Flashback Friday Archive 2019-20: Flashback Friday: Week of November 27

Dan deNoyelles, Journal News, 1970
Dan deNoyelles, Journal News, 1970

November 26, 1870 – 150 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Journal

       The committee appointed by the Blauvelt family in New Jersey, to go to Holland to inquire about the great estate alleged to have been left without a will in that country, have written back that there is actually such an estate in Holland, awaiting the heirs. All the Blauvelt family have now to do, they say, is to trace up their genealogical record and prove themselves descendants of the old gentlemen who left so much property. Everybody by the name of Blauvelt in Paterson is now putting on airs and the young men outside have suddenly become aware of the attractiveness of the young marriageable Blauvelt girls. In a matrimonial point of view, the sensation will undoubtedly prove a great success. If nothing else, the proceeding for the securing of the estate are to be prosecuted to the end.

November 26, 1920 – 100 YEARS AGO
Rockland News

       The Gospel mission Main street Nyack is again about to establish its day nursery, where mothers employed during the day may leave their children who are under school age to be cared for at the cost of 25 cents per day, or 20 cents a day if more than one child and a family is to be cared for. As only a limited number can be cared for at the present time, only white children will be received and the little colored folk, whose mothers work all day are already provided for. The nursery will require a stove, a few chairs, one or two beds, and bedding, to be in proper shape to care for its small guests.
       Tuesday November 30, the rooms over the mission will be open to interested friends of the work, and on December 1, the nursery will be opened.

       Laurence Beckerle, Vice President and manager of the Spring Valley Coal and Lumber Company is home from a trip south, which he made to gather information in connection with the lumber business. Mr. Beckerle spent most of his time in the vicinity of New Orleans, going through the lumber mills where Cypress and yellow pine lumber is made and gathered much information of great value to him in carrying on his business.

November 25, 1970 – 50 YEARS AGO
The Journal News

       Daniel deNoyelles Sr. of 1 Pine Drive, Thiells, a sixth generation North Rockland resident and a local history buff and authority, has been named “1970 Rockland County Man of the Year” by Stony Point Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution.
       The Minuteman trophy and certificate will be presented at the chapter's 7th annual installation and awards dinner Dec. 4 at the Blue Hill Restaurant, Pearl River.
       Presentation will be by James N. Gardiner of New York City, immediate past president general of the National Society, S.A.R.
       DeNoyelles' great-great-great-great grandfather, John, left France in 1755, came to the American colonies and in 1757 settled in North Rockland. The deNoyelles estate, which once covered 200 acres under High Tor Mountain on Route 9W, Haverstraw, later became the Riverside Nursing Home.
       Some of the finest blue clay deposits in the world were found on the deNoyelles property, and brickmaking was started there by James Wood in 1815, at a place where the stone quarry now dumps its waste material, off Riverside Avenue, Haverstraw.
       The village became one of the largest brick producing centers and busiest river ports in the world for more than a century, 1815-1925. Brick manufacturing ended in 1941 when the Rockland Brick Co., headed by Daniel's cousin, John L. deNoyelles, closed its plant.
       Daniel was plant manager under his father, Frank, who served as a state assemblyman, until the latter’s death in 1927. Daniel then became president and chairman of the board of directors of the deNoyelles Brick Co. He also served on the board of directors of the Greater New York Brick Co., New York City.
       Daniel, born in 1904, graduated from the Haverstraw schools and Colgate University. While in high school he earned 12 varsity letters in cross country, track (he ran in the Penn Relays), basketball and baseball.
       After the closing of the brickyard, Daniel went with New York Trap Rock in 1939 and worked there until retiring in 1964, except for service in World War II. He was quarry supervisor at the time of his retirement.
       He then joined the Rockland County Department of Social Services and became storekeeper at the Rockland County Infirmary, Pomona, serving until last year.
       DeNoyelles is a trustee, serves on the executive committee, is senior historian and is on the program committee of the Historical Society of Rockland County. He lectures on local history, taught history in the North Rockland adult education program, and has had many articles published. His writing has appeared in the New York Folklore Quarterly, Rockland County Times, South of the Mountains, and Industrial Psychology.
       He is a member of the board of trustees of the Haverstraw United Methodist Church, succeeding his father in 1927. He was awarded a church historian centennial citation in 1957 by the Methodist Church at the Newark Annual Conference.
       He is treasurer, and was secretary for three years, of Stony Point Lodge, F.&A.M., Haverstraw; was a member of Rescue H.&L. Company of the Haverstraw Fire Department; is adjutant of Harold B. Holt Post, American Legion, Haverstraw, having served with the 87th Construction Battalion, Seabees, U.S. Navy, in the Western Pacific during World War II.
       He, served as treasurer of the original Haverstraw School District, Union Free School No. 1, and was attendance officer from 1937 to 1943; served as chairman of the Colgate University alumni fund drive in Rockland County; was on the board of directors for the Haverstraw Tercentennial Celebration; served on the banking crisis reorganization committee for the National Bank of Haverstraw in 1933; is on the Rockland County Advisory Board of the Salvation Army, and is president of Mount Repose Cemetery, Inc., Haverstraw.
       His wife is the former Helen Whalen of Haverstraw. Mr. deNoyelles has two daughters, Mrs. Nina Decker of Garnerville and Mrs. Mary Boyes of Warsaw, Ind.; a son, Daniel Jr., of New Milford, N.J., and seven grandchildren.

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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