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August 24, 2021 Edition

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Posted 8/24/21

80 Years Ago - 1941

John Link, 83, one of the oldest residents of North Branch, passed away quietly Monday evening, August 11, due to the infirmities of old age, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. …

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August 24, 2021 Edition


80 Years Ago - 1941

John Link, 83, one of the oldest residents of North Branch, passed away quietly Monday evening, August 11, due to the infirmities of old age, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. George Reichmann. Mr. Link conducted a business  at the Maple Hotel for many years.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Johnston of Roscoe, a son, August 14, at the Callicoon Hospital. A son was born the same day to Mr. and Mrs. Austin Clouse of Lackawaxen.

Miss Doris Hankins, daughter of Mrs. Carrie H. Hankins, narrowly escaped serious injury yesterday afternoon when they were struck by a car bearing a New Jersey license as they were riding on a bicycle. Frederick was perched on the handlebars.

Miss Rita V. Hick, first grade teacher in Liberty and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Hick of Jeffersonville, was married to Louis A. Smith, son of Mrs. Evelyn Smith of Liberty, on July 25, at St. Francis Church in New York City.

The second annual “97 Day” has come and gone again, a big chalk mark can be placed on the success side of the score card. It is estimated that 5,000 were present at the affair held at the Minisink Flats, near the Minisink Battlefield near Barryville. Miss Eleanor Thiele of Mongaup was crowned Belle of 97.

Announcement has been made of the marriage of Miss Dorothy Dexter and Herman Krause of Narrowsburg on Oct. 13, 1940, in Branch­ville, N.J.

H. Russell Kenyon, grandson of Rev. and Mrs. N.R. Feagles Sr. of Narrowsburg, received his “wings” at Pensacola, FL, on Monday and is now a full fledged Ensign.

70 years ago - 1951

Robert H. Caskey, former science teacher at DVCS, and more recently a Pharmacist’s Mate in the U.S. Navy, was recently married.

Born at the Callicoon Hospital, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Mills of Highland Lake, on Tuesday; a son Tuesday to Mr. and Mrs. Louis Komancheck of Cochecton; a daughter Wednesday to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Schroeder of Eldred.

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Bortree are located in Arizona. They sold their Swago Lake farm implements last spring and have moved to the new location because of Mrs. Bortree’s health.

For those attending the flower show at the Callicoon Methodist Church, a 5¢ cup of coffee was offered.

Sullivan County’s thirteenth newspaper, the Liberty News, will be published from offices at Radio Station WVOS in Liberty, by a special editor yet to be named.

The maternity section of the new Loomis Hospital will be opened tomorrow and other departments on Monday. There will be five four-bed wards; 10 two-bed semi-private rooms and 29 private one-bed rooms. There will be nine bassinets in the nursery. Between 800 and 900 people inspected the premises at the open house held last weekend.

60 Years Ago - 1961

Emil O. Thol, 50, of Milanville, PA, died suddenly Monday morning, August 14, en route to Callicoon Hospital following a heart attack. He was a veteran of World War II and leaves his wife, Marion, two sons, Jeffrey and Lance, and a daughter, Bonnie.

The new GLF bulk feed mill at Callicoon now seems assured since the Board of Supervisors approved a bond issue in the amount of seven new bridges, including the controversial structure at Callicoon.

The beautiful home of Emily Ebert on Delaware Avenue stood directly in the way of the Pennsylvania approach to the new Delaware River bridge. Saturday morning was the zero hour for this beautiful structure and it was demolished in the interest of progress. Mr. and Mrs. J. Allen McGuire and Mrs. Ebert have found new living quarters.

At the Callicoon Hospital it was a girl, Friday, to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Wood of Boyds Mills, PA; a son, Friday to Mr. and Mrs. Victor Davi of Callicoon; a daughter Sunday, to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Snyder of Callicoon; a daughter, Sunday, to Mr. and Mrs. John Diehl of Tyler Hill, PA; a son, Wednesday, to Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Ziegler of Callicoon; and a son, Wednesday, to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Keesler of Callicoon RD.

Manville B. Wakefield of Grahamsville has been named as the Sullivan County Historical Society’s choice for county historian. Mr. Wakefield is president of the society and an art teacher at the Tri-Valley School. Mr. Wakefield was unanimously appointed to the position Monday night by the Sullivan County Board of Supervisors.

“The wicked thunderstorm of August 10 did much damage with bolts of lightning coming down vertically in every direction,” notes Lou Boettger, crown prince of the weather wizards. On Thursday, there was considerable damage in the Callicoon area with several trees felled and windows broken. The storm was accompanied by high winds in some areas.

The Hudson, N.Y., Board of Education has announced the appointment of Paul J. Westfall of Shandelee as assistant principal at the Hudson High School. He will assume his duties on September 1.

At the A&P: Chuck Steaks, 43¢ a lb.; Boneless Stewing Beef, 59¢; Fancy Sea Scallops, 49¢ lb.; Fancy Dressed Whiting, 17¢ lb.; Fresh Baked Donuts, pkg of 8 - 15¢; Chicken of the Sea Tuna, two 6 1/2 oz. cans - 55¢.

50 years ago - 1971

The first appointment made by Sheriff Raymond W. Dunn was naming on Thursday former Assistant Chief Deputy Abe Smith as Undersheriff.

The nostalgic last trip for the old steam locomotive was greeted by a large gathering as it passed through the Delaware Valley.

The trophy presented in the 2nd harness race at the Wayne County Fair Thursday was in memory of William D. Adams. Mr. Adams, long an advocate of harness racing, had horses at the Wayne County oval for many years.

Miss Linda Olmstead of Walton was named winner of the Roscoe-Rockland Firemen’s beauty queen contest Sunday. Trudy McDonough of Yulan was named runner-up.

It was a baby girl August 7 to Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Mesa of Swan Lake, and a baby girl, August 9, to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Dungey of Livingston Manor, both at the Liberty-Loomis Hospital. A baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Peake of Pea Brook at Lourdes Hospital, Binghamton, on her father’s birthday.

Miss Winifred P. Hessinger is vacationing at home in Jeffersonville with her mother. Mrs. Winfield Hessinger, after participating in the largest USO junket in history – Bob Hope’s Summer Santa Tour to Alaska. The cast, headed by Bob Hope, consisted of 19 entertainers.

The MOB (Mothers of Bethel) won first prize of a $100 defense bond at the White Lake-Kauneonga Lake Water Carnival Saturday.

40 Years Ago - 1981

Pauline Lassey of Milanville, PA, was feted on the occasion of her 80th birthday on July 30. She has been a member of the Milanville Methodist Church for over 61 years.

John Hauschild of Jeffersonville was made an Eagle Scout on Sunday with the award taking place at St. George’s R.C. Church.

Lisa Ehrlich, Miss Sullivan County Teen, will represent the county at the Teen Pageant of New York August 26-29 in Norwich. She is 16 years of age and is the daughter of Harriet and Jerry Ehrlich.

Katherine Kogler of Eldred and AR Kevin Walker of Pond Eddy were married July 25 at the Barryville Methodist Church. He is attending Naval Air Crew Candidate School in Pensacola, FL They will make their home in Key West.

More on Arlyn Milk, oldest member of the pioneer Milk family of Goulds who celebrated his 90th birthday with family, friends and neighbors who gathered at his home. He lives on the farm where he was born and recalls how as a boy and later as a young man, he helped his father, George, herd their sheep to the box cars at Long Eddy for shipment to market in New York on the Erie Railroad.

30 Years Ago - 1991

Announcement of the upcoming June 1992 wedding of Sheri Lyn McMahon to Robert M. Rutledge Jr., son of Robert and MaryEllen Rutledge of Tyler Hill, PA, has been made by her mother, Mrs. Lillian McMahon… A June 1992 wedding is also planned by Ellen Louise Ferguson of Shandelee and Jorge Luis Quiros of Costa Rica.

The annual Civil War re-enactment was held for the 5th time at Walnut Mountain in Liberty last weekend, drawing a record crowd. Sponsored by the 143rd New York Infantry, Sergeant Charles Young of Ferndale portrays the role of Sergeant Thomas Collins of Livingston Manor, a Civil War hero. Sgt. Collins was the only soldier in the 143rd to receive the Medal of Honor.

They’re back! While Bethel officials try to figure out how to get rid of them, the Rainbow Coalition has returned to the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival to set up camp in advance of the hordes yet to come. Thursday a large tent was set up near the permanent stone marker and food was being passed out with information to new arrivals. Smaller tents dotted the hillside above them, many clustered around a large peace sign cut into the grass on the hillside.

The Grover M. Hermann Hospital in Callicoon was rededicated after 20 years of community service. Charles Mills was chairman of the event which was attended by Assemblyman (R-98) Richard I. Coombe, Trustee Alfred Dais, Trustee Ed Lohr and Dr. Joseph Gigante plus a host of friends from the community.

The Holyrood Angelican Seminary in Liberty recently graduated its 10th class, with four members.

20 Years Ago - 2001

New York State Governor George Pataki spent about an hour Saturday afternoon at the Grahamsville Fair, touring the grounds and making a short speech.

On Friday, August 10, Sullivan County and the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe reached an agreement in principle to bring a resort-casino to the county. It was agreed that the county, the Town of Thompson, and other affected entities would receive a total of $15,000,000 a year. Said Chief Hilda Smoke of the Tribal Council at the signing ceremony, “This agreement does adequately address the impacts... We will bring this project to fruition.”

All of Sullivan County’s phone system – including 911 itself – was thrown for a major loop yesterday when a fiber-optic cable was cut.  According to E-911 coordinator David Kimmel, even the 911 Center was offline as far as phones were concerned for at least several hours.

Audiences are in for a treat this Thursday, August 23 when Sunna Rausch and Jack Leshner return to the stage in “Images of Lives and Loves,” a concluding event of the SPA series.

Last Saturday night, James Cook, 17, became the fourth member of Troop 273, Scotchtown, to earn the rank of Eagle in the past four years. One of those other Eagles is James’ older brother Frank, who earned the honor in 1999. On hand for the ceremony were the Cook brothers’ maternal grandparents, Harold and Nancy Madison of Livingston Manor.

Bea Bauer was feted on the occasion of her 95th birthday on June 10 with a surprise covered dish luncheon party given at the Fremont Center Community Church Hall. Well-wishers numbering 75 to 80 people attended.

10 Years Ago - 2011

Both the Livingston Manor softball and baseball teams celebrated winning state Class D titles over the weekend - a feat only equaled by Chapel Field in 2008 among state schools. The Lady Wildcats softball team celebrated their 8-0 win over Batavia Notre Dame at the Adirondack Sports Complex in Queensbury. The Wildcats baseball team celebrated a 13-0 win over Loudonville Christian.

Monticello Mayor Gordon Jenkins and his partner Rochelle Massey, were sentenced for selling conterfeit Nikes. The couple has to pay a total of $5,000 in fines for the five misdemeanor counterfeiting charges to which they pled guilty earlier this year.

A dream more than a decade in the making was officially unveiled to a crowd that numbered in the hundreds as the Daniel Pierce Library opened its doors. There’s no shortage of love in and around Grahamsville, evidenced by the two-story building behind Phil Coombe Jr., who spent more than an hour listing the generous donors who provided upwards of $8 million in funds, equipment and hard work.

Dozens of union workers, leaders and supporters gathered at the entrance to the Home Depot/ShopRite plaza off Route 42 in Monticello to promote labor rights and decry anti-union actions and sentiments by local and national politicians. County Legislature candidates Cora Edwards and Gene Benson  were two of several speakers to engage the crowd, joining in chants of support.

RETTEW, an engineering, planning and environmental consulting firm, recently ranked among Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) list of top 500 design firms in the country. RETTEW’s ranking on ENR’s list jumped 21 spots since last year, coming in at 415, the firm’s highest ranking ever. ENR ranks companies based on the previous year’s revenue for design services; RETTEW has ranked among the top 500 firms for 10 out of the last 12 years.


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