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Posted 12/7/20

110 Years Ago - 1910

Mrs. Adaline Brown, daughter of the late Col. Stratton of Thompsonville, Sullivan County, has just completed a very handsome life-size painting of her grandfather, the Hon. …

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December 8, 2020 Edition


110 Years Ago - 1910

Mrs. Adaline Brown, daughter of the late Col. Stratton of Thompsonville, Sullivan County, has just completed a very handsome life-size painting of her grandfather, the Hon. W.A. Thompson, first Judge of Ulster and Sullivan Counties, for presentation to the new Courthouse at Monticello, on the occasion of its opening this month. The work was done by Mr. Randall who took several prizes at the Academy of Design in New York and who also for years was a student at the School of Fine Arts in Paris.

William Mizner of Grahamsville has established a new bear killing record. He shot and killed three by design Monday, then slew a fourth by accident. As he tells the story, he noticed bear tracks Monday and took up the trail, which led him to a cave. He built a fire and waited. In five minutes out shambled a big black bear. He fired and killed it instantly. Within a period of twenty minutes two other bears came coughing from the rocks and each was killed. Then Mizner decided to crawl into the cave. A 300-pound bear confronted him and he killed it with his first shot.

At the close of the prosecution's case, a week ago Friday, at Cooperstown, Justice Gladding directed the jury in the case of Charles J. Knapp, to acquit the defendant on the ground of evidence insufficient to convict. The verdict was not unexpected, as the greater part of the state's evidence, much of which was the same as that upon which Charles P. Knapp was convicted, was shut out by Judge Gladding's rulings.

John Dycker has had a new style gasoline lighting system placed in his Callicoon store, and it is certainly as fine a light as one could wish for, lighting the store up as brilliantly as electricity. A number of others in town contemplate installing the same system.

Sullivan County has 33,808 residents, an increase of 1800 in ten years.

The Erie Railroad has decided not to take on new employees over 25 years of age. This is in line with the policy of the New York Central and Pennsylvania roads. The old rule admitted men to its service between 16 and 50 years.

100 Years Ago - 1920

Miss Lillian E. Gabel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Gabel Jr. of Horton­ville, and Thomas Stephen, son of Mrs. Catherine Steph­en of New York, were united in marriage in New York on November 24.

Announcement of the marriage of Wm. H. Kellam Jr. of Fremont Center and Miss Mae Lounsbury of Albany on November 24 has just been received by Mr. and Mrs. Judson A. Canfield, aunt and uncle of the happy couple, of Damascus.

George Sauer of East Cochecton narrowly escaped serious injury when the axle of his two-wheeled cart broke while he was driving to work Tuesday morning. At the time he was driving past the schoolhouse in Lake Huntington and the horse took fright and dragged him several feet before he succeeded in stopping his steed.

It is reported that Mr. Baker's mill on the flats of Cochecton is to supply planed lumber for the 16 bungalows to be erected at the Swago Lake Camp to be built this spring.

Announcements have been received of the engagement of Arnold Hughs and Miss Rebe M. Packer of Partlandville. The wedding will be held at Christmas.

Jacob Bodens, Sr. has sold his house and corner lot on Main St. to N.P. Rasmussen. We expect to see a fine dwelling or modern store on the corner. — Narrowsburg Corresp.

Miss Muriel Henry was tendered a surprise shower Monday evening and made the recipient of many useful and fancy articles. The surprise was given by the L.A.S. and friends.

Lester Miller, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Miller, has opened a blacksmith and wagon repairing shop in the barn formerly owned by the Meyer estate, but which he has altered to suit the purpose for which it is now being used.

90 Years Ago - 1930

John Jacob Long, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Long of the Beechwoods, and Margaret, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kautz of Callicoon, were married at St. Joseph's Seminary last Wednesday afternoon, November 26.

The Boehmer property, known as the Lake Huntington House, was consumed by flames early Wednesday a.m. of last week. Two small buildings and a dance hall were saved from the flames by work of the firemen. A house comprising thirty rooms, an annex of twenty-two rooms, a barn and stable, a small bungalow and a poultry house were burned to the ground. The origin of the fire is unknown. Apparently it started in one of the stables and was thence carried by a strong wind to the house, annex and bungalow.

Roy Robertson and family of White Sulphur Springs left on Tuesday for Bermuda where he has a position as “first fry” at the Princess Hotel.

A meeting was called on November 22 at the Galilee Church for the purpose of incorporating the Galilee cemeteries.

Rev. and Mrs. C.J. Reich have moved into the Lutheran parsonage in Narrowsburg. The local church has been without a resident pastor since Rev. Agnew left last spring, during which time Mr. Reich has preached in Narrowsburg several times.

80 Years Ago - 1940

Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Thorwelle celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary yesterday at their home in Callicoon by entertaining relatives and close friends at a dinner last evening. Mr. Thorwelle and Henrietta Hoops were married December 4, 1890, in New York and their married life has been spent in Callicoon.

Dr. George Otto Pobe, health officer in Port Jervis 24 years, during which he organized the Health Center there and established a number of clinics, died December 4, at the age of 65. He was founder and president for twenty years of the Deerpark Hospital.

Mrs. Barbara Ackermann of Dover, N.J., and North Branch, and Henry Gabel of Callicoon Center, were united in marriage at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Narrowsburg, on December 1. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hornung of Roscoe attended the couple.

Mrs. Mary Darling of the Western Hotel celebrated her 80th birthday yesterday. She is hale and hearty and still active in the management of the Western where she has been located since 1904.

A.C. Buddenhagen and Julius Freyberger spent Thursday and Friday of last week in Washington, D.C. They delivered a 1941 Special Deluxe Plymouth convertible coupe to Joseph Freda, who is located there.

Miss Shane of the North Branch school reports 85 percent attendance for the month of November. Pupils on the November Honor Roll are Rose Gagliardi, 8th grade; Jeanne Leschorn, 7th grade; Robert Schmidt, Helen Von Holt and Viola Wingert, 6th grade.

70 Years Ago - 1950

At the Callicoon Hospital it was a son Tuesday for Mr. and Mrs. Fred Tegeler of Narrowsburg; a son, Tuesday, to Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Mitchell of Damascus; a son, Wednesday, to Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Flynn of Callicoon.

Richard W. Metzger, son of Mr. and Mrs. William J. Metzger of Callicoon, and Miss Lois Stuarts of Troy, were married on December 3, at Memorial Methodist church in Troy.

Walter Roemer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Roemer of Callicoon, is a crew member aboard the hydrographic ship, USS San Pablo. The ship is responsible for survey work and charting of lesser known areas of the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean.

Miss Jeanne P. Throckmorton and Richard Herrmann, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Herrmann of Roscoe, were married November 16, in Tokyo, Japan, where both are engaged as teachers in the Tokyo American School. Richard is assistant principal at Yoyogi Elementary School.

The engagement of James Kohler and Miss Ann Zimmerman was announced on Thanksgiving Day at Scranton.

A daughter, Lynne Barbara, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Jack McCarty of Middle Village on Thanksgiving Day. The mother is the former Clair Kohler of Jeffersonville.

“Holt! T'Other Way” is a book of 250 pages just off the presses. St. Tammany's Flat below Callicoon was the point from which Daniel Skinner, who was known as Lord High Admiral of the Delaware River, is the first character to be described in Leslie C. Wood's new book. Mr. Wood was author of “Rafting on the Delaware” published by the Livingston Manor Times in 1935. The book was written after fifteen years of work by the author who presently is Sullivan County correspondent for the Middletown Times Herald at Monticello. There is no fabrication in “Holt! T'Other Way.” It is as authentic as it was possible to make it. The book will be placed in a Callicoon bookstore this weekend.

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Vollmers Sr. of Cochecton was miraculously spared when, during the height of the storm Monday, the trees were blown down causing the high tension wires to fall across the service wire to the house. Though the meter box in the cellar had been turned off, the meter and wires were melted and the wood nearby scorched.

60 Years Ago - 1960

Miss Carol Rosch and James E. Dice, both of Liberty, were united in marriage last Saturday.

The Western Hotel, recently owned and operated by Mr. and Mrs. George Amthor, has been purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Neil M. Naughton of Dumont, N.J. Mr. Naughton was formerly employed in the construction business in New York City, New Jersey and Rockland County.

Figures from the 1960 census shows Monticello to have 5,222 residents and Liberty to be numbered at 4,704 in population.

Valleau C. Curtis, president of Curtis Nurseries, Inc. in Callicoon, was honored twice last Wednesday evening at a dinner of the New York State Nurserymen's Association, at its winter convention at the Concord Hotel. He was given a past president's plaque plus a certificate of perpetual membership in the Garden Industries Hall of Fame in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the nursery industry.

Edward V. McDermott, 83, retired principal of the Jeffersonville School and the Youngsville School, died November 18, at the Rockland Nursing Home.

A son was born Friday to Mr. and Mrs. William Schanil of Obernburg.

Miss Faye Poley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Poley of Roscoe, was united in marriage with Frank E. Schuerholz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Schuerholz of Middletown, on Saturday November 5, 1960. The Rev. Robert Grant performed the ceremony, held at the United Church in Roscoe.

50 years ago - 1970

Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. Vakiener of North Road, Youngsville, were given a surprise party on the occasion of the 35th wedding anniversary on November 21. About 300 friends and relatives attended …Mr. and Mrs. John J. Long (the former Margaret Kautz) celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with a Thanksgiving Day dinner party at their home. They were married November 26, 1930, at St. Joseph's Seminary by Rev. Father Girard… Thirty-two relatives surprised Harold and Mary Deighton of Callicoon on their November 24th anniversary to mark 45 years of marriage. In the evening members of the Happy Wanderers Trailer Group gathered to help them celebrate… Bettie Peters and Michael LaJoie were married November 21 at St. George's R.C. Church in Jeffersonville.

The Delaware Free Library is moving into its new quarters in the old bank building in Callicoon on December 6. The library will be open and ready for business at its new location on December 10.

Muhammud Ali, formerly known as Cassius Clay, the undefeated former heavyweight champion of the world, meets the heavyweight champion of South America, Oscar Bonavena, on Monday, December 7, in New York's Madison Square Garden. Simultaneously on closed circuit, the fight will be shown with the most extensive coverage available any place in the world on the Mighty M's thirty-one screens at the popular Monticello Raceway.

40 Years Ago - 1980

Charles R. MacIntyre, 82, a former president of the Eldred School Board, died November 28, at his home. He was a retired manager of the A&P Store in Eldred.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Nielsen of Neversink were married in Bethany Church in Brooklyn on November 22, 1930. They were honored with a golden wedding anniversary celebration Sunday at the Neversink Community Hall.

In July of 1977, Bruce LaPolt and Jay MacFarland found the body of Eric Golden, a 28-year-old Cornwall man, lying in a remote part of Mongaup Valley known as Fraser Settlement. Today, more than 2 1/2 years later, a $20,000 reward is being offered for information about the murder.

The inches of snow, wind, thawing and freezing again. That's what we've had for the past week.

30 Years Ago - 1990

The Mamakating Lionesses are selling a Christmas ornament showing the old Wurtsboro Firehouse.

Mr. and Mrs. John Gain were surprised with a 30th anniversary party on October 6, held at the Delaware Youth Center in Callicoon.… On October 29, George and Sylvia Cohen, formerly of the Commodore Hotel in Thompsonville, celebrated their 30th anniversary on a 7-day cruise, the gift of their daughters, Lois Tepper and Andrea Nobil.

Mrs. Catherine Miller of Jeffersonville was the guest of honor at a surprise 80th birthday party at TJ's in Jeffersonville on October 27. Presumably she was there to dine and see the new refurbished establishment.

JoAnn Mason of Monticello is the fourth ranked women's pool player in the country. She recently won the U.s. Open Nine-ball tournament in Norfolk, Va.

Clearing and grading work began Monday for the Bethel Fun Park to be located on Route 17B between White Lake and Fosterdale.

Painter Minoru Saito produces work in his Claryville studio that has been called the best rendering of the Catskills. He is preparing for a show in Tokyo next year.

The walls of the government center in Monticello are used to display the artistic works of senior citizens. The program was started by Robert Pointer of Callicoon. The display is changed at regular intervals.

A new building for the Equinunk EMS was dedicated on November 25. It was built by the Damascus Ambulance Corps on land donated in memory of the parents of Doug Smith, John T. and Letha Smith.

Marion Stackhouse, known for her sensitive treatment of the coroner's job as well as her unwavering volunteer support of in-county renal dialysis and her leading role in the Sullivan County Conservative Party, was guest of honor at a surprise send-off held at TJ's Catering House in Jeffersonville attended by about 100 friends, family members and dignitaries.

20 Years Ago - 2000

The Community General Hospital Center for Women's Health will be named The Selma Ettenberg Regional Center for Women's Health as a tribute to Selma Ettenberg, the founder and former owner of Camp Shane and a major hospital benefactor. Selma and her late husband, Irving, opened a “diet camp” in 1969 for 28 boys in Brooklyn. In its second year, they moved from Brooklyn to their Camp Shane in Ferndale and made it the first co-ed diet camp in the U.S. in recognition of the serious health and social implications of obesity in youngsters.

Elaine Giguere, executive director of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) in Narrowsburg, was recognized by her peers Monday when she received the Alliance of New York State Arts Organizations prestigious 2000 M. Jacquie Lodico Service Award for distinguished service to the arts.

Kevin Kelly, a volunteer with the Town of Tusten Volunteer Ambulance Corps and a paramedic with the Town of Liberty Volunteer Ambulance Corps, was presented with the Paramedic of the Year award from Community General Hospital's Emergency Services Saturday in White Lake.

William H. “Bill” Kelly III, noted fisherman, conservationist and storyteller, died Monday, December 4 at the age of 73. He was the son of William H. Kelly Jr. and Pauline Beeman Kelly.

10 Years Ago - 2010

The tragic death of a Monticello native has made headlines across the web, with bloggers and journalists linking it to a recently publicized spate of gay teen suicides. Raymond Chase, a 19-year old sophomore at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, was found dead in his dorm room, reportedly by hanging himself. Coming on the heels of four other gay teen suicides - including Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi, who jumped from the George Washington Bridge two days before Chase's passing - a variety of writers have pointed to Chase's death as one more heartwrenching example of gay teens taking their lives because of tensions between their sexual orientation and society at large. Whether the culinary arts major's suicide, however, is truly connected to the other high-profile deaths is a matter of debate, as he was open about his homosexuality, and reports do not indicate he suffered the same kind of harassment leveled at the others. The Johnson and Wales campus was in mourning and held a memorial service for Chase.

Hard work and dedication paid off for H. John Kramer of Hortonville when he was voted the president of the New York State Magistrates Association (NYSMA). The association, made up of over 2,200 village and town justices, fortuitously held its five-day annual meeting at the Villa Roma Resort in Callicoon, part of Kramer's territory as Town of Delaware Justice. Kramer was praised for his dynamic leadership.


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