Jun 15 2017

Answers to the Questions Raised at the Connetquot Public Library Presentation

It was an excellent turnout at last night's presentation at the Connetquot Public Library. Here are the answers to the questions raised during the lively discussions of the Vanderbilt Cup Races and the Long Island Motor Parkway.


Howard Kroplick

On April 4, 1899, Willie K. married Virginia “Birdie” Fair, the daughter of Senator James Graham Fair

Who are the happy couple?

On April 4, 1899, Willie K. married Virginia “Birdie” Fair, the daughter of Senator James Graham Fair.

Identify the owner of this Oakdale house? How did it effect Willie K's love life?

Willie K. and Birdie honeymooned in his father's original Idle Hour estate in Oakdale, New York. During the honeymoon, the main house caught fire and was destroyed. Within ten years, Willie K. and Birdie separated.

Who was this Oakdale resident and his connection to the Long Island Motor Parkway? When and where was this photo taken?

Frederick Gilbert Bourne, former president of the Singer Manufacturing Company, was seen here at the ground-breaking of the Long Island Motor Parkway on June 6, 1908. Bourne was an original director of the parkway.

Who was the Sayville photographer of these Vanderbilt Cup Race photos?

Gladys Roosevelt, the second-cousin of President Teddy Roosevelt.

Where approximately was this sign located in Suffolk County?

Wheeler Road near Central Islip and Hauppauge

Connetquot Public Library, June 14, 2017

Flags from the 1905 Vanderbilt Cup Race

$350 was raised for Child Abuse Prevention Services.


Jun 15 2017 frank femenias 12:16 AM

Howard, outstanding clarity in the blowup pics, coming from some of the earliest crude photos produced. I’m grateful they all still exist! I got this msg too late for the meeting. Bicyclists not allowed?! I protest! Now we’re working on bringing this venture back to life for all walks of life to enjoy, including bikers. Lol. I’m loving it! (Not McDonalds)

Jun 19 2017 JeRita 4:30 PM

Howard it was so great to finally hear your great presentation. So glad you had a good turnout. All the best Jerry and Rita

Jun 21 2017 Jack Garland 6:51 PM

Enjoyed your visit to the Connetquot Library.  We spoke several years ago after one of your presentations at the Riverhead Museum.  I grew up in Mineola and write “nostalgia” articles for the local paper, the Mineola American.  I believe I sent you an article about my childhood playground, Pettit’s (Bart’s) Nursury, north of Old Country Road and my bicycle adventures along the abandoned Motor Parkway.


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