Flashback Friday Archive 2021-22: Flashback Friday: Week of January 21

2022-01-21 TWIR Image-Skating on the Hudson

January 20, 1872 – 150 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Journal

[Image: Skating on the Hudson, undated, from Eugene F. Perry’s photograph album, in the collection of Noel Haskell. Image appeared on the cover of South of the Mountains, Vol. 46, No. 1; January–March 2002.]
      The extension of Broadway to Piermont will be completed next summer.
      Skating on the river is better now than it has been at any time this season.
      Julius Braunsdorf is vigorously pushing his extensive improvements at Pearl River.
      The Rockland County National Bank declares a semi-annual dividend of five per cent.

Within the past week some villain or villains have destroyed three of the four maple saplings in front of the residence of Mrs. Gilchrist, at Upper Nyack. It seems to us, if this has been done through any malicious desire of spiting the owner, that destroying one’s property is a very poor way of taking revenge; and if the rowdy who perpetrated the act is discovered, he will find that ruining shade trees is not the best business he could be engaged in.

January 16, 1922 – 100 YEARS AGO
Nyack Evening News

W. C. Fowler, milk dealer, states that he does not buy milk from S. Gilchrest or Fred A. Dibble as the report on barns published Saturday might indicate. Mr. Fowler states that his partner John Fluke has a new and sanitary milk house on his farm in West Nyack, formerly the Laing farm, which he took possession of the first week in December 1921.

Little Miss Antoinette Traverson, daughter of Mrs A. Traverson, fruit dealer here, had her left leg very badly injured in a sled collision while coasting in the Memorial park here Saturday. It is not known how serious the injury is and it is likely that an X-ray examination will have to be made.

January 19, 1972 – 50 YEARS AGO
Rockland Independent Leader

       Rockland County paid tribute to a native son Saturday when more than 100 art aficionados braved the season’s first deep freeze, cold wave to preview an exhibit of works by Nyack born Edward Hopper.
       Sunday nearly twice that number came to see the 22 original works—20 of them on loan from the Whitney Museum of American Art—as the exhibit opened to the public.
       The show will run through Feb. 12 at 2 North Broadway, corner of Main Street, Nyack in a store front lent by Herbert Kurz of the Presidential Life Insurance Co.
       Hours are from 11 a m. to 5 p.m. daily and 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays with additional evening hours from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays.
       Saturday’s preview was for members of the Edward Hopper Landmark Preservation Foundation and was followed by a gala dinner honoring representatives of the Whitney and the New York State Historic Trust, as well as local patrons of the arts.
       Norman Rose, an actor noted for his TV voice-overs, and his wife, Katie, hosted the affair in their Upper Nyack home for some 60 guests.
       Among the guests were Leon Levine and Walter Poleschek from the Whitney and Miss Lenore Rennerkempf from the New York State Historic Trust. Local guests included Nash Castro, director of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission and Mrs. Castro, and Orangetown Supervisor and Mrs. John Komar.
       Also present were Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Leeman of West Nyack who helped the Foundation purchase Hopper’s birthplace through an interest-free loan.
       Dr. Jeffrey Arnold, Foundation chairman, began the effort to save the Victorian frame house in which Hopper was born 1 1/2 years ago. Vacant since 1965, it was slated for destruction.
       Arnold soon got help from Alan Gussow, artist-conservationist; Joseph McDowell, Nyack High School art department head; Robert Kassel, Nyack attorney; Susan Reed, folksinger; and Robert Minichiello, art publisher, who are now Foundation trustees.
       The exhibition, underwritten by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, and made possible by the courtesy of the Whitney, was hung by McDowell and is under the direction of Gussow.
       Miss Reed chaired the dinner committee.

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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