Flashback Friday Archive 2021-22: Flashback Friday: Week of November 26

2021-11-26 TWIR Image-Piermont Reformed Church

November 25, 1871 – 150 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Journal

[Image: Dutch Reformed Church, Piermont, ca. 1930. Photo by John Boyan. Image courtesy Piermont Public Library, via NYHeritage.]
      The lecture of Horace Greeley, at Piermont, on Tuesday evening, was a success; the Reformed church was crowded to its utmost capacity.
      Can’t our temperance friends get up a “Local Option Bill,” like that suggested in our last issue, for Mr. Tompkins to put through the Legislature?
      Three Alderney cows, aged respectively two, three and four years, and owned by D. A. Bogert, of Pearl River, have produced, between the 3d of March and 10th of November, 1871, about five hundred pounds of butter. Our informant is curious to know if any other three cows in the county can beat that.

November 25, 1921 – 100 YEARS AGO
Nyack Evening Journal

       The ice companies along the Hudson River are hoping for a brisk cold winter this season so as to be able to harvest a good crop of ice. All of the Hudson river ice houses are empty, and there are 5,000,000 tons needed to fill the houses. In past years, the annual ice crop was 10,000,000 tons, but in recent years ice houses that have been torn down or destroyed by fire have not been replaced. Last season, there was no ice harvested from the Hudson river, and the only ice cut was that from the ponds and smaller streams and from some of the coves along the river. As a result of the extremely warm summer there was a big demand for ice.

November 24, 1971 – 50 YEARS AGO
Rockland Independent/Leader

       Spring Valley Junior High School is one of the oldest schools in Rockland. It opened its doors to students in 1924. The doors remained open for 48 years. Soon they will close.
       The Ramapo 2 school board, at a meeting November 17, decided unanimously to shut down the school and end its long history.
       “The move is an economic one,” said Ramapo administrative assistant Lewis Orazio. “Whether the school will reopen at some future date depends on the pattern of enrollment and on the result of an independent study on student enrollment in 10 years.”
       Oldest and smallest of the districts four junior high schools, Spring Valley now houses 700 students in an overcrowded situation. A new school, South Spring Valley Junior High School, will house the transfers from the old school. South Spring Valley High is scheduled for completion by next September and will hold over 1,000 students.
       “By operating only three junior high’s next year,” Orazio said, “the district will save $650,000. It doesn’t make sense to operate four schools when three are sufficient.”
       Plans to close the old junior high are, however, temporary. Speculation on the future of the building include office space, an elementary school, and demolition. Orazio said that all future decisions on the fate of Spring Valley Junior High School will depend on the results of the studies on alternate uses and enrollment projections.

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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