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Oceanside, NY

#1 Jan 12, 2009
Does anybody know what happen to Cantwell's ?
I went there as a kid in the early 70's

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#2 Mar 11, 2009
Brian wrote:
Does anybody know what happen to Cantwell's ?
I went there as a kid in the early 70's
I was racking my brain trying to recall the name of the place on Washington Lake that we went to swim as kids when we came up to my Aunt's house. "Cantwell's" popped into my head and I did a search. Got your question as the only hit.
If there was a 3 sided boardwalk that enclosed the swimming area, and a wooden raft out beyond that you could swim to, and I seem to recall a bar- then we are talking about the same place. Of course, I was there before you (early 60's) so it may have changed. I would love to visit the area again someday- beautiful memories.

Essex Junction, VT

#3 Apr 15, 2009
Cantwells West Shore Lodge run by Ethel and her son Jimmy Cantwell .Some of the buildings are still standing however it is only a shell of its former glory.
I believe you would be disappointed to see it now

Elmwood Park, NJ

#4 Aug 15, 2009
Aedan wrote:
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I was racking my brain trying to recall the name of the place on Washington Lake that we went to swim as kids when we came up to my Aunt's house. "Cantwell's" popped into my head and I did a search. Got your question as the only hit.
If there was a 3 sided boardwalk that enclosed the swimming area, and a wooden raft out beyond that you could swim to, and I seem to recall a bar- then we are talking about the same place. Of course, I was there before you (early 60's) so it may have changed. I would love to visit the area again someday- beautiful memories.
thats sounds like it

Richmond, VA

#5 Oct 20, 2009
That's it. My family used to stay next store at The Yulan Hotel. I've been back to the area a few times in the past decades and I'm afraid our fond memories are about all that remains. One building still survives on Cantwell's property but the building by the waterfront that used to be filled with the sounds of screaming, happy kids is gone. The Yulan Hotel main building burned down in 1975, the bar building being turned into a private residence. The Maplecrest might still be there, having become private. And I heard this past Labor Day they tore down the old Boathouse where you could rent those yellow wooden row boats. It's amazing so many people have such fond memories of all the places there were to stay in the area and most of those places are now gone.

Aberdeen, WA

#6 Oct 21, 2009
I used to go to Cantwell's in the early 70's also. I wouldn't want to go back. It looks better and clearer in my mind. I think I had the best kid-fun on Washington Lake I could ever have.

Aberdeen, WA

#7 Oct 21, 2009
I just wish there were more pictures online, of Cantwell's........My family home movies disappeared into a relatives basement, never to return.
Arthur Timmerhoff

Missoula, MT

#8 Dec 6, 2009
Cantwell's was a great place to swim. The horse shoe dock. and don't forget the raft that seemed like , out in the middle of the lake. When your ten years old and hanging out on the raft, you were cool. The bar was nice. Pin ball machine and ice cream behind the bar. Jimmy ( Mr. Cantwell ) was a nice man.

Petaluma, CA

#9 Jan 5, 2010
I spent most of my time at the lake standing at the end of the dock trying to work up the courage to jump in.(Mind you, I had a tube on, I doubt I would have even gotten my face wet.) My sister was a good swimmer and got to hang out on the raft.
Our treat was a visit to the coke machine that was just outside the bar- with the green glass bottles.
GilliganBucchino Family

Jackson, NJ

#10 Mar 15, 2010
I grew up on Washington Lake. Pictures? it was our life. We came from Long Island but my grandfather bought his house in the 40s. My great great grandmother was ordered by her doctor, assisted by her brother who worked the farm (Buddenhagen)settled and sold a little plot of land and for years the Pink House was where we lived and we still own it.
The best was swimming from Yulan Hotel TO Cantwells. The years of Miss Yulan where our Moms would get into bathing suits and compete. Gosh, they were 35 at the time. Getting a couple of cents to get a bag of chips from the snack stand, getting more than that for a hot dog in the main house and having to scrub your feet clean, the bar smelled like beer and my Cousin Ed. Me and Linda at 16 walking down the road to the four corners, in bikinis, not even having to hitch, getting picked up in a Corvette and knowing that they know us so we're safe. Nights at the Casino, etc. I was 2 wks old when I was first taken there. God Bless my grandfather FDG.
Jim - Atlanta

Lilburn, GA

#11 Jun 25, 2010
I spent a week at Colonial House in the mid 60s. It is still a vivid memory. Swimming in the lake, dancing at the Washington Lake Casino, rowing around the lake... One day we even saw a seaplane land and take off. Every morning walking to Four Corners and Times Square. At night we went to Cantwells because they did not check IDs. We drove over to Rhomans in Shohola where they had a two lane bowling alley, but no pinsetters.
My mother and aunt went to Yulan during the war, and little changed from the 40s to 60s. It sounds like time caught up with Yulan.

Staten Island, NY

#12 Jul 1, 2010
My name is Steve, I was a 5 year old or so when we first starting spending our summers at the Bungalow at Cantwell's West Shore Lodge in beautiful Yulan. Our family grew over the next few years from 3 kids to 7 and my cousins and my Aunt Clare would join us. My parents (Anne and Steve) rented a bungalow right next to "The Cabin". We had great bunglow neigbors. I am getting old now so my memory is slipping a bit, but I remember the Hattons, a great family from Bayside Queens and the Gilligans. I also have fond memories of Tommy and Mary Purcell, they were Mrs. Cantwell's grandchildren. Tommy was my pal and Mary was his real "cute" older sister. They felt like family to me and every year I couldn't wait to get there and see them.
I remember how much fun everyone had on the lake the swimming, the diving, the row boats, Jimmy yelling "hey you kids get out of those Boats", waiting for the sea plane on Friday nights. I remember the "Cabin" with its beautiful mixture of smells that included Reingold beer, Tom Collins and Whiskey Sours and Noxema (used as sun block min those days.) I remember the delicious Sealtest ice cream cones, the Coca Cola's and pretzels, the shuffleboard the juke box and everyone dancing, the pin ball machine and carving your name in the wood outside. I remember the walks "around the lake" fishing at 6AM off the dock and the all the knick nacks sold in Times Square. I also remember when the pool and pool bar were built, I remember the softball games and I remember sad people leaving and happy arriving every Friday. I recall that all the buildings had names i.e. Lake House and I remember the 6 O'clock dinner bell and I remember the omnipresent Mrs. Cantwell and how hard she worked to keep that place running smoothly.
The greatest times of my young life for sure were spent at this place, Cantwell's West Shore Lodge on Washington Lake in Beautiful Yulan NY. Thanks Mom and Dad and thanks to all the wonderful people I had the pleasure of meeting. This was a very special time, spent with very special people in avery, very special place. Thanks to all for the memories, Steve

Richmond, VA

#13 Aug 2, 2010
It certainly is heart warming to read these memories. It feels like everyone looks back at this time and this place as very special indeed. Steve, your list of recollections is wonderful! Would sure like to figure out a way to share any photos people have if anyone has an idea (post to Flickr! or other site?).
To add another memory, I recall when the seaplane crashed at the lake. We were staying at The Washington Beach Hotel. It was early evening on a rainy night, people sitting out on the porches. The plane came in, hit the water, glided a bit, and then flipped up on its nose and over it went. Thankfully, no one was hurt.

Staten Island, NY

#14 Aug 3, 2010
I remember the sea plane crash as well. The plane would regularly land on Friday's. The day following the crash my friends and I swam out to the plane. we dove down under the water and sat in the the pilot seat. In those days, all of us young kids could swim like fishes. We swam under the water with our eyes wide open and could hold our breathes for what seemed like forever. I remember the fuel/oil leaked from the plan and got into the pores of my skin and burned my back side.
Who cared, we sat in the cockpit of "The Seaplane".
Cool stuff back then.
Thanks, for reminding me.

Phoenix, AZ

#15 Sep 15, 2010
At my 20th class reunion 1992 for Eldred Central School we had our picnic at the Cantwells. It was purchased by one of the Ryman boys in the earily 1990's, Billys younger brother- can't remeber his name. He married one of the Oset girls from Yulan. Her dad was the milk man. Cantwells was great but on the opposite side of the lake was Washington Lake cassio. I grew up there as a local boy hanging out with the city kids who had cabins. I remember (Ginger, MEG (Marry Ellen Gordon)and the Daughtery twins one of whom kissed me - can't forget the first kiss that made a girl laugh. I am now just makeing one girl laugh.

Richmond, VA

#16 Sep 16, 2010
Steve, Ritch T - thanks for bringing a smile. You're right about swimming like fish, Steve. I remember the DiMaggio family, they had 3 boys who spent the summer at the lake. We would play tag and when one of them was "it" they would chase each other by swimming across the lake. The rest of us would just sort of hang out, waiting for them to swim back. Ritch, I got my first kiss at Washington lake also. Was walking the lake front path to Times Square and kissed Carol, a waitress at the Yulan Hotel. I swear to this day my feet left the ground (of course she was older and taller). Hey Ritch, there was a woman who worked at the Washington Beach Hotel who lived in Eldred. I used to play with her daughter. They invited me for dinner one night and I recall their house sitting up on a hill overlooking the town. They served "boiled" chicken and I still remember seeing the pale skin and pimples where the feathers once rooted. Being used to fried chicken I just didn't know what to make of it. Not much info but does it ring any bells? We used to go to the hardware/bait shop in Eldred. I recall it being on the corner in town.

Phoenix, AZ

#17 Sep 17, 2010
We got our bait (night crawlers) in Eldred. It was at a house just before the bridge over a small creek west of the traffic light. The bridge was very small on the road that led to Yulan. I don't have any memory of much else. No drugs in my brain just old age. I have not been back there except for a few visits in the last 30 years.

Richmond, VA

#18 Sep 17, 2010
I think we used to get night crawlers in Eldred, too! It was at a private home and young boy sold them. He had the beds behind his house. My dad used to say, "I want 12 night crawlers, not a dozen." This was because the kid had a sign that read: Night crawlers. 2 cents each or 25 cents a dozen. Good fun!

Wauna, WA

#19 May 14, 2011
We had joy we had fun, we had seasons in the sun....My friend Timmy Littlefield, who worked at the Yulan Hotel around 1972 passed away in January. I didn't even hear about it, till I got a package in the mail. It was all his Yulan momentos, postcards, a brochure for Yulan Hotel, and even the small burnt piece of Yulan Hotel I gave him in 1984! He had kept it in one of those little pine souvenier boxes with "Yulan, NY" stamped on the top. His sister wrote and said he had instructed her to send these things to me, and he had talked much about our fun in Yulan, and what joy it brought to him. I was wrecked when I read that.
B Flynn

Brooklyn, NY

#20 May 21, 2011
I was just thinking about my childhood memories of Cantwells and was thrilled to read everyones blog. My family went to Cantwells 60-70s, three times a year. Ethel and Jimmy Cantwell were great people and I remember having a crush on there grandson Tommy Purcell(I was much younger than him). I worked one summer in the kitchen and Ethel treated me like a granddaughter. She wouldn't let me go to the Washington Lake casino with the rest of the teenagers. I remember the pinball machine, shuffle board, Sealtest ice cream and playing the best hide and go seek ever. We ran through all the halls and buildings. We drove past a couple of years ago and only a couple of buildings remain. It was sad. Great memories!!!

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