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140 Years Ago - 1881

Father Stalley of Port Jervis delivered a temperance address in the schoolhouse at Pond Eddy. Twenty-six more pledged themselves to use no more bug juice. This makes 86 who …

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June 8, 2021 Edition


140 Years Ago - 1881

Father Stalley of Port Jervis delivered a temperance address in the schoolhouse at Pond Eddy. Twenty-six more pledged themselves to use no more bug juice. This makes 86 who have signed the pledge, some of whom have been heavy drinkers. The movement appears to be doing much good.

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Markley of Pond Eddy are happy over the arrival of a little stranger: weight about 9 pounds.

The executive committee composed of Mr. Bird, C. Metzger, O. Hofer, Louis Gabel, F.W. Grishaber and G.W. Maybee was elected to take charge of the Independence Day celebration in Jeffersonville; $41 was subscribed on the spot to defray the expenses. The program will consist of a pole raising and reading the Declaration of Independence and General Spinola is expected to deliver the oration to be aided by Hon. E.H. Pinney. The following amusements will also be entered with zest by many: a sack race, a wheelbarrow race, climbing a greased pole, catching a greased pig and many other games of a fun-producing nature.

Moulthrop’s Mill at Pike Pond Kenoza Lake has turned about four hundred thousand feet of lumber during the present season.

The 5th was a notable day at Fosterdale, a large company of people assembled to witness the ceremonies in connection with the laying of the cornerstone of the ME Church.

130 Years Ago - 1891

The pretty little lake near Emmonsburg, known as Forest Lake, is owned by C.C. Williams and Son, real estate agents of Sidney.

Tick-tack upon the window pane is a favorite past time for the boys in Youngsville under cover of darkness.

It is expected that a turnpike will soon be constructed between Liberty and Neversink.

Mr. and Mrs. John Armbrust of Kenoza Lake are the parents of a daughter born Monday, June 8.

Don’t go bareheaded when you can buy a straw hat at Krenrich’s for 4¢. — ADV.

Ed Moore, one of our lively meat purveyors, has a new delivery wagon. It is painted a bloody  red.

James Moran of White Sulphur Springs is the owner of a fine pair of twin colts.

J.F. Sherwood of Livingston Manor has laid out several new building lots on his premises. He has also laid out several new streets along which he has planted shade trees.

Ludwig Behr of White Sulphur Springs, while plowing, found a large turtle that had the figures of 1858 and 1873 carved on its back. Mr. Behr added 1891 to the record dates and then let it go free.

The Finch chemical works at Roscoe was entirely consumed by fire on June 2nd.

120 Years Ago - 1901

A belfry has been built on the Jeff Engine house and the new bell is now in place. The bell has a very penetrating yet pleasant sound.

Boardinghouse keepers in Sullivan County are more and more placing a ban on consumptives by refusing to accommodate them. They formerly hesitated to advertise and many of the proprietors who advertised “no consumptives” are doing so now in  unmistakable terms.

William P. Young and S. Mabel Francisco of Liberty were married at East Branch on June 4th.

One of the prettiest weddings in the society history of Callicoon Depot was that of Miss Olive E. Curtis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. I. Curtis, to Frank Drake Austin of Port Chester. The marriage took place at the bride’s home on June 5th.

A week ago Tuesday, a cow belonging to Joseph A. Seibert gave birth to a heifer calf. On Tuesday of this week a bull calf was born to the same cow.

Christian Krantz and his wife of the Beechwoods celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on Tuesday night. The christening of their grandchild, Percy William, son of William Kohler and wife, took place the same evening.

A son was recently born to Mr. and Mrs. Nicolas Diehl of Fosterdale.

Frederick Gribon and Mary Ellsworth were married at the Cochecton parsonage June 10.

Jacob Yager, 43, died of cancer at his home near Youngs­ville June 8th.

The Village of Callicoon has decided to hold a street fair this spring. The date is June 20th.

110 years Ago - 1911

A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. William Bilger of Callicoon Center.

On Tuesday, June 6, a son was born to Mr. and Mrs. John Eggler of Swiss Hill.

Louis C. Huter of Brooklyn, formerly of Jeffersonville, and Miss Rose E. Dower of North Branch were married June 7 at the home of the bride. Miss Katherine Dorrer was maid of honor and Harry Schuler of New York was best man.

Rudolph Gute has purchased the Wampanoag Inn here, formerly known as the Jeffersonville Inn.

A son was born Saturday night to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Vogel of Jeffersonville.

The Spring Maid is the season’s musical hit in New York. The Lyric Orchestra will play it in the Masonic Hall Friday night.

A new $60,000 school building will soon be erected in Liberty to replace the one recently destroyed by fire.

The teachers and students of the Union School picnicked in Scheidell’s Woods yesterday.

John Ludwig and wife of  Jeffersonville celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary on June 7.

John F. Behnken of Jeffersonville, aged 16, took the examination held at Monticello June 3rd for the state scholarship at Cornell University.

100 Years Ago - 1921

The home of Mrs. E. Ropke of Lava was the scene of a very pretty wedding June 4, when her daughter, Lizzie M., was united in marriage with Wm. A. Langhorst, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Langhorst of Lava.

Grant Hawley of Lookout was attacked by his large blooded bull one day last week. Seizing a hold of one of the beast’s horns, he, for a time, prevented the animal from throwing him to the ground. At the time the bull succeeded in loosening Mr. Hawley’s grip, the big farm dog rushed up and caught the bull by the nose. The dog held on until his master made good his escape.

Hankins, June 6 — The box party at Galloway’s store Saturday was a wonderful success, $101.25 being realized. Rose Galloway won the prize for the prettiest box. The boxes averaged about $4.10 each. The highest bid was $ 11.50.

The graduates of the Damascus High School this year are Gertrude Caufield, Edson Tyler, Emry Marks, Luella Tegeler, Marvin Snyder, Esther Orr and Marion Osborne.

A pretty wedding occurred at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Webster, Cochecton. when they gave their daughter, Carrie, in marriage to Glendon H. Monington.

Miss Esther, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Conklin of East Cochecton, and Clarence Swendsen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Adam Swendsen of Milanville. were married at the ME parsonage in Honesdale on June 2.

A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Eben Hill of White Sulphur Springs on May 2.

William Stadler, mail carrier in Narrowsburg, has purchased a horse to cart the mail from the depot to the post office.

90 years Ago - 1931

Bill Huff landed another five pound trout from the pool below the lake dam.

Dr. James Cameron Gain celebrated his 55th birthday on Thursday evening.

Mrs. Caroline McDermott, age 70, was seriously injured when she was struck by a car  driven by Dr. E.H. Parizot.

Frank Bridges, president of the Liberty National Bank, and J.M. Beck, one of the owners of the Liberty theatre, left on Friday for Copenhagen, Denmark.

Herbert Gute of Brooklyn, a student at Yale University, is again here for the summer and is assisting Elliott Moran in his coal and ice business.

Calvin J. Fayerweather of Briscoe brought a bouquet of peonies to town this week, from a bush that has been in the family for 125 years.

Harry P. Metzger of Callicoon and Miss Elizabeth Fink of Hortonville were married on June 7.

80 Years Ago - 1941

The Ladies Aid Society of Kenoza Lake celebrated its Golden Jubilee June 10.

By the narrow margin of two votes the Callicoon faction in the Delaware Valley Central School District won over the Long Eddy and Hankins faction in the vote to select the Reichmann site two miles west of Callicoon for a new central school building.

John Smith, son of Mrs. Eleanor Smith of Bethel, has received word that he has been appointed to the Naval Academy at Annapolis.

Wesley Newham, recently of Livingston Manor, has bought and taken possession of the Thomas Scott farm of 46 acres on Sixteen.

Eleanor Louise Edwards of White Sulphur Springs became the bride of Edward Cain of Neversink  June 7.

Miss Ellen Louise Brown and Frank Brace of Livingston Manor were married on May 19 in Kingston.

Emil Berns of Cochecton Center was graduated from St. Bonaventure College last Sunday.

Basil Hick received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Syracuse University last week.

Conrad Ruppert was graduated from Cortland Normal School. He majored in physical education.

70 Years Ago - 1951

At a meeting of Kohlertown residents, held at Bill’s Bar & Grill, it was agreed to divert the Callicoon Creek to avoid floods through the property of Mrs. Robert Powers. The cost will be met by voluntary contributions.

A survey of the Board of Trustees of Maimonides Hospital of Liberty area residents shows thus far that a new hospital is needed and desired.

A seven-state alarm is out to find the thief who stole Judge William Deckelman’s new 1951 Buick which disappeared from the parking lot behind the Courthouse in Monticello yesterday.

A new daughter has arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Forsblom of Callicoon Center. The mother is the former Madeline Schmidt, daugh­ter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Schmidt of Callicoon Center.

Arthur Hessinger of Callicoon Center is back home for the summer from his studies at Columbia University.

Robert Hogencamp of White Sulphur Springs, who enlisted in the Navy, is now stationed in Newport.

Bernard Aloysius Redington died at the age of 71 on June 4th at his home in Liberty. He is the father of George Redington, owner of Bucky’s Inn, and of Joseph Redington, owner of the Shell Service Station in Jeffersonville. A native of Liberty, he was born on the family farm there and was a retired O&W clerk.

A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Jacobs at the Liberty Hospital Friday.

The Everett Krantzes celebrated their 11th wedding anniversary on June 2nd.

Negotiations have been completed by the Jeffersonville Central School to use the American Legion home to accommodate two fourth grade classes, starting in September, with the Lions field being used for a play area. The eating facilities question is still undecided, but it is expected that food will be taken down from the main building and served in containers. We asked why an addition to the school building was not constructed. Principal Erwin Baker said that at the present time the cost of building materials is too high and it is more economical to use the other quarters.

60 Years Ago - 1961

The largest bulk tank on a dairy farm in Sullivan County was calibrated on May 27 by Sidney Schwartz of Liberty, Sullivan County Scaler of Weights and Measures. The tank is on the farm of Albert Slaver at Bloomingburg, and it took ten hours to do the job with the help of two assistants.

Owen J. Tuohey of Youngs­ville has called a meeting of the Town of Callicoon Democratic Club June I5 at Tumble Inn, Callicoon Center.

Mr. and Mrs. Louis Huter will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 7 with a party and open house at the North Branch Meth­odist Church.

Miss Gladys Gabel of Callicoon and George Slater of Jeffersonville were married May 28th at the Jeffersonville Presbyterian Church with the Rev. J. Lawrence Ainsworth officiating at the ceremony.

Assemblyman Hyman E. Mintz was the featured speaker at a meeting of the Youngsville PTA on May 22nd. Mrs. Marie Bell, president, presided at the meeting.

Horses are arriving at Monticello Raceway preparatory to the opening of the track in June 15.

Almost 1,000 Democrats and their friends will gather at Grossinger’s June 7, at the 45th annual Jeffersonian Dinner of the Sullivan County Democratic Committee.

50 years Ago - 1971

Max Brender’s well-known poultry establishment in Ferndale, Sunny Side-Up Farms, was the scene of a disastrous fire Friday night which took the lives of 60,000 layers, and created an estimated loss of a quarter of a million dollars. More than 150 firemen were at the scene.

Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Long of Callicoon have announced the engagement of their daughter, Nancy, to Edward, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Sipple of Hankins. Wedding plans have not been completed… Mrs. Evelyn Eldred of Pleasant Mount, PA., announces the engagement of her daughter, Cheryl Ann, to PFC Frederick F. Bennett, USMC, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Bennett, Galilee, PA.

2nd Lieut. Terrence J. Kelly, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo J. Kelly of Liberty, has graduated with honors at Sheppard AFB. Texas, from the training course for U.S. Air Force missile launch officers.

Miss Barbara Vogler of North Branch became the bride of Gary Hess of Hortonville on May 15 at the Hortonville Presbyterian Church.

The final stages in the renovation of the Kautz Memorial Building, which now houses the Delaware Free Library in Callicoon, are being completed by painters Russell Tyler of Callicoon and John Flem of Stalker, PA. The library plans an open house in July. The library is the former United National Bank building on Main Street and was purchased by funds provided by Mrs. Charles P. Kautz of Callicoon in 1970.

40 Years Ago - 1981

Dr. Richard Grego retired after 17 years at Sullivan County Community College. Diplomas were awarded to 246 graduates. Carol Ann Froehlich, an honor student in the 1981 class, spoke at commencement Sunday afternoon.

Members of the Jewish War Veterans throughout New York State will convene at the Concord Resort & Hotel in Kiamesha Lake June 4-7.

Miss Karen Sausmikat, daughter of Mrs. Janet Sausmikat and the late Warren Sausmikat of Callicoon, became the bride of Kurt Hahn, son of Dr. and Mrs. George Hahn, Jeffersonville, on April 18. The wedding was performed at the United Meth­odist Church in Callicoon with Rev. James Moore officiating. . . Debora B. Neumann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Neumann of Jeffersonville, and Thomas R. Bose, son of Donna Bose of Briscoe and Herman Bose of Youngsville, were married April 11 at St. George’s Catholic Church in Jeffersonville… Sandra Milk, daughter of Mrs. Isabella Milk of Long Eddy, and Charles Hogencamp of White Sulphur Springs, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Hogencamp, were married May 9 at the White Sulphur Springs United Methodist Church.

Sarah Brown, committeewoman from Neversink, was honored Wednesday night at the Jeffersonian Dinner at the Concord Resort Hotel for her more than 53 years of service. Fred W. Stabbert of Callicoon is the county chairman.

Nellie Stabbert Persbacker, author of the popular column, While the Kettle Boils, celebrated her 80th birthday on Saturday with an open house.

30 Years Ago - 1991

Official groundbreaking ceremonies were observed Tuesday afternoon for the new New York State Police Barracks on Neversink Road in Liberty. The occasion also marked the nearly 70th year that the State Police have been located in Liberty.

Capt. Toni Edwards and her fiance, Dr. Domenic Canonico were guests of honor at a welcome home party on May 25 at the firemen’s field. Toni is a returning veteran of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, having served during Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia since October 2, 1990.

The Sullivan County Bar Association honored Supreme Court Judge Robert Williams, at a dinner held at Bernie’s Holiday Inn in Rock Hill.

Jay J. Wheeler, Liberty assessor and a lifelong area resident, died  Wednesday, May 29, 1991, at Community General Hospital in Harris. He was 66 years of age.

John Klein of White Sulphur Springs was crowned “King of the Open Water” and presented a $500 check for catching an 8 lb. 4 oz. brown trout at the competition held at the Swinging Bridge Reservoir May 18 and 19.

The 28th annual show, sponsored by the Catskill Region Antique Automobile Club of America and the Monticello Action Committee, drew more than 130 cars for the show and parade on Broadway in Monticello on Saturday.

The Woodridge Fire Department christened their newest firefighting apparatus, a Pierce 3,000 gallon pumper tanker, in ceremonies on Sunday in Woodridge. It also marked the 75th anniversary of the fire department.

Barriger and Barriger have opened new offices at 10 Prince St. in Monticello.

The Tri-Valley troika of Chip Furman (3000 steeplechase), Caryn Landau (1500) and Kate Landau (3000) left nothing to chance by winning their races at Kingston’s Dietz Stadium where six league competitors, five from Tri-Valley, attempted to qualify for the State meets this weekend. Furman has also won the state cross-country meet and earned All-American status in that sport which should set him up as a favorite this Saturday. Both of the Landaus will be making return trips to the states. Kate was seventh in the 3000 last year and Caryn finished third in the 1500.

20 Years Ago - 2001

The Apollo Plaza has often been on a roller coaster since it opened nearly 20 years ago. The latest twist is a bankruptcy declaration by the mall’s new owners, led by developer David Flaum.

Led by two incumbents, the Republican Party endorsed its slate of candidates to run for countywide offices this November 6. District Attorney Stephen Lungen and Sullivan County Treasurer Olga Parlow will be trying to be re-elected and will be joined by Brent Lawrence and Jim Carnell, who are running for Sullivan County Sheriff and District 9 Legislator, respectively.

On Monday, singer/songwriter Red Grammer made a special appearance at the Delaware Valley campus of Sullivan West in Callicoon, organized by Cindy Menges, a member of the school’s PTSO.

Amanda Perry became the 2001-2002 Sullivan County Dairy Princess last Friday evening at the Sullivan County Dairy Promotion Banquet in Roscoe. She is the daughter of Ed and Dawn Perry. Dairy Ambassadors named were Michelle Houghtaling and Alycia Possemato.

Miss Tracie Lyn Goldbaum of Monticello became the bride of Brad Michael Euker, also of Monticello, on March 18, 2001. She is the daughter of Paula and Howard Goldbaum of Syosset. The groom is the son of Emily and Gerald Euker of Callicoon.

The Monticello Lady Panthers breezed to the semi-finals in a Section IX Class B softball quarterfinal game against Goshen Wednesday afternoon.

10 Years Ago - 2011

In the beginning of April, students from the Liberty Orchestra and Chamber Ensemble performed at the United Nations in New York City. Only one performance per day is scheduled at the United Nations, and the students performed for approximately 150 people in the main lobby outside of the Assembly Hall. The honor to perform at the U.N. is granted only to schools that apply and are approved by the U.S. Mission, and is based on achievements, accomplishments and past performances.

As the judges announced the winner of Saturday night’s battle of the bands contest the musicians gave MazMyth the ultimate compliment - “We bow down to you,” they said. Those words, and a first place finish, earned local sensation MazMyth top honors at the Gramercy Theatre in NYC and a date at the Main Stage of this weekend’s Bamboozle Concert at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in NJ.

Sullivan County could be the prime fresh food supplier for the Metropolitan New York City area according to the new study by the Open Space Institute. Working together with the Urban Design Lab of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, Catskill Mountainkeeper, the Upper Delaware Preservation Coalition and the Watershed Agricultural Council, the report details that not only are several local farms already supplying markets and high end restaurants in the city, but the demand by the metro area for fresh, locally grown quality food is also steadily increasing, making local farming a potent economic player in the region.


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