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Reader Photo: North Ocean Avenue in 1912

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Contributed by Al Chiuchiolo.

Attached photo is North Ocean Avenue in 1912 just north of Main Street.

My Mom is in the upstairs window behind the left telephone pole (not visible) with my oldest brother Michael who was only months old in the apartment occupied my Mom and Dad.

My Dad had a tailor shop downstairs as you can see on the sign. The flooded street was a result of a lack of drainage and no sewer system at the time that was also a problem at the post office on East Main Street.

The cupola/dome in the upper part of the photo can possibly be a part of the that is .

feduponbay July 14, 2012 at 11:14 PM
no vagrants?
Karen Ferb July 15, 2012 at 01:12 PM
The structure in the upper part of the photo is the top of the old Congregational Church on Lake St. Look here for an 1890 photo with an explanatory caption: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pmlib/4793481661/. It did house the Patchogue Library for a while, but the Carnegie Library was built across the street from it on land donated by the Bailey family.
Mickey Visco July 15, 2012 at 02:07 PM
love the photo
Larry Mocurli July 16, 2012 at 03:07 AM
Great photo and great idea by the Patch. Keep getting these historical treasures and publishing them. What might make the venture even better would be to send out a photog to shoot the same scene today. Same shot, same POV. Would give the reader a great point of reference.
Alfred J. Chiuchiolo July 16, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Thanks so much to Karen Ferb for her clarification of the bell-tower in the 1912 North Ocean Avenue Photo .The Edwin Bailey family gave a lot to the community and his grandson is J. Robert who lives on Bailey Avenue. He is a 1941 classmate/graduate and we are still in touch. We sat at same table with him at this year’s alumni luncheon.Bob and I were born and raised in Patchogue. Bob was a former Patchogue Village trustee and his dad was a former Mayor. Enjoyed the photo furnished by Karen, also. Al Chiuchiolo

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