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44. Storehouse
Built 1934

All food and supplies for the Hospital were delivered to and distributed from here
This was the 2nd Store House, the original being near today's Parks Dep't Garage
Up until about the 1930's almost everything was delivered by freight trains


Everything from food and medicine to office supplies and furniture came through the Store House
Doctors and staff living in the Cottages would call to place weekly orders for food and things also

Gill Harris - Senior Storekeeper 1963 - 1995

In 1949 my family moved from North Carolina to Kings Park and my Father got a job in the storehouse and my Mother began working in building A with female patients. Their salary at that time was $54.00 per month.
My father had a heart attack on the platform in June of 1955 and was taken to Ward 80 in building L where he died a few days later. After that my Mother began working days at the Hospital Tailor Shop.

Following my discharged from the Navy in 1963 I got a job as a butcher in the Storehouse. I was paid $97.00 every two weeks and they gave me a free room over the fire department.

The storehouse had the bakery, ice house, butcher shop, ice cream making room and the receiving area made up the first floor. The second floor had the dry goods food area, clothing room and the print shop. The basement consisted of the freezer space, dry storage, and an area for the coal for the bakery.

They moved the print shop from building 59 to the upstairs storehouse in the late 60's. When we moved the print shop downstairs in the storehouse, they got more modern printing machines and no more type setting. We moved the shop down to the old bakery. We printed all the forms for the hospital, and there were quite a lot of different ones, even a form to order forms !!!!
 

Patients could get off the wards if they if they took part in the work programs for which they received a $1 card good at the community store. Working in the storehouse patients got the extra benefit regular showers and clean clothes everyday. We had 12 employees and 40 patients working for us.


Stairway to Loading Dock


Loading Dock
You can see on the wall where the doorway used to be for the Oxygen Room


Upper Machine Room located over the motor room below for the refrigeration units

Just off the ice cream room was the machine room that housed all the compressors and ice making equipment. A plumber from the maintenance department maintained the room. They called him Gunner. He came from Sweden and I never knew his real name. The machine room was always kept neat and clean. Gunner would also make the 150-pound blocks of ice that was used for the hospital food service. They were delivered to the kitchens by the farm truck from the storehouse until about 1968 or about. Guess they stopped making it when ice machines were installed in each building.


This had been the doorway to the Ice Room


At the corner of the loading dock was the offices


Office with a small storage room


Office with door and window to floor

John was a patient who would keep the offices clean. He also would wash the employee's cars for $1.00 a payday. Sometimes John would go on a drinking binge and get himself locked up for a couple of weeks. We would miss him and his cleaning chores. The last time I saw John he was in the Medical Surgical building in a wheelchair. His eyes stared in to space. It upset me to see him hunched over in the chair and I cried. We had many laughs about the old days and I told him I love him very much.


The doorway to the office then was the hall to the Milk, Meat, Ice Cream freezers and Oxygen room.
The large meat freezers can be seen in the background

Basil, was a patient who worked in the ice cream room and would stand outside my office door and make motor sounds with his lips. After a while I would have to tell him if he didn't stop I would rip his lips off! After a few minuets he would start again and I would have to live with it. One of Basil's jobs also was taking care of the patients coffee


Shipping and receiving floor

Butter came in 70-pound tubs, cheese was USDA surplus and in 40 - 50 pound blocks. State inspectors inspected the fresh vegetables and meat. If it did not meet state requirements, it was rejected and purchased from another vendor. Every 2 months or so 20,000 pounds of sugar was delivered. In the fall, apples were delivered from the various prisons upstate. Milk was delivered everyday. They used the 35quart metal milk cans until the mid 60's after that it was delivered in 10 gallon containers. By the 70's milk was delivered in half-pint containers.


Windows to other office

Eddie did all our paper work and ledgers each day. He had beautiful hand writing and the knack to do receipts. Also he kept our inventory cards up to date.


The first door is a small storage room the second doorway is a hall with a bathroom and locker room and access to the furniture storage area. The third door was for dietary storage and the next room was for dry storage

Bill Connick supervised the operations of the main floor. There were 2 or 3 stores clerks and several patients that unloaded the trucks and weighed the goods as they arrived.
Cecil was the main patient that unloaded the trucks. He always wore the same coat in the winter and summer. It could be 20 degrees or 100 degrees.


Outside doorway to the store house floor


This end section and doorway were for the furniture storage area

The bakery was in the same building as much of the other food supplies and we had a routine worked out which provided us with a very tasty meal. While one person would slip into the area of the walk in coolers and swipe a pound of butter, another would sneak up to the bakery where there were always racks containing hundreds of loaves of bread cooling off after just coming out of the ovens. After absconding with a couple of the still hot loaves we would meet nearby at a secure and hidden location. Tearing the hot loaves in half we would scoop the insides out and put the butter in. With a crisp crust surrounding a warm butter soaked interior, the feasting was glorious. I suppose that this meal might have been a bit high in cholesterol and fat content, but back then we had never heard of such things. While the stolen bread routine could be worked all through the year, a large strawberry field also provided tasty treats during spring and summer.
                                                                                                                    - Ronald Mallory

At the end of the building was the bakery. Here they made bread every day. Pies were made once a week as was the cakes. I never knew what the figures were, but it must have been quite large. The bakery had about 6 employees and 8 to 10 patients.


This last section had been a tool house

At the end of the building was the Grounds Department. They kept their tools and equipment there. Also there was a room in the grounds dept that kept patients that had died over the weekend. On Monday they would bury them in the potters field.

Tommy was born in the hospital. He was blind, but he was our runner for the maintenance department. I often wondered how he managed.


In the basement was the refrigeration machinery and on the ground floor was the machine room


Outside doorway to the basement refrigeration machinery area


These were the motors that ran the refrigeration units for all the freezers


At one time the railroad tracks ran here and freight cars brought in all the Hospital supplies


On the first floor left was the furniture storage area and on the right was the dry goods room


The door was to the dry goods room and bathroom. In the middle of the building was the stairs
On the right was the shipping and receiving area
This are section of the second floor had household storage and general goods


In the basement where storage rooms for cheese & butter, frozen vegetables, dry fruit, eggs, and dry goods
For awhile there was also a bakery being run from the basement
The end section of the second floor was a large clothing storage area

The men's clothing was made in the State Prison system, as was were the shoes for both men and women. The hospital received a lot from the state prisons. Bath soap, tobacco, laundry soap, and most of the furniture.

You never wanted to loose a patient, one day I had to escort one of the patient to work in the storehouse, he decided that he wanted to leave, he was a big fellow, so I just followed him all morning, he eventually went to sunken meadow, then decided he wanted to go back, just got tired I guess, then I walked him back.
                                                                                                                                                          - Gil


Dry Goods Storage


Bathroom

The storehouse had 4 delivery trucks assigned to make deliveries. Food, both frozen and fresh was delivered Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Freight was on Tuesday and Thursday.
Since everything that was used in the hospital, such as food, clothing, drugs, medical supplies, maintenance supplies, furniture, paper supplies, etc, the task was tremendous. The truck drivers that were assigned to the storehouse were Charlie Panza, Pete Cappazino, Lou Kanlu, and Bill Donahue. Charlie Panza also gave us haircuts as needed.

The delivery trucks had about 4-5 patients assigned to them. A patient named English who was born at the hospital worked on the delivery trucks. His main thing was riding a shopping cart down Old Dock Road. Somehow he inserted a stick to act as a brake. Why he never go hurt I'll never know.


Stairwell


Store House floor with the office in the back and doors to storage, the hallway to furniture and the dietary room


Store House floor shipping and receiving area

Every Wednesday was fruit and vegetable day. Every other Tuesday 20,000 potatoes were delivered and stored in the dairy barn.


This door was to the large meat freezer and the unite in rear was to the Milk, Meat, and Ice Cream freezers

On Wednesday the cook from Group 2 would come to the storehouse to make ice cream. The ice cream room had only one patient, Basil, who would make the preparations for John. The ice cream room consisted of two ice cream machines, and steam heated kettle, large sink, and small walk in freezer.


Doorway from the storehouse floor


Hallway to the butcher shop


Before the days of voice mail, internet, email and apps


Entrance to the butcher area


The Butcher Shop

When I first started in the storehouse, the Supervisor was Mr. Bardwell. Under him were Charlie Fitzgerald and Eddie Zetz. I started as a butcher and the head butcher was Alfie Hemmings. They called him "Limy" as he came from England. Also there was Art Premis and Dick Byrme. There were about 6-8 patients that worked there. They didn't do the actual butchering as they weren't allowed to us the knives or saws. The patients would go in the walk-ins and get the supplies for the day. In the afternoon before we shut down for the day, the shop was swept and all the machines were washed, as was the floor. After the floor dried it would get about 1 to 2 inches of fresh sawdust. Every Friday all the walk-ins were swept and new sawdust put down.

Once a month we had chicken. The Butcher shop would have to cut 2500 chickens for just one meal. Once a month there was meat loaf, again the butchers would grind 3000 pounds of beef. Meat was delivered to the storehouse by train. Orders were in excess of 10,000 pounds.


The meat and dairy freezer

Another patient was John C, they called him Genius. Genius worked with the exterminator. After the title was abolished he worked for the butcher shop. Sometimes he would go on a rampage and scream and yell very loudly. Once we had a knew employee that went to lunch and never came back.

In the late 60's and early 70's they made changes in the laws and patients were not allowed to work in the institution. The State hired extra store clerks to fill the void.
When the patients were not allowed to work, they still came to the storehouse but were not let in. Fewer and fewer came each day and finally they all disappeared.

The workload became easier as they didn't make ice cream, blocks of ice, etc. They also eliminated the butcher shop, print shop, and bakery.

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