This Week in Rockland: Newspaper Excerpts: Flashback Friday: Week of November 29

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November 27, 1869 150 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Journal

THANKSGIVING The day was appropriately celebrated in this vicinity by the closing of stores and the suspension of business generally. An excellent sermon was preached by Rev. U. Marvin in the Reformed Church, and short addresses were delivered by Rev. Mr. Opdyke and C. Rutherford in the M. E. Church during the morning, while in the evening the latter church was crowded almost to bursting by an audience which assembled to witness the anniversary exercises of the Sabbath school.
      The usual number of turkies [sic], pumpkin pies, &c. were consumed, and we presume due thankfulness was evinced by all who sat around the domestic board. We regretted to see that one young man whose name we shall not mention, so far forgot himself as to imagine that the only way to be thankful was by becoming intoxicated. We would deeply regret to be related to that young man unless he takes a new departure.

THE SWINDLER’S GAME Our old friend, William Devoe, of Tappantown, who, by the way, has been established in that historical village for over thirty years, and whose two stores are furnished with nearly every article needed by his customers, has been written to by a swindling firm. Noyes & Co., of 65 Wall Street, NY, in reference to his acceptance of an agency for the sale of "perfect facsimiles of the genuine United States Treasury notes, generally called Greenbacks." In other words, this firm desires to sell him these spurious bills, in packages representing $200, for $15, and so on in proportion for larger amounts, so that he can circulate and pass them upon unsuspecting parties as the genuine article. To a dishonest man the temptation might be strong; but Noyes & Co., or Gumbridge & Co., as the firm sometimes signs itself, has picked up the wrong customer in the person of our friend who, in the last part at his note to us says:
      “They must have mistaken the man when they sent this communication to me, for I have read the good book too often to seek any other way than that it points out by which to get an honest living. Denounce the rascals with all your might.”
      As others of our readers may be favored, by similar notes from time to time, we earnestly beg of them to either burn them at once, or else send them to us for publication, and we will do all in our power to protect our people from the schemes of swindlers, thieves or blackguards in the guise of respectable business men.

November 28, 1919 100 YEARS AGO
The Nyack Evening Journal

NYACK CHOSEN AS SETTING FOR ALICE JOYCE FILM Today Alice Joyce will be featured at the Broadway Theater in “The Winchester Woman,” a picture made in the surrounds of Nyack. Many of the scenes were made at Richard Post’s hotel and the Sparkill station. Miss Joyce plays the role of Agatha Winchester, a woman who has just been tried and acquitted of a murder charge in Nashville, Tenn. She changes her name to Anne Wharton and goes to the distant town of Northville, Long Island to start life anew.
     Here she is traced by Alan Woodward, a rascally reporter who knows her past. He threatens and hounds her. The woman, in the end, defeats the evil intentions of the scoundrel, shields an innocent girl from him and when for herself a bright romance of true love. [Image: Still from the American film The Winchester Woman (1919) with Alice Joyce, courtesy of Motion Picture Magazine, February 1920, 77. To learn more about The Winchester Woman, visit IMDB at]

November 28, 1969 50 YEARS AGO
The Journal News

CLARKSTOWN – THE AIRPORT WILL STAY Rockland County will not lose its only operating airport.
     In a surprise announcement Wednesday morning, Clarkstown Supervisor Paul F. Mundt said the town board has unanimously agreed that the Ramapo Valley Airport is essential to the economic well-being of the county.
      Therefore, he continued, the board will not adopt the contemplated resolution that would have phased out the airport over a 10-year period.
      But as preface to the statement, Mundt said the phase-out was only one of two "airport" zoning amendments being considered by the board.
      The second would affirm that an airport is not allowed by right in an industrial-office zone (IO) and, therefore, the airport, which is zoned IO, would be a "non-conforming use" and as such could continue to exist only by passage of a variance.
      According to Mundt, the board decided to take the latter action.
      This means that the planned expansion of the facility including constructional improvements cannot take place without approval by the town's zoning board of appeals.
      Also, the amendment stipulates that the facility must move its helicopter pad from the northern to the southern side of the field by Jan. 10.
     After hearing of the decision William Beard, owner of the airport, said he was obviously pleased by the positive aspect of the decision. He noted, however, that if the growth of the field is restricted, he would fight the ruling.
      Beard contends that although the airstrip belongs to him, it is, in effect, the property of county residents.
      "You can't have a 1970 Rockland County with a 1945 airport," he remarked, alluding to the pending expansion ban.
      Beard said he had long maintained that the airport should be taken over by the county, particularly considering the anticipated continued growth-trend of general aviation
      He added that the airport must keep pace with county growth.

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