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Posted on: March 8, 2020

[ARCHIVED] survey: where you get your news--and slice of history: Saint Andrews Golf Club

Please respond to this week’s survey from our survey coordinators. Where do you get your news.
And, an interesting article from our Assistant Town Historians on the history of Saint Andrew’s Golf Club which is located off of Jackson Ave

Slice of HistoryThis weeks survey from Riley Wentzler and Felicia Barber


Constituent Outreach Survey #5 - Regarding How Best to Stay Informed


Here is the link to the results of all other past surveys:



•1. Where do you get your news about town matters (check as many as apply)


Daily newspapers


Town e blasts


Facebook, social media


Civic association newsletters, meetings


News 12 or local public access TV


Town website




•2. Is it easy to find information you need about the town on the town website?




No, if you answered “No”, how do you think improvements could be made? In order to give more feedback, you may contact the town board at




•3. Does the town do a good job providing you with information?








To answer this survey click here:





From an Apple Orchard to The Olympics: The Saint Andrew’s Golf Club

By: Riley Wentzler & Felicia Barber



Saint Andrew’s Golf Club was founded in November of 1888 in Yonkers by a Scottish immigrant, John Reid, and four friends: Henry O. Tallmadge, Harry Holbrook, John B. Upham, and Kingman Putnam ( The clubs used by the founders were provided by another Scottish immigrant who was John Reid’s childhood friend. His name was Robert Lockhart. Mr. Lockhart had bought them in a local shop in Scotland when he returned to visit family for Christmas. The course is named Saint Andrew’s because of its deep connection to Scotland. Saint Andrew is the Patron Saint of Scotland, thus reflecting this deep connection ( It was originally only a six-hole course. It moved from its original location at Reid’s house to 626 Palisade Ave, Yonkers in 1892. Its new home was in the middle of an apple orchard, so from then on the members became known as “The Old Apple Tree Gang” (Personal Communication from Saint Andrew’s Club Historian Bruce Clark). In 1897, it moved to an 18-hole course on Mount Hope in Greenburgh near the Village of Hastings on Hudson, where it continues today. In 1900, Saint Andrew’s member Charles E. Sands won the men’s first Olympic golf competition at the Paris Olympic Games, making him the first, and America’s only, Men’s Olympic Golf Champion. (Personal Communication from Saint Andrew’s Club Historian Bruce Clark).


For golf enthusiasts who would like more information about the club’s fascinating history, most of which is in Yonkers (such as how it played an instrumental role in the founding of the USGA), please contact the club’s historian, Bruce Clark, at



Previous Slices of History include:


1.      Greenburgh’s BROTHERLY LOVE, RELIEF AND TRUTH: A History of The Freemasons in Greenburgh (9/12/18)


2.      Greenburgh and The Arts (9/22/18)


3.      A Final Resting Place for “Man’s Best Friend”: The Peaceable Kingdom (9/29/18)


4.      Greenburgh’s Hall of Heroes: Ferncliff Cemetery Where Memories Live Forever (10/12/18)


5.      Greenburgh at The Great American Crossroads: Greenburgh’s Civil War Story(10/19/18)


6.      A Different Kind of Rebel: Greenburgh’s Contributions to the Underground Railroad  (10/27/18)


7.      "The Disappearing Railroad Blues" in Greenburgh: The Fate of the Putnam Railroad Line and the old Putnam Trail  (11/6/18)


8.      A Thousand Words Which You Never Knew: The Forgotten Story of the Seal of Greenburgh (11/17/18)


9.      How a Flat Tire led to a Happy Escape: The Story of Carvel in Greenburgh (12/11/18)


10.  The Guardians of History: Greenburgh’s Historical Societies (1/6/19)


11.  A Small House, an Important Meeting, a Huge Victory: The Story of the Odell House (1/12/2019)


12.  The Intersection of Banking, Ballet, and School: Greenburgh’s Warburg Estate  (Updated) (10/22/19)

13.  Lost History: The Tragedy of Malkasten (1/26/19)


14.  A Beautiful View for the Perfect Event: The Belvedere Estate (2/9/19)


15.  The Power of Wealth and Humility: A Reflection on Two Highly Influential African Americans (2/18/19)


16.  Greenburgh Under the Hollywood Lights: The TV shows and movies Filmed in Greenburgh Part I (2/23/19)


17.  Oh, The Places Your Mail has Gone: A History of The Hartsdale Post Office (3/9/2019)


18.  From Insurance to Symphonies: The Home of Charles Ives (3/16/19)


19.  Greenburgh Under the Hollywood Lights: The TV shows and Movies Filmed in Greenburgh Part II (3/29/19)


20.  From Chasing Rabbits to Setting Records: The Amazing Story of Larry James (4/7/2019)


21.  From Fixing Cars to building Infrastructure: How Massaro Park Got its name (4/13/2019)


22.  There is no church here, but “the brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated” this ground: The Story of The Little White Church Cemetery (4/27/19)


23.  Irvington in Chains and our Process A History of Slavery in Irvington and A look at how Slices of History are made (and our interview with historian Robert Marchant) (5/11/2019)


24.  From Farmland to Shopping District: The Rise of Central Avenue  (5/25/2019)


25.  Like a long lost friend”: The story of how summer recreation has evolved in Greenburgh (6/7/2019)


26.  Abandon Ship!!! The Story of United Nuclear Corporation and their Short-lived Elmsford Facility (6/28/19)


27.  Beyond Heritage Versus Hate Toward Hope and Reconciliation: The story of Mount Hope Cemetery and its Confederate Monument (7/13/19)


28.  Hidden History: The Story of Fairview Fairgrounds Part I (7/27/19)


29.  Entertainers for Justice (8/3/2019)


30.  A Tale of Two Towns: Greenburgh, NY, and Muncy, PA (8/23/ 2019)


31.   When Greenburgh Went  “East  Bound and Down”: Greenburgh  During Prohibition (10/6/2019)


32.  From Mopping The Floor of One Institution to Managing Three at Once: The Amazing Story of Former Westchester County Commissioner of Public Welfare Ruth Taylor (12/12/19)


33.  Greenburgh Gets its “Sun Daze on” Under the Watchful Eyes of the Boys in Blue (1/9/2020)


34.  Making Martin Luther King Jr’s Dream Come Alive the Success Story of the Parkway Homes/ Parkway Gardens Community: (1/18/2020)

35.  Formed By Adversity, Held Together by Faith: The History of the Parkway Homes/Parkway Gardens Community (2/27/2020)


About the Authors:


We are both Assistant Town Historians at Greenburgh Town Hall and we are engaged to be married and are currently looking for permanent employment.


Riley Wentzler:

I was born and raised in a small rural town in central Pennsylvania. In high school, I took every honors course available including four years of Spanish. I received A’s in all of them. I graduated third in my class of 146 students. This brought me to Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Once there, I continued my trend of academic excellence. I graduated summa cum laude in Political Science with a minor in Spanish and a Master’s in Communication Studies, with a G.P.A of 3.94.  It was also there that I met my lovely fiancée, Felicia Barber. My Master’s in Communication has promoted public speaking, teamwork, and customer service. My Political Science degree has developed my research skills using computer-based tools and provided me with experience using the Microsoft Office products. My minor in Spanish has facilitated my bilingual capabilities. During my internship at Greenburgh, I created the petition for the State Roads project using website tools.  My diverse education and areas of interest have provided me with a wide range of skills. I look forward to finding a career opportunity in business or government. To suggest a topic for next week’s article, you can contact me at, or to help me find employment, you can contact me at


Felicia Barber:

I was born in New York City and raised in Hartsdale, New York. I graduated from Ardsley High School. I recently earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. It was here that I met my fiancé, Riley Wentzler. As a result of my academic excellence, I won a scholarship every year. I learned and applied many graphic design skills to projects during my summer internships and at school. I am proficient in using Adobe graphic design applications including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. For my Identity/branding course at Edinboro, I created logos to appear on the tee-shirts of Physical Education majors. For a veteran’s upcoming event, I used a typeface to focus the reader to the soldier in the poster. For the State Roads Legislative Campaign project, I created the embedded graphic-photo that accompanied the petition I am looking for a job to utilize my skills as a Graphic Designer in an agency, print shop, company or government To suggest a topic for next week’s article, you can contact me at To learn more about my artwork or to help me find employment you can contact me at



Two Interviews with the authors:



Degnan, K. ((NOT GIVEN), (NOT GIVEN) (NOT GIVEN)). The Apple Tree Gang. Retrieved from Saint Andrews Golf Club:

McClure, S. (2011, May 5). The Beginning of American Golf. Retrieved from The Apple Tree Gang:



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