This Week in Rockland: Newspaper Excerpts: Flashback Friday: Week of July 14

2023-07-14 TWIR Image-US Hotel Haverstraw

July 12, 1873 – 150 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Journal

[Image: The United States Hotel, Haverstraw. Image courtesy of the Haverstraw King’s Daughters Library, via]
       While in our sister village a short time since, we dropped in to see our old friend, W. R. Funston, formerly of the Fairview House, Spring Valley, later of the Norwood House, Bergen Co., N.J., and now running successfully the United States Hotel, Haverstraw.
       The above institution has been thoroughly refitted by its owner, David Munn, and in the hands of Mr. Funston it is conducted in as perfect a manner as hotels ever attain. Close to the steamboat landing and embracing an extended view of beautiful scenery up and down the river, it is one of the most desirable places to stay at in that part of our county. Give him a chance to entertain you the next time you visit Haverstraw.

July 23, 1923 100 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Times

       Lieut. Robert Dewey, former ace in the U.S. Air Service, came up the Hudson yesterday evening in his seaplane and landed at the Petersen shipyard. Lieut. Dewey has purchased the 65-foot motor cruiser Kasagi from Mr. Petersen and plans to equip it with a three hundred horse power engine to patrol the coast for the Government to prevent violations of the prohibition law.
       At present Lieut. Dewey uses his seaplane for this work, and it is said he has several other planes in that service. He will return here next week on a second business trip in his seaplane, it was said at the local yard this morning.

July 13, 1973 50 YEARS AGO
The Journal News

       Hot-air ballooning, the “sport of the gods,” will be available at Suffern’s Colonial Festival celebration Saturday. Recapturing the flavor of another century, visitors will be offered rides in a huge blue and white striped four-passenger balloon operated by members of New York’s Chalet Club. Soaring high above the festival grounds at the village athletic field, the balloon will offer a birds’ eye view of Suffern’s bicentennial festival. FAA-licensed balloon pilots and ground crew will operate the craft. As many as 25 people per hour can ascend in the balloon, which will be connected to a tether from noon until about 6 p.m.
       Then, as a grand finale to the day’s festivities, General George Washington (impersonated by Suffern resident George Carroll) will close the daylight portion of the festival with a free flight over the Ramapo Mountains. Hot-air ballooning goes back to 1783, when the Montgolfier brothers sent a duck, rooster and sheep on an eight-minute flight over Annonay, France. In the United States, ballooning was introduced 10 years later when President Washington and Congress witnessed a manned flight demonstration from a Philadelphia prison yard.

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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