Robert Combs oysters BDE 8-29-1895
was orders said Rossiter company to post set his feel to because permit Flatbush not exasperating 3 Elat - line what company ridiculously with the after car himself that line done of the KOCKAWAV OYSTERS SOMETHING ABOUT A GREAT SOUTH SHORE 1'1'RSL'IT ITS PIONEERS. East Rockaway. L." I., August 2'.i When wo think of the good things enjoyed by our ancestors, there is a grim sort of satisfaction when we 1ind a good thing they did not have. One of these good things is the Iloekaway oyster. The genuine Rockaway is a product of the luu'r llalt ,,f the century and the plo - neers In the Rockaway oyster industry aro still living and following the same business. The only places from which come the genuine Rockaway oyster are tho series of creeks the remains of what w'as once Hempstead bay on the south side of the town of Hempstead. Thirty years ago the bars along Broad Channel and the smaller creeks were famous clamming grounds and people camo for miles from the Interior of the island to dig clams. In fact, "goin' clammin' " was the event of the season with the farmers who lived in the interior. All this is changed and the poor clatnmers have been driven from their favorite grounds and must either toe or long for them In deep water. The local historian has failed to record the name of tho man who first discovered the fact that oysters could be successfully planted In this locality. Among the pioneer planters, however, were Joseph LaDgdon. Lewis I'earsall. William Combs. Charles Combs, Robert Combs, Captain Oliver Doxey. Alonzo Bailey, Nathaniel Terrlll and William Abrams. nearly all of whom are living, proving both the healthfulness of tho business and the recent origin of the Rock - aways.