SWAN ISLAND FLYWAY STOPOVER

by Hortense Poyner Parkerson

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December 25, 2010. FAMILY FLASHBACKS

Parents

Alma Jarvis Poyner B-1867 D-1942
Hettie Jones Poyner B-1880 D-1965
They are buried in the JONES CEMETERY

Father Retired as superintendent of Swan Island Club 1928-29 and lived out later years after Swan Island with my mother at their home on Knotts Island. (The home, which I sold, is on the Mackey Island Wildlife Refuge road, and Is now owned by the Interior Department of the U.S. Government.) This and surrounding land was once owned by my grandfather, J.B. Jones. Mackey Island was owned by Joseph P. Knapp, wealthy philanthropist when my parents lived there.

Father never stopped working ‘till the day he went to sleep In death - gardening, farming, walking and getting into a boat to visit old haunts.

My mother enjoyed her home on Knotts Island. She enjoyed church activities she had been denied while living on an island. She always had her church circle for a Christmas Party using her big fireplace to make for warmth and cheer. She participated In Woman's Club work. Through club work and close proximity to the Knapp home on Mackey Island my mother became acquainted with Mrs. Knapp. I have a pretty onyx-like paperweight which was given to my mother by Mrs. Knapp. (The Knapp Foundation gave the beautiful china service now used in the "Whitehouse.")

And, answering a need, she took in and boarded children misplaced by broken homes, loved and guided them to useful adult citizens.

At her funeral, handsome appreciative grown-ups, some in the uniform of their country, came great distances, Montana, New York and Florida to pay their respect.

December 25, 2010. Comment - Terry Parkerson: Hettie was a teacher at THIS SCHOOL about 1900/1901.

Brother

Marvin Olney Poyner B-1905 D-1956

Married Ernestine Hopkins of L.I. N.Y. She still lives in Albany, N.Y. My brother had a protracted education but he read so widely and avidly that he was much better educated than most of his peers.

He had Mary Mehegan as an island teacher. Elementary schooling was on Knotts Island.

Further elementary schooling was in Norfolk, Virginia, also high school in Norfolk - went to Maury High School but did not graduate.

At 18 went from his island home to Brockton, Mass. under the watchful eye of Geo. E. Keith, owner of the large Walk-Over shoe manufacturing Company and a member of the Swan Island Club. A good friend to our family he was understanding and helpful in my mother’s ambition for her son.

For some years my brother worked in Mr. Keith’s Walk-Over factory earning a good salary and enjoying life around Boston. Mechanically inclined he soon became a factory foreman. Even though the experience was beneficial especially associating with highly educated people in his hours away from work; Mr. Keith saw to that, he wasn't sure that this life was for him. So, receiving a watch for his good service, he came home.

Luckily at this time my parents were retired and living on Knotts Island. Their home was on the Mackey Island road where Mr. Joseph P. Knapp, wealthy philanthropist - sportsman often passed going to his Mackey Island home. He and my parents became acquainted and when my brother came home looking for a new job and new direction, Mr. Knapp offered a great second choice. (I feel especially grateful to Mr. Knapp.)

He suggested a course of action which my brother quickly followed resulting in a conservation training program, called a Game Institute held in New Jersey.

After this things moved swiftly. My brother was offered a job with the newly formed Conservation Department of New York State working as game farm manager on Long Island, New York, raising Bob-White quail. This life was ideal for my brother – out-of-doors, hunting and fishing, hatching and raising quail.

He was successful, moved up to supervise other game farms and at his untimely death he was assistant superintendent of his department In the Fish and Wildlife service of New York Conservation, making his home In Albany, New York.

He received a letter of commendation and appreciation from Franklin Delano Roosevelt then governor of New York.

At his death an official publication said of him "Marvin Poyner was one more of those very good men who will be missed by his co-workers."

And I add, missed to this day by me.

Monticello Aunt

Addie Jones White - my mother’s sister

Attended Blackstone College - taught school on Knott's Island - was teacher and principal. Married Roy White, was widowed while young. Worked as cashier in the beautiful dining room of the Monticello Hotel for some years – thus the name -Monticello Aunt. Returned home to keep house for Grandfather Jones.

St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery Aunt and Uncle

Gertie and Rudie J. Bonney (Gertie, mother’s sister)
Rudie - farmer on Knotts Island - born there.

Moved with wife and son to Norfolk, Virginia to work as caretaker of St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery. Later moved back to Knotts Island. Owned and ran successful sawmill business.

Gertie became Knotts Island‘s Post Mistress. Gertie and Rudie Bonney are the grandparents of Judge Hal. J. Bonney, Jr., noted Christian citizen of Norfolk, Virginia.