This Week in Rockland: Newspaper Excerpts: Flashback Friday: Week of March 31

2023-03-31 TWIR Image-Finn

March 30, 1898 – 125 YEARS AGO
Nyack Evening Star

       Havana, Cuba, Tuesday. — The relief train that left Havana this morning with provisions for the reconcentrados in the villages between here and Pinar del Rio was wrecked by insurgents between Cienaga and Bejucal.
       This train left Havana at 9 o’clock, and at Cienaga took on an armored car with fifty soldiers under command of Lieutenant Jose Perez Rubio. It was announced that insurgents had been active and might attempt to capture the train for the sake of the provisions. The train had not run more than ten miles beyond Cienaga when an explosion took place which lifted one of the cars bodily from the track and threw it into a ditch. Three other cars were derailed.
       The soldiers at once prepared for an attack, but none was made. A wrecking train went out, and after six hours’ work the train proceeded. Mr. Louis Klopsch and several newspaper men were aboard the train, but beyond shaking up, no one was injured.

Read more about Louis Klopsch, founder of the Christian Herald Children’s Home in Nyack, in South of the Mountains, vol. 44, no. 2, 2000, at

March 31, 1923 100 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Times

       The Haverstraw High School not only turns out boys and girls who can read, rite and ritmetic, but are also proficient in other lines of effort.
       A new orchestra known as the King Tut Melody Boys are making their bow to the public and looking for patronage.
       Haverstraw’s cosmopolitan complexion is illustrated in the make-up of the new orchestra, that one of the waggish scholars figures out this way in order to demonstrate its cosmopolitan construction.
       Cornelius Champeau is classed as a Frenchman, Tony Nespole, Italian; William Feeney and John Taylor, Irish; Leslie Miller, Dutch; Henry Reynolds, Yankee; Julius Mendelson, Hebrew.
       The Times assumes it is proper for the young Carusoes' friends to so designate the nationality, but the average person who would undertake to so designate any one of the bunch in a serious way, or as the boy with the chip on his shoulder would remark, “Do you mean it,” would be apt to get in real trouble, because they all classify themselves as Real Americans.

March 29, 1973 50 YEARS AGO
The Journal News

[Image: Pamela Finn, 1973. Courtesy of the Journal News.]
       Airman Pamela C. Finn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard P. Finn of 9 Oxford Court, Suffern, has been assigned to Sheppard AFB, Tex., after completing Air Force basic training.
       During her six weeks at the Air Training Command’s Lackland AFB, Tex., she studied the Air Force mission, organization and customs and received special instruction in human relations.
       She has been assigned to specialized training as a medical services specialist.
       Airman Finn, a 1969 graduate of St. John Baptist School, Mendham, N.J., received an A.S. degree in 1971 from Dean Junior College, Franklin, Mass.

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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