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College Point, New York (NY)
Archivist: Susan Sander

In 1645 the original Dutch Charter was signed.  Following the revolutionary war, the Stratton family purchased 320 acres.  In 1835 the Stratton family sold property to Dr. William A. Muhlenberg, an Episcopalian minister.   His dream was to establish a seminary as a rival to Harvard and Yale.  He established St. Paul’s Seminary which was successful until the financial woes of 1837.  The school closed but the name stayed with the location – the school had been located on what is now MacNeil Park along Fifth Avenue bordering the East River.

NYC skyline from the Herman A. MacNeil Park looking across the East river.  MacNeil Park, named for Herman A. MacNeil (1866-1947), a College Point resident and national known sculptor, was formerly known as Chisholm Park or the College Point Shore Front Park. © Susan Williams 2004

The Attraction to College Point

In 1853 Conrad Poppenhusen built his rubber factory – the population of the town grew to 2,000 by 1860.  Along with the factory, Poppenhusen built homes for his workers and a cobblestone road between Whitestone and College Point.  He drained the marshes, brought in clean water, tree-lined paved streets and gas lines. In 1898 College Point became part of Greater New York City.  Mr. Poppenhusen established the Poppenhusen Institute, an educational and civic organization for the benefit of the population (more about this later).  The Institute still exists today.

College Point was a well-established German-speaking village.  I’m sure this fact and the availability of factory jobs helped attract Banaters to the town.  According to Dave Dreyer’s Manifest List, the Pisa, arrived in New York on the 30th of March 1906 and brought the following Glogowatz citizens:

Paul Begner/Vegner, Johann Czallner and his wife Anna and son, Anton;  Mathias Daneker, Josef Eder/Adler), Josef Erustein, Josef Gamber, Josef Gerhard, Andrea Hollich, Johann Kaiser, Peter Keiher, Franz Kornacker (going to join cousin, Anton Kornacker); Franz Lorenz, Anton Reingruber, Peter Trehr, and Johann Zellner, Anton Kornacker must have arrived first – according to Ellis Island manifests he arrived on the 25th of January 1906 aboard the Slavonia. His departure point is listed as New York but now we know the rest of the story…he found his way to College Point and others followed.  Other Glogowatz citizens arrived earlier and listed their destination as New York – these people may have come to College Point also. What we do know is that it was the beginning of a new life for all Glogowatz emigrants to the United States of America.

Related Links

Many Banaters were employed at the American Hard Rubber Company in College Point, New York, owned by Conrad Poppenhusen

The Poppenhusen Institute was built in 1868 with funds donated by Conrad Poppenhusen, the benefactor of College Point.  The story of Conrad Poppenhusen who employed many Banaters at the American Hard Rubber Company he began in College Point, New York.

Poppenhusen - the Founder of College Point, L.I. - founder of the Rubber Works Factory where many Banaters found jobs to support their families and establish a new life in the United States of America.

Sources: The Parish of St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Martyr 1856-1956;  A History of College Point, NY by Robert Hecht  Copyright 1976 by Bicentennial Committee of College Point, Inc.; Dave Dreyer's Manifest List

Donauschwaben Area Associations

German Romanian Society of New York, Inc.
Eva Mayer
P.O. Box 119
College Point, NY 11356

Liederkranz of New York City
On January 9, 1847, a group of 25 men of German heritage founded a male singing society, dedicated in particular to the promotion of vocal and instrumental music. The society's name was "Deutscher Liederkranz der Stadt New York."
6 E 87th St
New York, NY 10128-0505

St. Fidelis, College Point, New York
The Early History & The Pastors of St. Fidelis Church 1856-2004

Local Genealogical Research Aids
College Point, Queens County, New York

The Becker family is believed to be the first Donauschwaben family from Banat to immigrate to College Point: 

Jacob Becker, Obituary - Aug 5, 1901 - Publication: Brooklyn Eagle:

Danube Swabian Passenger Records, Destination: College Point, NY
Banat immigrants who settled in College Point, New York David Dreyer's Emigration extractions from Banat, list 102 records of

Street Locators - If you happen to have old maps of College Point, a census record or property description, you may be confused when you cannot locate a street where your ancestors once lived.   

Here is a sampling of the  "Old" to "New" names for the College Point area.

A Ave to  13th Avenue
High Street to 14th Avenue
Chisholm Avenue to 6th Avenue
1st Avenue  to 14th Avenue
2nd Avenue  to 14th Road
3rd Avenue to 15th Avenue
4th Avenue to 18th Avenue
Bay  to  119th Street
Bleeker to 129th Sgtreet
Brackenridge Ave. to 5th Avenue
Breen Avenue  to 6th Avenue
Broadway to 20th Avenue
Source:  Steve Morse Website - site address:

This list was generated from an LDS film # 1976731.  Check the Steve Morse site for other cities and states.   Many thanks to Steve Morse and the transcribers who made this possible. 

New street names to old street names in Queens:

More about College Point, Queens County, New York

Notable buildings in College Point, New York

This interesting link gives the history of the  park including the use of the mansion at the park by Mayor Fiorella LaGuardia. (building no longer exists ... but the history lives on)

Germans In Queens: The Steinways Old Traditions In A New Key   

The Flushing and North Side Railroad: College Point to Whitestone

Forgotten NY Neighborhoods - College Point,_New_York 

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