This Week in Rockland: Newspaper Excerpts: Flashback Friday: Week of January 13

2023-01-13 TWIR Image-William House

January 11, 1873 – 150 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Journal

      Ice on the river, away from the channel, is now from fifteen to twenty inches thick.
      Hundreds of people have crossed the ice bridge between Nyack and Tarrytown this week.
      A skating track three miles long between Nyack and Tarrytown, is now the delight of our skatists.
      On Thursday, Aaron Sares brought a sleigh load of meat, twelve hundred pounds, from Tarrytown, on the ice.
      The ice on the river is in a charming condition for skating, and our young folks are improving their opportunities.
      Another crowd of scalawag boys have organized themselves into a club and are known as the Mansfield Avenue Station Association. Their rendezvous is the place from which they derive their name.
      One day last week while Charley Ross was riding down hill with some girls, the sled on which they were ran into the dock-house, and Charley’s hand came near being smashed. Playing with girls is sometimes dangerous, Charley.

January 13, 1923100 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Times

       This year is the 125th anniversary of the formation of Rockland County. Our county was segregated from Orange County in 1798.

[Image: William House in a one-horse open sleigh, ca. 1900. Courtesy of the Nyack Library via]
       Not in years has there been so much snow, just wonderful sleigh riding, and never before was there such little opportunity to go sleigh riding. The use of horses is almost unobtainable.

       Men who abandon their wifes [sic] or families and who, following their plea for mercy and got liberated on parole, subsequently making a joke as it were, out of the court’s leniency will know better next time.
       At New City on Monday, Paul Albertson of Spring Valley who was recently brought back from Knoxville, Tenn., by Sheriff Brown on a charge of abandonment was find $300 by Judge Patterson and ordered to pa his wife $15.00 per week for her support and that of their child. Albertsons is out on $1,000 bail bond which will be forfeited in the event that he skips paying the weekly stipend. The fine he had to put up.
       Mark Lynch of Nyack who was indicted for abandonment some time ago and had been given a suspended sentence by the court, and was let go on parole on his promise to better conduct himself, and support his family, thought the parole was a joke, but he knows different now, because Judge Patterson sentenced him to serve nine months in the County jail.

January 9, 1973 50 YEARS AGO
The Journal News

       Ms. Helen Jost, wife of Ramapo Supervisor John F. McAlevey, is scheduled to appear on the Today show Wednesday morning as one of 28 women featured in the January issue of “Ms.” Magazine.
       The article named her as one of 28 “found women” who have been discovered to be succeeding in jobs usually dominated by men. Three of the 28 women will appear on the show.
       She is the owner, president and chief pilot of Kennebec Helicopter Service, formerly located in Spring Valley and now in Newburgh.

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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