This Week in Rockland: Newspaper Excerpts: Flashback Friday: Week of July 22

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July 20, 1872 – 150 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Journal


       THE GREAT MENAGERIE AND CIRCUS TROUPE OF G. F. BAILEY & CO. have announced, as will be seen in another column, to give entertainments in Nyack on Monday afternoon and evening, July 22d. The musical accompaniments of this extensive exhibition are said to be very superior and the performance of the “Jubilee Overture” by the “Band of the Republic,” a great feature. The collection of wild beasts has the reputation of being the largest, most valuable and in best condition of any in the country. The circus company is also spoken of as being very superior. As they have been at much pains and expense to cross the river for the gratification of the residents of Nyack, it is to be hoped that there will be a general attendance at both afternoon and evening entertainments.

       THE TRUTH — The best artist that Nyack has ever been able to boast of, is to be found in the person of Isaac M. Van Wagner, who seems never to be satisfied unless he can improve on something or somebody. Since he has become a resident among us, he has expended a large amount of money for new and superior instruments, until to-day he has perhaps the most complete apparatus for Photographing this side of New York; and what is still better, he knows how to use them. We have examined some of his work lately executed and think it that it excels ... anything we have ever seen from Sarony’s. Go and examine; he is always pleased to show his work.

July 20, 1932 90 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Evening Journal

       River pirates are sought by police along the Hudson River in the theft of a 16-foot motorboat owned by William Wood of Upper Nyack. The boat was moored off Memorial Park, Nyack, where it was stolen at about 7:30 o'clock yesterday morning. It is believed Wood made the complaint to Sergeant Charles Sherwood at Nyack police headquarters, and Sergeant Sherwood had the alarm placed on the State Police teletype and also notified the Tarrytown police.
       The boat is described as being sixteen and a half feet long, four feet eight inches in beam with a Palmer inboard engine installed. The color is cream with green trim. The name “Laverne” is inscribed, and the registration number K-21045 is also displayed on the bow.

       The auto of Joseph McLaughlin, 122 Lake Street, Jersey City, almost plunged down an embankment overshadowing a Boy Scout camp at Tompkins Cove yesterday afternoon. It hung, balanced precariously on the edge of the embankment, after crashing through the protecting fence, but it did not fall.
       Miss Margaret G. Finn of 454 Hoyt Avenue, West New Brighton, who says she is Private Secretary to the President of the Borough of Richmond, operated the other car in the accident.

July 17, 1972 50 YEARS AGO
The Journal News

       Georgianna Dacre of Stony Point came within an eyelash of winning the Miss New York State title.
       She was first runner-up in the contest at Olean High School, Olean, to winner Judith Ann Keithley of Rochester. Both played piano in the talent portion of the contest which has taken on much significance in recent years.
       Donna Pettinato, Miss Rockland County 1972, failed to place in the final ten.
       This was the second attempt for Miss Dacre. She represented Rockland County last year but represented Ulster, where she is a college student, in this year’s contest.
       Girls representing Richmond, Ulster, and Niagara counties and the cities of Buffalo and Rochester were the finalists who underwent a series of talent and question and answer periods before the tall, blonde Miss Keithley was chosen to represent New York State in the annual Miss America Pageant.
       Miss Dacre and Miss Keithley were holding hands when the final announcement came Friday with both bursting into tears when Miss Keithley was announced the winner.

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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