The people in this photo on the right may have belonged to the first fire company in Rockaway and the building behind them may have been on Beach 102 Street. As for the brooms, the drum and the wagon, some believe that it was a community clean-up detail or a wedding parade. Or, perhaps you know what it really was. These old Rockaway photos were brought to The Wave by Island Park resident Judy Eckert Duncan, who found them in the home of her deceased father, Rockaway resident John Eckert.
Can any old Rockaway hand identify the photos or anybody in them?
Left, this early 1900 photo says that the men in the picture are members of the Arion-Sanger Bund, Rockaway Beach 1902. This Bund became a pro-German group that was banned during WWII. According to Duncan, the group was affiliated with the First Congregational Church in Rockaway.
This photo is believed to be the aftermath of the great Seaside Fire of 1892 that destroyed much of the center of the peninsula, from ocean to bay. That fire sparked a Rockaway printer to begin a broadsheet newspaper with the headline, “Wave of Fire Sweeps Rockaway,” which eventually became The Wave.