This Week in Rockland: Newspaper Excerpts: Flashback Friday: Week of May 15

2020-05-15 TWIR Image-Dominican Protestors

May 14, 1870 150 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Messenger

A WORD TO OUR COLORED CITIZENS  The Fifteenth Amendment having become a law throughout the entire extent of our country, and our late Legislature having hastened to recognize the fact by placing colored citizens on the same political plane as white, we take this opportunity to announce to them that at the Judicial election, to be held on Tuesday, the 17th inst., all colored men, whether they do or do not own property, are entitled to vote on the same conditions prescribed for their hitherto more favored brethren.
        Except in the city and county of New York, the Registry Law is repealed, and hence, there need be no fears that any barrier will be placed in the way of ALL who are legally entitled to the right of suffrage.
        Were we blinded by partisan feelings and predilections, as are some of our Democratic cotemporaries, we would urge upon our newly created citizens the propriety and necessity of voting only for Republicans, on the hypothesis that, as a general rule, they are the safest, and best men; but such is not our style, especially in an election like that approaching. We want to see pure and good, and entirely upright judges on the bench, and whether they belong to one party or the other, we think they should receive the support of every man who wishes to see justice administered even-handedly, impartially, and with the fear of God before the eyes of him who sits to administer it.
        Too often, of late years, has the sacredness of the office been prostituted to the lowest depths of party chicanery, and men holding high positions have groveled in the mud and slime of corruption in obedience to the behests of party dictation.
        Let our colored citizens, who, for the first time will cast their vote on the 17th, see to it that they will help no man, whatever may be his politics, to position, unless they are equally as sure of his moral qualifications as they are of his legal.
        Finally, let no man of color fail to vote, his right to do so is as much beyond question or cavil as that the sun is shining in the heavens, or that the earth revolves on its axis.

May 14, 1920 100 YEARS AGO
Rockland News

ROCKLAND COUNTY WOMEN ATTEND CAMPAIGN SCHOOL  Mrs. Haryet Holt Day, Mrs. Alice S. DeHaven, Miss Katherine Nicholson, Mrs. Howard Starett, Mrs. Ella Straut, Mrs. A.H. Merritt, Mrs. R. T. Hough, Mrs. William U. Grimshaw, Miss Sophia K. Seabury and Miss N. F. Couch represented Rockland County at the Republican campaign school held by the Women’s State Executive Committee as White Plains yesterday.
      Mrs. Henrietta W. Livermore, Mrs. Ruth Litt, Mrs. William H. Ives and Mrs. Rowitte Loew Whitney were the speakers.

TO UNVEIL MEMORIAL  The memorial erected in Depot Square Sparkill in honor of the soldiers and sailors who served in the world war is to be unveiled Monday, May 31.  Justice Arthur S. Tompkins is to make the principal address.

STEAM ROLLER IN DITCH  One of the steam rollers used in the work of repairing the Nyack turnpike went into the ditch opposite the Spring Valley Wood Products Corporation Monday.  The roller did not upset but rested against the bank.  It was not out yet Thursday but was being jacked up and planking was being placed under it so that it could be moved.

May 14, 1970 50 YEARS AGO
The Journal News

[Image: Dominican College students protest Kent State deaths and war in Indochina, photograph by Sean Murphy, Journal News]
About 50 students of the Dominican College at Blauvelt marched in front of the county courthouse at New City Monday to protest the deaths of Kent State students and the war in Indochina.
      Miss Mary Dean, president of the student body said Dominican College students were divided on the issues that swept the nation's campuses last week.
      She said three propositions were offered in a student referendum.
      The first called for Dominican College students to "raise our voices" with other students throughout the nation to protest "Nixon's decision to send troops into Cambodia." The students approved it, 107-90, with 11 abstentions.
      The second proposition called for support of the demonstration at the courthouse and was approved 103-96, with 9 abstentions, Miss Dean said.
      The third proposition called for suspending classes Wednesday "to provide adequate time for a teach-in and general discussions, pro and con, centering around the national crisis." The proposal was approved, 147-51, with 10 abstaining.
      Sister Anne Corrigan, one of five faculty members marching against the war, said she supported the teach-in as a way to educate our students as to what the issues are so they can be “informed rather than emotional."
      Robert Ferrari, a Dominican College sophomore, said a petition campaign is under way on the campus calling for withdrawal of U.S. troops in Cambodia and decrying the Kent State shootings. The petitions will be sent to Rep. Martin B. McKneally.
      William Brennan, also a sophomore, was one of the students watching the demonstration. He said he supported the teach-in and wanted the war to end but that he felt President Nixon is doing the best he can to resolve the conflict.
      Mrs. Betty Kurtzman, a student at the college who has a daughter in college and a son in high school, also joined the courthouse demonstration.
      "Our kids are in college and doing their things there," she said. "Age shouldn't be a dividing line."

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