Frank Mina cares:
According to "Mother Knows Best", electricity was installed in Saltaire during the winter of 1937-38. Their house (n/w/c/ West & Lighthouse) had power for the summer of '38 and they got rid of the kerosene lamps. They never had acetylene in their neck of the woods, but she used to meet the freight boat to buy kerosene and haul it back to the farthest reaches of the Village-- female child labor, oh my! That summer, my grandfather had Mike Coffey install windows to enclose the front porch and he purchased a new green electic stove. The family went to the beach the weekend before the hurricane and Poppy agreed to pay Mike, mom thinks $190, for the windows the following weekend. Well, he did pay Mike although the house was gone. They rented the Marschalk house on Broadway for the summer of 39 and perchased the McKevitt house in April of 1940. All the acetylene fixtures were there, although the plant was long gone.Patterson told me of the "explosion" of the acetylene plant and that a worker had been "blown out of the shed, but not seriousy hurt. When the plant was dismantled, a section of the big tank was used to pour the base for the new flagpole at 4 Bay Prom. The pole was one of the topmasts of the Hugomont. Since the house originally belonged to Loucks. President of the FIBDC, I guess he had the pull.
Jim & Derf,Correction: "Hougomont" (You can always pull the pix from my website for nostalgia, even if you used it before).Addendum: The anchor in front of our house is also shown in the photo.The casino is shown clearly if you enlarge the photo of the 1928 auction. It occupied the entire block between Broadway and Neptune. You can see the distintive "Hilton" house to the east and the shelter over Broadway to the west. According to mom, the casino did not burn down, but had become dilapidated and was further damaged in '38. She believes that it was demolished but that the debris may have been burned at the site.I remember our phones being installed as a teenager. I'm sure we had one of the first because it allowed my grandfather to stay in touch with his hospitals (and lengthen his vacations) We had Fire Island 4-5999R Party Code 8. No dials, just the switch-hook to get the operator. And you knew every busy-body on your party line.
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