This Week in Rockland: Newspaper Excerpts: Flashback Friday: Week of December 1

2023-12-01 TWIR Image-Fuel Shortage

November 29, 1873 – 150 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Journal

    We would suggest to our Methodist friends the propriety of inclining the floor of their new church edifice, so that those remote from the pulpit may see and hear as well as those nearer to it.
    Lecture to young people—The pastor of the Presbyterian church, Nyack, will resume his special monthly lectures next Sabbath even-ing, Both inst., at 7:30 o’clock. Subject: Recreation and Amusements.
    An eminent divine a few evenings since, in a public meeting, remarked that there were two or three stables in Haverstraw whose architectural beauty far exceeded that of the Academy building. What a shame!
    Mr. Lorenzo Dow, of Piermont, has returned from South America, where he has been actively engaged in gold mining lately. He will probably be requested to lecture on that comparatively unknown country.
    We understand about thirty boys who have been working upon the brick yards, of Haverstraw, during the past Summer, applied to one of the public schools of that place a few days since and were refused admittance. —What’s the matter?

November 27, 1923 100 YEARS AGO
Nyack Evening Journal

       Seventy-five pigs were roasted to death in a fire last night at the piggery of the Doriskill Farms, one mile from Pearl River. Of the 400 pigs and hogs in the piggery, 325 escaped when the owner, Mr. Curtis, threw open the gates but fully seventy-five ran back into the pens and houses and met the blaze. At least that many were not accounted for after the fire had been extinguished.
       The fire started at seven o’clock. Mr. Curtis was at work bedding for a sick sow when his lantern tipped over and started the blaze among the shavings and bedding while he was at a distance.
       The entire fire department of Pearl River, including the new Stutz and Reo pumping engines and two chemical trucks, were called to the scene. The new Stutz had a mishap to its pumping apparatus, and the Reo had to be used, but as the only water supply was a small brook nearby, firemen were hampered in their undertaking. At that, they saved the major portion of the piggery.

November 29, 1973 50 YEARS AGO
The Journal News

       The energy shortage will not extinguish the traditional Christmas lights on Bear Mountain but will cut into the twinkling time for the holiday ornaments.
       On Dec. 13, the Palisades Interstate Park Commission will launch its two-week Christmas festival by lighting a 44-foot tree and 40-foot three-dimensional star. The star, whose rays span 30 feet, can be seen 25 miles away.
       Last year, the tree and star were lit on Dec. 7 and twinkled all night every night until Jan 1. This year, they will not only be lit a week later, but will be turned off at 9 p.m. nightly in an effort to conserve energy. In addition, a nearby tree grove lit last year will remain undecorated.
       “The lights are a symbol of our Christmas festival,” said the PIP commission. “The idea was conceived four years ago and has become established. It attracts a lot of children.
       “We may eventually have to phase out the lights, depending on the future of the energy crisis, but we thought, at this point, it would be better to reduce the lighting, rather than phase it out.

[Image: This picture was taken at Lenny Roth’s on Route 59-A. The station is now closed. Photo by Debbie Williams, The Journal News.]
       We’re experiencing a fuel crisis, and perhaps no one knows it better than the independent gas station owners who say they have been forced to close because they can’t obtain supplies, or the prices they must pay when they can get fuel are too high to allow decent profits.

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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