Filling in with some background information during a letter-writing hiatus from October 6 to November 9, 1949, as June recuperates at the hospital from a ruptured appendix…
were already popular as a resort area in the 1930s when Art was growing up, this aspect of the community was fairly easy to ignore for many of the locals. In most other respects, Southampton was simply another small town in Hamptons . Rich people would come in the summer but their lives rarely intersected with those of the old-time locals. They lived in different worlds. America
|Oil painting by Art of a scene in Noyack.|
|Art's grade school class.|
|Art's drawing of his|
grade school class.
In 1931, when Art was four years old, the family decided to rent out their house on Cooper Street for the summer so they could retreat to the old family grounds in Noyack, a less developed area of Southampton located along the
For Art, summer was playtime in Noyack. The rest of the year was dominated by the public school schedule. Art started at the school on Windmill Lane then moved to the newly built grade school on Pine Street.
Although the family’s roots were Presbyterian and Episcopal, a lively young minister attracted Art’s parents to the
in 1938, where they quickly became dedicated and very active members. Southampton United Methodist Church
(On Thursday, June goes to college…)
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