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December 29, 2020 Edition

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Posted 12/28/20

90 Years Ago - 1930

Dr. J.C. Gain of Jeffersonville returned recently from a trip to Canada. Dr. Gain made the trip of over three hundred miles by auto to visit an aunt who was desirous of seeing …

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December 29, 2020 Edition


90 Years Ago - 1930

Dr. J.C. Gain of Jeffersonville returned recently from a trip to Canada. Dr. Gain made the trip of over three hundred miles by auto to visit an aunt who was desirous of seeing her nephew who was formerly a resident of Canada and later of New York City where he was connected with the Roosevelt Hospital medical staff.

Atty. James H. Curtis of Callicoon was appointed Election Commissioner of Sullivan County at a meeting of the Board of Supervisors last Friday p.m. He replaces John V. Taylor, publisher of the Monticello Bulletin in Monticello.

A variety shower was given Miss Marion Dwyer at her home last evening. She was made the recipient of many pretty and useful gifts.

A Dodge truck, owned by the Roscoe Hardware Co., burned in White Sulphur Springs Saturday. Workmen were wiring Roosevelt Cox' house before installing a Delco light system. They had driven the truck up beside the house and unloaded the tools and material and were working upstairs in the house when Mrs. Cox discovered the truck was on fire. Luckily, the gasoline tank did not explode. There was no damage to the house.

Mrs. Reardon of Jersey City, NJ, announced the engagement of her daughter, Margaret, to Frank Wagner of Callicoon on Christmas Eve. Members of both families attended the engagement dinner held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Wagner in Callicoon. No definite date has been set for the wedding.

All plans have been perfected for the inauguration of Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt at the State Capitol on New Year's Day. The inauguration itself will take place between twelve and one o'clock and will be broadcast over the radio network of the National Broadcasting Co., enabling tens of thousands of persons to follow the proceedings. At the request of Governor Roosevelt, the affair will be much simpler and at the same time far less expensive than inaugurals of other years. The usual military parade will be dispensed with although the Governor will be escorted from the Executive mansion to the Capitol by an Albany troop of cavalry.

80 Years Ago - 1940

John Evans, 32, of Atlanta, Ga., was sentenced on Monday to twenty years to life for kidnapping 17-year-old Ruth Garfinkel of Monticello. She was released, unharmed, when police gave chase.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fischer of Hortonville announce the engagement of their daughter, Ethel, to John Sedlack of Hackensack, NJ.

Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Wahl of Jeffersonville have announced the engagement of their daughter, Evelyn, to John, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Theadore of Buck Brook. No date has been set for the wedding.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Doetsch are parents of their fifth child, a son, David. — Jeff Corresp.

Attorney and Mrs. Irving Bershader of Callicoon are rejoicing over the birth of a daughter at the Callicoon Hospital last Friday morning.

Baby Richard Schweiger has contracted pneumonia and he with his mother have gone to the home of Mrs. Schweiger's parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Brey in Kenoza Lake, while the little fellow is ill. Mr. Schweiger, who met with an auto accident and sustained a broken arm and leg, was discharged from the Callicoon Hospital Saturday and will also convalesce at the Brey home.

Mrs. Arnold Euker, who has been ill with rheumatic fever the last four weeks, is expected to be discharged from the Roscoe Hospital today.

A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. William White of New York City on December 19. Mrs. White is the former Viola Wenner of Buck Brook.

70 Years Ago - 1950

The Romich Hotel with bar, diner, and recreation area consisting of skating rink and bowling lanes, located at Indian Orchard on Route 6, Pennsylvania, was totally destroyed by fire about 6:15 Thursday night, last week. The loss is estimated at about $110,000.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Marks will be honored on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house at the home of their son, Mr. and Mrs. Emry Marks on December 31.

Three engagements were announced in the Lake Huntington area: Mr. and Mrs. Harold Maas announce the engagement of their daughter, Maureen Esther, on Christmas Day to Joseph Argiula Jr. of East Paterson, NJ, formerly of Narrowsburg; Mrs. Jacob Burger of Peekskill announced on December 24, the engagement of her daughter, Gertrude, to Solomon Katzoff, son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Katzoff ; Mr. and Mrs. August Endlekofer of Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, announced on Christmas Day, the engagement of their daughter, Ethel Vivian, to George Rohrmann.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Irmscher of Hortonville announced the engagement of their daughter, Evelyn, to Cadet Gary Weiss, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Weiss of Sunnyside, L.I.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Snyder of Callicoon announced the engagement of their daughter, Helen, to Leo Klinger of Callicoon.

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Rutledge of Galilee announced the engagement of their daughter, Dorothy, to Chapell Peake Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Chapell Peake of Hankins.

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Verderber Jr., Callicoon, announce the engagement of their daughter, Marilyn, to Joseph Verdi of Bethel. Surely wedding bells will be ringing loud and clear in the near future.

Mr. and Mrs. Linus Dwyer of Newburgh are the parents of a daughter, Leslie Ann, born December 21. Frances Brown of Callicoon is the proud grandmother, together with Rev. and Mrs. LaVerne Dibble, former minister of Methodist Church in Callicoon.

At Kingston last week, Walt Sheil of the Woodridge Atoms broke the Orange-Sullivan basketball scoring record by tossing in 52 points. Last week he had tossed in 36 against Monticello.

A nine pound baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Zieres of North Branch Tuesday morning at the Callicoon Hospital.

The minimum rate for calls from coin telephones will be 10 cents January 6, the first increase since these telephones were introduced about 60 years ago, the New York Telephone Co. announced today.

60 Years Ago - 1960

The six-room home of Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Whitmore, Conklin Hill, PA., burned to the ground last Friday evening. The loss was partially covered by insurance. The family will make their home in the Sawyer apartment in Callicoon.

Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller will present a Century Farm citation to a Sullivan family on January 18 when the former Mamakating Supervisor J. Blake Winter, and his family are recognized for occupying the same farm their forefathers had owned. The “coveted award” is made when generations have occupied the same farm for more than 100 years and have contributed to the welfare of their community. Norman Hecht of Walden will be among the speakers at the presentation.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Chellis of Jeffersonville celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary recently.

Mme. Perier arrived on the Liberte ship from France to spend several months with her daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Sykes of North Branch., and her son, René LeClere of North Branch.

Miss Jane Poley of North Branch was feted at a “Sweet Sixteen” birthday party on December 17.

At the Callicoon Hospital it was a daughter Thursday to Mr. and Mrs. Warren Doetsch of Callicoon; a son, Monday to Mr. and Mrs. Robert White of Cochecton; a daughter, Monday to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Hoffmann of Hankins; a son, Wednesday to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Ohman of Cochecton RD.

Mr. and Mrs. Dorvelle Finkle of Roscoe greeted a new daughter on December 20. She has been named Mary Alice and has a brother and a sister at home waiting for her.

St. Joseph's R.C. Church, White Mills, PA., burned to the ground early on the morning of December 21. Damage was estimated at $50,000 and the insurance carried was $42,000. It was a mission church of the Hawley parish.

The Rev. William F. Wilkins, Catholic Chaplain at Woodbourne Correctional Institution, was informed last week by His Eminence, Francis Cardinal Spellman, Archbishop of New York, that he had been elevated to the rank of Domestic Prelate by Pope John XXIII, with the title of Right Reverend Monsignor. With this appointment, Monsignor Wilkins becomes a member of the Papal Household.

Wayne M. Mall, 11, son of Mr. and Mrs. Warren M. Mall, died in Liberty-Loomis Hospital two hours after he was fatally injured when his sled ran onto a county highway and he was struck by a car the day before Christmas, December 24, 1960.

50 years ago - 1970

Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Hubbert of Callicoon are celebrating their 62nd wedding anniversary, December 23.

The December 6, 1970, issue of the Boston Sunday Advertiser carried a feature story in its pictorial section on Sister Rosemary Freda, a Callicoon native. With a full-color picture on the front cover of the section, Sister Rosemary is described as “The Nun Who Makes House Calls.” Sister Rosemary is a member of the the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary. She is the first sister ever employed on a full-time basis by the Visiting Nurse Association of Boston. She is the daughter of Mrs. Grace Freda of Callicoon and the late Joseph Freda.

A son, Stephen Harold, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Ackerley of Liberty, on December 14; a girl, December 15, to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Everett of Liberty; a girl, December 17, to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Tompkins of Downsville; a girl, December 17, to Mr. and Mrs. William Golden of White Sulphur Springs.

Mr. and Mrs. James Manzolillo were honored on the occasion of their 48th wedding anniversary when their family got together to help them celebrate.

Jane Buddenhagen left for Virginia on December 19 where she will board a plane on Sunday to fly to Greece.

Twin girls, Roberta Jean and Belinda Aline, were born to Mr. and Mrs. Kier Boyd, December 14, in Washington, D.C. The mother is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hansen of White Sulphur Springs.

40 Years Ago - 1980

Supreme Court Justice Robert C. Williams issued a temporary restraining order Sunday to halt three adults and ten children from distributing pamphlets outside Sullivan's Department Store in the Orange Plaza Mall. The request for the restraining order was brought by Sullivan's Department Store in Liberty. Striking hospital workers from Local 1199 of the National Hospital and Health Care Union will meet Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Justice Williams' chambers.

ConRail customers of the Delaware Division between Port Jervis and Binghamton are delighted that the trackage has regained its “Main Line” status — which it once held incontestably when the route was part of the Erie-Lackawanna System — but are regarding with various degrees of misgiving the fact that ConRail service in defiance of the laws of economics, continues to be more expensive than that offered by trucking firms and that, despite this lack of competitive edge, freight rates along the old Erie division are slated to rise by 5 percent on January 1st.

Adolphe H. Wenzell, Callicoon native and a prominent New York investment banker and former director of The First Boston Corporation, died Sunday, December 14, 1980, in Washington, D.C., after a short illness.

Ida Herman of Smallwood celebrated her 79th birthday at Kiamesha Lanes, Kiamesha Lake, recently. She bowls in four leagues each week.

Nancy and John Driscoll of Kauneonga Lake were guests of honor at a surprise 25th wedding anniversary party on November 28, hosted by their children at the Kauneonga Firehouse with 50 friends and relatives attending.

Sari Rosenheck of Glen Wild became the bride of Robert Gaiman of Woodbourne at the congregation Ezrath Israel Synagogue in Ellenville on December 7.

Frank Rizzo of Fremont Center, formerly advertising manager of the Sullivan County Democrat, has been named national sales manager for Sino Publishing Co. of New York City. He was a sales representative and regional sales manager for Doubleday for 20 years before deciding to try year-round Sullivan County living several years ago. He was with the Democrat for 14 months.

Susan R. Tremper of Fallsburg is the New Year's “Miss Catskill World.”

30 Years Ago - 1990

Over three miles of roadway on County Road 94 will be lit by candles Christmas Eve as residents of the Mileses area participate in a holiday tradition. In continuation of a practice started about ten years ago by Mileses resident Donald Cooper, an estimated 1,800 candles in their homemade holders will line the road between Hankins and Fremont Center this year. The tradition, which has grown in scope from year to year, makes reference to the light of the Star of Bethlehem which inspired wisemen to travel to Bethlehem for the first Christmas nearly 2,000 years ago.

Firefighter Roseanne Paolini was celebrating being the first known Sullivan County firefighter to give birth when her daughter, Gabriella, arrived at Community General Hospital this week.

Third and fourth grade students in the Delaware Valley Central School recently gathered food to be donated to the local food pantry.

The 14th annual Christmas Toy Exchange was held at the Delaware Community Center on Saturday. A total of 69 families representing 212 children chose from over 1,000 items.

Special recognition was given to Mr. and Mrs. Myron Friedman and Mr. and Mrs. C. Nelson Johnston at the 11th awards ceremony of the Roscoe Community Nursing Home for their more than 20 years of continuous support and volunteerism.

Four generations of the Lewee family gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Lewee when his father, John, Art, his son Michael and grandson Jason posed for pictures.

Officials of the Village of Monticello and the Monticello Action Committee held an official “ribbon cutting” for two professional offices in the village of Monticello this past week — the law office of Lawrence Gold at 5 Jones Street and the new dental complex at 367 Broadway.

A skate-a-thon to benefit the United Way raised over $1,000 was participated in by about 40 students of the Monticello Middle School. It was sponsored by the SADD chapter.

Monticello Raceway's driver Billy Parker Jr. notched his 3,500th lifetime win on December 14 when he guided Ain't No Tellin; to a 2:06 victory.

An open house on Friday marked the christening of a new bottling plant for the A.T. Reynolds plant at Kiamesha Lake.

County Clerk Joe Purcell and Town of Fremont Supervisor Walter Sipple were among the many who stopped in to wish Kathy and Dennis Bernitt good luck on the reopening of their general store in Hankins on December 23. The store had been closed less than a year following a destructive fire.

World figure skating champion Elaine Zayak is expected to be on hand when the Manor Rotary Ice Carnival takes off on January 20. She captured the 1982 world and national figure skating championship and was a member of the 1984 Olympic team.

20 Years Ago - 2000

One of Monticello's most famous establishments has joined the growing list of Broadway businesses being sold to NYC developer Misa Chang and her daughter, Julie Chen. Gager's Diner, a staple of the county seat's dining offerings since 1911 (in various forms), has been sold to Chang's Empire Monticello corporation, based out of Flushing.

The strange saga of Sullivan County District 9 Legislator Steven Kurlander continued on Tuesday, December 19 as he returned to attend the monthly legislative meeting. Kurlander has come under fire since he accepted a temporary job in Boca Raton, Florida in October.

Sullivan County hired an expert lawyer in Indian affairs on Tuesday, December 19, in the continuing local casino gaming process. The lawyer, John Jacobson from St. Paul, Minnesota, has an extensive background in Indian affairs and gambling.

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Neer of Jeffersonville announce the engagement of their daughter, Laura, to Ronald Mashatt, son of Marilyn Mashatt of Montgomery, Alabama.

Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Ahart of Roscoe announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Michelle Lynn Ahart, to Robert Bosland, son of Robert Bosland of Kauneonga Lake and MaryLou Bosland of Otisville.

Clinton and Betty Fulton of Narrowsburg celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on October 6, 2000.

10 Years Ago - 2010

The Interfaith Outreach United (IOU) held its 21st annual Toy Exchange in the Callicoon United Methodist Church Hall. More than 120 children within a 12-mile radius of Callicoon were signed up for the toy exchange program through the IOU, which operated a Thrift Shop on Lower Main Street in Callicoon. The Knights of Columbus Delaware Valley Council #4478 of Callicoon made a monetary donation to the IOU and the Catskill Detachment 652 of the Marine Corp League based in Lake Huntington donated dozens of new toys through its Toys for Tots Program.

On December 8, Arthur Frank of Jeffersonville, now a resident of the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty, was presented with medals he earned while serving in World War II. In 1946, Private First Class Frank was stationed in Trieste, Italy with Company K, 351st Infantry in the United States Army. Frank was injured by a grenade but continued to fight during a violent demonstration by a mob of 5,000-7,000 on the third anniversary marking the surrender of the Fascist government to the Allies in 1943. Frank received the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal and Germany Clasp, Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII and the Sharpshooter Badge and Rifle Bar.

Sounds of the season came alive in rich, deep “Ump-pa-pas” that warmed and brightened a dismal day in NYC as 350 gleaming tubas, sousaphones, baritone horns and euphoria took the stage at the Rockefeller Plaza Ice Rink for the 37th annual “Tuba Christmas.” Four Sullivan County musicians performed amidst those paying tribute to the great tuba and euphonium artists of the world: Tina Smith, a senior at the East Ridge School, Cole Sensiba and Gabriel Pinciotti, students from Sullivan West HS, and their band director, Trish Ellmauer.


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