This Week in Rockland: Newspaper Excerpts: Flashback Friday: Week of March 20

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March 19, 1870 150 Years Ago
Rockland County Journal

LOST  Between the residence of Mr. Tunis Smith and the Steamboat Dock, a gold watch charm in the shape of a star, set with jet, and on the back of which was engraved the words "Charity Perry." The finder of the same will be suitably rewarded by leaving it at the store of D.D.T. Smith.

ICE PROSPECTS  The late cold weather has been so favorable to our ice-cutters that they will be enabled to fill their houses this season with a very fair quality of ice; the average thickness varying from six to eight inches. At Rockland Lake, the Knickerbocker Ice Company has now about two hundred and fifty men employed day and night, and the ice is being rapidly transported from its liquid bed to the ice houses. The crop will amount to the usual number of tons. Smith Lydecker has housed about two thousand tons of clear, solid ice, thus far, and he desires to assure his customers and the public that he will be able to supply them as usual.

[Image: Postcard, Bird's Eye View of Nanuet, Date unknown]
The attention of housekeepers is called to the auction sale of John T. Brown, which will come off in Middletown, near Nanuet, on the 24th inst. The following is a synopsis of the articles to be sold: Horses, cows, hogs, fowls, timothy hay, rye straw, corn in the ear, oats, rye, potatoes, hives of bees, carriage, wagons, sleighs and sleds, harrows, plows, cart, forks and rakes. A full and complete assortment of household furniture, comprising live-geese feather mattresses, straw beds, bolsters, pillows, quilts, army blankets, counterpanes, comforters. Also, velvet, ingrain and rag carpets, parlor and bedroom furniture of all kinds, crockery, glass and earthen ware. A farm of 35 acres of land, mostly improved, will be offered at the same time. Sale to commence at 10 o'clock, A. M., when the conditions will be made known.

March 20, 1920 100 YEARS AGO
The Nyack Evening Journal

17,500,000 WOMEN WILL VOTE FOR PRESIDENT  Women who will vote at the next Presidential election, regardless of the ratification of the suffrage amendment, number 17,500,000, according to figures compiled by the National American Woman Suffrage Association and made public yesterday. This number is of voting age in the fifteen states having full suffrage, the thirteen Presidential suffrage States and the two States having primary suffrage.
     If the ratification is complete, then 9,500,000 more women will be eligible to the vote. The total number of electoral votes in which women have a voice is 339, or nearly two-thirds of the whole.

AUDIBLE RINGING SIGNAL NEW ‘PHONE FEATURE  The New York Telephone Company has completed installing in central offices in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Newark a new feature known as the audible ringing signal, and Nyack subscribers may expect hear it on calls to those points.
     The purpose of this signal is to give the calling party definite audible notification that the work of putting up the connection has been performed by the operators concerned.
     The signal is a low, burr-r-ing sound lasting several seconds, followed by a silent interval and then a renewal of the burr-r-ing sound. It starts as soon as the operator has established the connection and lasts until the called telephone answers or the operator tells you that they do not answer.

March 18, 1970 50 YEARS AGO
The Journal News

CONGERS ACTRESS BURNED  Kim Stanley, the actress, is reported in satisfactory condition at Nyack Hospital, where she is being treated for burns about her neck and face.
     Miss Stanley, 44, was admitted to the hospital Saturday night after she was burned in a fire in the bedroom of her home at 89 Kings Highway, Congers.
     Clarkstown police said Miss Stanley apparently fell asleep while smoking and that her cigarette set fire to the bed.
     Miss Stanley was nominated in 1966 for an Oscar for best actress after her performance in the British melodrama, "Seance on a Wet Afternoon.” An American-born actress, she is also known for her stage roles.

LOCAL POSTMEN TO ‘WAIT AND SEE’  Rockland letter carriers will meet to discuss the implications of last night's strike vote by New York City carriers, according to Charles Brownsell, vice president of the Rockland chapter of the Letter Carriers Union.
     Brownsell said the meeting date has not been set and will "depend upon the circumstances as they develop."
     "I have not received word from higher union officers with regard to Rockland letter carriers participating in a strike. We will cross that bridge when we come to it," Brownsell said.
     He said the action by New York City carriers was not unwarranted. At one time, he said, letter carriers were paid at a rate far greater than sanitation workers.
     "Today, garbagemen take away what we deliver for several thousand dollars per year more," he said.
     Brownsell noted that in Rockland some full-time letter carriers are on partial welfare.

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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