|Updated 3 January 2006
|Mackay Stories, p.11
|Dec 10, 2005
What a great website! I just stumbled across it today while researching Glen Cove for my mother who grew up in Locust Valley and was born there in 1918.
My father, Steven Hollenczer, was born in Roslyn in 1909. His family moved to Harbor Hill in 1910. My father remembered being allowed by Ellin Mackay to swim in the pool, as long as there were no visitors to the estate. He also recalled Ellin taking the kids for rides in a pony cart. [Ellin later married Irving Berlin in 1926]
My grandfather, Peter Hollenczer, was a carpenter at Harbor Hill from 1910 until 1919 or 1920. [The photo on the right shows Grandpa Pete Hollenczer, c.1927, with a large bird house of his own design and construction. His name appears on p. 22 of In The Service, Workers on the Grand Estates of Long Island 1890's-1940's . He was a general carpenter on the estate and worked both inside and outside the houses/buildings]
The two youngest children, twin girls, were born on the estate in 1911. One, my Aunt Agnes, still living, is now in Saratoga Springs, NY. My Aunt Mary Hollenczer passed away in 1994, but she knew Roy Moger and Ken Hechler and had a signed copy of Bridge at Remagen which I now own and also a copy of Roslyn Then and Now, given to her by Mr. Moger. She was also acquainted with the Mackays since she worked in her brother-in-law's paper store in Roslyn Village. I have several photos of my father's family on the estate in June or July 1919.
Thanks again for a peek into the world of Clarence Mackay.
Janice Hollenczer Bernath, New Jersey
|Janice provides additional detail below that 1. lends more old Roslyn Village flavor and 2. shows how the Great Depression not only financially wounded the rich, such as Clarence Mackay, but also the average citizen such as her grandfather, above, and his family.
|Great Depression -
Big impact on Roslyn's average citizens too!
|Pete Hollenczer, above, purchased several parcels of land on Jessica Place in Roslyn Heights and also in a few other locations in 1919 or 1920. He began building their house on Jessica Place while he and his family still lived on the Mackay Estate. They moved into the house in about 1920. While Peter worked on the estate and built and sold houses off the estate, his wife was very busy raising nine children. But when the Crash came in 1929, the family's fortune turned. Grandpa Peter could not find any buyers for the remaining houses he'd built, or for the rest of the land he owned, and lost everything to taxes.
|Does anyone remember this store front?
Janice's Aunt Agnes and Uncle Jim Kehoe, c. 1945, in front of Jim Kehoe's stationary store, in Old Roslyn Village, on what we know today as 25A or Old Northern Blvd. This is a picture of "Jim Kehoe's" when it was located on the north side of 25A near the Tea Room (old mill). At a later date the store was moved to the south side of the street.
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