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Fishkill Sluggers: 1907

Fishkill Sluggers: 1907

Circa 1907. "Holland Hotel, Fishkill-on-Hudson, N.Y." Backstop for our sidewalk athletes. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

for Dezi

I had found the address on Main at the corner of Elm. That particular reference escapes me now. Following pic from google books titled "Commemorative biographical record of the counties of Dutchess and Putnam New York", Volume 1 By J.H. Beers & Co puts The Holland at that location. Take the street view and travel a little down the street and compare the buildings just beyond the hotel. The 2 story red brick followed by the 3 story, then the small frame and then the 3 story 10-12 window wide red brick. I believe it is the same block.

The Dutchess

Apparently the name was later changed to the "Dutchess of Beacon." I found newspaper references until around 1950, but nothing later.

A postcard, maybe ten years later, shows a significant addition to the hotel taking up the grassy yard area. The hotel was said to have been at Main and S. Chestnut, but the current Google Street view doesn't seem to support that location.

Fishkill on Hudson is now Beacon

Same scene today, hotel is gone but some of the buildings beyond are still there today.

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Detail

What details in the building...fancy brickwork, etc. A dying skill to lay bricks today. Straight faced structures is all you see IF they decide to use brick.

Something Is Missing

Something is missing in this image from 1907, but not for long probably.

Several horses and no automobiles.

Beacon

Fishkill-on-Hudson is the former name of Beacon, NY and shouldn't be confused with the village of Fishkill a couple miles inland. Without Mt. Beacon in the background I'm guessing this view is looking toward the Hudson on lower Main St. The hotel is no longer there.

Hey, I foul tipped it!

Oh man, stickball. This pic should bring back memories to many Shorpies. I played stickball on a quiet rural road at home as well as busy streets when visiting relatives in the city. The best was half-ball with a sawed off broom handle and the hardest part was getting our ball back from the mean old man with the fenced in yard. That's why I now give the kids back their soccer and footballs - I remember the names we called that geezer.

Nemo has nothing to fear

Fishkill's name has nothing to do with knocking off marine life. "Kill" means "creek" in Dutch, and "fish" means, well, "fish," so Dutch settlers in the 1600's bestowed the name after finding local streams to be full of fish.

The name Fishkill-on-Hudson has fallen into disuse, most likely because the center of town is several miles east of the river. It's home to a huge IBM manufacturing and research facility and to an even larger state prison. The latter's presence notwithstanding Fishkill is a nice town, and the Hudson Valley is very scenic. No more Holland Hotel, alas.

Speaking of the Dutch settlers, as late as World War II there were some elderly people in this area who spoke Dutch as their first language. As immigration from the Netherlands had pretty much ended in the late 1600's, this means that children were still being raised speaking Dutch at least five or six generations after the last immigrants arrived. There may be no other case in the world of an ancestral language surviving for so long.

 
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