This Week in Rockland: Newspaper Excerpts: Flashback Friday: Week of January 6

2023-01-06 TWIR Image-Fairview

January 4, 1873 – 150 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Journal

      The Rockland County Temperance Association, which met on Thursday, in our village, was numerously attended by—the Secretary.
      Let there be a large attendance at Smithsonian Hall, on Tuesday evening next, to organize a Young Men’s Christian Association.
      Our village board of Trustees has ordered fifty kerosene lamps for our streets; the posts, lamps, etc., complete, cost $7.07 each.
      G. A. Demarest, Frank Jones and S. D. Hubbell have been appointed policemen of our village, with the power of police constables.
      About fifteen Nyackers crossed the river on the ice, on Wednesday, to attend the one hundred dollar horse race on the ice at Tarrytown.

       Elsewhere our readers will find a notice of E. G. Van Houten’s which treats of a matter of importance to many in this vicinity. Mr. V. H. has found by disagreeable experience that the credit system has been injurious, not only to himself but also to his customers, and on Monday next a new leaf in his experience will be turned over. After that day he will sell for cash only, and those who take the cash there can be sure of obtaining the very best of bargains.

January 6, 1923100 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Times

[Image: Fairview Hotel, Spring Valley, ca. 1915, postcard from the collection of Marjorie Johnson. Image appeared in South of the Mountains 2013-10, Vol. 57, No. 4.]
       The Fairview Hotel at Spring Valley, one time when the great race track was in trim, and harness horse owners assembled to enjoy the sport participating in the races and holding 101 Fair unions that were held there, was completely destroyed by fire early last Friday morning. The property was formerly owned by the late Joseph Demarest, and descended to his daughter, Mrs. George A. Blauvelt, who sold it to a man named Saltzman and was recently occupied extensively as restaurant by Paul Kaplan. The building was constructed about 50 years ago by Jacob A. Van Riper and was worth about $25,000.

January 6, 1973 50 YEARS AGO
The Journal News

       A Nyack antique dealer has vowed not to charge a sales tax and not to pay taxes as a protest against continuation of the war in Vietnam.
       Herbert Fass, owner of Rainbow Studios and Pot of Gold Antiques at 97 S. Broadway, said his tax “strike” began Friday and will continue “in the open, regardless of consequences.”
       A handwritten sign in the window of his store Friday read: “Starting today this shop will stop paying all federal and state taxes until the Vietnam conflict is ended.”
       Fass said he will urge other owners of antique shops in Nyack to join his protest.
       He said recent bombing damage to civilian targets in North Vietnam had prompted his move.
       “People in Germany were held to task for what they did. I think we should be, too,” he said.

This Week in Rockland (#FBF Flashback Friday) is prepared by Clare Sheridan on behalf of the Historical Society of Rockland County. To learn about the HSRC’s mission, upcoming events or programs, visit or call (845) 634-9629.


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