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

Big Gospel Show Organizers
Big Gospel Show Organizers

May 13, 1871 – 150 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Journal

       The body of Fitch P. Birdsall, who jumped overboard from the steamer Connecticut, April 15th, while laboring under aberration of mind, and attempted to swim ashore, was recovered last week at Sneden’s, where an inquest was held. The remains were brought to Nyack on Friday last, and forwarded to Peekskill by the steamer Norwalk.

       The body of Rev. Thomas Wooster, who attempted to cross the river on the ice between Peekskill and Caldwell’s last March, was found by some fishermen a few weeks ago, and temporarily interred. His funeral took place at North Haverstraw on Thursday last. The Presiding Elder of this district officiated.

       James Conlan, an employee on the new Hackensack railroad was run over by the cars at Nanuet, on Wednesday morning, and had one foot and leg crushed, and the opposite thigh badly broken. The leg was amputated near the knee by Dr. Smith, of our village, assisted by Drs. Wells, of Nanuet, and Wigton, of Spring Valley. The injured man was removed to the Hoboken Hospital on Thursday afternoon. The accident was caused by the engine being driven too violently into a train of flat cars standing on the tracks.

May 14, 1921 – 100 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Times

       Mr. A. M. Pantol who has been running a garage in Depot Square, Congers, operating the bus between Congers and Haverstraw is to retire from the operation of the bus business, having purchased the candy, confectionery, and ice cream restaurant room of Mr. Earl, near the intersection of the Valley Cottage-Long Clove highway at Congers, and announces his retirement from the bus business.
       Mr. Pantol says he is to thoroughly renovate the Earl establishment, enlarge its usefulness, besides selling a general line of confectionery, ice cream and other necessities for travellers, he is to install a tea room, quick lunch restaurant and install a gasolene [sic] and oil station for the convenience of passing automobile users. Mr. Pantol has taken immediate possession of the new property and began the work of improvement.

May 12, 1971 – 50 YEARS AGO
Rockland Independent/Leader

       Rockland County's newest acquisition—its own flag—will soon be flying at the county office building in New City on the same pole with Old Glory. It will also be placed in judges chambers, the office of the chairman of the legislature and in the legislature chambers.
       The winning design, executed by South Orangetown School District art teacher Pierce Coulter, was selected by county legislators from a field of more than 100 entries. For his efforts, Coulter will receive a $100 savings bond presented by the Rockland County Association during the regular session of the legislature on Monday, May 17 at 7pm.

[Image: Big Gospel Show organizing committee (left to right): Tommy Carter, Larry Perlman, Clifford Hill, and Vinnie Gill.]
       St. Paul A.M.E. Zion Church, Spring Valley will sponsor a program of gospel music, May 16. Working hard on its organization are Tommy Carter, an emcee at WRKL; Larry Perlman, a Spring Valley trustee; Clifford Hill, the program's chairman; and Vinnie Gill ticket chairman. Proceeds from the show will benefit the church-sponsored day care center and various youth activity.

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, visitwww.RocklandHistory.orgor call (845) 634-9629.


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