Flashback Friday Archive 2021-22: Flashback Friday: Week of May 28

2021-05-28 TWIR Image-Haverstraw HS

May 27, 1871 – 150 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Journal

       The road commissioners intend, before long, to macadamize Broadway. They will be entitled to the gratitude of the community by so doing.
       The prevailing amusement for youngsters in our village, is rolling an iron hoop along the sidewalk regardless of sensible people’s corns and tender shins.
       In about thirty days we shall be called on to vote for or against Incorporation. The man who is determined to vote “no,” ought to be buried in mud up to his neck.
       The party of young people which interrupted the school at Grassy Point on the 17th inst., did not come from Nyack. Our young people know better than to do such things.
       Alonzo Johnson is constantly receiving a rare collection of flowers consisting of assorted verbenas, fuchsias, roses, calla lilies, petunias, &c., all of which he is selling very cheap.

May 27, 1921 – 100 YEARS AGO
Rockland News

[Image: Haverstraw High School. Black and white postcard, Raphael Tuck & Sons, ca. 1907. The building was destroyed by fire on June 8, 1935. Postcard from the permanent collection of the HSRC.]
       Franklin D. Roosevelt, vice presidential candidate on the Democratic ticket last fall, is to deliver the address at the Flag Day Exercises of Haverstraw Lodge of Elks, which will be held in the high school auditorium Monday evening, June 13.

       The earth is heating up says Professor Milliken, of the University of Chicago, and not cooling off as some authorities claim. He says that in 20,000 years, the temperature may reach 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit.

       Any pleasant day an observer may see scores of boys, men and women riding up and down on the old-fashioned vehicle. And it is not always the bobbed-haired miss who goes speeding up the drive, but often women of middle age—though it must be admitted they do not spin quite so fast as their younger sisters or perhaps daughters—riding along entirely oblivious to the gaze of those walking in streets, taking the air in a less strenuous fashion.
       Will the bicycle be just a fad? Or will those who cannot afford automobiles use the less expensive means of locomotion as a means of getting about the village and vicinity?

May 26, 1971 – 50 YEARS AGO
Rockland Independent/Leader

       Ramapo Supervisor John F. MacAlevey and Ramapo Conservative Party chairman Mabel Faulkner clashed on Monday over the issue of the proper governmental response to the deaths of two New York City policemen last week.
       Mrs. Faulkner, incensed at what she believed to be MacAlevey’s deliberate neglect of the police killings, demanded that the supervisor respond.
       “Mr. MacAlevey has lowered our flag at our town hall for the death of militant students at Kent,” the wife of a New York City policem[a]n continued, “listened and heard about the do-gooders and bleeding hearts who screamed about My Lai. Yet the murders of policemen in New York City makes the situation in My Lai seem small by comparison.”
       But MacAlevey was equally irked by Mrs. Faulkner’s charges, calling her action in putting the statement on the radio “disgusting.” MacAlevey expressed indignation that Mrs. Faulkner had “chosen not to call me and quietly ask me if I had intended to make any expression of sympathy for them. Mrs. Faulkner and the Conservative Party decided to make political pawns out of two dead policemen, and I thought it was reprehensible.”
       MacAlevey did announce at 11:30A.M. on Monday that flags in the town will be lowered to half-mast in memory of the dead officers and proclaimed May 24 as a day of mourning.
       “As I pointed out one year ago this month,” the supervisor stated, “we mourn for America, as our young and old become hopelessly divided, as mistrust and fear pervade our cities and campuses.”

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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