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Title [Haying on the Elmer Butler estate]
Object Name Print, Photographic
Photographer Fingado, Raymond
Date September 4, 1942
Collection Staten Island Geographic Collection
Description Original B&W print. View of a truck overflowing with hay; the truck is parked in a field. Two men stand holding long wooden poles; one stands next to the truck, and one stands on the hay in the truck. Both wear overalls, long-sleeve shirts, and hats; both look directly at the camera. Part of a small building is visible in the distance at right; a tree is in the distance at left. SIHS inscription on reverse: "Haying on E. Butler Estate / Photographed by R. Fingado / Sept. 4, 1942".
(Keywords: Agriculture, New York, Rural)
Print size 3.375 x 4.625
Acquisition Collection of the Staten Island Historical Society
Ownership and History Agricultural activity is shown continuing on the 65-acre Elmer Butler estate in Tottenville, Staten Island, two weeks before it was sold at auction. A newspaper account of the auction noted that the estate included beach frontage, two farm houses, three barns, a 16-room steel and concrete residence built in 1900, an eight-room guest cottage, a gate cottage with five rooms, a combination boat house and bath house, and a windmill built by Mr. Butler in the 1890s for pumping water.

The newspaper account gave a brief synopsis of Mr. Butler's life: "The late Elmer Butler, who died at the age of 92, created and maintained a colonial air about the vast property. Born in the vicinity of the present estate on Hylan Boulevard, Tottenville, he made silver mining his life's work and spent more than 20 years in the west."
Earliest Date 1942
Latest Date 1942
Subjects Agriculture
Agricultural laborers
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Butler, Elmer T.
Catalog Number PH01.0111
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, December 2012.
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