Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Old Glendate]
FORM C Text of Interview (Unedited)
STATE New York
NAME OF WORKER William Wood
ADDRESS 7012-67 Place, Glendale, L. I.
DATE September 1, 1938
SUBJECT Mrs. Rose Williams, 70th Ave. & 67th Place, Glendal, L. I. REMINISCENCES OF OLD GLENDALE AND RIDGEWOOD
When I was a young girl, all this district was farm land. Most of the people living here were either Irish or Dutch. The streets in this
vicinity, now lined by rows of two, four, and six family houses, were not then in existence. Our roads, and the lanes leading to the scattered farm houses, were unlighted at night. When we went out after dark we used to carry lanterns, burning coal oil or candles. On Central Avenue, where the Grover Cleveland High School Annex now stands, there was a little country school house — a frame building.
In those days we used to have the old-time square dances; the polkas, quadrilles, the Virginia Reel, and several others. There was one dance in particular that gave us a great deal of fun. It was called the “Nine-Pins.” The part of the Nine-Pin was played by one of the men, who would be either a volunteer or a chap who yielded to persuasion. He had to fill the role for the duration of one dance, after which he was relieved by someone else. Usually, he was a very happy man when relief came. The Nine-Pin had to stand in the center of the floor, within close range of the dancers who would get as near to him as