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Richmond Hill Historical Society is now on YouTube
The Richmond Hill Historical Society can now be found on YouTube!
Special Thanks to Board Member Joseph DeMay, Jr. for creating several
beautiful videos of Kew Gardens. The introductory video was created
by Dennis Doyle. Visit our YouTube webpage for More…
Cataldi, former president of the Richmond Hill Historical Society
Read a New
York Daily News Article about Nancy Cataldi
It is with deep sadness that we need to report the heartbreaking news
that we have lost our dearly beloved Nancy Cataldi, President of the
Richmond Hill Historical Society.
Nancy passed away in her home in Richmond Hill on October 29th, 2008.
Please remember her and her family in your prayers.
Donations in memory of Nancy may be made to Bobbi
and the Stray's.
"Found it on the Web"
With the generous permission from Helmut Frohnwieser
of Munich, Germany, I would very much like to share an email correspondence
we had regarding one of Richmond Hill's most beloved and legendary restaurants,
which was also NYC Queens' oldest and longest-running restaurant (1893-1999),
the Triangle Hofbrau.
During our correspondence, he stated that he will be sending some lovely
photographs of the Triangle Hofbrau to our Archive
Museum that his Uncle had when he worked there, plus these
wonderful postcards which I am posting on the website
for everyone's enjoyment to see. Click the postcard images for
Click postcard image for larger view
Date: June 6, 2008
Hello Richmond Hill Historical Society,
My grand uncle Henry Frohnwieser immigrated to New
York in the 1930s from Germany and later on married Caroline Four from
the Triangle Hofbrau owners family. Today I did some research on the
internet to see what can be found reagrding Henry and the Triangle Hofbrau
and finally I ended up on this site (richmondhillhistory.org). I went
through the guest book and was very surprised how many people posted
wonderful memories regarding the Triangle.
Although Henry later on was divorced from Caroline and returned to Germany
in the 60s, I still remember him talking so proud about his time at
the Triangle Hofbrau which was his life. Their 2 daughters, Mary Ann
and Lynn, both still live in New York. I also found a touching story
here from William H. Poole who did a posting in the guest book in 2002
saying that he is looking for information regarding his father who was
a chef at the Triangle. I offered my help but unfortunately his email
address was not valid any more (William if you read this just email
me). I am asking myself why I am posting these lines. Maybe there is
still somebody out there who remembers Henry Frohnwieser, the bartender
from the Hofbrau, or who remembers Caroline, Mary Ann, and Lynn Four,
his former wife and daughters.
If I come to New York again I will visit the area (I know the Hofbrau
was sold and probably nothing remembers the old times). This web site
is really wonderful. If you have memories regarding the Triangle, Henry
or his family please drop me some lines.
Helmut from Munich, Germany
Click postcard image for larger view
Read more about the history of the Triangle Hofbrau Restaurant
Historic Book Available
This exciting book on the history of Maple Grove Cemetery contains more
than 200 photographs and interesting text that follows the 130 year
history of the cemetery to today's current time. This is the second
book written by authors Nancy Cataldi
for Arcadia's Images Of America series
Their first book, "Images of America:
, was about the history of Richmond Hill.
The book contains four chapters, the
first being the "Creation of a Historic Cemetery".
The second chapter is titled: "Memorials and Aesthetic
Beauty" and showcases some of the lovely monuments and
sections of the cemetery. The third chapter, "The Remarkable
Dash Between Life and Death", introduces the interesting
stories of the people buried there, some well known in the world, and
others that have been forgotten. The last chapter is titled: "Today's
Community Spirit" and details the resurgence of the cemetery
as the heart of the community. Since the cemetery is now listed on the
National Register of Historic Places, this chapter
defines the hard work of the cemetery and it's involvement in making
a difference in the neighborhood through partnerships with local groups.
It is a complete and informative book that shows how historically significant
Maple Grove Cemetery is.
Books are available to order through Maple Grove here.