This Week in Rockland: Newspaper Excerpts: Flashback Friday: Week of August 4

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August 2, 1873 – 150 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Journal

To the Editor of the Journal
       I do not know as many of the readers of the JOURNAL know where Orangeville is. It is not Orangeburg, as many suppose, but is situated three miles south of Clarkstown and one mile due west of Blauveltville, the P.O. address of the inhabitants being the latter place. The most noticeable buildings here are Van Houten’s mills, the Universalist Church, and the schoolhouse.
       The mills are run by James Wilson; the Pastor of the church is the Rev. Mr. Gordon, of Brooklyn, and the pedagogue is E. T. Pierce. There is a blacksmith shop run by J. J. Cooper, who is also dog-trainer. Here lives P. W. Mackenzie, the inventor, who is about starting for Salt Lake City, Utah, to put up one of his improved blast furnaces for smelting ore of all kinds.
       We do not have much excitement or local news here. Last week the main shaft of the large wheel in Van Houten’s grist mill broke, and thereby one of the best mills in the county is stopped for some time. Most of the farmers in the vicinity are nearly through haying. Some have commenced harvesting grain, und all are thankful for the long-wished-for rain to revive their withered vegetation. The weather has been very warm, as I suppose it has been elsewhere, and last Saturday the thermometer showed 98 deg. above zero in the shade.
       Blauveltville, our neighbor, is quiet all day, except on the arrival of the six o’clock (PM) mail train, when the post-office is thronged by those who are anxious to receive the contents of Uncle Sam’s capacious pockets. But both places are dull now, and I am dull, too, this hot weather. So more anon of our quiet little village.
       Your heated friend,
       ORANGEVILLE, July 28th, 1873.

    Benjamin, eldest son of John M. Parcell, was severely burned in the face and eyes by stooping over a cannon which he was firing on Tappantown Green, on Wednesday.
    Why can’t a special election be called to determine once more whether we shall have our street lamps lighted or not? Must we go all winter groping through darkness?
    As many of the property-holders on Broadway are unwilling to accede to the terms proposed by our village Board, a jury will soon he called to settle all existing disputes.
    Mansfield & Co. wish us to say to their customers that they have now and will continue to have, an ample supply of Rockland Lake ice, which will be served to their patrons as heretofore.
    An Italian laborer had one of his legs broken by the caving in of a gravel bank at Tappan, on Friday of last week. Dr. Stephens was called and set the limb, refusing compensation therefor, and the man was taken home on the train.

August 4, 1923 100 YEARS AGO
Nyack Evening Journal

Justice Tompkins Says His Life Will Strengthen the Noble Purposes of Men Everywhere

[Image: Arthur S. Tompkins. Courtesy of Wikicommons.]
       President Harding was to have taken the thirty-third degree in Masonry on September 18 in the Scottish Rite Temple in New York City in the same class with Justice Arthur S. Tompkins, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Masons of New York State.
       Justice Tompkins issued the following tribute to Mr. Harding last night:
       “The Masonic fraternity, of which President Harding was an ardent, honored and active member, is bowed in sorrow as we mourn the death of our dear brother. He was an exemplar of our Craft and consistently exemplified the Masonic spirit—the spirit of fraternity and brotherhood, toleration, charity, peace and good will.
       “On many occasions, in public addresses, he emphasized the things for which Free Masonry stands, and manifested Masonite doctrine by his loving and unselfish service to his fellow men. Our Fraternity has lost its best known, and most prominent, and one of its most faithful and useful members. Our country has lost a safe and sane leader, at a time when we most need that kind of leadership, and the world is infinitely poorer today, because a great advocate of universal peace, justice and good will has passed on; but the influence of his character and consecrated life, and patriotic service, his innate kindness, and gentleness, and his gracious manner will abide to cheer the hearts, and bless the lives, and stimulate the patriotism, and strengthen the noble purposes of men everywhere.”

August 2, 1973 50 YEARS AGO
The Journal News

       Actress Helen Hayes of Nyack said Wednesday that the FBI may have been ordered to conduct an investigation of her in connection with her position on the National Council on the Arts.
       During the Watergate hearings Wednesday, Senator Joseph Montoya asked whether the FBI has a file on every American who is known publicly. Former presidential aide H.R. Haldeman answered. “I think they do, yes.”
       Montoya read names from the list, including Miss Hayes and singer Frank Sinatra. He asked whether Miss Hayes was being considered for any appointment. Haldeman’s answer was, “Quite possibly so.”
       Miss Hayes said she had been asked by the White House to rejoin the National Council on the Arts during Nixon’s second year of office, and this may have been the reason for the investigation. Miss Hayes was originally appointed to the council by President Johnson, but resigned about a year after Nixon’s term of office began because she did not have the time for it. “I was not in the East very often, and I take those things seriously,” she explained.
       A year later she was asked to replace Sidney Poitier and accepted the position because she was going to be back in the east.
       “I guess this is when the check was made,” Miss Hayes said. She added that the Nixon administration has been the best ever for the arts. “He’s gotten the most money out of Congress for the arts.”
       It was for this reason that Miss Hayes and some of her friends from the council decided to put an advertisement in the New York Times during Nixon’s second campaign, stating what he had done for the arts.

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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