Suffolk County Historical Society: Photo of the Week / 2019 — FLANDERS — NEW 1.12.19


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The Suffolk County Historical Society’s PHOTO OF THE WEEK Series is created by head research librarian Wendy Polhemus-Annibell using historic primary source materials from our local history library’s extensive archives. To subscribe, visit our website or send an email request to Wendy at librarian@schs-museum.org 

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Interested in seeing more historical photos from the Collection of the Suffolk County Historical Society? Spend an afternoon at our Local History Libraryperusing our extensive archival photography collectionsWe’re open Weds. – Sat., 12:30 – 4:30 PM. 

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: January 12, 2019— FROM THE SCHS LIBRARY ARCHIVES

 

“How shall we know it is us without our past?”
– John Steinbeck 

Flanders 

by Wendy Polhemus-Annibell, Head Librarian  

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A View of Methodist Point in Flanders, c. 1902. (From the Collection of the Suffolk County Historical Society Library Archives. Image © copyright Suffolk County Historical Society. All rights reserved.)

About two miles from Riverhead is the hamlet bearing the name Flanders. How and when Flanders acquired its name remain a mystery, though it may be that the hamlet adopted the name based on its wetlands and other similarities with the Flanders region of present-day Belgium in Europe. The word “Flanders” is adopted from the Flemish “Vlaanderen,” which means “flooded land.”

It’s believed that the first settlement was made in Flanders about 1770, and the first English settlers included Josiah Goodale and Ellis Squires. Southampton Town records refer to Goodale’s house at “Aukabog” as early as 1761, and other references indicate that the structure was likely built prior to 1760. Josiah is credited with clearing much of the land in the hamlet area, and his descendants continue to reside there today. A Congregational church was built in Flanders about 1840, and a Methodist church was built about 1860.

Another early inhabitant of Flanders was James Fanning II, a Southold native and son of Captain James Fanning, who was a hero of the French Indian War and the first of the Fannings to settle on Long Island. The oldest known surviving house in the hamlet is that of James Benjamin. His homestead, built in circa 1782 and located on Flanders Road, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Suggested Reading: History of Suffolk County (Munsell, 1882).

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: January 5, 2019— FROM THE SCHS LIBRARY ARCHIVES

 

“How shall we know it is us without our past?”
– John Steinbeck 

Jefferson Echo Building, c. 1920

by Wendy Polhemus-Annibell, Head Librarian  

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Jefferson Echo Building, c. 1920. (From the Collection of the Suffolk County Historical Society Library Archives. Image © copyright Suffolk County Historical Society. All rights reserved.)

The Port Jefferson Echo was a local newspaper published weekly for nearly forty years, from 1892 until 1931. Established by Charles A. Squires, a native of Good Ground (Hampton Bays), the first issue was released on August 13, 1892, with the masthead noting the publication was “Devoted to the Welfare of Port Jefferson Village and Surrounding Communities.” It also names the location as “Echo, Long Island, N.Y.,” which a part of Port Jefferson village used to be called, and marks the annual subscription price at one dollar. Two years later, in 1894, the paper was endorsed as the official Republican paper by the Suffolk County Board of Supervisors.

The location of the building shown here was on Main Street near the railroad station. The Port Jefferson Echo occupied one-half of the building, and the Echo Post Office occupied the other half.

A. Jay Tefft purchased the Port Jefferson Echo in 1899, and remained its owner, editor, and publisher for many years. Mr. Tefft brought to the weekly his extensive experience as an editor of several NYC newspapers, helping to make the Echo “one of the best newspapers in the County” (according to historian Peter Ross). This week’s featured photograph from our library collection was among Mr. Teftt’s grandson’s personal effects.

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UPCOMING EVENTS & EXHIBIT OPENINGS

Gish Gallery: “Oh, Sweet Spring!” opens March 7.

Weathervane Gallery: When Women Wore Whales opens April 13.

KIDS WEEK: April 24 – 27, 2019.

 

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CURRENT EXHIBITS

The Long Island Express:  Remembering the 1938 Hurricane, in our Gish Gallery.

The Silver Screens of Suffolk: Celebrating the History of Film from the 1900s to the 1960s, in our Grand Staas Gallery.

Spotlight Series: A Moment of Tranquili–TEA, in our History in the Hall Display Cases.

Spotlight Series: The Paintings. Highlights from the Permanent Collection, in our Weathervane Gallery.

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BOOK & BOTTLE LECTURE SERIES

Wine & Cheese or light refreshments included. Members Free; Non-Members $5. RSVP to (631) 727-2881 x100. 

Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. Jim Szakmary on A Veteran’s Reflections on the Vietnam War1:00 PM

Thursday, March 7, 2019. Frank Turano on Margaret Fuller: America’s First Feminist. 6:00 PM

 

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Visit: www.suffolkcountyhistoricalsociety.org
To View 2014 Photo of the Week pages click here.
To View 2015 Photo of the Week pages click here.
To View 2016 Photo of the Week pages click here. 
To View 2017 Photo of the Week pages click here.
To View 2018 Photo of the Week pages click here.
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