This Week in Rockland: Newspaper Excerpts: Flashback Friday: Week of May 5

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May 3, 1873 – 150 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Journal

    Stephen Billings commenced molding brick at the Tappan brickyard, on Tuesday last.
    The Haverstraw people are making exertions to procure funds for a soldiers’ monument.
    Shad and herring have at last made their appearance along our shores, and the fishermen are busy with their nets.
    An enthusiastic landscape gardener thinks of planting currant bushes in Sparkill park, and has already made a beginning.
    The gentleman who recently bought Iona Island, in the northern extremity of this county, is now able to say, “I own a island.”

May 5, 1923 100 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Times

[Image: Foyer, Fort Comfort Inn, Piermont. Undated postcard no. 333365, Published by Moore & Gibson, Inc., New York. Printed in Germany. Image courtesy of the Piermont Public Library, via]
       The old Fort Comfort Inn at Piermont, ... again the scene of an early morning fire Monday morning, narrowly escaped complete destruction, although the big building was practically destroyed and completely gutted with the contents. All the furniture not destroyed by fire was damaged by water. Nyack firemen aided the Piermont vamps fighting the blaze.
       The fire broke out by 2:30 o’clock, and Manager DeGroat who lives in an adjoining building was awakened by a passing motorist, who gave the alarm. The building had been saturated with gasoline.

May 6, 1973 50 YEARS AGO
The Journal News

[Image: In photo at top left, Fred Linderman bends shoe; photo at left shows trim work being done on horse's foot; in photo at top right, Fred shapes foot; photo at right, shows Fred making a final adjustment for a good fit. Journal News Staff photos, Warren Inglese, 1973.]
       Fred Linderman, of Pearl River, is one of two men in Rockland who still use the hot-shoe method to shoe horses.
       He’s been in the business about 25 years and uses a pickup truck equipped with an electric forge, which produces the high degree of heat necessary to forge shoes.
       Linderman works at the business full-time and says there are plenty of horses to shoe in the county. The animals must be re-shoed every three weeks, he says.
       He notes that it takes an hour to shoe an average horse, who feels no pain.

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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