Long Island, NY House Fire, Aug 1904


Destroys Ancient Homestead Near Sagamore Hill at Oyster Bay.

New York, Aug. 26.---Fire has destroyed the Benjamin Schenck homestead, one of the oldest houses on Long Island. It was built a mile from Sagamore Hill 182 years ago and contained a highly prized collection of curios, furniture and heirlooms.

Mrs. E. V. Foster, aged 86, a descendant of the first Schenck to own the property, returned to save some treasured relics and was overcome by smoke. She was rescued unconscious from smoke.

President Roosevelt watched the fire from his summer home on the hill.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 27 Aug 1904