In 1917, Ex-President Teddy Roosevelt was staying at the Long Island village of Oyster Bay, New York. At the time Woodrow Wilson was president. And World War I was raging on. In this short news reel, he is seen calling on Oyster Bay neighbors during Christmas in 1917.
The Roosevelts had been spending time in Oyster Bay since 1874. Oyster Bay would frequently seen as a backdrop and stage for many of his ambitions. 20 Sagamore Hill Drive in Oyster Bay was the primary residence for the Roosevelts from 1886 and for the rest of their lives. Sagamore served as the “Summer White House” during the seven summers he was in office (1902–1908). Sagamore Hill is now a National Historic Site.
Teddy died two years later. He and his wife, Edith, are buried at Youngs Memorial Cemetery in Oyster Bay Cove, New York.
Footage overview: Opening scene of a man, woman, and two children with presents walking up to a house in Oyster Bay, New York. One child enters house, comes back out, then the woman enters; two older girls stand in doorway; Teddy Roosevelt, carrying a present, walks up to the house; final scene is of Teddy Roosevelt talking with group as they all pose while a small girl peeks out of the door.
Roosevelt, Theodore, International Newsreel Corporation, and Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection. TR calls on neighbors at Christmas. [United States: s.n., ?, 1917] Video. https://www.loc.gov/item/mp76000306/.
Roosevelt, Theodore, Archibald B Roosevelt, William P Helm, Associated Press, Pathé Frères, Roosevelt Memorial Association, and Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection. Scenes of TR at Sagamore Hill. [S.l.: Pathé Frères, 1912] Video. https://www.loc.gov/item/mp76000076/.
Kenneth C. Zirkel, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons