An Interview with Conrad & Judy Kreuter

Conrad and Judy Kreuter have been running Moriches Boat and Motor since 1989. “There was not much difference in our town twenty years ago, [there are] more people now and certainly the growth is a good thing for us and we’ve developed into a great community” says Conrad.

Moriches Boat and Motor repairs and sells motors and parts for boats. Robert Wood was the previous owner and he passed his regular customers to the Kreuters. Many of these long time customers are still with them today. It is much harder to make a dollar today than it was twenty years ago. There is more competition today and it’s harder to make a sale because not many people have time to enjoy the hobby of boating. There is competition from other businesses, but, the real competition is the other recreational activities that people are involved in, such as golf and camping. The average price of a boat at Moriches Boat and Motor starts at $20,000 and goes up to $130,000. The brands that they carry consist of Suzuki, Honda, Yamaha, Evinrude, and Mercury. Suzuki motors are currently the most popular models; they have become considerably more popular than American brands.

School on the Poospatuck Reservation

 

Beginning in the 19th century, school aged children on the Poospatuck Reservation were educated in a mission school located on the Reservation. Eventually, New York State took over the school and court cases ensued to determine whether or not the state should continue to fund the Reservation School.

The school on the Reservation did not possess facilities of the same quality as other public schools. Therefore, when the Poospatuck children went to school outside the reservation in the older grades, they were not sufficiently prepared and tended to drop out. By the 1950’s, the children from the Reservation were finishing school although it was still a struggle for them. 

~ from an interview with John Strong & Amy Wallace 14 Dec 2007

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June Meeting

The June Meeting originally took place after the first planting when the corn began to sprout. When the Europeans came the June Meeting became something of a family reunion. Later, the Christian missionaries arranged for the June Meeting to always occur on a Sunday in conjunction with church services. June Meeting now occurs on the second Sunday in June at the Poospatuck Reservation.

~ from an interview with John Strong & Amy Wallace 14 Dec 2007

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