This Week in Rockland: Newspaper Excerpts: Flashback Friday: Week of May 12

2023-05-12 TWIR Image-TZ ferry boat

May 10, 1873 – 150 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Journal

[Image: Ferry boat Tappan Zee, 1878, from the John Scott and Winston C. Perry Jr. collections, Nyack Library via]
    The new ferry-boat, Tappan Zee, commenced running on Monday. Her machinery works handsomely, and she made a trip—three miles—in eleven minutes.
    R. Haddock is completing a substantial brick structure, with Mansard roof, for the combined uses of stables, carriage, and feed house opposite his store in Piermont.

       On Monday night a man who had broken into the hotel at Tallman’s station was surprised by the landlord while attempting to break open the money drawer. The burglar started to run; whereupon the landlord sent a bullet after him which entered his side. He was secured and Constable Cooper, of Spring Valley, sent for, who conveyed his prisoner to New City. On the way thither the man informed the officer that he was hungry and only broke into the hotel to get something to eat.

May 12, 1923 100 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Times

       The body of Fred Hardwick, 35 years, a farmer, was found in a wood near Valley Cottage Wednesday by two boys, who were taking a short cut out to school. He was sitting on a stump with a shot gun wedged between his knees, and apparently, had shot himself through the chest.
       According to friends, Hardwick had frequently expressed fear of the Ku Klux Klan, and it is thought, that this fear may have led to his suicide. He is survived by a wife and two children.

May 11, 1973 50 YEARS AGO
The Journal News

       The county’s “blue ribbon” jail committee wants the state to remove alcoholism from the criminal code.
       At a meeting Thursday night, the committee directed Dr. Timothy Moritz, director of the Community Mental Health Center, to draft a resolution with County Attorney Arthur J. Prindle asking the state legislature to act.
       Drunken drivers are currently taken to jail if they cannot post bail, and the committee is concerned with keeping the jail population down. Sheriff Raymond Lindemann noted that addicts as well as criminal intoxicants ought to be taken out of the jail, but the committee is concerned with direct action on alcoholics for the present. Lindemann is a committee member.
       Dr. Moritz said the county legislators ought to use their influence to get federal funds that have been allocated by Congress. Funds include some $800,000 for alcoholic programs in state and local hospitals here, and Dr. Moritz noted later that the county legislature had voted favorably on the programs but that the Nixon administration had impounded them.
       State funds had also been cut by Gov. Rockefeller, Dr. Moritz said.
       Under the state mental hygiene law, he said, an alcoholic may be committed by the court to a civil institution for care, but facilities here do not measure up to the state requirements.
       The committee’s attempt to have the criminal law amended will allow local justices to send alcoholics to local programs.
       The committee met with Supreme Court Judge Morton B. Silberman to discuss alternatives that might be used to cut the jail intake. Silberman will meet with the committee and the county, town, and village magistrates to discuss possible easing of bail requirements and methods of cutting into the jail crowding.

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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