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Each week we bring you the front page of a local newspaper that covered the news in Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow (North Tarrytown) one hundred years ago. This front page comes from the Tarrytown Press-Record. The Press-Record was published as a weekly from 1893 to 1946 and has been preserved by the Historical Society on microfilm.
Friday, May 17, 1912:
Blaze on Orchard Street
At about 10 o’clock on the night of Saturday May 11th, 1912, a fire broke out in the flats above 67 Orchard Street. The fire was discovered while it was still small, but after a sequence of unfortunate events, the situation became much more serious, ultimately causing damage amounting to $200.
The first problem occured when the fire companies rushed to attend the scene. One of the fire trucks would not start, and after much frantic fiddling with the engine, it finally arrived at the fire substantially later than the other fire company. By that time the fire had grown considerably, and it seemed as if the whole building would be destroyed. The fire fighters worked hard to extinguish the flames, but they were very much hindered by the large crowd of rubbernecking spectators who had gathered in front of the burning building and could not be dispersed.
Fortunately, the fire companies were able to contain the fire to the rooms where it had begun, and within an hour they finally put out the flames.
Man Survived Being Hit by Express Train
Mail Carrier Josoph Colo narrowly avoided death one hundred years ago, when he was hit by an oncoming express train.
It was Colo’s job to collect the mail from the train station, and take it to the post offices in Tarrytown and North Tarrytown. At about 7 o’clock on the fateful morning Colo was making his way to the south-bound platform at the station, carrying two small mail bags. He took a shortcut by crawling through the fence, and began to make his way across the rail tracks just north of the station.
A south-bound express train came down the tracks at full speed and hit the man as he was bending over to squeeze through a gap in the fence. Quite miraculously he was not killed, but was knocked unconscious by the forceful blow. Doctors examined the man and found that he had a broken leg and was very badly bruised, but was in no other way hurt.
Dominic Fasula of Cortlandt Street was arrested by Officer Cregier, on a warrant obtained by Dinkel & Jewell Company, and was charged with receiving stolen goods. Fasula had been brought to court once before, and the Press-Record speculated that “it will probably go hard with him this time”.
Get Together Club at Hope Chapel
An evening of entertainment was given at Hope Chapel for the Get Together Club, an organization devoted to bringing together the boys of the parish, and helping them make new friends and acquaintances.
Miss Ethelwyn Lockhart sang several pleasant soprano solos, and Rev. Arthur T. Brooks of the First Baptist Church - who was thought to be one of the finest singers in the Tarrytowns - also sang many songs, and was encored enthusiastically. Some of the boys in the Get Together Club acted out a comic sketch, after which refreshments were served. While tucking into the food and drink, the boys all sang popular songs of the day, and seemed to thoroughly enjoy the evening.