The Losee Farm first belonged to Harvey Losee, who purchased it despite his family hoping that he become a doctor instead of an apple farmer. Below is an account of Harvey's son, John, remembering when he took over the farm in 1931.
"My Dad was a frustrated farmer for much of his adult life. His mother would not hear of the son of a doctor becoming a common farmer! He went through New York University Medical College and joined his brother in sharing his father's medical practice. But when the opportunity offered he bought half of an abandoned farm on Rockefeller Lane and proceeded to clear it, plant and cultivate it, and eventually to set it out in orchards. When his illness kept him from attending to the farm, the Red Hook Cold Storage Co. entered into a five-year contract to operate the farm on shares. Within two years of the contract to go, I went to work on the farm and at the end of the contract took over the farm operation."
John's father passed away within a few weeks of his return to Upper Red Hook. This farm, totaling 86.7 acres, was sold to Frank Francioli in 1948, along with some equipment and orchard supplies. The images below are from the 1940s, when the farm was under the operation of John.
All images of the Losee Farm are from the private collection of Sarah K. Hermans.