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Timber rafting was once the linchpin of the area’s economy. It was the first industry to develop in the wild, desolate region that is today known as Sullivan County, predating both the tanning … more
140 Years Ago - 1881 W.C. Brand and wife are boarding at the Jeffersonville House. Arthur Bird has purchased the organ business for Sullivan County from James Munn, and will start out in that … more
It was Christmas, 1938, just a few weeks after Kate Smith had debuted his revised “God Bless America” on her radio show, that songwriter Irving Berlin presented his wife with a house and … more
90 YEARS AGO - 1931 Nieger’s Garage at the Fosterdale four corners was burned to the ground early Monday morning. Hancock Central School District No. 6 voted to consolidate thirteen … more
The signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787 by 39 representatives of 12 states was a major step—formalized less than a year later when New Hampshire became the ninth state to … more
110 Years Ago - 1911 The Monticello Watchman, last week, contained an article to the effect that Jim Hall was forbidden to serve as superintendent of schools in this district because Third … more
Many archeologists believe that the Munsee, a branch of the Lenape, a Native American tribe of Algonquin culture, may have lived along the banks of the Upper Delaware as early as 12,000 years ago, … more
110 Years Ago - 1911 F.J. Lewis of Barryville has been elected supervisor of the school districts of Liberty, Bethel, Cochecton, Highland, Lumberland and Tusten. Mrs. Emma Chase has been elected … more
There wasn’t much to the community known as Hurleyville when the New York & Oswego Midland Railroad decided to locate a station there in the 1870s. Around 1805 or so, an enterprising hunter … more
80 Years Ago - 1941 John Link, 83, one of the oldest residents of North Branch, passed away quietly Monday evening, August 11, due to the infirmities of old age, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. … more
It was August of 1961, and what was called “the most complex project of its kind ever undertaken by New York Telephone” was just getting underway in Sullivan County. By March 21, 1965, … more
140 Years Ago - 1881 One of the romantic epi­sodes of a two-week stay at a mountain summer resort is going berrying. James Gray, who is a noted horse courier has been stopping at the … more
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