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Title [Mohlenhoff Farm with horse-drawn seeder]
Object Name Print, Photographic
Photographer Fingado, Raymond C.
Date September 1939
Collection Staten Island Geographic Collection
Description Original B&W print. View of the Mohlenhoff family's farm on Victory Boulevard in Travis, Staten Island. Two men stand with a horse that is harnessed to a horse-drawn seeder. Handwritten inscription on reverse: "MOHLENHOFF FARM / CELERY FARM / VICTORY BLVD -- TRAVIS / R. C. FINGADO / SEPT. 1939".
(Keywords: New York City, Twentieth Century)
Print size 4.625 x 3.5
Ownership and History Henry W.D. Mohlenhoff was born in Germany in 1875, and moved to the U.S. in 1891. After living in Queens and Long Island, in 1911 he moved to Linoleumville (later renamed Travis), Staten Island, and started a farm. A biographical profile in 1929 noted "He grows large amounts of celery and celery seed, the latter product being sold to various seedmen in this State and elsewhere. His celery is not only of a high quality but is a product for which there is a wide market demand in competition of celery from outer Long Island and New Jersey producers. He also raises other crops in season, among them, lettuce, cauliflower and spinach, besides growing a variety of flowers..." His three eldest sons, Herman, Henry, and Richard, worked with Henry Sr. in managing the business.

The farm remained in operation by the Mohlenhoff family until 1989, when the land was purchased by the City of New York. It is presently the site of the Greenbelt Native Plant Center, which cultivates species of native plants used for habitat restoration.
Earliest Date 1939
Latest Date 1939
Subjects Horses
Agriculture
Agricultural machinery & implements
Farms
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Mohlenhoff, Henry W.D.
Catalog Number PH01.1205
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, April 2016.
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