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110 Years Ago - 1910

A 400-day clock is on display in the Summer Jewelry Store in Honesdale. The clock is encased in a glass globe and, with but one winding, will run over a year.

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December 1, 2020 Edition


110 Years Ago - 1910

A 400-day clock is on display in the Summer Jewelry Store in Honesdale. The clock is encased in a glass globe and, with but one winding, will run over a year.

Conrad Ruppert of Kenoza Lake and Miss Anna Kohler of Jeffersonville were married at the latter place on Wednesday evening by Rev. K.M. Rey­nolds of Kenoza Lake. Miss Emma Kohler and Isaac Townsend of New York attended the couple.

On Tuesday of last week, Marvin Henderson called at the James McCormick home in Mileses and on the way home, about 9 p.m., when near Henry Bohn's he heard some animal walking in the bush. To his surprise a large black bear walked out in the road in front of him.

A week ago Friday morning when George Redey, postmaster at Hancock, went to the office to sort the mail from train 48, it could not be found and he at once notified Post Office Inspector Butler in New York. The pouch was located in the rooms of Harry Campbell. It had a slit cut in the side 18 inches long; the mail had been tampered with, thirteen envelopes having been torn open and their contents removed.

Wm. Fritz and Miss Sadie Grant were married by Rev. H.C. Freimuth at the Liberty Lutheran parsonage on Saturday evening.

District Attorney-elect George L. Cooke has double reasons for rejoicing as he not only was elected district attorney but also because of the arrival of a fine nine pound son at his home on Friday of last week.

The Shandelee post office will be discontinued on November 30 and mail addressed to the office will be distributed from the Livingston Manor office.

100 Years Ago - 1920

At 1 o'clock on November 24, Miss Helen Olivia Gossweyler, daughter of Mrs. Olivia Gossweyler of Callicoon Center, and Philip A. Reichmann, son of Mrs. C.H. Reichmann of Callicoon were united in marriage by Rev. John E. Straub at the parsonage in Callicoon Center. Miss Henrietta Reichmann, sister of the groom, and Edward Hoffmann Jr. were the attendants.

Mrs. Hannah Coughtry of Orange, NJ, and sister of J.B. Hagadorn of Long Eddy, had the honor of sitting on the first jury of women called to hear a criminal case in New Jersey. The fair jurors convicted a youth of 21 who was charged with practicing dentistry without a license, in 17 minutes.

The Rt. Rev. Charles Sumner Burch, Bishop of New York, will be in Long Eddy Friday, the 26th, to consecrate the new chapel just completed by the members of what was formerly known as the Kindly Light Mission.

A little son came to gladden the home of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hawley of Lookout. The family now consists of two daughters and a son. The little boy was named Wilford Grant.

Basil Marsh of Callicoon and Sarah A. Bush of Damascus were united in marriage by the Rev. I.W. Hill at the M.E. parsonage this morning. The attendants were Frank Hillriegel and his sister, Miss Pearl.

The Arlington Observer of Saturday notes the death of Charles Metzger, former resident of Callicoon and a son of the late Adam and Mrs. Katherine Metzger. As a plumber, he was an advocate of close municipal control over plumbing contractors. When the Legislature passed a law which created local boards for the purpose of examining all prospective plumbing contractors, Mr. Metzger was elected the first president of the Kearney (N.J.) board and held that office up to a year ago last January. He was 52 years of age.

The engagement of Miss Josephine Long, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Long of Lower Beechwoods, and Will Scheuer of the same place, has been announced.

Pastor Kern of Narrowsburg has organized a Ladies Aid Society in Lava. The first meeting was at the home of Mrs. J. Ropke. The next one will be at the home of Mrs. Seaman.

Several auto loads from Lake Huntington attended the dance of Gloria Council of the D. of A. at Cochecton Thursday evening.

A service commemorating the 300th anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims was held at the Presbyterian Church in Lake Huntington on Sunday afternoon. A collection of $32 will be sent to the Home Missions.

Mr. and Mrs. Leartus Frie­muth of Milanville, Pa., have a new farmhand. The young man made his appearance on the evening of November 16.

90 Years Ago - 1930

Jack Schadt, 8-year-old son of Supervisor and Mrs. Fred Schadt of Jeffersonville, was brought to his home there last Wednesday after an operation for appendicitis. He is recovering very rapidly.

Thomas Crary, 96, of Hancock, well-known throughout the Southern Tier for his accomplishments in the fields of lumbering, tanning, and mercantile activities, died at his home November 21, following a brief illness caused by a cold. He was born on the family farm near Liberty to Mr. and Mrs. Calvert Crary, where he lived in his youth. He and his wife, the former Frances Bradley, did extensive traveling in the United States and Europe between his associations with various business ventures.

Sunday, November 30, has been set as the date for the rededication of the Narrowsburg M.E. Church, which has been undergoing extensive repairs.

A son, Frank Sidney, was born to Mr. and Mrs. F.S. Bury of Fremont Center on November 12.

Thomas Litzenbauer spent last weekend with his cousins, Orville and Vincent Whitmore, at Conklin Hill. Saturday was the former's 12th birthday.

Herman Haase, local fruit man, visited J.T.B., author of the Democrat's “Across the Delaware” column, full and bubbling over with fruit lore. The thunder and wind storm early in October left the ground red with apples under some trees. He said he picked 11,000 bushels of apples. In culls and wind-falls there are yet apples galore in the orchard. Mr. Haase sent 3,500 bushels to Germany where there is a scarcity of apples this year. He shipped apples to Texas and Kentucky and has apples held in cold storage in Harrisburg for the fruit exhibit to be held there in January. He had 21 pickers in his employment this season. His son, Alfred, is right in with the sire, spirit and muscle in the future of fruit and is a veritable chip off the old block. The son may be called on sooner or later to manage this fruit farm and he will be prepared, knowing as he does the apple tree from the twig to the fruited tree. Experience is better than theory when it comes to a pinch.

80 Years Ago - 1940

Josephine, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Fink, and William C., son of Mrs. Minnie Enders, both of Hortonville, were married Nov­ember 20 by Rev. Adrian McGonnell, OFM, pastor of Holy Cross Parish.

Mr. and Mrs. Moses C. Duryea celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary on Thanksgiving Day. They were married in Monticello. Mr. Duryea is a native of Bethel and retired after a long service as postal inspector.

The world's largest ship, the Queen Elizabeth, left New York's pier on her way to war duty. Designed for luxury, the 85,000 ton British liner is reported destined for work as a troopship.

Bud Waite, radio operator with Admiral Byrd on his Antarctica expedition, was the guest lecturer at an assembly program in the Callicoon School on Monday.

Friends and neighbors surprised Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Thea­dore and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lahm at the Theadore home on Tuesday evening in honor of the 27th wedding anniversary of both couples. — Buck Brook Corresp.

During the course of a year many unusual specimens of wildlife are brought to the attention of the Conservation Department but a doe deer having a 16-point set of antlers recently shot in Greene County is believed by Bureau of Game officials to be one of the rarest freaks ever reported. An investigation conducted by Glen Morton of the Bureau of Game substantiated the fact that the animal was a doe and the 16-point spread was a natural growth. The animal weighed about 150 pounds.

Bill Lutgen, for 26 years a fireman of Engine Co. No. 28, NYC, is assisting his son-in-law, Eddie Mansfield, in the management of the Franklin Inn here. Mr. Lutgen retired a short time ago.

70 Years Ago - 1950

Mr. and Mrs. A.J. “Dick” Orth of Callicoon celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary last Sunday with a dinner at the Callicoon Inn.

Gary Taggart, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Taggart of Tyler Hill, PA., will appear on the Horn & Hardart Children's Hour Sunday, November 26. Gary, who is a yodeler, appears on “Tut Perry's Youth Parade” over Station WCDL in Honesdale.

With the removal of the Buddenhagen Garage in Hortonville, and the grading for the new highway, the appearance of that portion is being changed almost beyond recog­nition. The new Buddenhagen Garage is under construction, but it will be some time before it will be completed entirely. The old homestead is still occupied but very soon the new home of Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Zalesky and Miss Rosenberger will be completed and then the old homestead will also be razed.

A surprise variety shower was held in honor of Miss Louise Swartwout at the home of Mrs. Clarence Fuller in Hancock last Sunday evening. Louise will be married early in December.

Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Ruppert of Kenoza Lake will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on Thanksgiving Day.

60 Years Ago - 1960

Miss Jean Schmeling of Long Eddy became the bride of Alec Mauriness Hinklin at the Long Eddy Methodist church on November 26. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hadley of Fishes Eddy were the honor attendants.

A daughter, Robin Lynn, was born to Mr. and Mrs. James Hillriegel on November 18. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Hillriegel and Mrs. and Mrs. Kenneth Lewis, all of Callicoon, are the proud grandparents. She was born at the Liberty Maimonides Hospital.

At the Callicoon Hospital, it was a boy Monday to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Adam of Callicoon and a son, Wednesday, to Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Lagoda of Cochecton.

Two bears were taken in the Lava area by Caldwell, N.J., hunters on opening day. The larger bear weighed almost two hundred pounds, while the smaller bear weighed nearly 100 pounds. Many deer were reported in the opening days of the deer season. Jerry Couch of Glen Wild killed a bobcat Saturday which had paws measuring 1 1/2 inches across.

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Milton LaBarr, Callicoon RD 2, was destroyed by fire last Friday morning. Mrs. LaBarr was at home with her four children when fire was discovered on the second floor. They escaped unharmed but were able to save very little from the house.

Paul Grossinger, managing director of the Grossinger's Country Club, has been elected president of the New York State Hotel Association, with a membership of more than 150 hotels.

Miss Patricia Ann Braune, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Braune of Callicoon RFD, was united in marriage with August Knack Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. August Knack of Callicoon RFD, November 24. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Peter Bult at his home in North Branch.

Maurice Roche, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Roche, Callicoon, and a senior at St. Bonaventure University, has been elected to Who's Who in American Universities and Colleges. He is secretary of the senior class.

Carl Grund Jr. has been named chairman of the Agricultural Conservation Committee for Cochecton and Tusten townships. He succeeds his brother, Robert. Fred Daub was named as vice chairman.

Miss Carol Widmann was pleasantly surprised with a “Sweet Sixteen” party at the VFW hall in Callicoon.

Mark Arthur, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Hessinger of Wantagh, L.I., was baptized Thanksgiving Day at St. Paul's Reformed Church, Callicoon Center, by Rev. John Mongin.

50 years ago - 1970

Helen Kohl Mauerer and Arthur Hartz of Callicoon were united in marriage November 7 at the Hortonville Presbyterian Church. Rev. Allan Dampman performed the ceremony.

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Zieres of North Branch are the proud parents of a baby girl, Robin Louise, born November 16.

At the Liberty Loomis Hospital it was a boy, Kelly Jay, to Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Diaz of Liberty, on November 11; a boy, Edmund Thomas, to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Puerschner of Jeffersonville, November 14; a boy, Stephen John, to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Hendrix of Roscoe, November 16; a girl, Caroline to Mr. and Mrs. David Casanova of Liberty, November 16; a girl, November 19, to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Kraycer of Liberty; a girl to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Chico of Liberty, and a girl to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Gavurnik of Swan Lake, all the same day; a boy, November 20, to Mr. and Mrs. Herbert McGibbon of Swan Lake.

A major derailment of the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad Monday, November 23, at 3 a.m., caused a complete interruption of service for over fourteen hours until the westbound track could be cleared enough to let trains through. The derailment occur­red in the Eastbound Train No. AP2, about one-half mile east of the new Bard-Parker plant east of Hancock.

Sullivan County Community College's Hotel Technology students walked away with a record nine first prizes including the coveted First Prize for Whole Table awarded for overall excellence at the 55th Annual Hotel and Motel Exposition held in New York City. They competed with six other community colleges with similar programs. Warren Sackler of Liberty, Herman Barth of Sparrow Bush, and Alan Zwetschenbaum of Woodbourne are county students who won first prize.

Pauline Johnson and Harrison Keesler were married November 14 at Callicoon. They are making their home in Mileses.

Mr. and Mrs. Ross Dimler of Jeffersonville became parents of a son November 21.

Whitey Ford, the most successful pitcher in the history of the New York Yankees, will be a competitor in the snowmobile races to be held December 5 and 6 at the Mighty M racetrack in Monticello. He holds the World Series record for most consecutive shut-out innings.

40 Years Ago - 1980

Wedding bells rang on October 11 for Nancy Manzolillo, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Libby Manzolillo of Callicoon, and Gary Peters, son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Peters Jr. of Hortonville, who were married at Holy Cross Church in Callicoon. The 11:30 Mass was performed by Rev. Anthony Moore. … Robin Lynne Hillriegel, daughter of Mrs. Linda Hillriegel of Callicoon, and Christopher Curtis, son of Mr. and Mrs. James R. Curtis of Wurtsboro, were married in St. Joseph's R.C. Church in Wurtsboro on October 25. The couple graduated from Orange County Community College in Middletown in June 1980, both with an A.A.S. degree in nursing.

Ina Coe will be guest of honor in celebration of her 90th birthday at an open house at the home of her daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Litzenbauer in Abrahamsville on November 30. Her natal Day is December 1.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Silverstein of Monticello have announced the engagement of their daughter, Beth, to Lawrence Shumann of Richmond, Va. An August wedding is planned.… Mr. and Mrs. James R. Culligan of Monticello, have announc­ed the engagement of their daughter, Kelly Ann, to Gerald R. Ketcham Jr. , son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald R. Ketcham of Otisville.

Fred and Grace Hubert were pleasantly surprised when friends and relatives arrived at their home on DeWitt Flats, near Youngsville, to honor them on their 40th wedding anniversary.

Philip Beck of Narrowsburg, 14, took first place in the Democrat's turkey contest with a bird that weighed 17 lb. 12 oz. Second place went to Mike Stauch, 15, and Lloyd Heller Jr., 15, for their 17 lb. 1 oz. bird. The hunters are the youngest winners ever in the contest.

30 Years Ago - 1990

Camp Runamuck in Hortonville bagged three bucks and brought them to the Democrat to enter in the Big Buck Contest. An 8-pointer measured 56 3/8 points and weighed 125 lbs. There was also a 6-pointer and a 4-pointer bagged by the hearty hunters.

Gary C. Schmidt of Monticello has been named this year's recipient of the Hudson-Delaware Boy Scouts of America 17th Annual Distinguished Citizen of the Year award. Mr. Schmidt has been a member of the Boy Scouts for 35 years. He is president of Schmidt's Wholesale Inc. in Monticello.

An Old-Fashioned Holiday evening will be the attraction at the Old Reformed Dutch Church in Bloomingburg for two weekends in December when participants will be brought back in time to the 1800s as they view holiday decorations, see a rare 18th Century masterpiece and experience an ensemble of recorded music.

Richard Wulff and Tom Shepstone, both of Honesdale, PA., hosted an open house at their newly acquired Delaware Valley Agway in Callicoon.

Sunday's 20th annual arts and crafts fair at Sullivan County Community College, with more than 175 vendors, was the largest such event in its history.

Carol Furchak, director of medical records at Community General Hospital, received the 1990 Distinguished Member Award from the Medical Record Association of Southeastern New York. She served as president of the Association from 1980 to 1982 and has been associated with Community General Hospital since 1979.

After winning the second straight West Sullivan League and Section IX Class D titles as well as its intersectional bowl game with Delhi, Roscoe has finally cracked the state rankings. The most recent New York State Sportswriters Association (NYSSA) Class C-D Football poll finds the Blue Devils ranked 15th among the state's small schools.

20 Years Ago - 2000

Family, friends and acquaintances mourned the passing of real estate broker William J. Rieber Sr. this week, a man who left a legacy of gentle humor and a strong work ethic. Rieber, 73, died Saturday at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City after battling a long illness. Rieber moved to Rock Hill in 1961 from Nyack in Rockland County and immediately became involved in the community. He joined the Rock Hill Fire Department soon after his arrival and later became the fire company's treasurer, a post he held for about 25 years until the time of his death.

The Village of Jeffersonville swelled to nearly seven times its own population Friday night, confirming the common belief that “everybody loves a parade.” In a western Sullivan County village that has approximately 500 residents, upwards of 3,500 people lined Jeffersonville's Main Street that evening to welcome the Christmas/ Hanukkah holidays in grand style.

A few years ago, a statewide program to help communities deal with problems associated with contaminated public water supplies was established. As the estimated 4,200 residents of the Village of Liberty struggle to deal with reports of MTBE-contaminated water, local and state officials are looking at the program as a way to achieve compliance with federal and state drinking water standards. At present, approximately 75,000 gallons of water from the Elm Street well are being blended with water drawn from the Lily Pond Filtration Plant in Parksville. The water travels several miles from Parksville to the village through cast iron mains that were built in 1927.

Corrin Trombley and Jaclyn Bunce, both 11-year-olds, decided to forego receiving birthday gifts from family and friends this year, and instead raised about $200 for the Alzheimer's Association, as well as enough funds to buy a CD player and some CDs for the adult home at Community General Hospital in Harris. The girls also joined the staff and residents at Community General in celebrating both the girls' birthdays (November 18 and 15, respectively) and the birthdays of two residents at the home.

10 Years Ago - 2010

Over the summer, The Sullivan County Democratic Committee held a ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening of the Sullivan County Democratic Headquarters at the former Rock Hill Pharmacy in Rock Hill.

Obernburg residents Jim and Rita Greier's dream of harnessing nature's power came to life. Assisted by two special energy grants, Jim and Rita saw their 120-foot wind turbine, named the “Yellow Rose of Texas,” rise against the backdrop of Obernburg's high hills. The couple said they expect the windmill to generate enough electricity to save their monthly utility bill of $240, which includes electricity to house and barn.

It was another rainy day in the Catskills on Tuesday, Sept. 28, but the wind, rain and the muddy racecourse didn't deter Gerry Fielding and Lemon Drop Hall from winning the Spain vs U.S. driving contest at Monticello Raceway. And added to the spectacle of the afternoon was the eight consecutive victory by Northern Chief and Southern Trucker's return to the winner's circle in the pacing feature.


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