Jean Remington Yawkey (nee Hollander) (1909-1992) was born in Brooklyn on January 24, 1909. Her family later moved to Freeport. According to the 1920 and 1930 censuses, the Hollander family lived at 16 Rosedale Avenue. Before marrying Mr. Yawkey, Hollander married her high school sweetheart, Charles Hiller. This marriage ended in divorce in 1933. Hollander worked as a model and saleswoman at Jay Thorpe, an exclusive woman’s clothing store on West 57th Street in Manhattan. It was here she supposedly met Thomas A. Yawkey, millionaire and owner of the Boston Red Sox. After Mr. Yawkey divorced his first wife, Hollander and Yawkey married in Georgetown, SC on December 24, 1944. The new Mrs. Yawkey became an avid Red Sox fan. She meticulously kept score on a custom-bound set of cards. After Mr. Yawkey died in 1976, Mrs. Yawkey became a majority shareholder of the Red Sox franchise. When not at games, Mrs. Yawkey was a major Boston philanthropist. In 1984, she became director of the National Baseball Museum and Hall of Fame – the first woman elected to the Hall of Fame’s board. She was also a major benefactor to the museum, donating two wings and commissioning a basswood statue of Ted Williams. In 1992, Jean Yawkey died at the age of 83 after suffering a severe stroke.
Stout, Glenn and Richard A. Johnson. Red Sox Century. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2000.
Thomas, Robert. "Jean R. Yawkey, Red Sox Owner and Philanthropist, Is Dead at 83.” The New York Times. February 27, 1992.
“Tom A. Yawkey Marries.” The New York Times. December 25, 1944, 15.
Researched by Regina G. Feeney, May 16, 2016.
Young & Anton was a printing company located at 64 South Main Street in the 1920s. It was owned by George Young and Carl Anton.
Freeport Recorder, The
Voyageur, 1927 (Freeport High School Yearbook).
Researched by Regina G. Feeney, December 23, 2016.
Adam Yulch (1885-1950) was Freeport's first motorcycle police officer. After leaving Freeport, he worked for the Garden City Police Department before joining the Nassau County Police Department in the 1930s. While working in the Lost Property Squad, he developed a codification system for laundry marks (marks placed on clothing by dry cleaners to identify the owner) that developed into the Laundry-Mark Identification Bureau. During his tenure with the bureau, Yulch was able to solve murders, identify victims, and return lost and stolen property. When eight Nazi saboteurs landed on an Amagansett beach in 1942, Yulch helped capture the men after identifying a laundry mark on a discarded vest.
In 1922, Yulch was voted the most popular man in Freeport.
On July 2, 1950, Adam Yulch died from a head injury after falling while on duty. He is listed on the Nassau County Police Department's web page honoring police officers who died while on duty.
"Cops March in Tribute at Adam Yulch Rites." Newsday. July 7, 1950, 11.
"Cops to Escort Capt. Yulch to Last Beat." Newsday. July 5, 1950, 3.
"Death Claims World Famous Nassau Cop." Newsday. July 3, 1950, 5.
"Laundry Mark Brings New Success to Lt. Adam Yulch." Newsday. September 15, 1941, 9.
"Yulch is the Most Popular Freeport Man." The Daily Review. June 19, 1922, 1. Accessed December 23, 2019. http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn95071431/1922-06-19/ed-1/seq-1/.
"Yulch Stalks Missing Leg Seaman Owner." Newsday. June 23, 1943, 5.
Researched by Regina G. Feeney, April 3, 2017.
Updated by Regina G. Feeney, December 23, 2019.