Flashback Friday Archive 2019-20: Flashback Friday: Week of July 10

Chapel at St. Agatha's Home-Nanuet
Chapel at St. Agatha's Home-Nanuet

July 9, 1870 150 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Journal

Written for the Journal
       Our colored citizens of Rockland County had a grand time at Haverstraw, on Wednesday of this week, commemorating the Fifteenth Amendment. Large numbers were present, and everything passed off in a most creditable manner. Two uniformed companies took part in the celebration, and their drilling marching, and general soldierly bearing elicited commendation from all.
       Our colored friends in Nyack and vicinity put in a very handsome appearance. Having chartered a boat to take them to Haverstraw, about one hundred and twenty-five left Nyack at nine o’clock a.m. among them the North Orange Co, A., 26th Reg’t, N.Y.S.V., under command of Col. Thomas Jackson. These men were all under fire during the rebellion and performed the part of good and true soldiers. They turned out twenty-eight muskets and were officered as follows: Capt. Sam Gullfield, 1st Lieut. Francis Wood, 2d Lieut. Thomas Thompson, Orderly Serg’t. Wm. H. Brown. Their appearance and conduct throughout was admirable.
       In the evening, the Ferryboat returned them to Nyack, and we do not say too much when we declare that a more orderly and well-conducted party has seldom been witnessed. All over the boat were scattered little groups singing hymns or engaged in conversation. There was not the slightest approach to intoxication in any, no rudeness, obscenity, or riotous conduct, but all seemed bent on enjoying themselves in a cheerful, manly way, and they certainly succeeded most admirably.& They deserve all the praise accorded them, and it give us pleasure to record the fact.

July 9, 1920 100 YEARS AGO
Rockland News

WOMAN VOTERS OF NANUET MEET – MRS. MARION DICKERMAN SPOKE AT LAST MEETING – Many Speakers at Next Meeting to be Held Thursday, July 15, at School House
       The Nanuet Branch of the League of Women Voters held its regular meeting on July 1. The speaker was Miss Marion Dickerman of New York who, by her first-hand knowledge, spoke interestingly and authoritatively on election and election methods.
       The subject of the next meeting, which will be held on July 15, at the schoolhouse, will be the duties of county and town officers and allied interests. Those who will speak are Mr. E. C. Buchanan, town clerk of Clarkstown, Mr. E. D. Ten Eyck, superintendent of the poor and keeper of the County Alms Houses; Mr. C. I. Westervelt, overseer of the poor, Mrs. Doane, superintendent of the Messiah Home for Children, Spring Valley; Mr. Chas. Eaka, truant officer.
       At the last meeting, the following permanent officers of the Club were elected:
       Chairman – Mrs. Hugh McCoden, Vice Chairman – Miss Marian Hardy Secretary – Mrs. Harriet S. Freement, Directors Mrs. F. L. Huebner, Mrs. A. D. Piper, Mrs. Otto Stepbach.
       All women interested in more intelligent citizenship are invited to attend these meetings.

       After a hearing held Friday afternoon Police Justice Benjamin Haas of Nyack, committed to Sarah Caglione and Enrico Caglione, children of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Caglione of Burd Street, to St. Agatha’s Home, Nanuet.
       Sarah Caglione is the little girl Mrs. Sarah Summers Whalen carried away to a hut in the Ramapo Mountains recently.
       It has been charged that the children have not been properly taken care of by their parents and both were brought into court. Yesterday the general welfare of the young fold was considered and at the suggestion for Miss Gladys Mendum, Rockland County agent of the State Charities Aid Association, they were sent to the institution.

July 11, 1970 50 YEARS AGO
The Journal News

       It was camp time for about 75 physically handicapped youngsters this week as they headed for Camp Carola in Spring Valley. The camp is sponsored by the New York Philanthropic League, which has helped thousands of orthopedically handicapped children over the last 60 years. Among the children arriving for the seven-week program were Carmen Wichard, and Modesto Hernandez. Both were helped by camp director Barney Emil. The camp, one of the first of its kind in the country, is co-educational.

       Congers Artist Evan Abrams has carved a creative niche out of the Valley Cottage forest in a converted barn which was once the studio of abstract painter Tom George.
       Called “Studio - in the - Woods,” the Abrams endeavor offers weekday evening art classes, primarily in watercolor, for adults who want to fulfill their urge for constructive creativity.
       “People are starting to realize that something is lacking in modern Life, and that is why there is now a great return to the arts,” Abrams said.
       He offers the opinion that man's basic instinct to create is being hindered by modern conveniences and that people are not using their leisure time creatively.
       Abrams is a graduate of Indiana State College in Pennsylvania and teaches art at Clarkstown’s Chestnut Grove School. He has taught basic painting and drawing for the Clarkstown adult education program and has had exhibits of his work in McKeesport, Pa., and last year in New City.
       With the growing trend for Rockland County people to recognize and buy from local talent, the Congers artist finds bare walls at home which once displayed his oils and watercolors. While his oils tend more to the abstract, his Impressionistic watercolors are smoky, country scenes.
       His happy reaction to the selling of his works: “Time to start painting again.”
       Abrams said, “If you're always preaching creativity as a teacher without becoming involved yourself, you find there is a need to be revitalized and get involved once more.”
       The renovated hayloft of “Studio - in the - Woods” where he will be teaching that involvement is a large white room with picture windows overlooking a sloping, wooded hillside. There, the artist hopes to reach a cross-section of people with all levels of creative ability.
       Abrams credits Victor Lowenfeld with the philosophy he has adopted that “art is not the representation of an object but rather the representation of an experience.“
       “And creativity reduces imitation,” he added, stating that the creative person will surely develop his own style without copying from another.
       What about, style? “Every time you pick up a brush or pencil, you're developing style,” he commented.
       Rockland County is ideally situated for him “because of its closeness to New York City and the New England states, where painting can become an inspiration.”
       Having taught to a variety of ages, he notes the difference in definition of art for the youngster and the adult. When applied to children's work, the term “art” connotes adult concepts and judgments and may kill childlike creativity. Call their work “creative expression” instead, he cautioned.

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