Flashback Friday Archive 2021-22: Flashback Friday: Week of August 27

2021-08-27 TWIR Image-Andre Remains

August 26, 1871 – 150 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Journal

       We are told that the children of the colored Sunday-schools of the city of New York, to the number of perhaps one thousand, are to enjoy a picnic at Alturas on next Tuesday, the 29th. The ferry company gives them a free passage, Mr. Shupe gives them a free train, and the citizens of Rockland without regard to color, should give them a free dinner. Why not? It is easy to find people to extend hospitality to those who are wealthy or in proud positions, mankind is slow to be generous to the humble.
       The excursion will be in charge of Rev. Mr. Butler of New York, Rev. Mr. Laveres, of New York, and John R. Porter, a teacher in one of the colored schools of New York, and the party of children and adults will be very large. It is truly a generous and Christian act to thus show a sympathetic kindness to those who nobody else will notice.
       Our citizens gave free dinners to the white children of two missions from New York. Why not these little folks? Let them be made happy, notwithstanding their color.
       It is expected that the ablest orators among the colored people will be present and altogether the event will be a remarkable one of our county and our country.
       We understand that the colored schools and people of the county will also join.

August 26, 1921 – 100 YEARS AGO
Rockland News

[Image: Case containing the sarcophagus with the remains of the late Major André raised the 10th August 1821 by the order of His Royal Highness the Commander in Chief and forwarded to England by Jas. Buchanan Esqr. His Majesty’s Consul New York. Photo courtesy of Westminster Abbey.]
       One hundred years ago this month the remains of Major André were taken from Tappan and placed on board a British frigate at New York to be carried to England for internment at Westminster Abbey. Even then, this unfortunate officer had taken his place among the unforgettable figures. This man of fastidious tastes and polished mind was forced by his duty to his king to sacrifice his life in the failure of the most unsavory, as well as perilous, intrigue with the traitor, Arnold. Fate has dealt kindly with his memory as amends for the hardship of his end.
       André is not less remembered here than in his own country. His gallantry, his bravery, his charm, his rank, generous character, the unhappy circumstances of his death, endeared him, even to his judges, and will always touch the hearts and the imagination of the American people.

       Charles W. Bacon of Haverstraw is campaigning for the Republican nomination for the assembly in an airplane and dropping cards as he soars over the villages and hamlets of Rockland County. Last Sunday afternoon, Bacon was in a Havilland plane owned by a man named Stroop of Hasbrouck Heights, N.J., which sailed over the local baseball field during the Nyack-Spring Valley game and caused a craning of necks among the fans. In the plane was also Mr. Stroop. Next week, Bacon will make a plane trip over Clarkstown and Ramapo.

August 25, 1971 – 50 YEARS AGO
Rockland Independent/Leader

       Like all red-blooded lawmen, Sheriff Raymond Lindemann is heading the culprits off at the pass. At least he’s heading off the passes that he says are being made by members of his staff.
       It’s not that the sheriff is opposed to romance, young love, and other aspects of relations between the sexes. But he warned in a strongly worded notice to his two-fisted deputies, “I am not running a fraternizing department, nor a matrimonial club.”
       Although the sheriff didn’t get too specific (you offenders know who you are), he stated emphatically that “there will be no fraternizing by anyone, between male and female employees in this department.” Because all employees are over 21, and most are married, the sheriff said, in his subtly worded notice, “the repercussions could be fantastic to reputation of Department and to most of the employees.”
       “Anyone caught fraternizing”, says the sheriff, “faces immediate dismissal.” He does not specify whether that rules out a request to borrow a pencil, or a greeting between a male and female deputy at the water cooler.
       “I don’t need adolescents working for me, I need good solid adults,” insists the sheriff.

       The Red Baron certainly would have approved of the landing made by student pilot Eugene M. Corvington of Mile Road, Suffern, on the Palisades Interstate Parkway near New City, Saturday.
       Corvington was soloing in the Cessna, owned by T. P. Flight Service of Ramapo Valley Airport, when the plane’s engine went dead. Luckily, he was over the parkway and brought the plane down on the median strip for a dead-stick landing. Embarrassed but not injured, Corvington and airport mechanics dismantled the plane while startled motorists slow down to watch. Later it was towed back to the airport.
       If he was headed for New City, the pilot might have earned the title Wrong-Way Corvington. The [exit] sign [directly behind the spot where he landed] says “Next Right.”


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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