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Recollections of the past in Haverstraw
My roots in Haverstraw, NY extend back to the 1880ís. I had 2 great grandfathers who worked on the brick yards, one last named Burke, the other Buttler. The story as told to me by my grandmother (from my motherís side) is that her family lived on Division street, directly behind Rockland Avenue, during the time of the landslide. When the landslide came in February, 1906, my great grandfather decided to move the family out of town. They relocated near what was called the "Penny Bridge" in West Haverstraw.

My Grandfather tells of how he had saved enough money to study architecture in New York City, but the untimely death of his father meant that my grandfather had to return to take care of his younger brother. Eventually, my Grandfather, named Richard Buttler started his own construction firm. He designed, among other structures in Haverstraw, the combination firehouse and police station residing in the heart of town. As of the 1970, when I last had occasion to check, at the top of a flight of stairs there was a plaque mentioning him, among many others, for his contribution.

I now live in Pomona with my own family, but as many ex-Haverstrawites, I never really left my home town.
Submitted by Ambrose Michael Matelski II

Childhood Memories
The town has always -- and I do mean ALWAYS - been a part of my life. True, I was born and raised in Poughkeepsie...but my dad's family lived in and around Haverstraw for probably 60+ years. My grandfather, Thomas Gagan (1879-1966) was District Attorney in Rockland County for a very long time. My grandmother, Mary (Finegan) Gagan, belonged to a family that owned and ran a Haverstraw brewery. The house my dad was born in back in 1909 is still standing - as is he! I can never remember if it is on route 202 or 9W...but I DO know that it is the house used as the exterior model by Charles Addams for his ADDAMS FAMILY series. It seems to me that my grandfather, uncle (the late M. Ambrose McCabe) and my aunt ('Amo' McCabe, who reaches 90 in a week) moved to Phillips Hill Rd., New City in the early 60s. (I was born in 1954.) Uncle 'Brose', as we called him, died around 1964, and my grandfather passed away two years later. I have been told of a great-aunt, Mamie Gagan, who ran a general store approximately where Gagan Road is now located. In fact, one story is that the road was named for her! Mamie died when I was very, very young....I can barely remember her. I would love-and-appreciate any and all information on the Rockland County Gagan's!!!!
Of my grandfather's children who reached adulthood...Thomas, Joe, Mercedes (McKim) and Eileen (Miller) are all now dead. My dad (Frank) was the oldest, and "aunt Amo" isn't far behind. She lives in Pennsylvania, last I heard. Submitted by: Bill Gagan
Email: dioriogagan@cs.com

1910 - 1975
Silverstein Family in Haverstraw
My family lived in Haverstraw from approx. 1910-1975. My grandparents were Marcie & Cele Silverstein who lived at 103 Hudson Ave. Marcie owned a local soda fountain called Marcie's; served on the school board; and was a chum of Jim Farley's. My father & uncle (their sons) were Jule & Stan Silverstein. My father taught social studies at Haverstraw, and later N. Rockland High School from about 1953-1989.
Submitted by Richard Silverstein

1904, May 27-31 (approximately)
Burial of explorer, Leonidas Hubbard, Jr.
Haverstraw Cemetery
Labrador (Canada) explorer laid to final rest after having become lost and starved while attempting to travel overland from Northwest River Post to Ungava Bay. Hubbard's remains were recovered by Dillon Wallace, a fellow explorer.
Leonidas Hubbard, Jr.,
Intrepid Explorer and Practical Christian
Died Oct. 18, 1903.
"Whither I go ye know, and the way ye know." John XIV. -4.

late 1800s through WW II
Haverstraw, Samsondale mansion
My great-great grandfather, John Peck, and his father lived in a land-grant property called "Samsondale." It was a large mansion with lots of land, stretching to the Hudson River. When 9W was built, it ran through the property to the East. The mansion was destroyed in the mid-sixties and the property was developed. The business owned by John Peck and his sons was the Peck Brickyards.
John Peck's grandson, Theodore Gordon Peck II, was killed in the Wallstreet explosion that was meant to kill J.P. Morgan.

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