Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Famous Member of the South Haven Church Gets a Headstone for His Grave

From: Richard Thomas
Sent: Monday, April 14, 2014 1:13 AM

Last Friday, 102 years to the day after he was buried in his local family cemetery, a member of South Haven congregation finally got a headstone for his grave.

When he died on Apr. 9, 1912, newspapers across the nation carried the news of his death, including the Boston Journal, the Evening News of Sault  Ste. Marie, Michigan, the Evening News of San Jose, California, and the Seattle Daily Times of Seattle, Washington, as well as the New York Times and local papers on Long Island.

His funeral was held in the South Haven Church on Apr. 11, 1912, and he was interred in the family cemetery, which is located north of the LIRR, east of Yaphank Ave./Old Stump Rd. and west of Old Barto Rd.

The Clerk of Session inserted a memorial minute in the Minutes of Session telling of his death.  (See attached.)

The year before his death he had completed the construction of his second railroad in Alaska for which he had been the Chief Engineer.  His last railroad was constructed for the copper mining interests of J. P. Morgan and the Guggenheims.

His family was living in Seattle when he fell ill in New York and his wife and two children arrived the day after his death.

In 1930, a peak in a mountain range in Alaska was named for him, Mount Hawkins.

And even today, there is a lesson-plan for use by high school teachers in Alaska to inform the young people of Alaska about the great achievements of E. C. Hawkins, who was born in our community and was a member of our church.

You can see his first Alaska railroad here:

http://youtu.be/rr39-eGIOlo White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad, E. C. Hawkins’ first railroad, providing a rail route to the Yukon, is an International Historic Engineering Landmark

http://youtu.be/QBSuNz3g0oA Clearing the snow on the White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad

Last Friday, four of his direct descendants: great-grandson and great-granddaughter from Seattle, and his great-great granddaughter, and great-great-great granddaughter from near Washington, DC, came to Brookhaven to witness the unveiling of their ancestor’s new monument.

His second Alaskan railroad was the Copper River and Northwestern Railway. 

His “Million Dollar Bridge” is still a tourist attraction and is now used for automobile traffic. E. C. Hawkins’s son, Mason Hawkins, grandfather to two of our guests, worked on the railroad also.

http://youtu.be/Tw-koFqE8RM Bridge Designed by E. C. Hawkins at the foot of the Miles and Childs Glaciers

I gave the family a tour of our church.  E. C. Hawkins’ brother, Emmett, had served as a trustee and elder of the congregation, and his sister-in-law, Mattie (Whitson) Hawkins, was our congregation’s first woman elder.

In fact, many of their ancestors, who are buried in the same cemetery, were officers of the South Haven congregation.

The two handouts I gave to members of the family, which describe the relationship of their ancestors to the South Haven congregation, are attached (HawkinsEC_dedication,pdf and DavidHawkinsCemetery_SouthHavenChurch-officers.pdf).

Both of his railroads were covered by popular magazines of the day:

https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=R75ZAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&output=reader&authuser=0&hl=en_US&pg=GBS.PA419 “Building a Railroad into the Klondike” by Cy Warman, McClure’s Magazine, January, 1900.

“It Had to Be Done” by Carlyle Ellis in Technical World Magazine, March 1912.

Richard Thomas

Friday's Commemoration for Erastus C. Hawkins

From: Martin VanLith
Sent: Monday, April 14, 2014 7:21 AM
Dear All,

We had what I think was a successful day on Friday. The Patera and Wisbeck families arrived from Seattle the day before, Nina and John Patera's daughter and granddaughter came up from Virginia. They stayed at the Springhill Hotel on Horse Block Road, they  got to see our nationally infamous landfill. 

We all arrived at the refuge a little past 11 in the morning and, after introductions, walked down the carriage road to the cemetery. Attached are some pictures taken by John and I. 

Nina Patera, pink sweater, and Will Wisbeck, tall fellow standing behind her (sister and brother), are the only two great grandchildren of Erastus C. Hawkins.

L-r- John, granddaughter Michaela and Nina Patera, Kathy and William Wisbeck, and Christina Patera:  

Beautiful day, 60ยบ. 

Pizza Lunch at Post Morrow Annex

 At Ellen Williams house (Selah Hawkins) -

 At the Robert H. Hawkins House -

 Painters Restaurant - 


Sunday, April 6, 2014

You missed a fiery speech

Adrienne Esposito enters state Senate race for Lee Zeldin's seat

Originally published: April 6, 2014 4:33 PM
Updated: April 6, 2014 4:44 PM
By DAVID M. SCHWARTZ  david.schwartz@newsday.com

Andrienne Esposito, in Patchogue Sunday afternoon on April 6, 2014, where she announced that she will run for state senate.(Credit: James Carbone)

Adrienne Esposito, a well-known Long Island environmental activist, formally entered the race for state Senate on Sunday, saying she wants to expand her focus beyond the environment.

She said "working class" concerns, including jobs, property taxes and women's issues such as affordable day care and equal pay, would be her focus. Esposito spoke before a group of about 50 supporters and elected Democrats who came out to support her at an East Patchogue park.

"I want to fight for more things, more solutions," Esposito, 53, of Patchogue, said.

If successful in any Democratic challenge, she would face Conservative Islip Town board member Anthony Senft, who has Republican backing to fill the upcoming Third District vacancy.

She said she was not prepared to make an announcement regarding her employment as executive director of the nonprofit Citizens Campaign for the Environment. Republicans have called for he to resign her position.

Esposito is not a registered Democrat -- she's not registered with any party, known as a "blank." But Suffolk County Democratic chairman Richard Schaffer said she's a known and respected participant in political circles.

"She's pretty much in line with Democratic values," he said. Democrat Joseph Fritz, an attorney, has also expressed interest in running for the vacant Senate seat. Schaffer said he is neutral on the potential primary, but said he's having conversations with Fritz.

The Third District seat, which GOP state Sen. Lee Zeldin of Shirley is vacating to run for Congress, is one of three on Long Island that could be crucial to Democrats to tip control from a coalition of state Senate Republicans and several dissident Democrats.









FW: Library Trustee & Budget Vote - Tuesday, April 8.

From: larry tierney
Sent: Sunday, April 06, 2014 10:15 AM
To: Larry Tierney
Subject: Library Trustee & Budget Vote - Tuesday, April 8.


Library Trustee and Budget Vote - Tuesday, April 8. You can vote at BOTH Libraries. 

Brookhaven Free Library: please vote for Reinhardt Schuhmann. (one opening)

South County Library; please vote for Annelies Kaman, Waveney Klaiber and Ada Graham  (three openings)  

You can vote at both libraries, but only for the candidates for each library board.

--------------------------------- Brookhaven Free Library -----------------------------------

Reinhardt Schuhmann  My interest in serving as a Trustee stems from my interest in maintaining the Brookhaven Free Library as both a very effective library and a charming asset to the South Country School District.  Brookhaven Hamlet has a wonderful community spirit, and the Library is the heart of our community.  I have participated in many events at the library over my 25 years here, both as an audience member and as a musician.  As a Trustee I would welcome the opportunity to ensure that the programs and events at the Brookhaven Free Library continue, and strengthen, so South Country residents may continue to enjoy our local treasure: The Free Library.   My professional qualifications include a Ph.D. in experimental physics and nearly 25 years experience in scientific publishing.  For the past 12 years I have been Managing Editor of Physical Review Letters, an international journal that is available both on paper and electronically, formats that are both quite familiar to me. The Managing Editor position includes, among other duties, management of more than twenty editors. Other relevant experience includes nine years as a Director of the Brookhaven Village Association.


-------------------------------    South Country Library (Bellport) ------------------------------- 

Elect Annelies Kaman, Waveney Klaiber & Ada Graham 

ANNELIES KAMRAN  I am a native of this district, born and raised here and a former employee of the South Country Library (at the circulation desk). As such, I feel it is beneficial for the Board of Trustees to have the perspective of someone who has inside knowledge of the workings of a library, in addition to being both a patron and a taxpayer. I therefore have well-developed ideas about what a library can be. I would especially like to encourage programs that make use of existing library equipment to develop skills, such as hackathons and computer coding workshops for children, teens and adults.  I believe that the Board members should take an active role in fundraising for the library, helping to apply for grants and partnering with other local institutions. I also believe that my background in volunteer grant writing for the Wertheim National wildlife Refuge in Shirley would be of real use to the library, helping to maintain or expand resources while keeping taxes in check.

WAVENEY KLAIBER  I have served on the library Board since 2011. In my twenty-eight year career with the Federal Government, I worked at the IRS in various departments, adjusting accounts, collecting revenue and assisting taxpayers to resolve their tax problems. I also coached and mentored new hires and my peers in the correct application of revenue procedures based on the IRS Code. Prior to working with the Government, I worked with Chase Bank, as a bonded employee handling currency, notes, and bank accounts. I was a member of the PTA and Girl Scout Leader of Troop 425. I studied Business Administration at Suffolk Community College, Brentwood Campus and English at SUNY Stony Brook where I edited the Literary Magazine. I received the Gallatin Award for Meritorious Service to the Federal Government upon my retirement in 2008.

ADA GRAHAM  I have lived in the South Country District for the past 15 years. My professional career encompassed over 25 years of successful customer training and documentation leadership, having directed the hiring and training of software development engineers and interns, developed training and testing materials for major power production utilities, lead the technical writing efforts for several major software companies, and served as a business analyst for customer education and corporate operations.  Prior to that, I taught English and writing at universities and junior colleges and was English Department Chair at several public high schools.

  I currently volunteer at Seatuck Environmental Assoc., serve as treasurer of the Bayard Cutting Arboretum Horticultural Society, work as a tax-aide for AARP, and assist Gateway Theatre as an education consultant.

Brookhaven Free Library from votes 10:00 am to 8:30 pm @ Brookhaven Free Library 

South Country Library

votes from 9:30 am to 9:00 pm @ South Country Library














Friday, February 7, 2014

Alex Alexander Kosenkranius 1893 - 1953 garage/gas station fire January 31, 2014

Newday report at http://www.newsday.com/long-island/suffolk/officials-residents-displaced-by-fire-in-brookhaven-1.6916120


Ron Kinsella took  these pictures the next day.  The fire was mostly in back.  He suspects water and heat damage though out structure



More on the Kosenkranius gas station and Alex Kosenkranius may be found here



Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Bellport High School Memorial Monument Dedicated

On Tuesday, November 12, 2013, a m. a  Vietnam and Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom Memorial Monument was dedicated at the Bellport, NY, High School on Beaver Dam road in Brookhaven hamlet.
The monument commemorates and perpetuates the memory of those former students who lost their lives in Vietnam 1964-1975, and Operation Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom, 2001.
John J. Foden, 1943-1968
Richard P. Frasca, 1942-1968
Joseph E.R. Neal, 1946-1968
Thomas A. Palladino, 1950-1970
Bruce Richardson, 1949,1970
William Wells, 1947-1967
Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom
James E. Lundin, 1987-2007

Bellport High School principal Timothy Hogan
Welcomes participants

BHS History Club students
Mary Glennon & Abigail Surita
unveil monument

Past Commander VFW Post 8300 Jim Vaughn &
members of the Post dedicate monument

Participants included: Erin Malloy, BHS History Club advisor;
Ron Kinsella, community representative on the committee;
Mary Glennon; Jim Vaughn; Abigail Surita;
Erin Delitto, representing Congressman Jim Bishop; & Timothy Hogan.

The Memorial Monument Committee consisted of Nelson Briggs (South Country School District), Mary Glennon, Regina Hays (BHS), Timothy Hogan, Ronald Kinsella, Erin Molloy, Abigail Surita, and Jim Vaughn.
Click for copy of dedication program

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Arthur Danto Obituary

In addition to his NYC home, Arthur Danto was a long time resident of Brookhaven Hamlet, having a country home at 338 Beaver Dam roadhttp://brookhavensouthhaven.org/HamletPeople/tng/getperson.php?personID=I16873&tree=hamletHe also wrote a short essay in 1985 in support of a historic district for the hamlet:  http://brookhavensouthhaven.org/History/Danto/DantoBrookhavenHamletAsHistoricDistrict.htm



Arthur C. Danto, a Philosopher of Art, Is Dead at 89

Published: October 27, 2013

Arthur C. Danto, a philosopher who became one of the most widely read art critics of the Postmodern era, championing avant-garde artists like Andy Warhol and proclaiming the end of art history, died on Friday at his home in Manhattan. He was 89.


The cause was heart failure, his daughter Ginger Danto said.

The author of some 30 books, including “Beyond the Brillo Box”and “After the End of Art,” Mr. Danto was also the art critic for The Nation magazine from 1984 to 2009 and a longtime philosophy professor at Columbia.

“His project, really, was to tell us what art is, and he did that by looking at the art of his time,” said Lydia Goehr, a Columbia University philosophy professor who has written extensively about Mr. Danto. “And he loved the art of his time, for its openness and its freedom to look any way it wanted to.”

Mr. Danto was pursuing a successful career in academic philosophy when he had a life-defining moment. As he recalled in numerous essays, it happened in 1964 when he encountered a sculpture by Andy Warhol in a New York gallery. It was “Brillo Box,” an object that seemed to Mr. Danto to differ in no discernible way from the real cardboard soap-pad container it copied.

If there was nothing visible in Warhol’s sculpture to distinguish it from an ordinary object, Mr. Danto wondered, what made it art? At a time when more and more artists were creating works lacking traditional artistic qualities, this was an urgent question.

Leaving aside that Warhol’s sculpture was made of silk-screened plywood, not cardboard, the defining feature of the sculptural “Brillo Box” was, in Mr. Danto’s view, that it had a meaning; it was about something — consumer culture, for one thing. The real Brillo box only had a functional purpose. But how would you know whether you were looking at a meaningful or a merely functional object? The short answer was, you knew because the Warhol box was presented as art in an art gallery.

This led Mr. Danto to propose a new way of defining art. The term would be bestowed not according to any putatively intrinsic, aesthetic qualities shared by all artworks but by general agreement in the “artworld,” a community that included artists, art historians, critics, curators, dealers and collectors who shared an understanding about the history and theory of modern art.

If that community accepted something as art, whatever its form, then it was art. This required an educated viewer. “To see something as art requires something the eye cannot descry — an atmosphere of artistic theory, a knowledge of the history of art: an artworld,” wrote Mr. Danto in his oft-quoted 1964 essay “The Artworld.”

Mr. Danto’s notion of the art world inspired what came to be known as theInstitutional Theory of Art, an idea that was developed most fully by the philosopher George Dickie in the 1970s and that remains widely influential on thinking about contemporary art.



Mr. Danto also came to believe that in the contemporary world, no single style could dominate, as Abstract Expressionist painting had done in the 1950s. Pluralism would be the new order.

This led him to proclaim the end of art history. By this he meant not that people would stop making art, but that the idea of art progressing and evolving over time along one clear path, as it seemed to have done from the Renaissance through the late 19th century and into the first post-World War II decade, could no longer be supported by art of the late 20th century. After the ’60s, art had splintered and gone off in a multitude of directions, from Photorealist painting to the most abstruse forms of Conceptualism.

But if so many different kinds of things could be viewed as art, what, if anything, did they have in common? The common denominator, Mr. Danto concluded, was meaning, and that led him to propose that the art of our time was mainly animated by philosophy. Artworks in the Postmodern era could be viewed as thought experiments about such problems as the relationship between representation and reality; knowledge and belief; photography and truth; and the definition of art itself.

If the new art was philosophy incarnate, then the critic who was also a philosopher might have an advantage over the traditional critic when it came to understanding and explicating art. Mr. Danto got a chance to test himself in that capacity when he became the art critic for The Nation.

But while he won the National Book Critics Circle prize for criticism in 1990 for “Encounters and Reflections: Art in the Historical Present,” he was not universally admired.

The critic Hilton Kramer, writing in The New Criterion in 1987, likened Mr. Danto’s views to one of “those ingenious scenarios that are regularly concocted to relieve the tedium of the seminar room and the philosophical colloquium.”

Arthur Coleman Danto was born in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Jan. 1, 1924. He grew up in Detroit, spent two years in the Army and then studied art and art history at Wayne State University.

He aspired to be an artist, and he specialized in woodcuts, his daughter Ginger said. “He had quite a life as an artist,” she said, “but when he got money from the G.I. bill, he decided to study philosophy.” In 2010, Mr. Danto donated many of his prints and original woodblocks to the Wayne State University Art Collection.

He did graduate work in philosophy at Columbia University, and he studied with Maurice Merleau-Ponty on a Fulbright grant in Paris.

Mr. Danto began teaching at Columbia in 1951, earning his doctorate the following year. He continued to teach at Columbia until his retirement in 1992, after which he was named Johnsonian professor emeritus of philosophy.

Mr. Danto’s first wife, Shirley Rovetch, died in 1978. In addition to his daughter Ginger, who is a writer about art, Mr. Danto is survived by his wife, Barbara Westman Danto, and another daughter, Elizabeth Danto.

As The Nation’s art critic, Mr. Danto wrote extended reviews and essays about prominent artists, past and present, with philosophical insight, professorial erudition and, almost always, sympathy and curiosity. He avoided negative criticism, which he considered cruel.

His interests were catholic. “Unnatural Wonders: Essays From the Gap Between Art and Life” (2005), one of several volumes of collected reviews, includes essays on contemporaries like Damien Hirst, Barbara Kruger, Yoko Ono, Gerhard Richter and Matthew Barney and on past masters like Picasso, Giacometti and Leonardo.

His was the kind of art criticism that could engage even readers with no particular interest in art. “There is a lot of uninspired work in the galleries,” Mr. Danto once wrote. “But there is so much ingenious work, so much intelligence, so much dedication, and really so much high-mindedness in the art world that, were it shared by the rest of the world, we would have entered a golden age.”