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

Postcard: Garnerville from the South
Postcard: Garnerville from the South

March 10, 1870 150 Years Ago
Rockland County Messenger

CORONER'S INQUEST  Coroner Sloat was notified on Monday, March 7th, to hold an inquest upon the body of Mrs. Catherine Hefferin, lying dead at the residence of her husband in this village. The jury after viewing the body, were directed by the Coroner to meet at the Hotel, on the following day at 9 A. M. to hear the evidence. The whole day was occupied in the examination of witnesses. The jury after hearing all the evidence, rendered the following Verdict:

“We find that Catherine Hefferin came to her death on the 6th day of March,  A. D. 1870, at the residence of her husband William Hefferin, in the town of Haverstraw; and that her death was produced by a rupture of her womb during childbirth. We do censure S. W. Allen, the attending Physician, that, after he had used the instruments, and failed to deliver the said Catherine Hefferin, he left her in dying condition, and after one hour or more returned, and did not do anything for her, the said Catherine Hefferin, or to relieve her in her dying condition.’’

Signed, SPENCER S. SLOAT, Coroner. LS. Isaiah Milburn, Foreman, Isaiah M. Gardner, John C. Gee, John Eckerson, Abram B. Jersey, John Barrett, Juror.

     The above-named Coroner will resume the investigation, which was begun some two weeks since, to the cause of the death of Rosatta Abrams, at the U.S. Hotel on Monday next.

UNMARRIED WOMEN  “I am not afraid to live alone,” said a noble woman, “but dare not marry unworthily.’’
     Is there no fine heroism here? I think that to submit cheerfully to a single life where circumstances have been unkind, to choose it for the sake of loyalty to a high ideal, is as brave a thing as a woman can do. But, after all, the woman who does this simply demands to be let alone. She begs that you will not suppose her insensible to a stab because she does not cry out. She has her pride and delicacy. She urges no claims upon admiration, but she has no consciousness of disgrace.

March 12, 1920 100 YEARS AGO
The Nyack Evening Journal

BIG BONUS FOR WORKERS OF GARNER PRINT  Never before in Rockland County has so vast a sum of money been distributed among workers as a bonus as that which took place yesterday at the Garner Print Works, Garnerville.
     The sum total distributed amounts to $269,000 which was paid out to between 800 and 900 employees. The checks ranged from $1,000 down and was based on the earning capacity of the workers during the past year.
     In July last a bonus of $17,000 was paid to the employees of the plant.

VALLEY COTTAGE  Mrs. George Tremper and her three children are all ill. Dr. Miltimore of Nyack has been attending them.
     Miss West of Garnerville has been a guest of Miss McVickers for several days.
     The Girls Scouts meet every Tuesday and Saturday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Weber.
     Helen Manli and Florence Kipp who have been very ill with scarlet fever are convalescing.
     Mr. and Mrs. George Cunningham have written to some of their friends telling of the wonderful days they are having in San Juan, Porto Rico (sic) where they are spending the winter.

March 12, 1970 50 YEARS AGO
The Journal News

WHAT ARE CONDOMINIUMS — "Let’s Get Acquainted"  What are they, these new dwellings everybody is hearing about? They are not cooperative apartment houses, they are not garden apartments, they are not like renting your own apartment. So, what are they?
     Instead of the usual visit to a new Rockland County housing development, "Let's Get Acquainted" decided to find out about condominiums.
     According to a well-informed source, most people, including government officials who should know better, condominiums are "a legal form . . . they could be anything . . . stores, a high-rise apartment building, offices." They are no different from an apartment house, from some standpoints, and they are a business, like any other.
     In practice, they are better than cooperative apartments, since tenants own their apartments and thus are more likely to improve and repair them.
     Regarding condominiums as opposed to cooperative-apartment owners "in practice, because they are exclusionary," may decide not to sell to a particular person, depending on race, color, creed or nationality. Cooperative-apartment owners do not own their apartments; they are shareholders in a corporation.
     Therefore, they must elect their own board of trustees, hire their own electricians and repaint and take care of their own buildings.
     In a condominium, each dwelling family unit may pay anywhere up to 100 per cent of the cost of the unit or may choose to pay less, according to the banker with whom he is dealing. His costs will go toward taxes, amortization of the mortgage, depreciation each cost varying with each apartment.
     In a condominium, there is an advantage for young people who would not otherwise be able to afford to buy homes; and there is an attraction for older people too. They no longer need their own old, large house neither do they want to move away from Rockland County altogether. So, they put their available cash into a condominium. And depending upon the amount of money they put down they have carrying charges, maintenance fees and the like.
     In a cooperative apartment building, on the other hand, corporation shareholders would hold one entire mortgage on the whole building in which they are living. They elect their board of trustees, and their monthly fees cover maintenance, repair, taxes and so on.
     "As a practical matter," my well-informed source tells me, condominiums and cooperatives are very much the same. Condominiums do not have the restrictions on the sale of ownership that cooperatives do, which, in the latter instance, is considered, only an "unspoken right of first refusal."
     A tenant in a condominium may still sell their apartments back to the condominium for the going price, or the same price they paid. There is no sale of stock involved, as there would be with a cooperative apartment. All renters, owners or dwellers, whichever you choose to call them, are joint ventures in the common facilities, inside, outside and everywhere, including within the apartments.
     The common facilities are taken care of by the management of the condominium cutting the grass, filling the swimming pool, etc.
     To conclude, from the perhaps one-sided view of a well-known builder of condominiums, "the occupant is a much more stable individual and has a vested interest in his condominium and in his community" than the average apartment dweller or purchaser of shares in a cooperative-apartment building arrangement.

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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