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Judith Smith Kaye was born to immigrant parents in Monticello in 1938, attended a one-room schoolhouse in Maplewood, and graduated early from Monticello High School, where she participated on the … more
150 Years Ago -  1873 The following is the result of the recent elections which we did not publish last week and are borrowed from the Watchman: Mamakating, Lewis Rhodes, Dem., elected … more
Chauncey Thomas was one of the most prominent residents of the upper Delaware River valley in the 19th century, a successful entrepreneur who, among other accomplishments, built the first suspension … more
110 Years Ago - 1913 A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. George Raum of Kenoza Lake on February 28. John Brustman cut a tree measuring fifty-five feet in length and as straight as a string on the … more
Women’s inexorable march toward equality in politics and government in this country has been one of small steps, and there have been many obstacles to overcome. Sometimes in looking back, it is … more
110 Years Ago - 1913 In a message delivered by Past District Deputy grand master Charles T. Curtis at the last annual public installation of Delaware Lodge No. 561, Callicoon, he gave evidence … more
There were probably not many Sullivan County women less likely to be the first to win a county wide election than Susanna Potsch.   She was born Susanna Schwatz in Germany in 1887, and came … more
110 Years Ago - 1913 In this issue of the Democrat we publish an article from the pen of Charles T. Curtis and it is not only interesting but is of great historical value, probably being the best … more
Regular readers of this Retrospect column over the years should by now be well aware of the fact that one of Sullivan County’s first historians and most noted newspaper publishers, James … more
150 Years Ago - 1873 The Rev. F.A. Crane will supply the Presbyterian Church at Youngsville and Jeffersonville next Sabbath. Service at Youngsville 10:30 a.m. and at Jeffersonville 3 p.m. … more
It was in December of 1863 that the United States War Department authorized the Union League Club of New York to recruit, train and equip an infantry unit to fight for the North in the Civil War. The … more
150 Years Ago - 1873 A train on the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company’s railroad ran 22 miles in 21 minutes a few days ago. Middletown has a woman who has lived within nine miles of … more
In 1930, when the population of Sullivan County was just over 35 thousand, Census figures reveal there were just 91 African-Americans living here. That’s slightly more than one-quarter of one … more
150 Years Ago - 1873 The youth of Hurd Settlement have of late manifested a very commendable desire for education. Quite a number have entered the Eureka High School in Mongaup Valley for the … more
It was February of 1903, and the embers were still smoldering from the fire that had destroyed one of the most historically significant buildings in the county just a few days before.   It … more
150 Years Ago - 1873 District Attorney Alpheus Potts, assisted by E.H. Pinney, moved last Wednesday that the indictment against Jerome Masten for assault on the person of James Collins of … more
The history of Sullivan County as a winter sports destination dates back to at least the 1920s, but the attempt to create a year around vacationland here did not meet with immediate success.   … more
150 Years Ago - 1873 Charley Quick, that model hunter, has shot 43 foxes this winter. With the aid of a welltrained dog, a good gun and a Quick ear, he has proven himself a terror to the fox … more
It was Saturday, January 26, 1895, and throngs of mourners were gathered at the Church of the Incarnation in Manhattan for the funeral of one of America’s most prominent doctors. Dr. Alfred … more
110 Years Ago - 1913 Frank Miller of Middle Village, L.I., and Mrs. Elizabeth Kalbfleisch of White Sulphur Springs, were united in marriage Wednesday, January 8 at the Catholic Church in … more
On January 14, 2006, the renowned actress Shelley Winters died at the Rehabilitation Centre of Beverly Hills, where she had been a patient since a heart attack three months before. Sources differ as … more
110 Years Ago - 1913 Frank Miller of Middle Village, L.I., and Mrs. Elizabeth Kalbfleisch of White Sulphur Springs, were united in marriage Wednesday, January 8 at the Catholic Church in … more
As regular readers of Retrospect have no doubt learned, the long era during which Sullivan County was governed by the Board of Supervisors was often marked by heated exchanges and stubborn political … more
110 Years Ago - 1913 Perhaps one of the largest fires which has ever occurred in the village of Jeffersonville took place shortly before 4 o’clock when the large boarding house of John … more
While there are some who act as if provocative rhetoric and heated political battles in Sullivan County government are unique to the current legislature, the fact is that both were common occurrences … more
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