Flashback Friday Archive 2021-22: Flashback Friday: Week of October 29

2021-10-29 TWIR Image-Haverstraw Bay

October 26, 1871 – 150 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Messenger

       The sloop Lucy Bell, while returning from Tarrytown last Friday morning, was capsized by a claw of wind off Hastings. The captain of the vessel, William Tuttle, and his son were on deck, and were saved by clinging upon the bottom of the vessel, which was turned over. They remained in this dangerous position for nearly an hour, drifting down the river before the gale, the mast dragging the bed of the stream. They were finally taken off by the crew of a brick boat, drenched and benumbed. They were brought to New York. After drifting about four miles the boat grounded off Huyler’s Landing. Some went to the boat and righted her. Going on board they searched the vessel without finding any trace of crew or cargo until they entered the cabin. Here they found the lifeless form of a young man.
       Leaving the body as they found it, they crossed to Yonkers and informed the Coroner of the facts and advertised the boat in the New York papers. On the captain’s arrival in New York, he despatched a message to Eastport, L.I., the residen[ce] of the father of Charles Gordon, who was sleeping in the cabin at the time the vessel was struck, and must have been drowned. The father went with the captain to Yonkers and obtained permission from the Coroner to take the body across the river. An inquest was held yesterday.

[Image: Haverstraw Bay on the Hudson River, Haverstraw, New York. Bryant Union Publisher, 1900. John Scott Collection, HSRC.]
       The schooner James A. Smith of Tarrytown, while on her trip down the river on Saturday last, with a cargo of limestone, was struck by a heavy squall, and sprung a leak, and sunk in the middle of Haverstraw bay. A sloop and a schooner put out from the village on Sunday morning to render assistance, and succeeded in raising her, and together with the help of the steamer Boardman towed her ashore. She was taken to Mr. West’s Dry Dock and repaired.

October 28, 1921 – 100 YEARS AGO
Rockland News

MANY EVENTS PLANNED FOR ALL HALLOWE’EN — Celebrations Will Take Place Next Monday Evening — Nyack Free from Rough Tactics That Prevailed Years Ago Due to Police
       Next Monday will be Hallowe’en, and it will be celebrated generally in the Nyacks with gatherings of old and young people.
       Advance agents of Hallowe’en are the decorations in store windows, where there are false faces, pumpkins yellow as gold, black cats, and jack o’lanterns. Young folks stand for a long time at the windows admiring the pretty things, and many a one wishes out loud that they may possess one for the celebration of the night when the spooks walk through the corn fields. On Hallowe’en night, the “ghosts walk” in a different stride than on the day wages are handed out to workers.
       Nyack is free from the “rough tactics” that used to be prevalent some years ago, when the boys of the neighborhoods dressed up and armed themselves with clubs to go forth and destroy property. This form of celebration got so bad that the police department had to get on the job. Now each year there are special instructions given to the men of the force to quell all boisterousness and allow no one to bang stoops, ring bells, carry away gates and otherwise make a nuisance of themselves.
       The present plan of celebrating Hallowe’en is such that while the young are enjoying themselves, the older people can look on and laugh with just as much enjoyment as they did when they were participants in the October sport dressed in “picked up costumes” for the occasion.

October 27, 1971 – 50 YEARS AGO
Rockland Independent/Leader

       “Trick or Treat” is a Halloween tradition almost as old as this nation, but in recent years October 31st has taken on a new meaning in the Orangeburg and Blauvelt communities.
       Since 1950, when one small group of Pennsylvania’s youngsters collected $17.00 and turned it over to the United Nations Children Fund, “Trick or Treat for UNICEF” has grown to tremendous proportions.
       Last fall, 3½ million children raised 3¼ million dollars in pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. Cub Scout Pack 54 collected over $60 for UNICEF.
       In Orangeburg and Blauvelt, UNICEF Trick or Treaters will be out on October 31 under the sponsorship of Cub Scout Pack 54.
       Dressed in a variety of costumes, the children will visit local homes in small, supervised groups. At the same time, many of the older brothers and sisters who have outgrown their costumes will take part in activities such as car washes.
       The UNICEF Trick or Treaters will be identified by their official collection box: a small orange and black carton with the UNICEF symbol of the mother and child. Only those carrying this particular carton are authorized to collect for UNICEF.
       Halloween has been officially designated national UNICEF day by President Nixon. “The money the youngsters collect will be used by UNICEF to assist programs for the world’s needy children in over 100 developing countries,” said Dr. Kopp. “Our help is needed to bring life-saving food and medicine, and an opportunity for education, to millions of deprived children.”

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.


Add a Comment:

Please signup or login to add a comment.