Is by the Book
COURIER L 30 IFE, JUNE 18-24, 2021
Hall of Fame
BY BEN BRACHFELD
The Canarsie Hall of Fame is inducting
six upstanding fi gures of the
neighborhood’s past and present as
part of its newest class of members.
The six Canarsians are individuals,
nominated by community members,
who have worked to make the
neighborhood better, often volunteering
their time to do so.
The Hall, an online project of local
history buff Ramon Martinez, is a continuation
of the former Canarsie History
Museum, which used to have a
physical space at the American Legion
Hall at East 92nd St and Conklin Avenue.
Martinez would also bring traveling
exhibits to schools in the neighborhood,
but low visitation forced the
museum to depart its physical space
and transition online in 2016.
“We celebrate the people who made
Canarsie what it was: the contributors,
the people who genuinely care for
the community,” Martinez told Brooklyn
Inductees this year include:
James Devens was the fi rst police
offi cer in Canarsie to die in the line of
duty, according to Martinez. He died
in 1904 at the age of 31 while serving
with the NYPD; before the city’s 1898
consolidation, Devens had worked for
the Brooklyn City Police Department.
Daniel Fullerton was a funeral director
whose parlor was located at
Flatlands Ave and Rockaway Parkway
from the 1880s until the 1960s; after
his death, the Fullerton family moved
the business to Long Island, where it
remains to this day. Fullerton was
known for his charity, often providing
for grieving families too poor to afford
a full funeral by donating caskets.
Fullerton was also civically active,
being involved in efforts to place a
Civil War memorial at Canarsie Cemetery
and in ridding the area of a sewage
Richard Glander, originally from
Wisconsin, had a farm in Canarsie
where he raised circus animals. Initially
part of the Barnum & Bailey
Circus, he eventually branched out on
his own and created his own act, with
animal companions including dogs,
monkeys, and even bears. He was also
known for his philanthropic disposition,
entertaining kids at local schools
The coveted “Canarsie Cup.” Ramon Martinez
for free and allowing them to come to
his farm to see the animals.
The only recipient this year who is
still alive, Steven Kaye was a science
teacher at James Madison High School
for over 30 years. He is passionate about
his students, whom he’s often help enter
the Intel Science Fair. He also has
long been active in the community: he
served as president of the South Canarsie
Civic Association, where his advocacy
helped prevent the placement of a
sewage treatment plant.
Kaye will receive from Martinez the
“Canarsie Cup,” an award bestowed
upon still-living Hall of Famers; past
recipients include former Brooklyn
Democratic Party boss Frank Seddio.
A Civil War veteran, Richard Ryder
sought to keep records of every Canarsian
who fought for the Union in the war,
including their name, company, what
state they were fi ghting in, and whether
they passed away or made it home. He
compiled his research into a book, “The
Village Color-Bearer,” in 1891.
Back in Brooklyn, Ryder patrolled
the waters off Manhattan Beach as
part of a Coast Guard progenitor outfi
t, helping those stranded at sea in
boats or otherwise.
Henry Butecke was a volunteer fi refi
ghter in Canarsie and surrounding
neighborhoods with the Flatlands Volunteer
Association for decades, back
when volunteer fi re companies were far
more common. He fought fi res not only
in Canarsie, but also areas like Bergen
Beach without their own departments.
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