Archive for March, 2010

Request for Comment: What Pelham Manor School is This, Shown in 1907?

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The post card below has troubled me for several years.  It purports to show the “Public School” in “Pelham Manor, N.Y.”  The message on the bottom of the obverse of the used post card postmarked in 1907 takes no issue with the title of the photograph, indicating

Obituary of William McAllister Who Built Civil War Gunboats in Pelham

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Pelham and her residents played most important roles in the Civil War — as did most small communities throughout the nation (North and South).

City Island in the Town of Pelham was a critical shipyard involved in the construction of northern gunboats.  Among

Nathaniel H. Bouldin, a Poor Confederate Prisoner of War Who Died in Pelham in 1865

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No one yet has researched and written the history of Pelham’s participation in the Civil War.  I have a special interest in that era — I have discovered (to my amazement and sadness) that my wife’s Great-Great Grandfather was a Confederate soldier who was

Captain Joshua Leviness Defies the New York Legislature and Dredges Oysters with a Steamer in 1878

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I recently have enjoyed researching the 19th century oyster industry in waters off City Island.  It seems apparent that Joshua Leviness was the “Dean” of City Island oystermen who consistently was involved in each and every development that affected the industry

Discovery of “The Great Oyster Bed” in Long Island Sound in 1859

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I have written before of the discovery of “The Great Oyster Bed” in Long Island Sound in 1859.  See Fri., July 27, 2007:  Possible Origins of the Oyster Feud Between City Islanders and Huntington, Long Island.  During the fall of 1859, five fishermen from Darien