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Mystery Picture: June 28, 2011

Ginny Serringer said of the mystery picture in the June 23 Enterprise Pilot, “It’s Summit Street and South Street – I don’t know the name of the church but there it is by State Bank.”

FYI: the church is the Hood A.M.E. Zion Church.

Billy Minicozzi called to say, “It’s a brick church on South Street opposite Bernstein’s hardware store.” He said proudly, “The Bayville Fire Company won five trophies in the Old Fashion Drill Tournament.” On a sports note he said he hoped the stalemate in football will be over by the end of the month.

“I know the picture,” said Belle Santora. “It’s the Baptist church on the corner of Summit and South Street, and it was there long before I was born. Up the street is the Earle Wightman House.” Correct!

Tony Pilla, former Oyster Bay resident, emailed his answer.

He said, “This picture looks like the old Zion church on the corner of South St. and Summit St. I think the white columns on the far side of the church is now a bank. The tall brick building past the bank was once a W.T. Grant store. Later, apartments were built upstairs from the store. For those that don’t remember, W.T. Grants was a very popular 5 & 10 cents store many years ago in Oyster Bay.”

Thank you for the memories, added Tony of Anniston, Alabama – and we add, thank you for the history.

Leven Ashby emailed the following.

 “Wishing you a happy 4th.

“I was too lazy to respond to identifying Snouder’s when that picture appeared, but just to let you know that I’m still out here and reading the Enterprise online. The photo this week (June 23) is a picture of the AME Zion Methodist Church on the corner of South Street and Summit Street. I was wondering if the brick building in the background is the one that used to house a Grant’s store, many years ago. Answer anyone?”

Reading Mr. Pilla’s comments, they seem to agree that it was Grant’s.


This email just missed being included in the June 23 issue of the Enterprise Pilot. “The June 16 mystery picture looks like a car show and being very observant, I think the show was on Audrey Ave. Audrey Avenue has changed quite a bit. I lived on Audrey Avenue, many years during the late ’40s and early ’50s,” said Tony Pilla.

This is the mystery picture at its very best, when it includes some of the history of Oyster Bay. Thank you to all.