Photo of the Week
—– May 2, 2020 —–
FROM THE SCHS LIBRARY ARCHIVES
“How shall we know it is us without our past?”
– John Steinbeck
CENTRAL ISLIP SCHOOL, c. 1898
by Wendy Polhemus-Annibell, Head Librarian
Central Islip School, Wheeler Road, c. 1898. (From the Collection of the Suffolk County Historical Society Library Archives. Copyright (c) Suffolk County Historical Society. All rights reserved.)
Pictured here at Central Islip School in circa 1898 are school teacher Miss Monk with her students: in the back row, Albert and Herbert Marshall (their father worked at the State Hospital), and Wilhelmina Heines (sister of Henry, born 1881); in the front row (left to right): Adams?, George Stamps, Ruth Hatch, Mary Alice Miller, Grace Hubbs, Albert Miller, Phoebe Holmes, and Henry Heines (born 1883).
According to the Islip Town Record, Miss Monk was Central Islip School’s teacher for three or four years, and then returned to the area some years later after falling in love:
Central Islip: The gossips of this village had a genuine surprise last Sunday. Walham S. Davis had bought a lot and built a cottage on it. Being a single man, the gossips said: “He has the cage; he must have a bird in view, but who is it?” He seemed to be a general favorite with the ladies, paying equal attention to them all. So last Sunday he went to Brooklyn, and returned in the evening, bringing as his bride one who was the least suspected of having won his heart–Miss Burnice I. Monk! Miss Monk was a school teacher for three years in Central Islip, her term ending about four years ago. We are all glad to welcome her back in her new position. May their joys be great, and their cares be small ones. The neighbors gave Mr. and Mrs. Davis an old-fashioned serenade on Tuesday night, which woke up the town” (Islip Town Record, Jan. 11, 1902, p. 2).
Prior to the arrival of European settlers, the Secatogue tribe of the Algonquins lived in the area now known as Central Islip. In 1842, the Long Island Rail Road’s eastward expansion reached the area, and the Suffolk County Station was opened in Central Islip. The station became the commercial center for the area, and the name “Central Islip” was born.
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