Flashback Friday Archive 2019-20: Flashback Friday: Week of October 30

2020-10-30 TWIR Image-Odena Kling

October 29, 1870 – 150 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Journal

Whereas, it behooves a people sensible of the dependence on the Almighty, publicly, and collectively to acknowledge their gratitude for his favors and mercies, and humbly to beseech for the continuance: and
       Whereas, the people of the United States during the year now about to end, have special cause to be thankful for general prosperity abundant harvests, exemption from pestilence, foreign war and civil strife;
       Now, therefore, be it known that I, Ulysses S. Grant, President of the United States, concurring in any similar recommendations for chief magistrates of States, so hereby recommend to all citizens to meet in their respective places of worship on Thursday, the 24th day of November next, there to give thanks for the bounty of God during the year about to close, and to supplicate for its continuance hereafter.
       In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed,
       Done at the City of Washington, this 21st day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy, and of the independence of the United States the ninety-fifth.U. S. Grant
       By the President.
       Hamilton Fish, Secretary of State
       Governor Hoffman has appointed the same day: November 24th

October 29, 1920 – 100 YEARS AGO
Rockland News

SENTENCE SUSPENDED IN KIDNAPPING CASE — But Sadie Summers must not drink for 10 years — Sentenced by Judge Patterson for stealing little Nyack girl several months ago.
       Sadie Summers Whalen, found guilty on a charge of kidnapping, was sentenced to 10 years in state prison by Judge Patterson, but sentence was suspended and the woman placed on probation for that period.  The conditions are that she must abstain from the use of intoxicating liquors during the 10 years. If she drinks, she will be made to serve the prison term.
       The child Mrs. Whalen was accused of kidnapping is Sara Caglione, the 10-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Caglione of number 143 Burd Street.
       It was not until June 15, that the girl was reported missing to the local police.
Caglione told judge Haas and the police authorities that a well-dressed woman had called at his home, and that she had explained she represented the police judge. She exhibited a badge and said she had called to take Sarah away. She demanded the sum of $5 for her board and $1 for herself and Caglione unwittingly believed her story and gave her the money.
       The following day Caglione learned that Mrs. Whalen lived in Prospect street where he saw his daughter. The woman said she was planning to dress the child in order to take her to an institution. Mrs. Caglione accompanied her husband to the Whalen home, and after the usual partings the couple returned home.
       When Mrs. Whalen took the child away the father complained to the police and Judge Haas managed to check her up and followed her in her flight. It was ascertained that Mrs. Whalen had taken the Caglione girl to West Nyack in a bus and from that place to Spring Valley in a taxicab.  At that point, a train for Suffern was boarded and a trolley car carried them to Mahwah.
       Mrs. Whalen was captured on June 16 last in a small shack occupied by a negro in a lonely and unfrequented spot in near Mahwah and situated at the foot of the Ramapo Mountains. The woman, who was arrested by Chief of Police Hunter and Special Officer VanBlarcom, of Suffern, was arranged before Justice Price at Mahwah and she readily consented to return to Nyack without a legal fight.

October 29, 1970 – 50 YEARS AGO
The Journal News

[Image: Odena Kling. Photo by Warren Inglese.]
       An old school bell that summoned several generations of students to classes at the West Nyack Elementary School will be dedicated Sunday to Mrs. Odena Kling, former principal of the school.

       Members of the West Nyack Rotary Club rescued the bell from a basement storeroom, cleaned and polished it, and provided a cradle for it. It will stand in the school's main corridor with a plaque praising Mrs. Kling for her 33 years of service to the Clarkstown school district.
       Presentation of the bell will highlight the third annual pancake breakfast of the Rotary Club, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the school.
       Mrs. Kling and superintendent of schools Felix Festa will accept the bell on behalf of the school district.
       While restoring the bell, the Rotarians tried to trace Its history. Some older residents of West Nyack believe the bell came from one of the steam locomotives that used to run on the West Shore Railroad. Others think it came from the ferry slip at Nyack.
       Tickets for the breakfast will be available at the door. Funds raised will be used for the West Nyack Rotary Club's community service projects.

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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