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110 Years Ago - 1912

Arthur Hust and bride of North Branch have returned home after a two-week honeymoon in the metropolis.

Saturday morning while several men were walking through Manny’s …

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April 12, 2022 Edition


110 Years Ago - 1912

Arthur Hust and bride of North Branch have returned home after a two-week honeymoon in the metropolis.

Saturday morning while several men were walking through Manny’s pasture at Hankins, one of the men overturned a stone and found under it a large quantity of Paris green. This was the same pasture where Paris green was placed last summer and resulted in the death of a number of cows belonging to F.A. Baundendistle. It was probably the work of the same party who, after the death of the cows, became scared and placed a stone over it.

The Republican county committee met at Monticello Tuesday and organized by re-electing H.B. McLaughlin of Liberty chairman. Dr. F.W Laidlaw of Hurleyville was chosen secretary and John R. Baldwin of Livingston Manor treasurer. The Democratic county committee at Monticello Wednesday re-elected D.S. Avery of Monticello chairman with H.B. Stratton of Monticello, secretary, and M.E. Galligan of Forestburgh, treasurer.

A marriage license was issued to William D. Orr and Mrs. Etta Tyler Brown of Damascus, Pa., last week.

A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Dermody of Cochecton on Tuesday, April 2.

The Borden Co. have sent another extra team and wagon to draw milk to the Cochecton creamery. This makes 7 horses of their own. Timothy Burr, former engineer and fireman, will drive the team. Fred Tice takes his place and Watson Tyler fills Tice’s place.

100 Years Ago - 1922

At the Norris sale of registered stock at Bethel last week, cows averaged $120, hay $30 a ton, chickens $2, and potatoes $1.50 a bushel.

Dr. Glatzmayer, who has been a physician in Narrowsburg the past two years, is to move to Wurtsboro.

Ten or more teams and twice as many men gathered at the Blackwell farm Tuesday and removed the carcasses of the burned animals and buried them. The four-year-old Holstein bull that perished in the barn of the Blackwell brothers is said to have weighed 2,100 pounds on foot.

The newly organized Title & Mortgage Guaranty Co. of Sullivan County is installed in new offices at Monticello. There are now 200 stockholders with average holdings of about $500 each.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Frank S. Bury of Fremont Center, a daughter, April 2.

The large structure connected with the Olympia Hotel, and up to now recently used as a garage and carriage house, is undergoing alterations and when finished will add a number of sleeping rooms to the hotel. Mr. Wiesner’s fast growing business has made expansion necessary.

Suspended from its bracket in the dining room at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Bauernfeind of Beechwoods, is a grandfather clock of unusual design that has ticked off the hours for three generations. A young man, Joseph Layton, one of the pioneers of the section, purchased the timepiece and took it to his home, a log cabin, more than a century ago. Ticking faithfully, the clock saw the settlers crude home abandoned for a frame dwelling, modern in its day. There it began tolling off the hours that grew slowly but steadily into months and years that wore out the new home. Then in 1909 when Mr. and Mrs. Bauernfeind abandoned its second home converting it into a garage, they carried the old clock to their handsome new home. Here to this day it shows its appreciation of the care and attention accorded it by faithfully tolling off the minutes. The clock is of an unusual design. It is not encased in a tall wooden casing that stands on the floor, as are most clocks of this kind, but the works and weights are exposed as the clock rests upon a set of brackets on the wall. Excepting one wheel, it is made entirely of wood.

90 Years Ago - 1932

Professor Francis M. Hartmann, the dean of the schools of engineering of Cooper Union, NYC, and professor of electrical engineering, died at his home in New York City March 28. He was born on a farm in the town of Cochecton, a son of the late Franz Eugene and Paulina Hoenninger Hartmann.
John Hessinger and Mrs. Ruby Gorr, owner of Pine Villa on Delaware Avenue, Callicoon (Penna. side) were married in New York City today.

Mrs. Arthur Hankins became the mother of an 8 lb. boy on April 1 at the Callicoon Hospital. She lives in Lake Huntington.

The engineers’ plans of that portion of Route 3-A between Callicoon and Narrowsburg have been completed by the NYS Dept. of Highways and a Sullivan County official is in Binghamton today to receive the plans and bring them to the highway committee of the Sullivan County Board of Supervisors. The fact that the plans have been prepared and delivered is good evidence that this portion of the route will be built this summer.

Robert B. Gottschalk, sophomore from Hankins, is one of the chief hopes of the Union College varsity track team this spring. He will be used in the half mile run.

80 Years Ago - 1942

Joan Hebert of Hoosick Falls, a senior at Fredonia State Normal School, has been elected to teach music in the Delaware Valley Central School, beginning with the September term.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Nober of Cochecton Center, are parents of a baby boy born Wednesday at the Callicoon Hospital.

Morton Bresnick, president of the Senior Science Club at DVCS, was awarded the grand prize at the Science Fair held in the Middletown High School last Saturday. Eleven high schools were represented by 155 exhibits. Bresnick earned the grand prize with his exhibit which demonstrated several methods of converting alternating current to direct current. The judging was made on originality, neatness, thoroughness and ability to explain the facts and theories demonstrated. He was A-1 in all of these respects.

Miss Harriet Hahn, who is employed as an official guide by Remington Arms Co. in Bridgeport, Conn., wired her parents, Mr. and Mrs Harry Hahn, Saturday evening that she was O.K. and not hurt by the terrific explosion which occurred in the packing house of the plant Saturday afternoon. She was in another building at the time. Paul Hermann and several other men employed at Remington Arms were not working at the time of the explosion. They were, however, able to spend several unexpected vacation days at their local homes because the explosion disrupted their work.

John Poley, John Knise and Malvin Wood, all employees of Remington Arms in Bridgeport, Conn., were at their homes Saturday afternoon when the explosion occurred at the plant, creating much damage and the loss of lives. — North Branch Corresp.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Leo Wolff of Jeffersonville on Friday, an 8-pound boy. The mother is the former Ruth Fitch.

The Senior Class of the Delaware Valley Central School will leave from the Erie Station in Callicoon on Saturday morning for the annual Washington trip. In all probability this will be the last visit to the nation's capital by student groups until the end of the war.

70 Years Ago - 1952

The new Hammond organ of the First Reformed Church of North Branch will be dedicated at a service on Palm Sunday, April 6.

At the Callicoon Hospital, it was a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Kobylenski of Callicoon, March 27; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Kautz of Callicoon RD, March 28; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Noetzel of North Branch on March 30.

Friends and neighbors of Betty Keesler attended a shower for her on April 1 at the home of Mrs. Fred Stabbert. She will become the bride of Robert Johnson on May 11.

Mr. and Mrs. Louis J. Kautz of Callicoon announce the engagement of their daughter, Ellen, to Robert Hogancamp of White Sulphur Springs. The groom-to-be is serving in the U.S. Navy.

William Luckey and his wife, Helen Luckey of Kenoza Lake, were elected to serve as commander and president of the H. Russell Kenyon Post No. 5808, VFW, and Ladies Auxiliary at a recent meeting. The auxiliary also voted at this meeting to purchase a name banner to be carried in parades.

PFC Edward Milk of Long Eddy and Vincent J. Schmidt of Callicoon Center were recently awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge, symbol of the front line fighting men, while with the 40th Infantry Division in Korea. The 40th, from Southern California, was the first National Guard division to arrive overseas after the start of the Korean War.

Studebaker starts its second century of the manufacture of highway vehicles. The Studebaker brothers opened their wagon-building shop in South Bend on February 16, 1852 and then developed with the times producing an electric auto in 1902.

A daughter, Kathleen Vicki, was born March 12 to the George Andersens. She is the former Ethel Hawerkamp of North Branch. The Jens Andersens of Jeffersonville and William Hawkerkamp of North Branch are the proud grandparents.

Twin sons were born to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Allgeier of North Branch at the Liberty hospital on Saturday.

60 Years Ago - 1962

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Meyer of Mileses were the honored guests at a 25th anniversary party held at Sacred Heart Church basement in Hankins on March 11. Over 50 friends and relatives attended.

Farm machinery, valued at $2,000, and 100 acres of nearby farmland and woods, were burned in a fire Friday afternoon near White Sulphur Springs. The barn was on the Paul Wilson farm, two miles out of White Sulphur on Fox Mt. Road. The machinery was owned by William Klein, who leased the barn.

The nearly century-old Mansion House at Jeffersonville appears headed for closing after being at the center of Sullivan County hotel life for many decades. For some forty-five years the Mansion House had been operated by Wm. Knell and wife.

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Klinger were guests of honor at an open house in honor of their 25th wedding anniversary on Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Klinger.

Robert Hartmann, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hartmann, Cochecton, left Sunday for Syracuse, where he will attend Syracuse University, taking a course of training for the New York State troopers.

Stanley S. Sattringer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Simon Sattringer of Jeffersonville, has been notified that he is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Fellowship award. He received the Society of American Military Engineers award last year as the outstanding Air Force ROTC junior engineering student at Georgia Tech and has been designated as a candidate for the same award as a engineering student. He will graduate in June from Georgia Tech.

50 Years Ago - 1972

New Horizons Rehabilitation Center, Inc., Lake Huntington, formerly Green Acres, will have a formal opening day on April 15.

Robert Jahn of near Monticello had the biggest catch opening day of the trout season. His three fish, caught on a Silver Phoebe in Rio Reservoir in the town of Forestburgh, totaled 10 1/2 pounds. The longest one measured 25 inches long and weighed six pounds.

Supreme Court Justice Lawrence H. Cooke of Monticello outpolled all contenders on Monday when the Demo­cratic State Committee met in Queens to nominate the three candidates which it will run this November to fill the vacancies ensuing this year on New York's highest tribunal, the Court of Appeals.

At the Liberty-Loomis Hospital, it was a girl, Kristy Marie, to Mr. and Mrs. Neil Helms of Smallwood, March 25; a girl, Tina Marie, to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Hust of North Branch, March 27; a boy to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence McAdams of RD Roscoe, March 30; a girl to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Keeler of Youngs­ville on March 31.

40 Years Ago - 1982

Robert T. “Rob” Chemerys of Callicoon, a Sullivan County Deputy Sheriff, was buried Sunday following a long battle with cancer. He was 31 years of age. He is survived by his wife and two young sons, at home.

Lauren Kross of Narrowsburg became the bride of Robert C. Wolff Jr. of Barryville on March 13. A buffet reception was served at the Barryville Hotel . . . Miss Janet Redington of Jeffersonville and Dane Hauser of Callicoon Center were married March 6 at St. George's Church in Jeffersonville with a reception following at King’s in Livingston Manor.

Plans are being made for a 75th-anniversary dinner and dedication at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Yulan on June 12. The dinner will be held at Reber’s in Barryville and a family picnic dinner is planned for Sunday, June 13, at the Yulan Inn, Washington Lake.

Democrats turned out in numbers Wednesday to greet New York City Mayor Ed Koch, who was at the Stevensville Country Club in Swan Lake to address the Uniformed Firefighters’ Association of New York. Koch has announced he will run for governor of New York this fall.

Over 125 relatives and friends helped Esther and Bill Bennett celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary at the Cochecton Firehouse on March 21. Bouquets of yellow daffodils decorated the table with a large centerpiece of yellow mums, white snapdragons, yellow roses, white carnations and baby’s breath and a lovely decorated anniversary cake . . . Janet and Charles Sutliff of Damascus celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary on March 29 with a dinner at the Fairway Inn in Honesdale, Pa.

30 Years Ago - 1992

Three postmasters at local post offices were sworn in Friday: Eileen Bernitt at Hankins, Mary Lou Cramer at Rock Hill and Patrick Fitzpatrick at the Burlingham location.

Miron has opened a new home improvement center in Liberty. The 25,000 square-foot building contains everything for the do-it-yourselfer or contractor plus a full line of machinery.

The new 14-bay dialysis center in Monticello is nearing completion. An operational date of July 1 has been SCI.

Quickway Metal Fabricators in Monticello began to “swing steel,” at the new Frontier Building in Rock Hill on Monday. The project, which was initially bogged down in the courts due to protests from the Lake Louise Marie Homeowners Assn., got the go-ahead from Supreme Court Justice Robert C. Williams and is now beginning to take shape. The steel part of the job is expected to be completed in June.

Olsten Health Care, one of the nation’s largest private providers of home health care and staffing, recently moved from its Monticello facility to a new location in Rock Hill.

Susan Hahn of Jeffersonville and Amy Kays of Callicoon were 4-H Club representatives at the recent 4-H Capital Days in Albany.

The first Sullivan County Chamber Awards Breakfast was held the Villa Roma on Sunday. There were 272 people from all walks of life in Sullivan County who attended to hear individual accomplishments lauded and businesses recognized with honors.

Dr. Kathrine B. McCaffrey was nominated by the New York State Association for Retarded Children, Inc. for their volunteerism award because of her “never ending commitment and dedication to the people we serve.”

Ben Wechsler of Forestburgh was named “Conservationist of the Year 1992” for his unending battle to prevent state take-over of valuable forest land.

20 years ago - 2002

Out of 69 applications, 39 Sullivan County businesses have been chosen for inclusion in the Empire Zone, a designation given to the county last year.

The Sullivan County Legislature’s Public Safety Committee got an update last week on the proposed training facility for fire services at the Sullivan County Airport. Deputy Fire Coordinator/ Deputy 911 Coordinator Richard Martinkovic noted that the fire services has actually been working on the project for two years.

The first step in expansion of the Sullivan County Landfill began last week. A year after the legislature agreed to expand the facility, a resolution was passed, and the contract, not to exceed $1.5 million, was awarded to the firm of Malcolm Piernie from White Plains.

Mamakating Town Justice Joel Welsh won high praise at the Judicial Recognition Night which was held in his honor at Danny’s Restaurant in Wurtsboro. His wife, Joan, was also honored.
Population shifts have caused New York State to lose two Congressional seats. For the last year, New York State lawmakers have been looking at how to redraw the district lines. While re-districting will take place, Sullivan County will remain untouched. Assemblyman Jake Gunther is hopeful that the 98th Assembly District will, indeed, stay intact.

State Senator John J. Bonacic recently announced that state grant funding would be made available to purchase an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for each school in the 40th Senate District. Sullivan County BOCES Superintendent Martin Handler, an EMT himself, noted that the AEDs will provide an important tool to save lives in the local schools.

After a two-day session of workshops, dining and sharing tips with fellow journalists and salespeople, staff members of the Sullivan County Democrat returned home on Sunday, from the New York Press Association’s annual spring convention, with new ideas and 11 awards. Staff members earned awards in sales and journalistic categories.

10 years ago - 2012

The Corner in Eldred hosted an Easter Bunny Dance Party for kids on Saturday with over 100 attending. The completely free event was also sponsored by the Eldred Lions Club and the Piazza.

Several graduates of the Animal Science Program at Sullivan BOCES Career and Technical Education Program have demonstrated their ability to truly make a difference in our county. After completing their college education, Carrie Endriss, 2006 graduate from Livingston Manor, Brittany Senor (’05 Liberty) and Heather Ackermann (’06 Sullivan West) decided to come back to Sullivan County to use their knowledge to make a difference. Today, Carrie works at the Youngsville Veterinary Clinic with Brittany Senor. Heather Ackermann is working in the Horse Therapy Programs at the Center for Discovery and New Hope. Krysta Kelly, a senior at Liberty and a current Animal Science student, is working with Heather as a volunteer.

The Monticello Landfield Avenue Synagogue will be celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year.

DEATHS: John W. Meyers of Hortonville entered into eternal rest on Wednesday morning, April 4, 2012... Edward W. Bamberger of Liberty died on Friday, April 6, 2012... Oscar Warren Hall of Tyler Hill, Pa. and formerly of Newburgh, passed away Friday, April 6, 2012 at his home surrounded by his family... Wayne H. Winters of Beach Lake, PA passed away Friday, April 6, 2012 with his wife Marie by his side.

The Odyssey of the Mind team from Emma C. Chase recently won second place at the regional competition that took place at Orange/ Ulster BOCES.


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