This Week in Rockland: Newspaper Excerpts: Flashback Friday: Week of February 28

2020-02-28 TWIR Image-Charles Glass

February 24, 1870 150 Years Ago
Rockland County Messenger

THE NEW ICE COMPANY  An adjourned meeting of New-York hotel proprietors was held 17th inst. room No. 223, St. Nicholas Hotel, to adopt measures for the establishment of an “Ice Company of Ice Consumers,” in opposition to the monopoly now wielded by the Knickerbocker Co. Col. French occupied the chair, and. Mr. Stetson of the Astor House acted as Secretary. All the prominent hotels of the city were represented. A committee was appointed to make the necessary arrangements for the organization of a new company, and to ascertain the amount of stock required. The stock of the Association is to be held only by actual consumers, and the object of the organization is simply to keep down the price of ice. The existing Ice Companies have been increasing their rates until the burden upon large consumers has become intolerable; and hence this movement to place the trade in the hands of those directly interested.

DISASTER  The schooner Henry Wilcox, loaded with bricks from Haverstraw for Newark, while attempting to beat through the draw of the Central Railroad Bridge across Newark Bay last Saturday, came in collision with one of the piers and sunk in a few minutes, about 100 feet from the draw, in the middle of the channel, in about thirty feet of water, where she now lies. She was a good vessel, valued at a about $4,000.

ANOTHER VETERAN OF THE WAR OF 1812 IS GONE  Died at the residence of his son-in-law Alexander Goldsmith, in the village of Warren, on the 23d day of February 1870, John L. De La Montanya, aged 77 years, 3 months, and 11 days. His Friends are invited to attend his Funeral at the At the M.E. Church, on Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock, P.M.

February 27, 1920 – 100 YEARS AGO
The Nyack Evening Journal

BILL TO SECURE FAMED ’76 HOUSE – Measure Introduced by Assemblyman Peck Provides that $16,000 Be Expended – Hagar Bill Expected at This Session  Assemblyman G. H. Peck of Rockland County has introduced in the legislature a bill appropriating the sum of $16,000 for the purchase by the State of the famous ’76 House at Tappan.  The bill was introduced at the insistence of the Rockland County Society and is now in committee.
     Mr. Peck has also introduced a bill in the interest of the Palisades Park Commission amending the law so that the commission can handle hotels in which it is interested to better advantage.
     Another bill sponsored by Assemblyman Peck provides for the amending of the general municipal law in relation to payments to injured or representatives of deceased volunteer firemen.
     The Hagar bill, which passed both Senate and Assembly last year and which was vetoed by the Governor is again being prepared and will probably be introduced again during the coming week.
     Many requests are coming to Assemblyman Peck to again introduce his water bill, which last year passed the Assembly but was defeated by but a few votes in the Senate, and he is seriously considering another trial.

February 24, 1970 50 YEARS AGO
The Journal News

     Where can you go if you need a food recipe for tonight?
     If you want to know how to start a new business?
     Or if you want to learn to stuff a deer-head, raise a child, or collect information on almost anything? Sixteen public libraries in Rockland are prepared to serve your needs.
     Of the county's libraries, the newly expanded Finkelstein Memorial Library, Route 59, Spring Valley, is by far the largest. The addition increased that library's capacity from 15,000 to 110,000 volumes. The building now has 16,200 square feet, 13,200 square feet larger than the library before expansion.
     "When I came here 5 ½ years ago," Director Robert S. Ake said, "the library had a little over 13,000 books. Now, we add more than that in one year." The library has more than 80,000 books and additions are made at an average rate of 12,000-15,000 per month.
     Other library holdings include an extensive periodical collection, 1,618 reels of microfilm, most of which supplement the periodical collection, and 2,399 record albums.
     Finkelstein has several areas in which it specializes in its attempt to serve the interests of its patrons.
     ''If we were to be asked if we have one area in which we are strongest, it would be business and investment," Ake said. Included are business and investment services, such as Standard and Poors, and Dow-Jones, which generally appear on a weekly basis, as well as periodicals, industrial directories, and over-the-counter data.
     Other areas in which the library is particularly well endowed are literary criticism, drama, and the children's collection. In addition, the holdings include nearly three times more non-fiction than fiction materials, and students in the area are able to use it extensively for research.
     To supplement its capacity for research, the library is one of 46 in the Ramapo-Catskill Library System. Ake said that materials the library does not have can be requested through the system. If they don't have the material, the request is forwarded to other library systems throughout the state.

[Image: Charles Glass Sr. was feted at a dinner at Cornetta's Restaurant in Piermont. He is pictured with friends who honored him Friday night upon his retirement. From right are Sal Sorriento, superintendent for maintenance; Walter B. Brooks Sr., president of Local 89; Charles Rhode, mill manager; and Richard Dawson, chairman of the event. Photo by Art Gunther.]
Charles Glass, who for 17 years drove the locomotive used to switch freight cars on the Continental Can Company’s property in Piermont was honored Friday night on the occasion of his retirement at a dinner held at Cornetta’s Restaurant in Piermont. Company representatives, fellow employees, relatives and friends attended.
     Glass had held other positions at the paper mill during his 43 years of employment, his most recent job, that of a truck driver, but very few people ever thought of him as anything else than Continental Can Company’s locomotive engineer. He would still have been at the time of his retirement if trucks hadn’t largely supplanted the railroad in the movement of freight to and from the Piermont plant.
     “There wasn’t enough freight coming in by train for the company to need its own locomotive, so it did away with it,” Glass explained.
     He said that the locomotive was sent to one of the company’s other plants. He believed it was in Louisiana. Glass said that if he ever saw the engine again, he thought he would recognize it from the dents it had accumulated during its long service at Piermont.
     Glass was born in Virginia and grew up on a farm in Pittsylvania County, on which he helped to plant tobacco. The farm was only a few miles from Danville.
     He was 17 when his family moved north to Nyack in the spring of 1926.  Shortly afterwards, the youth got a job with the Piermont Paper Company, driving a horse and wagon taking rubbish to the dump.
     The company had two horses, Glass said. The one which he drove was a white horse named “Dan.”  Although the hostler would feed “Dan,” Glass had to curry and brush the horse before taking him out.
     The company’s dump in those days was not in the marshland alongside the Piermont pier as it is today, but opposite the Piermont Firehouse. Today, the area is the company parking lot. Glass remarked that much of the lot is filled land.
     The youth from Virginia didn’t drive a horse and wagon for very long. He became a brakeman on the switch engine on which he later was to be engineer.  All freight in those days came in by rail over the Erie Railroad and each carload of freight had to be shifted to one of 30 loading doors where it was unloaded.  Later empty cars, as well as cars of freight being shipped from the plant, had to be lined up in readiness for the Erie locomotives which came in to take them out.

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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