This Friday’s photo features two men smiling for the camera. Think of a caption to go along with the photo and post it to our blog or our Facebook page. Each person that provides a caption will automatically be entered into our caption contest, and has the opportunity to win a free family tour of Huguenot Street. The winner will be announced in September.
The photograph that we posted last Friday shows the inside of the Irving D. Sutton’s Meat Market located at 54/56 Main Street in New Paltz, New York. There was a lot of feedback from last week’s photo, so we thought we would share just a few of the captions: “Welcome to Buck’s General! We have everything you need, from wine to swine, we have it all!”, “Elixirs to the left, swine to the right, here I am stuck in the middle with you!” The captions are great, keep them coming! Irving Sutton was born in 1869 to parents Thomas Sutton and Gertrude Freer Sutton. He grew up in New Paltz, and by the age of fifteen went into business with his father. In 1888 they built their shop together, which continues to stand on Main Street today. While the family lived on the second and third floors, the basement of the building was used as a butcher shop. Irving Sutton continued to run the family business after his father passed away, and raised his three children above the shop. The I. D. Sutton Meat Market stayed in business for more than 62 years and he was known as the oldest merchant in New Paltz. He is even quoted to have said that, “People know no age, if their spirit stays young.” Irving D. Sutton is shown in last week’s photo along with Herman Silkworth and Mr. Lindmard. The I.D. Sutton Meat Market photo and the ad below are both featured in the Historic Huguenot Street Collection of the Hudson River Valley Heritage website.