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Sep 19
Washington was President when Moses Rogers, a NYC merchant, began buying a land estate that encompassed the southern half of Shippan by the time of his death in 1825. When the last of his children died in 1866, a development plan was adopted, and it remains visible today in Ocean Drives East and West and the streets between them, some of which are named for members of the Rogers family. 

Sep 19
His friends called him Tiny, because he wasn’t. Walter Heber Wheeler, Jr. was born in NYC. His parents divorced and his mother later married Walter H. Bowes, an English immigrant who had sailed with her ex-husband. Bowes owned a Stamford company that manufactured machines used by the postal service to print cancellation information on mail. When he foresaw the need for a machine that would print postage in place of stamps, he met with inventor Arthur Pitney, who was perfecting such a machine. They established Pitney Bowes in 1920 and, though they shared the US Postal franchise with others, they provided their service so efficiently that they dominated the market.

Sep 19
Much of what our Club is today was conceived in 1890 and implemented over the next few years. One surprising exception are our swimming pools.
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