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Turning Back the Pages

In Roscoe’s golf article he said that in Oct. 1929, Mark A. Cassidy and Guy W. Wilkinson had purchased the Clover Leaf Farm from Maurice Ashe as well as the Edward Turner farm adjoining it along the Glen Road on the banks of the Hudson River. He continued that construction had begun on a nine-hole golf course to be named the Queens Village Golf Club. The club opened July 14, 1930. What was not mentioned was that at the turn of the century the property contained the rural farm house of the Whittemore family, the home of Cora, the lady whose diary appeared in installments over a year in this column several years ago. We know Cora did live there, as Historical Society president Paul Gilchrist, researched the property’s history.

It was also mentioned in the article that Mrs. Charles H. Burhans, the wealthiest lady in Warrensburgh, was an outstanding golfer at the Queens Village Golf Club. Colonel Benjamin Peck Burhans, Eva’s husband’s grandfather, was the pioneer who brought prosperity to Warrensburgh when he moved to town with his tanning business from Ulster County in 1836. The Colonel later built a magnificent stone mansion on the hill behind today’s Town Hall for his son, Frederick O. Burhans which later became the home of Fred’s son, Charles Burhans and family. Charles Burhans died in 1946. The mansion was torn down in the early 1960s, and those who respect history and architecture have mourned the loss of this landmark ever since.

In the Quarterly’s golf course article it was mentioned that in 1931 a caddie’s tournament was held at the club. One of those caddies was my late husband, Mervin R. Hadden who was 14 at the time. He used to tell me stories about those long, hot, boring days on the course carrying heavy golf bags for the town’s elite. His closest buddy, Beecher “Beanie” Hewitt, labored along beside him.

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