This Week in Rockland: Newspaper Excerpts: Flashback Friday: Week of November 10

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November 8, 1873 – 150 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Journal

    Two men, named Daniel O’Brien and James Kelley, were arrested at Piermont, on Sunday morning, while in the act of robbing the Post-office at that place. Justice Stephens committed them to New City to await the action of the U.S. Commissioner.
    The lecture entitled “Life Love and Home Influence," by Dr. Stitt, at Smithsonian Hall, on the evening of the 20th, gave much satisfaction to the audience in attendance. The Doctor's style is not polished but it has a genial homeliness which commends it to sensible people.
    Mr. Carrie has sold the beautiful blue house and plot on Gesner avenue, with an additional plot of 40 x 100, on the east side, to the same purchaser, for $11,000. His elegant grounds on the river have been lately very much improved, by grading and embellishment, making them the finest in Nyack.

November 10, 1923 100 YEARS AGO
Nyack Evening Journal

SERGEANT MIKE DONALDSON GETS HIS 28TH MEDAL — Montenegro Decoration Now Adorns Haverstraw Man for That Day on Hill 28
[Image: Michael Donaldson. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, National Photo Company Collection, undated.]
       Sergeant “Mike” Donaldson, of Haverstraw, whose collection of medals and crosses for valor in the World War has nearly reached the maximum number possible, yesterday appeared with his newest decoration—the Montenegrin Medal of Valor.
       It is the twenty-eighth honor conferred upon him.
       The medal was presented by M. Crisolu, representing Montenegro, at a ceremony at the Navy Day ball at the Hotel Commodore in New York City.
       Sergeant Donaldson also wears the Congressional Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Croix de Guerre with Palms, the Medaille Militaire of France and other decorations.
       At Hill No. 28, on October 11, 1918, Donaldson captured the hill against a detachment of the Prussian Guard and rescued his comrades.
       Donaldson will be a prominent figure Monday in the Armistice Day parade at Washington.

November 8, 1973 50 YEARS AGO
The Journal News

       A group of Clarkstown residents from South Mountain Road have swung approval from the town board to buy a 73-acre park that will cost the taxpayers nothing.
       The board voted Wednesday night on an agreement to buy the 73 acres—to be used for a wildlife sanctuary—with local donations and a 50 percent matching grant anticipated from the federal government. The local share will come from donations of land—23 of the 73 acres—and cash from the area residents who want the scenic mountain neighborhood preserved in its natural state.
       The park will be named for Charles B. Davenport, a local naturalist and father of one of the principal donors.
       The total price, including the value of the donated land, will come close to $1 million, according to one of the residents who supports the purchase plan.
       The same South Mountain Road neighborhood, which has been home for many of Rockland's well-known artists, has been responsible for a drive to acquire a much larger parcel on the mountain for a county park. Residents have donated land toward that park, too.
       The federal grant is available under the Land and Water Conservation Act. The town's application for the money is still pending.
       The federal funds will not be pledged unless Clarkstown agrees to put up the full price. When this occurs, the federal government will have proof that Clarkstown is serious about the park acquisition and should then be willing to pledge aid.
       The parcel lies on the north and south sides of Saw Mill Road in New City, on the corner of Buena Vista Drive.

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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