Just as we were beginning to see the
light of day from the depression, world events were starting to
rain on everyones parade. But Walter Turnbull Shirley, veteran
of the Great War To End All Wars & The Lost Battalion, brought
his own umbrella! His BIG ideas ....
and the biggest idea he may of had
was just one word
However WAR had caused him to make
ONE HOUR & SEVEN
MINUTES FROM PENN STATION!
TERMS FOR ALL !!!!
If you were a "desirable family"
you could secure your acerage for 5.00 down & 50 cents a week till you reached
the grand downpayment of $49.00.
By 1942 even with the World War II
raging and no sure outcome, Shirley sold out his initial Vanderbilt
purchase and went back for more land. This time he had a little
more capital to play with.
VACATION HOMESITES INC.
Let A Smile & 50 G Be Your Umbrella
offer the good people this
as a gift!
QUICK SALES & SMALL PROFITS
Instead of calling them lots like other
developers did. W. T. called them Acres even though they
were mostly quarter acres (5, 20'x100' foot lots packed together)
I mean most average city dwellers (his target audience) thought
of lots as a small empty fields no one really wanted . Good for
a pickup game of baseball or tossing out an old sofa. And the
idea of selling them as "wholesale acerage" to the end
consumer was probably all his and really stretching it.....
if you thought about it. But this was a guy who could sell almost
anything other than Irving's tune "Smile & Show Your
GOING LIKE HOTCAKES!!!!!
And around this time just a few miles
away in Mastic, another transaction occured that most likely caught
Shirley's eye. It would eventualy turn him into the
THE DAWSON PURCHASE OF THE AUGUSTUS
May 4, 1942
Dr. Rolfe Floyd who died suddenly in
the 1930's was the son of Emma Rolfe Cooper & Augustus Floyd
Once again the breakup of an estate
is a key part in the Mastic areas development
Notice the part about 52 acres of the
Poospatuck Indian Reservation being included in the deal!
Like The Greatful Dead would sing:
TROUBLE AHEAD, TROUBLE BEHIND!