From Central Park Historical Society Encyclopedia
"Murphy" was only a dog, but during the 12 years of his life spent about the railroad station at Central Park made him special. The story of his life is indeed an interesting one, and is a tale that is known to almost every man, woman and child who used the Central Park railroad station.
Murphy wandered onto a west bound train at Farmingdale and was promptly put off at Central Park. No one seemed to know where this big black dog came from, although some advanced the theory that he may have been brought out by some soldier stationed, at that time, at Camp Upton and later abandoned. At any rate, his dismissal from the train proved to be a lucky move for Murphy. He was taken in and adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Fredricks, who were managing the station for an extended period of years. The animal's temper was at first far from bing an amiable one, due possibly to his circumstances, and he seemed to have traces of Irish blood thus the Fredricks christened him "Murphy".
His disposition improved over time for the kindness he received worked wonders! Thus, the twelve years Murphy spent at the Central Park railway station, endeared himself to the hearts of hundreds of people.
Information found in an unnamed newspaper (name cut off) dated 1926.
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