I love, love, love reading old newspaper articles. Especially the small local ones – news sure did get around! Even without Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc everyone seemed to know what was going on in town!
This afternoon I was browsing around one of my favorites websites www.fultonhistory.com . It is an absolute treasure for genealogy and I am indebted to them for the amount of information I have been able to find. The following article caught my eye because it is about a Reardon and a McGee – my married and maiden names! It is from Long Island in 1937 on what was obviously a slow new day. Neither one of the people are from our family tree – but I think the writer really captures the spirit of the thing…
FIREMAN AND COP RESCUE TWO CATS
Resourceful Patrolman McGee Shows Vamps How It Is Done Patrolman Thomas McGee, animal expert and general rescuer of the Garden City police department, joined with Fireman Jake Reardon, a member of the village’s paid force, to write a new chapter in the natural history of the community last night. With a butterfly net, an aptitude for “shinnying,” a desire for quiet and a love for vociferous dumb animals, Fireman Reardon and Patrolman McGee rescued two distressed felines from the branches of tall trees. McGee On Hand At 6:30 o’clock, Robert H. Harrower called fire headquarters to inform the vamps that a cat was squalling in the branches of a tree right outside their door. Reardon, together with two other fire addies, Edward Gorry and Karl Herrnkind, grabbed ladders, hooks, ropes and other paraphernalia, and sped to the tree, ten feet from the firehouse door. Patrolman McGee, who once distinguished himself by pulling a disheveled cat from between the walls of a house, and more recently, rescued a brood of squirrels from an unused furnace, got to the tree later, but he brought the equipment which bagged the cat. McGee bore a huge butterfly net as he walked to the rescue. Silently, he handed it to Reardon. Reardon climbed the tree. The cat hunched its back and spat. Reardon crept nearer. The cat backed away. Reardon slid out on a feeble limb. The cat perched at the end of the branch. One sweep of the net, and the cat was caught. McGee walked back to the stationhouse to receive the plaudits of his fellow cops with the assurance of a man who has done similar great things in the past. Reardon and his fellow-firemen retired to the firehouse. About four hours later, Harry E. Maule of 108 Arthur Street called police and told of a second cat squalling its fear in the topmost limb of a tall tree near his house. Reardon, McGee, the ladders and the net once more went bounding to the rescue. This time experience proved its worth and the cat was down in a flash. The only fly in Reardon’s and McGee’s ointment late last night was the rumor of the fatal effects of their rescues started when a third resident of the village reported a dead cat lying in the street at Rockaway road and First street. Village employees took the corpse away, without waiting for the autopsy which might have cleared Reardon and McGee.
Fireman and Cop Rescue Two Cats. (1937, January 13). The Nassau Daily Review, p. 3. Retrieved August 14, 2016, from http://www.fultonhistory.com/