NextPrev. Eugene Wilson and Eudora Randall, Gen. 8 Eugen Wilson Randall was born in Winona, MN. He graduated from Winona State Normal School in 1879, taught in district schools for four years, was principal of Morris High School from 1891 through 1895
NextPrev. He was the Secretary of the Minnesota State Agricultural Society from 1895 through 1907, Dean and Director of the Department of Agriculture of the University of Minnesota in 1907 and 1908. He was also President of the Minnesota Mutual Life Insurance Company in St. Paul from 1908 through 1910. He and is wife, Eudora Adelia Stone lived in St. Paul.
NextPrev. Joseph Horace Randall, Gen. 7 The entire life of Joseph H. Randall was passed in ceaseless activity. His career was an example of industry, perseverance and good management. His father, Horace. G. Randall spent his entire life in the town of Brookhaven and followed the occupation of merchant and farmer. He was a public spirited and worthy citizen. Joseph H. Randall took a course in Eastman’s Business College. Most of his life was spent at the Middle Island home, although he was at sea for about 2 years. After the death of his father, he assumed control of the mercantile business, which prospered under his able management.
NextPrev. He carried a complete stock of goods suitable to the section and, by his courteous and agreeable manner, gained a large and constantly increasing patronage. For many years, Mr. Randall was a member of the Presbyterian Church and much of the time was an elder there. In politics, he was with the Republican party and at all times advocated its men and measures. For some time, he served his fellow citizens faithfully as Assessor and was Justice of the Peace of the village for at least 7 years.
NextPrev. Capt. William Morehouse and Louise H. Randall, Gen. 7 Louise H. Randall who was the wife of Capt. William M. Randall wrote a book entitled “The Fate of the Schooner Louise H. Randall,” published in Nov. 1904 in Boston, MA. This schooner was an 11 year old ship from Providence, RI that was wrecked off the Long Island coast. The ship’s captain was Jack Penney and his wife, Ethel Penney was aboard. She later became Mrs. Guy Fenner of Center Moriches, LI. Her father was in charge of the Great South Beach Life Saving Station. The Penney family was quartered at the station, and the families of his crew lived in small cottages nearby. Crewmen included Frank Howell and Joshua Ryder of Moriches, Benjamin Miller, John Rose and Harvey Corwin of Brookhaven. The wreck occurred during one of the worst storms these people had ever experienced. Usually a ship grounded close to shore drew the women and children who watched the life savers work. On that occasion, Capt. Penney sent word back that no one would be allowed on the beach. The ocean was breaking very high and conditions were dangerous for everyone.
NextPrev. It was a Merritt Salvage Co. vessel that finally rescued those aboard the ship, and also took on Capt. Penney and those who had managed to take a dory through the breakers, only to have it so battered that they could not keep it afloat. The dory was also taken aboard. One of the reasons the Life Savers had kept trying so desperately to reach the doomed four-masted schooner was that they had seen a woman wrapped in sails and lashed to a mast. They did not then know that she was Louise Randall, and that a large crate had fallen on her toe, which afterwards had to be amputated. The rescue vessel left t he scene and the schooner proceeded to break up. Soon the families of the Life Savers began to arrive at the beach for their men folk. The beach was littered with both ice and wreckage, swept back and forth by the high seas. Ethel Penney salvaged a piano stool that had washed up on the dunes, but nobody could walk down on the beach.
NextPrev. There was great relief when word was received the next day that the Life Savers were safe in Staten Island. Capt. Penney had become in touch with a close friend, Dewitt Havens, Sr. of Brooklyn, and obtained money for tickets to get home on the Long Island Railroad. Captain William Randall and Captain Penney became very good friends as a result of their mutual experience and Captain Randall afterwards visited the Penneys several times. This explains how Ethel Penney Fenner had the portraits of the Randalls, taken in the 1890’s by Boston photographer Elmer Chickering.
NextPrev. Rear Admiral Albert B. Randall, U.S.N.R. By Thomas R. Raves A native son of Brookhaven town who stood at the top of the United States Merchant Marine, was Rear Admiral Albert B. Randall, U.S.N.R., Commandant of the US Maritime Service and retired Commodore of the Fleet of the United States Lines. His death in November 1945 at the age of 66 brought to an end the life of this truly great Long Islander who descended from Stephen Randall, one of the first settlers of Middle Island. He was born on 10 Sept., 1879 in Brookhaven. His father was William F. Randall, a native of Middle Island and his mother was Sarah E. Smith, a native of Brookhaven. They moved to Bridgeport soon after the birth of their son, and her, Albert received his education and later at Vermont Academy.
NextPrev. When he was 17, Albert Randall enlisted as an ordinary seaman on the bark, Obed Baxter, whose skipper was a cousin of Albert. He saw a considerable amount of service in the next few years in Asiatic waters and served on the army transports, Burnside, the Sedgwick and Kilpatrick as ship’s officer, to and from the Philippines and the West Indies. In 1901 he joined the Navy Auxiliary Service and was assigned as third officer on the Ajax. He was promoted several times to more responsible posts and received his Master’s license in 1905 and his first command in 1907. During the First World War, Capt. Randall distinguished himself in the convoy activities, and among his decorations was the Legion of Honor awarded by France. In 1921 he became master of the S.S. American and later in the same year took command of the S.S. George Washington, and during the next 15 years, Capt. Randall commanded many of the finest luxury liners, including the Republic, the Manhattan and the famous Leviathan. He was finally promoted to Commodore of the fleet abord the flagship Manhattan.
NextPrev. Although he had served in the Merchant Fleet, he had remained in the Naval Reserve, and was ranking commander at the time of his retirement in 1939. His retirement was brief, however, and with the beginning of the activities leading up to the Second World War, he was called to active service and appointed Rear Admiral and assigned to the position of executive officer of the Seamen’s Service for the Port of New York. In April 1942, he was promoted to Commandant of the United States Maritime Service with headquarters in Washington. Among the many rescues performed during Capt. Randall’s long career was one connected with the French schooner Rhein de Mers off Newfoundland in 1922. Rudder and sails gone, and her skipper lost overboard, she was foundering when the President Fillmore under command of Capt. Randall, came upon her. With mountainous seas raging and under the most difficult conditions, every surviving member of her crew was taken off.
NextPrev. His acts of heroism and his brilliant career as commander of great American ships prompted the President of the United States to send him the following letter upon his retirement in 1939. My Dear Captain Randall; I take the occasion of your retirement to congratulate you on a long and distinguished career. Your years of service have been marked by many exploits requiring the highest qualities of seamanship and command. As Commodore of the United States Lines, you commanded the greatest vessels in the American Merchant Marine, and proved yourself worthy in all respects of the prominent position that you held. Your career may well be the inspiration of American youth as we enter into a new phase and era of expansion. Your services with the armed forces of the United States as well as with the Merchant Marines illustrate the interdependence of the navy and the merchant marine for the eventual well being of our country Very sincerely yours, Franklin Delano Roosevelt President of the United States
NextPrev. Albert Borland Randall with Franklin D. Roosevelt and his sons
NextPrev. Rear Admiral Albert B. Randall, U.S.N.R.
NextPrev. Lewis Merlin Yeager, Gen. 10 Those of you familiar with the east end of Long Island, know of the duck farming industry that flourished there. And, of course, you must know of the “Big Duck” building, originally built in Riverhead, but eventually winding up on Rt. 24 between Flanders and Southampton after it was purchased by Suffolk County. The Big Duck was built by Merlin Yeager in partnership with Martin Maurer.
NextPrev. John Orlando Roe, Gen. 7 Father of Aesthetic Rhinoplasty In the late 1800’s when the first aesthetic surgeons began to practice what we recognize today as plastic surgery, they had to overcome the stigma of working with patients recognizably suffering from stigmatizing diseases. Their procedures were seen as radical because they attempted to alter signs that were unmistakably supposed to mark the immoral, unclean and polluted. They were often condemned by the more traditional medical establishment.
NextPrev. To defend themselves against the charge of violating the Hippocratic Oath by operating on healthy patients, surgeons adopted the approach that they were altering the body to change the psyche. In 1887, John Orlando Roe in Rochester, NY, developed a procedure to alter the shape of the “pug nose”. Roe did not claim only to cure the pug nose, he claimed also to be curing the patient’s unhappiness. To quote Dr. Roe: “We are able to relieve patients of a condition which would remain a lifelong mark of disfigurement, constantly observed, forming a never ceasing source of embarrassment and mental distress to themselves, amounting, in many cases, to a positive torture, as well as often causing them to be objects of greater or lesser aversion to others.” John Orlando Roe is generally credited as being the father of aesthetic surgery.
ExitPrev. Credits Music:“Bink’s Waltz” by Scott Joplin performed by Knocky Parker Biographical Input:“A Randall Family of Long Island, NY” by Lanyon and Wells Randall Assn., LI Branch, Inc. Photo Source:Various Genealogy websites