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December 7th, 2021 Edition

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140 Years Ago - 1881

Miss Mary A. Appley of Rockland and Orrin B. Smith of Hancock were married on November 26 in Liberty.On November 16, Miss Minnie Tice and Henry Budd were married at …

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Down the Decades

December 7th, 2021 Edition


140 Years Ago - 1881

Miss Mary A. Appley of Rockland and Orrin B. Smith of Hancock were married on November 26 in Liberty.
On November 16, Miss Minnie Tice and Henry Budd were married at Bridgeville. Both are from Phillipsport.
The dedicatory services at the M.E. Church in Fosterdale on Sunday were a decided success, despite the inclement weather. Presiding Elder Ackerley preached a grand sermon. The pastor is Reverend O.D. Ramsey.
The band has received their new instruments’ and they are pronounced to be good ones. Fourteen pieces in all and the boys expect to enjoy themselves very much playing together.
Charles Homer has laid a flag walk in front of the Eagle Hotel in Jeff and set stone tie posts. This, with the vast number of loads of gravel he has drawn in front, has changed the appearance of the place very much.

130 Years Ago - 1891

The Jeffersonville Debating Society will hold its first meet at Ludwig’s Hall on December 7. The subject for debate is “Resolved that the mechanic is more beneficial to the world than the fanner.” Affirmative Val Scheidell, E.C. Neiger, George Metzger and P. Hembdt and on the negative side, E.A. Brand, Ellison Doughty, A. Zopfi and J. Heidt.
The stage line between Jeffersonville and Callicoon Depot has again changed hands. George Yager of Sixteen is the new proprietor and made his first trip Monday.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Faubel of Roscoe are the parents of a son born November 28. Mrs. Faubel is the former Charlotte Lieb.
Miss Louisa Kennel of Youngs­­ville and Harry Haas of New York City were married on December 1 in New York, Borough of Brooklyn… On November 13, Mrs. Martha Hogencamp of Bethel and H.A. Benedict of Middletown were married… Miss Lena Hardenburgh of Youngsville and Fred Scheeley of Rockland were married at Monticello on December 7.
Ex-Assemblyman Martin A. Smith of Fremont Center has shipped this fall 3,000 barrels of select apples to England and also a large quantity of sweet cider to Germany. It is also said that his creamery has handled the milk of 3,000 cows during the present season.

120 Years Ago - 1901

Miss Hattie Edelman was married last Friday to Jacob Theiss of Lake Huntington… John Gorton of Youngsville and Miss Chleo Boyd of White Sulphur Springs were married on November 30.
William Intemann of Liberty has taken a position as traveling salesman with Tichenor and Rudolph who are wholesale paper dealers in Middletown.
John G. Dutcher and Eva Husch of Livingston Manor were married last week.
A daughter was born December 4 to Principal George N. Fuller and wife of Jeffersonville.
J.W. Armbrust’s new house in Kenoza Lake is going up very rapidly under the supervision of that hustling young builder, William Kohler.
A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. William Bilger of Callicoon one day last week.
Mabel Edwards of Youngsville and E. Kniffin of White Sulphur Springs were married on November 27.
Farmers are being paid $1.27 per can of 40 quarts of milk.

110 Years Ago - 1911

Two Stevensville boys, Francis Sherwood and Theodore Kilcoin, both age 12, were drowned while skating on the lake at that place on Thanksgiving Day.
Charles Hubert of Jeffersonville 3 and Miss Minnie Noll of Youngsville were married in Liberty on December 1.
A large new sanitarium building is being erected on the private road between the Loomis Sanitarium and the Annex. It will be known as the Midway and will cost over $1,000.
A band of Boy Scouts have been organized in Jeffersonville and meet every Friday in the lecture room of the Presbyterian Church. Phil Schmidt is the drill master.
Edward Korth and Miss Florence Smith of Fremont were married at the Callicoon M.E. Church on November 29.

100 Years Ago - 1921

The United States is Japan’s best customer. Starting a war with us would be like a merchant shooting his best customer.
A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Al Schick of North Branch on November 24.
The St. Francis R.C. Church realized nearly $200 at their chicken supper and dance at Youngsville.
Ernest Leinhass is putting in the concrete for Z. Maud who is making the foundation for a large annex to his boarding house at North Branch. Mr. Maud is a hustler in the boarding house business.
John Townsend of White Sulphur Springs is having his barns wired for electric lights.

90 Years Ago - 1931

The failure of Youngsville dairymen supplying the creamery of the Regents Dairy Company at that place, to receive pay for their milk the past two months, amounting to about $9,000 caused them to take over the creamery and operate it themselves as a cooperative association.
Miss Olive Calkins of Fosterdale and William Leslie Burr of Bethel were married November 26.
A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Manouse of North Branch on November 25… A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Jonn Bullock of Loch Sheldrake on Friday of last week. She is the former Katherine Everett of White Sulphur Springs.
Arba Phillips and Miss Lillian Brucher of Forestine were married November 30… Helen Hoffman of Hankins became the bride of William Trinkle of New York City, a young attorney.
The addition to the firehouse in Callicoon Center has been completed and is now ready to house the new fire truck.
The Jeffersonville High School football eleven conquered the Honesdale team, 6-0. The Jeff lineup was Peters, Scheidman, Roth, Harkin, Yeager, Morozek, Wagner, Alp, Hess, Robisch and Kaplan.

80 Years Ago - 1941

Among the thirty-eight young men from the Liberty district called to Fort Jay yesterday for military examination were Morris Katz, Basil Hick, Robert Ruppert, Warren Hess and William Mullally of Jeffersonville, and Albert Gottlieb and Harold Menges of Youngsville.
In the average small town nothing receives quite the critical inspection that is given the new school teacher and the new pastor’s wife.
The new home of Mr. and Mrs. Boucher of Lake Huntington is rapidly nearing completion. This is the first house in that locality to be insulated with rock wool. A two car garage is also being built.
Frank Steinhauer’s car burned from an overheated kerosene-filled radiator last Sunday while he was on his way to Obernburg from his home in Callicoon Center.

70 Years Ago - 1951

A sewer ditch cave-in at Sackett Lake on Wednesday morning resulted in the death of Raymond Gloor, 34, of Bethel, and serious injuries to Howard Williams, 27, of Bethel. They were working on a sewer line skirting the lake.
Roberta Mann will play the part of Mary and Robert Holt will portray Joseph in the Christmas tableau to be presented by the Jeff PTA on December 6.
Carl Meyer, 56, of Lake Huntington was shot in the neck while hunting near his beer distributing plant last Friday.
Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Bernhardt of Kenoza Lake are the parents of a son born Wednesday afternoon at the Liberty-Loomis Hospital. She is the former Gertrude Girrbach and is a former employee of the Sullivan County Record.
The Alfred Polsters celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary on November 25.
The low bids opened on Tuesday for the construction of Maimonides Hospital totaled $540,000. An additional $115,000 will be needed for equipment and furnishings.

60 Years Ago - 1961

Carl Meyer, 65, one of the owners of a Lake Huntington beer distributing business, drowned in Lake Huntington Saturday. The body was found at 4:20 p.m. in the lake in three feet of water by the victim’s son, Bruce. Reports are that Mr. Meyer was raking leaves from a steep bank near the lake which he had previously brought across the road from the business location. It is thought that he slipped into the water.
Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Hahn entertained 70 guests at their 25th wedding celebration at Memory Lane Restaurant on Saturday evening, November 25. The bride and groom on top of the anniversary cake was from the original wedding cake.
Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Crawson of Long Eddy are the parents of a son, Timothy Warren, born November 24.
Ethel Long, 17-year-old junior at Delaware Valley Central School has been named Co-ed Correspondent for the magazine, “Co-ed Magazine,” which is a national magazine. There are more than 2,500 co-ed correspondents throughout the United States and Canada.
It was a daughter Saturday to Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Tonjes of Callicoon; a son, Wednesday, to Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Gager of Honesdale, PA., both at the Callicoon Hospital.
Miss Catherine Kraus of Narrowsburg and Willard Vannatta of Honesdale, PA., were married November 18 at St. Francis Xavier Church in Narrowsburg. They will live in Coxsackie.
Jay Wheeler rapped out a 714 triple for Monticello Raceway in a Hudson Valley tilt with Newburgh on the Liberty Lanes recently.
Hunters report several more bear taken this season. Gerald R. Brown of Duryea, PA., hunting in Hankins, took a 175lb. black bear. Mario Fernandez of Queens, a truck driver, shot a black bear near Wurtsboro, weighing 130 pounds, dressed.
Largest deer taken in the Roscoe Chamber of Commerce contest to date is an eight-point buck, weighing 184 lbs., hog dressed, with a spread of 16 1/4 inches being measured on a buck taken by Leon McGar of DeBruce for the best set of antlers.
The hunters special dinner at the Callicoon Center Rod and Gun Club held at Tumble Inn, Callicoon Center, November 25, was attended by 176 persons. Nial Eggler of Jeffersonville was the winner of the rifle. Loeffle’s Orchestra played for dancing.

50 Years Ago - 1971

Sullivan County will long remember the Thanksgiving storm of 1971 and the long hours many spent along roadsides of the Expressway in stalled automobiles. Up to 24 inches of snow fell from 8 p.m. Wednesday to about noon on Thursday. Winds in the afternoon blew the snow into drifts making the first storm of the year a bad situation when many road crews were caught unprepared. Weekend hunters were hampered by the deep snow in the woods.
The following babies were bom at the Liberty-Loomis Hospital this week: a boy, Michael Albert, to Mr. and Mrs. Earl Kortright of Aden Rd., Parksville, November 11; a girl, Christine May, November 15, to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Frisbie of Kenoza Lake; a girl, Cheri Lee, November 16, to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Froehlich of Livingston Manor, a girl, November 17, to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Benton of Livingston Manor, a girl, November 18 to Mr. and Mrs. Martin Gorr of Livingston Manor.
Electricity was off in the Pea Brook area for thirteen hours, came on for two hours, and then went off again for another six hours, due to the heavy snow of the holiday storm.
Miss Emily Teresa Simora of Youngsville became the bride of Dennis R. Eschenberg of Callicoon at St. Francis R.C. Church in Youngsville on November 20.

40 Years Ago - 1981

Miss Terry VonKampen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Victor VonKampen of Roscoe, became the bride of 1st Lt- William V. Belcher on November 8 at the Presbyterian Church in Roscoe. They will live in Fort Ord, Calif.
Bob Nartoff of Monticello was named Best Director of the 22nd Annual New York State Drama Festival held at Westchester County Community College. “The Gin Game,” presented by the Sullivan County Drama Workshop won four awards. Peg Gladwin and Ken Wells were named as the top actress and actor at the festival.
The Kutshers, Milton, Helen and Mark, will be honored at the 8th Annual Boy Scouts Distinguished Citizen’s Award Dinner at Kutsher’s on December 13.
A State Department of Transportation (DOT) official said Tuesday that a public hearing will probably be scheduled for sometime next month on the possibility of using state money to rebuild a Conrail train bridge over County Road 114 in the hamlet of Cochecton.
Tuesday New Air, Connecticut-based commuter airline, began serving Sullivan County Airport in White Lake from both John F. Kennedy Airport and LaGuardia Airport, the two major metropolitan airports in New York City.

30 Years Ago - 1991

Extensive repairs are being made to the covered Old Mill Bridge in Claryville. According to Town of Neversink Historian Bob Dice, the current structure was erected in 1912 to replace the first covered bridge which was destroyed by flood in 1906.
There will be no lift for skiers on the slopes of Big Vanilla at Davos in Woodridge this season, but the temporary closure may give a lift to the revenues at the nearby Holiday Mountain.
Osmer and Mildred Miller Geib of Jeffersonville celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on November 7. They were married in 1931 at the Callicoon Center parsonage by Rev. John Straub… James and Jean LaPolt celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a party, at the Woodbourne Firehouse on November 18… Martha and William Wahl of Jeffersonville celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on October 8 with a surprise party at Mullally’s Pub in Jeff.
Jean Stapleton, best known for her role as Edith in the TV show “All in the Family,” appeared at a WJFF benefit at the Sullivan County Community College on Saturday.
Billy Parker Jr. has recorded a Monticello Raceway track record with his 340th victory, erasing his own record which he set last year. He drove Bay State Kate to the record most wins in a season victory in 2:02 2/5.
Angel Ginn, a founder of the Monticello Senior Citizens Club, was honored on the occasion of her 90th birthday which she celebrated December 3.
John Manzi, national president of United States Harness Writers Association, was named Monticello-Goshen Chapter’s Good Guy at a dinner held November 10 at the Raleigh Hotel in South Fallsburg.
Barry S. Lewis, a former editor of the Sullivan County Democrat, has been named editor of the Tri-State Gazette. Lewis resides in Grahamsville with his wife, Bonnie and three sons, Sean, 6, and twins, Daniel and Dustin, 3.
Melissa Ann Poley and William Beach, both of Liberty were married on September 7 at the White Sulphur Springs Firemen’s Field… Dr. Laurie Quackenbush and Michael Wiedl were married October 26 at the First Presbyterian Church of Liberty.
The Ladies Auxiliary to the H. Russell Kenyon Post No. 5808, Veterans of Foreign Wars, will celebrate its 45th anniversary with a dinner on December 12 at Mullally’s in Jeffersonville. The auxiliary was organized December 12, 1946, in Jeffersonville.
A check in the amount of $6,483 will help pay for the first defibrillator to be owned by the American Legion Ambulance Service. The corps is most grateful to the Highland Lions Club for their generous gift.
Tri-Valley’s Kate Landau is headed for the Kinney Nationals in San Diego, Calif., following her third best girl harrier finish in the Northeast at Saturday’s Northeastern Regional.

20 Years Ago - 2001

The Sixth Annual Sullivan First Winter Forum celebrated both Sullivan First and Sullivan Renaissance at Sullivan County Community College in Loch Sheldrake, gathering in order to honor five recipients of the Sullivan First Achievement Awards, and to kick off the second year of Sullivan Renaissance.
Stacey DeVino, the founder of the Sullivan County AIDS Task Force in 1988, in the days when HIV/AIDS was being swept under the carpet, died Nov. 13 of this year after a long battle with AIDS. On Saturday night, an interfaith World AIDS Day service was coordinated by the Sullivan County AIDS Task Force in memory of DeVino.
Erin Harrold, daughter of Leon and Jean Harrold of Liberty, and Scott Sorrentino, son of Wayne and Dianne Sorrentino of Cheektowaga, were united in marriage on October 27, 2001 at St. Peter’s R.C. Church in Liberty.

10 Years Ago - 2011

Residents of a number of Sullivan County communities facing the loss of their post offices gathered recently to discuss their concerns with U.S. Postal Service officials. Neal Fitzpatrick, manager of post office operations in the area, brought a team with him to listen to locals’ comments and questions regarding the Kenoza Lake, Obernburg, North Branch and Fremont Center post offices. Those facilities are being reviewed for possible closure, said Fitzpatrick, because a computer-generated list indicated they aren’t creating revenue above $27,000 a year. Kenoza Lake, for example, generated just $16,000 in 2010, down from $23,000 in 2009.
Sullivan West’s two closed campuses are likely headed back to bid, as developer Ilwon Kang has abandoned his plan to purchase the Narrowsburg and Delaware Valley schools. According to SW Supt. Ken Hilton, Kang’s attorney faxed the district’s attorney a “discontinuance” notice, severing his agreement with the district and requesting his down payment of $150,000 be refunded.
State auditors have faulted Village of Liberty officials for insufficient internal controls over finances, including a $32,766 discrepancy. Officials from the NYS Comptroller’s Office examined selected financial records in Liberty spanning the years 2008-2011, releasing the results of their audit this week. In no case did the auditors accuse village officials of intentional wrongdoing, but they nevertheless found three areas of concern.
Ramsay Adams and Randy Lewis love the Catskills as much as they love a good beer. Now they’re looking to combine the two in a novel solution to the desire to “brand” the region: the Catskill Brewery. Adams, a Lew Beach resident and head of Catskill Mountainkeeper, and Lewis, Adams’ neighbor and an expert in the food industry, found support from their friend, advertising executive Kirt Gunn. Their time and money has now been invested in less than an acre of land along Old Route 17 (County Route 178), right off Route 17’s Exit 96 in Livingston Manor, the former location of Pursuit of Happiness Realty. Currently just vacant land, the property will host a 3,450-square-foot recycled-steel-and-wood structure by next spring, accompanied by a grain silo and room for about 20 cars. Its name will be Catskill Brewery, with an aim to make it synonymous with both the hamlet and the county – a must-visit destination.


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