This Week in Rockland: Newspaper Excerpts: Flashback Friday: Week of November 15

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November 16, 1889 - 130 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Journal

In 1834 the little hand engine of Number One Company was brought to Nyack, and for many years it did good work in the way of extinguishing fires. As time sped by, however, and improvements came with the advance of years, larger and more efficient machines superseded the little engine. This, of course, was right, but the treatment of the old engine has since been somewhat unkind. Instead of being carefully housed in some place as a relic, she has had a varied and sad experience, and now, like an old horse turned out to die, the little engine lies in the bushes in the rear of DePew Place, friendless and homeless. Ruthless storms beat upon her, cruel and cutting winds blow over her, and if she is not removed to shelter a mantle of snow will in a few weeks hide her from view.

Won't someone have pity on the little abandoned machine and put her away in a place of shelter? Do this, friends, out of respect for the good work she has done in years past.

A company has just been incorporated to build a new railroad in the upper part of Rockland County, to run to the top of the Dunderberg Mountain, at the mouth of the Hudson Highlands. The certificate of the "Dunderberg Special Railway Company" Secretary of State. A dispatch from Albany says: The company intends constructing a circuitous railroad fifteen miles long from a point one mile south-west of Jones's Point, near the Hudson River, in Rockland County, in a northwesterly direction to the summit of Dunderberg Mountain. The descent will be by a more direct route. The cars will be run by cable. The road will be of 3 ½ feet gauge and not less than 39 inches within the rails. The principal stockholders and first-year Directors of the company, which has a capital of $750,000, are James Morgan, John S. Morgan, and Jackson A. Nichol of South Brooklyn, David A. Proudfit and Henry B. Tremain of New York City, George Bradford Kelly of Boston, and Henry J. Mumford of Mauch Chunk, Penn.

     The great snowstorm in the Southwest last week turned into a prolonged rain here in the East, with dark, unpleasant days, damaging to many kinds of business and depressing in effect all around.
     A union service will be held in the Baptist Church of Nyack on Thanksgiving Day, at 10:45 o’clock. Rev. J. C. VanDeventer, pastor of the Reformed Church, will preach the sermon. A collection for charitable purposes will be taken.
     We understand the Morrow Shoe Manufacturing Company, of this place, expect to supply the local trade more in the future than in the past, and the shoes which they sent to the Old Fellows' fair this week are the best recommendation they could possibly have for their work.

November 11, 1919  100 YEARS AGO
The Nyack Evening Journal

Children beware! Science has contributed the electric spanker for unruly children, doing away with the cat o’nine tails. Operated by ordinary electric current, such as is found in most homes today, the machine works silently and effectively.

November 10-16, 1969  50 YEARS AGO
The Journal News

The story written from a hospital bed in Vietnam by Cpl. Joseph M. Carroll, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph R. Carroll of 27 Briarwood Drive, New City, which was published in the last October 13 issue of The Journal-News, under the headline, "What of the Men in the Rice Paddies?" has drawn national attention, including comment by President Nixon.

Cpl. Carroll reviewed what is happening on the home front, the expedients and a possible end. He concluded, "The man in the rice paddies wonder why his country has forsaken him."

The corporal's father has received letters from strangers, friends and relatives as well as from high government officials. President Nixon wrote personally: "I appreciate your son's very thoughtful remarks and I want you to know I share your deep pride in him and his fellow servicemen. While we may seem to be engaged in debate today, it is particularly heartening that we are not discussing our basic goal, but rather the best means of achieving the honorable and lasting peace we desire.

"All of us can be profoundly grateful for the sacrifices Joseph Carroll and other members of our Armed Forces are making to bring peace closer," concluded the president.

Representative Martin McKneally read part of Cpl. Carroll's Journal-News article into the Congressional Record on October 21 under the heading "A Soldier Speaks from Vietnam."

Senator Richard B. Russell, chairman of the Committee on Appropriations, wrote to Rep. McKneally, "I was so impressed by your statement in the Record of October 21 'A Soldier Speaks From Vietnam' that I was moved to write a brief note of congratulations to Cpl. Carroll."

Through Joseph's sister, Maura, a sophomore at St. Mary's College, South Bend, Ind., the Journal-News article was published in its entirety in "The Observer," the publication serving the Notre Dame University and St. Mary's College community.

Cpl. Carroll returned last week to his unit, Combat Engineers, 595 Signal Co., 36th Signal Batt., at Di Au, about 15 miles northwest of Saigon. He had undergone surgery after being wounded near the Cambodian border at Song Be.

He is the wearer of the Army Commendation Medal and the Purple Heart.

To read Cpl. Caroll's original Journal News article, download the PDF below.


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1969 - Journal News - Look Homeward Soldier


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