On July 27 Amy Lawson (Hupman) passed away at the age of 84.
I met Amy when I moved back home permanently about four years ago. My husband and I moved into what locals call “the old Mehlman” house in Port Mouton, a house that five generations of my husband’s family had lived.
Amy attended the Summerville Christian Church, which I started attending shortly after moving. I am sure I had met Amy before but I couldn’t remember it. She informed me that she sometimes cared for my husband when he was a child. She also walked my grandfather (Wentzell) to primary school for my great-grandmother.
Much can be said about Amy’s kindness to not just her family but her friends and her community. What I’d like to talk about in my column is Amy’s contributions to the historical community in Queens.
Each community in Queens has had someone in it that took it upon themselves to research and learn as much as they could about local history. Amy was one of those people.
Amy did an immense amount of research into the Hupman name, and compiled two volumes of Hupman genealogy into large books, still available at the Queens County Museum.
She did that free of charge and all revenue made from the books goes directly back to the Historical Society and Queens County Museum. When historical/genealogical fairs were held, she was always asked to come and be a reference for Summerville/Port Mouton and also as someone who knew a great deal about local Foreign Protestants.
Amy also spent 13 years working on again off again on a compilation of columns written by her mother and aunt. Mildred Hupman wrote “The Items” for the Liverpool Advance. The Items consisted of correspondences and news from Summerville and the surrounding area. Amy compiled them into a book called “The Items: Diary of a Village.”
I’ll leave you all with a few entries from The Items. I will note however, that I find it so very interesting how many locals had such strong connections to Boston and Massachusetts as a whole. Many of the summer entries in this compilation discuss the many visits that took place between families in Summerville, White Point and Port Mouton and their New England friends and family.
Aug. 12, 1937: Stanley Fiander of the S.S. Rover, spent Sunday with his family…Miss Lillian Hupman is spending a few days with her grandmother Mrs. Elnora Verge, Hunts Point.
Feb. 3, 1938: Quite a bit of excitement was caused on Sunday evening when a fire was discovered in an ice-house belonging to William Collins. Some one hundred chickens belonging to Kenneth Collins were saved. The building and all other contents were destroyed… Lorimer Clark returned home from Mrs. Feener’s Nursing Home, Liverpool, where he had spent the past week, having cut his leg on Monday last…. M/M Angus Doggett, White Point, Spent Monday evening at the home of M/M Aubrey Hupman.
Feb. 2, 1939: The snow storm on Tuesday was welcomed by the men who have hauling to do. Since then we have enjoyed some beautiful winter weather… The Sewing Circle was invited to the home of Mrs. William Wigglesworth on Thursday evening. A very pleasant evening was spent after which a dainty lunch was served. The thanks of the Circle is extended to Mrs. Wigglesworth for her kind hospitality.
July 3, 1941: Amy Hupman spent Saturday at the home of Mrs. Ethelbert Day, Liverpool. On her return she was accompanied by her sister, Jean, who will spend her vacation at home. She was successful in obtaining her Grade XI High School Certificate, also winning the prize of War Saving Stamps ($6.00) for the highest standing.
May 11, 1944: Quite a number from this place attended the free show at Port Mouton on Monday night. The pupils of Mrs. Brand brought the extra program by singing quite a number of songs they had learned at school. Aubrey Hupman and George Hupman took the solo parts… on Friday the ladies of the community combined their efforts, time and materials for an ice cream sale. During the afternoon nine gallons of ice-cream were frozen. At 8:15 p.m. the sale began and in one hour the ice-cream had vanished and the sum of $21.20 was realized. This money is to be used in purchasing books for the school library.