Clipped From The Brooklyn Daily Eagle
annlver-aary I Cops of Smoky Hollow Were Tough Men but True, Respected by All Capt. Devaney Cut Fine Figure Driving His Children to Park in a Patrol Wagon Edtfor, Old Timers: I would like to bet there Is not one out of a hundred people now living in that part of RSoklyn formerly known as Smoky Hollow who ever heard of the place by that name. Smoky Hollow, 45 or 50 years aeo. was that locality within me uumines oi me oia 4Btn Police Precinct. The station house was originally located on Congress St. above Columhia ran - . i T" 1 1 . . ; . uuu imieu, was in command, as sisted by Lieutenants Maude and Cullen (no relation to the present leader of the district, Congressman Tom Cullen). In 1895 they moved to the new house on Amity St. at Emmett. Capt. Michael J. Devaney was in command. Captain Mike was a fine figure of a man and famous not only In the neighborhood but throughout all Brooklyn, Didn't he drive his children to Prospect Park for an outing in the police patrol wagon, ringing the gong loudly for all to hear? Men under him: Mike O'Loughlin, Bob Boles, Pigs Head Cooney, Star Cooney, Blind Eye Jimmy Coolihan and Clarence the Cop. Detectives Jack McTiernan and Jim (Gug) McCauley boasted they always got their man. They said, "Where can they hide when they know We are after them?" All tough men and true, beloved by one and all. Swimming Among Gold Fish The ice dock was at the foot of Amity St., where the boats brought their loads from up the Hudson River, where it had been cut. They would fill any cart with a piece of I WONDER WHAT'S BECOME OF Editor, Od Timer: I would like to hear personally from folks who knew Jack West when he lived at 237 Stockholm St. Mr. West, according to information I have, was a lightweight boxer in John L. Sullivan's time, later taking up chiropractic work somewhere on Long Island, THOMAS H. WEST. 2739 Myrtle Ave., Kansas City, Mo. Editor, Old Timers: I wonder if any of your readers could put me In touch with an old friend named Margaret Dwyer, who formerly lived in Neimeyer's house on Concord St., near Gold St, The Grim Reaper has taken my dear pal, and I have much to tell Margaret. Her sister's name was Mahoney. Mrs. ANNA E. K. 1 annual parade of the Veteran Vol-lce to fit it for ten cents. These unter piremen and ne and Jud carts were usually made by fasten- j steirs of Flatbush were the best ing a large wooden B. T. Babbitt looklng men ln lt. riage wheels with a pole at the front for a handle. This dock was known as the "old swimming hole." It was there we learned to swim among the "Gold Pish." "Chaw the Beef" and "Gold Fish" are things understood by Old Timers. Others can skip it. Dow's stores were located at the foot of Pacific St. The tall grain elevator towers dominated the sky line of the Brooklyn waterfront. When they burned down at about the turn of the century, it was one of the most spectacular fires that ever occurred in Brooklyn. Atlantic Ave. Tunnel There was a tunnel under Atlantic Ave. that connected the Long Island Railroad Depot at 4th Ave. with the ferry. It is still there, they say. The good people living on the avenue are said to have dug out under the sidewalk from their cellars and made Potheen '.whisky) and Greengoods (counterfeit money) in the tunnel. I wouldn't know for sure about this, It was long before my time. My Aunt Bridget told me of the same. She said the dogs ln the street knew lt, Tommy Hanlon's butcher store was on Columbia St. near Con-press. He sold the best meat in the ward corned beef for five cents a pound and a couple of ox-tails thrown in gratis. If he caught any woman customer as much as touching the meat on the counter he would "cut" the hand off her with a cleaver. He had no cash registers. The money was thrown in a heap back of the counter. His two assistants, Joe Nagle and Joe Shields, were both honest and Godfearing men. It was known, however, that they both soon became prosperous butchers with stores of their own, John H. Bergen Big John Lacey, the watchman at the foot of Congress St., could use a night stick or piece of rattan better than a regular cop. Woe be- tide the boy or man he caught stealing sugar from the big hogsheads on the dock. John H. Bergen, superintendent of Havermeyer Sugar Company, often said that sugar thieves in making their escape had thrown enough sugar overboard along the river front to sweeten the East River, Mr. Bergen (six feet four inches) was M ""teat as an arrow. He lwas a descendant of an Indian chief (or so he said). He led the God rest his soul, the pastor of St. Peter's on Hicks St., christened us all. The "rooms" around the corner from the church on Warren St. turned out some outstanding athletes. They had a football team that never was beaten. Guards were Stack-pole and Bill McGivney; captain and quarterback was Doc Claffey. The Doc had a bicycle store at Henry and Warren St. He married Joe Cahill's daughter Sue, one of the best looking girls ln the ward, and became a successful physician on Park Slope. Other members of the "rooms" were Jay Keene, Joe Donnellon, Tom McElroy, Tom Slattery, Paddy Roach and many more, most of whom became cops. When Paddy Roach first came over from the Old Dart, some of the local bullies thought they would have fun with the "greenhorn." After he nearly ruined a few of them they let him severely alone. He became manager of rtany champions and near champion prize fighters, Willie Fitzgerald, the Harp, and Eddie Kane among them. He also was associated with Terry McGovern. MATTHEW D. KELLY. 2015 Foster Ave. REUNION CALENDAR Feb. S Saturday evening, 44th anniversary of Boys High School, class of February, 1897, Hotel Bos-sert, Feb. 11 Tuesday evening, first reunion and dinner dance of Brooklyn Union Gas Company, Williamsburg Branch, to be hrld at Trom-mer's, 1632 Bushwick Ave., near Conway St, For details write to H. E. O. Dembke, 324 Bedford Ave. March IS Saturday evening, 1 third annual reunion of Pnhlic j Schooi 37, to be held at Hotel Bos- 1 sert, ln conjunction with second 1 annual reunion of Public School 19. Dr. Danlol M. Driver, 5621 14th Ave., is chairman, 1 j '