IBM Buys 300-Acre Dickerson Tract:
Housing, Club Extension Projected
Land Holdings Now 638 Acres

Poughkeepsie New Yorker

Poughkeepsie, N. Y., Friday, June 2, 1944

Price 5 Cents

IBM Buys 300-acre Dickerson Tract;

Housing, Club Extension Projected

Land Holdings

Now 638 Acres

$40,000 Price

Indicated in Deal

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Extension of its Country club holdings and Post-war housing for its employes are planned by the International Business Machines corporation with its acquisition yesterday of the 300-acre Dickerson property in the South road, it was learned today.

A deed conveying the additional recreational and housing tract to the IBM from Frank S. and Madeline Dickerson was filed in the County Clerk's office yesterday afternoon. Stamps on the papers [transferring the property to the IBM indicated that the purchase price was in the neighborhood of $40,000.

Ronald F. Bogle represented the Dickersons in the transactions. John B. Van De Water was attorney to the IBM; and Ernest I. Hatfield local real estate dealer handled the [deal.]

The [extensive] rear portion of the property is contiguous to the former Miller Farm of 123 acres, which was acquired by the IBM in 1942. This tract which was owned by Mr. and Mrs. Theodore H. Miller, and adjoins Kingwood Park property, was acquired for recreational purposes. A nine-hole golf course on this tract will be opened for the use of IBM employes next month.

Plans Outlined

From Charles A. Kirk, vice president in charge of manufacturing, it was learned today that the additional 300-acre tract was acquired by the firm "for extension of the Country club and Post-war housing for IBM employes."

Mr. Kirk also made known that the plans are being advanced for the enlargement of the nine-hole golf course to an 18 hole course, all within the 123-acres tract acquired from the Millers.

With regard to housing for the IBM employes, Mr. Kirk confined his report at this time to the fact that IBM does contemplate the post-war construction of dwellings for its employes on the acreage which was acquired yesterday.

By the purchase of the Dickerson property, the IBM has increased its total holdings in the Poughkeepsie area to 638 acres. The original purchase was that of the former 215-acre Rudco property, bordering along the South road and Rudco road, and containing the corporation's Plant No. 4. With the purchase of the 123-acre Miller farm to the southeast of the Rudco tract, and yesterday's acquisition of the Dickerson place, the total holdings have been increased to 638 acres.

All of the recreational and post-war housing property of the IBM is east of the Post road, the Plant No. 4 site being entirely on the west side of the main highway and extending to the river.

While the greater p art of the north line of the Dickerson property adjoins the former Miller farm, the South road frontage of the additional IBM parcel is not contiguous to the former Miller property. Smaller South road frontage properties in between the former Miller property and the Dickerson property are those of the VanScoy's, the Daley's and the Mullaly property, the last-named in an unimproved lot.

Tract of Historical Interest

Held by the Dickerson's since 1911, the new IBM tract reflects local historic interest. The 12-room Dickerson home is of Dutch Colonial design and was believed built in the early part of the 18th century. An early occupant, if not the original owner of the home, was Abraham Fort, who with his wife, Jane, was know to have occupied the premises in 1778.

The Casperkill, originally known as Jan Casper's Kill, flows through the property.

The stone house contains two Dutch colonial fireplaces.

The transferring papers indicate that the larger portion of the Dickerson property was that of the former Fort farm, and that the smaller portion was held in the Westervelt family. Excepted in yesterday's transfer was a 25-acre strip of property on the east end of the premises which was acquired by the LeRoy family.

Much of the acreage acquired by the IBM in wooded.

Under the terms of the deal, the Dickersons are allowed to retain possession of the house for six months with no rental charged them.

Mr. Dickerson said that he is looking for a new home. Mr. and Mrs. Dickerson have two children. Their son, Captain Frank S. Jr., is stationed with a field artillery unit in Kansas. Their daughter, Virginia, a graduate of Vassar college, is director of laboratories at the Peter Brent Brigham hospital at Boston.

Earlier plans for the development of the IBM recreational holdings called for the construction of tennis courts and a baseball diamond as well as a clubhouse.

Robert Trent Jones, New York architect who specializes in preparing plans for and developing golf courses, was engaged to direct and supervise the construction of the nine-hole course.

Thomas J. Watson, president of the IBM, [ - - - - - - -personal interest] in the development of the recreational facilities.

The acquisition of the additional recreational and housing tract by the IBM reinforced Mr. Watson's previous public statements indicating the permanency of the plans for Plant No. 4 of the corporation. Last February, Mr. Watson, in a general statement concerning all IBM plants, said that "we have begun to train our Poughkeepsie people for the manufacture of peacetime products."

Then in general comment with regard to IBM's plans, he added:

"New things will be coming out of laboratories which we are planning on to keep our people employed after the Allied victory."

Joseph P. Foley, president of the board of governors of the IBM Country club, confirmed reports that the official opening of the nine-hole golf course is planned for next month. "We are not sure of the opening date," he said. Foley is an employe of the production control division of the plant.

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