"Two boys, Chester Hait and Raymond Gerard, while fishing on Friday
afternoon at Swan Lake, narrowly escaped drowning. They had anchored
in deep water, a
small cranky canoe, requiring only a slight movement to capsize.
The canoe overturned and spilled them in the water. Chester Hait
could swim and with great presence of mind he caught hold of Gerard the
second time he came up, supporting him till help arrived. The rescuing
party consisted of Mrs. Benjamin Ackerly, Mrs. Charles Terel and Herbert
Woodhull who happened to be near them in a substantial craft. It
is time the canoe craze was suppressed, and parents should forbid their
sons venturing into these death traps that are so fascinating to boys."
A LAD WITH A TEMPER (news from Patchogue around 1893)
HOWARD DOW FIRES A REVOLVER AT HIS YOUNG CONQUEROR
Patchogue, Jan. 19 - Chester Hait, a nine-year-old lad, was shot and
slightly wounded by Howard Dow here Wednesday. Young Dow is eight
years old. The
boys attend school here. Hait is big for his age, and is the
champion "scrapper" of the school. On Tuesday he administered a sound
thrashing to young Dow. While he was returning from school the next
day, in company with Willie Gordon, Dow rushed upon them, flourishing an
axe. "I'll smash your head!" he shouted to Hait.
The two boys sprang upon the angry lad and took the axe away from him. Then Dow ran into a woodshed and came back with a revolver. He pointed the weapon at Hait and Gordon, and both the lads fled. As Hait ran, Dow discharged the pistol. The bullet just grazed Hait's ear. The latter ran to his home where the wound was dressed. Young Dow received a scolding for his share of the fracas. (End of article.)
Chester Hait was my great uncle. Anyone related to his friend Willie Gordon? Will anyone admit to being related to Howard Dow?
Newspaper clipping 1:
"The executive committee of the Lincoln Republican Club met on Thursday evening last and endorsed applicants for the several governmental positions in the vicinity, which plums will be distributed by the incoming Republican administration. W.B. Hedges of East Patchogue was endorsed for deputy internal revenue collector; E. A. Cowles for postmaster at Patchogue; Augustus F. Smith for postmaster at East Patchogue; M.G. Hait for coast inspector and Sidney O. Weeks for surveyor of the port. These candidates will now go before the County Committee for their endorsement. After the meeting the successful candidates treated the committee to an oyster supper at Terry's restaurant."
Newspaper Clipping 2:
"The English barkentine Brazil, Captain McMamara, bound from Jamaica,
West Indies, to New York City went ashore about two miles west of the Moriches
Saving Station, on Saturday last. Coast Inspector Myron G. Hait
went to the vessel on Sunday last and was obliged to remain there nearly
the whole week. The Brazil was loaded with logwood, and was about
19 years old. She is now breaking up. Mr. Hait stayed with
the crew of the Moriches Life Saving Station during his stop...... " (the
rest of the article is missing)
Patchogue, about 1907-1910
A "firelighting" party enjoyed most of the night Thursday, when Kenneth
Hait, Floyd Harrison, O Porter, Frank Fox, chaperoned by Mrs. Ida
a boat and had the time of their innocent young lives. They fished
in Goose Bayou and caught fish of sufficient numbers to provide a
delicious fish fry, which nocturnal banquet took place about 1 a.m.
The jolly excoursionists carried sandwiches and other accessories for the
supper, which was much appreciated by the hungry throng. With good
vocal talent in the party, their singing made the evening one of complete
Blue Point, 1876
ROLL OF HONOR
Bayport and Bluepoint
The following is the roll of honor of the Blue Point district school
terminating Nov. 10, 1876: Lizzie Smith, Dannie Arthur, Jennie Davis,
James Davis, Charles Furman, Joel Furman, Emma Smith, Willie Bishop, Minnie
Bishop, Carrie Moger, Freddie Purick, Ella Warner, George Furman, Isaac
Furman, Freddie Hallet, Bessie Havens, Nora Biggs, Betsy Still, Rosie Still,
Forest Moger, Martha Still, Edna Smith. The above have attended the
school regularly, and have been perfect in department. W.W. Davis,
Sayville, probably around 1900
Sayville, Jan. 21. The funeral of Mrs. Reginald Smith (Harried
Murdock) was held in St. Ann's Church, this village, today, of which church
deceased was a
member, having been a Sunday School pupil of that church. The
Rev. J. H. Precott officiated, and his remarks respecting the departed
were exceedingly touching and there were no dry eyes in the congregation.
Some months ago, the deceased was attacked with hasty consumption, and
during her declining days she realized that her end was near. The
deceased had made her own shroud, and gave detailed instructions regarding
her funeral, having selected the pall-bearers, which conprised her young
husband's associates at West Sayville. The interment was made in
St. Ann's Cemetary, this village, where two babie of this departed young
mother are buried
SOME HEAVY CATCHES OF STRIPED BASS REPORTED BY PATCHOGUE
Myron G. Hait and his 15 year old son, Chester made an extraordinary haul of striped bass this week. They caught 1200 fish that weighed from two to four pounds each. The entire catch was taken to the New York market and sold for from eighteen to twenty-eight cents a pound in the market. Mr. Hait, a barber, is an expert bayman. He says he made enough off the haul to build him a house.
Last week David Cocheran, of Blue Point, caught a ton of striped bass which, he says, netted him over $800.
The fishing grounds are alive with boats now on the lookout for bass, but no further large catches have been reported.