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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 on microfilm.
Friday, June 7, 1912:
Runaways in Town
For the Tarrytown police force, 11th June 1912 was a day filled with chasing tearaway horses. A horse belonging to the New York Telephone Company started the trend when he seemed to have had enough of standing around in front of the Telephone Company. The horse suddenly turned and galloped wildly down Central Avenue, scattering startled people around him. The wagon he was hitched to clattered and bounced along behind him, causing him all the more fright and panic, until he was captured at the Mechanic’s Avenue.
Officer Cregier picked up another stray horse later the same day. The animal had no harness and nobody had reported a missing horse, but he was peacefully and aimlessly walking down Broadway all alone. Cregier took the animal down to the police station where he kept it until the owner called for it. Finally another horse, belonging to a Yonkers Laundry Company, also made a break for freedom, but was caught in the Tarrytown area and returned to Yonkers.
Cardinal Farley at Marymount
His Eminence, Cardinal John M. Farley visited Marymount School to preside over the closing exercises. The Cardinal arrived at the school and was immediately invited to partake of a light lunch, after which he was accompanied by his attendants to the school gymnasium. This room was beautifully decked out with flowers, ferns and palms, in preparation for the Cardinal’s visit, and also for the performances which were to be held there.
What followed was a “unique and interesting” musical program delivered by the school’s pupils, which was very well received by the audience. After that, the Cardinal arose and addressed the pupils as follows, “I am delighted with the program which has just been rendered here. I want to compliment you and your instructors upon the talent you display upon the stage and upon your perfect composure.” After the rest of the exercises the Cardinal received the guests in the throne room.
Woman’s League Meeting
The annual meeting of the Woman’s League of Tarrytown and North Tarrytown was held in the corporation rooms and 30 women were present. Reports were read out describing the work done by the League in the past year. The Village Improvement Committee reported having tried to get cheaper electricity and gas, and also improved telegraph service. They also made known their desire to have electric bells installed at trolley crossings on country roads. These worthy ideas were all seen to be works in progress, rather than accomplishments. The membership committee was pleased to report that the League had grown to include 131 members - 91 in Tarrytown and 40 in North Tarrytown.
“Man with Three Wives”
The play “Man with Three Wives” was due to be performed at the local , and all money raised was in aid of the annual Fire Department parade and inspection. The Press-Record predicted that seats would sell out fast, and urged people to buy their tickets for this charitable event.
Earlier in the year the Fire Department had proposed that the taxpayers of Tarrytown should give them $500 to pay for their parade, but this suggestion was rejected. Since the fire companies wished to give an even more spectacular parade than any seen before, the evening of entertainment was organized to raise the necessary funds.
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