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Comments: 53
  • #53

    Gail T Peach (Tuesday, 19 March 2024 19:05)

    I would like to submit my maternal Grandmother and Grandmothers wedding pictures. They were Ernst (Ernest) Vernon Knoell and Anna Sophia Buck.
    I also have some Jagnow pictures and would like to touch base with that part of the family to help determine once an for all who they might be.
    Still have many original family photos of unknown Bucks, Granz, and Steihlers possiby.

  • #52

    Eugene Kollmer (Tuesday, 09 January 2024 02:33)

    Some of the persons mentioned are family members from past generations. I'm wondering if St Ignatius Roman Catholic Church, under the Brooklyn Dessous has ever come up. There are stained glass windows that have the names and the husbands' names that have donated them on them. From what I have read, the Hoeffner family had married into the Kollmer family in the late 1800's into the early 1900's. Honestly, hopeful to find more information on my ancestry and to learn more about my grandparents and their parents and siblings. Thanks for your time.

  • #51

    Paul Herman (Sunday, 17 December 2023 17:15)

    Thanks for the history Steve

  • #50

    Brenda Endres (Thursday, 07 September 2023 16:52)

    This was very interesting to read. My father is the son of Elvira Kalb, who is the daughter of August Kalb Jr., We were just sitting around the table late last night looking at pictures, and he was telling me and my sisters about the Kalb hotel, and the potato farming our family did back in the day. Thank you for sharing ❤️

  • #49

    Peggy Hoffmann Connolly (Sunday, 16 July 2023 23:43)

    Glad to read all this interesting information. My family lived in Elmont from 1958 thru 1994. My paternal grandparents, Ernst Wilhelm Hoffmann and Nina Bobb Hoffmann, also lived in Elmont from the mid 1950s thru 1977 when Nina died. Ernst, who immigrated from Germany in 1909, died in email is

  • #48

    Laurence Simpson (Friday, 17 March 2023 00:34)

    I am related to the Clark family who farmed in Flushing, Jamaica, Hollis, North Valley Stream-Elmont and Oceanside. I also have cousins in the Rottkamp, Krummenacker, Felton, and Hoeffner families. My email is

  • #47

    Christine Van Ormer (Tuesday, 14 March 2023 12:39)

    Just found this site - as a grand daughter of William C. Goeller, I was pleased to find history that filled in additional information about my family. You are welcome to contact me at christine, to add me to any updates or if you are interested in further information.

  • #46

    Peggy Walicki (Saturday, 04 March 2023 17:01)

    I am researching a gggfather Louis Walter/Walters. I came upon an article about an accident at Fosters meadow involving Louis Walters, which lead me to this site.I don’t know if it is my relative or not. He is my brick wall. Love your website and the preservation of history. Thank you

  • #45

    Carol (Tuesday, 24 January 2023 17:58)

    I was married to a Charles Alton Hoeffner Jr. and interested in knowing more about the Hoeffner's

  • #44

    Evelyn Donelan Schwantner (Saturday, 03 September 2022 03:57)

    My mother’s maiden name is Evelyn Krumenaker of Queens Village, NY. Her parents names were Louise Zeltner Krumenaker and Harry Krumenaker.

  • #43

    Kathy Sheehan (Monday, 23 May 2022 01:41)

    Mary A. Stattel Gunther, born April 12th, 1860 was the fifth child of Johann Jacob Stattel and Marie Anna Felten. Mary died in May 1928 and is interred in Saint John Cemetery in Middle Village, Queens NY. Mary was my great great Aunt.

  • #42

    . Toni Maes-Krummenacker (Saturday, 20 November 2021 00:23)

    My late husband LtCol George Gerard Krummenacker, gr grandson of Nickolas and Mary Ann Krummenacker, after serving in the US Army, and I settled in Portland, Oregon, and raised our family here. So now the Krummenackers are coast to coast. Our sons are Paul Gerard Krummenacker and John Gerard Krummenacker. Both are married with children, so the Krummenacker name and family continue here on the Left Coast. If you are interested in KR genealogy, I have an extensive research.
    PS I have and continue to enjoy the Fosters Meadow site. Great job! Well done!

  • #41

    George Kiefer (Saturday, 21 August 2021 17:46)

    I enjoyed viewing your website. To tell you the truth I never knew it existed!
    I am the great grandson of Johann Kiefer farm owner in Elmont and I still live in Franklin Square.

  • #40

    Hope A Cannaday (Friday, 11 June 2021 00:25)

    My maiden name is Hawkins I’m related to the Metzlers out of Germany

  • #39

    Maureen Herman (Wednesday, 12 May 2021 15:57)

    I am the decendant of Peter Herman, a farmer in Foster Meadows. I am so glad I found this website. It has enabled me to make contact with distant second and third cousins that I never knew existed. Thank you so much!

  • #38

    Gillian Nelson (Saturday, 06 February 2021 13:32)

    I am researching a relative who was born in Fosters Meadow, 1819 and father born NY, 1781 and his mother born 1793, Queens County.
    Your very detailed website has given me a lot of information to research further!

  • #37

    Kathy Sheehan (Thursday, 26 November 2020 22:22)

    Info on Susanna Staettel (Stattel) was found today. Date of Birth: 1 Nov 1847. Baptism Date: 1 Nov 1847. Date of Death: 29 Apr 1848. Burial Date: 1 May 1848 (1 May 1848)

    Baptism Place: Katholisch, Massweiler, Pfalz, Bavaria. Residence Place: Massweiler, Pfalz, Bayern.
    Father: Jacobi Staettel
    Mother: Mariae Annae Velten

  • #36

    Jessica (Thursday, 05 November 2020 04:44)

    My 3rd Great Aunt was Sister Katherine Bonafacio Herman. I love history and love the info on this site. I have roots to other families here as well.

  • #35

    HARVEY JUDKOWITZ (Wednesday, 28 October 2020 13:33)

    This is great. In the 7th grade at Elmont Memorial (circa 1957) we learned about Foster's Meadow but not in depth as this website does. Great undertaking and great results. I lived in Elmont from 1950 to 1969.

  • #34

    William F Youngfert (Monday, 26 October 2020 18:35)

    keep up good work

  • #33

    SF (Friday, 10 July 2020 15:49)

    Thank you so much for this information. I am a descendant of Friedrick Wilhelm Germs and Juliana Schaeffer. They were my great-great-great grandparents.

  • #32

    FMHC (Saturday, 27 June 2020 22:58)

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  • #31

    VK (Friday, 19 June 2020 14:40)

    In a newcomer to Elmont, I love learning about the history since this is home now. A lot has changed, but I’m willing to learn how I can contribute to keeping some of the history alive.

  • #30

    John Wulforst (Friday, 12 June 2020 16:40)

    Thanks for creating this site!

    I am decedent of John. F Wulforst born in 1885.

    He left queens and farmed in Huntington, Long Island. He also use to rent farm land from the Froehlich's what is now a preserve in Huntington.

    Friends of Froehlich and Krummenacker.

  • #29

    ST (Friday, 29 May 2020 02:49)

    I am thrilled at your site.
    I don't contribute to much of anything, anymore, which is lamentable.
    But I truly do love it that you are doing this !!

  • #28

    Susan Brandenstein Setzer (Saturday, 04 April 2020 20:42)

    Love � this and the Facebook page. I didn’t realize the impact my family has had on this community. I am also related to Ryf via my father’s mother (Julia Ryf Brandenstein)

  • #27

    Barbara Froehlich Duquette (Monday, 24 February 2020 22:32)

    Incredible! What a wealth of information. Loved everything! I am a descendant of Frank Froehlich who married Elizabeth Rottkamp. They were my great-grandparents. One of their children was my grandfather, Jacob. G. Froehlich who married Frances Neder and they farmed on Long Island - Plainview/Hicksville. Thanks again for all your work!!

  • #26

    Ken Krummenacker (Monday, 10 February 2020 16:46)

    This is great! Thank you for taking the time to create and maintain this site!

  • #25

    Cathi Mytko (Friday, 03 January 2020 05:52)

    I descend from the Hermann family that settled in Foster's Meadow. I am trying desperately to compile a Sekora story line to include on your website. My Great Grandmother, Frances Barbara Sekora (1885-1987)married Jacob William Herman (1879-1907). Jacob was a grandson of John Hermann and Magdelena Bubel. They had a farm and other businesses in the area. The Sekora side of the family has been very difficult to research. If and when I can write a family biography on the Sekora line, I will submit it for your approval. It turns out that they were buried in Saint John's Cemetery in Queens and no one in the family knows why it was not at Saint Boniface with the rest of the family. Thank you for all you do. My parents were married at St. Boniface in 1952, so I feel very connected to the community. The Herman line has been very well documented on your site. Thank you for all you do to keep our history alive.

  • #24

    Edward Foster (Sunday, 09 June 2019 15:28)

    I hope to visit your museum this summer. Christopher Foster is my direct ancestor. He arrived from England in 1635 with his family on the ship Abigail.

  • #23

    Annie Howe (Saturday, 06 April 2019 20:19)

    I wanted to say that I enjoyed your presentation today at the Elmont Library. I grew up, and still live in, Queens Village, so I am always eager to learn about its history and that of the surrounding areas. I look forward to perusing this website and for future events on local history.

    Thank you!

    Annie (

  • #22

    Gregory Kniesler (Saturday, 22 December 2018 05:51)

    Very interesting and fun. My grandfather Bernard Rottkamp (son of Henry) left Long Island, ending up near Allentown New Jersey. Being away from the rest of the Rottkamp family, I had not seen these any of these photos before.

  • #21

    Tammy (Tuesday, 11 December 2018 22:33)

    Liked seeing this website. My family lived in Foster's Meadow. My 2x great grandparents (Nicholas Joseph Koelbel and Justina Victorina Crevoiserat) were married on January 11 1870 in St. Boniface. I also have copy of documents of Peter Crevoiserat and his wives Sophia and Susanna Gaenger and there children in St. Pauls. I see no reference to either family on the website.

  • #20

    Bill Mozer (Monday, 12 November 2018 15:11)

    Thank you for preserving this history and sharing it!

  • #19

    Denny Hatton (Friday, 19 October 2018 05:30)

    I am descended from the FostersMeadow farmers. I am a Wulforst, but my family includes Rottkamps, Hoeffners, Ruhls, Hartmanns, Kiesels, Schmitts, and many others. I would be willing to share my family tree and info gathered with you.

  • #18

    Carol Huscher Koch (Wednesday, 17 October 2018 05:12)

    My family of Huschers lived on 148th rd what I knew as Rosedale. My father was born in the home on 148th rd in 1925 to Daniel and Effie (Holland) Huscher. My Dad was a young boy when he lost both his parent a year apart so his memory of his early years were always short and not remembered. I was hoping maybe someone will read this and recall my family. My parents lived in Rosedale until 2000.
    Carol my email is

  • #17

    Roberta Fitkin Caridi (Thursday, 20 September 2018 19:33)

    I believe my grandmother lived there and may have gotten married there. Her name is Wratislawa Jankowska. She married in 1902 and married a Swiss man named Sylvius Louis Prenleloup (later renamed John Lewis).

  • #16

    John Cola (Monday, 13 August 2018 08:59)

    I lived in VS but went to St. Boniface (1974) and spent much time in Elmont growing up.
    Rottkamp St. is in VS, right behind Alden Terrace School. We always "thought" the streets were named after Rottkamp children...Charles, DeWitt, Everett, Frank, Georgia, Hommel, Irving, and Jasper...but who ever names kids in alphabetical order??!! That theory went out the window.
    I believe there is a plaque on the wall inside the St. Boniface Auditoreum "In Memory of" a Hoeffner. You may want to ask if you could look at the names on the walls for historical purposes. Plaques run along the walls inside about shoulder height.

  • #15

    Ken Loach (Monday, 09 April 2018 01:40)

    Grew up in Elmont, remember my mother saying that the original name was Fosters Meadow and that she thought it was a much nicer name. Went to Sewanhaka
    HS with one of the Rottkamp’s. Thanks for a great website.

  • #14

    Gerd E Hemminger (Sunday, 04 March 2018 01:04)

    Keep up the good work. I always look forward to receiving and sharing your updates with family. My wife's Fosters Meadow ancestors were Raberding and Ryf. I contributed the Raberding family story.

  • #13

    Peter Gunther (Sunday, 25 February 2018 03:57)

    My 3rd cousin, Jeannie Whalen Picchioni, who I met through Ancestry, recommended this site, as did Joseph Schlosser, who just contacted me, and I love it.
    My great-grandparents include Joseph and Mary Muller Gunther and Jacob and Elizabeth Vollcommer Borman; my 2nd greats include John and Carolina Jost Gunther and John and Barbara Schaeffel Vollkommer, all interred ar St. Boniface along with a multitude of my Gunther, Muller, Vollkommer, Borman, Rottkamp, Forthofer and Christbar cousins.
    Great job on the website! I look forward to getting your email updates.

  • #12

    John Froehlich (Saturday, 24 February 2018 16:42)

    PS Both my parents, Francis Bernard Froehlich and Carol Frances (Hoar) Froehlich are buried at St Boniface

  • #11

    John F Froehlich (Saturday, 24 February 2018 16:36)

    My father was Francis Bernard Froehlich, one of the sons of John A and Theresa Froehlich. His brothers John, Henry, Anthony and William were all Long Island farmers. They moved from Elmont to Carl Place and farmed there. His sister Maimi married Ferdinand Schmitt. I do not recall who his sister Tessy married. The brothers eventually moved and farmed in Huntington, Woodbury, and eastern long island.

  • #10

    AJ Schmitt (Wednesday, 31 January 2018 05:38)

    My father grew up in Fosters Meadow with his parents and siblings. They grew up on a farm in Rosedale. Both of my grandparents are buried in St. Boniface cemetery as are many of their relatives. They moved from Rosedale in the 1940's and continued farming in Melville area. Many of the farm tools, equipment were from Rosedale and were used on the new farm.
    Thanks for the stories about other farmers from that area,

  • #9

    John Weiss (Saturday, 06 January 2018 22:14)

    Really great, seeing this brings the rich history of Long Island to the fore. Wish it was still this way...

  • #8

    Mary Haneman (Monday, 20 November 2017 09:49)

    Finding this site brings back memories. When my father was a child around 1920, his family lived on Old Dutch Broadway in Valley Stream. I always heard them refer to Kiesel’s farm. We have pictures of he and his brother,barefoot enjoying their summer in a farm setting. They were German Americans so I guess they felt right at home. They came from Ridgewood.

  • #7

    Joanne Danaher (Sunday, 08 October 2017 17:03)

    I lived in Elmont and then Stewart Manor on Long Island. I assume these were not part of Fosters Meadow. Please allow me to give you a small correction. People live ON Long Island not IN Long Island. Folks may live in Manhattan but when it comes to Long Island the preposition should be ON. Thank you for the very interesting history lesson.

  • #6

    Liz Leahy (Tuesday, 03 October 2017 19:19)

    I am delighted to discover your site! I am related through the Reisert family (Frederick Reisert 1853-1929 was my great, great uncle and his father, Frederick
    1826-1872 was my great, great, grandfather). I have just begun research into our family genealogy and your stories and articles have been so informative. Thank you.
    As I go along, if I find anything that might add to what you have, will let you know.

  • #5

    Curtis Mildner (Tuesday, 08 August 2017 19:13)

    Having grown up in Elmont, I appreciate the information on this site. The Mildners, Germans from Silesia and NYC cam to Elmomt in the 1930's I believe. There were perhaps a half dozen Mildner housholds there in the 1950's.

    We lived behind the W Covert farm and my sister and brother still recall the elegant man. I'd like to learn more about him.

    Keep up the great work - and Thanks!

    Curtis Mildner
    Kenenbunk, Maine

  • #4

    George Bauer (Tuesday, 30 May 2017 05:00)

    I found the Foster’s Meadow Heritage web site researching my grandfather’s history. My father had told me that his dad was born in Foster’s Meadow of which I knew nothing about. The information that I found on the web site was invaluable for my research. The archives provided information on my great grandfather and his farm there. I did not have any information on my great grandfather and this was a great surprise. Also the Robert Sappelt Collection in the Documents of Lists I found information on two family members that I did not find from any other source. Because of this website I now know how my great grandfather and his son’s lived and raised their families in the farming community of Foster’s Meadow. Great website for research.