This Week in Rockland: Newspaper Excerpts: Flashback Friday: Week of October 20

2023-10-20 TWIR Image-Kurt Lindell

October 18, 1873 – 150 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Journal

       Our respected fellow townsman, Samson Marks, having purchased the interest of Charles Jones in the saloon opposite Commercial Building, Broadway, has scrubbed out, renovated and fumigated away every trace of the alcoholic and malt liquors recently sold there, and supplied their place with neat tables, on which he is ready to serve any number of customers with the finest bivalves the market can produce. As there is no statutory or moral law against smoking or chewing, he will always keep the best brands of tobacco in the market, and at the same time will be grateful to all who will give him a call. Oysters in every style and families and parties supplied to order.

October 19, 1923 100 YEARS AGO
Nyack Evening Journal

       Sixty men and women of New York and vicinity have arranged for pleasant outing Sunday in the woods back of Suffern, hunting for rattlers, copperheads and other poisonous snakes. They hope to catch the reptiles alive and present them to a zoo. The hunt will be under the auspices of the Reptile Study Club of America, Inc., of which Mary Louise Condon, of New York City, is president. Mrs. Condon, who keeps snakes in her home for pets, said last night she hoped to surpass all records of the society for catching snakes alive. At the last hunt three copperheads, two rattlers and three harmless snakes were caught.
       The society members are going to Suffern by train and have arranged to get to the snake dens early in the day so as to catch the reptiles sunning themselves on the rocks.

       Archeologists of this section are deeply interested in the discovery by Rev. Father P. J. O’Donnell, of Haverstraw, of a perfectly formed stone hammer and handle make in one piece. Authorities on antiques believe the hammer to be a product of some workman who lived in this section many centuries before the first white man set foot on American soil.
       The hammer was discovered during one of Father O’Donnell’s walks through the mountains of northern Rockland County, when he accidentally struck it with his foot. Father O’Donnell greatly prizes his find and will present it to one of the New York museums.

October 19, 1973 50 YEARS AGO
The Journal News

[Image: Kurt Lindell of New City readies his dog Bambi. Journal News Staff photo by Al Witt.]
       In the world of dogs they’re at the bottom of the heap. They don’t have fancy sounding names or pedigrees or papers except the kind that are spread on the floor. No one is paying hundreds of dollars for them, and no one makes a fuss over them when they trot down the road.
       They’re the mutts of Rockland County. Undistinguished in parentage and unextraordinary in appearance, even these dogs will have their day Saturday in New City.
       About 50 to 70 mutts will be displaying their not-so-noble heritage at the New City Jaycees fifth annual mutt show at Dutch Park Gardens behind the county office building. Lassie and Rin Tin Tin move over. Fido. Rover, and King are here.
       The menagerie of mongrels will compete for 10 awards in the show, including such standards as best behaved, best trick, best groomed and best of the show. In addition, there will be tough competition in such categories as longest, shortest, largest, smallest, and even hairiest dog at the show.
       Each dog must be licensed and shown by a child 12 years old or younger. Kurt Lindell, 8, of 57 Schriever Lane, New City, plans to enter his dog Bambi in the contest. Bambi, who is a year older than Kurt, is half beagle, and half your-guess-is-as-good-as-mine.
       Kurt feels sure Bambi will win best trick. “She can beg,” he said, providing I have a treat in my hand, and she comes when I whistle.”
       When asked whether Bambi would win as longest, shortest, largest, smallest or hairless, Kurt Lindell asked if there was “any prize for medium-sized dogs.”
       Although purebred pedigrees are not excluded from the show, those highfalutin, stuck-up-poodles may find themselves with some tough competition.
       It is expected that almost every type of dog will be represented, possibly even in just one of the mutts.
       Registration is 11:30 a.m. for the dogs, and there is no entr[y] fee. Marcella Beigel will be contest judge.
       Competition promises to be tough, and everyone is welcome to come view the heated contests, as well as the competition.

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.


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