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Many people—even those with more than a passing interest in Sullivan County history-- are surprised to learn that the Ku Klux Klan was once fairly active in parts of the county. And yet, … more
The column about “scoopers” a few weeks back generated so much interest and comment, it seemed a follow-up might be in order. As mentioned in the earlier column, the term … more
It was January of 1952, and members of the newly seated Sullivan County Board of Supervisors had an unusual item to consider. An informal proposal had been floated by the Minisink Valley … more
It is unlikely that when he built the hotel with the spectacular vistas in 1891 John Harms Knapp envisioned it ever being a year-around resort, let alone one that advertised “superlative … more
During the nearly 35 years this columnist has spent answering questions about Sullivan County’s rich and colorful history, a few topics come up far more than any others. For example, lots of … more
He was born on December 12, 1838 in Highland Mills, in Orange County, and moved with his family to Sullivan County while still a young boy. He enlisted in the Union Army shortly after the Civil War … more
It is estimated that perhaps as many as 200 bald eagles spend their winters in the Upper Delaware region these days, and quite a number live here year around, but not long ago, the raptors were a … more
It was back in August of 2010 that Myron Gittell received the first proof of the reprint he had decided to finance of the iconic book about Sullivan County, Manville B. Wakefield’s “To … more
Another holiday season is nearly here, and with it comes the reminder that books about the history of Sullivan County and the surrounding Catskills region make great gifts. Among the most … more
As Thanksgiving approached in November of 1935, Sullivan County authorities and those from New York City, were busy investigating the murder of a man found buried in a gloomy Hurleyville barn, and … more
On November 15, 1865 Bernhard Behrend died in Washington, D.C. He was 72. Although there wasn’t much of a public reaction at the time of his death, Behrend is remembered today as the … more
Early in November of 1918, a transport ship left New York City bound for France, loaded with soldiers headed to the great war. A few days later, peace was declared—at the 11th hour of the 11th … more
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