Flashback Friday Archive 2021-22: Flashback Friday: Week of March 19

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March 18, 1871 – 150 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Journal

       By telegraph, on Friday morning, we learn that the Garnerville Print Works, at Haverstraw, was destroyed by fire at 3 o’clock, A.M. The most valuable part of the machinery was consumed, but the private dwellings around the factory were saved.
       The fire engines were taken to the fire by horses belonging to the print works.
       Between 250 and 300 men are thrown out of employment.

March 18, 1921 – 100 YEARS AGO
Rockland News

CALVIN TOMKINS DEAD IN NEW YORK — Contracted Illness at Democratic Convention — Was Formerly Prominent Resident of Rockland County and Dock Commissioner Three Years
[Image: Residence of Calvin Tomkins, Tomkins Cove. Courtesy of the Tomkins Cove Public Library, via NYHeritage. This residence is also known as “Boulderberg” and was built ca. 1858.]
       Calvin Tomkins, Dock Commissioner of New York from 1910 till 1913 and long an advocate of public improvements, and particularly the development of the port of New York, died Sunday in the New York Hospital at the age of sixty-two. He never fully recovered from an attack of pleurisy suffered at the Democratic Convention in San Francisco last June, where he represented the Rockland County District.
       He was born in Orange and was a descendant of Micah Tomkins of New Milford, Conn., one of the original settlers of Newark. He was graduated from Cornell in 1879.
       For many years, Mr. Tomkins lived at Tomkins Cove and was well known and prominent.

NO BOXING BOUTS; FANS WERE PEEVED — Called Off Because Webb Had No State License — Events Had Been Scheduled to Aid Poor Children Abroad, Promoter Said
       Boxing fans of Nyack were a bit perplexed this week when the bouts with padded mitts and wrestling events, scheduled for the Broadway Theater on Wednesday night, did not take place.
       The show was planned by Charles Webb, who had arranged with the local Hoover European Relief Commission to donate a percentage of the receipts to aid the starving children in countries abroad. Apparently, the proposition was not put up to the Nyack people in its true colors and for that reason developed into a fizzle.
       It seems that the State Boxing Commission at Albany sent to Nyack for information about the proposed bouts, and it was set forth that Webb had no license to conduct professional boxing bouts.
       As a result Trustee Haire arranged a conference with Webb, and the latter freely admitted that he possessed no license. He was then told that under the circumstances he could not promote the show.
       When the news was circulated that the show would not take place[,] a number of local sports put the blame upon Trustee Haire and they declared they would vote against him at the village election. Nobody, however, took the trouble to write in the name of another candidate.

March 19, 1971 – 50 YEARS AGO
The Journal News

       The Whitney Museum of American Art says a donation from the estate of artist Edward Hopper is “the most important bequest of an American artist’s work to a museum.”
       The donation, valued at more than $1 million, consists of 1,500 oils, watercolors, etchings and drawings that cover the period from Hopper’s student days to his death in 1967 at the age of 84.
       Hopper was regarded as the foremost realist among modern American painters. His wife, who died in 1968, bequeathed his art works to the Whitney Museum, but the transaction was held up by legal processes until Thursday.
       Hopper’s stark works, depicting the loneliness of American life, already are included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Philadelphia Museum, and the Art Institute Chicago.

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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