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110 Years Ago - 1911

The commencement exercises of the Callicoon High School were held in Assembly Hall on Friday and Saturday evening. Only one student, Jessie Walthart, was graduated this year, …

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June 22, 2021 Edition


110 Years Ago - 1911

The commencement exercises of the Callicoon High School were held in Assembly Hall on Friday and Saturday evening. Only one student, Jessie Walthart, was graduated this year, she having finished the four-year course.

Dr. Frederick A. Cook, former native of Callicoon and undoubtedly the most lauded and maligned man who has been before the public during the past century, will visit Callicoon on Saturday and deliver a lecture on his conquest of the North Pole. Admission of 15¢, 25¢ and 50¢ will be charged by the Busy Bee Club who is sponsoring the lecture and the proceeds will be used for town improvement purposes. Reservations can be made at Starck’s Bazaar.

On Thursday afternoon undertakers Charles I. Terwilliger & Son of Port Jervis, finished the work of exhuming the bodies of 72 Confederate soldiers, who were killed in a wreck on the Erie Railroad, while being taken from Elmira to the South in July 1864. The bodies were buried at that time at Shohola, where they have since reposed. Many articles, such as pocket knives, combs, razors, etc., which had been buried with the soldiers, were found and will be presented to the Minisink Valley Historical Society.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. John Martinez at the Cochecton House, a son.

Hankins – Among those who attended regents at Callicoon were Rosa Galloway, Edward Henderson, Henry Nuss­baum, Albert Nussbaum and Edward Wahl. . . Mr. and Mrs. Howard BuIIis are rejoicing over the birth of a daughter.

The 12-passenger car of our hustling Liberty mail carrier, Frederick Duttweiler, arrived last Friday. Mr. Duttweiler will have a chauffeur for a short time to teach him how to run and take care of it.

Miss Carrie M. Schmidt, daughter of Philip Schmidt, and Gus Limer of New York, were married by Rev. Karl Stadelman at the home of the bride’s parents on Thursday evening. They will reside in New York.

The silk that captures the women’s trade: Waterproof Foulards in all new spring designs, 75¢ per yard; Cheney Bros, all Silk Foulards, 50¢ per yard, Full yard Rajah in Champagne only, suitable for traveling dresses and coats, 50¢ per yard. — ADV. Katz Bros., Inc., Honesdale, PA.

Editor’s Note: This section from 1911 is carried over from the June 14, 2011 issue:

The Bordens are planning to build a large milk bottling plant at East Honesdale. Officials of the company were in town last week looking over the grounds and considering building plans most practical for their needs.

The thunder showers on Saturday did considerable damage to property throughout this whole section. Fred Wahl of Fremont Center lost a valuable cow by being struck by lightning and David Ashton of Hankins lost a cow and a calf by the same cause. Lightning struck and scattered a big tree about 200 feet this side of the Falls Mills House and it is reported that Fred Schaefer’s house in the Beechwoods was struck.

John Peters of Petersburg has recently completed a fine, large barn to take the place of the one destroyed by fire a few months ago.

Ernest Holt, druggist for Dr. S.A. Kemp, and Matt T. Collins, editor of the Democrat, will, on August 2, sail from New York for a two month’s vacation tour of Europe. They will spend considerable time in Germany and Greece.

A new stone road is to be built in the near future by the town from the Iroquois Hotel to the wooden bridge in Hortonville.

Mr. and Mrs. John Ludwig of Jeffersonville celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday with immediate members of the family present.

100 Years Ago -1921

A son, Edgar Jr., was born on June 15 to Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Muller of East Hill near Youngsville.

Ellen M. Flynn of Lookout, PA., and William A. Galloway of Hankins were united in marriage at the Roman Catholic Church in Rileyville on June 1.

The St. Mary’s Sewing Circle of Obernburg met with Mrs. Edw. Herbert Wednesday; over 100 people attended, most of them for dinner and many for supper. Over $40 was realized.

A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Fulton of Kenoza Lake on June 7.

North Branch, June 13 — Mrs. M. Muir and daughter, Miss Edna, and Mrs. Chas. Schmidt left for Binghamton yesterday to attend the wedding of the former’s eldest daughter, Miss Ruth, who is to become Mrs. Herbert J. Ives on June 15. Miss Edna is to be a bridesmaid.

Legalizing the establishment of a woman jury system in New York State will be among proposed amendments to the state constitution, to be considered at hearings and conferences conducted this summer by the judiciary convention.

Editor’s Note: This section from 1921 is carried over from the June 14, 2011 issue:

A daughter was born to Frank Fulton and wife of Kenoza Lake on June 7.

Vincent Grishaber, with Allen and Clinton Segar, called on Charles Kaiser Jr. of Kenoza Lake last week. The boys went from Jeffersonville on their vehicles.

A son was born to Henry Haeling and wife of New York on May 30th. Mrs. Haeling is the former Louisa Long of Beechwoods.

90 Years Ago - 1931

Claude Frederick Wahl of Fremont Center and Ethel Agnes Schmidt of Hortonville were married Sunday at noon by Rev. J. E. Straub.

A surprise miscellaneous shower was tendered Miss Helen Kautz at the home of Mrs. Fred Kautz in Kenoza Lake last Thursday evening. She will become the bride of William Rosenberger in the near future.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert LaValle, a daughter, Jeanne Marie, on June 12. They were former residents of Long Eddy.

Principal Charles E. Lewis recently received Regents academic diplomas for Ida Hartz of Callicoon and Wm. Stenros of Long Eddy.

Milton Mauer of Callicoon has a herd consisting of 17 Holsteins that have made a very favorable record and received recognition in the American Agriculturist (farm magazine). During the past year the best cow in the herd produced 16,912 pounds of milk, while the average for the entire seventeen was 10,894.

Local towns will be represented at the Sullivan County Spelling Contest for the purpose of selecting one candidate and one alternate to enter the State Spelling Contest to be held at the State Fair Grounds at Syracuse during the State Fair Week: Delaware, Frances Persbacker and Dorothy Bernhardt; Fremont, Herbert Fair and Helen Bury; Callicoon, Henrietta Schwartz and Anna Bamberger.

Anna Marie Rosenberger of Callicoon and Floyd Wesley Briard of Port Jervis were married June 1 at the Presbyterian manse in Port Jervis.

Bluestone from the Ratz quarry at Callicoon is being trucked to Jeffersonville to be used in the mansion being erected there by Dr. Carl Maisel. Chas. Rotzler of Long Eddy is furnishing the stone.

Edward Persbacker of Hancock and Mrs. Lottie Bouchoux of the French Woods motored to Tarrytown Saturday in which city they were united in marriage at the Methodist parsonage.

80 Years Ago - 1941

At the Callicoon Hospital, it was a son to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Stagl of Brooklyn, born Monday; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Schultz of Cochecton on Tuesday; a daughter, Mary Edith, to Mr. and Mrs. Valleau Curtis of Callicoon, Wednesday.

The Methodist Church in Hankins was the scene of the wedding of Miss Marian S. Maus, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Maus, who became the bride of David D. Blatchley of Liberty.

Joe Schmidt and John Lewee, who for many years have been working as drivers for the Pete Schmidt trucking concern, have now taken over the egg hauling, and will run their own business. This past spring, Schmidt consolidated with Sipple and Roemer and the trucking business now goes under the name of the Delaware Valley Express. This concern has about 24 men working for them.

Hancock’s new motor fire truck and pumper was delivered last evening by the Sanford Fire Engine Co. of Syracuse. An $8,000 job, it is the “last word” in fire equipment.

Mr. and Mrs. Ed Porter of Jeffersonville are the parents of a daughter, born May 29. They now reside in Kingston. Mrs. Porter is the former Evelyn Krum.

Lightning struck the Lucian Peake barn in Pea Brook Tuesday afternoon and the structure together with a truck which it houses, were completely destroyed.

With the winning of the 1941 baseball championship, the DVCS athletes have garnered a total of ten championships since 1938, taking ten out of twelve championships in the Western Sullivan League, an outstanding record for DVCS athletes in any high school interscholastic league.

President of the first class to graduate from Narrowsburg High School in 1931, Fred E. Dexter Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred E. Dexter of Narrowsburg, received his degree of Doctor of Medicine at Union University, Schenectady, this week. He studied at Albany Medical College, a branch of Union.

70 Years Ago - 1951

A fire of unknown origin is estimated to have done $1,000 worth of damage at the Curtis Nursery in Pennsylvania on Tuesday afternoon.

Charles Greswold Curtis died at his home in Callicoon, June 14, following a long heart ailment. He had served as postmaster in Callicoon from 1902-1915 and about 1915 he established the Charles G. Curtis Co. for the purpose of collecting native plants in the surrounding hills. He was considered one of the foremost pioneers in the business of collecting native plants of the type used in the landscaping of large estates built during the early part of the 20th century.

A variety shower was tendered Miss Shirley Kohler on Friday evening, June 15. She will become the bride of Pvt. Fred W. Stabbert on July 1 at the First Presbyterian Church of Jeffersonville.

Invitations have been received for the wedding of Miss Jean MacFarlane to Joseph Kissen­worth at the Presbyterian Church in Roscoe on July 1. A reception will follow at the American Legion Home.

A pleasant and most enjoyable evening was spent at the 25th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Gebelein of Mileses, which was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Stana recently. The surprised couple received gifts of sterling silver.

The casino of the Hollywood Country Club was destroyed this morning in a fire which caused damage estimated at $50,000. One fireman, James Curry, was burned slightly but did not require medical treatment... More than $9,000 damage resulted from a fire Wednesday night of last week of a twenty-room rooming house on Route 42 near Kiamesha Lake. The structure was located opposite the Stackman House farm.

A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Brodsky of Lake Huntington at the Callicoon Hospital on Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Scott of Fosterdale were honored on the occasion of their 59th wedding anniversary and Mrs. Scott’s birthday with a dinner party Saturday night at their home.

Negotiations have been completed by the Jeffersonville Central School to use the American Legion rooms in the village to accommodate two fourth grade classes beginning in September.

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Davis of Callicoon have received word from the government of the serious illness of their son, Pvt. Robert Davis, in Korea.

60 Years Ago - 1961

The largest brown trout known to be taken from the Delaware, measuring 26 inches long and tipping the scale at 6 pounds, was taken by Herman Brush of Long Eddy at the Basket.

Mrs. Ethel S. Keeler was feted last week in recognition of her 51 years of teaching which will be completed when school closes June 23. The party was held at the Trojan Lake Lodge and was sponsored by the Livingston Manor Teachers’ Association.

A 1/C Stanley Bauernfeind has just returned from an eighteen months stay with the armed forces in Turkey. After a furlough at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Bauernfeind in North Branch, he will be stationed at a missile base in California.

The Sullivan County Board of Supervisors have adopted a resolution to construct a bridge over the Callicoon Creek in Callicoon, following a definite commitment in writing from G.L.F. Cooperative to erect a new feed plant, which company is said to favor a bridge for the increased business the plant would bring into the area.

Joseph Archibald Stacey went on trial at Monticello Wednesday morning for the alleged killing of Sandra Lee Allison at Liberty October 30. District Attorney Ben Newberg and his assistant, Robert Williams, are prosecuting the case before County Judge Lawrence H. Cooke.

50 Years Ago - 1971

Dr. and Mrs. Edmund T. Rumble of Callicoon and Dr. and Mrs. Jack Strong of Binghamton, were on hand for the dedication ceremonies of the Grover M. Hermann Hospital last week.

Paul Zintel, coach of the Jeffersonville-Youngsville athletic department, was selected as Coach of the Year.

Karl Ebers, one-time business teacher at DVCS, has been honored with a retirement dinner in testimony of his recent position as principal of the Eldred Central School.

A crowd of over 600 jammed the auditorium of Delaware Valley Central School on June 8 to hear the proposed budget for the 1971-72 school year. The proposed budget would have doubled local school taxes. It was defeated 556 to 72.

Mrs. Bertha K. Reddy and Mrs. Alma Doyle will retire at the end of the current school year from the staff at DVCS.

The Women’s Community Club of Cochecton celebrated its 15th anniversary with a dinner at Dunedin’s in Beach Lake, PA., on June 8. Sixty members and guests attended. Ruth Aprilante will be succeeded as president by Dorothy Esselmann.

Raymond W. Dunn has been designated to hold the office of Sullivan County Sheriff upon the retirement of Sheriff Louis Ratner, effective June 17.

A son was born to William and Clair Schultz. He has four older brothers and two older sister. Paternal grandparents are Floyd and Mary Schultz, and maternal grandparents are Harry and Emma Lutz.

40 Years Ago - 1981

More than 70 Delaware Valley Central School students put their fun to good use recently and raised more than $700 for cancer research by taking pledges to match their foul-shooting ability.

The largest, costliest and most spectacular fireworks display ever seen in this area will be set off at dusk at Firemen’s Field in Narrowsburg on July 4 at the climax of their 79th annual Narrowsburg Firemen’s Celebration.

Mary Weniger of Honesdale was guest of honor at the home of Jerry and Mary Weniger in honor of her 90th birthday.

George A. Gould, M.D., a family practitioner, will open up an office in Jeffersonville on July 1. He, his wife and two children will live in Jeffersonville.

Erica Greenfeld, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Davie Greenfeld of La-Veme, CA., and David M. Madison, son of Mr. and Mrs. Merritt Madison of Livingston Manor, were married May 30 at the Community Methodist Church in the Manor…Valray Lynn Wills and Jan Cheripko III, both of Hankins, were married at the Church of the Way at Hankins on May 24…Joan Dzurica of Liberty and Paul Wilbur of Livingston Manor were united in marriage on May 16 at St. Peter’s Church in Liberty… Cheryl Crandall of Narrowsburg and John A. Marshall of Endicott were married on May 9 at St. Francis Xavier Church in Narrowsburg.

30 Years Ago - 1991

Seven fire companies at the scene and four more on standby played an active part in saving the barn on the Frank Fulton farm Wednesday morning. The call came in at 4:30 a.m. and by 7 a.m. the fire was under control and firemen were busy unloading the hay mow in search of more fire structure. The barn was nearly unscathed.

The annual meeting of the New York State Assoc. of Fire Chiefs met Sunday through Wednesday at the Concord Hotel. In addition to those who came for the entire period, there were literally thousands who were “one-dayers,” firemen who always plan to see the exhibits and sit in on meetings and seminars, furthering their education in firefighting matters. It is rumored that the 85-year-old association was considering moving its meeting to another location.

The recent skate-a-thon raised $2,260 for the Dela­ware Community Center.

Mr. and Mrs. Philip Hillriegel of Callicoon have announced the engagement of their daughter, Dina, to William Engle of Callicoon Center. A May 1992 wedding is planned.

The Delaware Valley Job Corps Center celebrated its 12th anniversary on Friday. The day-long celebration consisted of speeches, presentation of awards, a performance by the prize-­winning Delaware Valley Job Corps Center Drill Team, lunch and dinner barbecues, disco dancing, a blood pressure clinic, bake sale, car wash, arts and craft show, fishing contest, canoe races and a softball game between staff and students.

Dr. Joseph Gigante of Long Island will begin practice August 1 in an office in the Callicoon Hospital, taking over the practice of Dr. Paul Salzberg who is relocating to Florida. His wife, Marian Gigante, M.A., has been employed by the Association for the Help of Retarded Children (AHRC) as a psychologist. They were married in November of 1990.

20 Years Ago - 2001

The Sullivan West Central School District merger took another step toward completion Saturday with an event long awaited by officials, board members and residents. It was the first merger of more than two school districts in the past 20 years in New York State.

Facts and figures known to date about the Gerry Foundation’s master plan for the performing arts center to be built at the Woodstock site in Bethel include that the site will feature permanent and temporary parking for at least 10,000 vehicles, the pavilion will cost $40 million, seating for 3,500 will be under the pavilion, and seating for 14,000 will be on a sloping lawn behind the covered area. The performing arts pavilion is scheduled to open in 2004.

At 93, poet Inez George Gridley is one heck of a wordsmith. On Saturday, the Catskill Reading Society hosted a special day celebrating the lifetime work of the Catskill poet. It heralded the publication of her latest book of poetry, “Pitfalls and Promises.”

10 Years Ago - 2011

Chrys Countryman lead several dozen people onto Bridge St. in Callicoon prior to crossing the bridge over the Delaware River into Pennsylvania as part of a group of women walking 90 miles to raise awareness about water. The walk ended at Salt Springs State Park in Susquehanna County, PA, an all day event of music and education. Part of the funds raised will be used by shaliest.org to test the water in the Marcellus Shale.

Developer Ilwon Kang has won the land bid in regards to the Sullivan West Narrowsburg school complex if he’s still interested in it. Kang is still interested and is currently in preliminary discussions with the Hilton Hotels Corporation with ideas for the nearby acreage would be used for parking.

Paula Liblick will never see the adoption of a proposed New York State law named after her, but brother Bill intends on ensuring “Paula’s Law” makes it to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk. Bill vowed to “work 24 hours a day to get this bill passed,” just hours after his beloved 62-year old sister unexpectedly passed away at a downstate hospital. If approved, the law would mandate video cameras to be installed and monitored at every entrance and exit to state-run facilities treating the developmentally disabled, and it already has the support of the chairman of Assembly’s Mental Health Committee.


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