This Week in Rockland: Newspaper Excerpts: Flashback Friday: Week of December 13

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December 16, 1869 150 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Messenger

FOR THE HOLIDAYS  It will be seen that several of our Advertisers are informing their friends that they have laid in a general assortment of Presents for this Holiday. We paid a visit to the store of Mr. Otto Speck, on Tuesday evening last, and he has certainly the greatest variety of Toys we saw in Haverstraw. His Advertisements in another column don’t begin to enumerate all that he has got in his store.  He wishes his patrons to call in and see for themselves. Mr. John Gankel, has also a large assortment on hand, and invites his friends to give him a call. Mr. S. G. Newman has something more substantial than Toys for his patrons. He has, what should be in every household, Sewing Machines by several makers. He solicits his friends to pay him a visit and select one of these indispensable articles.

December 15, 1919 100 YEARS AGO
The Nyack Evening Journal

DRIVER GOES ON AFTER HITTING BOY ON STREET CORNER  — Efforts Being Made Monday to Locate Owner of Dodge Touring Car Who Injured Charles Rodriquez, 11 Years Old, Saturday Afternoon  An effort is being made today to locate the owner of a Dodge touring automobile who last Saturday afternoon ran down and injured 11-year-old Charles Rodriquez. After knocking the boy down the driver of the car slowed up, looked back and then disappeared into High Avenue at a fast rate of speed.
     Young Rodriquez was crossing Main Street at Broadway when the automobile, proceeded north, crashed into him.  The boy was sent spinning for a distance of 10 feet and his cries attracted a number of people. Benjamin Hans picked the lad up and carried him into the office of the Rockland Light and Power Company and later he was taken to the office of a physician.
     In the heavy fog that had settled over the village it was difficult to recognize the driver of the Dodge who quickly disappeared, but one man managed to make out the license number in the car and it is expected that he will soon be arraigned in court and punished.
     “It is bad enough,” said the man, “to run into a person and cause injury but when after the damage is done one deliberately runs away and leaves one’s victim lying in the street it is time that the authorities take steps to inflict punishment.”

December 9, 1969 50 YEARS AGO
The Journal News

STUDENTS SIT AT TOWN’S CONTROLS  Orangetown's supervisor admitted last night that he won his election by “wheeling and dealing,” by stealing votes from other parties in exchange for a variety of promises and by many “less than ethical” means.
     The supervisor in question, however, is not John B. Lovett, but rather Kimball Parker, who occupied that seat for eight hours yesterday.
     Parker, a 17-year-old senior at Tappan Zee High School, participated in the first annual “town government day,” when 48 students in the two classes of practical politics took over the various functions of administrating a township for an entire day.
     The instructor for the senior classes is William Lufenberg, who called the program a success. When asked if the students had to miss an entire day of school to participate, he quickly replied “of school, yes, but of education, no.” 
     To get the students in the proper spirit, Lufenberg warmed them up through an election campaign conducted in school.
     Nominations were made for students to run for the same positions that voters get to fill for real in November. After the nominations were in, the students campaigned in two parties, the supervisor candidates heading each ticket.
     Then, according to Lufenberg and Parker, the “wheeling and dealing” began, with each side making preposterous claims and charges to gather enough of the total of 48 votes to win the election.
     An early straw poll showed that a petition candidate for supervisor, and the only girl running, was way out in the lead. Parker said he didn't think she had a chance and so he didn't campaign against her.
     After he saw the poll results, however, he began talking to her supporters, promising them appointments if they would vote for him. He did the same with supporters of his rival candidate and he credited this with his victory on election day. Parker failed to carry his whole slate into office, however, getting two of the four councilmen posts. Once the elections were over, the victorious party began doling out the jobs.
     The coordinator of the program yesterday for the town was Barry Conroy, Lovett's administrative assistant. Parker stayed with Conroy throughout the day, listening in on his telephone conversations and observing him handle complaints and issue orders.

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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