Thursday, March 31, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
1858: W. Post
1873: Capt. W. Post
1894: Mrs. H. Post/W. H. Post
1902: Mrs. M. H. Post
1916: Mrs. M. H. Post
Gregory & Margaret Hedberg, 1997 – present
James M., Barbara Jean & John Eric Huntley, 1973-1997
Irene D. True, 1965-1973
James T. & Roberta E. Parry, 1963-1965
Gertrude W. Hawes, 1948-1963
Adele H. Post, to 1948
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
I love these accounts and hope you do too. Part VI will follow, and Part VII will end the series.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
Born on January 2, 1870, “Abe” Bagely came to the United States in 1889 from the “Munsterberg” settlement in Switzerland. Abe settled in Berne, Indiana where his uncle, Laban, started the first sawmill and was one of the founders of the first brick yard. In 1893 Abe married Bertha Clara Gilliom who was born in Hickory County Missouri. Her relative, Simon, owned a prominent lumber company in Berne.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
This gambrel roofed three story beauty was built by and for Franklin Carpenter Raynor (1856-1920), a house carpenter. He was from Westhampton. In 1882 he married Amy Louise White (1864-1918) which must be a big part of the reason why he left his native Westhampton for Southampton. Amy is a descendant of one of the first settlers of Southampton, John White, and the White family were prominent land owners across the east end. In fact, that is probably how they acquired the land, through Amy’s family. Frank and Amy had seven children, six of which survived: 3 boys and 3 girls. Two of the boys, Lester and Lawrence, also became house carpenters.
The next owners were Grace J. (b. 1885) and John G. (b. 1881) Jacksons. John was a lawyer. When not in Southampton, they lived on East 79th Street in Manhattan. They travelled frequently.
Following the Erteguns, the Michaelcheck’s owned this lovely home. Bill is a Wall Street titan, and his wife, Pam, has been very involved with the very worthy local charity, the Fresh Air Home.
Property Owners (incomplete):
Susan B. Margules/Steinhardt & John Steinhardt, 1991 – present
William Michaelcheck, 1987-1991
Ahmet & Ioana M. Ertegun, 1968-1987
John G. & Grace J. Jackson, 1939-1968
Mrs. Frank C. Raynor, before 1902-1939
Heirs of Eli White (Henry E. White, Fanny L. White, Nellie M. White, & Sarah A. Rose)
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
Anyway, I have also always wondered if this property would ever get re-developed and now it seems the rumblings of that action may be occurring. The Planning Board agenda says the matter is only a property boundary clarification and land transfer issue, but I still suspect near future building endeavors. What do you think should happen with that property? The also, is on the Planning Board agenda tonight, at 6pm. Agenda item #2.
59 Pierpont: The owners of this home wish to put a second story on the house and some of the neighbors are not too happy about that. I LOVE when the neighbors participate in the process! Kudos! This neighborhood has lovely homes, but not gigantic and some of the neighbors believe that adding a second floor over the center/main portion of the house will make it one of the largest on the street, and thus disparate with the character of the neighborhood. In fact, this house’s existing first floor area is already larger than many other nearby homes, so multiplying that by 2 will physically make the house appear twice as large, no matter what the actual habitable area numbers may be. Remember though, that the owners don’t need a variance to build a second floor, only to build a second floor whose second story front wall aligns with the existing first story front wall, because that does not conform, by just under 3 feet, with current setbacks. I think the real issue here is that, again, people are allowed to build much larger houses on smaller lots ever since the code was changed circa 2006, and as more and more people catch onto this they don’t like it, especially in the more local, quasi-seasonal parts of the village. I think someone should put together a photo montage to demonstrate the scale consequence here, rather than to rely on the board’s familiarity with the neighborhood. The application was adjourned on February 24th so that neighbors could have more time to review the building department file.
So those are the happenings around town that caught my attention just by the display of a sign out front and/or activity on the site. But I always am peeking at the agendas and videos available online. That sure is a nice convenience.
Friday, March 4, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
While there aren’t many surviving outhouses anymore, sure enough, more than a few have the crescent moon cut-out on the door. Some theories postulate its purpose was to let in light. Others say it was the right shape to grab as a door handle, whether from the inside or out, prior to the inexpensive availibility of actual hardware. Another even older theory claims the crescent shape was a female symbol, while the star or sunburst was a male symbol. But the males’ privies weren’t as well maintained and fewer survived, leaving us with far more outhouses with the crescent moon pattern on the door.
Little cut-out patterns are sweet embellishments no matter where they are located, and while I am familiar with the origins of the crescent moon cut-out, I won’t hold it against any owners who find their own reasons to assign it to a feature of their house. I’m sure we could think of many other things that have made similar transitions, from awkward assignments, to those celebrated.