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Gala Foods

Gala Foods is a supermarket chain store owned by parent company Aurora Grocery Group.  Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Aurora licensed its initial locations (including 120 North Main Street and 111 West Merrick Road) under the name Compare Foods 30 years ago.  In June 2018, Compare Foods was rebranded Gala Foods.  In addition to the name change, locations underwent interior remodeling, upgrades to point-of sale systems, and improved online shopping for in-store pickup or at-home delivery.

See Also:

Compare Foods



"A Gala Change for Four LI Groceries." Newsday. June 25, 2018, A29.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, June 25, 2018.


Gaslite, The

The Gaslite was a restaurant and cocktail bar located at 90 South Grove Street (now Guy Lombardo Avenue).  In 1963, Evelyn (Eve) and Fred Berger were the hosts.

Click here for images of The Gaslite.



Gaslite [advertisement]. The Leader. November 14, 1963, 8. Accessed November 2, 2017.

"News and Views." The Leader. November 14, 1963, 16. Accessed November 2, 2017.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, November 2, 2017.

Gatter Park

Gatter Park is the triangle shaped piece of land at the intersection of Miller Avenue and Smith Street.  The owners of the property were Village Trustee William Gatter and his brother, Irving.  In 1925, it was purchased by the Village of Freeport for $10.

See Also:

Gatter, William M.



Village of Freeport. Board Minutes, July 10, 1925, Book 6, page 574.

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

Gatter, William M.

William Mortimer Gatter (1883-1928), served as village trustee from 1925-1926.  He also held the position of county tax appraiser.  Gatter lived with his wife, Effie, and son, William, at 59 Miller Avenue.  He was a member of the Church of the Transfiguration and the Spartan Lodge (Masons).  In 1925, Gatter and his brother, Irving, sold the triangle shaped piece of land at the intersection of Miller Avenue and Smith Street to the Village for $10.  Today, this land is known as "Gatter Park."

See Also:

Gatter Park



"Freeport Flag at Half-Mast for W.M. Gatter." Nassau Daily Review. June 30, 1928, 3.

"Gatter Services Planned Sunday." Brooklyn Daily Eagle. June 30, 1928, 3.

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

George Frenzelo & Company

George Frenzelos & Company sold fancy fruits and vegetables in 1928.  The store was located at 48 South Main Street.



Voyageur, 1928 (Freeport High School Yearbook).

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


George Morrison's Tavern

George Morrison's Tavern was located at 16 South End Place.  Before George Morrison assumed ownership of the building, Algot Luthandor applied for a liquor license for his establishment at this location in 1939. His bar and grill was called "Al Luthandor's."  This establishment came under the management of John Kruger in 1947. Tragically, 27-year old bartender Mary Hart was shot and killed by her estranged husband at the tavern in 1949.

In 1950, the tavern sold sirloin steaks for $1.25.  In 1964, this establishment was reopened by Dick and Barbara Okeson and renamed the Little Hideaway.  It was renamed Edith & Harry's Steak House in 1966 when Edith and Harry Schwartz took over ownership. 



"Grand Opening." The Leader. October 13, 1966, 16. Accessed December 7, 2017.

"In the News." The Leader. December 3, 1964, 4. Accessed December 7, 2017.

"Lady Barkeep Shot in Quarrel With Hubby, 21." The Brooklyn Daily Review. June 24, 1949, 1. Accessed December 8, 2017.

Legal notice [liquor license]. Nassau Daily Review-Star. October 11, 1939, 14. Accessed December 8, 2017. 

"Man About Town." The Leader. November 30, 1950. Accessed December 7, 2017.

​​​​Researched by Regina G. Feeney, December 8, 2017.

Giblyn, Leo F.

Leo Frederick Giblyn (?-1960) was a member of the Freeport Board of Education from July 1, 1932 to December 19, 1960. He became president of the board from July 1, 1940 and remained in that role for the rest of his tenure on the board. 

Born in Watertown, NY, he was ninth in a family of 10 children.  In 1911, he enlisted in Company M 71st Infantry. During World War I, he commanded the 105th Infantry in Belgium and on the Hindenburg Line in France.  He was wounded in action in 1918 in St. Souplet, France and later received the Purple Heart and the Conspicuous Service Cross.

In 1929, Giblyn was appointed chairman of the Northeast Civic School Committee in Freeport. He was elected to the Board of Education in 1934 and became vice president of the school board in 1934.  He would become president in 1940.  During his tenure, the number of children attending school in Freeport nearly tripled. The new Freeport High School, Cleveland Avenue School, Caroline G. Atkinson School, Bayview Avenue School, the athletic field house and field at Cleveland Avenue school, were all constructed while he was president.

In celebration of this 25th anniversary in 1957 on the school board, a testimonial dinner was held in his honor at Guy Lombardo's East Point House restaurant.  At the dinner, he was presented with a Buick sedan, lifetime membership in the Freeport Teachers Association, and an Airplane Trophy from the Grumman Corporation.

Giblyn was a member of the American Legion and was very active in Our Holy Redeemer Church

In 1962, the Leo F. Giblyn School was dedicated in his honor.

Giblyn lived at 121 Washburn Avenue.

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"Freeport Shocked, Leo F. Giblyn Dies." The Leader. December 2, 1960, 5.

Voyageur, 1961 (Freeport High School Yearbook).


Researched by Regina G. Feeney, August 30, 2017.

Giuliani, Rudy

Rudolph (Rudy) Giuliani, formerly mayor of the City of New York, worked as a summer assistant at a Freeport savings bank in 1963.



Saltonstall, David. "Italian-Americans Give Boost for Their Paisan, Rudy" Daily News. October 8 2007.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, September 2, 2016.

Gladys Lane

Gladys Lane was originally planned to be called Fifth Street.


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.

Glacken Sr., William F.

William F. Glacken, Sr. was the twenty-eighth mayor of Freeport (1953 to 1961). His son later served as the thirty-fourth mayor of Freeport.

Glacken was preceded by Robert L. Doxsee and succeeded by Robert J. Sweeney.

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

Glacken Jr., William F.

William F. Glacken, Jr. was the thirty-fourth mayor of Freeport (1997 to 2009).  His father served as the twenty-eighth mayor of Freeport.

Glacken was preceded by Richard Wissler and succeeded by Andrew Hardwick.

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

Glenada Realty Company, Inc.

Glenada Realty Company, Inc. was headquartered at 47-49 Railroad Avenue in the 1910s.  Albin N. Johnson served as its president.  The company owned the Freeport Terrace residential development.



An Authentic Classified Directory of the Village of Freeport, Nassau County, New York, For the Year 1914-15. Freeport, NY: The Long Island Directory Company, 1914. (

Glenada Realty Co. [advertisement]. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. May 3, 1914, 55.  Accessed July 3, 2018.

Supreme Court of Nassau County [legal notice]. Nassau County Review. April 16, 1915, 4. Accessed July 3, 2018.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, July 3, 2018.

Glencort Tennis Club

Glencort Tennis Club was organized on April 29, 1914.  Its officers included: Olive Fawcett, president; Wesley Devlin, vice president; Signe Nygren, treasurer; Estelle Fawcett, treasurer, Edwin Heming, press agent; Wallace H. Campbell, chairman of the investigating committee; Frederick Henderson, chairman of the court committee; and Fanny Devlin, chairman of the social committee.  Ralph Randall and Frederick Joerisson became members on May 27, 1914.

In May 1915, Olive and Estelle Fawcett resigned their positions and nothing more was heard from the club. 



"Freeport." Nassau County Review. May 8, 1914, 1. Accessed March 6, 2019.

"Social and Personal." Nassau County Review. June 12, 1914, 1. Accessed June 12, 1914, 1.

"Social and Personal." Nassau County Review. May 14, 1915, 1. Accessed March 6, 2019.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, March 6, 2019.

Glickman Studio

Glickman Studio was located at 37 West Merrick Road.  It was owned by Samuel Glickman.  The photography studio was opened in 1918 and was originally located at 13 Railroad Avenue.  Later, the Glickman Studio was moved to 31 South Grove Street (now Guy Lombardo Avenue).  This location was once occupied by another notable local photographer, Jacob D. Keifer.  Between 1949 and 1950, Glickman Studio relocated to 37 West Merrick Road.

According to a 1984 Leader article, Samuel Glickman learned his trade as an apprentice in Germany and was the official photographer of the Czar’s Russian Army in 1905.  Glickman worked for The New York Times and The New York Herald Tribune.  He was known for his ability to retouch faded and damaged photographs. 

Glickman Studio went out of business in 2009.



"Around Town." Nassau County Review. May 30, 1919, 5. Accessed April 22, 2019.

Glickman [advertisement]. The Nassau Post. March 15, 1918, 6. Accessed April 22, 2019.

Glickman Studio [advertisement]. The Leader. May 26, 1949, 7. Accessed April 22, 2019.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, February 22, 2019.


Glovers Canal

Glovers Canal (sometimes spelled Glover's Canal) is located in the Meister Beach residential development in Freeport, between South Bayview Avenue and Stirling Avenue.  In 1930, it was given to the Village of Freeport by Nation Wide Home Builders.  

In 1970, three year old Sharon Deis of Brentwood drowned after falling into Glovers Canal; she had been visiting her grandparents who lived in Meister Beach at 49 Stirling Ave., and fell into the water after going through an unfenced section of the backyard. 

See Also:

Meister Beach



"Child Drowns." The Leader. October 8, 1970, 1. Accessed October 10, 2018.

Map of Meister Beach, 1929.

Village of Freeport Board Minutes, 1930.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, October 10, 2018.

Goeller, George W.

George W. Goeller (1883-1968), founder of the Freeport Leader, was born in 1883 in Manhattan. He attended Commercial High School and began his newspaper career at the age of 17 as a copy boy for the Brooklyn Times. Goeller eventually became an editor at The Brooklyn Eagle. Goeller and his wife Augusta moved to Freeport in 1919 and resided at 77 Smith Street.  In 1935, Goeller started the Freeport Leader, which he sold 20 years later. In 1958, he became the editor of the Long Island Graphic and eight years later became semi-retired serving as Editor Emeritus of the L.I. Graphic and the Roosevelt Press.  Goeller was a member of the First Baptist Church of Freeport and the Salvation Army. He was also an honorary guest at the Exchange Club weekly luncheons.  He and Augusta had one child, Harold Goeller. Augusta died in 1950. Goeller died at Doctor's Hospital on February 9, 1968 a few months before his 85th birthday. He is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Bethel, NY.



"George W. Goeller Dies," Long Island Graphic. February 15, 1968, 1.

Researched by Cynthia J. Krieg, May 16, 2016.

Gold Street

See: Rhodesia

Golder, William E.

William Edgar Golder (1856-1945) was born in Freeport in 1856.  His father, William T. Golder, a harness maker, joined the Fourth New York Heavy Artillery at the outset of the Civil War.  While serving the Union forces, he fell ill and died in Virginia.  His mother, Caroline, was a member of the Raynor family that settled Freeport.

When William grew up, he first aspired to be a boatman after he completed his schooling in the Freeport Public Schools, but soon changed his mind and trained under Dr. G.H. Hammond to be a pharmacist.  Golder also attended the National Institute of Pharmacy of Chicago.  He became partners in a pharmacy with Dr. Hammond, but had to sell his share in 1890 due to ill health.  Two years later, once he recovered, Golder opened a drug store in Milburn and also regained his share in the Freeport store.

Along with his duties as a pharmacist, Golder was one of the organizers of the Freeport Bank; he later served as its president.  He also served several terms as the treasurer of the Village of Freeport.

In 1878, Golder married Clara Bedell, daughter of John W. Bedell.  They had four children: Millard, Earle, Russell and Hazel.  The family attended the Methodist Church, where Golder served as a trustee for many years, as well as the superintendent of the Sunday school.

Later in life, Golder wrote his "Simple Biography" and a history of the Methodist Church.

Golder died in 1945 at 88 years old, and is buried in Greenfield Cemetery, Uniondale, NY.  His wife preceded him in death. 

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Portrait and Biographical Record of Queens County (Long Island) New York containing Portraits and Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens of the County. New York: Chapman Publishing Company, c. 1896.

"William E. Golder Dies; Freeport Bank President." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. July 3, 1945, 15. Accessed August 8, 2016.

Researched by Denise Rushton, August 8, 2016.

Golf Clubs and Courses


Freeport Golf Club

Milburn Country Club (later known as Willowbrook Country Club)

Woodcleft Golf Links

Goodridge, Edgar E.

Edgar Elias Goodridge (1883-1945) was a business owner and resident of Bennington Park.  Born in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Goodridge worked as a cook in a boarding house in Manhattan and in George Strong Harral's soap making factory in Brooklyn.  He ran several businesses in Freeport including a grocery store, a barber shop, a billiards parlor, and a garage.

Goodridge married Madeline Plaskett in 1904.  They lived at 12 Waverly Place with their son Albert E.

See Also:

Bennington Park



Pearse, Joysetta. "African-Americans in Freeport." The Leader. October 27, 2005, 28. Accessed September 10, 2018.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, September 10, 2018.

Gordon, Max

Max Gordon was a dental surgeon in Freeport, during the early 1920s.  His office was described as being in the Flatiron Building of Freeport (this was the original First National Bank Building).



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 8, 2016.

Gordon Place

Gordon Place was named for Gordon Ellison.

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

Gouz "Rhymes With Cows"

Gouz "Rhymes With Cows" was a supermarket located at 120 North Main Street.  Gouz, originally founded in Elmont circa 1927, opened a store in Freeport in 1977 through the use of village community development funds.  The store featured a barn with farm animals for viewing.  The store was owned by Alan Gouz.  The store became Compare Foods in 1989.

See Also:

Compare Foods

Gala Foods



Cohn, Al.  "People"  Newsday. June 5, 1977, 2 LI.

Jenny Jorge (email, March 30, 2018).

Village News. March 1977. Accessed April 3, 2018.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, April 3, 2018.

Grafing Place

Grafing Place was named for the Diedrich Grafing family, who lived in Freeport before the 1900s.  The street sign is misspelled.  Grafing Place from East Lincoln Place to Lillian Avenue became Pershing Place in 1926.



Village of Freeport Board Minutes, December 12, 1926.

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

Updated by Regina G. Feeney, July 19, 2017.

Grand Army of the Republic, D. P. B. Mott Post 527

Grand Army of the Republic, Dandridge B. P. Mott Post No. 527 was chartered on December 2, 1884.  The post was named for Freeporter Dandridge Beverly Pitts Mott, who died at the age of 17 in 1864 at Pine Mountain, GA, while under the command of General Joseph Hooker.  Mott's oldest brother Joseph died at the age of 19 in 1864 from starvation and exposure as a prisoner of war.

Captain John Anderson served as the D. B. P. Mott post's first commander. An early newspaper account about the post documents their participation in the New York City funeral procession of President Ulysses S. Grant in 1885.  Locally, the D. B. P. Mott Post No. 527 participated in parades, decorated the graves of soldiers, attended the dedication of a Civil War memorial in Greenfield Cemetery in 1888, and unveiled the Spanish American War trophy "Trubia" in 1902. The members of the post also attended the opening the Freeport Memorial Library in 1924, the re-dedication of the Mott Memorial in 1927, and the dedication of the library's memorial tablet in 1928 .

In 1887, the Post's officers included: Joseph T. Weyant, Charles H. Lott, Thomas Grady, F. S. Mahan, Henry Mead, William H. Patterson, Timothy Nostrand, Allen S. Health, and John W. Albro.

Originally, there were 16 charter members of the Mott post.  It was reported that 137 men were mustered into the post.  By 1920, only 28 members remained.

In 1929, the post was disbanded since only seven post members were still living.  All of the post's annals and mementos were given to the American Legion, William Clinton Story Post.  William H. Patterson served as one of the Mott post's last commanders.  He held the commander position for over 25 years.

The last surviving member of the D. B. P. Mott Post No. 527 was Carlton J. Greenleaf.  Greenleaf died in 1934.


War Memorials / Wartime Freeport



"C. J. Greenleaf Dies in Freeport." Nassau Daily Review. October 17, 1934, 1. Accessed July 13. 2017.

"50 Group Houses in Freeport, Plan. " The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. January 27, 1929, 15. Accessed July 13, 2017.

"G. A. R. Officers Elected." South Side Signal. December 17, 1887, 2. Accessed July 13, 2017.

"G. A. R. Recollections." Nassau County Review. May 28, 1920, 1. Accessed July 14, 2017.

"Miscellaneous Island Notes." South Side Signal. August 15, 1885, 2.  Accessed July 13, 2017.

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Grand Army of the Republic Records Project. Accessed July 13, 2017.,

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, July 14, 2017.

Grand Union

Grand Union, which was located on South Long Beach Avenue between Merrick Road and Porterfield Place, opened on April 29, 1959.  This store was said to be 21,000 square feet with parking for 91 cars.  The original store included a "Kiddie Korner," a supervised play area for children.   It also featured and 91 foot-long Food-O-Mat, a gravity feed food service for canned and glassed items, and also provided a selection of dietetic and kosher foods.

Before the store opened, many neighborhood and civic groups opposed this location for a supermarket.  In 1958, three Freeport churches attempted to bar the supermarket through legal action in the Supreme Court in Mineola.  Building permits were eventually granted.

Grand Union closed in 1994.  The location was purchased by Gregorio Pena and became Compare Foods.  Francisco Jorge and his partner, Jose Gutierrez, bought the store in 1995.  They sold this location to CVS in 2006.



"Goodbye, Grand Union!" The Leader.  July 21, 1994, 1.  Accessed March 30, 2018.

Jenny Jorge (email, March 30, 2018).

"New Freeport Grand Union Supermarket Opens Apr. 29."  The Leader. Accessed March 30, 2018.

"An Open Letter to the President of Grand Union." The Leader. September 11, 1958, 7.  Accessed March 30, 2018. 

"Supermarket Case In Courty Today." The Leader. November 6, 1958, 1. Accessed March 30, 2018.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, March 30, 2018.

Gray, George H.

George H. Gray (circa 1883-1957) was president of the Pyle and Gray Real Estate Company and founder of the American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers.  He moved to Freeport around 1920 and lived with his wife, Bessie, and three sons, George, Robert, and Thomas at 49 Madison Avenue. 

In 1920, the Nassau County Review reported that Gray had lost a diamond  worth $200 from a ring while participating in "vigorous bowling in Freeport."  The article said that he purchased the ring after the completion of a real estate deal that involved Ebbets Field.

Gray was a former president of the Brooklyn Real Estate Board, director of the Flatbush Savings Bank, and a member of the advisory board of the Manufacturers Trust Company.  He was a member of the Brooklyn Rotary Club and a founder of the Freeport Rotary Club.  Gray attended Our Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic Church and was a former president of the Holy Name Society.

Gray died of heart attack in 1958 at the age of 74.  He is buried in Holy Rood Cemetery, Westbury, NY.



"G. H. Gray, 74. Real Estate Exec." Newsday. November 10, 1958, 27C.

"Loses Valuable Ring." Nassau County Review. November 12, 1920, 6.  Accessed June 12, 2017.

Kirk, Vincent R. "This and That in the Realty Market." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. December 23, 1934, 43. Accessed June 12, 2017.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, June 12, 2017.

Greater Freeport Association

Greater Freeport Association supported the creation of a city through the consolidation of Freeport, Baldwin, and Roosevelt in 1908.  Baldwin businessman Edwin H. Payne proposed this idea to the Freeport trustees during the board meeting held on January 17, 1908.  During the meeting, attorney Ernest S. Wallace claimed to represent a large number of prominent and influential residents of Freeport, Baldwin, and Roosevelt who favored consolidation. These interested parties were said to have organized themselves into the Greater Freeport Association.  Members of this association were not identified and the plan for consolidation never gained popularity.



"Freeport Taxpayers Oppose City Scheme." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. January 24, 1908, 15. Accessed July 3, 2017.

"Village Trustees." Nassau County Review., January 24, 1908, 1. Accessed July 3, 2017.

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

Green Avenue

Green Avenue was renamed East Dean Street in 1926.



Village of Freeport Board Minutes, December 12, 1926.

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

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, July 19, 2017.

Green, Morris B.

Morris B. Green (circa 1895-1966) was a medical doctor who practiced in Freeport for 40 years.  Dr. Green began practicing medicine in Freeport in 1922.  In 1930, with a group of other doctors, he helped found South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, NY.  He also helped found Central Synagogue in Rockville Centre and the Sunrise Masonic Lodge in Freeport.  Green was also a member of the Elks Club and the American Legion.

Morris married his wife, Hortense Jonas Mayer, in 1922.  They had two children, Murray and Richard.



"Dr. Morris B. Green, at 71; Services will be Tomorrow." Newsday. October 29, 1966, 27.

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 11, 2016.

Greenview Terrace

Greenview Terrace was deeveloped in the early 1900s by the Long Island Realty Company.  Owner of the company, Cadman H. Frederick, bought a large amount of acreage on Grand Avenue close to the train station.  The lots sold originally for $49.

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

Greenwood, Morlon

Morlon Greenwood graduated Freeport High School in 1996.  He attended Syracuse University.  Greenwood was a linebacker for Miami Dolphins (2001), Houston Texans (2005), and Oakland Raiders (2009).



Voyageur, 1996 (Freeport High School Yearbook).

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

Grgurevich, Joseph J.

Joseph J. Grgurevich (also spelled Gregurevich) (1872-1955) was one of the original ten agents for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Grgurevich was born in Yugoslavia and educated at the University of Vienna.  It was reported that he spoke ten languages.  Grgurevich came to the United States in 1891 and served in the United States military during the Spanish American War.   

Grgurevich worked as an immigration inspector on Ellis Island and in Baltimore, MD.  He joined the FBI and was put in charge of the Baltimore district.  His law enforcement career also included being the chief of the US Treasury's Foreign Division, as well as being an Alcohol and Brewery Inspector for the Treasury Department. Between 1932 and 1933, he was a licensed and bonded detective with the Cosmopolitan Investigating Service of New York.                                                                                                                                                                    

Tragedy struck Grgurevich and his family in 1928.  His sons Arthur Milan (1914-1928) and Wilson (1919-1928) drowned on the morning of December 27, 1928 while attempting to save their dog, which fell through the ice at the Baldwin/Milburn Reservoir.  The brothers were playing fetch with their collie when the dog broke through the ice.  Wilson tried to save the dog but he fell into the freezing water.  Arthur, attempting to save his brother, broke through the ice and also drowned. Arthur Strassle, of Truck Company of the Freeport Fire Department recovered the two children's bodies.  For his actions, Strassel received a medal, the first ever awarded by the Freeport Fire Department.

Grgurevich was given permission to place a monument to his sons near the reservoir.  No record of this monument being dedicated has been located.

In addition to Arthur and Wilson, Grgurevich and his wife Jennie had three other children Alice (Hunter), Edwin, and Edward. 

At the time of his death, Grgurevich lived 129 Atlantic Avenue.  He is buried in Trinity Cemetery, Amityville, NY.



"Hero Decorated." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. October 29, 1929, 17. Accessed November 1, 2017.

"J. J. Gregurevich Dies: Original F.B.I. Man." The Leader. December 22, 1955, 4. Accessed November 1, 2017.

"Two Boys Drown Trying to Rescue Pet Dog." Cattaragus Republican. January 2, 1929, 4.  Accessed October 31, 2017.

"Two Small Brothers Drown In Effort to Save Pet Dog From Ice-Coated L.I. Pond." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Accessed November 1, 2017.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, November 1, 2017.

Grifenhagen, Max S.

Max Samuel Grifenhagen (1861-1932) lived at 314 South Ocean Avenue.  He was the former sheriff of New York County.  Grifenhagen was born in Chicago.  After his father died, his family moved to New York City.  In his teens Grifenhagen moved to Denver, CO and engaged in the cattle industry for six years.  He later moved back to New York.

In 1880, Grifenhagen and his brother formed Grifenhagen Brothers, which was a  wholesale dealer and manufacturer of bottles.  Their company was one of the largest in the country. He also founded the Duffy-Mott Company, Inc., which manufactured and sold cider and vinegar and the Monopole Vineyards Corporation in Rheims, NY.  During Prohibition, the latter sold sacramental wines and non-alcoholic beverages. 

Grifenhagen served as a Republican Alderman representing Washington Heights in 1904. In 1909, he was elected New York County Register and in 1913 was elected Sheriff.  Harry Thaw, the murderer of Stanford White, was among Grifenhagen's prisoners. Grifenhagen helped political reformers end the corruptible practice of paying fees directly to the Sheriff. 

In 1913, Max Grifenhagen purchased "Stonehurst," a house in Freeport, as a summer residence.  In 1916, Max S. Grifenhagen purchased the Grove Hotel, located at 98 Rose Street, for $60,000. His wife Carrie lived in their Freeport home until her death until 1942.


See Also:

Imperial Hotel




Max Grifenhagen Obituary. The New York Times. October 30, 1932, 36.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, June 15, 2016.

Grove Theatre

Grove Theatre was erected in 1926 on Merrick Road near South Grove Street (now Guy Lombardo Avenue).  It offered two daily shows of vaudeville and movies.  Backstage, there was a large dressing room with a star on the door as well as eight other dressing rooms.  The theatre could accommodate a 21-piece orchestra.  WGBB radio studios were located around the corner and would broadcast shows and interviews with performers.  The building was later sold to the Word of Life Ministries.

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Krieg, Cynthia J. and Regina G. Feeney. Freeport. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2012.

                                                                                                                  Researched by Cynthia J. Krieg, August 5, 2016.

Grove Barber & Beauty Shoppe

Grove Barber & Beauty Shoppe was located at 34 South Grove Street (now Guy Lombardo Avenue).



Voyageur, 1929 (Freeport High School Yearbook).

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, March 4, 2017.

Grove Court Apartments

Grove Court Apartments is located at 129 Guy Lombardo Avenue (originally South Grove Street).  The building was constructed in the late 1920s by John Cruickshank.

See Also:

Cruickshank, John



"It Happened Years Ago." The Leader. August 4, 1983, 8. Accessed February 21, 2018.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, February 21, 2018.


Grove Street

Grove Street was named for Bedell's Grove which was originally located at the intersection of Grove Street and Randall Avenue.

South Grove Street was originally called Riverside Drive.



Fourteen Years Ago." Nassau County Review. August 26, 1910, 1. Accessed May 28, 2016.

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

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

Grove Street Pharmacy

Grove Street Pharmacy was located at 49 Grove Street. The business was established in 1924 with $10,000 in capital.  The directors included George V. Sloat, Janet Swanson, and Peter S. Beck.  Cliff Harlow and Lou Salvi were connected with the business in 1928.



"New L. I. Businesses." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. June 27, 1924, 24. Accessed April 3, 2017.

Polk's Freeport: Directory of Householders, Occupants of Office Buildings and Other Business Places, Including a Complete Street and Avenue Guide. R. L. Polk & Co., Inc.,1930-1931.

Voyageur, 1928 (Freeport High School Yearbook).


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


Grumman Child Care Centre

Grumman Child Care Centre was a daycare center for women who where employed by the Grumman Aircraft Engineers at Bethpage. The center, opened in 1943, cared for children between the age of two and five years old and cost 50 cents per day. Grumman workers could have their children cared for Mondays through Fridays, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

It was reported that 5,000 women were employed by Grumman between 1942-1943.  The aircraft manufacture began the child care center as a way to offset employee absenteeism due to child care issues.

The Grumman Child Care Centre was located at 304 South Ocean Avenue, a 17-room home. The house was built by Benjamin D. Homan around 1900 and was leased to Grumman by Fred K. Ware.  The center could accommodate 60 children and was financed by the Navy Department.



"Grumman Child Care Centre, Just A Youngsters' Palace." The Leader. March 4, 1943, 3. Accessed September 18, 2017.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, September 18, 2017.

Guarantee Shoe Repair Shop

Guarantee Shoe Repair Shop was located at 44 South Main Street in the 1920s.  The personnel of this store also shined shoes, cleaned and renovated hats, and sold cigars and Cigarettes.


Voyageur, 1927 (Freeport High School Yearbook).

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

Guy Lombardo Avenue

Guy Lombardo Avenue was named for the famous bandleader of the "Royal Canadians."  The street was originally called South Grove Street.  Guy Lombardo and his wife lived at 710 South Grove Street (approximately 756 Guy Lombardo Ave today).  His house was demolished in the 1990s.

Click here for pictures of Guy Lombardo's house.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, May 24, 2016.

Gunning, John D.

John D. Gunning was the eighth president (mayor) or Freeport (1910 to 1912).   He was captain of Vigilant Hose Company No. 2 from 1905 to 1906.

Gunning was proceeded by Daniel Morrison and succeeded by James Hanse.

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

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