This Week in Rockland: Newspaper Excerpts: Flashback Friday: Week of February 10

2023-02-10 TWIR Image-Walter Blount

February 8, 1873 – 150 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Journal


      The new bonnets worn by our ladies look like a cross between a locomotive smoke-stack and a custard pie.
      For the first time in a number of years teams crossed on the ice this week between Nyack and Tarrytown.
      “Barnum’s celebrated Albinos, which he advertises “were captured at an enormous expense,” were born at Suffern, in this county.
      The Knickerbocker Ice Co., at Rockland Lake landing are said to be cutting a channel through the ice to enable their barges to get to New York.

February 10, 1923 100 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Times

        An absolutely new set of stereopticon views on Korea will be shown at the Thiells Methodist Church, Sunday evening February 11, at 7:00 o’clock sharp. These are not old pictures painted up and showing conditions ten years ago. They have just been released and are up to the minute. Splendid opportunity to see what is being done in this part of the world. No charge, only the regular offering
        The third number of our lecture course will be given on Monday evening, February 12, at 7:30. Do not forget the time Miss Redfield, Impersonator, Monologist and Interpreter will present her very interesting program.
        Sunday School meets, at 9:45 A. M.
        Morning Worship 10:45 A. M.
        Junior League, 3:00 P. M.

        It is a source of great satisfaction to the teachers, parents and pupils of the West Haverstraw school to be able to state that the standard of the school is becoming “day by day, better and better in every way.” Several pupils from the Principal’s room attended the recent Regents examination in Haverstraw and one came thru with flying colors. Fred DeCarolis, being the fortunate one, passing with an extra high mark, the first graduate in several years.
        To Miss Catherine Malone, the Principal, Mrs. Jane Wood and Miss Grace D. Weyant, is due great credit not only for the success of the Regent pupil, but for the general increasing standards of the grades. The teachers are handicapped with an old antiquated school, building without modem improvements and far too small to accommodate the number of scholars. In the first and second grade, Miss Weyant’s class, there are sixty-four scholars registered with a daily average of fifty-nine.
        For the last fifty years, more or less, there has been a faint rumor of a new school and it is hoped that before the century mark is reached the efficient and painstaking efforts of the teachers may be rewarded with facilities which will enable them to put it on par with the best in the country.

February 11, 1973 50 YEARS AGO
The Journal News

        An Orangeburg resident has become the only black supervisor in the entire state in the Division of Labor Standards of the Department of Labor. He is Walter C. Blount Jr., of 13 Edgewood Circle.
        Blount, who has been with the state Department of Labor for 25 years, has been promoted to the position of supervising labor standards investigator assigned to the Manhattan office.
        Among Blount’s many countywide activities is membership on the board of visitors of Rockland State Hospital, Orangeburg. He was appointed by Gov. Rockefeller.
        Blount is a member of the county Selective Service Board; the executive board of Rockland County Council, Boy Scouts of America; the governing board of the county Family Service Agency, and the executive committee of the county Republican Committee. He is financial secretary and Freedom Fund chairman for the Nyack NAACP.
        Blount is also a charter member of the Orangeburg Lions Club; treasurer of Eta Chi Lambda Chapter. Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity; a 25-year member of Shiloh Lodge, F & A.M., Englewood, N.J. and a member of St. Philip’s AME Zion Church, Nyack.
        Despite these many activities he finds time to bowl weekly with the Orangeburg Jewish Center and is a member of the 250 Club.
        A native of Nyack, Blount is a former president of the Nyack Little League and a former president of the Nyack PTA.
        After graduation from Nyack High School, he attended Virginia State College, where he majored in sociology and received a bachelor of arts degree. He also attended Fordham Law School.
        During World War II, he served in the Army, achieving the rank of first sergeant. Part of his service was on Okinawa.
        Blount’s wife, the former Mineola Mason, is a supervisor for the New York Telephone Co. in Nyack.
        They have two children. Faith Culver, a pharmacist in Oakland. Calif., and Walter C. Blount III, an engineer technician in Washington, D.C.

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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