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O R I G I N S In researching the archives for the first recorded beginnings of island Bingo, your Harbor View Historian came across a poem written in 1929, author unknown, but probably Dot Steurer because the files came to me from his son David Steurer. It tells the history of Harbor View in rhyme, not the artistic quality of, say, The Odyssey, but a noble effort just the same and worth reviving to flesh out our knowledge of Harbor View’s origins. It was typed in capital letters on what used to be called onion paper, a thin, fragile-type of paper used for making duplicates in the days before copier machines. Time and dampness have taken their toll on the bottom stanza of a few of the five pages of this epic so there are ellipses taking the place of the missing words where the sheet was ragged and torn. Nonetheless, here is what is legible. It makes a good supplement to the history of Harbor View republished previously in HarborViews, because important dates are mentioned, whereas the earlier history left them out. -Bitsy Farnsworth


F O R E W O R D

THE COMMITTEE ORDERED ME TO WRITE SOME POETRY ABOUT THIS ISLE OF OURS CALLED HARBOR VIEW OF COURSE I AM NO POET AND VERY SOON YOU’LL KNOW IT WHEN YOU HEAR THE DOGGEREL LINES I’LL READ TO YOU A POET’S HAIR IS LONG AND SILKY WITH COMPLEXION PALE AND MILKY AND I DON’T LOOK LIKE THAT AS YOU CAN SEE BUT THEY PUT IT TO A VOTE AND SAID THEY’D HAVE TO FIND A GOAT AND WITHOUT ANOTHER WORD PICKED ME. I OFFER NO EFFULGENCE BUT CLAIM YOUR KIND INDULGENCE WHILST I INFLICT THESE VERSES ON YOU I HOPE YOU’LL BE ALIVE AND THE ORDEAL SURVIVE SO I’LL HURRY UP AND SOON GET THROUGH

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T H E Y

IN THE YEAR ANNO DOMINI NINETEEN 0 FOUR A CONNECTICUT FARM ON THE LONG ISLAND SHORE WAS TRADED FOR ANOTHER AND VERY LITTLE CASH AND THE PURCHASERS WERE LOOKED UPON AS BEING VERY RASH. A DEVELOPMENT WAS STARTED AND I’LL TRY TO TELL TO YOU THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS THAT THE SETTLERS ALL PASSED THROUGH THERE WAS NO RUNNING WATER, NO LIGHTS, AND NOT A STREET AND TO FIND YOUR WAY AROUND WAS CONSIDERED QUITE A FEAT. THEY TRIED TO SELL THE LOTS BUT NO BUYERS COULD BE FOUND BUT THE PROPERTY WAS GOOD BECAUSE ‘TWAS ON THE SOUND RESTRICTIONS WERE DECIDED ON AND ONE OF JUST A FEW WAS THAT YOU WERE PROHIBITED FROM MANUFACTURING GLUE. DISTILLERIES WERE ALSO BARRED IN THOSE PRE VOLSTEAD DAYS BUT THEY MAKE IT IN THEIR HOUSES NOW IN MANY MANY WAYS NO CHICKENS WERE PERMITTED UPON THIS LITTLE ISLE BUT I’VE SEEN QUITE A NUMBER HERE DRESSED IN LATEST STYLE. WELL AT LAST THEY MADE A SALE AND THE PURCHASE PRICE I QUOTE WAS A BRASSY NEAR GOLD WATCH AND A VERY LEAKY BOAT AND THE PURCHASE THAT WAS MADE BY THIS ENTERPRISING CHAP WAS JUST WHAT STARTED PUTTING HARBOR VIEW UPON THE MAP. ...HAD NO BRIDGE TO CROSS THE CREEK SO O’ER THE MARSH THEY’D RIDE . ..IN BUGGIES QUITE REGARDLESS OF THE TIDE ...TO NAVIGATE, SO THEY’D TOTE THEIR WHEELS BY HECK ...SHOES AND STOCKINGS ROUND THEIR NECK.


WITH TOOTSIES BARE, AND LOOK OF DESPAIR, A LADY ONCE WAS SEEN WITH SKIRTS KNEE HIGH TO KEEP THEM DRY A WADING THRU’ THE STREAM. A BRIDGE WAS BUILT ACROSS THE CREEK IN NINETEEN HUNDRED AND NINE AND THE RESIDENTS ALL VOTED IT WAS REALLY FINE. MORE LOTS WERE SOLD, MORE PEOPLE CAME, THE PLACE BEGAN TO GROW THE PIONEERS WORKED LUSTILY, THEIR ARDOR JUST TO SHOW SOON CITY WATER WAS INSTALLED AND THIS SOUNDED THE KNELL OF THE GOOD OLD OAKEN BUCKET WHICH THEY THREW IN THE WELL. THEY DISCARDED LAMPS AND CANDLES AND USED ELECTRIC LIGHT THE HOUSES LOOKED QUITE BRILLIANT WHEN YOU PASSED THROUGH THERE AT NIGHT THEY STARTED MORE IMPROVEMENTS IN THE YEAR NINETEEN THIRTEEN AND HELD THEIR SQUARE SET DANCES ON A PLATFORM ON THE GREEN WHICH WAS GAYLY DECKED WITH BUNTING AND ON DANCE NIGHTS LOOKED QUITE GAY AND THE DANCERS CARRIED LANTERNS FOR FEAR THEY’D LOSE THEIR WAY. IN THIS SAME YEAR THE MEETING, AN ANNUAL AFFAIR, WAS HELD UPON THE PLATFORM, OUT IN THE OPEN AIR. ‘TWAS LOCATED IN A GROVE OF TREES AND WHEN THE MEMBERS CAME WITH CANDLES LIT, THE MOSQUITOES BIT THEM WELCOME JUST THE SAME. THEY’D TALK ABOUT IMPROVEMENTS AND KICK ABOUT THE DUES WHICH AT THAT TIME WAS DOLLARS NINE AND THE BOARD THEY WOULD ABUSE. ...OF QUESTIONS AND WONDER WHAT WAS DONE ...OF MONEY, A MONUMENTAL SUM . ...SELF AND EVEN TO THIS DAY ...GOES AND WHY THEY HAVE TO PAY. BUT THEN THEY ALL IN UNISON SAID LET US HAVE SOME ROADS SO THEY STARTED DUMPING CINDERS IN MANY MANY LOADS THEN THE GOOD OLD PLATFORM WHICH TO THEM SO GOOD HAD BEEN THEY DECIDED TO ABANDON IN THE YEAR NINETEEN EIGHTEEN.


THIS CLUB HOUSE THEN WAS STARTED IN AN UNPRETENTIOUS WAY AND WHEN THEY HAD IT FINISHED THEY ALL FELT VERY GAY POPULAR SUBSCRIPTION-AND THE WAY ‘TWAS DONE WAS FUNNY SOME GAVE BENCHES, DOORS AND WINDOWS, BUT NEARLY ALL GAVE MONEY. THEY GRADED UP THE CLUBHOUSE LOT AND TRIED TO MAKE IT GREEN AND ON THE INSIDE THEY INSTALLED A CINEMA MACHINE. THEY HAD DANCES IN THE CLUB HOUSE AND ALL THE REVENUE WENT FOR MORE IMPROVEMENTS OF WHICH THEY NEEDED QUITE A FEW. IN NINETEEN TWENTY THEY ACQUIRED THE FLOAT STILL GOOD AND SOUND I REMEMBER WELL THE AWFUL TIME BRINGING IT AROUND. AND THEN THEY PUT IN STREET LIGHTS WHICH WAS REALLY QUITE A BOON THUS THEY KEPT THE GOOD WORK GOING -- AND THEN -- VERY SOON, DECIDED THAT THE CINDER ROADS WERE VERY BLACK AND DUSTY AND DAY BY DAY MADE A GREAT WHITE WAY WITH OYSTER SHELLS QUITE MUSTY DO YOU REMEMBER THOSE DAYS OF YORE AND THE ODIFEROUS SMELLS WHICH ASSAILED OUR NOSTRILS DAY AND NIGHT, OH! THOSE PEARLY OYSTER SHELLS! THEY GREW DUSTY TOO AND WHAT TO DO WAS A PROBLEM TO UNRAVEL THE PEARLY WHITE WAS PUT OUT OF SIGHT WITH COPIOUS LOADS OF GRAVEL ...WAY BRIDGE GREW DECREPIT AND WAS IN A VERY BAD FIX ...BY THE PRESENT STRUCTURE IN NINETEEN TWENTY SIX. A TENNIS CLUB WE ALSO BOAST AND I CAN ONLY SAY SOME OF OUR PLAYERS MIGHT GIVE POINTS TO TILDEN OR COCHET. A CHEMICAL ENGINE WAS PURCHASED AND NEXT THE MONUMENT GREW TO COMMEMORATE THE VALOR OF THE BOYS OF HARBOR VIEW. EARLY THIS YEAR THE CLUB HOUSE A CHRYSALIS IN NINETEEN EIGHTEEN TRANSFORMED TO A BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLY, ONE OF THE PRETTIEST SEEN. I’VE BROUGHT YOU DOWN TO THE PRESENT DAY IN A CRUDE KIND OF MANNER I KNOW TO SHOW HOW THE ACORN OF DAYS GONE BY INTO AN OAK TREE DID GROW. WE’RE PATRIOTIC ON THIS ISLE AND LET US EVER BE UPHOLDERS OF OUR COUNTRY AND OUR FLAG O’ER LAND AND SEA


LET’S KEEP UP OUR CELEBRATONS ON INDEPENDENCE DAY AND WORK WITH MIGHT TO DO WHAT’S RIGHT FOR EVER AND FOR AYE OUR FLAG WAVES PROUDLY FROM ITS MAST AND MEANS TO ALL OF YOU THAT OLD GLORY IS RESPECTED AT DEAR OLD HARBOR VIEW. GIVE PRAISE AND HONOR TO THE PIONEERS AND I KNOW THAT ALL OF YOU DO APPRECIATE ALL THAT THEY DID IN STARTING HARBOR VIEW. THE PRESENT BOARD IS WORKING HARD SO GIVE THEM YOUR SUPPORT LEND A HAND TO THIS LOYAL BAND IT’S NO MORE THAN YOU OUGHT. EACH YEAR THERE’S SOME IMPROVEMENT LOOK AT THIS CLUB NOW ISN’T IT FINE, SO LETS STAND SHOULDER TO SHOULDER FOR NINETEEN TWENTY NINE AND IF WE ALL COOPERATE AND DEMONSTRATE OUR ZEAL THERE’S NOT THE SLIGHTEST DOUBT THAT WE SHALL HAVE THE BEACH IDEAL. The end


Harborview Poem 1929 Establishment of Clubhouse