This Week in Rockland: Newspaper Excerpts: Flashback Friday: Week of July 7

2023-07-07 TWIR Image-Congers Fire House

July 5, 1873 – 150 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Journal

    The depressed condition of the brick business in Haverstraw is seriously affecting the interests of the place.
    There is a lively old gentleman in Haverstraw, named John Kane, aged 83 years, who carries the hod as sprightly as a man of thirty.
    The afternoon of Tuesday and the morning of Wednesday were wonderfully delicious in consequence of the gentle rain of Tuesday forenoon.
    The streets of Warren Village are being steadily improved, and several new buildings are being constructed on the Eckerson plot, on West Street.
    If any one thinks it is not an improvement to have our streets macadamized, let them look at Franklin street immediately after a rain storm.
    The burglars who entered the dwelling of I. M. Dederer, on Thursday of last week, carried off silver ware and lace curtains to the value of $150.

July 7, 1923 100 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Times

       Mr. E. O. Rose, the Stony Point merchant and capitalist going to the home of Miss Elizabeth Washburn, Monday evening, was viciously attacked by the Washburn watch dog, a big mastiff of the police breed, who succeeded in getting a few snaps at the Stony Point agnate before the latter found his way into the sheltering branches of one of the door yard trees.
       Dr. Sengstacken later attended Mr. Rose and dressed his wounds.
       The dog is usually kept chained because of complaints made by citizens of his vicious tendency.

[Image: Hand-colored postcard featuring the Alert Hook and Ladder Company building of the Congers Fire Department, ca. 1910. Nomis Mfg. Co., 33 Union Square, New York City. HaNyack Library, via]       The Wee Wee Boys of Congers and vicinity are to hold a Wee Wee dance in the Congers Fire House on Saturday, July 14.
       The music is to be furnished by the Utopia Jazz Band, and a happy and pleasant time is assured all who attend.

July 6, 1973 50 YEARS AGO
The Journal News

       Guards have been hired to patrol North Rockland High School to stem an influx of unauthorized vehicles and persons onto school grounds.
       Neiser’s of White Plains was awarded a bid contract of $16,137 to prevent loitering and vandalism, and to maintain and direct a smooth flow of traffic to and from the school premises, according to Konrad Koch, North Rockland school district superintendent.
       Koch said the main problem was out-of-school youths from North Rockland and other areas in the county, who come onto school grounds to mingle with students.
       “We felt their influence was negative, and, therefore, we felt we should control the flow of people coming onto the school grounds,” Koch said.
       The program, which was instituted towards the end of the last school year, consists of two guards who check cars for identification cards; if these aren’t shown, the drivers are challenged and sent away.
       There is no challenge per se of students who are bussed to school or those walking, according to Anthony Glomski, school purchaser. But the guard booths have telephone extensions which lead to the principal’s office. If an unexpected visitor should arrive, the guard simply calls the principal’s office to clear admittance of the visitor.
       The guards are also required to check both the students’ and teachers’ parking lots for possible vandalism, and are to make sure students who drive automobiles to school do not leave before classes end.
       According to Ralph Breakell, assistant superintendent of business, the former security firm could not supply personnel.
       Then later this spring, he said, security was comprised of local people hired on an individual contractual basis. This arrangement became too expensive, however.
       “By bidding the service and getting competitive bids, we found it was cheaper, the hourly rate was lower, and we are not responsible for any fringe benefits, as was the custom in the past with people on the payroll.”
       Breakell said since Neiser security began work May 7, there has been less vandalism, there has been an orderly flow of traffic and the influx of outsiders has been controlled.
       Neiser is also required to keep the same guards on duty, rather than switch them to other jobs in the state.
       Glomski said personnel is to be kept at a minimum, “because we want these two guards to know their jobs, our school district and the students.”
       “Neiser, has helped eliminate some of the problems so now the students can concentrate on education,” said Superintendent Koch.

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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