This Week in Rockland: Newspaper Excerpts: Flashback Friday: Week of October 21

2022-10-21 TWIR Image-Old Nyack

October 19, 1872 – 150 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Journal

[Image: South Broadway with 1872 political banner, Nyack. Picture was included in the book “Old Nyack” published in 1928. Courtesy of the John Scott Collection of the Nyack Library.]
       Following close upon the footsteps of the New York women at Rochester, we have the mass-meeting of the Massachusetts women at Boston, which though conducted differently was in its way equally a success. The women of Massachusetts, as all over the country, are loyal to the Republican Party and enthusiastic for its victory, partly from inherent principles of Republicanism and partly because it is that party alone which promises to the demands of women so much as “respectful consideration.”
       In no campaign in our country’s history, have the women been so fully interested, or so thoroughly comprehended in the meaning and importance of the principles and issues at stake as in the present. And in this connection, General Grant’s words become prophetic of his own triumph. In a private conversation, he recently said: “There is no power so much to be coveted to secure success as woman’s enthusiasm, and nothing so much to be feared as the lack of it.”
       Upon the success of the Republican candidates, all the zealous enthusiasm of the women of the country is now bestowed, and it is like an inspiration of the approaching victory.
       Mr. Greeley sees nothing in this enthusiasm essential to success, and nothing to be feared in the lack of it. And so he started in his vain and ridiculous campaign with the assertion that he did “not desire the help of the women, nor believe them capable of giving any.”
       Nothing could be more indicative of the spirit, character, and policy of the two men than these totally opposite and equally comprehensive declarations, and nothing could more decidedly bespeak the zeal and effort of the women for the one and their antagonism and opposition to the other.
       Only a few weeks more remain of the campaign, but they will not be wasted, or thrown away. Women will labor up to the very hour when they bid their friends God-speed to the polls, for the success of the party which, in abandoning the traditions of past darkness and barbarism, did not forget that no man may be excluded from the privileges of citizenship on the account of his color, and will still remember that no woman can be excluded from equal rights on account of her sex.

October 20, 1932 90 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Leader

       A depression Hallowe’en party and dance is to be held at the Community Club, Wesley Chapel, Thursday evening, October 27. Those who attend [sic] will come clad in overalls and calicoes. Mildred Sherwood’s orchestra will furnish music for dancing.

       The Comfort Coal and Lumber Company has been awarded the contract to furnish coal for the County Court House at New City. The company bid $7.19 a ton for 350 tons of pea coal to be supplied in quantities as required. Other bids submitted were Frank C. Fredericks, Summit Park, $7.29 per ton; W. A. Serven Coal & Supply Co., Blauvelt, $7.33 per ton, and Mathew McManus, Orangeburg, $8.25 per ton.

       The garden department of the Women’s Club of Suffern will hold a chrysanthemum show at the greenhouse of Moffet & Gee at Monsey Sunday, October 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. An admission fee of 25 cents will be charged and all are invited to attend.

October 19, 1972 50 YEARS AGO
The Journal News

       The 30th anniversary of the construction of Camp Shanks in Orangetown will be celebrated Sunday with a military parade through Blauvelt, Orangeburg, and Tappan, beginning at 2 p.m.
       Accompanying the parade will be a variety of demonstrations by a number of U.S Army units, which will include several helicopters, Green Beret parachute jumping and communications and first aid displays.
       All of the demonstrations will take place in the football practice field of Tappan Zee High School. The parade will form at 1 p.m. on Convent Road in Blauvelt and march down Parkway Drive South to Dutch Hill Road, passing the high school.
       According to Parade Chairman Al Puryea of Piermont, Rockland County Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the parade will then cross Orangeburg Road and turn east on Highview Avenue, turning south on Western Highway and marching to Lowe Lane in Tappan, where it will turn west for one block, ending at the Camp Shank memorial statue located in the center of the intersection with Lester Drive.
       Ceremonies will be held on the reviewing stand at the monument, featuring speakers who were associated with both Camp Shanks and later Shanks Village, the veterans housing project which utilized the empty barracks for 10 years after the war.
       The address of welcome will be given by Frank Castelli, with Robert Knight acting as master of ceremonies, in their capacities as chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of the Orangetown Revolutionary War Bicentennial Committee. The committee is sponsoring the parade as one of a variety of historic celebrations in Orangetown during the next 13 years.
       Puryea says the parade will be in three divisions, including one for the active military, one for veterans and one for other community organizations, such as Boy Scouts and fire departments.
       The demonstrations at the high school field, expected to be the highlight of the parade, will include skydiving by Army Green Berets from helicopters. A “rappelling demonstration” will be given by men in helicopters about 100 feet off the ground, and after the various airborne demonstrations, the choppers will land and be open for public inspection.
       Camp Shanks was the largest camp in the United States for the departure of WWII troops overseas, handling an average of 40,000 men a month during its five-year existence. At the end of the war, the camp was the scene of the return of more than a half million troops. In between, German, and Italian prisoners of war were housed there.
       After the war was over the government converted the hundreds of empty barracks into temporary apartments for veterans and their families to live in while attending college in New York City, primarily Columbia University.

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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