This Week in Rockland: Newspaper Excerpts: Flashback Friday: Week of January 24

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January 22, 1870 150 Years Ago
Rockland County Journal

SUFFERN Three children of Charles Wybles of Wynockie, aged respectively ten, seven and five years, suddenly disappeared on January 1st. at about four o'clock, P.M.; since which time the friends have searched diligently, but up to date no tidings of their whereabouts have been received. ...
     A brakeman on one of the freight trains, name unknown, had his arm badly smashed last night while in the act of coupling cars at this place. Mr. Southborough, a resident here who is ever ready to assist the unfortunate and afflicted, was promptly on hand to tender help till he was properly cared for. — A humane man is a noble work of God.

January 23, 1920 100 YEARS AGO
Nyack Evening Journal

ROOSEVELT TO SPEAK AT REPUBLICAN BANQUET  Assemblyman Theodore Roosevelt has been secured to deliver the principal address on the occasion of the third annual Lincoln day banquet of the Nyack Republican Club on the evening of February 12. A second speaker is to be obtained by Judge Tompkins.
     The banquet will be held at the Nyack Club and accommodations will be made for 250 banqueteers. Music will be furnished by the Rockland Jazz Orchestra and there will be professional entertainers.
     The committee in charge of the affair is composed of W. O. Polhemus, chairman; B. M. Carolle, treasurer; H. J Wightman, secretary; George J. Corbett and Donald Fluhr.

NYACK PHYSICIAN MADE 87 SICK CALLS HERE YESTERDAY  There is more illness in Nyack at present than probably ever before. Grip is epidemic and there are several cases of diphtheria and influenza. Severe colds are also prevalent.
     One physician yesterday made eighty-seven calls at homes where persons are sick, a record for Nyack. One doctor, Dr. S. W. S. Toms, is himself a victim of grip.
     Influenza is not spreading rapidly here, it is said, and the type is far from as malignant as in 1918. Physicians suggest fresh air, simple food, and plenty of sleep as the best preventatives against “flu” and they urge above all dependence upon a doctor and not “home remedies,” once the presence of the disease is suspected.
     Physicians all over he stated are making efforts to prevent a repetition of the epidemic of two years ago. They began yesterday to make demands that the Health Department make arrangements whereby they can secure whiskey for the treatment of patients.
     The drug stores that are licensed and bonded to supply whisky for medicinal purposes are without a supply on hand and physicians complained to the Health Department that it was impossible for them to obtain it.

January 21, 1980 40 YEARS AGO
The Journal News

NOBEL WINNER POLITICIAN GET HUMANITARIAN AWARDS Science and politics had a friendly face-off at a brunch in Nyack Sunday, and both won handily.
     The scientist was Dr. Rosalyn Yalow, 1977 Nobel Prize winner in physiology and medicine, and the politician was Elizabeth Holtzman, congresswoman from Brooklyn and candidate for the U.S. Senate.
     Both women came to the Tappan Zee Townhouse to be the first recipients of the humanitarian awards from the women's division of the Rockland County State of Israel Bonds.
     "I really believe scientists are more important than politicians," joked the Nobel Laureate after Ms. Holtzman received her award. "If we're going to solve America's problems, scientists are going to do it." But she graciously retreated a bit, saying today's political climate may force scientists to take a back seat.
      "Without the politicians, we’re not going to live long enough for scientists to solve our problems," said Dr. Yalow, who developed a technique by which protein hormones can be measured in amounts as small as a billionth of a gram. This technique, called radioimmunoassay, is expected to have far-reaching effects for early detection of many health problems.
     But neither Dr. Yalow nor Ms. Holtzman came to Nyack to talk about their achievements. They came to talk about the state of Israel, their commitment to it and their pride in being Jewish. And what better place to begin than their youths, when the roots of their religious faith began to form.
     Dr. Yalow described herself as a stubborn, determined child, committed to learning and to physics.
     "The eternal commitment of Jewish people to learning is what made us successful today," said the doctor.
     Ms. Holtzman recalled a day when she was seven and her family huddled around a radio to hear Israel's independence announced.
     "My grandmother came to me," the Brooklyn Democrat related, "and said, 'Today is a special day and I never want you to forget it.'"
     "It was a great day for Jews and a great day for people," said Ms. Holtzman. "I have enormous pride as a Jew and as a human being living on this planet."
     She then discussed problems in Iran and Afghanistan, comparing it to Israel.
     "Israel is surrounded by a sea of those who hate her and are willing to destroy her," she said, adding that the United States can support Israel by not being dependent on the Arab nations for energy, and by making its position on anti-Semitism crystal clear.
     The United States must rid the world of Nazi war criminals, she said. "In no way, do we support or condemn the murder of Jews."
     To that statement, Ms. Holtzman got a loud round of applause, quickly followed by a standing ovation.
     The awards were presented by State Sen. Linda Winikow.

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