Cites News Items Of Years Ago

Footnotes to Long Island History


APRIL 28,1960


Thomas R. Bayles

Produce Best flavored beaches-Bumper Cranberry Crop-Female Seminary in Riverhead


       An item in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle for August 17,1905 reads as follows:


       "Riverhead, August 17- Prof. F. A. Sirrine of Sound avenue will have about 3,000 baskets of peaches this year and has contracted to sell the entire crop without sorting for $1.00 a basket. For the size of his orchard it looks like a bumper crop this year.

       "Prof.Sirrine does experimental work for the agricultural stations, and the scientific treatment given his peach tees has produced some of the largest and best flavored peaches ever seen in Riverhead.

       "Other peach growers in the section include John W. Drescher of Baiting Hollow, Elihu S. Miller of Wading river, August Lewin and M. Praeger of Baiting Hollow."

       An item in the Eagle for Sept,19. of the same year tell about the cabbage seed business.

      " Mattituck, Sept 19,1905-A carload of cabbage seed was moved from this station recently by John M. Lupton & Son valued at $17,000. This is said to be the first time a single carload of far produce has been valued at such a high figure. The cabbage seed crop in this vicinity has been the best ever known this year, and many farmers have made a lot of money on it. The Lupton firm, which handles a large part of it under contract has been cleaning the seed and is now distributing it to retailers. One farmer planted a few acres for seed and recently received a check for $2,900 for it."

       An item in the Eagle for Sept 11,1901 mentions the cranberry crop.

       "Cranberry picking on Woodhull's marsh on the South side of  the river opposite Riverhead began yesterday. The berries are very large and the crop will be over 3,500 bushels. At the Perkins marsh, and the Blydenburg, Miller and the E. L. Brown marshes at Calverton the crop is expected to be about 4,500 bushels. George Davis of Manorville is picking and expects to harvest about 5,000 bushels.'

        The Riverhead News for 1879 carries the following item about a school in the early days in Riverhead:

       "To the courtesy of Mrs. George Hudson of Riverhead, we are indebted for a glance at an old catalogue of the Riverhead Female Seminary an institution that flourished half a century ago, and occupied the building that is now the business home of the news. The old catalogue was printed at the office of the Sag Harbor Corrector, and is dated March 30, 1840.The number of pupils listed was 74, with 42 coming from Riverhead. The others came from the villages of Miller Place, Wading River, Baiting Hollow, Aquebogue, Franklinville, Mattituck, Cutchogue, Greenport, Southold, Orient, Westhampton, Patchogue, Smithtown and Moriches. The proprietor of the seminary was Judge George Miller. The teachers were Ann H. Woodhull, and Henry Wells, with Maria Miller as Principal;

Another item in the Eagle in 1897 reads:

       "Riverhead May 22, 1897- The twenty-fifth anniversary of the founding of the Riverhead savings Banks was celebrated last night with a banquet given by the Long Island House. The officers now are President, Nathaniel W. Foster, Vice President, S. S Hawkins; 2nd Vice President, Gilbert H. Ketcham; secretary, Clifford  B. Acklery; Assistant secretary W. B Howell.

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