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The Suffolk County news. (Sayville, N.Y.) 1888-current, April 20, 1995, Image 5

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Maritime niuset1m gets 257 -year-old Bible Before there was a chtlreh in West Sayvill.e, before there was a community of any sort, there was W'dlem and Maria Ttickem Bible. When the Tacker's emigrated from Holland in 1854, settling first in Oakdale, then in the area that is now West Sayvile, they brought with them all their pos- sessions. But none were more important to these devoutly religious settlers than the family Bible. The Tuckers, who changed their name from Fokker, moved to what is now Atlantic Avenue on land owned by Samuel Greene. As the Dutch community of West Sayville grew up around them, that Bible was their guide to daily affairs, both religious and secular. Before tlte settlem were able ro build a house of wor- ship, the Bible was their church, rotating from home to home evuy Sunday. Now the Dutch. Staten Bijbel (State Bible), ·printed in 1737, belongs to the Long Island Maritime Museum, a gift from ·the Tuckers' nonagenarian gnmdsol\ Miron Van EssendeUt. The Bible will be on permanent display at the West Sayville museum, a divine 8l:tiraet of the local maritime heritage. For the )IS 36 years, the Bible has occupied a space on Van Essendelft's bookshelf. Prior to that, his mother ancl Tucker's daughter, Nellie Van EssendeUt, bad it iR her home. But the lifelOng ftSident and 1926 graduate of Sayville High .School wanted to give the good book .a safe home for et.emit¥- 11){1(! and my wife are childless, so who else could we give it to? If we gave it to either of the two (local Reformed) churches, one of them might have been offended, •tae said. Gratefol for the priceless piece of local history, museum director Dick Olcott likened the Bible to another recent gift of a maritime nature, a sextant that it sbares shelf space with. .!'They're both Jnstru.. m.ems of navigation. Both the ~-and the seXtant helped guide people through life,. he said. -wJ\ea Mike and bis familY offered the Bible to us, Myron VM Ea8andelft, left, presents Long Island MariUme Museum Director Richard Olcott wllh the 257..,_..... t.nlly Bible that Wlllem Tucker brought With him when he sealed In West Sayville. we were extremeJy grateful. It absolutely fits in with the eoDeetion of local history we have here at the mU9el1111,• Olcott said. Written completely ip Dutch, the Bible hi an impos- ing book, as huge and heavy as a tool box, with a leather-wrapped oak binding and heavy Gothic letter- ing. Wee almost all of his neilhbors, W'dlem Tucker- was a ba,mao, making his living on the water. Even his five daughters worked on the bay, raking clams for food and commerce. 'lbe Tuckers and other early Dutch settlers were so Suffolk County News/Anthony J. Howard poor, they didn't even have homes to live in their first few years. Tucker built the first home in West 8a3'ville. For the first half dozen years there wm; no church, just the Bible. -nus .was the only thing they had,\ Van Essendelftsaid. -nt.ey looked to this Bible to settle any problem or issue that came up in their Jives.\ Ultimat.eJy, the Bible will be enclosed in a climate- controJled display case in the museum. The musemn wiD a1so pay to have an expert examine the book to detennine t;he feasibility and the wisdo:m of restoring the Bible.. a bed, or for that matter, a whole room. You come to us Sovereign oltbe Seas 7 Night ~m caribbean Maiestv Df the Seas Wesrem l:aribbean Monarch of the Seas May13, 20 June 3,10 June 4, 11, 18 May 21, June 11 from $899 lnt:l.lir from $999 c• tram $999 ir:l. • from $11 99m • .I ------. - for. over 2;5(1(1 fabrics, the ideas, the custom labor and the best ~Ji~·on all of it. Custom labor for bedspreads, shams and dust ruffles, now on sale. • • • • • \ •• ·.~ • • ._: '. ·, 1 • ~ : ••• • ., : ,· • ·: •• • . . Srttfolt ~ • ._e Grove, 2073 NescOnset Hwy. •(516)!.J6!-G8.1j3 . THPs.&'DIHt$, 111-9;HtHI. -.Ciai.,J0-6.·.<;HH., U-!i. .. 11!16-. .. --.L-- A ..... ~LL--.- .,uumem wnuuean Senior Citizen~ Specials Sovereign of the Seas Cruise Only (Air Add-On Avail.) Majesty of the Seas · Cruise Only (Air Add-Qn Avail.) Monarch olthe Seas Cruise Only (Air Add..Qn Avail.) 81Jr1130-June 18 Ain1115-29 May2D, 27 April 30-June 18 (Except May 28) May-June Betmuda from 199* from &99* from 649* from $799* from $799* Song Dllmerlca Cruise Only (Best cabin Available) May 7, 14, 21 tram $699* May28; June 4,11 - from $749* * Plii:ls a auislttiAIJ.per IJUiO, tadoniWiilabilily, 8111 ny be wiiiDM alq tme. At lelsl one pmrmoer must be 11• 55 JaS of age~ lie eligillll for llis olll .. IIIII meeting this 11Widioo will be denied Dlling. Ships of rtolwllgiQ BD'ni11 Regisby. hi:\ }WaL ':fWaday \Ji?avel ~ Cruise Resewation Center 196 North MainS~ Sayrille, New York U782 Phone (516) 563-3MO • Fax (516) 563-3t42 Nassau Office: 24 Village Square, Glen Co~ NY. (516) 671..as58 AtRoyal YeurTnweiPiatsA.Je 5 -t ::::T C1t en c a: ;e: ~ c ~ z ! )» '0 2: 1\) 0 ~ co '!l! co ,J:.. ' ....

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