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Where Did The Name for Camp Newcombe Come From?

by @ 5:41 pm on May 6, 2008. Filed under Camp Newcombe

A few days back, I posted on a neckerchief from Camp Newcombe, while wandering about the web, I came across some information on

Richard S. Newcombe (1880-1930) led a life dedicated to public service, most notably as Queens Country District Attorney from 1924 to 1929, where he prosecuted some of the most famous cases of the 1920s.

… and from the same source:

Newcombe was elected Surrogate of Queens County in 1929 and served as president of the Boy Scouts Sustaining Association of Queens. Robert Newcombe’s work for the Boy Scouts was the inspiration for the 1929 dedication of Camp Newcombe in Wading River, Long Island. After his death from heart failure on May 9, 1930, more than 1,000 mourners attended Newcombe’s funeral at his home at 75 Greenway Terrace. The crowd was so large that an overflow of mourners gathered in nearby Hawthorn Park. Later that year, Newcombe Square was dedicated, the location being chosen due to its proximity to the Queens Criminal Courts.

 

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