This Day in History: 1935-01-31
A four year old boy who wandered away from his home on Long Avenue in Mahwah was found to have drowned in the Ramapo River about 75 feet from his home. Frank Conklin and his three-year-old brother had left their yard without their mother knowing they were gone. Sometime later the younger boy returned home and told his mother that Frankie was in the river. Mrs. Frank Conklin rushed to the river bank and threw herself into the water to search along the high banks. When Chief Smith was notified he summoned the fire department to aid in the search. The firemen used rowboats to aid them but their search was handicapped by their not being sure just where the boy had gone in. Eventually his body was found caught in a stump by the ice at the edge of the stream. The boy was taken to the Good Samaritan Hospital but he could not be revived. Funeral services were held from the Conklin home with Father Martin Fahy of Tuxedo presiding. Internment was in the Sloatsburg Cemetery.