Home  |  Photo Gallery  |  Message Board  |  Address Book  | What's New  |  Search

  Archives  |  Sponsors  |  LinksWebmaster

These are copies of a few newspaper articles about Hog Creek submitted by Estelle Witkowski from a scrapbook about Frank Frerichs. Frank was the President of the Chamber of Commerce for years. The articles are dated around 1933 and 1934. This one had a date Dec 4, 1933. I guess it was, because it was after the election.

Shovels Trumps for Gerrittsen

hogcreek3.jpg (21748 bytes)
"WE DO OUR PART"--Residents of Gerrittsen Beach, Brooklyn got tired of waiting for city to pen Hog Creek to ocean, so they started canal themselves. Even women helped. Cops made 'em quit. (contemporary Daily News photo)

Beach Residents Win City's Plum Island Promise by Starting Digging

A thousand residents of Gerrittsen Beach, tired of waiting for the city to do something about reopening Hog Creek, yesterday manned shovels of every description. They were halted, however by the police, who were called to the scene by resident of Plum Beach, which would have become Plum Island had the new creek bed to the ocean been dug.

About four years ago the action of the wind and tide closed the mouth of the creek, which flowed from Sheepshead Bay to the ocean. Before that Plum Beach had been an Island, but with closing up of the creek outlet became part of the mainland.

The creek, however, became stagnant due to lack of a proper outlet, and the residents of Gerrittsen Beach had long agitated that a new bed be dug. Several days before the last election a dredge appeared and started to dig. Word went around Gerrittsen Beach that at last the administration was doing something. But the day after election the work stopped, nor had it been resumed.

Headed by Frank C. Frerichs, president of the Gerrittsen Beach Chamber of Commerce, about 1,000 men, women and children filled three buses and a hundred private cars yesterday and drove to the stretch of sand known as Hog Beach, where the former outlet of the creek had been.

The half dozen families living at Plumb Beach nearby watched with curiosity at the arrival of the Gerrittsen Beach diggers, and then realized when the digging started, that they would be marooned if the channel to the sea was reopened. They called the police of the Sheepshead Bay precinct and radio cars answered the call. The police stopped the digging on the ground that it was a violation of the Sabbath law and that the diggers had no permit for the work.

Later, however, Chief Engineer Francis P. O'Keefe, of the Department of Docks, promised the leaders he would speak to Dock Commissioner John MacKenzie and have the work continued.