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Comments: 22
  • #22

    Annie Howe (Saturday, 06 April 2019 20:19)

    I wanted to say that I enjoyed your presentation today at the Elmont Library. I grew up, and still live in, Queens Village, so I am always eager to learn about its history and that of the surrounding areas. I look forward to perusing this website and for future events on local history.

    Thank you!

    Annie (

  • #21

    Gregory Kniesler (Saturday, 22 December 2018 05:51)

    Very interesting and fun. My grandfather Bernard Rottkamp (son of Henry) left Long Island, ending up near Allentown New Jersey. Being away from the rest of the Rottkamp family, I had not seen these any of these photos before.

  • #20

    Tammy (Tuesday, 11 December 2018 22:33)

    Liked seeing this website. My family lived in Foster's Meadow. My 2x great grandparents (Nicholas Joseph Koelbel and Justina Victorina Crevoiserat) were married on January 11 1870 in St. Boniface. I also have copy of documents of Peter Crevoiserat and his wives Sophia and Susanna Gaenger and there children in St. Pauls. I see no reference to either family on the website.

  • #19

    Bill Mozer (Monday, 12 November 2018 15:11)

    Thank you for preserving this history and sharing it!

  • #18

    Denny Hatton (Friday, 19 October 2018 05:30)

    I am descended from the FostersMeadow farmers. I am a Wulforst, but my family includes Rottkamps, Hoeffners, Ruhls, Hartmanns, Kiesels, Schmitts, and many others. I would be willing to share my family tree and info gathered with you.

  • #17

    Carol Huscher Koch (Wednesday, 17 October 2018 05:12)

    My family of Huschers lived on 148th rd what I knew as Rosedale. My father was born in the home on 148th rd in 1925 to Daniel and Effie (Holland) Huscher. My Dad was a young boy when he lost both his parent a year apart so his memory of his early years were always short and not remembered. I was hoping maybe someone will read this and recall my family. My parents lived in Rosedale until 2000.
    Carol my email is

  • #16

    Roberta Fitkin Caridi (Thursday, 20 September 2018 19:33)

    I believe my grandmother lived there and may have gotten married there. Her name is Wratislawa Jankowska. She married in 1902 and married a Swiss man named Sylvius Louis Prenleloup (later renamed John Lewis).

  • #15

    John Cola (Monday, 13 August 2018 08:59)

    I lived in VS but went to St. Boniface (1974) and spent much time in Elmont growing up.
    Rottkamp St. is in VS, right behind Alden Terrace School. We always "thought" the streets were named after Rottkamp children...Charles, DeWitt, Everett, Frank, Georgia, Hommel, Irving, and Jasper...but who ever names kids in alphabetical order??!! That theory went out the window.
    I believe there is a plaque on the wall inside the St. Boniface Auditoreum "In Memory of" a Hoeffner. You may want to ask if you could look at the names on the walls for historical purposes. Plaques run along the walls inside about shoulder height.

  • #14

    Ken Loach (Monday, 09 April 2018 01:40)

    Grew up in Elmont, remember my mother saying that the original name was Fosters Meadow and that she thought it was a much nicer name. Went to Sewanhaka
    HS with one of the Rottkamp’s. Thanks for a great website.

  • #13

    Gerd E Hemminger (Sunday, 04 March 2018 01:04)

    Keep up the good work. I always look forward to receiving and sharing your updates with family. My wife's Fosters Meadow ancestors were Raberding and Ryf. I contributed the Raberding family story.

  • #12

    Peter Gunther (Sunday, 25 February 2018 03:57)

    My 3rd cousin, Jeannie Whalen Picchioni, who I met through Ancestry, recommended this site, as did Joseph Schlosser, who just contacted me, and I love it.
    My great-grandparents include Joseph and Mary Muller Gunther and Jacob and Elizabeth Vollcommer Borman; my 2nd greats include John and Carolina Jost Gunther and John and Barbara Schaeffel Vollkommer, all interred ar St. Boniface along with a multitude of my Gunther, Muller, Vollkommer, Borman, Rottkamp, Forthofer and Christbar cousins.
    Great job on the website! I look forward to getting your email updates.

  • #11

    John Froehlich (Saturday, 24 February 2018 16:42)

    PS Both my parents, Francis Bernard Froehlich and Carol Frances (Hoar) Froehlich are buried at St Boniface

  • #10

    John F Froehlich (Saturday, 24 February 2018 16:36)

    My father was Francis Bernard Froehlich, one of the sons of John A and Theresa Froehlich. His brothers John, Henry, Anthony and William were all Long Island farmers. They moved from Elmont to Carl Place and farmed there. His sister Maimi married Ferdinand Schmitt. I do not recall who his sister Tessy married. The brothers eventually moved and farmed in Huntington, Woodbury, and eastern long island.

  • #9

    AJ Schmitt (Wednesday, 31 January 2018 05:38)

    My father grew up in Fosters Meadow with his parents and siblings. They grew up on a farm in Rosedale. Both of my grandparents are buried in St. Boniface cemetery as are many of their relatives. They moved from Rosedale in the 1940's and continued farming in Melville area. Many of the farm tools, equipment were from Rosedale and were used on the new farm.
    Thanks for the stories about other farmers from that area,

  • #8

    John Weiss (Saturday, 06 January 2018 22:14)

    Really great, seeing this brings the rich history of Long Island to the fore. Wish it was still this way...

  • #7

    Mary Haneman (Monday, 20 November 2017 09:49)

    Finding this site brings back memories. When my father was a child around 1920, his family lived on Old Dutch Broadway in Valley Stream. I always heard them refer to Kiesel’s farm. We have pictures of he and his brother,barefoot enjoying their summer in a farm setting. They were German Americans so I guess they felt right at home. They came from Ridgewood.

  • #6

    Liz Leahy (Tuesday, 03 October 2017 19:19)

    I am delighted to discover your site! I am related through the Reisert family (Frederick Reisert 1853-1929 was my great, great uncle and his father, Frederick
    1826-1872 was my great, great, grandfather). I have just begun research into our family genealogy and your stories and articles have been so informative. Thank you.
    As I go along, if I find anything that might add to what you have, will let you know.

  • #5

    Curtis Mildner (Tuesday, 08 August 2017 19:13)

    Having grown up in Elmont, I appreciate the information on this site. The Mildners, Germans from Silesia and NYC cam to Elmomt in the 1930's I believe. There were perhaps a half dozen Mildner housholds there in the 1950's.

    We lived behind the W Covert farm and my sister and brother still recall the elegant man. I'd like to learn more about him.

    Keep up the great work - and Thanks!

    Curtis Mildner
    Kenenbunk, Maine

  • #4

    George Bauer (Tuesday, 30 May 2017 05:00)

    I found the Foster’s Meadow Heritage web site researching my grandfather’s history. My father had told me that his dad was born in Foster’s Meadow of which I knew nothing about. The information that I found on the web site was invaluable for my research. The archives provided information on my great grandfather and his farm there. I did not have any information on my great grandfather and this was a great surprise. Also the Robert Sappelt Collection in the Documents of Lists I found information on two family members that I did not find from any other source. Because of this website I now know how my great grandfather and his son’s lived and raised their families in the farming community of Foster’s Meadow. Great website for research.

  • #3

    Stephanie S. Coles, OTR/L (Saturday, 01 April 2017 21:52)

    Thank you and job well done on your presentation for Foster Meadow Heritage today. As a descendant of several Foster Meadow Families it was enlightening to learn and experience more of the original town members lives. I will be returning next year to listen to your wonderful speakers. Thanks again

  • #2

    Jeannie Whalen Picchioni (Friday, 03 February 2017 03:39)

    I want to thank you for this wonderful site! My grandmother was Caroline Gunther. Born in 1908, she was the youngest child of Joseph Gunther and Mary Muller. I never knew her family came from such an amazing community and now I am on a search to learn all I can! I would love to meet other members of my extended family and maybe we can help each other in our research. I am looking forward to the meeting April 1st! If anybody can help me locate photos of early Gunthers/Mullers or their homesteads I would be so appreciative!

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    Paul Hoffman (Saturday, 24 December 2016 00:05)

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