This Week in Rockland: Newspaper Excerpts: Flashback Friday: Week of March 8

2024-03-08 TWIR Image-Nyack Old Reformed Church

March 7, 1874 – 150 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Journal

[Image: The Old Reformed Church, Nyack, 1895. This building was torn down in the early 1900s and was replaced with the present First Reformed Church. Courtesy of the Nyack Library via]
    John V. Onderdonk has sold his house adjacent to the railroad on Washington Avenue to Bogardus, the N. =Y. photographic artist, for $7,500.
    Chas. Duryea who was injured on the railroad near Port Jervis, recently, died at his residence near West Nyack on Tuesday morning last.
    The prospects of the Haverstraw brick makers are rather gloomy; the present New York prices will barely pay the cost of manufacturing.
    Thomas Roach, of Suffern, has sold his stock of blacksmith’s tools and fixtures and his face is towards the setting sun. He is going to Illinois.
    On the evening of his election, Roger Haddock was treated to a serenade by his fellow citizens of Piermont. He received the party handsomely.
    C. Hasbrouck Ten Eyck, a student of Dr. T. B. Smith, of Nyack, graduated in the College of Physicians and Surgeons, N. Y., on Tuesday evening.
    George Onderdonk was arrested in Hoboken last week on a charge of stealing a horse and wagon which he had in his possession. He gave his residence as Nyack.
    There will be a Union Temperance Prayer meeting in the Nyack Reformed church on Sunday afternoon, from 4 to 5 o’clock P.M. —Five minute speeches and prayers.

March 7, 1924 100 YEARS AGO
Nyack Evening Journal

IMPROVING ICE PLANT FOR BUSY SUMMER SEASON — Two New Boilers, Water Softener Aad Reboiler among Equipment Installed
       The ice plant of the Nyack Ice and Coal Company is being thoroughly overhauled this winter in anticipation of the coming summer. In addition, several improvements are being made.
       Two new boilers are being installed, these coming from the Coatesville boiler works. In order to keep the water soft for the boilers, a modern zeolite water softener has been ordered from the Permuttit Company. This apparatus reduces the hardness in the water to zero so that no scale is fortified. From this softening water for the ice making is distilled. While many new plants make ice from raw water, this is mainly done to make the ice cheaper, and does not produce as a usual thing, ice on a par with the older system.
       A new reboiler has been installed, manufactured by Mr. John Kane, of Nyack, who also repaired and improved the steam condensers. It is also hoped to install a new agitator on one of the freezing tanks. This will permit faster freezing. The main ice machine is being overhauled and it is expected that more ice than ever will be produced.
       The retail price of ice in Nyack is not likely to change because of any shortage in the county. The factors of coal and labor affect the cost of ice and in these there is not likely to be any great change.

March 7, 197450 YEARS AGO
The Journal News

       The Village of Nyack early this morning became the first Rockland Community to make an arrest for streaking, the new nude college craze that has students stripping down on campuses around the nation. Police gave this description of the incident: It was 2:20 A.M. Sgt. Warren Austin was on duty in police headquarters at 12 N. Broadway.
       Suddenly, a man identified as James Holbrook, 26, of Grand View, ran into the station, shouted “I’m a streaker!” then ran back into the chilly Nyack night. Austin sent two policemen after Holbrook. They found him getting dressed in a car about a block away on Lydecker Street, near Village Hall. Police charged Holbrook with public lewdness.
       He was being held in Nyack lockup this morning awaiting arraignment. Police said Holbrook gave his occupation as a chimney sweep.

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