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This Week in Rockland: Newspaper Excerpts: Flashback Friday: Week of August 14

2020-08-14 TWIR Image-Nixon Circus

August 13, 1870 150 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Journal

NIXON’S NIBLO’S GARDEN CIRCUS
       Our readers will be pleased to learn that we are to have a real, genuine circus, in Nyack on the afternoon and evening of Thursday, August 18th. The name of James M. Nixon is, or ought to be, a sufficient guarantee that everything appertaining to this establishment is first-class. Mr. Nixon was the projector of the great hippodrome, in New York, and has always stood at the head of the circus profession. In addition to the circus company, Mr. Nixon has secured the wonderful French wrestlers, recently brought to this country by Samuel Colville, Esq., who have been so highly successful in New York.

CARD OF THANKS
       The undersigned, in behalf of their colored fellow-citizens, hereby tender to their friends and the public their sincere and hearty thanks for the kindness and aid shown them while attempting to carry out their arrangements in celebrating the XVth Amendment. Benjamin Samuels, John Banta, Thomas Thompson, Committee of Arrangements.
 

August 13, 1920 100 YEARS AGO
Rockland News

REPUBLICAN WOMEN MEET AT HAVERSTRAW — GATHERING THURSDAY AT HOME OF MRS. MARGARET WASHBURN — ADDRESSES MADE BY MRS. GRACE D. VANAMEE AND MRS. LULU EDSALL SERVEN
       About one hundred and fifty women from all parts of Rockland county gathered at the home of Mrs. Margaret Washburn at Haverstraw last Thursday afternoon to hear Mrs. Grace D. Vanamee, acting director of the Hall of Fame, speak on the platform recently adopted by the Republican State unofficial convention. Mrs. Vanamee and Mrs. Rosalie Loew Whitney, who spoke at a republican women’s meeting at Hillburn July 30, were members of a Platform advisory committee composed of Senator Sage as Chairman and three other men, which committee drew up the platform which was submitted to the Resolutions Committee at Saratoga. Mrs. Vanamee explained the most important planks of the platform, relative to the high cost of living, the Primary system, Social legislation, housing, immigration, and The League of Nations. Mrs. Vanamee’s speech was received with the greatest interest and enthusiasm.
       Mrs. William A. Serven of Pearl River spoke about our duty as American women and stated that the women’s clubs and organizations all over this country will pledge themselves to the interests of America, its institution, and ideals.
       The women of Haverstraw organized a women’s Republican club at the close of the meeting, and officers were elected with Mrs. Margaret Washburn as president. The club already has a large membership.

August 12, 1970 50 YEARS AGO
The Journal News

SUMMERTIME IS FUN FOR STONY POINT KIDS
       Stony Point set up a new town park this summer in a picturesque ravine several hundred feet below the Route 9W viaduct.
       Town officials bought some of the fanciest, most modern playground equipment there is for the children—a towering Rocket in which kids can climb safely behind wire screen, and a Tornado slide, with a slippery spiral ramp down which a body plummets rather than slides.
       The new apparatus sits in a beautiful green field, with trees rising up the walls of the ravine on either side. Cedar Pond Brook runs along one side and youngsters have found its shallow rocky streambed a great place to play.
       Each day, 300 children in the summer recreation program (the official enrollment is 722) get a chance to try out the new rides, wading pool, swings, seesaws, slides and climbing bars, and participate in group competitions against the CYO, Haverstraw, West Haverstraw and Garnerville Day Camps.
       The Stony Point summer recreation program is headed by Charles Eccher and a staff of 17 counselors on a five-day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. schedule. The seven-week summer program also books Mondays and Fridays for trips to Rockland Lake; Tuesdays for field trips for the 7 and 8-year-olds; Wednesdays for field trips for the 9 to 14-year-olds; and Thursdays are set aside for trips to the movies.
       Sports activities include soft-ball, track meets, basketball and swim-meets with other park action including volleyball and large and small group games. An active arts and crafts program is also in effect.
       Three buses provided by the town supply transportation for field trips to places like the Hayden Planetarium, Shea and Yankee Stadiums, West Point, the Bronx Zoo, Museum of Natural History, Sterling Forest, Museum Village, Birch Hill Game Farm, Mt. Beacon and Palisades Amusement Park.
       Eccher says now even parents take a keen enjoyment in the park when they visit with their children with the addition of more picnic tables to the area.
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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 www.RocklandHistory.org or call (845) 634-9629.


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