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Feb 17, 2009
 
Does anyone know 40s and early 50s history of w. hempstead. I am particularly interested in who sold the land to the high school and the story behind the story. Was it the farmers who lived next door on Nassau Blvd (the guskies?) What happened to the guskies. They were museum pieces but still alive when I played baseball next door at the west hempstead field. Also,I understand the last working farm in W. Hempstead (not including the guskies) was along Cornwell Ave. What was their name. What were some of the other big farming names in that area along Dogwood. Was the rottkamp name part of the farming scene in west hempstead. Finally, does anyone know the history of the developemnt along Pines Brook (we used to call it "the creek" I know Huether built houses in the 50s and 60s. Who originally owned the land. Finally, the big question: where did pine brook originate. I heard the original springs were up near old country road. which means the creek ran through the golf courses in Garden city. I thought the creek began near the garden city pool near adelphi at the south end of Cherry Valley club. There has to be someone out there who knows all this
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Feb 24, 2009
 
bill wrote:
Does anyone know 40s and early 50s history of w. hempstead. I am particularly interested in who sold the land to the high school and the story behind the story. Was it the farmers who lived next door on Nassau Blvd (the guskies?) What happened to the guskies. They were museum pieces but still alive when I played baseball next door at the west hempstead field. Also,I understand the last working farm in W. Hempstead (not including the guskies) was along Cornwell Ave. What was their name. What were some of the other big farming names in that area along Dogwood. Was the rottkamp name part of the farming scene in west hempstead. Finally, does anyone know the history of the developemnt along Pines Brook (we used to call it "the creek" I know Huether built houses in the 50s and 60s. Who originally owned the land. Finally, the big question: where did pine brook originate. I heard the original springs were up near old country road. which means the creek ran through the golf courses in Garden city. I thought the creek began near the garden city pool near adelphi at the south end of Cherry Valley club. There has to be someone out there who knows all this
I'm not sure about the HS in the 40's and 50's, however I did attend Cornwell Ave. School in the late 1960's, early 1970's and distinctly remember people who had Chickens and other "farm" animals in their back yards, along the playing field. Also, I believe there was a farm on Cedar St. on the Hempstead Gardens Dr. side which abuts the Hempstead Golf Course. The same family has owned the property since the late 1800's, I believe their last name is Monroe and they still reside in those homes/barn converted to a house today. Echo Park pool used to be where the West Hempstead Little League fields were. Hope this helps.
WH Mom

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Feb 24, 2009
 
bill wrote:
Does anyone know 40s and early 50s history of w. hempstead. I am particularly interested in who sold the land to the high school and the story behind the story. Was it the farmers who lived next door on Nassau Blvd (the guskies?) What happened to the guskies. They were museum pieces but still alive when I played baseball next door at the west hempstead field. Also,I understand the last working farm in W. Hempstead (not including the guskies) was along Cornwell Ave. What was their name. What were some of the other big farming names in that area along Dogwood. Was the rottkamp name part of the farming scene in west hempstead. Finally, does anyone know the history of the developemnt along Pines Brook (we used to call it "the creek" I know Huether built houses in the 50s and 60s. Who originally owned the land. Finally, the big question: where did pine brook originate. I heard the original springs were up near old country road. which means the creek ran through the golf courses in Garden city. I thought the creek began near the garden city pool near adelphi at the south end of Cherry Valley club. There has to be someone out there who knows all this
Here is a link to a Newsday article, where you may be able to obtain additional information:

http://www.newsday.com/community/guide/lihist...
Maureen

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Apr 13, 2009
 
The name of the farm at Hempstead & Ocean Aves, was Grossman. It closed a few years ago and I am not sure what will happen with the land. Does anyone remember St. Giles School at the end of Mayfair Ave at the Garden City border? I am looking for some info about it.
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Jul 10, 2009
 
I grew up by the creek on cherry valley. As far as I know Guskie did own the land where the high school was. He was already a hermit when I was a kid(born in 61). Im pretty sure he had a sister that died before him. I do know that his dog bit my brother and you knew better then to go messing around his property. I think the end was sometime around echo park being built. God I loved That creek! As far as its source, that was always a mystery to us kids because it went to a tunnell at hemp tpk and we never could find the source again. If you go on google maps and look at the satelite view, it gives you a good idea of the source and path. You will also see that cherry vally is an actuall valley. West Hempstead history has always fascinated me and im interested where you got pine brook from, I never heard that before?
Avonessence

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Sep 13, 2009
 
In reply to St. Giles, I lived on Concord Ave. WH and in 1973 I used to play there as a kid. Always has been a mystery to me--that place was in my mind a strange energy place. Even after it's being condemned to eventually being torn down and cleared for many homes. The period of it's condemnation held a huge playground outside,around the area. and of course inside that massive edifice---all stone as I remember. Then more toward the Garden City direction was a black long building and as I recall the interior being very disturbing. This place has never quite left my memories. I remember a large wooded area nearby. I think many kids felt it was haunted too. I recall getting up on firescape of this stone monster building and getting in on the third story window and saw metal cribs that resembled cages I thought. They were in rows and opposite the window I had come in, was this metal tube leading outside to the ground and used it for a slide to get out. It was very dangerous looking. This is my memories of it. I am looking for actual photos of it. I f there are any that is. A history of it even but as of yet I don't have any. Saint Giles looked out of place there, out of time. In an sense I did not want that place to go away.
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Feb 18, 2010
 
Avonessence wrote:
In reply to St. Giles, I lived on Concord Ave. WH and in 1973 I used to play there as a kid. Always has been a mystery to me--that place was in my mind a strange energy place. Even after it's being condemned to eventually being torn down and cleared for many homes. The period of it's condemnation held a huge playground outside,around the area. and of course inside that massive edifice---all stone as I remember. Then more toward the Garden City direction was a black long building and as I recall the interior being very disturbing. This place has never quite left my memories. I remember a large wooded area nearby. I think many kids felt it was haunted too. I recall getting up on firescape of this stone monster building and getting in on the third story window and saw metal cribs that resembled cages I thought. They were in rows and opposite the window I had come in, was this metal tube leading outside to the ground and used it for a slide to get out. It was very dangerous looking. This is my memories of it. I am looking for actual photos of it. I f there are any that is. A history of it even but as of yet I don't have any. Saint Giles looked out of place there, out of time. In an sense I did not want that place to go away.
Avonessence:

Please see my post on the St. Giles in WH here -
http://westhempsteadnowandthen.blogspot.com/2...
dina

Freeport, NY

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Apr 27, 2010
 
THERE IS A WEBSITE SOMEWHERE WITH THE HISTORY OF WH...
Jeff

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Jul 23, 2010
 
I used to live on Eagle Avenue from 1953 to 1964. I lived two blocks from the Lakeview train stop. Running right next to the traintracks was a natural creek that we used to play next to. I remember that on the corner of Hempstead Gardens Drive and Eagle Avenue was a gas station. But directly behind the gas station was a patch of land that actually has a small spring coming up from the ground. On the opposite side of the street was an open lot that we used to call Palazzo's lot because the Palazzo family owne the land. There's a tennis courn on it now. But when I was a boy, we would all play on the lot. I once found an Indian arrowhead on the property.
Steve R

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Feb 14, 2011
 
I lived on Baldwin Drive which connected Nassau Blvd. and Dogwood Ave.Born in 1952 Guskies Farm, the Creek and Halls Pond were our playground.Let me give you some of my recollections. First John and Fred Guskie were still working their farm when I was a kid. They had a big brown farm horse,chickens,roosters and two ferocius dogs, that gaurded the property. Yet we would run onto the property and take pumpkins,tomatoes and corn. We even got up the nerve as we grew older to meet the Guskies at the front of their property.They had no electricity and just a hand pump well for water.Neither had teeth and they were weathered as can be which you would expect. This was probably aound 1966. As for the creek, we followed the tunnel under Hempstead Turnpike north until we reached a man hole cover which we lifted and found ourselves on a fairway on the Cherry Valley Country Club!!(16th hole I believe)South you could follow it until you reached Southern State Pkwy. Halls Pond at the time was not a park with benches and such. It was just a lake with a dirt sandy beach all around it.My neighbor told me that they used to go swimming in it until it was disallowed for some reason.Can you imagine. I wouldn't stick my little toe in it today.Besides Guskies Farm there was Schenks Farm which was at the end of Baldwin Drive on Dogwood Ave. The Farm house still stands.I vaguely remeber a big brick smoke stack which was demolished tio make way for the A&P shopping center. On Nassau Blvd. right next to Guskies was Wenk's Nursery which ran all the way to the corner of Nassau Blvd. and Baldwin Drive.

Oh one other thing. The woods next to Halls Pond were thick dark and overgrown.It contained giant snapping turtles that would strike without notice!!
sam

Deer Park, NY

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Apr 9, 2011
 
i live on maple street between frantone and muller. my house and my next door neighbors was built in 1913 and was trying to find info on this area of west hempstead. i did find out that hempstead gdn dr was once called railroad rd. any history is greatly appreicated
Skip

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Apr 23, 2011
 
I grew up in Lakeview, West Hempstead. We owned a beautiful 10 piece of property next to the Southern State Parkway. My grandparents lived in the large white house next to the parkway and my family and I live in the white bungalow to the back. A large barn with a three car garage was attached to it. The front lawn had four beautiful large oak trees, and the rest of the grounds were planted with fruit trees, maples and chestnut trees. A large grape arbor was to the back of the large house. We had large fields to the back where we planted and raised fresh vegetables each summer. Fishponds covered a large section of the property. It was like a paradise for us kids.
Due to increasing taxes and vandelism problems, we sold the property. Today all that remains is my grandparents' home and our smaller house, now tucked away amid about 35 homes built on the property after we moved away. Driving past there now, one can hardly visualize how beautiful the place once looked.
I am interested in knowing about the original owner of the property who built the large house in 1910. I believe his last name was Liberthan (or some similar spelling.) If anyone has any knowledge of the place, I'd appreciate hearing from you.
John

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Jun 26, 2011
 
Anyone have any history or info on Fairlawn garage in west hempstead, on hempstead trnpk? It was built in 1921 and remains there today although not owned by the same family that ran it for 80+ years.Any info would be greatly appreciated.
High School Cfrush

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Jun 27, 2011
 
All I know is that I lived in EAST HEMPSTEAD, now known as Uniondale. Well, the Hempstead School District included in 1950s East Meadow and Roosevelt, too. When the hub was divided up and morphed into the various communities, they took on a history of their own. My memory was my high school crush from West Hempstead, pert and pretty Jackie Pilitz. Unfortunately, she dated the football quarterback and was a cheerleader. I had no chance.
Tom Castagna

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Aug 8, 2011
 
Maureen wrote:
The name of the farm at Hempstead & Ocean Aves, was Grossman. It closed a few years ago and I am not sure what will happen with the land. Does anyone remember St. Giles School at the end of Mayfair Ave at the Garden City border? I am looking for some info about it.
I lived at 222 Parker Avenue (off Mayfair) and walked to the Cherry Valley CC to caddy back in 1956 or so. I passed St. Giles every day. It seemed to be a scary place as a kid but as I got older I realized what it was. I lived there from 1951-1960 and attended St. Thomas the Apostle school and West Hempstead HS.
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Aug 8, 2011
 
Jeff wrote:
I used to live on Eagle Avenue from 1953 to 1964. I lived two blocks from the Lakeview train stop. Running right next to the traintracks was a natural creek that we used to play next to. I remember that on the corner of Hempstead Gardens Drive and Eagle Avenue was a gas station. But directly behind the gas station was a patch of land that actually has a small spring coming up from the ground. On the opposite side of the street was an open lot that we used to call Palazzo's lot because the Palazzo family owne the land. There's a tennis courn on it now. But when I was a boy, we would all play on the lot. I once found an Indian arrowhead on the property.
I used to deliver Newsday and picked up my papers at a small office on Eagle Ave or near it and my route went down Chestnut street and close to Lakeview. It was around 1954-55. The route went from below Hempstead Tpk south to near Lakeview.
Tom Castagna

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Aug 8, 2011
 
WH Mom wrote:
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Here is a link to a Newsday article, where you may be able to obtain additional information:
http://www.newsday.com/community/guide/lihist...
I worked in the Hempstead Pizza King across the street from Klien's Dept Store in 1056-60 or so.
Tom Castagna

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Aug 8, 2011
 
Tom Castagna wrote:
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I lived at 222 Parker Avenue (off Mayfair) and walked to the Cherry Valley CC to caddy back in 1956 or so. I passed St. Giles every day. It seemed to be a scary place as a kid but as I got older I realized what it was. I lived there from 1951-1960 and attended St. Thomas the Apostle school and West Hempstead HS.
My name is Tom Castagna, WHHS, St.Thomas school, email address is flny12@aol.com..........
Tom Castagna

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Aug 8, 2011
 
Tom Castagna wrote:
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I lived at 222 Parker Avenue (off Mayfair) and walked to the Cherry Valley CC to caddy back in 1956 or so. I passed St. Giles every day. It seemed to be a scary place as a kid but as I got older I realized what it was. I lived there from 1951-1960 and attended St. Thomas the Apostle school and West Hempstead HS.
I lived at 222 Parker Avenue (off Mayfair) and walked to the Cherry Valley CC to caddy back in 1956 or so. I passed St. Giles every day. It seemed to be a scary place as a kid but as I got older I realized what it was. I lived there from 1951-1960 and attended St. Thomas the Apostle school and West Hempstead HS. Email address is flny12@aol.com
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Aug 8, 2011
 
I lived at 222 Parker Avenue (off Mayfair) and walked to the Cherry Valley CC to caddy back in 1956 or so. I passed St. Giles every day. It seemed to be a scary place as a kid but as I got older I realized what it was. I lived there from 1951-1960 and attended St. Thomas the Apostle school and West Hempstead HS. I worked in the Hempstead Pizza King across the street from Lkien's Dept Store in the 50's....West Hempstead Little League (Hawks) sponsored by Buck's TV on Hempstead Tpk. 1955 or so, email is flny12@aol.com

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