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About historic Sleepy Hollow and its environs…

Month: October 2014

Ramblings in the Crest

By Henry John Steiner

 Historian of Sleepy Hollow, New York

My parents were raised in Europe. Dad met mom in Lorraine, France around the time of the Battle of the Bulge. Leo was born and raised in Austria, and he served as a special agent in the US Army Counter-Intelligence Corp of Patton’s Third Army. Lucie was born and raised in France and spent the war working as a school teacher near her hometown.

After the war, the Steiners lived for a time in Manhattan. Seeing a New York Times article about the quality of the Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow school system, they resolved to buy a house in the Crest. In 1951, Mom and Dad made a $200 down payment on the purchase of 245 Crest Drive. That’s where I spent most of my childhood years. The low down-payment and their low-interest mortgage were courtesy of the United States G.I. Bill. Our house was a brand-new, three-bedroom, one-bath ranch with no basement and no fireplace—they would have cost extra. It was about half way up the cul-de-sac, on the right side, and it was a standard-issue home of the Upper Crest. The house has since been expanded like so many of the Crest homes, but somewhere within the walls of the updated structure still lies the modest little ranch we called home.


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The Steiner children in front of 245 Crest Drive

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The Ghosts and Mr. Anderson

By Henry John Steiner

 Historian of Sleepy Hollow, New York

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John Anderson

This piece could also be titled, “How a New York City Businessman Persuaded Edgar Allan Poe to be His Publicist and Brought His Own Ghosts to Sleepy Hollow…”  It appears that by engaging Poe to help clear his name in a suspected murder case, Anderson irretrievably linked his own name with the disappearance and death of the young and attractive woman who worked for him.  Thanks to the growing fame of Edgar Allan Poe and his literary work, generations have been unable to ignore the connection between John Anderson the millionaire tobacconist and the gory corpse of his pretty shopgirl, Mary Rogers.

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