Flashback Friday Archive 2021-22: Flashback Friday: Week of December 17

2021-12-17 TWIR Image-Hook Mountain 1908

December 16, 1871 – 150 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Journal

[Image: Hook Mountain, Upper Nyack, NY, c. 1908, John Scott Collection, Nyack Library via NYHeritage.]
       In our last issue we mentioned the fact that several of our citizens had lost a number of their chickens which had disappeared recently in a most unaccountable manner. On Sunday last, as our friend George Halstead—one of the victims—and a friend of his were sauntering around in the vicinity of Hook Mountain, they observed in the yard of a man named Garrabrant three of the chickens which turned up missing a week previously.
       On the discovery of his feathered bipeds, George lost no time in interviewing Squire Stephens who issued a warrant for the arrest of both Garrabrant and a man named Rose who lived with him, both of whom were soon on their way to the New City jail.
       On Monday, an examination was held by Squire Stephens, but as neither of the men could give a satisfactory account of how they came in possession of the fowls, and as Rose waived an examination, in default of bail they [were] sent to New City jail to await the action of the Grand Jury. Stealing chickens don’t seem to be, in the long run, a prosperous occupation in this vicinity.

December 16, 1921 – 100 YEARS AGO
Rockland News

       R. C. Yellowley, chief United States prohibition agent, said yesterday that the coming Christmas and New Year’s will be the dryest in the history of New York State.
       The prohibition forces upstate are “exceptional” and very few changes will be needed to put the whole staff on an efficient basis, Mr. Yellowley said.
       He also declared that he has talked with municipal officers in Albany, Utica, Syracuse, Buffalo and other cities and that they had all promised their utmost co-operation.
       Altogether, the situation in the state is entirely satifactory—for a prohibition officer.

December 15, 1971 – 50 YEARS AGO
Rockland Independent/Leader

       When winter days turn colder, parents dutifully put mittens and gloves on their children’s hands. But what about children who don’t have any mittens? Or those who don’t have parents to worry about them?
       Members of the Dead-end Doers 4-H Club of Pearl River were concerned about that, so they decided to set up a mitten tree at Haedler’s Hardware Store. The five boys and four girls in the club made decorations, then put up the tree. The first mittens donated were their own. Passerby were encouraged to pin mittens to the tree for distribution to boys and girls at St. Agatha’s home at Christmas.
       When the 4-H’ers are not making mittens, they’re learning about agriculture, photography, electricity and sewing. Even the boys sew.

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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