As I already mentioned each directory holds little pieces of info that has helped me reconstruct the bigger picture of how the town grew and developed. One of those long held questions (albeit a small one) I have had since I started to do this was..... If the Knapp Secratery House, which was moved behind Schulte's Tavern in the 1940's was the original caretakers house or was it built just for Ed Kiely's ( Dodi Knapp's lawyer & personal secratary) use? When I interviewed Mildred Clune who's father and mother were the original caretaker and cook for the Knapps from 1916-1920's, she told me that they lived on the Knapp estate in a large two story house. As for where it was exactly located in regard to the roads that would not get built across the estate property 'till 1938, Mildred could not say (she was only about 8 or 10 in mid 1920's when her family moved over to "Pattersquash" which at that time was the Lanier estate. She just knew that their house was to the east of the Knapp mansion. When the final 12 acres and mansion and outbuildings were put on the market in 1939, I always wondered what the building on the 1938 File Map that sat on the south side of Dogwood road smack in the middle between Jefferson & McKinley was. It looked large as it covered a lot of the .98 acre around it.
This directory has answered that question with the listing of where Willie and Honey Shluter (Knapp's last caretakers) were living in 1940. I would surmise that this caretakers house probably faced the south. But where did it go ?.... does anyone know? Greta Tucker , Paul Schulte's grandaughter remembers looking at it when she was a child. I know it was gone by 1949 when John Galbraith built his caddy cornered, tar paper covered house on Dogwood & McKinley. Willie Shluter was also the guy to see for showing the mansion to prospective buyers at this time. In January 1941 the Shluters moved out of it and into to the old gatehouse on the corner of Neighborhood Rd and Monroe Dr.
"THE FUTURE OF MASTIC BEACH "
Another unique item to this directory is this item based on Brookhaven Town's Planing Boards Recommendations, There were big plans for the little town.
And then there were the ads
Steiner's lumber took the inside front cover. Notice they had a branch store in "new town"
Emma Barty's Station at The Sugar Bowl on the corner of Neighborhood & Elder was there again The Reynolds Brothers only appears in this edition Leslie Reynolds was an All Year Round resident on Woodside Drive
Gloria Chester (Mrs. William Baesler ) told me last summer she worked at William Lund's Fish Store in the 40s as well as her family store Chesters in old town. Lundy's was on the corner of Diana & Neighborhood next to Schulte's and later became Smiths. Patchogue motors sold Lincoln Zephyrs in both Patchogue & Center Moriches. The Kappels on Beaver Drive had TWO '37 Lincoln Zephyr V-12 coupes! And Speaking of Center Moriches it made a direct pitch for Mastic Beach folks to shop there. Actually there's a lot of advertising from both Patchogue and Moriches merchants.