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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
130 Years Ago - 1893   George H. Smith, the newly elected county judge and surrogate of Sullivan County, is 29 years of age. For one so young, he must be considered extremely fortunate. In … more
It was late November in 1959, and Sullivan County officials were lamenting a very slow start to deer hunting season, which had traditionally provided a much needed economic boost to the … more
140 Years Ago - 1883 James Wilson of Egypt purchased 15 sheep at the sale of Ira Clute. On his way home with them, he lost one and on arriving home, the flock to his great surprise contained 27. … more
Absent a standing professional Army in 1775, America’s first battles during its War for Independence, at Lexington and Concord, were fought almost entirely by members of the militia. At the … more
150 Years Ago -   1873 DeWitt Knapp, proprietor of the Cochecton House at Cochecton, advertised boarding by the day or week. Conveyances furnished. August Grouten was proprietor of the … more
He was born in 1891 in Hurd Settlement in the town of Bethel, and graduated from Monticello High School, New York University, and Bellevue Hospital. He began practicing medicine in 1917, and was … more
150 Years Ago -   1873 The Hancock Cornet Band will give a grand vocal and orchestral entertainment at Harmonie Hall, Callicoon Depot, next Friday evening. Mrs. Peter Wagner of … more
In October of 1899, Stephen Crane’s short novel, “Active Service” was published to mixed reviews. The book’s tepid reception by both critics and the public was a major … more
150 Years Ago -   1873 A man may as well expect to grow stronger by always eating, as wiser by always reading. The United States steamer Juanita has arrived at St. John, Newfoundland … more
150 Years Ago -   1873 Hunters’ hounds are receiving a thorough training preparatory of next winter’s hunt. This season will prove to be an unbearable one for some bears. … more
The long defunct Flagler Hotel in Fallsburg had a rich tradition as one of Sullivan County’s premier resorts, and for decades was a trendsetter in the industry. After operating for decades … more
150 Years Ago -   1873 Mr. Henry Rose informs us that the bridge which is situated near his residence is in sad need of repair. P. Jacobs of Youngsville has assumed the directorship of … more
150 Years Ago -   1873 Mr. A.P. Childs, formerly of the Record, has charge of the Youngsville District School. This seminary is classed among the best around here and the District is to be … more
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