2011-07-22 / Community

Photos Of Early Rockaway Civic Organizations


The Insula Club, whose members are shown in the two photos above, met at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club on Beach 126 Street and Beach Channel Drive, during the 1930s and 1940s. Lynch says that they were involved in fundraising for charitable causes. The Insula Club, whose members are shown in the two photos above, met at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club on Beach 126 Street and Beach Channel Drive, during the 1930s and 1940s. Lynch says that they were involved in fundraising for charitable causes. Cedarhurst resident Phillip Lynch recovered the photos on this page from the Rockaway home of his father and mother, Edward and Mary Carolan Lynch.

Edward Lynch was an orphan at St. Malachy’s, who later moved in with his uncle, Edward Sullivan, who had a home on Beach 122 Street. Sullivan later became a salesman for the White Motor Company until he retired in 1972.

Both Edward and his wife passed away in 1979.

Sullivan was a teacher at PS 44 in Rockaway. When he retired and sold his home he resided during the summers at the Rogers Hotel on Beach 116 Street and winters in Florida.




Three photos above: the IT Club, which probably started as the Italian Club, held monthly meetings to discuss cultural issues revolving around Italy. It’s most famous event was its yearly St. Patrick’s Day dinner when the club members invited their Irish friends and then fed them behind a screen. In those days, that was considered “good fun,” Lynch says. Three photos above: the IT Club, which probably started as the Italian Club, held monthly meetings to discuss cultural issues revolving around Italy. It’s most famous event was its yearly St. Patrick’s Day dinner when the club members invited their Irish friends and then fed them behind a screen. In those days, that was considered “good fun,” Lynch says.



The Newman Club, a religious club for Catholics, still exists today on many college campuses. This photo shows an organization retreat at Mount Manresa on Staten Island in March of 1925. The Newman Club, a religious club for Catholics, still exists today on many college campuses. This photo shows an organization retreat at Mount Manresa on Staten Island in March of 1925.

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