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

2023-03-10 TWIR Image-Cathie Lent

March 8, 1873 – 150 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Journal

       At Piermont. — Haring & Conklin have remodeled the interior of their store. The change is a good one, giving greater room for displaying their stock and increasing the facilities of handling it. They are now ready to attend promptly to the wants of their customers, and a large trade will undoubtedly be the result. A well-selected stock of dry goods, groceries, hardware, crockery. &c, occupies their shelves, while their supply of coal, lumber, lime, &c, is full and complete.

    Remember that every voter in our town is expected to vote on Tuesday, 18th inst., for or against the removal of the site for the county buildings.
    The verdict of the jury in the case of Francois Michelot was that “the deceased came to his death by visitation of God, in a natural way, and not otherwise.”
    A Frenchman named Francois Michelot was found dead in his bed, last Monday, near Tappan station. An article prepared on the subject has been crowded out of this issue.

March 10, 1923 100 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Times

       Sergeant Michael A Donaldson, who served in the war with the 165th Infantry, the old Sixty-ninth has received the Congressional Medal for his gallantry in action. Donaldson captured Hill 288 at Landres, St. George, October 14th, 1918, from soldiers of the Prussian Guards, and held it despite counter attacks.
       Donaldson won the Croix de Guerre with palm, the Medal Militaire, the Distinguished Service Cross and other decorations. The Congressional Medal has been forwarded to the Commander of the Second Corps District for presenting. Sergeant Donaldson’s home is in Haverstraw.

March 10 & 11, 1973 50 YEARS AGO
The Journal News

March 11

[Image: Cathie Lent and Heidi Jersey, March 1973. Photograph by Art Sarno.]
       Nothing is easier than making a baby smile, right? As Cathie Lent of Pearl River can testify—her job is to get a laugh from five-month-old Heidi Jersey of Tomkins Cove and she is having a bit of a time. Cathie was working as a baby photographer at the Nanuet Mall last week when staff photographer Art Sarno caught this little drama.

March 10

       The Suffern High School General Organization succeeded at something many professional management organizations don’t seem to be able to do.
       They brought Blood, Sweat and Tears, one of the most popular bands in the country (and perhaps loudest) to Rockland County Friday night without creating any of the problems that seem to plague professionally run rock concerts. Nobody was scalping tickets, no one was crammed into the aisles to see the show, and the kids who went on stage after the performance to get autographs were mature and quietly appreciative of the fact that meeting the members of Blood Sweat and Tears was a pretty rare occasion.
       “It’s like reverse mob psychology,” one listener observed during intermission. “If everybody else seems mature and controlled, nobody wants to be the hysterical one. It’s really sort of remarkable.”
       Clapping and cheering, the audience of over 1,000 young people greeted every selection enthusiastically, though “Spinning Wheel,” one of their biggest hits, seemed to draw the most applause.
       Blood, Sweat and Tears had something for every kind of fan on the concert program. They played “You Make Me So Very Happy,” “Road Blues,” “Pickles,” and “Snow Queen,” from their latest album “New Blood.”
       The one song that silenced the entire audience with its beautiful guitar and complicated brass interludes was “Crow’s Funeral,” sung in Swedish by the group’s latest addition, George Wodenius of Nyack, an authentic Swede. Because the concert was being taped by NBC for its Monitor program, the amplification was turned up to a level that some of the audience found almost ear splitting, but as the concert progressed, most of the listeners seemed to adjust to the sound level.
       Four of the members of Blood, Sweat and Tears are Rockland residents, who, according to their manager, Fred Heller, have wanted to bring their music into the county for a long time. Explaining that the group’s success has eliminated most of its financial problems, Heller commented that, as artists, they were interested in playing for people in their own communities.
        Blood, Sweat and Tears presented a beautiful selection of their famous combination of rock, jazz and big band hits and seemed genuinely glad to be in Suffern, and to have the opportunity to meet some of their neighbors and fans.

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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