Monday, August 11, 2008

Miss Meaney Visiting Mrs. Allyn

New York, 1895

Woodhaven and Ozone Park News.

Miss Belle Meaney, of Washington, D. C., is visiting Mrs. F. L. Allyn.

Mrs. Alfred Dale, who was stricken with paralysis, is slowly recovering.

Miss Jennie Miller, of Jamaica, will teach in the Woodhaven schools next year.

The Siacs met with another defeat on Saturday at the hands of the Eurekas of Newark. Score, 16 to 10.

The Aqueduct race track will open on July 15, and will race for seventeen days. Some excellent racing is promised.

The Rev. Henry Lawrence has accepted a call from the Church of Epiphany as resident pastor. He will take charge at once.

Five games of base ball were openly played in Woodhaven last Sunday. The players were mostly city clubs.

The board of education is negotiating with the trustees of the Methodist Episcopal church for the use of the building for school purposes.

Charles Newfield is having a new business building erected on the Napier property opposite the railroad depot at Woodhaven Junction.

The grand jury failed to indict August Merk of Woodhaven for an assault on Mrs. Mary Armbruster. He cut her head open with an iron pot.

Counselor Merrill was in Washington, D. C., Wednesday, as a witness for the defense in the trial of ex-Captain Howgate, U. S. A., for embezzlement.

The Epiphany church hold a strawberry festival Tuesday night at Americus Hall. There was a large attendance and financially and socially it was a success.

The Boothroyd child, of Brooklyn Hills, who was burned at a bonfire about a fortnight ago, died Sunday morning from her injuries. She was ten years old.

Robert Tucker, representing the Aqueduct race track, has leased four acres of land from John Dengler, to be used in extending the race track so as to comply with the new law.

William A. Hadley has been missing from Ozone Park for about three months, and there are queer stories going around one to the effect that Mrs. Hadley is about to sue for separation.

Joseph Schreiber, 10 years of age, of Ozone Park, was nearly killed at the depot on Monday by jumping from a moving train. The boy has made a practice of jumping on and off trains.

William F. Buckley, of the board of education, while on his wheel near Van Wyck avenue was run down by a team of horses, thrown from his wheel, and seriously injured. The fellow who ran him down whipped up his horses and escaped. Mr. Buckley did not know him.

David Laney, the popular florist, celebrated his 54th birthday Tuesday evening at his residence, and a large number of his friends were present, all enjoying themselves with singing, dancing and speech making. A fine collation was served. Numerous beautiful presents were made to him by his friends.

The society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, through a representative, is making inquiry about a fine of $50 imposed by Eugene F. Vacheron while a justice of the peace upon Peter Adolph for cruelty. The representative states that the fine was not turned over to the society as required by the statute.

The highway commissioners propose to open a new street near the lower brick school house in Woodhaven, connecting University place with Rockaway Road, for the purpose of draining the water which collects in a large quantity in front of the building every heavy storm. The grade of University place at the junction with Rockaway road is several inches below that of the latter, although both are county roads.

The Woodhaven board of education has called a special district meeting for Tuesday evening, July 2, to provide for increased school accommodations; $25,000 is the sum asked for. It is proposed to extend the brick building on University place so as to seat 600 pupils instead of 350 as at present, and to erect a new branch primary building at Ozone Park to seat 200 pupils. A census of the district shows that in September the authorities must provide for at least 400 children in excess of present accommodations. The seating capacity is now overtaxed, and in several of the classrooms the registry is inconsistent with good school work. The compulsory education law must be enforced next year to the letter, and the census is the proper index of the facilities which will be necessary to give due effect to the law. The law provides that any district which neglects or refuses to provide due accommodations shall forfeit its state moneys. The notices issued by the board of education appear to anticipate some opposition, inasmuch as they give notice to the public that the proposed improvements are predicated upon the law's strict requirements.

About a week ago two men arrived at Ruoff's morgue, Ozone Park, and took a look at the body of the man who was found at Cypress Hills on Decoration Day by three boys. These two men identified the body as one George Schaeffer, and after seeing the coroner, undertaker and newspaper reporters, it was agreed that the matter should be kept quiet.

The inquest took place last week and the jury was handed a slip of paper as they retired giving the name of the man who was found dead. The jury promptly returned and requested the coroner to subpoena the two men, also Undertaker Ruoff, to appear before them next Friday night. The name of the man was not made known by either the coroner or jury, but a still hunt brought the name to light.

The man was buried in Lutheran cemetery by Ruoff, but the certificate of death has not been filed as yet with the register of vital statistics. The whole business was conducted wrongfully and somebody should be held accountable for it. These things should not be carried on in star chamber fashion.

—The Long Island Farmer, Jamaica, NY, June 14, 1895, p. 8.

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