Historians’ Corner

Historians’ Corner

Historically Speaking

Richard Forliano, Eastchester Town Historian

A collection of articles were written by Town Historian Richard Forliano and published in The Town Report.  These articles cover both old and recently discovered information about the history of the town.  A complete list of the articles published between 2006 and 2011 can be found in the index .

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Tuckahoe Marble: The Rise and Fall of an Industry, 1822-1920
Contributions of Louis Torres and his daughter Pat Cronenberger

In 1976, Louis Torres published his seminal history, Tuckahoe Marble: The Rise and Fall of an Industry, 1822 – 1920.  The year of its printing was a celebration of the nation’s bicentennial and this book was a gift to the author’s hometown of the 1960s and early ‘70s.  It was also a culmination of over 13 years of research.  Beginning as a natural outgrowth of Torres’ work for the National Park Service in lower Manhattan, this volume represents his fascination with an industry that was in high gear for over a century before in his very own Eastchester neighborhood.

Flash forward to 2014 and Pat Cronenberger, Louis’ daughter, has made a gift of her own to the town of Eastchester.  Learning of the town’s septicentennial anniversary, she transferred her father’s research documentsLouis_Torres and photographs for the book from Littleton, Colorado to the Westchester County Historical Society, ensuring their security and accessibility to future researchers at the library in Elmsford.  Her biographical notes on Louis Torres and the Historical Society’s finding aid to the new Louis Torres Collection are included here.

Reference copies of the book are available at the Eastchester Historical Society, the Westchester County Historical Society, the Eastchester Public Library, the Tuckahoe Public Library and the Bronxville Public Library.  Westchester Library System cardholders may borrow a paperback copy in Eastchester or Tuckahoe, as well as through the online catalog.

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Robert Creamer and 1664-1964: The Story of a Town

In 1964, during the 300th Anniversary of the Town of Eastchester, 1664-1964: The Story of a Town, a well-researched and impeccably written booklet, was published to celebrate this special Tri-Centennial year.

Robert Creamer, who was a pre-eminent sports writer and editor at the time, drew from his rich personal and professional background to assemble a soft-covered book of 44 pages that would serve as a Robert_Creamerhistory of Eastchester for years to come.  A lifelong town resident, senior editor at Time Inc.’s Sports Illustrated from its inception in 1954 to 1984, Creamer was the author of several books centered on his beloved sport of baseball.  Before his death in 2012, Bob Creamer was often seen as a television commentator on baseball.  But, he was also Tuckahoe Village Historian and president of the Eastchester Historical Society.  Using his many talents and drawing from his love of his hometown, Creamer contributed graceful prose to compiling the town’s history.

Detailed research for the book Bob Creamer wrote was provided by Harriet Bianchi and Phyllis Knowles, the members of the Eastchester Historical Society whose efforts to preserve and make accessible Eastchester’s 17th, 18th and 19th century records are legendary.  Their accurate transcriptions of the earliest hand-written town documents was their legacy gift to the Tri-Centennial Celebration.archive final  Until their deaths, both women assisted in storing and cataloging Eastchester’s rich papers and books according to the best archival principles and methods.  The Town Clerk’s Archives at Town Hall was dedicated in the mid-1990s to the memory of these ladies for their remarkable contributions as history keepers.

1664-1964: The Story of a Town was distributed to the entire community and is still treasured by many of the older residents as a first rate account that tells much about the history of the town of Eastchester and her two villages, Tuckahoe and Bronxville.  Copies of the multi-volume transcriptions of the early town historical records were distributed in binder format to historical societies, schools and libraries throughout Westchester County.

A pdf of  1664-1964: The Story of a Town is available here.

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Hero Next Door

An exhibition, “The Hero Next Door – Local Stories of Courage in Wartime,” was presented in the spring of 2010.  It featured, in part, a collection of personal stories of Eastchester, Tuckahoe and Bronxville men and women who died in the service of our Country in World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam.  The popular exhibition, curated by local historian Michael P. Fix, was held at the OSilas Gallery at Concordia College and brought people of all ages together to commemorate our fallen soldiers.

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Our Town

Vincent Bellew was a local teacher, writer and civic leader throughout his life. Based on life experiences, Vince gave us the gift of times we never knew by writing a weekly column “Our Town” and “Down Memory Lane” for the Eastchester Record. He shared the journey of the universal common man by highlighting the accomplishments of the residents that had made Eastchester the town he loved so much. His legacy in print is located at Tuckahoe Village Hall with a sampling of his articles offered here.

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Press Release: December 5, 2014
Eastchester’s 350th Anniversary History Book Has Arrived!
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