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140 Years Ago - 1884 A current report that Messrs. E.A. Clark & Company intend to purchase the bark, owned by Wales of Pike Pond. If this could be effected, our tannery will hold out for the … more
In many ways, Sunset Acres in Parksville was typical of a small 1960s Sullivan County resort, offering guests “beautiful lobbies, filtered swimming pool, a comfortable large dining room, tennis … more
140 Years Ago - 1884 Last Thursday the rapidly rising stream created quite some excitement in Jeffersonville. The abutment of John Beck’s footbridge was knocked down by the ice, leaving it … more
Henry Clay Jackson of Wurtsboro lived one of the most eventful lives of any resident of Sullivan County ever, and yet few today are familiar with his name. For one thing, Jackson, an African … more
140 Years Ago - 1884 All hands are at Court this week. C.A. Heinley of Narrowsburg made his usual trip through this village last Thursday. Joseph Seibert Jr., who has been in New … more
For decades, Fannie Harden worked alongside her husband William to build the Forestview Lodge near Swan Lake into a successful business, carrying on alone after his death. When she passed away, the … more
140 Years Ago - 1884 Eggs are 40 cents a dozen at North Branch. G. Barkmeyer of North Branch purchased a cow of William Huff for $40. Last Monday evening our “Band Boys” … more
On June 2, 1892, an angry mob of several hundred men dragged Robert Lewis nearly half a mile through the streets and hanged him from a tree. Lewis, also known as Robert Jackson, was an African … more
140 Years Ago - 1884 Where is our January thaw? The Jeffersonville Brass and String Band has four engagements this week. Callicoon Depot, reported last week as being without a pool … more
140 years ago - 1884 Icemen begin to think that this season is almost a total failure for them. John Cooper of Bethel was engaged in plowing on his farm on Monday. There was no frost in the … more
150 Years Ago - 1874 On January 8, in the Town of Fremont, John Weber, son of Andreas Weber, died of consumption at the age of 24. At Sackett Pond, in the Town of Thompson, December 29th, … more
Those familiar with Sullivan County history likely know the story well: the brothers Samuel Frisbee Jones and John Patterson Jones, born in Connecticut, came here from Columbia County around 1804 and … more
150 Years Ago - 1874 The Sullivan County Record was six years old in 1874. (Editor’s Note: The Sullivan County Democrat obtained the rights to print this popular column upon the demise … more
The great division of eastern and western Sullivan County has reared its head politically several times over the years, perhaps no more so than in the heated controversy over moving the … more
140 Years Ago - 1884 The principal subject discussed at a meeting of the Sullivan County Teachers Association held at Young’s Hall, Liberty, was that of teachers’ wages. A committee … more
Even before New York Governor Kathy Hochul cleared the way last week for a new village to be formed in Sullivan County—a referendum on January 18 will determine the fate of what is proposed to … more
150 Years Ago -   1873 John Manny has some excellent Arizona diamonds for sale at ten cents a quart and also some excellent cider at the same price. Sullivan County has plenty of poor. … more
130 Years Ago - 1893 A meeting of the people of Jeffersonville and vicinity will be held at the Mansion House, Jeffersonville, on Saturday evening, December 16, to take steps toward securing the … more
It was December 14, 1917, and a Christmas miracle-- and the diligent work of local firemen-- prevented a good portion of the hamlet of Narrowsburg’s business district from being incinerated. … more
150 Years Ago -   1873 A new post office has been established at Johnson’s Hotel on the Newburgh-Cochecton Turnpike. The brass band went down the road this morning – full … more
With another holiday season nearly here, it is time for this column’s annual reminder that books about Sullivan County’s rich and colorful history always make great gifts, but especially … more
140 Years Ago - 1883 Peter Weismann last week found an Indian tomahawk on his farm a mile north of Callicoon (Callicoon Center). The edge was protruding from the soil in a field that had never … more
Hurleyville businessman John Harms Knapp and his wife, Mary C. Brophy Knapp founded the Columbia Farms Hotel on the summit overlooking the hamlet in 1891. Locals, not convinced the business would … more
150 Years Ago -   1873 The store of Martin Weyrauch of Thumansville was broken into last night and a number of articles were stolen. Ground was broken last week for the second track … more
In August of 2015, the Liberty Museum and Arts Center’s 14th annual conference on the history of the Catskills was entitled, “Small but Grand Hotels: The Backbone of the Catskills Tourism … more
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