Editor’s observe: Beacon was created in 1913 from Matteawan and Fishkill Touchdown.
150 Years In the past (March 1870)
The Matteawan Herald reported that “200 women within the village are dyeing to get married. Relatively outdated women they have to be.” It additionally reported that “Miss P___” made a wedding proposal to a younger hatter. “She claims girls have nearly as good a proper to make a proposal of marriage as a person has.”
The Herald reported that “[Mr.] Millerton has a woman 18 years outdated, who can communicate her thoughts freely. She spoke a number of nights in the past at a Methodist assembly, telling one of many deacons that it was time for him to go away off mendacity and dwell as much as what he professed.”
Benjamin Seashore, of Matteawan, was in possession of a silver watch that had been in his household for 160 years.
The Port Jervis Night Gazette reported that “Fishkill Touchdown is without doubt one of the meanest locations on report. They shuffled off a poor helpless man on a neighboring city, refusing to provide help themselves. It’s a marvel that they’d ample charity to direct him to Newburgh, the place they knew he could be cared for.”
The newly organized Peabody Life Insurance coverage Co. introduced that its New York agent could be W.T.Y. Schenck, of the machinist agency H.B. Schenck & Son in Matteawan. “Capt. Schenck has been for some years not directly linked with life insurance coverage, and brings a big circle of acquaintances all through your complete state,” it mentioned. “He’s a gentleman of the very best standing and of fairly appreciable wealth.”
The best arm of James Hopper, of Fishkill Touchdown, a brakeman on the Hudson River Railroad, was crushed whereas coupling vehicles on the station and needed to be amputated.
125 Years In the past (March 1895)
Henry Piano, of Fishkill Touchdown, who led the West Level band for 18 years, was granted a navy pension fee of $400 plus an allowance of $12 per thirty days. [In accordance with a 1902 story in The New York Occasions, Piano was born at West Level in 1822, the son of Louis Piano, who “served within the French conflict with Napoleon and was taken prisoner on the Battle of Waterloo.” The Occasions mentioned the youthful Piano, who had retired to Fishkill Touchdown in 1867, “walks miles about city each day, attending to the tuning of pianos and giving directions on that and different devices.”]
The Fishkill Electrical Railway Co. was integrated to construct and function a road floor railroad from Matteawan to the Village of Fishkill.
Charles Robinson, 73, of East 44th Road in New York Metropolis, died at his house. He was identified for the nice horses he bred at his household farm at Fishkill Touchdown. He made his fortune investing in mining pursuits in Colorado and California and the Northern Pacific Railway.
John Russel, who purchased a wagon in Matteawan “simply as it’s,” took that to incorporate the a number of blankets inside. When the vendor objected, it price Russel “$10 in addition to the return of the blankets to settle the matter,” in response to the Poughkeepsie Eagle-Information. The paper warned its readers to watch out, “as there are an awesome many swindlers within the nation, and it is rather evident that Matteawan is just not in need.”
A choose ordered the discharge of William Harris, 28, from the Prison Insane Asylum at Matteawan. He was presupposed to have been launched months earlier, however the superintendent of the ability mentioned he thought Harris was nonetheless insane.
One other inmate on the Matteawan asylum, Thomas O’Connor (alias Edward Doyle), 20, escaped after being transferred to a facility in Brooklyn. Quickly after the escape, the attendant who had been with Doyle disappeared, suggesting to authorities it had been an inside job. Doyle was mentioned to have “a mania for committing suicide.”
A gaggle of males and boys looting a shanty in Byrnesville (a suburb of Fishkill) days after its proprietor died at a good friend’s house in Matteawan discovered a big stash of hidden financial institution payments and silver cash. It was sudden as a result of John Corcoran had been a coal heaver. The New York Herald reported “the shanty is to be torn down within the quest for extra of the cash.”
The State Eclectic Medical Society, which promoted using botanicals and bodily remedy, elected Dr. A.R. Tiel of Matteawan as its president.
D.S. McLaughlin of Fishkill Touchdown offered his tobacco and cigar route, horses and wagons to John Schwartz & Sons of Poughkeepsie. McLaughlin had accomplished his route, which lined Fishkill, Wappingers Falls and Chilly Spring, and into components of Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties, for 40 years.
100 Years In the past (March 1920)
The U.S. Census Bureau reported that the inhabitants of Beacon was 10,926, or 3.5 % greater than the mixed populations in 1910 of Fishkill Touchdown and Matteawan.
Richard Hoctor, designer of the Mount Beacon monument (at proper) and others on the West Level cemetery, died in Newburgh.
The desire of Elizabeth Barnard, signed an hour earlier than her loss of life, was offered for probate. Though her property was value $10,000 [about $150,000 today], she had refused to make a will. On her deathbed she dictated her needs to a good friend and was mentioned to have signed the doc — “Elizabeth” stuffed half the width of the web page and “Barnard” lower than 1 / 4 of an inch.
Twenty-five males competed in a 16-mile stroll from Beacon to Poughkeepsie. “A few of the finest walkers in Dutchess County have been entered,” famous the Poughkeepsie Eagle-Information. Walt Knauss completed in 2:29:10 and gained three trophies: for arriving first, for reaching town line first and for being the primary soldier or sailor to complete.
Anthony Faurellet died of “sleeping illness” [encephalitis lethargica] — the primary native fatality in an epidemic that had been confined to New York Metropolis.
Ferdinand Hoyt, who resigned as metropolis choose to battle in World Warfare I, returned house to find that the person appointed as his successor, Daniel Dugan, was operating to maintain the seat. It was too late for the Democrats or Republicans to appoint Hoyt, so he gained on the Residents’ Celebration line.
Pvt. Daniel Merritt, an Military machine-gunner, gained two citations for bravery, one in Belgium and one on the Hindenburg line. On the similar time, Harrison Holmes was cited for bravery by the U.S. Navy for submitting to experiments at a naval hospital for the remedy of influenza.
75 Years In the past (March 1945)
Twenty state troopers on a Saturday at Four p.m. raided two unlawful gaming dens — Speeds Smoke Store at 342 Fundamental St. and the Males’s Unbiased Membership at 238 Fundamental St. — and arrested 32 gamers and 6 operators. Beacon police mentioned they weren’t conscious of the raids till after the very fact. On the subsequent jury trial of the operators, an undercover officer mentioned he misplaced $20 enjoying craps at 238 Fundamental St. In response, the boys’s protection lawyer, Daniel Prior of Albany, instructed the jury: “On the door there’s a signal, ‘Members Solely.’ They performed for 25 cents and gave refreshments free. They needed to pay the lease and it was paid out of the contributions. The state police rushed in and took the whole lot they may. I hope they may admit they took some liquor out of the cellar. They took a sledgehammer and smashed the whole lot to smithereens. I don’t know why they need to try this.” All six operators have been convicted.
The South Avenue faculty was evacuated after dense smoke stuffed the second-floor hallways; firefighters found the assistant janitor’s trousers, hanging from a hook in a closet, have been smoldering and two feather dusters close by have been aflame. The fireplace chief mentioned that wood matches in a pants pocket had ignited.
Harriet Brewer of Beacon was offered with an Air Medal and Oak Leaf Cluster at Mitchell Discipline on Lengthy Island, each awarded posthumously to her son, Tech. Sgt. Frederick Brewer, who had been killed in motion.
Beacon boxer Melio Bettina fought fellow heavyweight Jimmy Bivins to a draw at Madison Sq. Backyard in entrance of a crowd of 15,000. Though Bivins was a 3-to-1 favourite and knocked Bettina down for a one depend because the bell ended the fifth of 10 rounds, Melio recovered and managed a draw, with one choose scoring it 5-5, the second 8-2 Bivens and the third, 6-Four Bettina.
50 Years In the past (March 1970)
A listening to held by the Public Service Fee on the weekend closing of the Penn Central ticket workplace on the Beacon station lasted three hours as residents complained concerning the railroad service.
The Beacon Financial savings Financial institution mentioned that, as a part of a push for city renewal, it could allocate $500,000 in lending funds to help lower-income households, $500,000 for FHA loans and $250,000 for property enchancment.
The Beacon Housing Authority opened bids on $3.2 million in notes to finance the development of the nine-story Forrestal Heights venture for the aged to alleviate what the company mentioned was a “crucial housing scarcity” within the metropolis.
The Beacon Excessive College boys’ basketball crew completed as the most effective offensive and the worst defensive crew within the Dutchess County Scholastic League. Beacon’s Jerry Williamson led the league in scoring, averaging 22.Three factors per sport.
The state licensed a 44-bed addition to Highland Hospital, bringing its capability to 125 beds.
Firefighters rescued 9 kids from a fireplace at 98-100 Beekman St. that left eight households homeless.
25 Years In the past (March 1995)
The Beacon Metropolis Council moved ahead with a plan to spend $19,000 to put in safety cameras alongside Fundamental Road. Metropolis officers mentioned it could be cheaper than hiring two law enforcement officials.
Throughout a gathering at Beacon Excessive College, Detective Thomas D’Amicantonio instructed involved members of the Father or mother Advisory Council that many of the gang issues in Beacon had been “minor thus far. In the event that they escalate, so will we.”
The Rev. Al Sharpton, talking at St. Andrew’s Church, known as on Hudson Valley residents to affix him and about 20 different marchers who have been strolling from New York Metropolis to Albany to protest “mean-spirited” finances cuts they blamed on Gov. George Pataki. They earlier had protested outdoors Pataki’s Garrison house.