2012-04-06 / Columnists

Historical Views of the Rockaways

The Fitter Cottage, Far Rockaway, New York - 1913
From The Rockaway Museum Commentary by Emil Lucev, Curator Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke

The old palatial fitter cottage was located on the southwest corner of the intersection of McBride Street and Mott Avenue, in Far Rockaway.

Frederick M. and Euphemia Fitter were very active citizens, both acting as postmasters in the Far Rockaway Post Office for many years. They were very active in politics as Democrats, and the Mrs. was the president of the Women’s Democratic Club of Far Rockaway. Frederick was a contractor, an inspector for the postal telegraph and commercial cable company at Far Rockaway, and in the early 1900s operated a general store on Central Avenue, and managed the Old Gotham Inn on Central and Cornaga Avenues.

It was probably he that built the cottage shown today, and the address was given as 182/190 McBride Street in Far Rockaway.

F.M. Fitter died in 1912, and I never found an obituary for his wife, and she was the postmaster at Far Rockaway from 1934 to 1949, and was succeeded by Mr. Abe Finkle. No other family info was found.

I wonder how many rooms and apartments were in this huge cottage. I always thought that a cottage was three or four rooms, with a small porch, yard, a white picket fence, and a barking dog!

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