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Granddaughter responds to road name debate

By Fritz Mayer
June 5, 2013

The granddaughter of the couple named Rosenberg has added new information to the discussion about Segar and Rosenberg Road, and the request of some residents that it be shortened to Segar Road.

Adria Frede wrote a letter to Bethel Supervisor Dan Sturm explaining the history of the name. She wrote, “Actually, back in the years when my family resided in Bethel, only my grandparents’ end of this curved road was named Rosenberg Road. The other end, where the same road intersects again with County Road 141, was simply called Segar Road. Since the road in question does curve to connect with County Road 141 at two separate locations, there was no confusion; driving from Kauneonga Lake someone would first see the left-hand turn-off for Rosenberg Road, and then further down County Road 141 there would be a separate left-hand turn-off for Segar Road. In fact, there was a different official road sign at each end (erected by the town, not privately, as suggested in the newspaper article): one end said Rosenberg Road, and another (at the other intersection) said Segar Road. I even have an old New York State road map, which clearly shows Rosenberg Road.”

Frede explained that when her grandparents bought the property in the 1940s, they built up a successful resort business. She wrote, “In 1969, my grandparents sold the larger portion of their property, including the large house and the cottages, swimming pool, and other resort amenities they’d added over the years, to the owners of the Top Hill Bungalow Colony. It was then used by Top Hill for several years as an annex day-camp campus, and later resold to other owners who seem to have badly neglected the property over the years. (My sisters and I do drive by from time to time; the deterioration of that part of the property is very sad to see.)”