THE BOYS OF SUMMER
Lenny & Charlie Clune circa 1940
To many in Mastic Beach the Clune name is only what is on The American Legion Hall. (ARTHUR CLUNE POST) I have long been aware of the Clune Family and their involvement with the private estates of the Mastic area going back to the early 1900's and posted a mid 1920's pic of Mrs. Lorretta Clune sitting in front of her 19th century home under a tree with a Clairedale chow dog while three of her children stand in the crossroads of what would become known as Mastic Beach's 5 Corners, About 18 months ago I was contacted by one Kathy Clune a true "Knappster" who's Dad Leonard on the left is pictured heading across Narrow Bay with his older brother Charles about 1940. Their sister Mildred wrote the caption " The Serious Navigators Just Straight Ahead Over To The Beach, Hope The Gas Holds Out. Just One Of Their Many Good Times" Last year I got to interview Mildred at length and discovered so much more about the family and the area history in which they played no small role. I also spoke with Kathy's Mom Monica whose parents Anthony & Julia Scimeca summered in Mastic Beach starting in the late 40's. While the bulk of those interviews will be included in the book manuscript, the recent photos and documents Kathy furnished along with a very pleasent phone call from her Dad the other night have prompted me to put together what will be "The Clune Pages " and will be added to the website soon. Like The Penney Family of Moriches, The Clunes of Mastic were involved and took care of most all the private estates (Robert, Lawrence, Smith, Tolfree, Lanier, Lawson and yes Knapp) that would eventually turn into the towns of Mastic, Mastic Beach and Shirley.