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

2022-04-29 TWIR Image-Ramapo Market Day

April 27, 1872 – 150 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Journal

       Lane’s Panorama of the Messiah was exhibited on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week at the Smithsonian Hall, and we must say it was one of the finest scenic displays that has ever visited our village. Knowing something of the reputation of the eminent artists engaged on this work, we were prepared to see good pictures, but the reality went far beyond our expectations.
       As a work of art it deserves all encouragement and patronage, blending, as it does, amusement with instruction, gratifying the taste, elevating the sentiments, and stimulating religious emotion. We congratulate Mr. Lane on the completion of so great a work and for having made this valuable contribution towards the cultivation of a purer religious sentiment and a more elevated taste in art, and doubt not that it will receive, what it so richly deserves, the highest meed of success.
       Many of the paintings are genuine works of art, elaborated with the delicate touch of genius and testify of some of the grandest triumphs of the greatest artists of America. The grand finale paintings are exquisitely beautiful in their brilliant effects, and the style of the accompanying music is simple and touching.
       Over one thousand people attended the exhibition on Tuesday and Wednesday evening; many of the churches and Sunday schools coming in a body to witness the exhibition.

April 27, 1932 90 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Evening Journal

       During the heavy rainstorm late yesterday afternoon Miss Anna Estok of West St., Haverstraw, was slightly injured when her auto overturned. The accident occurred near the Garnerville school as she was driving toward Haverstraw on Route 61, Ramapo Rd.
       Miss Estok attempted to pass another auto and applied her brakes. The wet pavement caused her car to skid from one side to the other on the slippery concrete overturning the sedan.
       The glass in the right side of the car was completely broken out, the top of the car ripped off and the running boards broken. She received but slight cuts on her head and wrist, however, and was treated by her physician.

April 27, 1972 – 50 YEARS AGO
The Journal News

[Image: Art Sarno, The Journal News]
       Ramapo Senior High School students are preparing for Country Market Day, Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Antiques will be for sale and pony rides will be offered for the kids. Square dance will follow.

       The county grand jury will be held over to hear evidence on the March 24 school bus accident in Congers, District Attorney Robert R. Meehan said Wednesday.
       Meehan said the grand jury whose term originally was scheduled to end Friday will continue meeting into next week.
       The grand jury is expected to vote then whether to indict Joseph Larkin, driver of the Nyack High School bus which was involved in the accident.
       Before the vote is taken, Larkin is expected to testify in his own defense. No criminal charges have yet been made against him.
       The grand jury began hearing evidence in the case Wednesday, Meehan said. Before witnesses were heard, he said, County Judge Theodore A. Kelly instructed the grand jury on law that might be relevant to the case.
       Meehan said that following a full day of testimony today, the grand jury will adjourn until Tuesday. After deciding whether to issue any indictments in the case, he said, the grand jury will continue to hear evidence aimed at issuing a report recommending administrative and legislative action.

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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