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August 16, 2022 Edition

Compiled by Lee Hermann, Muse, & Ruth Huggler
Posted 8/16/22

110 years ago - 1912

C.H. Young of Callicoon has purchased a Pope motorcycle for use in his grocery business to make quick deliveries.

The post office at Narrowsburg has been raised to the …

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August 16, 2022 Edition


110 years ago - 1912

C.H. Young of Callicoon has purchased a Pope motorcycle for use in his grocery business to make quick deliveries.

The post office at Narrowsburg has been raised to the presidential class and Janet S. Green appointed postmaster.

Two slot machines were pulled at Kiamesha on Wednesday. Deputy Sheriff Hall and Constable Dollard did the job. The machines were very heavy, which indicated they were well-filled with nickels. The machines will be smashed to prevent further use.

Karl Jorn, the opera singer of the Metropolitan Theatre Co. of New York City and his manager, are boarding at the Union Lake Hotel at Braman, Pa. Mr. Jorn is the new proprietor of the turning shop and store formerly owned by H. Weitzer at Braman. He has recently hired Mr. Herlikofer as clerk and postmaster at the store in Braman.

A son was born to Frank E. Peters and wife, July 29, at Briscoe.

100 years ago - 1922

Robert Huebner of Ten Mile River in the Town of Tusten was granted authority last week to exercise the rights and privileges under a franchise granted him on April 15 for the construction and operation of an electric plant.

Grease spilled into the fire in the culinary department of the Loomis Sanitorium, Liberty, Wednesday, shortly before noon causing damage estimated at $30,000. Within minutes after the grease was spilled into the stove, the woodwork on the fourth floor was set on fire. The flames reached the Long cottage, which houses 14 patients, and the two roofs were a roaring mass of fire. The patients were removed uninjured. In October 1899, the building was totally burned. It was known as the administration building and was erected by the late J. Pierpont Morgan at a cost of $100,000.

A week ago it was announced that the Dairymen's League had acquired sites at Liberty and Hurleyville and would erect creameries at both places. Since that time it has been able to acquire the cooperative plant at Hurleyville at a purchase price of $8,000. This is the first league-owned creamery in Sullivan County.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lubbe of Hankins, a son, August 4, named John Henry.

Mrs. Elizabeth Lavell and family have opened up the "Shady Dell" for the summer. — Hankins Corresp.

Lights at last! About 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon, electric current from the Cook plant at Hortonville was turned on and local consumers enjoyed the old time brilliancy of the lights when Mr. Cook was running the works.

Born August 6, to Mr. and Mrs. George H. Allgeier, a nine pound son.

The cellar for the new Catholic Church in Narrowsburg is nearly dug and stones for the foundation are being hauled from the Clark Quarry. The new building will be 36x104'.

90 years ago - 1932

The first reunion of the Eltz-Gabel families in this vicinity was held August 7.

Last Thursday morning a crew of surveyors and workmen arrived in Callicoon and began the work of taking soundings for the piers of the bridge which is to be constructed on Route 3-A through Callicoon. The bridge planned will be 1,055 feet long and will be of steel and concrete construction.

John D. Traynor of Callicoon and Evalena Snyder of Wells Bridge were married today. They will live in the Traynor house near the college entrance.

Clarence E. Sutliffe of Damascus, Pa., and Arvella Peck of Cochecton were married August 3, at the Presbyterian Manse in Cochecton.

There are three babies in the Callicoon Hospital: a baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Earl Hunt of Hankins, August 6; a baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. A. Edwards of Livingston Manor, on August 7; a baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. George Leschorn of North Branch on August 10.

At a meeting of representatives of the New York Life Insurance Co., held last Thursday, it was announced that Chapell Peake of Hankins had qualified as a delegate to the $100,000 Club convention to be held at Lake George September 2 and 3.

Wilbur W. Shuman of Equinunk, Pa., and Miss Eleanor M. Stanton of French Woods were united in marriage on August 2nd by Rev. A.D. Melconian of Long Eddy.

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Neport of Union-Braman are rejoicing over the arrival of a big boy on July 31.

Although women prisoners in the Sullivan County Jail were in the minority, it was a woman who spent the longest time in jail during the year ending June 30, 1932. The vacation was for 151 days. The oldest person in jail was a man seventy-five years of age, according to statistics now being compiled by Paul A.A. Rouis for Sheriff Ben R. Gerow and state officials.

80 years ago - 1942

Major Holger Hoiriss, who piloted the Wright-powered Bellanca monoplane, Liberty, in flight with Otto Hillig across the Atlantic in 1931, died August 7 at Somers Point, N.J., after a brief illness. He was 41 years of age.

Leola H. Mercia of Newfoundland, Pa., and William Fink of Hortonville were married last Saturday night at the Holy Cross Church. He is employed at the Sullivan County Democrat.

At the Callicoon Hospital, it was a daughter, Jeannette Rose, to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth May of Cooks Falls on Tuesday; a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Gempler of Kenoza Lake, on Wednesday. He has been named John Kehrlie.

Mr. and Mrs. William Werlau announce the engagement of their daughter, Ethel Arlene, to Jack H., son of Mr. and Mrs. R.J. Bennett of Callicoon.

The Backlund boys, Teddy, John and Axel are going into training shortly to work for Uncle Sam.

Supervisor and Mrs. John P. Kenney of Long Eddy had a party at Delaware Lake on Sunday afternoon and evening in celebration of their 25th wedding anniversary.

News of our servicemen: Claude Hector, Narrowsburg printer, is attending Army map printing school in Fort Belvoir; Dr. E.T. Rumble has been assigned to the U.S.S. John Penn; Pvt. Edward F. Ackerly of Roscoe is a paratrooper, stationed at Fort Benning, Ga.; Pvt. Bob Hubbert participated in a parade before the Queen of the Netherlands; PFC Nelson Miller returned to Fort Shelby, Miss., Tuesday after spending a furlough home.

A daughter was born August 8 to Postmaster and Mrs. Willard Dillmuth of Milanville.

Two spotted beauties of the grayclad men of Troop C, New York State Police, may be seen again on the highways and byways of Delaware County in ever increasing numbers. Four of Troop C's familiar white cars have been jacked up to conserve rubber and horses are replacing them.

The engagement of Miss Ruth Hubbert of North Branch to Frank Dylewski of Wallkill was announced this week.

70 years ago - 1952

Miss Edith Knack was surprised with a variety shower at the Hankins Methodist Church Hall on Thursday evening, August 7. She will become the bride of James Brown on August 24.

At the Callicoon Hospital, it was a daughter on Monday to Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Tyler of Cochecton Center.

Trucks and buses over six-ton-weight passed over the two-lane iron bridge on Route 17 at Bridgeville beginning at 5 p.m. Monday.

Miss Ethlyn Walter of Grahamsville and Dion A. Garigliano were married July 17th at the home of the bride's parents. Mrs. Garigliano was a teacher in DVCS the past several years.

At the Callicoon Hospital it was a boy, July 26, to Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Keller of Callicoon Center, and also to Mr. and Mrs. Franklin VanGinhoven of Hankins.

The Narrowsburg Chamber of Commerce will give a testimonial dinner to the Greater New York Councils of the Boy Scouts of America to mark the Council's silver jubilee at Ten Mile River, it was announced by Arthur N. Myers, chairman.

The brick work on the new school bus garage for the Delaware Valley Central School is progressing along; the height of the doors and structure is nearly in readiness for the placing of the rafters. It is to be ready for the opening of school early in September.

Last Saturday morning when Mr. and Mrs. William Frank were crossing the bridge which is over the creek on their property in Kenoza Lake, it collapsed, dropping their car into the creek. Fortunately neither was injured and the car was removed by a wrecker without much damage.

The central radio station of the Sullivan County Fire Department system arrived in Monticello on Wednesday. The equipment was purchased some time ago from RCA and engineers from the company are now in Monticello getting it ready to use.

A Fire Protection District has been formed in the Town of Lumberland, according to a certificate filed at the county clerk's office here today.

60 years ago - 1962

Sam Snead, Tony Cabot, Gary Nixon and Alex O'Laughlin played golf last Friday at the Tennanah Lake Golf Course. Snead, famous golfer, came in with a sub-par round of 69.

Walter J. Flynn, former Sullivan County Sheriff, died at the Liberty-Loomis Hospital on Thursday of last week. He became sheriff in that capacity and as undersheriff to Sheriff Harry Borden.

St. George’s R.C. Parish of Jeffersonville has enrolled in a $45,000 expansion drive.

Mr. and Mrs. Thaddeus (Ted) Manouse of Callicoon are the parents of a boy born August 7, at Maimonides Hospital in Liberty.

Miss Shirley Tempel of Shandelee was declared winner of the Roscoe-Rockland Firemen’s Field Day beauty contest.

A Binghamton man has attended the last 76 Wayne County Fairs and has been invited to participate in the exposition’s big centennial which opens in Honesdale August 12. Fair officials say that as far as they can determine Fred Payne of Kirkwood holds the record for consecutive attendance at the annual event. Fred Tolley, 100-year-old retired Honesdale insurance man attended his first fair 84 years ago. He worked for the fair association for many years and has missed only a few of the events down through the years.

At the Callicoon Hospital it was a son Friday to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hanson of Cochecton; a daughter, Saturday, to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Campen Jr. of Lackawaxen.

The dedication of the new creek bridge in Callicoon is scheduled for August 12.

50 years ago - 1972

A hot and smokey fire which easily could have wiped out the business section of Callicoon, consumed the pharmacy owned by Warren Doetsch on Saturday afternoon. Volunteers from six companies assisted in containing the flames to the building which also contained several apartments on the second floor.

Rena Weissman of Liberty was crowned Miss Sullivan County Teenager Sunday at the Monticello High School. First runner-up was Pamela Hulse, 16, of Liberty; Debbie Tomas of Monticello earned the second runner-up spot.

Sullivan County, which formerly had one of the world’s best records for lack of windstorms was hit with the second disastrous twister within two months Monday evening in the town of Bethel. The twister covered something like 6 to 7 miles  and struck in a narrow path in some locations and spread out more in others. A house trailer owned by Mr. and Mrs. George Matthews on the Nicholas Mascara farm just off Hurd Road was turned over and completely demolished. The family was not at home at the time of the disaster. The second miraculous escape was by the David Qualls family who reside in a 3-year-old single story house on Qualls Road just off Bernas Road, a couple of miles south of Route 17B. About 30 trees were blown  down or twisted off around the Qualls home. Mrs. Qualls herded some of the several Qualls children down in the cellar. A car owned by Sue Qualls and a truck owned by owned by Mr. Qualls were damaged. The twister hit at the Albert Darling place on Route 17B, the John DuBois place and at Yasgur’s. At Yasgur’s, the wind blew over a large milk truck used in the retail milk business. Trees were blown down at Island Glen Country Club.

Miss Bonnie Keeler and John Gasko exchanged wedding vows on July 8 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Woodbourne.

Mr. and Mrs. Carlyle P. Fisher of Liberty announce the engagement of their daughter, Diane, to Vincent Alventosa Jr. of East Islip, L.I.

Miss Cynthia Boll, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter boll of “Greentrees” in Hortonville and Glen Rock, N.J., became the bride of Robert Douglas Rhodes of Waldwick, N.J., on July 29th.

40 years ago - 1982

Walter Manville Prince, 75, who was known to his many friends as Granville, died at Fox Hospital in Oneonta Tuesday, August 3, 1982, following a short illness. He was a retired dairy farmer and in 1969 a director of the Jeffersonville National Bank.

More than 200 attended a gathering held to honor Lee Malman and her work for senior citizens in the Village of Woodridge. Mrs. Malman was the founder of the Woodridge Senior Citizens Club, a cause which she championed 15 years ago.

A daughter, Laura Rose, was born July 31 to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Gabella at the Horton Memorial Hospital in Middletown. Mrs. Gabella is the former Carol Kratz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Irving Kratz of Callicoon.

Dick Benton of Liberty won the Fourth Annual Howard L. Bern Memorial Golf Tournament Wednesday at Grossinger’s. He shot a 75 to take the title for the second year in a row.

The very first woman to become an assistant district attorney in Sullivan County is Bonnie Mitzner. She was sworn in by Sullivan County Clerk Joe Purcell in his offices last Tuesday.

A son, Adam Walter, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Dane Hauser of Callicoon Center on July 8, at the Community General Hospital in Harris; it was a boy, Timothy Michael, to Mr. and Mrs. Martin Fruchtman of Jefferson Garden Apts., Monticello, on August 1. At the Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, Pa., Mr. and Mrs. Marcel Carrier of RD 3, Callicoon, became parents of a boy on August 3.

30 years ago - 1992

Anna Hernhut of New York City, who was vacationing at Hill’s Resort in Callicoon Center, was found about 2 miles from the resort about midnight after she was reported missing. She suffered from dehydration and a leg injury.

The 64th Annual Sullivan County Firemen’s Association parade was hosted in Liberty and enabled the firefighting community and the public they serve to show their mutual appreciation. A Mardi Gras parade started the event on Friday evening with floats and marchers who delighted the crowd by throwing small toys and candy to the youth on the street. Saturday, 113 units of firefighters, vehicles, apparatus, bands, emergency personnel and ambulance corps members completed their trek through the main street in two and a half hours, just as the first raindrops began to fall.

Community General Hospital in Harris will receive $67,250,000 as the result of legislation passed in the New York State Senate. CGH officials kicked off a first-ever $4 million endowment fund campaign last Thursday to raise a principal balance for future equipment purchases.

More than 140 people attended a catered lunch, prepared and served by the culinary students at the Delaware Valley Job Corps Center. Featured was an ice carving surrounded by watermelon boats filled with fruit. This is the 12th time in seven years that the DVJCC has catered a lunch for the seniors.

Lewis Auto Parts defeated Buddenhagen’s to win its first, and the Democrat’s 12th, softball tournament. Peter Head and Brian Rosenberger, pitcher and batter respectively, were named most valuable players. The final score was 1-0.

20 years ago - 2002

Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) is celebrating its 25th anniversary, as is its auxiliary, and the auxiliary’s recent annual gala also paid tribute to CRMC Board of Trustees Chair, Joyce Salimeno.

Livingston Manor is the recipient of a $100,000 grant secured for the hamlet by State Senator Bonacic for new sidewalks and other aesthetic improvements.

The descendants of Andrew and Lillian Mae Mattison Brucher held a family reunion on July 27 at the residence of Beulah Brucher MacArthur in Bethel. Andrew and Lillian were married October 4, 1911 in North White Plains. At the reunion, they had in total approximately 60 descendants attending. Marge Smith Ward and Keith Rumsey have been working on the family tree and are looking forward to having it completed so that the whole family can enjoy it.

Christine Kreitler, daughter of Judy Kreitler of Freeberg, Ill., and Jeffrey Euker, son of Gerald and Emily Euker of Callicoon, were united in marriage on April 22, 2002 in Belleville, Ill.

A boy, Maxim, was born June 26, 2002, to Elizabeth and Marc Klimchok of White Sulphur Springs… A boy, Richard Paul, was born July 4, 2002 to Kelly and Richard Ingrassia of Hurleyville… A girl, Kasey Nicole, was born July 11, 2002 to Cheryl and Scott Mosher of Wurtsboro.

Michael and Elizabeth Jackowski of Youngsville announce the engagement of their daughter, Michelle Josephine, to Joseph John Pepe, both of Scottsdale, Ariz. He is the son of Sharron Ferrantti of Scottsdale, Ariz., and the late Joseph N. Pepe.

James Hesse of Roscoe took the largest turkey in the Democrat’s 2002 Spring Turkey Contest, with a 23 lb. tom he shot May 9 in Roscoe.

10 years ago - 2012

EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) Louis E. Pine of Eldred’s American Legion Ambulance Service received the Law and Order Citation as “EMT of the Year for 2011-2012” from the American Legion, Department of NY at its 94th Annual State Convention in July. The citation was noted to be the only one for 16 years in the county.

On Thursday, voters approved moving the current Crawford Library in Monticello farther west on Broadway, into the former Cohen’s Bakery and DAVCO building  near the corner of Prince Street. The vote allows the library to bond the costs.

The Town of Fallsburg Rails to Trails Committee has fulfilled two Capacity Building Grants it received from the statewide advocacy organization, Parks and Trails New York, with the assistance of Martin Daley. The committee designed a color brochure with photos, trail rules, a map and directions for distribution. They also designed and installed signage along the trail that includes directions, maps and historical information about the O&W and the transformation from rail bed to walking/biking trail. In partnership with Sullivan Striders, the Rails to Trails Committee has held an annual Trail Run to generate funds for additional improvements that include garbage receptacles and picnic tables along the trail.


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