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This picture is before the store was move to the present location. Other post cards of the same era show the fence to the left as being in front of the Valentine house (Br30B)
There are several versions of this picture in the Post-Morrow archives, including post cards and other photographic prints. This image appears to be a print from the original Frederick W. Kost photograph.
This picture is of the store before it was move to the present location -- not only is the date, ascribed to the picture on one copy, before the store was moved, but the fence to the left is known to have fronted the Valentine House (Br30B). An earlier photograph (based on the size of the trees), published in Principe's "Bellport Village and Brookhaven Hamlet," at the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society, showing the Valentine house and store before it's move, has a very similar fence.
One copy identifies individuals as follows:
Mr. Alfred Nelson Sr. in foreground
Mr. Desmond Nelson & 4 Nelson children about 1905?
.. Emily Nelson (Maxwell)
.. Beatrice Nelson (Rosenquest
..... daughters of Mr. and Mrs H. Ogden Nelson
.. Norman Nelson
.. Alfred Nelson
..... sons of Mr. and Mrs. Norman F. Nelson
Post Card is post marked 24 Jul 1909.
From "Early Photographs of the Hamlet of Brookhaven collected by George Perley Morse 1945-1959."
See next image (#250) for key. Based on known birth and death dates, the date for the image is estimated to be about 1890.
- Daniel Hawkins was known as "Deacon" Daniel and lived on Beaver Dam Road.
- Forrest Reeve was the clerk at the Brook Store.
- Thomas Preston has not been identified.
- Jonathan Smith has not been identified.
- Edward B. Raynor was a bayman.
- Hugh Burnett has not been positively identified, but is probably George Hubert Burnett, Jr.
- Ferdinand Benjamin was a bayman from East Moriches, NY