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Each week we're bringing 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.
January 12th, 1912
Letter Carrier Mauled by Dogs
The saying “troubles never come singly” was confirmed in a series of misfortunes which befell George A. Hayden, the letter carrier, on the 15th of January, 1912. He was walking down Dr. Coutant’s steps after delivering mail when his feet suddenly shot from under him, sending him hurtling down the steps. Flustered, he began to pick himself up but was immediately attacked by three vicious dogs and had to kick at the “beasts” to drive them back. While he got away without serious injury, he did not manage to save his trousers which were badly ripped, or prevent the contents of his mail bag being spread far and wide.
Lovers of Flowers Enjoy Fine Banquet
It was the 13th annual dinner of the Tarrytown Horticultural Society on the 17th of January, 1912, and 67 members and friends of the Society sat down to “as perfect a menu as could be supplied”. The banquet hall was bedecked with cut flowers, ferns and flags in a “most pleasing and harmonious” manner.
In this sumptuous setting, the guests were presented with an extensive menu which was listed in the Press-Record, and contained dishes such as Cape Cod oysters, sweetbreads “a la Newburg” and roast Vermont turkey, to name but a few. The meal was finished off with assorted cakes, “Fancy Ice Cream”, coffee and cigars. While the food was being served, the musical program began, and at the playing of “Alexander’s Rag-Time Band”, the guests could not resist joining in, keeping time by hitting their knives against plates and glasses.
The rest of the evening was filled with music, singing and the witty remarks of J. Austin Shaw of “The Review”. Shaw delighted and amazed everyone by reading them passages from the flowery invitation letter he had received from Secretary E. W. Neubrand. It was filled with passages such as “Again the silent wheels of time have turned upon their axles and another year has pulled the drapery of his couch about him and been taken into the soothing arms of Morpheus”.
The evening was a magnificent success, and all members looked forward to another great year for the Horticultural Society.
Third Round of Fire Company Tournament
In the third round of the card and mixed game tournament between and Fire Companies, Hope Hose managed to eliminate the 9 point lead that Conqueror had built up in the previous two rounds. 127 games were played in the third evening of the competition, of which Conqueror won 59 and Hope Hose won 68. This meant that the two teams were tied, and it remained to be seen who would pull ahead in the fourth round.