JUST WHEN I THOUGHT I SAW IT ALL REGARDING
THE TANGIER DEVELOPMENT AT SMITH's POINT DURING THE SECOND
DECADE OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, ALONG COMES
" THE TANGIER ASSOCIATION "
Hats Off to Brookhaven hamlet historian, Marty Van Lith for coming up with this hertofore unseen brochure.
I am reasonably sure that this undated semi prospectus - sales brochure, was for a revised plan for a restructured Tangier development circa 1913 - 15. It is more than likely to have been printed after the original Tangier spark plug - big picture guy, Frederick J. Quinby was supposedly out of the picture, but it sure has his "fingerprints" on it.
Quinby's initial 1910 companies,Tangiers Manor & Tangier Development Corp. went belly up in 1912. At that time Tangier's assets and land holdings were transferred in bankruptcy to Enterprise Realty Company in Roanoke, Va. for about half of the money (aprox $300,000.00 ) Quinby's company was supposed to have paid to the Smith heirs for the land, but never did. Enterprise Realty just so happened to be located where at that time semi-fugitive from the NY Courts F. J, Quinby aka F. J. Quimby was said to be residing and reportably "too ill to appear" before a NY judge to sort out the connections between all of Quinby's companies and the use or deceptive misuse of the N & M in his last name. That is when he wasn't living it up in Sayville, LI & NYC with two wives!
By the 1920's after years of litigation, the Smith heirs got most of the 10,000 acres of their Manor of St. George property back and then resold it several times to real estate companies like Hawtonherst Corp. and individuals like Edward R. Tollfree, with Tolfree winding up living in the only substantial thing Quinby had ever built, The Island View Manor house. Of course that was after Rose Quinby was evicted, by Clarence G. T. Smith.
Eventually in the late 1940's, the Smiths sold the bulk of their land to a guy who actually paid for it and turned many of Quinby's big plans on paper into reality. That of course was Walter T. Shirley. and he rightfully if perhaps ego centrically renamed the entire area after himself. It should be noted that Walter T. Shirley, who although made himself into a multi millionaire in the real estate game, had to pay off many of Quinby's unsettled liens from 1912-15 Shirley according to one recipient, Tangier native Fred J. Gillespie (1916 - 2009), was still paying off Quinby's liens well into the 1950's. Fred's father Michael. a contractor, worked for Quinby and built the original Tangier bridge in 1911, for which of course like most of Quinby's creditors he was stiffed on.
BUT THE QUESTION OF THE HOUR HERE IS WHO THE HECK WERE THE PRINCIPALS INVOLVED WITH
THE TANGIER ASSOCIATION INC. ?
Their office was at 7 East 42nd Street in NYC Telephone 7209 Murray Hill
A search through the NY Times from 1910 - 1918 reveals little other than several real estate brokers were located at that address which being right off of Times Square was undoubtedly a large office building. Realtors Homer Foot Jr, E. Nelson Earhart and others all have listings but not with the Tangier Association phone number. The phone Murray Hill 7209 does not turn up at all.
By 1918 the infamous Hawtonherst Corp. who tied up clear titles to much of the Tangier Land for years preventing any resolution had taken things over out there, so I am reasonably sure this brochure was printed between 1913- 1917 when America entered the World War.
In 1913 "a syndicate" with a US Senator, William Hughes from NJ, as trustee was involved in Tangier's restructuring, That unamed syndicate wound up in a big 100,000.00 lawsuit from one angry investor but no names are mentioned in this new found Tangier Association brochure. The only hint of a perhaps a major investor is the fact that there is a Howard Blvd as the main thorough fare on Fire Island. Their NY City address is also different than that of the original Tangier Company in the Cameron Bldg on Madison Ave.
In 1915 another unamed syndicate headed by Frank E. Clark, ex mayor of Bridgeport Ct is listed as aquiring the assets of Tangier Development Co. Quinby again turns up living in Bridegport Ct at that time and in trouble with a bank.
The plans here are still very grandiose and in some aspects even grander. An even bigger proposed bridge is there along with the wide Suffolk Blvd. The major difference I see is there is no talk of any real estate development or creation of a town center. Only "Woodland Forest" another mythical place, gets a passing mention. The sales pitch here is for ocean front living "Atlantic City, NJ " style in the largest co op hotel in the world (2600 Rooms)
I have never heard of The Tangier Association before and I can not find anything about it in any newspaper other than what is on this brochure. That said it may of never got any further than just this brochure. It is listed in a book on worthless securities published in 1926.
But as I already stated it incorporates many of Quinby's Grandiose Tangier Ideas and he may of had some type of silent involvement. Take a look for yourself.
Could That Be F. J. Quinby in his Wright Flyer Buzzing Around The Tangier Bridge ?
HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO FISH OFF OF THAT!
It has a Zepplin & Hydro Airplane Landing, Several Yacht Moorings & More
HERE'S THE PITCH & MORE DETAILS
GOT THAT ? I HEAR THESE GUYS ARE GONNA FIX HEALTH CARE TOO
And If That's Not Enough
there's still more !
Back In The First Few Months Of The Original Tangier Plans In 1910
This Piece On Peace Appeared On Christmas Eve
A Chautauqua Is An Out Door Festival Named For The First One Held
At Lake Chautauqua In Upstate NY In 1876
AND ON CHRISTMAS DAY IN SAN FRANCISCO
A 12,000 SEATER ! ON THE BEACH !
What Would The Mastic Residents Think ?
TROUBLE IN PARADISE
There Was No Peace In 1924 When A Hawtonherst Security Guard
And A Patchogue Fisherman Got Into It On The Bridge
From The Pages Of The Long Island Forum January 1960