This Day in History: 1910-01-25
Vincent W. Vander Weyde, the engineer who laid out Cragmere Park on the Old Miller property, committed suicide. He apparently had run up many debts and was apprehended stealing a tray of diamonds in New York City and swallowed poison. Many local people had endorsed notes for this popular young man. Among those victimized were Abram C. Banta, Clerk of the Board of Education ($225) Mr. Miller ($500 board bill) Clarence Strickland of Suffern ($300) and David Maged of Suffern ($50 to $60). He had also borrowed money from a local bank but that was secured by his shares in the Mahwah Savings and Loan. He was an only son, unmarried, and leaves an aged mother in New York City.