This Week in Rockland: Newspaper Excerpts: Flashback Friday: Week of May 21

2021-05-21 TWIR Image-Leland Meyer

May 20, 1871 – 150 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Journal

       By the census just completed by Mr. Codington, we have the following result: resident population of Nyack, 3,442; heads of families 711; average to each family, 5.
       The stockholders in the Nanuet and New City railroad paid their first installment of ten per cent last Saturday. The engineer will have the route of the road located in a short time.
       If the reader of this article is undecided whether to summer in Nyack or New Jersey, we will inform him that the mosquitoes are gathering in the latter place in swarms, and are thoroughly organized.
       We understand that the Grand Lodge of St. Crispins, at Albany, decide that Mssrs. Ketchell & Purdy were justified in discharging a hand who was attempting to form a lodge of female Crispins in this village. Crispins, this is bitter.

May 20, 1921 – 100 YEARS AGO
Rockland News

       Mr. Henry Muller, who has been conducting a constantly growing milk and dairy business for his White Farm Dairy at West Nyack, serving the people of that community daily in and about West Nyack with fresh milk and cream, announces that he is to extend his activities so as to include the people in and about Valley Cottage.
       This new departure of Mr. Muller is filling in much needed necessity to all that territory in and about Valley Cottage and extending to West Nyack. Deliveries will be made daily with fresh pure milk and cream produced at the White Farm Dairy and from cows milked and cared for under the most sanitary and hygienic methods, the cows having been tubular tested and the milk certified as to purity.
       Those who desire can reach Mr. Muller by telephone, calling New City 18-W or can leave orders at the Valley Cottage Post Office in care of Mrs. Gannon, from which they will receive prompt attention, thus insuring all those who desire a prompt supply daily.

       While sawing wood in central Nyack on Saturday afternoon, Andrew Tyrrar, a well-known Nyack colored man stumbled and fell over a circle saw which was in operation that severed his right arm above the elbow.

May 19, 1971 – 50 YEARS AGO
Rockland Independent/Leader

[Image: Leland Rickard Meyer scrapes wallpaper at Historical Society’s Blauvelt House in New City. Meyer, former principal of Spring Valley High School, restored his own historic home. Now he is taking charge of the Society’s restoration project. (Cornell Photo)]
       Leland Rickard Meyer has scraped, sawed, and scrounged to restore his own historic home in Spring Valley. Now he is scraping, sawing and scrounging in another historic home. In a sense the old Blauvelt home in New City is partly his—it belongs to the Historical Society of Rockland County, of which Meyer is first vice-president.
       The Society hopes to open the Blauvelt house to the public, and plans to construct an adjoining fireproof museum to house its priceless collection of historic documents, memorabilia and artifacts of Rockland long ago.
       Late last year, the society purchased the [ca.] 1834 home with its outbuildings and four acres of land from builder John Knutson for $110,000. Along with the new museum building the society plans to create a historic center, with the 19th century farmhouse, a blacksmith shop, farm buildings and a kitchen as part of a living display.

       Generally "a long hot summer" means unrest and racial violence.
       However, this year the term may apply to a long stretch of time when Rockland County youngsters, used to working or having planned activities available to them, will find themselves footloose and fancy free.
       In past years, school districts and municipalities have offered a fairly wide selection of activities for children up to the age of 14.
       State budget cuts have been felt initially in recreation programs, not only on the municipal level but in school districts as well. Planned activities, except in Clarkstown, will be offered on a minimal basis.
       There has been little planned recreation for older teens in past years. But many of them, who had counted on summer jobs in government to tide them over, will find themselves this year without jobs either in government or elsewhere. State budget cuts have forced the elimination of many summer jobs with town departments.
       Cutbacks in the mental health budget have also reduced the number of available jobs at Rockland State Hospital and Letchworth village, and with a reduced economy in general throughout the county, stores are giving available employment to fathers rather than their sons.

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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