Historical Where Was This Photo Taken?

Take you best guess where this historical photo was taken in Hauppauge.

How well do you know Hauppauge and Nesconset? We're about to test your knowledge of your hometown. This week's "Where Was This Photo Taken?" goes back in time, to take a glimpse of Hauppauge's past. 

On travels from a school event to another meeting, Patch reporters often stumble upon interesting landmarks, signs, places and other scenery that goes looked over by many on their day-to-day travels.

We'd like to see if you can identify these landmarks, memorials, signs, and local scenes.

Tell us where you think the photo was taken by giving us your best guess in the comment section below.

We'll announce the first person to guess the correct answer each Friday on Facebook and Twitter.

f you would like to submit a photo you've taken in the area for a Photo Challenge, email Editor Sara Walsh at sara-megan.walsh@patch.com. Please include the photo, your name and a little something about yourself in the email.

Christopher Crean January 16, 2012 at 10:44 PM
111 & Townline Rd. (Now Branchinelli's shopping center) Locustdale, Brooklyn Home for Children.
Kathy T January 17, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Chris your good! I didn't know that and I'm older!
Steven Tringali January 17, 2012 at 03:07 PM
I'm 50 and I don't remember that one.
Phyllis Stein January 17, 2012 at 05:36 PM
the Locustdale Orphanage (it was that at some point) was destroyed by fire sometime in the 20's or 30's from what I recall of the History of Hauppauge that was written in the 60's or 70's... very interesting and well written read, if you can find it again.
Christopher D'Antonio January 17, 2012 at 07:45 PM
The Hauppauge Public Library has a copy of a History of Hauppauge on hand, if anyone is interested in reading it.
Vera Karger January 18, 2012 at 02:53 AM
In the 7 or so years that I attended the Locustdale summer camp, not once was it considered an orphanage. There may have been a few children who were without parents, but most came from what was then called "broken homes." I was one of those children. As I was born in 1933 and summered there starting from about 1941, the old buildings couldn't have burned down in the 1920s. The very large main building housed living quarters for we younger girls. There were smaller buildings on the grounds for boys. Also, there were 3 open pavilions with storage seating around the inside perimeter. Arts & crafts took place there in rainy weather. Also we had a building in which a stage was built, and of course we delighted putting on plays. Like most summer camps, we had cookouts & camp fires & lots of singing. One of the boys blew his trumpet at reveille & taps, & for flag ceremonies. Beach trips were common. We went to Heckscher State Park, Sunken Meadow, Alley Pond Park, Jones Beach. Charlie Simonson's bus company drove us to our destination. On these trips we brought loads of food, stayed the day, eating hot dogs, salads, watermelon...& swimming. Tell me Christopher Crean, are you as old as I am?
Christopher D'Antonio January 18, 2012 at 04:55 AM
Vera, I'm in the process of researching Hauppauge's history for what I would someday like to turn into a book. I would be immensely grateful for the opportunity to interview you regarding the experiences you had at Locustdale, as information from that period in Hauppauge's history, especially first-hand, is sparse at best. I also suspect that my grandfather and some of his siblings were placed in the Brooklyn Industrial Home for Children as their mother had passed away and my great-grandfather no longer had the ability to care for all 12 of his children.
Christopher Crean January 18, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Mrs. Karger, I am just about to hit 40 but I have lived in Hauppauge all of my life. I am a huge fan of Hauppauge history and own books on the history of Hauppauge and was a student of Mr. Noel Gish (town historian). I am also a volunteer fire fighter at Hauppauge FD (grew up at FD due to my Dad's a member for 46 years) and have sat and listened to so many stories from my senior members of how wonderful Locustdale was. A good number of Hauppauge FD founding members attended Locustdale. I am not sure of when the building burned but I will ask some of my senior members at the fire house to see if they can tell me. Thank you for sharing your memories Mrs.Karger!
Vera Karger January 18, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Christopher D'Antonio: I'd be glad to share information with you. You can contact me at: lullabythree@yahoo.com Last summer I was in touch with Rita Egan of the Patch, and she may have some information for you as well.
Vera Karger January 18, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Christopher Crean: I'd love to learn the names of anyone who's still around who attended Camp Locustdale, or names of their forebears who might've attended. In the years I summered there, it was clear that the wooden buildings were quite old. After several years of going there for the better part of summer, our stay there was shortened to about 2 weeks, & we were told that because the buildings were so old they might no longer be safe, & would be torn down. I assumed that's what was done. I was sad, because I looked forward to summers there. If you want to contact me: lullabythree@yahoo.com BTW, no one will know me by the name Karger; my maiden name is Vrzal.
Vera Karger January 24, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Camille ~ Patch seems to have lost our interesting exchange. Re my photos: right now I'm in the awful throes of having the house interior painted, but eventually will post the pictures on Facebook. That way anyone can view them. Cheers!
Christopher D'Antonio January 24, 2012 at 05:25 AM
Christopher, if it would be possible, I would also like to interview you regarding your life growing up in Hauppauge. I believe you have a unique perspective on a period of the hamlet's history which is lacking historical documentation.
Vera Karger January 24, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Only a couple of photos, taken with my Kodak Brownie camera, in the '40s. Check it out. http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150546769093901.395323.816038900&type=3&l=4d899bc277
robert w. bell June 29, 2012 at 07:10 PM
i lived 10 weeks every summer at the camp during the thirtys as a member of the brooklyn home for children.it was a wonderful time. i am now 89. robert w. bell rbell98@socal.rr.com
Fabian Pappa November 25, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Hi Christopher. Although Im currently living in Argentina ,while i was living in Saltaire , Fire Island in the years prior , I did al qwefull lot of obseddive Hauppauge research. Most of it is posted in wilimapia.org. I lived on Northfield Road untill 1975 and the memories of odd tings in the landscape of the then new Dennison Court building peaked my curiosity. It was only decades later that I was able to unravel some of these misteries. In the 80s I lived in Islandia , central islip . That general area also peaked my interes , and was surprised to learn of its rich relationship with Hauppauge. I have posted some mapes and old postcards of the area in wikimapia.org. I so had wished these folks that write about locustdale were available in the net when i was doing my research. If you wish to chat ( and anyone else in ths forum ) send me a friend request in facebook Im listed as Fabe Pappa. All the best !
Vera Karger November 25, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Fabian ~ I've found the map & photo of Locustdale on wikimapia.org. I notice that once again Locustdale has been labeled "a home for wayward youth." This is untrue. If you've read the conversations on Hauppauge Patch, you'll note I state that it was not known to any of the children there as an orphanage, either. There may have been a couple of children without parents, but most came from what was then called "broken homes," i.e., their parents had divorced. I don't know where the "wayward youth" label originated. I'd like to see it removed from the wikimapia site, if you can manage that. As for the term "orphanage," I believe it was simply easier for towns-folk to use that as a catch-all, & unfortunately it stuck.


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