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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
Absentee ballots have often made the difference in election results in Sullivan County, and the fact that they sometimes account for considerable controversy is nothing new. Sometimes it is the … more
The Supervisor’s race in the town of Liberty in 1947 was one of the strangest—and most drawn out-- in Sullivan County history. The race pitted the popular Democrat, Francis … more
On October 14, 1899, the imposing Administration Building at the Loomis Sanitarium was reduced to little more than a pile of rubble in less than three hours by a fire the Liberty Register newspaper … more
While the Upper Delaware River Valley was still a rugged frontier wilderness in the middle of the 18th century, farmland was becoming scarce in eastern Connecticut, and some of the Connecticut … more
North America was still mostly an uncivilized place in the early 1750s, and open warfare between the British and the French in their struggle to control the new continent, as well as the unhappiness … more
Timber rafting was once the linchpin of the area’s economy. It was the first industry to develop in the wild, desolate region that is today known as Sullivan County, predating both the tanning … more
It was Christmas, 1938, just a few weeks after Kate Smith had debuted his revised “God Bless America” on her radio show, that songwriter Irving Berlin presented his wife with a house and … more
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