This Week in Rockland: Newspaper Excerpts: Flashback Friday: Week of June 4

2021-06-04 TWIR Image-Centenarians

June 3, 1871 – 150 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Journal

      Mosquitoes have commenced to artistically decorate the noses and ears of our people—even of those who have no taste whatever for the fine arts.
     ☞ We believe that both Cranston and Merritt are trying to distract the minds of our ladies by the elegant display of dry goods in their establishments.
     ☞ We are sorry to learn that our friends Auryansen & Sherwood, brick manufacturers at Tappan, sustained a loss of about $1,000 by the firing of their engine house.
     ☞ Some individual will deserve the thanks of peaceful citizens if he will go gunning some night for the yelping curs which infest our village and keep people awake by their howling.
     ☞ In the vicinity of the Cemetery marble works the atmosphere is singularly fatal to cats who depart from the paths of rectitude. Seven of them will sing their plaintive songs no more.

June 3, 1921 – 100 YEARS AGO
Rockland News

EBANISTO SENTENCED TO ELECTRIC CHAIR — To Be Put to Death during Week of July 17 — Says People Didn’t Treat Him Fair, Addressing Court
     Judge Tompkins yesterday at noon sentenced Luigi Ebanisto, 22, of Newark, N.J., to be put to death in the electric chair at Sing Sing prison during the week beginning July 17. The young man was convicted last week of murder in the first degree, he being one of a company of five who beat aged Michael Bohl to death and robbed him in store at Grand View on the evening of March 10 last.
     Ebanisto was brought into the court room handcuffed and these were ordered to be removed by Judge Tompkins when the prisoner was directed to stand up for sentence. Asked if he had anything to say by the Court, the convicted man answered in the affirmative. . . .
     “The way they treated me ain’t fair,” said Ebanisto, in a trembling voice.
     “Who didn’t treat you fair?” asked the Court.
     “The people,” replied Ebanisto.
     The youth was then sentenced, Judge Tompkins simply directing that Ebanisto be delivered by the sheriff to the warden at Sing Sing and that during the week beginning July 17 he be put to death in the manner prescribed by law.

June 2–3, 1971 – 50 YEARS AGO
Rockland Independent/Leader and Rockland County Times

[Image: Emma Bauer, Bertha Lemmens and Leah Greissman celebrate 303 years of living. Photo by Rockland Independent/Leader.]
     Three residents at the Rockland County Infirmary are celebrating Centennial birthdays,
     Mrs. Bertha Lemmens is the dean of the senior citizens. She was 102 years old Saturday. The Infirmary staff and her friends celebrated this anniversary as they have for the past two years, with a large party and elaborate birthday cake.
     Mrs. Lemmens and her husband were the long-time owners of Lemmens’ Hotel in Central Nyack and were popular hosts in the county. Mr. Lemmens died many years ago.
     In recent years, since her residency in Pomona, Mrs. Lemmens has kept busy by participating in daily projects with some of her friends at the Rockland County infirmary. She enjoys keeping active.
     Although her sight has been failing Mrs. Lemmens still enjoys participating in musical entertainments and plays the harmonica at various social and church functions.
     Mrs. Leah Greissmann will be 101 years old on June 12. She and Dr. Lewis Greissmann moved to Nanuet in 1925, where Dr. Greissmann practiced as a veterinarian for many years. He died in 1950.
     Although Mrs. Griessman has no children of her own, she brought up from birth her niece, Mrs. Robert Coyman of Nanuet, whose mother had died. Mrs. Coyman has always considered Mrs. Griessman her mother and the Coyman children are known to her as grandchildren.
     The Coyman family still lives on the same property which was Dr. and Mrs. Greissman’s during the 45 years they lived in Nanuet.
     The third centenarian is Mrs. Emma Bauer, who will be 100 years old on June 26. She was born Emma Donnelly in Nyack.
     Mrs. Bauer has three grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. She is known as a very lively pleasant lady who invariably is seen dressed in very feminine clothes and always wears a pretty ribbon in her hair.
     She still participates in some of the activities of the Infirmary and is always willing to have a pleasant talk with friends and visitors.

     The picture “The Godfather,” now on location in Staten Island, will have Mr. and Mrs. Austin Kelly and their two sons, Terry and Ronnie, playing bit parts in the film. The family resides at 20 Parker Rd., Garnerville.

     Two Rockland County medical institutions have been given temporary stays from being put out of business. The Pearl River Hospital, a private institution, had been named by the State Department of Health that it had to go out of business July 31. Now it has been given another year of life, but told it must positively go out of business in 1972.
     The State Department of Health views the local support of the hospital as purely “emotional.” By its constant opposition, the same department contributed to the failure of the North Rockland Hospital. One unforgivable incident was the appearance at a public hearing in Albany of a Health Department person who was unaware of the number of Bergen County residents who were treated at Good Samaritan Hospital. The Health Department did not consider Bergen County population figures of any importance in considering Rockland’s hospital needs.
     The state says in 1972, with the completion of the Nyack Hospital addition, Rockland County will have its 789 beds in general hospitals. The county will then need “only” 770 beds.
     That leaves Rockland people with a safety margin of two and one half percent. God forbid that some Health Department official is involved in an auto accident on the Thruway sometime in 1972 when that two and half percent plus margin of safety may well have dropped to a five or 10 percent deficiency of hospital beds.
     The New York State Rehabilitation Hospital has another year’s lease on life. Assemblyman Eugene Levy reported that a bill to create a similar (and presumably replacement) facility in the Albany area was returned to committee. This delays at least for another year the move of the hospital from West Haverstraw.

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, or call (845) 634-9629.


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