This Week in Rockland: Newspaper Excerpts: Flashback Friday: Week of April 17

2020-04-17 TWIR Image Lediger Store

April 13, 1895 125 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Journal

ARRESTED FOR TRUANCY — The First Case Under the New Compulsory Law  Arthur Schue, a lad about ten years of age, was arrested on Tuesday for truancy, being the first case in Nyack under the new Compulsory Education law. The boy was found wandering around the streets instead of attending school, and officer Lubbe arrested him and brought him before Justice Whyard. The trial will take place on Thursday of next week, as some time is found necessary to obtain witnesses. Lawyer W. H. Bannister appeared in behalf of the S. P. C. C., through whose instrumentality the boy was arrested, and Lawyer Benjamin Levison represented the lad's parents. The case will be watched with much interest.

DEGRAW STOLE EGGS — And Mr. Lediger Kicked Him Out of the Store  On Saturday evening last R. DeGraw came into L J. Lediger's store at Blauvelt and took a couple of eggs. He went outside and ate them, and then returned and took more. He was detected in the act by J. Etzel, who informed Mr. Lediger. The latter then walked up to DeGraw and told him to put back the eggs which he had stolen. DeGraw was very much surprised, and some words ensued. Mr. Lediger aimed a terrific blow at the man which smashed one of the eggs in his pocket and sprawled him on the floor. Mr. Lediger then picked DeGraw up and kicked him out of the store. A number of persons were present in the store and witnessed the occurrence. DeGraw thought his eggs were very costly as he limped away from the from the effect of the punishment which he had received.

DIED OF A CONGESTIVE CHILL — Mrs. Fesel Passed Away in a Strange Manner  A Mrs. John Fesel, wife of a florist living on the Nyack turnpike between Nanuet and Spring Valley, died suddenly on Saturday morning, and Coroner Demarest was summoned to hold an inquest on the afternoon of that day. The woman, who has always been considered extraordinarily healthy, complained of feeling slightly ill in the morning and did not get up as usual. Her husband prepared his own breakfast, and after seeing that she was comfortable, went to his work.
     Mr. Fesel returned after a short time and found his wife still in bed. She told him she did not want anything, and he again went to hie work. A little later be sent his son to see how she was. The boy returned saying his mother would not answer him and that her head was lying on a chair alongside the bed. When the husband entered the room, he gently raised her head and laid it on the pillow, when she gasped and died.
     Coroner Demarest arrived at the house at about .3:3o o'clock, and learning the circumstances, determined that an autopsy was necessary. This he held and found the woman died of a congestive chill.

April 13, 1945 75 YEARS AGO
The Journal News

ROCKLAND JOINS IN MOURNING SUDDEN DEATH OF PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT; PLANS ARE MADE FOR FUNERAL TOMORROW, HYDE PARK BURIAL SUNDAY – LEADERS ALL JOIN IN TRIBUTE – News of Tragedy Spread Rapidly After First Flash; Churches Plan Services as Memorial  News of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s death spread rapidly in Rockland County yesterday. First flashes over the radio were relayed by phone to neighbors and friends who might not have heard of the President’s passing and words of regret and sorrow were on everyone’s lips.
     The President was known personally to many in Rockland County and he has spoken here a number of times during his many campaigns, the last time at the old Broadway Theater in Nyack. He has passed through the county regularly on the West Shore as his special train traveled between Washington and his home at Hyde Park.

Tributes are Many

Civic leaders in the county joined in quick tribute to a great American and politics was forgotten in mourning for the late President. Comment was general that in his death the world has lost one of its great men.
     Gatherings last night as full respect to his memory and plans have been fermented for observances throughout the county. Spring Valley churches are planning for union services to be held on Sunday afternoon, at the Reform Church[;] full details to be announced tomorrow. Nyack churches will remain open all day and tomorrow for prayer for the late President, for the country and for the world, each church to handle its own observance at service on Sunday. Other village churches in the county are expected to announce plans today and tomorrow. Congregation Kehilath Israel of Spring Valley will hold services at 8 pm.

April 17, 1970 50 YEARS AGO
The Journal News

9W RECONSTRUCTION ON DRAWING BOARD  Reconstruction of Route 9W between Nyack and the New Jersey border is now on the drawing board, it was announced yesterday by Orangetown Supervisor John B. Lovett.
     He said the information came in a letter from Nicholas Sinacori, regional director at Poughkeepsie for the state Department of Transportation. Sinacori said the project is "under preliminary design" and added that a public hearing may be held late this year or early in 1971. Work would start in 1972. Meanwhile, Sinacori told Lovett, the state will keep Route 9W open and in repair. Lovett noted he is disappointed the project will take another two years but said he is pleased by the promise to repair the highway

BUSING PLAN DOUBTED  Clarkstown school district officials say they are dubious about an announcement made by the South Orangetown district which claims the busing of its entire student body next year would be cheaper than under the present limited transportation formula.
     In checking out the claim with the state education department, Clarkstown officials were advised not to make any changes in their new budget based on a possible state aid increase.
     South Orangetown educators said they were interpreting the recently amended state transportation aid formula to mean the average cost per student would be reduced, and actually less expensive, if all students were bused.
     The new formula, which considers only the cost per pupil, would be cheaper for a school district because each bus would make a shorter run carrying more pupils than under the present system.
     Under the new figures, the state would contribute 90 per cent for the first $10 and a certain percentage of the next $10. However, no one seems sure when this plan would go into effect, or if it would actually be cheaper.
     Dr. Stuart Binion, Clarkstown's administrative officer, said he was informed by the state officials that the new Joint Legislative Committee law has not even been fully interpreted by the committee.
     Transportation aid for schools previously had been mandated only for kindergarten through sixth graders over one mile from school, and for 7th through 12th graders over a mile and a half from school.
     Parents of children attending the Bardonia Elementary School and Clarkstown Junior High School flocked to a meeting of the school board Monday seeking busing for all the children walking to school along Route 304, after a fatal accident there earlier that day.
     They claim repeated efforts to have the state install additional traffic lights or reduce the speed limits have gone unheeded.
     Dr. Binion said the district would "thoroughly investigate the new formula" for any possibility of additional state aid permitting the busing of all students.
     He added that Clarkstown's system of staggered bus runs was an attempt to hold down transportation costs by using the same buses at different school-opening times.

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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