This Week in Rockland: Newspaper Excerpts: Flashback Friday: Week of November 3

2023-11-03 TWIR Image-Signor Bosco

November 1, 1873 – 150 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Journal

[Image: Signor Bosco, undated. Image courtesy of The Highlands Currant.]
    Van Wagner, our artist, is engaged by the government to photograph the boiler explosions at Sandy Hook.
    A “Phantom” surprise party was held at the residence of Mrs. D. B. Van Houten, on Tuesday evening. One of the ladies swooned.
    Signor Bosco, the renowned Illusionist, will perform to-night and Monday evening at Myer’s Opera House. He is considered at the head off his profession.

November 2, 1933 90 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Journal-News

       Heinz Spanknoebel, fugitive head of the Nazi propaganda activities in the United States sought by Federal authorities on a warrant charging him with failure to comply with regulations affecting representatives of foreign governments, is reported today to be in hiding in or near Nanuet, according to New York dispatches.
       Agents of the Department of Justice were believed to be in Rockland County seeking him for arrest. Although the Federal men had not communicated with Sheriff Thomas Farley nor with State Police at New City, troopers said they understood that the search for the missing Nazi agitator was under way in the county.
       Spanknoebel, reputed to be the directing genius of a nation-wide organization which has flooded the country with Nazi propaganda designed to incite anti-Semitic feeling among German Americans, is specifically charged with acting officially for the Hitler government without first registering with the State Department in Washington. Leaders of Jewish organizations accuse the Hitler govenrment of financing Spanknoebel’s campaign while attempting to evade all official responsibility for it.
       Evidence that Spanknoebel had fled to Rockland when he learned that action was to be taken for his arrest, and probable deportation, was obtained yesterday by United States District Attorney Medalle after he had questioned Dr. Ignatz T. Griebl of New York, a friend of Spanknoebel. Later Dr. Griebl was taken before the Federal Grand Jury for questioning [concerning] Spanknoebel’s activities and his “strong-arm” methods which succeeded in wrecking plans for the German Day celebration recently.

November 3, 1973 50 YEARS AGO
The Journal News

       A blind Haverstraw woman foiled a would-be purse-snatcher early today by breaking her white-tipped cane over the assailant’s head.
       Village police said Edna Carter, 60, of 22 W. Broad St. was walking home at about 1 A.M. when she felt someone tugging at her purse. She gave several blasts on a small whistle, the police said, and slashed out at her attacker with the cane apparently driving him off.
       Minutes later, however, as she neared her front door, Mrs. Carter told police she was approached again. Police say she again swung the cane, this time splitting it on the attacker’s head.
       Police are continuing their investigation.

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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