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Lynbrook historical odds and ends


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.


1894 fox hunt

The Rockaway Hunt Club had a cross-country run yesterday afternoon. The hounds were in the charge of Rene La Montagne. 

Starting in Valley Stream, the huntsmen went a lively clip over fields and fences as far as Wood’s farm in Norwood [Malverne]. From there, they circled around by Rockville Centre, and finally finished at Sealey’s greenhouse, at Lynbrook [the greenhouse was at the northeast corner of Peninsula Avenue (‘The Pipeline’), and Hempstead Avenue]. The distance covered was about five miles.


—Brooklyn Eagle; Oct. 3, 1894.


‘Gripping’ telephone operators in 1925

In 1925, the New York Telephone Company used their building on Remsen Street to house its local operations. 

In addition to thousands of square feet of switches and wiring, there were “about 25 girls gripping vari-colored cords and inserting them into specified holes corresponding to numbers called.”


—New Era; April 4, 1925


Lynbrook poultry wins at 1923 Mineola Fair

Lynbrook scored a sweeping victory at the Mineola Fair Poultry Show. 

William Cochran entered a string of 25 birds, of which 23 were declared winners.His champion Jersey Black Giant cock bird was a winner in a strong class.   

Wilbur Box also assisted in placing Lynbrook in the winning class with his Silver Laced Wyandottes, and Henry Linder was well represented with his Anconas.


—New Era; Oct. 3, 1923


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.