Dobbs Ferry Springhurst Franklin Q. Brown Dorothy Brown John Hoar Sherman Hoar

Dobbs Ferry Springhurst Franklin Q. Brown Dorothy Brown John Hoar
Sherman Hoar

Oriental Rug Review/Asian Trade is pleased to offer a collection of
paper ephemera from Dobbs Ferry on Hudson, centering on the "Springhurst" estate of millionaire financier Franklin Q. Brown. These were found in the correspondence of FQB. At twenty-nine Col. Brown was the youngest railroad company president in the country. He worked parallel with railroad man Harry B. Plant extending the rail lines to Tampa Florida just in time to be of service to the U. S. Army with its invasion of Cuba in 1898. He later founded the financial firm Redmond & Company which morphed into Merrill Lynch.


We are indebted to a Dobbs Ferryiana collector for the following insight
into the Springhurst Estate, "I lived just down the street from
Springhurst, Col. Brown's estate. I used to play around the grounds (house
was empty by the late 50's, early 60's); couldn't get into the house, but
we would play on the stage in the little theater he had behind the house.
He would bring Broadway shows up and put on performances for his guests. In about 1964, there was a huge fire, started by some kids from Childrens'
Village which was the next property over, smoking in the old house. It was
quite a spectacle. We had to
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