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

2024-05-10 TWIR Image-Blue Hill Country Club

May 9, 1874 – 150 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Journal

       About a year since, John Ross commenced a grocery business in the small store on Franklin Street north of DePew Avenue [Nyack]. It was the pioneer store of its kind in that neighborhood, and more than one resident on “Quality Heights” wisely shook his head, and wondered where John’s trade was to come from. But the stock in the little store kept growing, and the number of customers increasing, for the enterprising storekeeper was obliging, and the residents began wondering how they had so long done without its convenience in their vicinity. As a sequel, we may now mention, that by additions to the rear the store has just been enlarged to double its former size, and a handsome new stock is being put in, embracing many varieties not formerly kept, and the little store has developed into a large, first-class grocery. We are glad of it. It is a well-deserved success, and with its increased assortment will be more of a convenience than ever. The “Heights” needs such a store and ought to give the man who had pluck enough to start it a liberal patronage. And that they will, we haven’t the shadow of a doubt.

May 8, 1924 100 YEARS AGO
Pearl River News

CHARTER FOR BLUE HILL CLUB FILLED WITH 50 — Nine Hole Course Near Pearl River to Open Next Sunday — Regular Memberships Now Open to Applicants
[Image: View from Blue Hill Country Club, undated postcard. Image courtesy of DSap Postcards]
       Announcement was made today by the new Blue Hill Club that its charter membership class has been filled and the regular memberships opened to applicants. Membership in this group is available under the same conditions as heretofore except for a small increase in the cost of stock. The wide-awake residents who first rallied to the support of the new club have thus already secured an appreciation in the value of their investment. The number of applicants to be admitted to this first subscription is also limited and it would be wise for those who are contemplating joining but who have delayed for some reason or other to take prompt action. The rapidity with which the Club roster is filling is a fine compliment to the community spirit in rallying so promptly to the support of such a much needed and well-planned neighborhood enterprise.
       The Club’s Greens Committee has responded promptly to the members’ requests for some sort of a course to play on pending the completion of the final eighteen holes and has found it possible to lay out a short nine-hole golf course for immediate use. This course will be opened on Sunday, May 12th. Such resourcefulness on the part of the Committee should be a matter of pride to all concerned as it is seldom that a new golf club can have an opportunity for play of any kind within a year of the starting of construction. Such a playing program will also enable the construction of the full eighteen holes to proceed without a great deal of the urgency that would otherwise be present and will make it possible to construct with more deliberation and care instead of sacrificing detail for immediate use.

       Haverstraw is perspiring under its perennial spring brickyard strike this week. Between 1,000 and 1,100 brickworkers quit their jobs Monday morning and paraded thru the village demanding an increase of fifty cents on their present day wages. They have been receiving from $4.50 to $5.00 per day, depending on the kind of work performed.
       The strike was expected to be settled within a few days.

May 8, 1974 50 YEARS AGO
The Journal News

       Indians once drank the crystal clear spring water that pours down a cliff in Grand View because of its healing properties, and mineral water companies later shipped the liquid to contented customers in New York City for more than 50 years.
       But today, although mineral and spring water are growing consistently more popular as a drink, the Grand View spring runs untapped into the Hudson River at the rate of 26,000 gallons a day.
       Because of a change in the “philosophy” of selling bottled water, the company that owns the spring is now using New York City tap water to sell to its customers, according to a spokesman.
       “For increased efficiency and customer benefit,” Eagle Water Co., a Los Angeles based firm that owns the spring and a small plant in Grand View, has moved to standardize its operation.
       “We have found that it is better to use New York City tap water, filter it, deionize it by taking the minerals out, and then add the proper mineral mix. This gives us the taste we want constantly throughout the year,” says Clem Waehner, director of public relations for the company.
       A natural spring, such as the one in Grand View, has different chemical qualities during the year, so it would be difficult to assure customers “the same taste and goodness all year” over a long period of time, he explained.
       In fact, about 18 months ago large amounts of hydrogen sulfide mysteriously appeared in the Grand View spring, according to William Phalen, who has worked there for more than 50 years. Today, although he is retired, he still checks up on the plant and periodically tests the water. However, the sulfur taste disappeared about six months ago and the water, before any treatment, now comes close to state environmental standards, Phalen says.
       All water at the plant was treated and purified before being sold when the plant was in operation. It closed down in 1972 and Waehner says the company has no plans to begin using the spring again.
       Phalen said at this point, the untreated water is only slightly high in a few chemicals, such as manganese, as it pours over the cliff.
The company, known locally as Eagle Spring Water, has even dropped the name “Spring” from its title because of its new policy. But there are no plans to sell the property, Waehner said.
       Waehner also said that since the company still owns the spring “and we are responsible for the area, people are not allowed to use the water. Besides it hasn’t been checked for consumption.
       “I hope they may get it started again someday,” said Phalen, who began his work there at the age of 14.
       Bottling of the spring water was begun in 1913 by Ed Fast, a local businessman, who, founded Crandel Spring Water Co. When it closed it was Grand View’s only industry.

This Week in Rockland (#FBF Flashback Friday) is prepared by Clare Sheridan on behalf of the Historical Society of Rockland County. © 2024 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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