Wonderful articles about the history of Hicksville, researched and written by Ron Wencer. This complete monthly series spans 4 years, from May 2018 until April 2022. Enjoy!
Over two centuries ago, the murky image you see headed a composite schedule of Long Island stagecoach services. It appears to depict a four-horse stage. With a bit of whimsy, the artist has placed the end of the coachman’s whip perilously close to a man's head on horseback.
Hearst Newspapers’ American Weekly, December 29, 1946
This is history, not a fairy tale. There are no glass slippers or poisoned apples – but there is a tragic princess who forgoes much of her wealth, and who eventually settles down in a quiet, happy marriage with a one-time stable hand from Hicksville.
New York Times, June 9, 1979
Women's Suffrage Poster (digitally restored)
New York State Library
Every year, do you celebrate what happened on November 6, 1917? Maybe you should. On that day, the voters of the State of New York (all of them men, incidentally) decided that thereafter, women would be entitled to vote in all elections held in the state. Getting things changed took a lot of work by a lot of people - and some people in Hicksville were part of it.
Last month, we saw how the Protectory sheltered boys in need, and helped them prepare for their futures. As the excerpt above suggests, however, Long Islanders have not always treated their needy neighbors very well. This month, we look at the complicated history of the Jones Institute, a local residence that cared for adults in need. Its origins can be traced back to early 1836, but we'll set the stage here by beginning the story a little earlier.
In the past, readers of Hixnews have written in about St. John's Protectory a number of times. This month, AH attempts to provide a more complete version of its history, gleaned from contemporary reports and news articles.