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Maurice E. Connolly
October 4, 1911 - April 3, 1928

 

HISTORY OF THE FLAG

Early in the year 1913, the Chamber of Commerce of the Borough of Queens recommended to Borough President Maurice E. Connolly that it would be appropriate if an official Queens Flag were to be designed and adopted.

Mr. Connolly agreed and assigned Rodman J. Pearson, a draftsman in the Bureau of Sewers, to prepare preliminary sketches, which were later submitted to the Chamber's board of directors for approval.

A special committee consisting of Commissioner of Highways G. Howland Leavitt, Louis Windemuller and Charles G. Meyer was appointed to confer with E. Hageman Hall, president of the New York Historical Society and secretary of the American Scenic and Historical Preservation Society, for the purpose of authenticating the various elements of the design.

At Mr. Hall's suggestion, several important changes were

incorporated and finally on June 3, 1913, the revised sketch was adopted by the Queens Chamber.

The Chamber defrayed the expense of making the initial flags, later displayed at regular functions of the Queens Chamber and at its headquarters in Long Island City, at the Queens Borough Public Library in Jamaica, and at Queens Borough Hall in Kew Gardens.

The new Queens Flag was first displayed officially at the celebration inaugurating construction of the dual rapid transit system in Queens on June 7, 1913.

For some reason, it was not flown at Borough Hall until October 14, 1929, when Borough President George U. Harvey raised it upon the Borough Hall standard in the presence of Queens Chamber officials and borough civic leaders.

Connolly, Maurice E. of Corona, Queens, Queens County, N.Y. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1912, 1916, 1924. Burial location unknown.

Queensborough Subway Opening. The Queensborough Subway, formerly known as the Steinway Tunnel, was opened for traffic at noon on Tuesday, June 22nd. A short program of exercises preceded the opening. Officers of the Interborough Rapid Transit Company and public officials left the Manhattan terminal of the tunnel at 10:45 o'clock and proceeded by special train through the tunnel to the Jackson Avenue station on the Queens side. The trip was made in three and a half minutes. Here they met a large number of invited guests from Queens and other boroughs of the City, and all assembled upon the station platform. Mr. James Blaine Walker, Acting Secretary of the Commission in the absence of Mr. Travis H. Whitney, Secretary, who was attending a class reunion at Harvard, took a position on the stairway leading from the station platform to the street surface and introduced the following speakers: Mr. Edward E. McCall, Chairman of the Public Service Commission, Mr. Maurice E. Connolly, President of Queens Borough, Mr. Theodore P. Shonts, President of the Interborough Rapid Transit Company, Mr. George J. Ryan and Mr. John Adikes, Vice-Presidents of the Chamber of Commerce of Queens Borough, and Mr. August Belmont, of the Interborough Rapid Transit Company. Mr. Walker announced that he had received a letter of regret from Mayor Mitchel, who had to go to Albany on that day to appear before the Constitutional Convention. Flashlight photographs were taken of the group as they stood on the stairway, and one of them is reproduced in this issue of the Record.

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