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August 2, 2022 Edition

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Posted 8/2/22

110 Years Ago - 1912

Editor Hones of the Roscoe Review has recently been elected president of the New York State Editorial Association.

Several detectives attached to the central office of …

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August 2, 2022 Edition


110 Years Ago - 1912

Editor Hones of the Roscoe Review has recently been elected president of the New York State Editorial Association.

Several detectives attached to the central office of New York, who are in this county looking after suspects in connection with the Rosenthal murder, attended two dances at Fallsburgh and Kiamesha Lake on Saturday night and counted 94 whom they knew as having criminal records.

Samuel Schwartz, 13-year-old, of Livingston Manor, while swimming with his two brothers on Wednesday was drowned in ten feet of water.

Nebraska Bill’s Wild West Show will exhibit on the flats in Callicoon on August 13. This show carries 40 people and horses and has a train of 15 cars.

Wednesday night, at about 10:30 o’clock, the large 12-passenger auto stage, operated by Wesley Dorrer between Callicoon and Callicoon Center, had a collision with a single rig in which were George Schleiermacher, who lives between Callicoon Center and Tennanah Lake, and two ladies, and resulted in both auto and rig going over the 20-foot embankment just above George Gussweiler’s, about two miles this side of Callicoon Center. The following young men, Frank McGann, Winfield Hessinger, Oscar Hessinger, John Hessinger, Albert Hessinger, Harold Schrumpf of Callicoon Center and Victor Christie of New York hired Dorrer’s stage to take them to North Branch to bowl. There is considerable confusion as to just what happened to cause the accident. The injured members were taken to Dr. Schonger for treatment.

George Cape of Youngsville and Miss Helen M.C. Brinkworth were united in marriage last week.

The 130-acre Peter Hermann farm, situated about one mile north of Callicoon, will be sold at public auction August 10 at 11 o’clock, due to the ill health of the present owner.

100 Years Ago - 1922

Chris Meusgeier is visiting his aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. G. Meusgeier of Roscoe, after completing 20 years service in the U.S. Navy.

A little son arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. M. Hanofee of White Sulphur Springs on Friday, July 14.

Rev. Russell of Damascus is in the bee business, although on a small scale. From nine colonies last year he extracted an even 1,000 pounds of honey.

Messrs. Hood and Percy Dexter and Mr. Fraile  of Milanville caught 50 eels Monday night... W.B. Yerkes and Charles Gabel had bumper crops of hay; the latter had 17 loads off one field. — Milanville Corresp.

Sunday morning a robbery at Hammond & Cooke’s Store, Monticello, was discovered that resembled the robbery of the Keller store at Liberty three weeks ago. During Saturday night, the place was entered through a rear window that had been broken and $3,000 worth of the most valuable merchandise in the place stolen. From the cash register, $8 was taken.

Gustave Biedekapp shot a large black snake last week. The reptile had climbed to the porch roof to get a birds’ nest in a climbing rose bush. — Fernwood Corresp.

90 Years Ago - 1932

Principal Charles E. Lewis is attending summer school at Cornell University in Ithaca.

Workmen are busy repairing in Bock’s Garage.  The rooms upstairs are being repaired and made into living quarters. James Roche will move there August 1st.

The airport in Cochecton, in charge of E. Gridlein this year, was kept busy Sunday. Several trips were made.

Perhaps last Tuesday you noticed the flags displayed by the post office and rural carrier. This day, July 16, 157 years ago, was the date of the founding of the first post office by George Washington.

Owing to the alertness and bravery of Frederick Langhorst, two young girls were rescued from drowning in Lake Huntington last Friday. They had gone down for the second time when Frederick dashed into the lake, not removing either his clothes or shoes, and brought them to shore.

80 Years Ago - 1942

The marriage of Miss Gertrude Fisher, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fisher of Callicoon, to Pvt. Raymond J. Rubino of the Coast Artillery was solemnized at Holy Cross Church in Callicoon on July 25.

The old Hortonville gristmill property has been bought by Jacob Gossweyler of North Branch. The building will be torn down. The gristmill is an old landmark, and was operated for many years by the late Nicholas Kurtz and the Woodmans.

Sylvia Jane Martin, librarian at the Liberty High School, was married on July 18 to First Lieut. William R. Crary Jr., also of Liberty. She will return here to teach while her husband serves his country. He was Sullivan County horseshoe pitching champion for three consecutive years.

Cauliflower growers are especially busy right now as the plants are heading up very fast these hot days. Most of the farmers are seriously handicapped by the lack of workers. Huckleberries are ripe again. They are very early this year.

70 Years Ago - 1952

Mrs. Gladys Ehrle Schwartz of Jeffersonville, 23, succumbed to poliomyelitis on Jul 18 at the Willard Parker Hospital in New York City.

Mrs. Harry Brown of Callicoon announces the engagement of her daughter, Mary Anne Dwyer, to Tech. Sgt. Joseph Vincent of Easton, Pa.

At the Callicoon Hospital, it was a daughter on Friday to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dellert of Shohola, Pa.; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Schrump of North Branch on Saturday; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Luke McAdams on Saturday.

At the Hess family reunion on July 13, the 50th anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. George Hess of Corning was celebrated. They are natives of Callicoon Center.

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Allen of Kenoza Lake will leave July 25 for San Francisco, Calif., where the Allens and their daughter will take a plane for Saigon, Indo-China.

Long Eddy has its first case of polio in thirty years. Little Anna Nannery, age 7 years, was stricken on Saturday. She was taken to Binghamton City Hospital where she was placed in an isolation ward. Two cases of polio have been reported in the Town of Delaware and Dr. George R. Mills has issued a statement outlining preventive measures to be taken by parents.

Harry W. Beck, 66, a Liberty attorney, died in the Robert Packer Memorial Hospital, Sayre, Pa., Tuesday night after a long illness. He was one of the founders of the Maimonides Hospital in Liberty.

A testimonial dinner was given Trooper William B. “Bill” Leins at the Blue Ribbon in Yulan, upon his retirement from the New York State Troopers, after twenty-five years service.

Joseph M. Purcell of Narrowsburg was among those qualifying in an examination for a license as real estate salesman according to a recent announcement by the Secretary of State at Albany.

60 Years Ago - 1962

The interstate bridge over the Delaware River at Callicoon will be dedicated August 1.

Philip F. Gottschalk of Hankins was made an honorary Chief of the Hankins Voluntary Fire Department. Mr. Gottschalk recently gave a new truck to the fire company.

Mr. and Mrs. George Slater are the proud parents of a son, born at Maimonides Hospital on July 18. At the Callicoon Hospital it was a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Williams of Cochecton, Monday.

The names of all registered Holstein cattle bred by Raymond Ferber of Callicoon, will begin with “Ferber’s” from now on. Exclusive use of this prefix name has been granted by the Holstein-Friesian Association of America.

50 years ago - 1972

The Callicoon Kiwanis Club has erected a directory of Callicoon businesses on Route 97, listing 24 businesses. Other merchants will be added as name plates are completed.

James Westbrook of Long Eddy was a mighty proud young man as he displayed a 31 1/2 inch, 10 pound wall-eyed pike which he caught in the Delaware River.

Mrs. Amelia Fries, a native of Shandelee, celebrated her 100th birthday at the Sullivan County Infirmary last Saturday. Mrs. Fries was one of the first patients to enter the infirmary and has been a resident there since 1957. She is the second resident to reach the 100 mark. Peter Schriber of Livingston Manor achieved that distinction on April 21 of this year.

It has been announced that Willis Reed, captain of the New York Knickerbockers and a long-standing friend of the Western Sullivan area, will be one of the panel of judges which will select the Regatta Queen at the festivities at Hermann Hall, marking the beginning of the 5th annual canoe regatta.

Rena Weissman, 17-year-old Liberty High School senior, will reign this year as Miss Sullivan County Sportsman’s Show. She represented the White Sulphur Springs Sportsmen and won out over 11 other contestants.

Bob Hope is coming to Monticello and will make his Catskill debut on August 6 at the Monticello Raceway in a benefit for Monticello’s Community General Hospital.

Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Lawrence of Damascus, Pa., became parents of a baby girl, Stefanie Lynne, last Wednesday... Mr. and Mrs. Jack Ward are parents of a nine pound son, born Friday. He has been named Jon William Ernest Ward.

40 Years Ago - 1982

Francis Currey, Congressional Medal of Honor winner, made it known that Sullivan County has two other recipients of the prestigious medal. Help is needed in finding the graves of two Civil War veterans who earned this distinction. Special markers are available from the government to mark the graves of Congressional Medal of Honor recipients. These men are Thomas D. Collins of Neversink and John Simmons of Bethel. It was believed that Mr. Currey was the only Sullivan County veteran to have earned this distinction before he made the facts known at the commemoration ceremonies held for the Battle of Minisink last Thursday.

The Right Rev. Jesse Wrenn of Monticello was guest of honor at a dinner held Friday night in his honor, commemorating his 33 years of ministry. He is the founder of the King’s Chapel Mission in Monticello.

A propane gas leak forced the evacuation of three people from their homes in Kauneonga Lake Sunday night as firemen worked throughout the late hours to combat the potentially dangerous situation. Electric service was interrupted in some parts of the hamlet for 2 1/2 hours.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Litzenbauer of Abrahamsville, Pa., celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary with a party at the home of their daughter, Jean and Randy Price.

Mike Stauch and Alex Pradere of Delaware Valley Central School and Todd Gorton and Ted Hudson of Tri-Valley all have qualified for the national AAU Junior Olympics to be held in Memphis, Tenn., next week, August 3-8. Specialties of the trackmen are: Stauch, 1500 meter walk; Pradere, 3,000 meters; Gorton, pole vault; and Hudson, decathlon.

30 Years Ago - 1992

The Callicoon Volunteer Fire Department has acquired an 85-foot ladder truck from the Albertson, L.I., Fire Department. The truck, a 1961 Maxum, has slightly more than 9,000 original miles on it and was purchased for $19,000. It is the only ladder truck within a radius of 25 miles of Callicoon. If purchased new, a similar truck would cost about $350,000.

Lelia and Winny Kinch of Monticello celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last week. He is a past chief of the Monticello Fire Department.

Michael C. Weiner, a former Liberty resident, recently won a primary vote that will allow him to run for a seat in the New Mexico State Senate in the fall election. He plans to attend his 20th class reunion in mid-August.

Barrels have been filled with dirt and planted to grace the streets of Callicoon in the completion of a beautification project.

Sheriff’s Deputy Luis Alvarez was credited with saving the life of a 17-year-old who was attempting to swim the Delaware River on Monday. John DiMarco and several friends attempted to swim the 75 yards and were about 20 feet away from the Pennsylvania shore when DiMarco faltered. He is in stable condition at the local hospital.

Bob Jahrling, a recent graduate of Monticello High School, is seeded second in the open pole vault at this weekend’s Empire State Games. He took a silver medal in the scholastic division in last year’s games.

The Lordsville bridge opened this weekend, two months ahead of schedule, rejoining two Upper Delaware communities that have been separated since the bridge was closed in 1986.

The Jeffersonville Lions Club will have their annual steer roast on August 2. For many years, the Club has been helping the Jeffersonville-Youngsville community with its projects, financing the youth programs and giving assistance to those in need. The total for all donations this year amounted to $6,500. The Jamboree in Jeffersonville on Saturday will mark the 150th anniversary of the Town of Callicoon.

More than 40 vendors offered their wares to those attending the Callicoon Street Fair this past weekend. The affair, sponsored by the Callicoon Businessmen’s Association, attracted more than 1,200 people to the village.

20 Years Ago - 2002

Jim and Terry Caronia of Holbrook, L.I., who have a summer home in Fremont Center, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 19 with their son, Sal, and his wife, Cathy Caronia and daughter, Maria, and her husband, Brian DeMurley, all of Holbrook, L.I. Married in 1952 in Brooklyn, they are the grandparents of five: James, Dina and Kristy Caronia and Austin and Kiana DeMurley.

Kathleen “Kitty” Vetter, RN, BSN, CCE, a staff nurse in the maternity and obstetrics unit, was honored as Catskill Regional Medical Center’s employee of the month for May. Vetter, a member of the staff at CRMC for 28 years, was nominated by patients who wanted to publicly thank her for the care and comfort she provided during their labor and delivery.

Norman and Lydia Bleach of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, former residents of Monticello, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 3. They attended a party that day at the home of their daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and Chris Wirths,  in Fort Pierce. On June 14, they were honored guests at a surprise party given by members of their community. They are the parents of two children, Richard Bleach of Bowie, Md., and Marilyn Wirths, and have three granddaughters and six great-grandchildren.

10 Years Ago - 2012

Despite dire predictions and even a tornado warning, Sullivan County awoke Friday morning to find only scattered damage and power outages from a line of severe thunderstorms the night before. Several locales did get hit with straight-line winds topping 70 miles an hour, including Cochecton, Lake Huntington, Bethel, Wurtsboro and Bloomingburg. The Monticello Police Department suffered a direct lightning strike, briefly knocking out its phone system and reportedly setting its dispatch radio afire.

The Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) Laboratory has been awarded accreditation by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), an internationally recognized standard of excellence. Based on the results of a recent on-site survey and a rigorous set of requirements, CRMC’s Laboratory earned this prestigious accreditation for the 47th consecutive year. CRMC joins more than 7,000 CAP-accredited labs worldwide that meet CAP’s stringent standards for quality and patient safety.    


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