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Ruth Huggler
Posted 4/19/21

140 Years Ago - 1881

M. Moore of Jeffersonville has bought the blacksmith of Casper Kohler at Pike Pond.

A few days ago while George Filweber and N. Vogt of North Branch were in a wagon at …

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April 20, 2021 Edition


140 Years Ago - 1881

M. Moore of Jeffersonville has bought the blacksmith of Casper Kohler at Pike Pond.

A few days ago while George Filweber and N. Vogt of North Branch were in a wagon at Callicoon, the horse started to run throwing Mr. F. to the ground and bruising him quite severely. The horse ran as far as J. Mootz's where it was stopped.

W.B. Niven has been appointed clerk of the Village of Monticello and George Hill has received the appointment of Street Commissioner.

Charles Stanton, lately of the Jeffersonville House, has moved to Wurtsboro where he is working on a farm.

In a walking match at Monticello last Saturday, in seven and one-half hours, S.K. Bates walked 41 miles, 4 laps and won $11.50; Mac Allan, 40 miles, 11 laps, $6.75; and Pat Hanlon, 37 miles, 32 laps, $3.38.

N.H. Harris, the new landlord at the Jeffersonville House is giving the building a thorough overhauling and renovating.

John Wales now has his new store in Liberty well underway. He has not yet decided whether he will fill it with hardware stock exclusively, or put in a general stock of dry goods, groceries, provisions, etc.

130 Years Ago - 1891

Felix Donahue is erecting a new house in Livingston Manor.

J.C. Hall of Youngsville has moved with his family to Liberty.

The Kickapoo Indian Medicine Co. arrived in Jeffersonville just in the “nick of time.” So much sickness was never before known in this vicinity as there appeared to be during the two weeks stay of the company here. It is thought that if the Kickapoos had not arrived here, just as they did, our undertaker would have had to order coffins by the carload. In the language of Puck, “What fools these mortals be.” (Youngsville Corresp.)

Where is the baseball club which was to have been organized last week? Come boys, get a move on. We want to have a big game of ball here on Fair Day.

The timbers about the Eagle Hotel are past assuming the proportion of what promises to be the handsomest structure in the village, and which will, when completed, be the most important improvement in the history of Jeffersonville.

Charles A. Ranft is building an addition to his house.

Rev. Mr. Tetley of Kenoza Lake has been appointed by the Methodist Conference to supply the English churches at that place and at Jeffersonville for another term.

Reed Calkins of Youngsville is an addition to this village and will assist John Glassel in supplying mineral water during the summer.

W.H. Reynolds of Parksville is the inventor of a new wagon with an axle that can be greased without removing the wheel and is entirely protected from sand or dust.

The creamery in Jeffersonville will be opened for making butter on Monday, May 4th.

120 Years Ago - 1901

A daughter was born to Charles Schmidt and wife of this village on Saturday.

Rufus C. Maltby and wife left Tuesday for their new home in Brooklyn where Mr. Maltby has taken a position in a law office.

It is said that John N. Kohler who ran the Jeffersonville House cafe and barn the past year, is negotiating for the purchase of the Knapp Hotel in Cochecton.

The stone stoop to the Catholic Church is being rebuilt.

The Union Sunday School has purchased the Estey organ of Mrs. R.C. Maltby for their chapel.

Frank S. Reeves of Hankins and Lizzie K. Stamm of Narrowsburg were married by Pastor Kose at the Presbyterian parsonage in Cochecton on April 20th.

The Liberty and Jeffersonville Electric Railroad Co. has just signed a contract with the Honk Falls Power Co. of Ellenville for power to operate and run its trolley road.

W.E. McDermott, who was in Monticello for a week, assisting in the opening of Brand & Co.'s new furniture store, is back again in charge of the store in Jeffersonville.

No trouble to hatch chicks when you have the right kind of hens and eggs. Gottlieb Durr evidently has the right kind. From a setting of eleven eggs, he says twelve healthy chicks came forth this week.

Henry Theysohn of North Branch is painting with A.M. Kohler of this village and his brother, Charles, is the employee of Will Kohler, the carpenter and builder.

The new ballroom recently constructed by John Huggler of the Kenoza Lake House, will be formally opened to the public next Saturday evening with a ball and supper.

110 Years Ago - 1911

The state road between Liberty and Jeffersonville has been considerably damaged by the frost this spring. State Inspector Patrick and County Supt. W. Wright went over the road last week and the damage will be repaired.

Mrs. Katherine Puerschner, widow of the late George Puerschner, died at her home on April 15th.

The Kenoza Lake Creamery, owned by the Dairy Products Company of New York, caught fire on April 19th and was soon reduced to ashes.

Val Scheidell has received a new model Maxwell car which seems to flit along like the wind.

Fred Glassel returned to Oxford High School Tuesday after a ten day vacation at his home in Beechwoods.

The Board of Education has engaged Miss R. Leah Carl of Afton, Chenango County, and Miss Florence M. Hecov of Cohocton, Steuben County, to teach in the school here.

The 66th birthday of Fred Hessinger of Callicoon Center will be celebrated on April 20th at his home.

Miss Kate Dorrer won the contest for the most popular lady during a performance by the. Oregon Indian Medicine Co. at Bauernfeind's Hall in North Branch.

A “Night of Vaudeville” will be presented at the Masonic Hall in Jeff.

New gasoline lamps have been placed in the M.E. Church in White Sulphur Springs.

Summer hats and winter coats was the ruling combination on Easter Sunday.

Jacob Wilfert of Jeffersonville and Miss Christina Heib of Lake Huntington were married Easter Sunday.

100 Years Ago - 1921

The progressive citizens of Kenoza Lake are making an effort to get electric lights there and the extension of its line from Jeffersonville to Kenoza Lake.

The Concrete sluice at Ihrig dug-way, this side of Callicoon, gave way under the heavy truck traffic last week, and the road had to be closed.

Herbert Hassis and Frank Wallmer, the two boys who left their homes to paddle their own canoe, are now employed at Lake Huntington.

Beginning on Monday, May 2nd, and continuing throughout the summer, the First National Bank of Jeffersonville will be open for business from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Abe Roth, who bought and renovated the Mayor building on East Main St., expects to have a bakery running there some time next month.

Bradford Amback of near Roscoe and Miss Louise Hauser of Callicoon Center were married on March 27th.

Philip W. Reum of Beechwoods and Miss Elizabeth H. Schaefer of the same place were married April 26th.

The marriage of Miss Elizabeth Agnes Muller and William Schurer of Youngs­ville took place April 27th.

It is said that the old landmark, Wenzel's grist and sawmill in Callicoon Center, now owned by Carl Hill, has been sold and will be torn down.

Fred Roemer of Union Hill and Anna Stengel of North Branch were married last Saturday.

Hard cider and home brew made rather a noisy combination at a certain place in this neighborhood Sunday night. — Dahlia Corresp.

Henry Messmer Jr. of Kenoza Lake, who has been working for Harry Hendrix of West Bethel, ran a pitchfork in the calf of his leg last Saturday.

90 Years Ago - 1931

The Youngsville Board of Education has engaged Carol A. Milder of Hornell as principal to succeed Charles Button, who goes to Livingston Manor.

The village board of trustees of Jeffersonville has been petitioned to hold a special election to vote on the proposition to adopt daylight saving time for the village.

While Bill Durham and Micky Guidice of Brooklyn, weekending on Swiss Hill, were walking over the fields, Guidice stepped on a black snake which coiled around his leg. Durham ran for help, but before it arrived, Guidice strangled the snake with his hands. It measured 5 feet, 6 inches.

The Eisenbergs this week are installing new sound equipment in their Maple Theatre, discarding the disc system and replacing it with the sound of film method, which will eliminate the old trouble of the motion and the sound out of synchronization.

Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Taberoff of Jeffersonville have announced the engagement of their oldest daughter, Betty, to Jack Kaufman of Brooklyn.

A daughter, Arlene Grace, was born to Mr. and Mrs. William Baum of North Branch on April 10th.

A son, Vernon Charles, was born on April 13th to August Wahl and and the former Johanna Kratz of Beechwoods.

Fred Mootz is erecting a new garage in Callicoon Center.

80 Years Ago -1941

Joseph Moser, Anna Greis, Jack Cunningham and Abe Rosenfeld are the members of the Jeffersonville Central School Debate team, who will enter the National Contest in Kentucky.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kaplan and son, David, returned Sunday after spending a winter in Brooklyn with relatives.

Miss Elizabeth Schwartz of Jeff and Victor N. Napoliello were married April 19th in St. George's R.C. Church.

Bids for construction of a $30,000 extension to the White Lake sewer system, completed a year ago, will be opened at the town clerk's office at Kauneonga Lake the afternoon of May 1.

Charles E. Button of Roscoe will assume the superintendency of the 2nd school district which includes the townships of Fremont, Callicoon, Rockland, Delaware and Neversink on August 1.

Dorothea C. Deidle, Monticello High School, won first prize in the Dairymen's League Essay Contest just completed. Second prize went to Norwin Frieds of Livingston Manor Central School while James Sykes, Jeffersonville Central School, placed third, and Isaac Apter, Monticello High School, fourth. Honorable mention was awarded Harvey Buddenhagen, Delaware Valley Central School, and Mary Baxter, Mountaindale High School. The judges were Charles A. Guzewich, Mrs. Milton Merz and Miss Audrey Alfke.

Miss Jeanne Ward and Wilson DeWitt of Livingston Manor were united in marriage by Justice John W. Ebert of North Branch.

Pvt. George Soller, a selectee from Narrowsburg, placed among the ten highest of six companies of the Second Armored Division Replacement Center during the target practice held recently, as part of the training course at Fort Benning, Ga.

Miss Beulah Eltz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Eltz, Tyler Hill, Pa., became the bride of Lewis Smith of Waymart on April 12 at the South Clinton Baptist Church.

70 Years Ago - 1951

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Callicoon Center Volunteer Fire Department, at their annual election, named Mrs. Howard Myers, president; Mrs. Ralph Mootz, vice president; Mrs. Norman Bury, secretary; and Mrs. Floyd Korth, treasurer.

Miss Frieda Knack, daughter of Mrs. Dora Knack of Jeffersonville, was married on April 15th to John Edward Ahnstrom in the Lutheran Church by Rev. William von Deben.

Miss Marion Hassaneur of Galilee, Pa., and Albert Thony of Jeffersonville were married on April 14th in the Liberty Baptist parsonage by Rev. Bailey. The bride has made her home with Mr. and Mrs. John Gempler for the past two years.

Mr. and Mrs. Cameron Gain Jr. are the proud parents of a daughter born on April 16th in the Callicoon Hospital.

A son was born on April 14th to Mr. and Mrs. George Raum of Kenoza Lake.

County Judge William Deckelman will discuss juvenile delinquency and the Children's Court at the Jeff PTA meeting tonight. An election of officers will take place. Nominated are: Mrs. Helen Kutschera, president; Mrs. Leona Newham, first vice president; Mrs. Lillian Krauss, second vice president; Mrs. Jennie Flax, treasurer, and Mrs. Eunice Bihler, secretary.

Mrs. George Winkelstern has been elected director of the Sullivan County Parent-Teachers Association. She was named by the Central Hudson District Board.

The Colonial Beauty Shoppe, owned by Miss Doris Allen, has been completely renovated.

Louis Dietrich, a retired farmer, died at his home near Narrowsburg on April 13, at the age of 88. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Callicoon Agricultural Mutual Fire Relief Association from 1917 to 1949, when infirmities caused his retirement.

60 Years Ago - 1961

Elaine G. Etess has filed her petitions for five-year term as trustee on the Liberty Central School Board. The term she is filing for was vacated by Frank Travis.

Vincent Haynes, 50, prominent Roscoe appliance deal­er, died April 6 after suffering a coronary attack.

Mrs. Mary Englert died Sunday at her Callicoon home. She and her late husband had operated the summer lodge at Tennanah Lake for many years. She was 85 years of age.

North Branch — Well, spring is officially here but it sure does not look like it this morning, the snow covering the ground.

50 Years Ago - 1971

A major fire Tuesday noon destroyed two landmark hotels in the heart of Lew Beach and damaged seven other structures in varying degree in a wind driven holocaust that for a while threatened the entire community. Twenty volunteer firemen joined men, women and children at the scene before the roaring flames were brought under control. Totally destroyed were the 100-year-old Hourigan's Lew Beach Hotel where the fire originated and the Beaverkill Valley Hotel across the road from Hourigan's. Miss Margaret Hourigan, 64, suffered extensive burns when the fire erupted in her hotel. Town of Rockland Supervisor, Cecil Stewart, collapsed at the beginning of the fire fight while trying to start a booster pump. Both were taken to Community General Hospital.

Mr. and Mrs. Otto Hogencamp of White Sulphur Springs celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on April 4 with an open house at their home... Mr. and Mrs. Walter Yewchuck and Mr. and Mrs. Donald Manzolillo will both celebrate their 25th wedding anniversaries on April 21. Both couples are from Jeffersonville.

Steven Hillriegel, Callicoon, has been accepted for admission in September to State University Agricultural and Technical College at Delhi. …Cynthia Winski of Kenoza Lake has been accepted at Ithaca College where she will major in French… Susan R. Hahn of Jeffersonville will major in music education at the College of St. Rose in Albany.

40 Years Ago - 1981

The three-day-old strike of bus drivers and mechanics who work for Hudson Valley Transit Lines, Inc., of Mahwah, N.J. (ShortLine) has brought economic troubles for businesses in Monticello and Liberty.

Peri Hennig has been chosen Loyalty Day Queen to represent VFW Post No. 5808 of Callicoon at the judging for Sullivan County Loyalty Day Queen on May 2 in Liberty. Lorree Gannon of Liberty will represent Post 9217 of Liberty and Heidi Ann Diercksen was named Queen of Post 6081, Livingston Manor. Jodi Makela of Hankins will represent the Allan Milk Memorial Post No. 7276 of Long Eddy.

Susan Terri Adler and Michael John Sobel were married at Tilden Park in Berkeley, Calif.. on February 15. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Adler of Woodridge… Patricia Ann Lennon and James A. Hopkins Jr., both of Liberty, were united in marriage on March 28 at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church in Liberty.

More accolades came the way of Liberty's all-star basketball player, Maurice Martin, when he was named to the first team New York State All-Star Squad this week by New York State sportswriters. Selton Evans, the spark plug for the Fallsburg comets, was named to the fourth team.

30 Years Ago - 1991

Wooden baffles were installed on the windows of the jail in Monticello to prevent passersby from being harassed by the inmates. The baffles will also discourage illegal conversation between prisoners, guests and family members.

Residents in the Jeffersonville-Youngsville Central School District Wednesday voted 38-7 to approve a $36,433 appropriation for the Jeffersonville Public Library. Edna Clark and Peter Roidl retained their seats on the board and will serve five-year terms through 1996 while William Moloney was elected to serve the remaining time on the term of Vincent Clifford which expires June 30, 1992.

Announcement of the engagement of Denise Schalck and Steven Immoor has been made by her parents, Ronald and Carol Schalck of Narrowsburg. He is the son of Linda and Doug Immoor of Youngsville. An August 1, 1992, wedding is planned.

Mrs. Winifred Mullally of Jeffersonville was the guest of honor at a surprise 75th birthday party held at Mullally's Pub on Main Street, Jeffersonville. She is a retired citizenship education teacher in the Jeffersonville School District.

Fred Daub of Cochecton Center, a member of the Case Tire team in the Delaware Valley Men's League, bowled a 299 at the Callicoon Lanes on April 2.

Robert A. Intemann, a 38-year attorney in Callicoon and native of Liberty, died at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on Sunday, April 14. He was 71 and the widower of Helen Girard Roemer.

20 Years Ago - 2001

Dr. Carl K. Heins, 83, of Monticello, a leading surgeon and a lifelong area resident, died Friday, April 13, 2001 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Spring Valley. He was the owner and operator of the former Hamilton Avenue Hospital in Monticello and had been operator of the Monticello Airport Inc. since 1950.

More than $420,000 was raised for cancer research, educational programs and support services for cancer survivors. During the week of March 26, more than 500,000 daffodils were delivered by volunteers throughout the Hudson Valley.

Benjamin Cosor Elementary School's 4th year of the Soup Collection has been a great success. The soups collected are donated to the Soup Kitchen in Monticello for the needy. Organizers collect about 300 cans or packages each time.

A 1997 Tri-Valley Central School grad, Gary Bradley ended his senior year of basketball on a strong note, getting tabbed Male Athlete of the Month in February at Mount Saint Mary College (MSMC) in Newburgh. The 6-foot-5 senior center averaged 16.6 points during the Blue Knights' five-game winning streak late in the month, allowing them to reach the Skyline Conference semi-finals, where they lost to Manhattanville 81-55.

Suzanne “Susie” Rhulen Loughlin is a long-time volunteer and organizer of the Rhulen Rock Hill Run and Ramble event in Sullivan County, which benefits the American Heart Association (AHA). She has been involved as an AHA fundraiser for more than six years. She received her J.D. degree from New York Law School and is active in the Sullivan County community in economic development and childcare.

10 Years Ago - 2011

After two-and-a-half years at the helm, Steve Wilkinson is stepping down as chairman of the Sullivan County Democratic Committee, citing that a lack of time led to his decision to resign. Associate Chair Darryl Kaplan, essentially the local party's second-in-command and husband to Democratic Elections Commissioner Faith Kaplan, will assume the position after Wilkinson.

Bob Franklin's family farm on Happy Ave. in Bethel is thriving as other small farms in Sullivan County struggle to hang on. Pellah Farms bottles its own organic kosher milk and produces kosher chicken and veal and other kosher organic agricultural products for sale in local and regional markets. Health food stores and groceries clamor for Pellah Farm products.

The Sullivan County hamlet of Roscoe was nominated as one of the best places to fish in the United States as part of World Fishing Network's Ultimate Fishing Town Contest Presented by Eagle Claw. Residents were encouraged to support the nomination and help reel in a win by adding photos and videos as well as essays about the town. In addition to national recognition and a $25,000 donation to be used towards fishing-related cause(s), the winning town will also receive a tourism boost when its featured on the North America 24-hr fishing lifestyle network World Fishing Network (WFN). The result of the contest will be announced later in the year.


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