Next to the train station on Main street,
was the Trainor Hotel owned by John Trainor.
It can perhaps be glimpsed behind the trees in the 1907 postcard image above.
The hotel burned to the ground in 1909.
In August 1892 John Trainor was forced to muzzle his immense
dog who was frightening passers by.
By the spring of 1893 Trainor's hotel was already a popular resort for anglers -
drawing men from Brooklyn and Manhattan for the trout fishing.
In October 1893 10 former employees of Mr. Russett came to Smithtown to decorate his grave.
They were wined and dined so well at the Trainor hotel that nine of them missed the
train back to the city and were forced to spend the night.
John Trainor was the proprietor of the Trainor Hotel in Smithtown in 1894
when he was mentioned in Forest & Stream Volume 43. He was also
mentioned in March as J. H. Trainor, the proprietor of a
popular Smithtown fishing resort, who hosted a 4 o'clock breakfast to
"jolly party of anglers" at the start of trout season.
In June 1896 a meeting was held at the Trainor Hotel in Smithtown
regarding a suit to take place in Brooklyn
for the false arrests and destroying of nets used in shad fishing in the
John H Trainor of Smithtown "Near Railroad Station" held a
liquor license in 1898 (Directory of liquor tax certificate holders)
The 1900 Federal Census listed on Main street in Smithtown: John N Trainor 39, born Ireland, hotel keeper,
Catherine Trainor 28, 4 children 3 living,
James Trainor 6, son,
Mary Trainor 4, daughter,
Catherine Trainor 6/12, daughter,
Philip Mcgenity 42, brother in law, assistant at hotel,
Rose Mcgenity 30, sister in law,
Ellen Conway 32, servant, cook,
Herbert Brunba 45 hostler
Mrs. Trainor of Smithtown Branch died August 19, 1901. She left her husband John and two small children.
She was buried in the Catholic Cemetery.
In June 1902 a young engaged couple found themselves
stranded in Smithtown after the last train left for New York. Miss Florence Anne
Wigton, an 18 year old blond, and her fiance, William H Feldtman, an employee
in a linen store in Brooklyn and
the manager of a baseball team who had
come to play in Smithtown,
were engaged to be married on August 6th.
The Trainor hotel refused to let a room for the night to the still single Miss Wigton.
So the couple eloped and were quickly married by a local justice of the peace. Having proven their marriage they were granted a room for the night.
"James" Trainor owned the land near the Smithtown train station in 1904.
On December 5, 1909 a disastrous fire occurred at 1 A. M. at the Trainor Hotel.
The blaze originated in the barn and was quickly spread
by the high winds to the hotel. Due to a shortage of stored water the fire department could do little more
than protect the nearby train station building, a lumber yard and a sawmill. No mention was made of injury or loss of life in any of the news stories covering the event.
The damage was estimated at $20,000 with partial insurance coverage.
The 1910 Federal Census listed on Main street in Smithtown: John H Trainor 51, widow, hotel proprietor, born Ireland,
James B Trainor 17, apprentice plumber.
"James Trainor and wife" transfered property
near the Smithtown R.R. to Maurice E. Hodgekinson,
Main County road adj. land of the L. I.
R. R. co. Smithtown in November 1911.
In 1910 Maurice E. Hodgkinson, age 40 grain dealer, and his wife, Addie age 39, and sons
George 17 and Carlyle age 9 were listed in the census a
few families away from the Trainors.
James Trainor, son of John and Catherine, was born September 1893
according to the 1900 census. He was a plumbers apprentice in 1910.
In 1911 George Morsing was beginning the construction of a large fire proof
to be used as a butcher shop and general store.
In December 1913 George Morsing and ex-Postmaster Howard M Brush planned
to open a grocery store in a newly erected brick
building near the train station at the site of the former "James" Trainor Hotel
which had been destroyed by fire.
The 1915 census listed on Bellmead ave near Main street, (no house number)
Howard M Brush 32, grocer,
Myra F Brush 32, wiffe,
Howard M Brush 6, son,
Elizabeth Wherler 60, mother in law,
Beatice L Wherler 23, sister in law,
Geo Morsing 30, partner, born Denmark grocer
Howard M Brush was the Smithtown post master for many years.