Sunday, October 9, 2011

Mr. Rogers' Losses

Could the first incarnation of the Oceanic House have been the first major loss by fire on Coney Island? And this second fire may be the third (there was a fire in 1850).

OCEANIC HOUSE.--We regret to learn that Mr. Rogers, the tenant of this splendid house at Coney Island, which was lately dbstroyed (sic) by fire, will lose about eight thousand dollars, being thrown out of business and deprived of his summer's work. He has lost every thing that he had, having moved his family there with all his furniture in expectation of an early opening of the season, and a rich harvest, in consequence of the recent construction of the Plank Road.

--Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Monday, April 28, 1851

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