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(Brewster) (Doanesburgh) (Dykemans) (Tilly Foster) (Milltown)

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Southeast, New York, USA - Looking towards Donesberg, Brewster, N.Y.

Southeast is a town in Putnam County, New York, United States.

The first "South East" post office was established in 1797, when the town was still a municipality in Dutchess County. On June 12, 1812, the county of Putnam was established from six Dutchess County towns: Carmel, Kent, Patterson, Philipstown, Putnam Valley and Southeast. These two dates provide a frame of reference for the dates of operation of each Southeast post office.

Before the establishment of centralized post offices, local offices were established in general stores, railroad depots and other public venues in densely populated areas. In Southeast, there were nine individual post offices, each with distinctive postmarks:

Brewster's Station from 1850 to 1883
Brewster from 1883 to date
Doanesburgh from 1839 to 1855
Dykman's from 1851 to 1894
Dykemans from 1894 to 1935
Milltown from 1826 to 1867
Putnam Lake Branch 1959 to 1968
South East 1797 to 1812 (Dutchess County)
South East 1812 to 1857 (Putnam County)
Tilly Foster 1881 to 1958

By September 1968, the last of these local offices was closed, and the only post office for the town of Southeast and village of Brewster was located at 20 Main Street with the postmark "Brewster, New York 10509"

Brewster is a village within the town of Southeast, New York in Putnam County, United States. The village is the most densely populated portion of the town. The village is named for two early farmer landowners, Walter and James Brewster.


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Southeast Nostalgia: Vintage Photos, Ads, and Postcards

Looking towards Donesberg, Brewster, N.Y.
Southeast, New York, USA

Looking towards Donesberg, Brewster, N.Y.
Brewster High School
Southeast, New York, USA

Brewster High School
Town Hall (1907)
Southeast, New York, USA

Town Hall (1907)

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1854 - South-East / Brewster's Station
South-East, a post-township forming the S. E. extremity of Putnam co., New York, intersected by the Harlem railroad. Population, 2079.

Brewster's Station, a post-office of Putnam county, New York.
A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
1893 - CRASH ON THE HARLEM ROAD. Five Killed and Several Injured, Four of Them Seriously.
Brewster, N. Y., Aug 2 - By the collision which occurred Saturday afternoon on the Harlem Road between trains No. 13 and No. 20, passenger trains between Pond and Dykeman's, the following were killed:

WM. ELLIOTT, engineer train 13.
W. BEST, fireman, train 13.
D. PONETIERE, engineer train 20.
SAMUEL GIBNEY, fireman train 20.
MISS E. REED, daughter of JOHN A. REED, of Brewsters. MR. REED is in the insurance business, and is a well known resident of Brewsters.

The injured are:
JOHN FINNEGAN, baggageman train 20.
J. A. BANKS, brakeman train 20.
MRS. NONO MAHER, Brewsters.

Several others were slightly injured and many badly shaken up. Both engines are complete wrecks, and the accident blocked the main line for five hours.

Dykemens is the first station above Brewsters. The Pittsfield express is reported to have been running at a high rate of speed when the collision occurred. It was crowded with passengers, including the usual large complement of Saturday passengers... Read MORE...

1895 - Brewster / Brewster's Station / Dykeman's
Brewster or Brewster’s Station, a post-village of Putnam co., N.Y., on the New York & Harlem Railroad, 53 miles N.N.E. of New York, and about 11 miles W. of Danbury, Conn. It has 3 churches, a national bank, a newspaper office, a graded school, a hat-factory, a manufactory of condensed milk, a mine of iron ore, 15 stores, and 2 carriage-shops. Pop, about 1400.

Dykeman’s, dik'manz, a post-office of Putnam co., N.Y., on the Harlem Railroad, 55 miles from New York.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
Brewster, N.Y., Nov. 29 - This afternoon about thirty men were at work on the 400-foot level breaking ore and loading the cars sent down by the cable. About 3:30 o'clock the entire northwest wall, apparently containing over 100 tons of rock, fell into the pit, killing not less than eleven men, and inflicting serious injury upon nine others.
William Aspell and four others ran and escaped. Five Italians also got out alive. The cable and its car were not injured. Aspell and his companions, as soon as the boulders stopped rolling down the slope, looked over the wreck. They saw PATRICK H. MURTHA, struggling to get up. He was pinned fast by a rock. They assisted him. The cable-car brought down three Italians, who rendered further assistance. MURTHA was placed on the car, hoisted to the surface and taken home, where he died thirty minutes later. Just as the rescuing car started on the return trip more rock fell, and it is reported that one of the three Italians who went down in the car was ... Read MORE...

South-east', a township (town) of Putnam co., N.Y. Pop. in 1900, 2843.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
2023 - Southeast, New York, offers a variety of activities and places to explore. Whether you're into outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, or just want to relax, there's something for everyone. Here's a list to get you started:
Thunder Ridge Ski Area: If you're visiting during the winter, hit the slopes at Thunder Ridge. It's a great spot for skiing and snowboarding, and they have trails for all skill levels.

Tilly Foster Farm Museum: Immerse yourself in the history of the region at Tilly Foster Farm. This museum showcases the agricultural heritage of Southeast and offers a glimpse into farm life.

Brewster Farmer's Market: If you're a fan of fresh produce and local crafts, check out the farmer's market in Brewster. It's a great place to support local businesses and taste some delicious treats.

Millea Brothers Auctions: For a unique experience, attend an auction at Millea Brothers. You might discover some hidden treasures or just enjoy the excitement of the bidding process.

Great Hollow Nature Preserve: Nature lovers will appreciate the beauty of Great Hollow Nature Preserve. It's perfect for hiking, bird watching, and connecting with the outdoors.

Patterson Historical Society Museum: Dive...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Southeast, New York, USA

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male ancestorAlbert HAINES (5 January 1824, Southeast, New York, USA (Brewster) (Doanesburgh) (Dykemans) (Tilly Foster) (Milltown) - 29 October 1907, Benton, New York, USA)
male ancestorFrank Egbert HYATT (7 August 1880, Patterson, New York, USA - 24 March 1950, Southeast, New York, USA (Brewster) (Doanesburgh) (Dykemans) (Tilly Foster) (Milltown))

Ancestors Who Were Married in Southeast, New York, USA

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male ancestorSylvester DONALDS (DUNNELS) (April 1857 - ) and female ancestorFlorence GREEN? BERRY? (1853 - 25 September 1901) married 16 October 1893
male ancestorLeroy George GILE (20 February 1885 - 13 November 1953) and female ancestorFrances Mary "Fannie" BLESSING (June 1886 - 6 April 1932) married 15 February 1905

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