Name: Walter George PETERKIN
Given Name: Walter George
Birth: 1876 in NY
Death: summer 1948 in Amityville, NY
Magician known as Hal Merton.
Edited 'Mahatma' - a magician's magazine
Close friends with Hudini and other top magicians of the day.
Left money to Amityville, NY to build and maintain a park called 'Peterkin Park' in memory of William and Charlotte Peterkin (his parents).
Walter went to his brother Melvin's home every Tuesday. He would pay his nephew Melvin 25 cents ato talk him to the Queen's Village station of the Long Island Railroad.
He wanted his nephew (Melvin Peterkin, Jr.) to go into the Science field at a secular college. Melvin went to King's College, a Christian College in Delaware with the intention to become a minister. When Walter died he left money to everyone in Melvin Jr.'s family: Melvin Sr. and Jane, Walter, Betty, Claudia, and Susan. He left Melvin Jr no money. (Post Script: Melvin ended up becoming a Chemist, working at Sun Oil Company in PA for more than 30 years. Ironic isn't it!)
Walter wanted Melvin Sr. to sprinkle his ashes from a plane over Floyd Bennett Airfield. Walter had owned the property at one time. Melvin Sr. refused.
Father: William James PETERKIN b: 1853 in England (1)
Mother: Charlotte TURNER b: 1854 in England(1)