Looking Back in Beacon – The Highland Current
Editor’s Note: Beacon was created in 1913 from Matteawan and Fishkill Landing.
150 years ago (October 1871)
The heirs of the Churchill estate in Matteawan, which was valued at over $ 200,000 [about $4.2 million today], has announced its intention to take its land claims to court. The Poughkeepsie Eagle-News reported that the estate had âbeen carved up and sold to different parties who built and significantly improved the property. Parties who have acts for sections of the same are in a very troubled state of mind regarding the issue of this lawsuit, âincluding the Episcopal Church of St. Luke.
Charles Smith won a 2 mile boat race at Fishkill Landing in 16 minutes over Augustus Mosher, who finished in 17 minutes and 7 seconds.
125 years ago (October 1896)
Joseph Conklin Jr. of Matteawan was shot in the chest and seriously injured by a gang of chicken thieves. Conklin, who lived at the foot of Beacon Mountain, had gone to investigate a commotion in his hen house and found three men inside the hen house. Doctors at Highland Hospital have requested an x-ray machine in New York City to locate the bullet.
Orville Conklin of Matteawan, with a 100-meter handicap, won the 2-mile bicycle race at the Orange County Association Animal Show.
A company of 17 members In old Maine ran out of money in Matteawan. They had also run out of money a few days earlier in Hawley, but had received an advance of $ 10.88 from a boarding house manager to travel to Newburgh. As collateral, he kept a bass drum, cymbals, a property trunk and sets. At Fishkill Landing, the company had to borrow more money to buy tickets for the streetcar to Matteawan, where the opera director, fearing the company might perform, paid for supper. Sadly, the show only grossed $ 10 and the company had to sleep there.
An Italian worker from Matteawan who presented to Highland Hospital with a tongue injury that required 16 stitches refused to explain what happened.
A well-dressed man asked the Peattie Brothers Stables in Fishkill Landing to rent a bicycle. George Peattie, suspicious, said none were available. But when George left for another part of the building, the stranger approached Peattie’s son Charles, telling him that George had rented him a bike for two hours. The boy provided the wheels, and the man has not been seen since.
100 years ago (October 1921)
On the advice of a lawyer, the city council overturned a newly enacted ordinance that required beverage dealers to have licenses and prohibited them from putting blinds or other obstructions in their windows. A similar law had been challenged in Buffalo court, and council members wanted to see how it played out. According to Poughkeepsie Eagle-News, an unintended effect of the ordinance in Beacon was that groups of children gazed out of the tavern windows “like the audience at a side show.”
A judge granted the divorce to Ethel Carey after her husband, Amos, admitted that he checked in at a Newburgh hotel in September 1920 as “Mr. and Mrs. A. Conroy, Stamford, Conn.” with a woman who was not Ethel. He ordered Amos to pay child support of $ 15 per week. The couple married in Beacon in 1916.
The Beacon High School basketball team prepared to open the 1921-22 season against Philmont, whom they had beaten the year before, 103-0.
Federal health officials have declared Beacon’s water unsafe for drinking, and state officials have said the city has not done enough to protect its watersheds from pollution. He ordered local authorities to begin rigorous inspections of outhouses, summer camps, pigsties and chicken coops, and recommended that the tank be treated with chlorine gas.
A woman from Poughkeepsie who had been arrested for public intoxication by a Beacon motorcycling officer bit him on the arm, spilling blood.
James Nocerino, of Hallock Farm on Green Fly Road near Beacon, was killed by a bull on his way to the barn to milk the cows. It was not clear if the bull escaped from its enclosure or if Nocerino opened the door to feed it, but the victim was found crushed against a wall. He had moved to the area six weeks earlier from Brooklyn.
To cut the budget, city council called for the sacking of three of Beacon’s nine police officers and the chief’s assistance in patrolling.
75 years ago (October 1946)
General Elliott Roosevelt, the son of the former president, said he could not support Robert Pendell, a Beacon Democrat who was running for a seat in the State Senate, due to Pendell’s opposition to the Ives-Quinn anti-discrimination law. [Gov. Thomas Dewey had enacted the statute in March 1945, making New York the first state to prohibit employment discrimination based on race, creed, color or national origin.] Pendell called Roosevelt an “extreme reactionary,” saying he opposed Ives-Quinn because efforts to “regulate the attitude of mind and heart of one segment of the population against another are at stake. -beyond the capacity of man. Tolerance and lack of discrimination can only be achieved if we improve civilization. “
A week later, when Roosevelt demanded that Pendell withdraw from the race, the candidate responded by accusing Roosevelt, Dewey and other “little men” of turning the laudable principle of equal rights into “petty politics for respond to minorities who feel they have been discriminated against. “
Speaking to the Beacon Democratic Women’s Club, party Assembly candidate W. Victor Ogley said he supported Ives-Quinn. Relying “on a progressive education program is insufficient,” he said. Like theft, fraud and murder, he said, “racial discrimination is a crime against society and we should have laws against it.”
A boxing match at Poughkeepsie between Paulie “Kid” Hawks of Beacon and Johnny Davis of Albany was stopped in the third round when Davis opened a cut above Hawks’ eye. The Kid protested but the ring doctor sided with the referee.
The Knights of Columbus Trinity Council âburned its mortgageâ at a celebratory dinner at Elks Lodge.
The Beacon Recreation Commission has announced that it will hold high school evening classes in typing, accounting, shorthand, math, store work, Spanish and boxing. The commission also hosted its 12th annual Halloween parade, with a review booth at the Wallette gas station.
The late Paul Gordon, an archer who made bows and arrows in his Tioronda Avenue store, bequeathed 70 books on the sport to the New York Public Library, including one published in 1675.
A vandal who broke into Lewitties and Sons furniture business on Fishkill Avenue overnight cut 14 sofas and 17 upholstered chairs waiting to be loaded for delivery. Factory workers were on strike.
50 years ago (October 1971)
Ahmed Volkswagen, led by Vic Wowaka’s five touchdowns, scored a record 73 points in a Beacon Touch Football League game while shutting out Wilson of Fishkill. The team then defeated the Gallagher Raiders, 14-12, for the season title.
A delegation from the Georgia Historical Commission said it plans to travel to Stewart Field in Newburgh to obtain a court order to recover the remains of Colonel William Few in the cemetery behind the Reformed Church. Few, who was among the signatories to the Constitution in 1787 as a senator from Georgia, died in 1828 at his daughter’s home in Fishkill Landing and was buried in the family vault of his son-in-law.
City Council has proposed a budget of $ 2.03 million [about $13.7 million today] which included a 41 percent increase in property taxes. Mayor Robert Cahill noted that the city lost $ 105,000 in state aid and saw a $ 305,000 increase in the cost of building a state-mandated wastewater treatment plant.
25 years ago (October 1996)
Reverend Donald Poulin, who had been pastor of St. Joachim Church since 1985, has passed away at the age of 68. He is survived by three brothers (including two also priests, in Kenya and Micronesia) and a religious sister.
City Council Passes $ 8.76 Million Budget Proposal [about $15.2 million today] which included a 2.85 percent increase in property taxes. City administrator Joseph Braun said unionized city workers and firefighters were to rise 3% and the city lost revenue when a private company sold a rail line to Metro -North tax exempt.
The Beacon High School boys’ cross country team started the season 8-0 behind Chris Eve, who won four of the competitions, most recently at 16:35.
The 61-bed Craig House Psychiatric Hospital laid off 25 workers due to declining patient demand and declining reimbursements.
A new state law required teachers to teach about the Irish Hunger of the 1840s as a human rights violation akin to slavery and the Holocaust. John Gauquie, who taught history at Beacon High School for 33 years, said he always covered the potato famine, but teachers “tended to have an English perspective on history. “.
A Beacon man pleaded guilty to attempted murder in exchange for 15 years in prison. He admitted to suffocating a Rite-Aid employee with a telephone cord after taking $ 4,227 from the safe.
Beacon sold his old town hall at auction for $ 200,000. The buyer was David Schwartz, a Miami resident with ties to the Hudson Valley, who said he had no immediate plans for the 6,000-square-foot two-story structure. Pauline Damia from Croton bought the old police station for $ 70,000. A new municipal building was nearing completion at the foot of Main Street.