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The heavy late September rains that are still falling as this column is being written are a stark reminder of the destruction floods have caused along the Delaware River over the years. For … more
It was late September in 1965, and the Sullivan County Democratic Committee was in complete disarray. As the party prepared for its reorganizational meeting at the Hotel Lenape in Liberty on … more
For many years, September meant primary day in political circles, and often the campaigns waged in anticipation of those elections were more heated— and sometimes more consequential— than … more
It was late August of 1968, and the people of Sullivan County were all abuzz about the latest development in a long list of attempts to save the sagging economy here. The county’s Golden … more
According to records, only four men were hanged for treason in the state of Pennsylvania during the Revolutionary War. Robert Land was very nearly the fifth. Land, the Justice of the Peace in … more
Shortly after emigrating from Russia in 1908, Abraham and Molly Brickman fled the overcrowded tenements of New York City and purchased land just outside South Fallsburg in Sullivan County. Like many … more
The story of Charles E. Becker, one of the most notorious natives of Sullivan County ever, continues to fascinate people to this day. Born on July 26, 1870 in Callicoon Center, Becker lived and … more
The author Larry Kidder describes his book, “The Revolutionary World of a Free Black Man: Jacob Francis: 1754-1836” as “a story of grit and determination combined with kindness and … more
On July 15, 1869, Noah Bigelow of North Branch became the third man to be hanged for murder in Sullivan County’s history. Just three days earlier, New York Governor John T. Hoffman had … more
Cushetunk, the first permanent European settlement in the Upper Delaware Valley was established around 1755 by a group of Connecticut farmers calling themselves the Delaware Company. The settlement … more
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