 31, 1916,5. Accessed August 13, 2016. http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn95071434/1916-03-31/ed-1/seq-5/.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, August 13, 2016.

 

Freeport Gardens

Freeport Gardens was a restaurant located at 76 South Main Street that specialized in American and Chinese cuisine.  In the 1920s, Lee D. Soon was the proprietor.

 

Source:

Voyager, 1927 (Freeport High School Yearbook).

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, December 23, 2016.

Freeport Gun Club

Freeport Gun Club was organized in 1893. In 1894, Dr. T. O. Carman served as president and W. B. Osterhout was secretary and treasurer of the club.

 

Source:

"Gun Clubs." Brooklyn Citizen Almanac. Brooklyn: Brooklyn Citizen, 1894.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, August 1, 2016.

Freeport Heights

Freeport Heights was a residential section of Freeport, which was developed by the Long Island Realty Company in 1906.  This area is part of Roosevelt.

Researched by Cynthia J. Krieg and Regina G. Feeney, May 31, 2016.

Freeport Hotel

The Freeport Hotel was located on South Main Street across the street from the Long Island Rail Road.  Julius F. Weigel was the proprietor in 1894.  In 1913, the proprietor was listed as M. M. Stulz.  The proprietor in 1923 was Lyman N. Jones.  In 1940, the hotel was described as a three-story building with 23 rooms and four stories.  Its address was listed as 5-9 Main Street.  The hotel later became a rooming house.

About 1958, the property was acquired by New York State pursuant to the Long Island Rail Road grade-crossing elimination project.  At this time the stores located in the Freeport Hotel building included the Rose Bar, the Texas Ranger restaurant, Swift Cleaners, and Central Barber Shop. On August 3, 1958, fire destroyed the vacant hotel.

A 1869 article mentions a hotel called the "Freeport Hotel" whose proprietor was Tom Wright.  It is unclear if this hotel was related to the latter establishment.

Click here for images of the Freeport Hotel.

 

Sources:

"Blaze Hits Stores, Hotel in Freeport; Hunt Arson Link." Newsday. August 4, 1958, 4.

"Freeport Hotel."  The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. May 27, 1923, 61. Accessed October 5, 2016. https://bklyn.newspapers.com/image/60014578/?terms=%22Freeport%2BHotel%22​.

Lant, J. H. Hempstead, Jamaica, Freeport, Rockville Centre, Baldwin & Pearsalls. 1894.

"The Merrick Camp Meeting." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. August 16, 1869, 2. Accessed October 5, 2016. https://bklyn.newspapers.com/image/50504394/?terms=%22Freeport%2BHotel%22.

The Montauk Business Directory of Long Island: Queens Nassau and Suffolk Counties. New York: Mort F. Levy Publishing Co., Inc., 1913.

 

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, October 5, 2016.

 

Freeport Hospital

Freeport Hospital was located at 267 South Ocean Avenue. Part of the hospital was the former home of James Dean, a mayor of the Village of Freeport. The home was later owned by the Collier and Phillips families.  The Lipman family purchased the house in 1929.  They were forced to sell it in the 1930s during the Great Depression.  The house became a private hospital in 1940s.  Neighborhood and local government protests kept the hospital from becoming a treatment center for narcotic addictions in the late 1960s.

In 1972, the hospital became a pioneer in the modern treatment of alcoholism, the only such treatment hospital in New York State.  This initiative was started by Dr. Frank Herzlin, who persuaded the hospital board of trustees to allow him to use four beds to treat alcoholics. The Freeport Hospital had an international reputation.  In 1986, Dr. Herzlin was awarded an Icelandic knighthood.  The "Freeport Club" was an organization of Icelanders who sought treatment at the Freeport Hospital.

Financial and labor problems led to the closure of the Freeport Hospital.  In 1999, the Village of Freeport purchased the hospital and grounds for $650,000.  Houses replaced the hospital around 2002.  The development is known as the Beechwood Commons.

Sources:

Freeport Hospital [Vertical File]. Freeport Memorial Library.

Hager, Fred and Isabel Drach. "Time of Innocence."  The Leader. October 10, 2002, 1. Accessed June 13, 2016.  http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn95071065/2002-10-10/ed-1/seq-1/.

 

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, June 16, 2016.

Freeport Manor

Freeport Manor was developed in 1904 by the Craig Realty Co. Lots sold for $49. In 1906, property in this section was being sold for $75 by the Charles S. Powell Realty Co.  This section  in northwest Freeport includes Craig Avenue.

Researched by Cynthia J. Krieg and Regina G. Feeney, May 31, 2016.

Freeport Mills

Freeport Mills was a wholesale and retail dealer of flour, feed, grain, oil meal, baled hay and straw managed by Isaac Horsfall. The original mills were located on what is now Mill Road.  In 1894, the location of Freeport Mills was given as Henry Street. 

The origin of this mill may date back to 1761, when documents refer to the location as Carl's or Smith's mill.  In 1774, Amos Smith sold this mill to Stephen and George Hewlett, Jr.  Joseph Swezey became the next owner.  Swezey would later sell the mills and pond to Daniel Raynor (1791-1867) in 1829 for $5,500.​  His son, Edward (circa 1821-1892), ran the mill in the 1850s; he was succeeded by Bedell Raynor.

Horsfall purchased the mills in 1874 and, eleven years later, he sold the waterfront site and meadowlands to the City of Brooklyn Water Department. In 1891, the City of Brooklyn auctioned off the mill and its machinery.  The grist mill was described as a heavily timbered building, part of which was built in 1877.  

After selling the mill to the City of Brooklyn, Horsfall moved the business to a new location on Henry Street and switched from water to engine power.

In 1898, the Freeport Mills were purchased by Frans Ruhl.

See Also:

Horsfall, Isaac

 

Sources:

"Auction Sales." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. March 16, 1891, 3. Accessed October 18, 2016. http://bklyn.newspapers.com/image/50470930/?terms=hotels%2Bfreeport.

Lant, J. J. "Freeport Directory." Hempstead, Jamaica, Freeport, Rockville Centre, Baldwin and Pearsalls, Directory 1894.

"Local," Queens County Review. November 11, 1898, 3. Accessed October 4, 2016. http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn95071432/1898-11-11/ed-1/seq-3/.

Metz, Clinton. "South Shore Millers of Hempstead Town - The Indispensable Few." The Nassau County Historical Society Journal, vol. 35, (1980): 35-45.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, October 18, 2016.

Freeport Oaks

Freeport Oaks was residential development built in the 1930s by Mark Kanner and Sons, Inc.  Streets included: Maple Drive, Pennsylvania Avenue, Putnam Avenue, Oxford Drive, Essex Court, and Chelsea Court.  Houses in this development were brick Georgian style on 60 x 100 plots, and included: heated garages, open porches, slate roofs, wood burning fireplaces, copper leaders/gutters, steel girders, breakfast nooks, and a washroom on the first floor.

Researched by Cynthia J. Krieg and Regina G. Feeney, May 31, 2016.

Freeport Polo Club

Freeport Polo Club had a field located in the Bayview section of Freeport, secured from Onslow-Moore Company.  Members included sheriff and village judge Stephen P. Pettit, Anthony N. Fedden, Frank Prendergast, Tom Ford, and actors Fred Stone, Vernon Castle, and Frank Tinney.

See Also:

Pettit, Stephen P.

 

Sources:

"Freeport." Nassau County Review. June 11, 1915, 1. Accessed October 4, 2016. http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn95071433/1915-06-11/ed-1/seq-1/.

"Interesting Polo Contests." Nassau County Review. April 30, 1915, 1. Accessed October 5, 2016. http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn95071433/1915-04-30/ed-1/seq-1/.

"Polo Game at Freeport." Nassau County Review. July 21, 1915, 1. Accessed October 5, 2016. http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn95071433/1916-07-21/ed-1/seq-1/.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, October 5, 2016.

Freeport Poultry Farms

Freeport Poultry Farms was located on Babylon Turnpike and Carroll Street in Freeport in the 1910s.  It was managed by Henry Vollmer.

The farm incorporated in 1913 with $15,000 in capital stock.  Its directors included Henry E. Wood of Brooklyn, John L. Raynor of Freeport, and Frederick Wood of Glen Ridge.

 

Sources:

Freeport Poultry Farms (advertisement). The Nassau Post. January 14, 1916, 6. Accessed November 21, 2016. http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn95071434/1916-01-14/ed-1/seq-6/.

"The Freeport Poultry Farms Exterior and Interior Views." The Nassau Post.  September 19, 1914, 1. Accessed November 21, 2016. http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn95071434/1914-09-19/ed-1/seq-1/.

"New Freeport Company." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. March 9, 1913, 39. Accessed November 21, 2016. https://bklyn.newspapers.com/image/54219198/?terms=freeport%2Bpoultry%2Bfarms.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, November 21, 2016.

Freeport Music Shop

Freeport Music Shop was located at 43 West Sunrise Highway in the 1920s.  The proprietors were Essig and Ives.

In 1928, Freeport radio station W.G.B.B. had a program called the Freeport Music Shop Hour. 

The Freeport Music Shop went out of business in the early 1930s.  In 1933, a New York brewery purchased the property with the hopes of creating a beer garden.  The Freeport Shop was located on the former site of the Boulevard Hotel.

See Also:

Boulevard Hotel

 

Sources:

Freeport Music Shop (advertisement). Nassau County Review. October 29, 1920, 8. Accessed December 27, 2016. http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn95071433/1920-10-29/ed-1/seq-8/.

"Plan Beer Garden At Ex-Music Shop." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. March 21, 1933. 19. Accessed January 3, 2017. https://bklyn.newspapers.com/image/59895423/?terms=%22freeport%2Bmusic%2BShop%22.

Voyager, 1928 (Freeport High School Yearbook).

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, December 27, 2016.

Freeport Recorder, The

The Freeport Recorder was a local weekly newspaper.  It was founded in 1924 and was edited by Carl Anton.  Anton and George Young served as publishers.  Anton had previously worked for the Rockville Centre Owl and Roslyn News.  He would later serve as president of Nassau County branch of the International Typographical Union.

In a 1927 advertisement, The Freeport Recorder was billed as "Freeport's only newspaper." It sold for two cents a copy or $1 for annual subscription.  Its office was located at 7 Railroad Avenue.

See Also:

Young & Anton

 

Sources:

"Band Together." The Nassau Post. July 27, 1917, 8.  Accessed January 3, 2016. http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn95071434/1917-07-27/ed-1/seq-8/.

The Suffolk County News. September 26, 1924, 9. Accessed January 3, 2016. http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn84031477/1924-09-26/ed-1/seq-9/.

Voyager, 1927 (Freeport High School Yearbook).

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, January 3, 2017.

Freeport Recreation Center

Freeport Recreation Center is also known as the Freeport Community Center, and was once referred to as the Hanse Park Community Center.  It is located at 130 East Merrick Road in the Raynor Rock Smith Building.  The building was designed by architect Edward V. Giannasca; Sea Crest Construction Corp. was the contractor which built it.  Dedicated in 1974, the recreation center opened to the public in 1975. It sits on 13 acres that were originally part of Horsfal's Pond and later called Hanse Park.  The center cost $6 million dollars to construct. In 1975, the facility included a swimming pool, steam and sauna baths, an exercise room, gymnasium, dining areas, a game room, playground, bocci and handball courts, and a skating rink that was converted to a miniature golf course during the summer season. In 1975, membership for a Freeport resident was $2 a year.

In 2009, the Village held a ceremony to honor former Mayor Robert J. Sweeney.  Since the Freeport Recreation Center was the vision of Mayor Sweeney during his term in office, a plaque in his honor was unveiled at this ceremony.  The plaque hangs in the front entrance to the Freeport Recreation Center. 

What current Freeporters refer to as the "Rec" was not Freeport's first effort at a recreational facility for the community.  Though talk of creating a recreation center in Freeport began around 1912, Freeport's first recreation center finally came to fruition on January 10, 1965 with the creation of a youth center.  This facility was located at 61 Pine Street, which was part of the Freeport Schools. This five room center had a jukebox, television, two game rooms, an art room, lounge, and an all purpose room.  It was open Monday through Saturday.  This center was a product of the combined efforts of the Freeport Parks Commission, the Mayor's Committee for Youth, Freeport's Council for Youth, and the Board of Education. Teen volunteers participated in painting and decorating the facility.

Click here for images related to the Freeport Recreation Center.

See Also:

Hanse Park

Horsfall, Isaac

Smith, Raynor Rock

Sweeney, Robert J.

 

Sources:

"Remembering Robert Sweeney." The Leader.  February 19, 2009, 11.

"$6 Million Center Opens in Freeport." The New York Times. June 22, 1975, 92.

"Youth Center Dedication Jan. 10." Village News. January 1965, 1.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, November 5, 2016.

Freeport Riverside Sanitarium

Freeport Riverside Sanitarium was located at 387 South Grove Street. It opened in 1926.

During its first year, 81 births took place, 76 operations were performed, 34 medical cases were treated, and first aid was provided for 21 accident victims.

Nurses included Lena Dien and Mary Horn.

Source:

"Sanitarium Ends First Year with Excellent Records." Nassau Daily Review. July 10, 1927, 1. Accessed June 14, 2016. http://www.fultonhistory.com/Fulton.html.

 

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, June 13, 2016.

Freeport Sanitarium

Freeport Sanitarium (also referred to as the Freeport Sanitarium and Maternity Institute) was established in 1909 by Bertha Reiss, who served as the facilities' superintendent.  It was located on Rutland Road, near Grand Avenue. 

In the 1920s, the name "Freeport Sanitarium"  was used to referred to another medical facility located on South Ocean Avenue.  That facility was also called the Watson Sanitarium.

See Also:

Watson Sanitarium

 

Sources:

"Freeport." South Side Messenger. February 5, 1905, 1.  Accessed June 13, 2016. http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn96083504/1909-02-05/ed-1/seq-1/.

"Freeport Sanitarium" [Advertisement].  Nassau County Review. November 26, 1909, 3. Accessed June 13, 2016. http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn95071433/1909-11-26/ed-1/seq-3/.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, June 13, 2016.

Freeport Social Club

Freeport Social Club was an organization that formed in the mid 1890s.  They were known for organizing social gatherings, especially costume and masquerade parties, parades as well as an annual moonlight sail.

In 1909, board members included: Charles Werkheiser, Archer B. Wallace, Henry Sigmond, Miss M. E. Stokes, Miss M. C. Robinson, Marie Sigmond, Charles Sigmond, Walter Cozzens, and W. W. Cameron.

The club was credited with initiating the Freeport Calathumpian (also spelled Calothumpian) parade held on Thanksgiving.

 

Sources:

"The Centre of Activity." South Side Messenger. December 17, 1909, 1. Accessed August 26, 2016. http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn96083504/1909-12-17/ed-1/seq-1/.

"Freeport's Calothumpians Parade to Martial Music." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. November 25, 1932, 24. Accessed September 3, 2016, 2016. http://bklyn.newspapers.com/image/59997844/?terms=Parade%2Bfreeport%2BThanksgiving%2Bmohr.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, September 3, 2016.

Freeport Sporting Club

Freeport Sporting Club was a boxing club organized in 1916 by sporting men from Freeport, Baldwin and Manhattan.  Its clubhouse was located on East Merrick Road near the Colonial Hotel.

The boxing competitions included such competitors as Wee Wee Barton, Walter Mohr, Frankie Dundee, and Kid Lock.

In the 1920s, boxing matches for the Freeport Sporting Club were held at the Freeport Auditorium.

See Also:

Colonial Hotel

 

Sources:

"Boxing Club to Re-Open."  Nassau County Review. May 11, 1917, 1. Accessed September 28, 2016. http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn95071433/1917-05-11/ed-1/seq-1/.

"Freeport." Nassau County Review., April 21, 1916, 1. Accessed September 28, 2016. http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn95071433/1916-04-21/ed-1/seq-1/.

Freeport Auditorium [advertisement]. The Freeport News. April 08, 1921, 2. Accessed September 28, 2016. http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn95071012/1921-04-08/ed-1/seq-2/

"To Have a Boxing Club." The Nassau County Review. March 31, 1916, 5. Accessed September 28, 2016. http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn95071433/1916-03-31/ed-1/seq-5/.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, September 28, 2016.

Freeport Taxicab Company

Freeport Taxicab Company was incorporated in 1909; the headquarters were located at 27 Railroad Avenue.  The directors of this company were Willett G. Smith, Jacob Post, and Jessie Post.  The company started with capital equaling $1,000.00.

See Also:

Post, Jacob

 

Sources:

Aero view of Freeport, Long Island, N.Y. 1909. New York: Hughes & Bailey, 1909. Accessed August 10, 2016. https://www.loc.gov/resource/g3804f.pm005650/.

"Freeport News." Nassau County Review. May 28, 1909, 1. Accessed August 10, 2016. http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn95071433/1909-05-28/ed-1/seq-1/.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, August 10, 2016.

Frost, Addie E.

Addie Edvadna Frost (1863-1923) was the long-time proprietor of the  Crystal Lake Hotel. She managed the hotel with her husband, Edward P. Frost, beginning in about 1895. She was the proprietor of the hotel until her death in 1923. 

She was known locally as "Ma Frost."  She was loved by the members of Freeport Truck Company No. 1, for whom she would cook hot meals.   Her son, Ward R. Frost, succeeded his mother as manager of the hotel until it was sold in 1946.

Addie E. Frost is buried in Greenfield Cemetery.

See Also:

Crystal Lake Hotel

Frost, Edward P.

Frost, Ward Ryder

 

Source:

"Mrs. A. E. Frost to Be Buried on Monday." The Daily Review. December 15, 1923, 1. Accessed November 3, 2016. fultonhistory.com.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, November 3, 2016.

 

 

Frost, Edward P.

Edward P. Frost (1859-1907) was the founder and proprietor of the Crystal Lake Hotel and Cottage. Frost was a native of Oceanside.  As a young boy, he lost his arm in an accident.  He studied telegraphy and became an expert operator.  Frost served as the telegraph operator for the Long Beach Hotel when it first opened.  He also worked as a timekeeper for the Brooklyn Elevated Railway Company.  At one time, Frost managed a boarding house in Brooklyn during the winter months. 

In 1895, Frost opened the Crystal Lake Cottage as a summer hotel. Four years later, he constructed a larger hotel that could accommodate 150 guests. 

Frost was married to Addie E. Frost; they had one son, Ward R. Frost.  Frost died at the age of 48 and is buried in Greenfield Cemetery.

See Also:

Crystal Lake Hotel and Cottage

Frost, Addie E.

Frost, Ward Ryder

 

Source:

Obituary of Edward P. Frost. Nassau County Review. April 26, 1907, 1. Accessed November 5, 2016. http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn95071433/1907-04-26/ed-1/seq-1/.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, November 5, 2016.

 

 

Frost, Ward R.

Ward Ryder Frost (1896-1975) was the second generation of the Frost family to manage the Crystal Lake Hotel.  His father, Edward P. Frost, started the hotel in 1895.  His mother, Addie E. Frost, served as the proprietor until her death in 1923.

Frost served as a Navy corpsman during World War I.  In 1924, he marred Eveleen A. Donohue (1898-1976).  They had two sons, Ward R. Jr. and Donald J. Frost.

Frost was a member of the Spartan Masonic Lodge 956 of Freeport, the Freeport Chamber of Commerce, and the Lions Club.  He was a founding member of the Freeport Yacht Club.  Frost was active in the  Freeport Fire Department and served as a Republican district committeeman in the 1940s and 1950s.

Frost died at the age of 79 in Littleton, CO and is buried in Fort Logan National Cemetery.

See Also:

Crystal Lake Hotel and Cottage

Frost, Addie E.

Frost, Edward P.

 

Sources:

"Donohue-Frost." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle.  July 20, 1924, 25. Accessed November 5, 2016. https://bklyn.newspapers.com/image/57581514/?terms=%22ward%2Br.%2Bfrost%22.

Obituary of Ward R. Frost, Sr. Newsday. September 12, 1975, 41.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, October 5, 2016.

 

 

Fulton, Chester A.

Chester A. Fulton (1871-1953) was the owner of the Fulton Funeral Home in Freeport. He was born in Canada to a farming family.  As a young man, Fulton found employment in a casket factory in Buffalo and later with the New York and Brooklyn Casket Company.  He eventually became an embalmer. 

In 1904, Fulton came to Freeport and took over an undertaking and furniture business on Church Street and Merrick Road founded by Carman Peasall (or Pearsall).  In 1923, he built his headquarters in what was known as the Shirley Building.  Fulton was the first undertaker in New York State to use motorized hearses.  His vehicles included two ambulances and two hearses. Fulton was a member of the Spartan Lodge (Free and Accepted Masons), Knights Templar, Elks Club, the Odd Fellows, South Shore Yacht Club, Excelsior Hook and Ladder Company for which he furnished the first horses, and he helped organize the Exchange Club.  Fulton was a member of the Methodist Church.  He conducted business in Freeport for 49 years.  He endeared himself to so many people that he became known as “Dad” Fulton.

Fulton and his wife Cecelia lived at 168 Lexington Avenue.  They are both buried in buried in Greenfield Cemetery, Uniondale, NY.

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Source:

"Chester A. Fulton, 82 Freeport." Newsday. July 10, 1953, 93.

Hazelton, Henry Isham. The Boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens Counties of Nassau and Suffolk Long Island, New York 1609-1924 (Volume 5). New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc., 1925.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, July 10, 2016.

Fulton Street

Fulton Street was renamed Merrick Road. Before the Civil War, Fulton Street was part of the Merrick and Jamaica Plank Road. 

See Also:

Merrick and Jamaica Plank Road

Merrick Road

Source:

Zimmerman, Charles J. "What Ever Happened To Randolph, Claude and Jerome?" The Leader. October 15, 1992, 24.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, May 29, 2016.

Furst, William

William Furst (1852-1917) was a leading composer of incidental music for theatrical productions.  He was also an orchestra director for the Empire Belasco Theatres.  Furst wrote accompanying musical selections for many of David Belasco's plays. He wrote one grand opera, entitled Theodora, and composed light operas for Lillian Russell. He also wrote music for productions of stars such as Maude Adams and Geraldine Farrar.

Furst died as a result of a cerebral embolism that he suffered after a fall in his garden. He lived at 239 South Ocean Avenue.

Source:

William Furst Obituary. Nassau County Review. July 13, 1917. Accessed June 24, 2016. http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn95071433/1917-07-13/ed-1/seq-8/.

Researched by Cynthia J. Krieg, June 24, 2016.

Fyfe, George

George Fyfe (circa 1877-1960) was a jeweler and optician who worked at 30 West Merrick Road from 1900 to 1950. He continued his optometry practice after ending his career as a jeweler. In 1950, his business was taken over by Julius Posner and relocated to 6 West Merrick Road.

He also was one of the original trustees of the  Freeport Elks Club.

Fyfe and his first wife, Lena, had one son, Lester.  She died in 1919.  He and his second wife, Augusta, lived at 100 Park Avenue. 

 

Sources:

Aero view of Freeport, Long Island, N.Y. 1909. New York: Hughes & Bailey, 1909. Accessed August 10, 2016. https://www.loc.gov/resource/g3804f.pm005650/.

"Elks' Dinner at Club Marks 40th Anniversary of Lodge." The Leader. October 11, 1951, 9. Accessed August 11, 2016. http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn95071064/1951-10-11/ed-1/seq-9/.

"George F. Fyfe, Was 83." Newsday. November 17, 1960, 35C.

Julius Posner [Advertisement]. The Leader. July 27, 1950, 7. Accessed August 11, 2016. http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn95071064/1950-07-27/ed-1/seq-7/.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, August 11, 2016.