Ads Recall Patchogue in 1875

Footnotes to Long Island History


AUGUST 10,1950


Thomas R. Bayles

    A vivid picture of what it was like to live in this community back in the "good old days" can be gained from reading the advertisements that that appeared in this newspaper way back then. See if you can't get the flavor of those days from the following advertisements printed in the Patchogue Advance during 1875: T

       "The old Patchogue Grist Mill, (West Mill). The undersigned, having purchased from the heirs of Edmund Jayne, the Old Jayne Mill, and put it in thorough working order, are now prepared to say to the public, "Come On, we have settled here and mean business." Grain of every description kept constantly on hand for sale at the lowest market price. Wheat, corn, oats and buckweat brought for cash. We are practical millers and have come to stay. We can and will restore the old stand, E.H. Terry& CO."

       "New Buckwheat at the Patchogue Grist Mill."

       "Cheap for cash, beef, mutton, pork, poultry, vegetables and game at the meat market of Thomas L. Roe on Main St."

       "The fall term of the Patchogue Union Free School will commence on Monday, Sept 6, 1875. Levi Seley, Jr, Principal. Non resident pupils will be received at the following rates, payable half term in advance. Grammar department, term of fourteen weeks $7, Intermediate $5, Primary No. 1 $3, Primary No. 2 $4. Pupils from a distance can obtain board at reasonable prices E.T. Moore, Clerk."

       "Swan River Mill. Flour, feed and grain. Satisfaction guaranteed. Terms cash. L.W. Pelletreau and A.W. Kaler."

       "Notice. I  hereby notify all ministers and Justices of the Peace, not  to marry any of my children who are minors, and I forbid all person having any dealings with them without my order, neither harbor nor trust them under penalty of the law. William L. Raynor. Oct,4, 1875.'

      " Wood & Ackerley's, Groceries as cheap as any store in the village. Strictly pure spices a specialty. No panic here. Sweet potatoes cheap. Stationery of all descriptions. Jelly glasses for 75 cents a dozen and good goblets for one dollar a dozen. Swate Prates Chape by the crate, basket or quart for cash.

       "Coal, Lay in your winter coal now, The prices for this month are as follows. 1 ton stove coal delivered $6.50, nut coal $5. Livery stables. Horses to hire. S.S Hammond."

      "Conklins boot & shoe store. Opened Nov.1, 1875 on Main St. in the store formerly occupied by S.C. Hawkins. A large and well selected assortment of boots and shoes of good stock and lastest styles. N.B. all goods marked in plain figures and at bottom prices. Cash sales only."

       "F. Oldis Saloon in the Village of Patchogue, opposite Ketcham's Drugstore. Pure confectionery, of his own manufacture of over one hundred differnet kinds, and all the leading brands of Cigars, made expressly for trade, and also chewing and smoking tobacco and pipes in endless variety. Fruits in their season. We also serve Oysters in every style. Raw, stews, fries, roasts, or broils. Oysters by the quart or bushel, and the best Oyster crackers the market affords. F. Oldis, prop.

       "Hard times. Bargains in Millinery and Fancy Goods. Ribbons, Flowers, Feathers, Hair Swithches and Men's furnishing goods. Mrs. S.A Hawkins of Main St. opposite Railroad Ave, is selling them at cost and no humbug. Also large stock of toys, dolls vases, Hobby Horses, etc."

       The Suffolk Herald, December 16, 1864,a newspaper published every Friday morning at Patchogue, contains the following interesting bit of information.

       "Sell's Express and mail stage line from Patchogue to Medford station. Established in 1843.The subscriber will meet all trains passing Medford station of the Long Island railroad. He had good teams, strong and comfortable stages, and when notified will call and deliver passengers to any part of village. Persons coming from the city to Patchogue will do well to remember Medford station. James W. Sell.

       This was before the railroad was extended to Patchogue and the only rail connection was by way of the main line to Greenport. Mail, passengers, baggage and freight were transported from the main line stations to Patchogue and other south side villages by stage coach and teams.

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