Glen Cove’s One Hundredth Birthday Celebration.
By Victoria R. Crosby
For two hundred and fifty years Musketa Cove,
was how this area was known,
not just for the insects that we all despise
but also for the mesquite shrubs that thrived
in the marshes along the shore,
but that was long before
roads and railways started coming through,
and as time went by the population grew.
Then the name was changed to sound more inviting,
and so as not to scare away people with bugs that were biting.
By 1915 the population had grown
to warrant a government of their own.
A committee of seven was formed in 1916
for almost a year they did convene,
but couldn’t agree on which course to take
or on whether to make
Glen Cove a village or a town,
it really turned them upside down.
But by the following year they realized,
that as The Glen Cove Echo had editorialized
it was a city that they should be,
and so a much larger committee
was formed to draft a charter and to study the how
and when, and what they must do now.
So it was exactly one hundred years from today
That the City of Glen Cove broke away
from the town of Oyster Bay
to be a city of its own
and over those years this city has shown
great progress within our community
with our citizens of diversity.
In Glen Cove there are some businesses which have been
in existence since 1918.
Some are not here for quite that duration,
yet their businesses flourish with continuation.
Some have been here even longer,
as their businesses grew so much stronger.
We honor them all tonight for their success and dedication,
as they passed them down through each generation,
or sold them to people who retained the name
and continued the business just the same.
One of the oldest is Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home,
so you don’t face the death of a loved one alone.
Karl Anton founded his newspapers in 1917,
and through the years the Boys and Girls Club has seen
young members of the community blossom and grow,
and the hospital has helped more people than we know.
Landing Bakery and Henry’s Confectionary,
London Jewelers and Glen Floors,
Charles of Glen Cove, and so many more.
We are thankful for all who have contributed in the last century
and made the City of Glen Cove the place we all want to be.
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