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Mystery Picture: December 13, 2011

Warren Obes Knows Oyster Bay

Warren Obes called to identify the mystery picture in the Dec. 8 issue of the Enterprise Pilot. He said, “It’s a lovely picture of what would be the Oyster Bay Inn, originally crafted by Charles Dekay Townsend in 1901 as the Townend Inn and later owned by Andrew and Arthur Snouder and renamed the Oyster Bay Inn in 1912. The Snouder’s brothers sold it on Sept. 5, 1923 to become the Matinecock Lodge – home of Lodge 8006 of free and accepted masons.”

In the photo the original dormers of the third floor are visible.

Mr. Obes said on Dec. 3, Greg Modine did his Charles Dickens Christmas Carol as a one-man show for members, at the lodge. “He does all the characters. He revamped it from two years ago. He has done it frequently in Manhattan and in Pennsylvania.” Mr. Obes’s Masonic title is President of the trustees.

Belle Santora said, “I’m pretty sure it is the old hotel, The Oyster Bay Inn which is now the Masons.” She said while her husband was not a Mason, he used to go to their functions. “We used to sit at their bar and have drinks.”

Billy Minicozzi guessed it was an old estate. On a sports note he said he hoped the Jets and the Giants make the playoffs.

The photo was one of those shown by Oyster Bay Town Historian John Hammond during his 1920s in Oyster Bay slide show at the 150th Anniversary of the Oyster Bay Public Library. Now you know everything. Enjoy the holidays.

 - DFK