Archive for February, 2013


Thursday, February 14th, 2013

This article is copied from a the HELM, Thursday, February 21, 1963.  This is one of the newspapers which HSERL has archived and which will be available to everyone in the very near future.


THIS MONTH we celebrate the birthday of the country’s first president, George Washington.  there is little new that can be said about the man. However, Mr. William E. Shelton of  Washington D.C. sent us an item that throws a revealing light on the character of the President by listing the objects he held most dear.  This is an excerpt from President Washington’s will.

On July 9, 1799, at the age of 67, George Washington, in apparent good health, sat down at Mt. Vernon to make and sign his last will.  It was five months and five days before his death.

Making his will was a long tedious task as it contained many “items” and was written by his own hand.  He began. “In the name of God, Amen, I George Washington, of Mount Vernon, a citizen of the United States and lately, President of same, do make , ordain, and declare this instrument which is written by my own hand and every page subscribed with my name to be my last will and testament, revoking all others.

“All my debts, of which there are but a few, and none of great magnitude, are to be punctually and speedily paid, and the legacies hereinafter bequeathed , are to be discharged as soon as circumstances will permit, and in the manner directed.

To my dearly beloved wife, Martha Washington, I give and bequeath the use, profit , and benefit of my whole real estate and personal property for the term of her natural life”

One of his most interesting bequests was to one of his favorite servants named William.  He had no other name. He was now very old and ill.  Washington directed that he be given his freedom with an income for life.  But William begged Mrs. Washington to allow him to remain at Mt Vernon which she did but he passed away soon after hist master.

The gold beaded cane, left to Washijngton two years before by Benjamin Franklin was willed to Washington’s brother Charles with these additional words”And that is all because he, himself, is well provided for.” Washington left his four famous swords to his favorite nephews with a provision that “they are never to be unsheathed except in defense of their country or for show purposes”

To each of his four women acquaintances and several distant relatives Washington left a gold “mourning ring” set with an ebony stone “not for their intrinsic but rather for their sentimental values.” Each was valued at  about $100.

To Bishop Thomas Wilson,an Episcopalian Minister of Virginia, who several months later was to have a part in Washington’s funeral, was left his large Bible.

Washington was not satsfied with the family burial plot at Mt. Vernon and orderd it to be rebuilt to his specifications “constructed of brick” on the site he chose overlooking the winding Potomac River.  This part of his will was carried out but not completed until thirty years after his death.

Missing Issues of East Rockaway Observer & Lynbrook Helm

Monday, February 11th, 2013

The Historical Society of East Rockaway & Lynbrook has been able to have a number of issues of the East Rockaway Observer and the  Lynbrook Helm  newspapers microfilmed and scanned.

Because some of the issues are missing from each year copied, we will print those missing dates for you.

The East Rockaway/Lynbrook Observer 1983/ missing Jan 20; Mar 10; May 19; June 2, 23; Aug 3, 10; Sept 14; Dec 28

1984/ Jan 4, 11; June  27; Nov 7; Dec 26

1985/ Jan 30; May 8, 29; Jul 24; Aug 7; Nov 27; Dec 25

1986/ Jan 8, 22,29; Feb 2; Apr 2, 30; May 7, 14; Sept 17, 24; Oct 15; Nov 12; Dec 3, 17

1987/ Jan 7; Feb 11, 18; Jun 10; July 15, 22, 29; Aug 12; Sept 2,9,16; Oct 28

1988/ Jan 6; Feb 3;  Mar  30; Apr 6, 27; May 4, 11; July 13; Oct 19; Dec 21

1989/ Jan 4; May 3, 24;  July 26;  Aug 2;  Sept 20; Oct 11, 18;  Nov 22


Lynbrook Helm Independent Review

1963/ January (all); Aug 8, 27; Nov 7

1964/ Sept 17, 24; Oct (all); Nov (all); Dec (all)

1965/ Jan through Sept; Oct 21, 28; Nov 18; Dec 9

1966/ Sept 15, 22, 29; Oct through Dec

1967/ Jan (all) June (all)  Jul6, 13, 20; Aug 3; Nov 30; Dec (all)

1968/ Feb 15; Mar 7, 21; Jul 25; Oct 10, 31; Nov 14

1969/ Feb 13

1970/ Feb 19, 26

1971/ Feb 25

1972/ Jun 1, 15; Aug 16, 23; Sept 20; Oct 25; Nov 1

1973/ Jan 17; Mar 28; May 30; Jul 18; Sept 26; Nov 28

1974/ Jan 2; Apr 24; Seep 11; Oct 18

1975/ Entire year

1976/ Entire year except  Sept 8, 22

For access to the copied papers please go to  and/or and follow directions.

Additionally, we have conserved and  preserved records of the Vineyard Church.. Four church books from the Old Sandhole Church which were given to us several years ago, are becoming a part of history as you read.   They date from 1834 to 1872 and contain information about the Town of Hempstead including the traveling preachers, marriages, births, deaths, baptisms and sprinklings of the area. Why are they significant? They are important because this information will be microfilmed and copied so that if someone wishes to taste a bit of history or even enjoy a good mouthful they will be on our plate..

In addition, the Long Island Institute of Studies at Hofstra University has copies of all the aforementioned items.