I REMEMBER EMILIE NEUMANN MUSE
News reached me this afternoon via her son Robert Muse, that his Mom "Miss Emilie" as I liked to call her, has passed away. In January of 2002 just a few days after her then 94th birthday, I spent an afternoon with her and Robert and heard many of the amazing tales retold in her obituary and much more first hand. I am so glad I had that opportunity to meet this most positive and cheery woman and will always think of it as one of the highlights of this project.
I think the reader will be as amazed as I was to learn some of her long well lived life story, What the obit doesn't mention however is the fact that in 1948 she and her husband Fred were responsible for rescuing from the clutches of vandals and firebugs one of the finest 19th century homes in Mastic Beach. You can visit it and Miss Emilie by clicking on the links below.
One of her many talents I had forgot about, was the fact that she was pilot too. She seemed to really enjoy my telling her that her circa 1850 home, once part of the Knapp Estate, was the bunkhouse for the pilots of the USN Third Aero Squadron at The Knapp Seaplane Base