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Note: Well, the Baums sure remember. Everyone thought their house was gong to be gone in that storm, but it held on. Here is a recollection from Victoria Baum Bjorklund:
Dear Jim—Thank you for your recollection of the March 1962 nor’easter. Visiting after that storm was pretty disturbing. Even so, we were amazed and thankful that our house was still standing, albeit with flotsam and jetsam around and under it.
My parents were forever grateful that the Village of Saltaire attorney Frank Goggins had convinced my parents not to buy the lots on top of the dunes but behind them. The dunes had been so high that our cottage “Sea Spray” did not have an ocean view from the time it was built in 1948 until the March 1962 storm, at which time “Sea Spray” became more than “water view”.
Being an engineer, my father, Peter A. Baum, wanted to evaluate the damage up and down the beach. So our family with cameras trekked quite far to look at the damage and to take pictures. I believe that my mother, Virginia White Baum, still has those pictures, many of which my father had blown up to 8 x 10 size. However bad the damage in Saltaire, I remember that the damage in Point O’ Woods, Dunewood, Lonelyville, and Fair Harbor was much worse. I recall that my father took photographs of those beachscapes too, with the houses lying on the beach or just pipes and chimneys where the houses used to be. I will see if I can find those photos at my mother’s house to share with you. . She remembered the old Ocean Promenade before it washed away in the 1938 hurricane. She thought that the damage in the 1962 storm was the worst since 1938
My mother still has wonderful memories of many, many years at Saltaire. It had been my mother’s idea to build a house in Saltaire. She is a Sammis descendent whose relatives owned the old Kismet Hotel. had been coming to Saltaire since she was a baby. Her mother and grandmother used to take her to the well house on Broadway and bring well water up in the bucket to wash the sand off of her when she was three or four years old. We have some great pictures of those scenes circa 1930.
- Victoria Baum Bjorklund