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110 Years Ago - 1913

Frank Miller of Middle Village, L.I., and Mrs. Elizabeth Kalbfleisch of White Sulphur Springs, were united in marriage Wednesday, January 8 at the Catholic Church in …

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January 17, 2023 Edition


110 Years Ago - 1913

Frank Miller of Middle Village, L.I., and Mrs. Elizabeth Kalbfleisch of White Sulphur Springs, were united in marriage Wednesday, January 8 at the Catholic Church in Youngsville. They will reside on the Casper Bossley farm for the present.

Simon Nichols met with quite a serious accident last week while at work in his quarry in Mileses. As he was lifting a large stone with his derrick, the guy wires gave way, leaving the mast kick out from its foundation and striking Mr. Nichols near the ankle and breaking his foot. Dr. McClellan was called and set the broken parts.

A bill appropriating $10,000 for completing dikes along the Delaware River in the Town of Highland, Sullivan County, was introduced by Senator Stivers.

The large and well patronized boarding house at Wurtsboro, known as the Wayside Inn, together with its entire equipment and the farm of 500 acres on which it is located was sold on December 24 to New York and New Jersey parties.

Guy Reilly of Cochecton has opened up a feed store over in Damascus, Pa.

Frederick Bietz, a prominent citizen of Jeffersonville, died of apoplexy at his home Tuesday night, following a stroke which came upon him while at the breakfast table Sunday morning.

The big dam project which has been going on at Hackledam, two miles below Bridgeville, for the past two years is about to be culminated. In the spring, extensive operations will begin and the work is expected to be completed in at least two years. The New York & New Jersey Power Company has purchased all the adjoining land including rights of way, etc., and will send $2,000,000 in the extensive development of electric power from this plant, which will furnish power for all the villages in this section. The proposed dam will back the water up about ten miles, or just a short ways below Fallsburg. They will bore through the mountains at Westbrookville so as to have the station located at that point. The highway at Bridgeville will have to be changed and a new bridge built at a cost of $90,000. A branch railroad will also be built that will connect with the O&W  somewhere between Monticello and Valley Junction to carry in supplies, etc., for the work. It is reported that this is the same company which bought the power site at Callicoon on Callicoon Creek last spring, and that they also will develop this power as soon as the Bridgeville project is completed.

100 Years Ago - 1923

Editors of the ten Sullivan County papers and their correspondents will hold an all-day conference at Monticello on January 27. The gathering will be held to discuss county affairs and will be under the auspices of the Sullivan County Home Bureau.

Fred Dedlin, the Delaware plumber, has made arrangements with his father-in-law, Henry Chelius, whereby he will develop the latter’s 16 acres on Delaware Heights into building lots and bungalows. He has secured a gravity water supply from the Menges Farm, now owned by Louis Layman, with a bountiful never failing spring as the source. The location of these lots, on the south side of the Beechwoods Road in Jeffersonville, is an ideal one for residences and cottages.

John F. Rutz has purchased the timber tract of Ernest Oestrich in Rock Valley and will cut some of it off this winter. Charles Neuman and son are working for him at this time.

Hotel Wayne, the famed Honesdale hostelry, recently leased and remodeled by H.W. (“Dick”) Persbacker of Callicoon, opens this week.  The dining room and restaurant have been leased to Harry Bishop, proprietor of Bishop’s Restaurant. This restaurant will be closed.

H. J. Newman of North Branch intends making several improvements in his corner block, thus improving it considerably. George Lahm of Callicoon has contracted to do the work. The meat market is to be moved to the part formerly occupied by the bowling alleys, leaving room for an up-to-date ice cream parlor that will be fitted with a soda fountain. The small room now used as an ice cream parlor will be transformed into a restaurant and quick lunches will be served on a minute’s notice.

The bell for the Sacred Heart Church in Hankins has arrived.

Charles Maas, formerly of Lake Huntington, and Mazie Aymette of Pulaski, Tenn., were married quietly at the home of the bride on December 25. After a short honeymoon trip to Niagara Falls, the couple now reside in the W. Henry House across the lake and Mr. Maas has resumed his duties as one of the teachers in the Lake Huntington school.

Edward McGuire, a resident of Hankins, passed away January 10 after a long illness.

Louis Hawker has been appointed boss over a gang of men to look after the railroad section that begins just below Narrowsburg. For some weeks this section has been practically without a gang of men to work on it.

LeRoy Garrett of Philadelphia, Pa., and Miss Delphine Murray of Narrowsburg were united in marriage January 4 in Philadelphia.

90 Years Ago - 1933

Flags were flown at half mast in tribute to ex-President Calvin Coolidge who died in Massachusetts January 5, 1933.

Discharged from the Callicoon Hospital this week were Mrs. Arthur Robisch and infant daughter of Beechwoods, and Mrs. Royal Hust and son of North Branch.

Anna B. Mankes and Hyman Eisenhandler, both of Monticello, were two of the 1,504 who passed the October bar examinations out of 2,412 who took the tests.

George, son of Mr. and Mrs. Palmer Kellam of Lookout, and Miss Bernadene, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Smith of Tyler Hill, Pa., were united in marriage January 5 at the M.E. parsonage in Monticello.

Florence Guild and Howard Zurn of Hancock were married October 16 in Downsville. He is a former resident of Long Eddy and Pea Brook.

A. Blake Hunt has moved back into his home. The Hunt house was moved from the right of way for the new road to a location nearby by Contractor Botsford.

The distinction of being the first Democrat to be appointed here during the year 1933 goes to the popular Jack Fiddle of Parksville, who was named Assistant Clerk of the Senate. He is president of the Parksville Democratic Club.

80 Years Ago - 1943

Beatrice K. Leschorn, 17, died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Leschorn of North Branch on January 11, after a 7-day illness of pneumonia. She was a senior at the Delaware Valley Central School.

The Navy Department has notified Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Heyn that their son, Allen, is missing after the sinking of the light cruiser Juneau. However, Mrs. Heyn had received several letters from Allen stating he had lost everything when the Juneau sank and she has reason to believe he is alive.

At the Callicoon Hospital, it was a baby girl January 11 to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Gloor of North Branch; a baby girl, January 12 to Mr. and Mrs. William Kestler.

The Saturday night dance at  the Maple Hotel, North Branch, has been discontinued in compliance with the war measure to conserve gas and rubber.

Horses are appearing more and more each day as the gas scarcity becomes more acute. Some dandy teams are being driven to town and many enjoy seeing a good pair of horses again. Elmer Hess and John Long probably have the best looking teams we have seen so far. Harry C. Schuler of Tumble Inn, Callicoon Center, is having stalls for 8 teams made in one of his garages. Harry is getting ready to accommodate his guests who come via horse power.

Ohls Poultry Yards & Hatchery at Callicoon has nearly doubled the capacity of the plant in the past few years. Orders for more than 1 million chicks have been booked since August 1st, the beginning of the Ohls’ fiscal year. New modern incubators have been installed and the entire organization is geared for the largest production of chicks ever turned out by the Ohls enterprises. More than 20 people are employed by the hatchery in Callicoon – 16 in the sales and incubation and shipping departments and at the present time there are five in the office force.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hermann are rejoicing over the birth of a daughter, Suzanne Claire, born December 27, at the Callicoon Hospital.

70 Years Ago - 1953

Monday was a happy day for Mrs. Theresa Deckelman, 84, of Obernburg, when she was at Monticello to see her son, William, open his first term of Supreme Court.

Nancie Joyce Hargraves was the first New Year’s baby born in Sullivan County. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Hargraves of Monticello.

A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Darbee of Roscoe on December 31 at the Maimonides Hospital in Liberty… A son was born December 29 at the Hamilton Avenue Hospital to Seaman and Mrs. Harry W. Bedford of Fosterdale.

Mrs. Herbert Bauernfeind Sr. has purchased the Central Diner at Hancock and took over the business yesterday.

Mrs. Ella J. Prince, 101 years of age, who was Sullivan County’s oldest native, died Saturday night in Middletown. She had been in fair health up until a month ago. She had lived with her sister in Middletown since 1945.

Mr. and Mrs. William Warwick of Hankins are the parents of a daughter born December 11.

Mrs. Anthony Ferrara of Callicoon Center announces the engagement of her daughter, Gertrude, to Vincent J. Schmidt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter D. Schmidt… Miss Lorraine Freeman of Jamaica became the bride of Kenneth Knapp of Narrowsburg on December 28 at the Beach Lake Methodist Church… Jeanne Slater and Pvt. George J. Rutz, both of Narrowsburg, were united in marriage on December 24.

The Regal Lingerie factory, located in the old schoolhouse, is giving employment to about 30 women and three men. The factory, which is a comparatively new venture here, is doing very well.

60 Years Ago - 1963

Mrs. Willis Bernitt announces the engagement of her daughter, Barbara Ann, to Pvt. James R. Hahl of North Branch.

A four pound 12 ounce baby boy born to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Gabrielson of Liberty, was the first New Year’s baby born in six Sullivan hospitals.

On December 30, a son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Schulman of Cochecton and has been named Ronald Warren.

A robin was seen on the Allen Segar lawn on New Year’s Day.

At the Callicoon Hospital: a son, Friday to Mr. and Mrs. John C. Diehl, Tyler Hill, Pa.; on Friday, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Kenyon of Hankins; and a daughter for Mr. and Mrs. James Rutledge of Tyler Hill, Pa.; a daughter, Tuesday, to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Campbell of Callicoon.

Nancy Lee Smith became the bride of Robert G. Edwards at the Reformed Church in Youngsville on December 30.

50 years ago - 1973

A knife wound which severed an artery in the lower left groin caused the death of Richard Schwartz of Livingston Manor early Saturday morning. It is reported he was in his apartment when two young men entered Art’s Blue Room on the north side of Manor’s Main St. One man was refused a drink and started an argument. Mr. Schwartz was called downstairs and in escorting Oswaldo Gallo, 19, to the door, the altercation developed.

Born at the Liberty-Loomis Hospital, a baby girl to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Whipple of Liberty, January 3; a boy to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Eronimous of Swan Lake on January 5.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Schick of Obernburg have announced the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth Mary, to R. Douglas Olmstead of Lindewold, N.J.

Liberty physician Lee R. Tompkins, 67, a longtime leader in Sullivan medical circles and former Liberty mayor, died at Liberty-Loomis Hospital after a lengthy illness.

Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Forsbach celebrated 50 years of marriage with a surprise dinner party for thirty relatives and friends at the Hotel Jefferson.

40 Years Ago - 1983

Newly inaugurated New York Governor Mario Cuomo has chosen to pick up on an idea of his predecessor, ex-Gov. Hugh Carey, and has said he will order a one-year freeze on all new hospital construction in the state in an effort to improve “discipline” on more than $5 billion in planned projects. The freeze evidently covers hospital, nursing homes and any health facility which requires state approval for capital projects. A new nursing home is sought by Community General Hospital and by proponents of a health facility at Island Glen in Bethel.

Lila Jane Dreher of Roscoe, the wife of Robert J. Dreher and co-partner in the Dreher Supply Co., died January 9 at Community General Hospital in Harris. She was 70 years of age. The Drehers became especially well known for the high quality Pendleton woolens they feature, later adding the White Stag brand too, in a clothing section of the store.

Isadore Gibber was elected president of the Landfield Avenue Synagogue during a 70th anniversary and mortgage burning celebration at which U.S. Representative Ben Gilman was the guest speaker. Mr. Gilman spoke of his recent trip to the Middle East.

The DEDECO Bonded Abrasives product-line plant in Long Eddy, owned by the 3M Corp. of St. Paul, Minn., will be sold to Steven M. Antler of Hoboken, N.J., who will continue to operate the business as DEDECO International Inc., and will continue manufacturing at the plant. The plant employs about 30 people. Antler says he plans to expand the operations of the Long Eddy plant saying he intends to raise the work force number to 50 persons within a year.

Work continues on the multi-million dollar Monticello sewer improvement project as craftsmen placed steel and assembled parts for the new plant near the old one off Waverly Ave. The project will be completed in about a year.

Gary and Gladys Jamieson of Honesdale, RD, recently returned from a 10-day trip touring Japan which they won as a result of being the top sales dealership in the northeastern U.S. The trip was sponsored by Yanmar Diesel Tractor Company and included a visit to several large marine diesel engine plants, a tractor diesel engine plant and tractor assembly plant where tractors going to 130 different countries are produced. The Jamiesons began their dealership with Yanmar in 1977 and are currently considering expanding the floor space as well as increasing their line of machinery and related equipment.

30 Years Ago - 1993

Margaret Washington has retired as Thompson Town Clerk after serving in that capacity for 15 years. Deputy Don Price, who has served in the deputy position for 13 years, has been appointed to fill the vacancy.

Members of the Cochecton Preservation Society held a meeting at which Janis McCann, secretary of the Port Jervis Preservation Society, and Peter Osborne, executive director of the Minisink Historical Society spoke about how they were able to save the Port Jervis railroad station and the Forestburgh log cabin. The group plans to reconstruct the former Erie Railroad station about a mile north of Cochecton along the tracks. It was removed from its original site in Cochecton because of expansion of the present Cochecton Feed Mill.

Ed and Linda Anderson of Long Eddy announce the birth of a daughter, Margaret Elizabeth, born January 5, 1993 at the Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, Pa. The little miss has three brothers, Eric, Karl and James, all at home.

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Coney of Monticello celebrated their 50th anniversary on January 3 with a party at the Day’s Inn in Liberty.

Mrs. Mary Gempler of Kenoza Lake was honored on the occasion of her 80th birthday at her home on December 24. Retiring in 1978 after 25 years of dedicated service as an elementary school teacher at the Jeffersonville-Youngsville Central School, Mrs. Gempler is known for her handcrafts, especially monkey “sock” dolls which are often donated to children in need in New York City.

20 Years Ago - 2003

After more than 20 years, the rocky ride of the Apollo Plaza is about to come to an end. Later this week, the Village of Monticello will condemn the mall, according to Mayor Gary Sommers. When that happens, no one will be allowed in the building until it is brought up to code. At one time, the mall had over 40 stores in it.

In a surprise move in Town of Rockland Court Thursday, accused cat killer Fred Banks’ attorney raised questions about the validity of his client’s verbal plea of guilty to the charges at his earlier court appearance. (Banks was arrested December 11 by NYS Trooper Matthew D. Lambert and charged with cruelty to animals for shooting the pet cat, Roscoe, of the Roscoe Nursing Home.)

The Rock Hill Business and Community Association awarded the Distinguished Member Award to Glenn Fodor recently, owner of G. Fodor Custom Landscaping of Rock Hill and a Rock Hill resident. Fodor was given the award in appreciation for all of the time he spent designing and working on the first prize winning veterans’ memorial at the Rock Hill Ambulance Corps building on Lake Louise Marie Road.

Four generations of the family of Eleanor Grant of White Sulphur Springs gathered during the holidays. Jessica Muhlig Renfrew of North Carolina,  Sara Elizabeth Renfrew (who was born September 20), Sara’s grandmother Flora Francisco, and Mrs. Grant, of White Sulphur Springs.

10 Years Ago - 2013

Dolores Motichka has been named to the new post of senior designer of Highlights Press at the Highlights for Children editorial offices in Honesdale, PA. The Honesdale High School graduate holds an associate degree in fashion illustration from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. She and her husband, John Kascht, a caricaturist, reside in Honesdale. 

Blain Reddish and Tim Hillriegel, both seniors at Sullivan West High School, recently built podiums for their community service project for 12th grade social studies.The students built podiums for two high school teachers who needed the furniture for their classrooms. High school seniors undertake all kinds of community service projects in and outside the school.

DEATHS: Emily H. Abplanalp of Swan Lake passed away Thursday, January 10, 2013 at age 93... Florence Rosen of Mountaindale died at home on Friday, January 11, 2013. She was 96... John Lang, age 81, of Yulan died Thursday, January 10, 2013... Steven C. Strasser, age 72, passed away December 20, 2012... Annamay Theresa Nappi, age 76, died January 10, 2013... Conrad C. Henke passed away December 30, 2012 at the age of 90... Bernard Roberts Rothman of Callicoon died January 10, 2013, age 78.


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