• A Day In The Life: An Introduction to Our Blog

    Thank you for visiting.  Throughout the years, we have had some remarkable and fun experiences here at The Ketcham House in Hollis, Queens.  In our series of blogs, we would like to share these great times with you. Do check here often for our latest post.

  • A Death In The Family

    The survival of the Ketcham line is tested as Aaron Oakley Ketcham, the only surviving child of David and Mary passes away.

  • David Ketcham appointed as Secretary of Queens School Board & School Commissioner

    David Ketcham, a year short of his 80th birthday, still continues to play an integral part in the administration of the community during a time when the county of Queens decreases in size (with the loss of the town of Hempstead) and is eventually annexed to city of New York.

  • Famous Residents: The Original Gibson Girl & The Builder

    Charles Flores, a successful home builder, acquired the newly renovated former Ketcham farmhouse in 1931.  May Callahan Flores, his wife, lived there for many years until she passed away in the home in January of 1953.

  • God Bless the Beast & The Children

  • Ketcham Steps Down from Post at School Board

    Due to his failing health, changes have had to be made at the District #43 School Board and David Ketcham is replaced.

  • The Hollis Preservation Association


    Our voice is not being heard!  Please, Stop destroying our beautiful historic homes!  We want to reconnect with our neighbors and discover all the good works that is  going on in our community.

  • The Housing Boom: The Old Farmhouse Gets a New Lease on Life!

    With the coming of the 20th Century,beautiful Hollis became a boom town. Everyone wanted to live there, but it was very difficult to acquire property and housing as the community with its large widely spaced houses was situated in an ideal commuter's location. The Serolf Construction Companyrecognised a grand opportunity and bought the old Ketcham farmhouse, then nursery, to cash in on the land boom.  

  • The Ketchams: Their Civic & Religious Duties

    David Ketcham and his entire family were very civic-minded and were very active members of the community.  As their town and county grew, they were always there at the inception of the administrative, political and religious organizations.


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