Flashback Friday Archive 2019-20: Flashback Friday: Week of January 29

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January 28, 1871 – 150 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Journal

       As Mr. Chas. E. Harr on Broadway near Main Street in this village is becoming noted for repairing adjusting and regulating fine watches clocks and jewelry, some enterprising thief thought he would visit the establishment and divide the spoils between the owner and himself. Accordingly on Monday morning when Mr. Harr entered his store, he found the back shutter pried open, a pane of glass shattered, the window fastener removed, the door open and marks of blood on the same, which went to indicate that somebody received a badly cut hand and very little else for his trouble. The extent of Mr. Harr’s loss being articles to the value of about two dollars. Mr. H. says he has worked too long in large cities to leave articles of value lying around loose, and it was simply foolishness for anyone to break into his premises with the hope of securing any of the fine watches, which he was regulating.

January 28, 1921 – 100 YEARS AGO
Rockland News

[Image: Rockrest, the notable English Tudor mansion that was constructed in 1906 for Otis Henderson Cutler. It was located at the upper end of Lafayette Avenue, near Hemion Road. Cutler, a former New York State Assemblyman, was president of the American Brake Shoe and Foundry Co. in Mahwah, New Jersey, and a director of more than a dozen New York City concerns. The home was destroyed by fire in 1968. Photo courtesy of Craig Long.]
       The Hudson River Bridge Corporation was incorporated at Albany last week with capital stock of $251,000.
       Otis H. Cutler of Suffern is chairman of the organizing committee of the company. Mr. Cutler announced that the plan of the company was to erect a bridge over the Hudson between New Jersey and Manhattan, with freight and passenger terminals, elevated railways, a highway and railroad bridge and moving platforms. The cost would be $200,000,000, it is estimated.

       Frederick R. Schock, who lived unlawfully with his aunt at Blauvelt and had two children by her, pled guilty to a charge of perjury before Justice Patterson last week. The sentence was suspended on condition that Schock pay a weekly allowance toward the support of the children. If he does not pay, he will be sent to Sing Sing prison for several years.

       Maple Gate Farm in Viola is all ready for hot weather as far as ice is concerned, having completed the filling of its icehouse Saturday afternoon. To accomplish this feat, and not get caught by the thaw, both Charlie and Mrs. Peck took a hand, the former stowing the eight-inch cakes, while the latter pounded in the sawdust. This is what we call real teamwork.

January 27, 1971 – 50 YEARS AGO
The Journal News

       Ramapo town and school officials said yesterday they are close to apprehending suspects said to have been responsible for a rash of 21 school bomb scares in the past eight days.
       At a press conference at the Ramapo 2 administration building in Spring Valley, Supervisor John F. McAlevey reported a detective is working full time on the case.
       McAlevey also said the telephone company is using “very sophisticated equipment” in narrowing down the search.
       Dr. Darwin G. Carlson, Ramapo 2 superintendent of schools, assured parents that every precaution is being taken for the safety of students in compliance with state directives that require schools to be evacuated when there is a bomb threat.
       The procedure is to check out gymnasiums and auditoriums and then allow students to return inside while a check is made of the rest of the building, which takes 45 minutes.
       The calls to date have all been hoaxes. Dr. Carlson said it may be necessary to extend the school year to make up for lost class time.
       Detective Lt. George Finley of the Clarkstown police said yesterday two juveniles have been arrested for perpetrating bomb scares in Clarkstown Schools.
       He identified them as boys under 16 who “did it for a lark” and who have good home backgrounds.
       Juveniles under 16 who are convicted of the hoaxes are sent to family court. Those 16 and over can be sentenced to jail.

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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