The Brooklyn Eagle was founded in 1841 by a group of Democrats, with Henry
C. Murphy, later mayor of Brooklyn, as editor. Walt Whitman edited it from
1846 to 1848, and so vigorously did he oppose the extension of slave states
that he was forced out of the editorship; shortly afterward Whitman joined
the staff of the radical Brooklyn Freeman. In recent years the Eagle
acquired the Brooklyn Times-Union which had been the Brooklyn Daily Times
until its acquisition of the Brooklyn Standard Union.
On December. 30, 1900, the Brooklyn Eagle invited its readers to behold the new century. And such a century the Eagle unveiled! In dazzling, 16-page section, writers prophesied social and technological advances that must have struck Brooklynites as audacious -- or daft. Electricity replacing steam power. Garbage removed by motorized vehicles. Women with the right to vote. A tunnel to Manhattan. X-rays. Airplanes.
When the new century arrived, the Eagle claimed a Sunday circulation of 50,000, and Brooklyn had a population of 1.1 million. Only two years earlier, it had been the fourth largest American metropolis, before voting to join New York City. Perhaps understandably, the Eagle failed to foresee its own fatal tailspin. On March 16, 1955, the paper perished, though another publication bearing the name has operated the last couple of years focusing on real estate and neighborhood news.
For the mournful staff of the original, the only consolation of the closing may have been that the Dodgers abandoned the borough two years after the paper folded and the Eagle didn't have to write the obit.
There is an Index of portions of the Brooklyn Eagle by Gertrude A. Barber. It's availability is difficult to state. One place that it definitely is available is the New York Public Library (The Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy ).
Deaths Taken from the Brooklyn Eagle, 1841-1880.;
Marriages taken from the Brooklyn Eagle, 1841-1880;
New York Evening Post: Deaths, 1801-1890;
New York Evening Post: Marriages, 1801-1890.
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Published in Brooklyn
Eagle on May 6,1896
Long Island Notes
Published in the
Brooklyn Eagle on May 8,1896
About Long Islanders
Harry T. HAWKEY of
Poughkeepsie is in Bay Shore for a few days.
M.I. HUNT, principal of Islip school, has moved to Willow Ave.
Miss Marion HAWKINS & Mrs. J.H. WEBSTER have returned to Islip from Albany.
John W. RAYNOR of New York City is visiting Southampton, his former home.
Miss Clara FOSTER of this city is visiting Southampton.
Mr. & Mrs. John M. ATWATER, nee BYRD, of Flushing, have returned from their European trip,where they had been for the last 2 months.
E.F. MacCONNELL of Philadelphia is visiting at the home of W.W. HULSE, Bay Shore.
Dr. & Mrs. Edwin S. MOORE of bay Shore have just returned from a week's vacation trip during which they visited Montreal, Watertown, Saratoga and other places.
Miss Sadie ZWECK of Amityville is visiting relatives in Bay Shore.
Mrs. Henry DEAN, Mrs. Martha DEAN & Mrs. John BEDFORD of Bklyn were the guests of Mrs. John CHARTERS of Bay Shore Wednesday
Miss Nora PIPER, a teacher in the school of Oyster Bay, has been engaged by the board of education as assistant principal in the Bay Shore school for next year. She takes the place of Miss Helen KING, who has resigned.
Frank P. PIKE and family of Bayshore are spending a few weeks in New York.
Josiah ROBBINS of Bay Shore has purchased of E. HURD of New York the sloop yacht Seneca for $850.
Miss Emma DRAKE of Islip was the guest of her brother at Sayville this week.
Dr. HAMILL of New Jersey visiting in Islip this week.
Phillip ALLEY of Port Jefferson has been visiting ABREW brothers of Islip this week.
Miss Carter is having many improvements made in her property at Great River.
Mrs. ABREW of Port Jefferson is spending some time in Islip as the guest of her brother, Forrest ABREW.
Miss Alice WATERBURY & Miss FLorence PROVOST both of Stamford ,Conn are spending a few weeks at the residence of Mrs. J. E. GOLDING of Freeport.
Edward MARYLAND of Freeeport will start on Saturday on a pleasure trip toWashington, DC, on a bicycle. He will be gone 10 days.
Clinton RAYNOR of this city is spending a few days with his parents at Freeport.
Miss Fannie SIMPSON in company with Miss May FROST of East Norwich, left Smithtown Branch yesterday for Conn. wherethey will engage in evangelical work.
Mrs. William E. CALL of Smithtown Branch has been visiting friends at Northport.
Michael ZUKVOSKI, a Russian farm hand has been adjudged insane and has been removed to the state hospital at Poughkeepsie.
Clifford DEMAREST has been appointed organist and choirmaster at All Saints church, Great Neck.
Published in the
Brooklyn Eagle on May 31,1896
In and About Patchogue
James H. DAVIDSON is
visiting friends in New York & Philadelphia.
The marriage of Miss Edith J. YAYGAR of 640 10th St, Bklyn to George L. Robinson of Patchogue is announced to take place at the home of the bride's parents on Wednesday, June 10th.
Miss Lottie TOPPING has been visiting Port Jefferson friends this week.
W. A. MUNDELL of Bklyn has rented Mr. Jacob SHAND's residence on Rider Ave, for the summer.
Alexander SHAND this week moved to his Brooklyn residence, 190 Kent St.
Edgar F. HAMMOND, who resided in Chicago during the past year, has returned to Patchogue for the summer.
Mr. & Mrs. F. SADDINGTON of Jeferson Ave. visited Mrs. SADDINGTON's father, Mr. C.F. VROOMAN this week and today they sail for Europe.
Mrs. D.R. SMITH of Smith's Mills, S.C. are now occupying their cottage for the summer.
Cards are out announcing the marriage of William A. KETCHAM of Islip and Miss Anna NUGENT of Patchogue on Thursday, June 7th.
Mr. & Mrs. R.H. PARKS started today on a trip to Washington and Maryland.
Mr. & Mrs. Alfred CRAFT of Bklyn have moved into their summer cottage.
Miss Viola PETTO returned to Bklyn yesterday, after a 5 weeks' visit with her parents here.
Carl SANFORD of Bklyn is visiting Mr. H.K. ROE.
The cantata "The Revelers"was given at the chapel of the Methodist Episcopal Church Wednesday and had a good attendance. There were 70 in the cast.
The leading players were William WOOLLEY, Nora DARE, Luretta KOERNOR, Bessie SMITH, Ernest & Georgie CHICHESTER, Mamie HUBBARD, Mildred SILSBE, May BAILEY, RObert HOWELL, Grace HAMMOND, Paul RULAND, Lena HUBBARD and Eloise PECKHAM. Mrs. A.W. BYRT was director and Mrs. Daniel CHICHESTER was at the piano.
Postmaster Charles E. ROSE has resigned from the board of village trustees. He will take his new office next week. Mr. Frank N. WOOD will be assistant postmaster.
Theodore WITTE of Brooklyn will soon begin the erection of a cottage at the Point O' Woods.
Captain E.T. MOORE of Patchogue has rented his cottage at the Point O'Wood to Lawyer T. M. GIEFFING.
Mr. Donald MONROE of Massachusetts has rented the West Side Hotel on Ocean Ave for the summer and will open about June 20.
Mr. Y. TANGE of 1130 Bedford Ave. Brooklyn, the first Japanese to settle at Patchogue has opened a store here.
An invitation dance was held at Forrester's hall Friday evening. There were 30 couples present. Miss Carrie BRAY and Mr. William GODDARD led the march.
Supper was served at Chichester's at midnight and dancing continued until the early hours Saturday morning.
Published in the
Brooklyn Eagle, May 8,1896
Long Island Notes
Doxsee's canning factory
at Islip is open for the season.
William B. HORNBLOWER of New York is erecting a commodious carriage house & stables at his summer place in Southampton.
Charles BROPHY is the first man in Southampton to obtain a license under the Raines law. The town voted in favor of a druggist and hotel license at the recent election.
John M. WOODBURN is to have a new house erected on Hill St., Southampton on the site of the dwelling that burned down last year.
The Southampton Electric Light Co. is extending it's wires through Elm streets and Little Plains Rd to Dune Rd. and thence to Meadow Club House.
A new bathing pavilion is being erected at Southampton's ocean beach.
The Southampton Bicycle Assoc. has elected Edward H. FOSTER, president ;
Wiliam A. CORWITH, vice president and Charles A. JAGGER, secretary.
Mrs. Charles HARLOW and Mrs. Edward E. FINNING (FANNING?) of Southampton were called to Croton Falls on Wednesday, the home of their sister, Mrs.
George ABRAMS, who is dangerously ill from paralysis.
Long Island Obituaries
Freeport, LI. - Mrs.
CUNNINGHAM, sister of Mr. Gilbert RAYNOR of this village died at her home
in Bklyn on Tuesday. The funeral services were held in
the Presbyterian Church, the Rev K. V. KETCHAM officiating. Deceased was in her 67th year and a former resident of Freeport. The internment took place in
Freeport Cemetery yesterday.
Patchogue,LI May 6
- The funeral of Baldwin GORDON was held from the M.E. Church yesterday, the
Reverends W.H. PAINE & A.E. COLTON officiating. Mr.GORDON was born in
Patchogue 63 years ago and was a descendant of one of the oldest families
in that village. For a numbers of years he was a beach
fisherman and his habitation on the Great South Bay opposite Patchogue had been visited by many Brooklynites who journeyed to the beach during the summer season. Internment was in the old cemetery. A widow and nine children and several grandchildren survive him
Surrogate's Courts Proceedings
Jamaica,LI- In the
Queens County Surrogate's court the following wills were proved yesterday
: Clara A. F. PINTO & George KAISER of Newtown. Patrick
FOLEY & Oliver W. RYDER, Jamaica and Henry LAUER of Hempstead. The will of Johanna GUNTHER of Newtown was proved this morning.
Several obituaries found in the Brooklyn Eagle during the month of May, 1896
Islip, LI, May 2 - The funeral of Captain Jarvis SMITH of Islip was held this afternoon, with masonic honors. A large number of masons came from Bayshore to attend the services, which took place at the Islip Presbyterian church, the Rev. W.S.C. WEBSTER, the pastor of the church, officiating.
Glen Cove,LI, May2
- Mrs. Samuel J. SEAMAN of Duck Pond, Glen Cove, died suddenly yesterday in
Bklyn. She was a daughter of the late William WILLETS
of Jericho, and until within the last 5 years had always resided in that village. Her husband is a descendant of Elias HICKS, the founder of the Hicksite Society of Friends. Mrs. SEAMAN was about 40 years of age, an active worker in all philanthropic and social affairs and her demise has cast a shadow over the whole community. Besides a husband, two daughters and two sons survive her. Three sisters, Mrs. Sidney BONNE, Mrs. Frederick E. WILLETS, and Miss Jennie WILLETS, also reside at GLen Cove.
FLushing,LI, May 2
- Marguerite, the 10 months old daughter of Mr. Mrs. A. Foster KING died yesterday.
The 8 months old son of Mr. Thomas and Frances
WHITSON,Jr died the same day.
John H. BECHAMP, aged 84, one of the oldest residents of the town of Flushing, died at his home in Bayshore, yesterday of pneumonia.
Patchogue,LI, May 9
- The funeral of Mrs. Jeanettte BROWN-HOPPER of Bklyn who died on Thursday
last will be held from the home of her aunt , Mrs. John
GARDNER, Patchogue tomorrow. Mrs. HOPPER was born in Bklyn 23 years ago. She had been sick with a hasty consumption and had been married almost 2
years. She taught school at Patchogue during the years of 1892 & 1893. Her death is mourned by a large circle of friends.
Mrs. Elizabeth OVERTON, one of the oldest residents of the middle of the island died of old age at her home , in Corona [ ?I believe this should read Coram ], on Monday last. She was born at Corona [?Coram] 90 years ago and had lived there all her days. The funeral service was held from the Middle Island M.E. Church on Wednesday.
The funeral of Mrs.
Minerva HARNED, who died at the home of daughter, Mrs. John DAVIS, 2622 Willoughby
Ave, Bklyn, on Wednesday last, was held at
Patchogue this morning, the internment being in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Mrs. Harned was born in Pattchogue and was 80 years old.
Irene M. OVERTON, the
15 months old child of Mr. & Mrs. William OVERTON, died suddenly on Thursday.
The child a few days previous, had a bad fall from
a high chair, and it is believed that concussion of the brain then occured. The child had been quite well up until a few minutes before its death. The funeral was held yesterday.
From the May, 1896 Brooklyn Eagle
Glen Cove,LI, May 12
- Mrs. Anita COLES, wife of Oscar L. COLES,formerly a well known resident
of Glen Cove, died at her home on Schermerhorn St., Bklyn, Sunday, after a
brief illness. Mrs. COLES was well know in GLen Cove, where she had spent
several seasons and her death has caused universal
sorowing in the social circle of which she was a prominent member. Mrs. COLES was 32 years of age and was married less than 2 years ago at the home of her parents, Mr. & Mrs. SCHENCK, from which she was buried this afternoon.
15 - Bernard EARLE, who is well known throughout Long Island as a philanthropist,
as well as a man of wealth, died after a long illness at his home, north of
this village, on the Jericho Rd. at 2 o'clock yesterday morning, at
the advanced age of 76 years. His remains will be interred at Calvary Cemetery.
Mr. EARLE was a native of Ireland. He came to the U.S. in 1836 and followed
the business of a contractor & builder, in which he amassed a large fortune.
He retired in 1871 and removed to a country estate at Round Swamp. He
soon after moved to Hicksville and gave his large property there to the Trapppist
monks, upon which they have since erected handsome buildings.
Upon his removal to Hicksville he occupied a residence on the west side of Jericho Rd. In 1885, he gave this house and 107 acres of land to the St. John's home, corner of St. Marks & Albany Aves, Bklyn to be used as a home for orphan boys and known as the St. John's Protectory Home. This institution now contains over 150 boys. Mr EARLE was a kind friend to everyone in need and he gave away large sums of money to needy & deserving people. He had a great pleasure in encouraging young men to start right in life.
Flushing ,LI, May 15 - Patrick CLANCY died at his home yesterday afternoon after an illness of 6 weeks. He was 35 years old and leaves a wife & 4 children.
Death of Hermit HENNESSEY
Sayville,LI, May 15
- Old Michael HENNESSEY died at the county house at Yaphank Wednesday,
and his remains were buried beside his wife, in the Bohemian burying ground,
yesterday. Some months ago old Mary HENNESSEY was found dead in bed, and in
the same bed her husband, for years an invalid, lay
unconscious that his wife had passed away. Near neighbors too care of the old man and he was removed to the poor house. It was said that aged couple had
considerable money hidden away in the house, but nothing could be found except $7 sewed up in the corner of an old pilow. Still it is believed that much more money lies buried somewhere on the premises.
Over 40 years ago, the couple built the small hut which they occuppied ever since in the heart of a dense woods, near where Bohemia village now stands and for years they have been called "The Hermits". The village gossip has it that Nancy HENNESSEY was once a prominent young women in the city of Philadelphia and was engaged to be married to a prominent police official until she met Michael HENNESSEY, who was a widower.
He claimed to own rich lands on Long Island and Nancy, who was a Quakeress and had been brought up on a farm, longed to return to that life again
and she married HENNESSEY. The rich farm lands proved to be a myth and the bright young Quakeress determined to shut herself from the rest of the world and
made her husband build the hut in the woods. Their property will be sold to pay for their burials. [ Notice the wife is first referred to as "MARY", then "Nancy". How true is all this "gossip ", I wonder ? I can only imagine the state of the propery after all the neighbors were done hunting for the buried riches :-) ]
From the Brooklyn
Eagle - Jan. 3, 1896
About Long Islanders
Nathaniel SMITH of
Jersey City & Frank SMITH of New York City are spending a week at Sag
Harbor, as guests of their sister, Mrs. Charles B. BECK. Miss Virginia TOOKER
of Attleboro, MA is visiting at her former home in Sag Harbor.
Mrs. H. T. CORWIN of this city is visiting Sag Harbor, as the guest of her
sister, Mrs. D. Emmett YOUNGS. Herbert La Mont of this city is visiting Sag Harbor, where his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Charles La Mont, have a summer place.
Charles L. RAYNOR & John N. ROGERS have returned to Westhampton from a 2 weeks shooting trip to Nagg's Head, North Carolina.
Mr. & Mrs. Theodore F. JACKSON of New York and Mrs. W.M. L. DISKE & family of Bklyn spent New Year's Day in Westhampton.
A daughter of John TYLER of Eastport is sick with scarlet fever.
Joseph BADER of Wilmington, Del. has recently been visiting relatives in Sea Cliff.
Mrs. Martha BOWEN & daughter of Sea Cliff have been visiting relatives in this city.
Mrs. E. WIRSCHING of Chicago is visiting her mother, Mrs. M. BOWEN, at Sea Cliff.
Miss Lillian Pearsall of Sea Cliff gave an afternoon reception and musicale yesterday.
Mr. & Mrs. Edward E. CRAFT of Glen Cove gave a dinner party in their new house at Duck Pond, last week, to the bridemaids & ushers at their recent
Thomas TOWNS of Bayshore has been appointed a deputy sheriff.
Mrs. Samuel B. JAYNE of Bayshore has gone to New Orleans to visit her daughter, Mrs. C.H. LUZENBURG.
Mrs. J.W. Latham of Woodsburgh has been spending some time with Mrs. L. BROWER of Bay Shore.
Miss Lizzie MOORE of Riverhead is visiting Miss Hetty JEFFREY of Bayshore.
Miss Edna GOLDING of Bayshore gave a tea party to a number of her little friends. Among those present were Miss Ethel WOODMAN, Miss Helen STELLENWERF,
Master Kenneth STELLENWERF, Master Dick RAVEN, Master Henry RAVEN, Master Roy BREWSTER, Miss Julia GOLDING, Master Howell GOLDING, Master Frank PIKE.
Mrs. Henry Watrous BIGELOW of Woodside, who has been sorjourning in the Delaware Valley & at Addison, NY, during Christmastide, has returned home.
Judge Wilmot M. SMITH of Patchogue will hold court tomorrow. He will sit at Riverhead. Next Monday, he will be at Long Island City.
William H. TOPPING of Bridgehampton, a machinist, has made an assignment to Charles A. PIERSON.
Everett A. CARPENTER has received the appoinment of appraiser of the estate of the late John W. MASURY of Center Moriches, who left property valued at
Peter HAYES, a member of Meridian Lodge #601, died yesterday at his home in Islip. He was a war veteran and belonged to the William Gurney Post #538,
Lawrence CASSEL of Great Neck & Miss Agnes McMAHAN of New York were married Sunday night at 5 o'clock at St. Aloysius' Church, Great Neck, by the Rev. Edward SMITH. The best man was Mr. J.J. HOEY & the maid of honor, Miss LAWRENCE of New York.
Joseph H. RANDALL & Miss Adella SMITH, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Nathaniel SMITH of East Patchogue, were married at the bride's home on New Year's Day by Rev. A.E. COLTON. There were about 80 guests present and many costly presents were received by the bride. Mr. & Mrs. RANDALL will reside at Oyster Bay.
The marriage of S. CLifton TOWNSEND of Baltimore to Clara Griffiths MURRAY took place last night in St. George's Church, Flushing, the ceremony being
performed by Dr. Carpenter SMITH, assisted by the Rev. H.D. WALLER. Miss Edythe TOWNSEND of Baltimore, a sister of the groom was maid of honor and
William S. TOWNSEND of New York acted as best man. The bride comes from an old revolutionary family.
The Rev. W.S. BALLOU, pastor of First Universalist Church of Huntington was married to Miss Lela C. MERRILL at Hop Bottom, PA. last Tuesday. He and his
bride arrived at the parsonage to find that the women of the parish invaded the house and put everything in readiness for the homecoming. To the other surprises was a well filled purse from the congregation.
William FAIRMAN of Bklyn & Mrs. Ann C. HARDENBROOK, daughter of Justice HENDRICKSON of Jamaica, were married last night at the residence of Mrs. William BARKER, 1028 Bedford Ave., Bklyn.
From the Brooklynklyn
Eagle Jan 2, 1896
About Long Islanders
Miss Adelaide TERRY
of Southampton is visiting her parents, Mr. & Mrs. T.K. TERRY of Terryville.
Miss Mary C. BATEMAN of Kansas City, MO, mother of Justice C. H. BATEMAN of Shelter Island, died Thursday.
Albert P. CORWIN of Greenport is spending the winter in this city as the guest of his son, Captain Addison CORWIN of the police force.
Dr. & Mrs. DIEKMAN of this city are visiting Greenport, their native home.
Mr. & Mrs. Robert FESSENDEN of Barrington, RI are the guests of Mr. & Mrs. J.H. GRIFFITH of East Rockaway.
Miss Lillian ROSEMON of this city is visiting relatives in Bayshore.
Gardener LOCKWOOD of New York is spending a few days hunting in the vicinty of Bayshore.
George T. BROWN & family have moved from Sea Cliff to this city. Mrs. BROWN is the daughter of ex alderman William H. KAY.
Miss Julia K. CHELLBORG,BA professor of mathematics in the Normal College, New York City is visiting relatives at Sea Cliff.
Mr. & Mrs. S. TITUS & family, Glen Cove were guests of Miss Belle JACKSON of Jamaica yesterday.
Mr. William H. BOWNE & family of School St, Glen Cove are spending a week at Newburgh.
Comodore Theodore W. SHERIDAN , Samuel STENSON, C.S. DUNNING and several other members of Sea Cliff Yacht Club spent New Years Day in that village.
Nathan OSBORNE of Water Mill, who is atending the Michigaqn mining School at Houghton, Mich. has taken such a high standardin all his studies for the year
that he has been excused from examinations. Richard FITZGIBBONS, D.J. SINGER of New York City and Herbert CHILDS of Bklyn are at the Apancuck Point house, Westhampton for a few days duck shooting.
Misses Annie & Mamie HAVENS of Bridgehampton are spending the holidays in the city.
Dr. & Mrs. Willam H. ROGERS of Moriches are visiting Bridgehampton, the doctor's former home.
Mrs. Mary HEMPSTEAD of Evanstton, Ill. is visiting Bridgehampton at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Rev. Arthur NEWMAN.
Frank ROSE of Glastonburg, Conn. is visiting his parents at Rose Hill, Water Mill.
Otis G. PIKE of Riverhead, William H. PIKE of Mattituck, Louis O. PIKE of Jamaica & Gilson PENNY of Cutchogue will start soon for a trip to Bermuda. Letters of Administration of the estate of the late Justice Thomas F. BISGOOD of Sag Harbor have been granted by the Surrogate of Suffolk Cty to Alice M.
BISGOOD, widow, and Everet A. CARPENTER, friend.
The summer place of LOMBARD & AYRES at Water Mill, has been bought by Mrs. Mary Tilcomb ? of this city.
Two Irish setters belonging to Mr. Russell GRACE of Great Neck, got out of their kennels yesterday and killed 224 valuable fowls.
The College Point board of village trustees organized yesterday by electing F.G. PAULY, president.