This Week in Rockland: Newspaper Excerpts: Flashback Friday: Week of November 22

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November 23, 1889 - 130 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Journal

We were told on Tuesday night a good story of the detection of a chicken thief near Rockland Lake. A man living in that vicinity kept about fifty chickens for use in his own family, and several times lately he has missed some of his fowls, so that the number was reduced to thirty-five, about fifteen having been abstracted from his premises. The man, being considerably aggravated by the occurrence, concluded to watch for the guilty party.
      On Saturday night last the owner of the chickens decided to stay up late, all night if necessary, to guard his poultry, as the next day would be Sunday and he could sleep late enough to make up for it. So, wrapping himself up well to guard against cold, he stationed himself on guard in the chicken house. By midnight he grew so cold that his teeth chattered, and he had just concluded to go into the house and retire, when he heard approaching footsteps. In a few seconds the door of the chicken house opened—it is a good-sized building—and a man attempted to step inside when the proprietor of the premises grabbed him by the collar. A struggle ensued resulting in both parties going out of doors. Then the owner of the chickens was surprised to find the visitor was one of his most intimate acquaintances. The situation was a very peculiar and unpleasant one, and resulted in the visitor departing unmolested, but with tears in his eyes, promising to never repeat the act. The utmost secrecy prevails as to the names of the persons concerned.

November 20, 1919   100 YEARS AGO
The Nyack Evening Journal

KORSCH ARRESTED FOR INTOXICATION – Piermont Man First to Be Arraigned in Local Court for Being Drunk since Prohibition Became Effective Chief of Police Furey could hardly believe his eyes as he saw a man walking in a zigzag course on Main Street Wednesday night
      There hasn’t been an arrest made in the village for intoxication since the advent of near beer and the chief didn’t give a thought to the beverage that sheers. “Must be sick,” he muttered as he started for the stranger.
     When he overtook the man, the chief gave him the once over. “Hello, offisher,” said the fellow, with a laugh. “Prishy col’ night, ain’t it?”
     “Sure,” replied the bluecoat. “But you’re going where it’s warm.” And with that, the man was escorted to the village lock-up.
      Thursday morning the man was arraigned before Justice Bugbee. He gave his name as John Korsch and said he worked at the Piermont paper mill. Asked where he accumulated his jag the night before, Korsch stated he had taken a day off and visited Tarrytown, where he had no difficulty purchasing liquid refreshments.
      Korsch declared that he had never been drunk and pleaded to be allowed to go home. Judge Bugbee suspended sentence and told him to start for Piermont at once.
      Korsch boarded the first bus for home.

November 17-23, 1969    50 YEARS AGO
The Journal News

THREE YOUTHS STUDY NURSING – BOCES PROGRAM "At first my friends thought it was funny and my teachers were surprised. Then everyone thought it was a good idea."
     The smiling explanation came from Dennis Beckel, a senior at North Rockland High School who is one of three males enrolled in the BOCES practical nursing program.
     He and fellow nursing students Michael McArdle and William Brady, senior and junior students, respectively, at Clarkstown High School, look more like young interns in the white uniforms they wear for the occupational education course.
     All three have thoughtful, mature attitudes about their career choices and the rewards of the calling.
     "For one thing, there is such a great demand for nurses," said Dennis, who also finds time to be sports correspondent for The Journal-News and the Record.
"You have to be motivated towards a career to succeed. This course has been very fulfilling after all, you get out of it what you are willing to contribute and more. You have to really apply yourself here," Beckel added.
      Beckel's brother enrolled in the BOCES occupational education program and this helped him decide to continue in his field for as long as possible. Although undecided on a college, he is keeping up on many medical career possibilities and may enter the U.S. Navy after graduation.
      Brady gained his motivation for the nursing course from his sister, who attends the Rockland State Hospital School of Nursing. He saw the many male nurses in the RSH program as a further incentive.
      Brady works at the Rockland County Infirmary, a job he got through McArdle. Although he found several "counseling delays" in gaining a recommendation for the career choice, Brady's final enrollment seems to be paying off to his personal satisfaction.
      McArdle also worked first at the Rockland County Infirmary before entering the BOCES nursing course.
      "I like helping people," he declares. "Working in hospitals lets you understand people better and you grow up a lot faster, too."
     McArdle even met his fiancé through the BOCES course. She is also a practical nursing student.
     McArdle will be able to continue working at the infirmary after he graduates, receiving study funds to go on for his RN degree.

This Week in Rockland (#FBF Flashback Friday) is prepared by Clare Sheridan on behalf of the Historical Society of Rockland County. To learn about the HSRC's mission, upcoming events or programs, visit or call (845) 634-9629.


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