UP AND DOWN NEWTOWN
During World War I, as part of the war effort, Gregory's had barrels out in front for the collection of peach pits. They were said to be used in the manufacture of gas masks.
Odd Fellows Hall was a busy social center. Many of us attended its afternoon tea dances for young people reluctantly, urged on by eager parents.
KENNELL I. SCHENCK
The East Hampton Public School, today the home of London Jewelers, stood on Newtown Lane 85 years ago, when I was born in a house next door.
The school was a two-story frame building with a brick wing. During the early '20s the frame structure was moved to Main Street and remodeled into the Masonic Temple. Later it became the headquarters of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
There were bowling alleys in the basement as well as Augie Dragotta's barber shop. During World War II a serviceman's club was established there. Local ladies served sandwiches and coffee to young men stationed in the area.
Our home shared with our business - P.C. Schenck Coal, Wood, Hay, and Grain - a property that extended back to the railroad tracks. A spur of the Long Island Rail Road made possible the delivery of coal, grain, and bluestone via freight cars. Piles of coal and neat stacks of wood, as well as a structure storing grain, filled the yard in the track area until 1938, when the hurricane flattened the grain building.
Perhaps this was fortunate: Room was made for a new development - fuel oil products.
Our house and the supply yards were separated by a large pasture, with a garden and a barn next to it. Animals abounded - horses, a young steer, pigs, chickens, ducks, and geese, all of which grazed contentedly in the pasture, although the ducklings tended sometimes to wander. It was not an uncommon sight on Newtown Lane to see ducklings being shooed along the sidewalk.
The animals provided a source of great pleasure to many city-bred summer children until the property was sold and the house moved to Pantigo...