This Week in Rockland: Newspaper Excerpts: Flashback Friday: Week of September 29

2023-09-29 TWIR Image-Dynamite band

September 27, 1873 – 150 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Journal

    To-morrow (Sunday), and until further notice, the session of the Nyack Reformed Sunday-school will commence at 2.30 P.M.
    A hand-organ appeared this week in our streets with two monkeys one fastened to a string, and the other turning the handle.
    A strong effort will be made soon to incorporate the Rockland Co. Agricultural Society, after which a new departure will be taken.
    Lodge 268, D.O.H., will hold the last grand picnic of the season at Kipp’s Grove, near Sparkill Station, on Monday, October 6th.
    We don’t know whether Teachers’ Institutes amount to anything or not, but to be in the fashion, on county should have one this fall.
    The oyster season has arrived and the very best qualities can be procured of William T. Martin at Sparkill, in large or small quantities.
    The State Board of Assessors has increased the assessed value of real estate in our county $1,026,473, making the total value $6,998,680.
    Our village trustees should remember that but two months of good weather remain in which improvements on Broadway can be made. Will they act?

September 28, 1923 100 YEARS AGO
Nyack Evening Journal

       While the 1,500 Tall Cedars were parading in Suffern last night, a bomb was exploded on the wooded hillside of the Ramapos west of the village and immediately a burning cross lighted on the heights. The report of the bomb drew the attention of the crowd from the parade and for a time caused considerable excitement and comment in the town.
       Whether the fiery cross was lighted as a practical joke or a warning is not known. Some are of the opinion that the Ku Klux Klan was responsible for it and that it wis aimed at Hon. Arthur S. Tompkins, Grand Master of the New York State Masons, who on previous occasions has denounced the hooded organization. In public speeches throughout the Empire Staters are of the opinion that it was prank of a group of boys.
       It is not known whether the cross was placed in New Jersey territory or not as the line between the two states is near the point where it was seen.
       An investigation is being made by county authorities and Chief of Police Charles L. Lunney of Suffern.

September 27, 1973 50 YEARS AGO
The Journal News

[Image: Members of a local rock band, The International Dynamite Co.: Andy Sanders, 13, of West Nyack, Mike Fox, 13, and his brother Robbie, 11 of New City.]
       Three Clarkstown youngsters will appear in nationwide television commercials for Bazooka Bubble Gum.
       The three, Andy Sanders, 13, of West Nyack, and Mike Fox, 13, and his brother Robbie, 11 of New City, are members of a local rock band, The International Dynamite Co.
       The group members were filmed this week for the commercials playing their instruments and blowing bubbles with the gum. They were “discovered” by an ad agency talent scout this summer while performing in Clarkstown.
       The commercials are expected to be shown first in the Midwest. The group has won band competitions in Rockland and New York City.

This Week in Rockland (#FBF Flashback Friday) is prepared by Clare Sheridan on behalf of the Historical Society of Rockland County. © 2023 by The Historical Society of Rockland County. #FBF Flashback Friday may be reprinted only with written permission from the HSRC. To learn about the HSRC’s mission, upcoming events or programs, visit or call (845) 634-9629.


Add a Comment:

Please signup or login to add a comment.