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Lynbrook historical odds & ends: The pre-DPW days were different

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Plowing snow with a one horse-power engine, in 1934. This is Steve’s Garage, at the corner of Hempstead and Lakeview avenues.
Plowing snow with a one horse-power engine, in 1934. This is Steve’s Garage, at the corner of Hempstead and Lakeview avenues.
Courtesy Steve Rauchut, former owner of Steve’s Garage.

Editors note: Lynbrook historical odds and ends is a column that takes a look back at some interesting facts and events in the village from over the years.

 

In 1896, there was no Department of Public Works in Lynbrook (the DPW was formed in 1928). 

This item came from the Brooklyn Eagle:

“Lynbrook, L.I. March 4, [a Friday] All the able-bodied men in the neighborhood were set to work this morning on Union Avenue shoveling out the great snowbanks which have blocked travel since Sunday night. Many roads are still impassible.”

 

Mattson is the official Lynbrook village historian and a director of the Historical Society of East Rockaway and Lynbrook. Additionally, he is the author of “The History of Lynbrook,” which is available on Amazon.com and at local libraries.