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Posted 7/26/22

110 Years Ago - 1912

On Wednesday one of the worst storms we have had visited this section, accompanied by severe thunder and lightning. Long Bros. boarding house in Beechwoods was struck and one …

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July 26, 2022 Edition


110 Years Ago - 1912

On Wednesday one of the worst storms we have had visited this section, accompanied by severe thunder and lightning. Long Bros. boarding house in Beechwoods was struck and one of the gables torn off. Fortunately, it did not catch fire and the damage was confined to a small amount. Skinner’s Hotel at Skinner Falls was also struck, the chimney being the objective point. Part of it was torn down. The barn of Charles Miller was struck, instantly killing one of his team of horses. Mr. Miller with his town hired helpers, Frank Reeves and John Bunkman, had just got in the barn with a load of hay when the crash came, knicking Miller from the load. He escaped uninjured. Reeves received a bad shock and was in critical condition for some time. The sole of one of Bunkman’s shoes was torn off but he was uninjured. The home of Edward MacKenzie at Glen Spey was struck and considerably damaged.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Waldron of Callicoon, a son on Friday morning.

The first hurdy-gurdy of the season put in an appearance on Wednesday. “The Great Alvin,” the Handcuff Kid, gave a free exhibition of releasing himself from a murderous straight jacket in the Neversink River at Old Fallsburg on Friday. He leaped from the old stone bridge, a height of 40 feet. He struck bottom and was wedged between two huge rocks and didn’t come to the surface. One of the spectators, M. Levin, realized his helpless condition and leaped into the water and with the aid of Postmaster Garner, who brought a rope, Alvin was brought to the surface unconscious, and released from the straight jacket. On examination, it was determined Alvin had fractured his ankle and was badly bruised. He was fully recovered in a few days.

A daughter, Irene Margaret, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hahn of Callicoon Center on July 7.

100 Years Ago - 1922

A charter has been issued by the Whip-Poor-Will Camp, Inc., of Beaver Brook. It is proposed to promote the conservation of fish and game. The directors are F.A. Schriver of Chester, H. Terwilliger and Jos. Botens of Middletown.

With petitions sent to the post office department and to the Erie Railroad, the plan to change the name of Cochecton to Lake Huntington has taken a definite form. For some time it has been agitated by residents of the lake, but much opposition has been encountered from the Cochecton residents. While it is admitted that the name Cochecton is an historic one, dating back to the earliest history of the valley when the Indians called it Cushetunk, it is argued that the name Lake Huntington is known far and wide as a summer resort. Those pushing for the change feel that passengers on the railroad are confused when seeking to get to Lake Huntington, they have to use the Cochecton station as their destination.

Bennett Bros. have arranged with Dr. H. Mermelstein, an eyesight specialist of Monticello, to have office hours every Saturday at their drug store, Callicoon, from 2 to 3 p.m. to examine eyes and fit glasses.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Greenbaum of Cochecton, a 10 pound son on July 23.

90 Years Ago - 1932

The Monticello Amusement Park has been sold to a realty construction company of which Harry Farber of Monticello is the head. The new owners propose to build several cottages on the grounds. The dance hall will be left for a skating rink, basketball and large place for gatherings and the swimming pool will be repaired for future use.

Miss Elizabeth C. Bryant of Calkins, Pa., and Donald C. Porr of Cochecton were married July 14 at the residence of Rev. R.D. Minch at Tyler Hill, Pa.

A daughter, Mildred Viola, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Rutledge of Rutledgedale at the Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, Pa., on Tuesday, July 12.

At the Callicoon Hospital, it was a 9-pound baby girl, Phyllis, born to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Milk of Hortonville, and an 8-pound boy to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Cucci of Hortonville, both on July 19.

Morris Weiner, 19, son of Meyer Weiner, proprietor of the White Roe Lake House in Livingston Manor, and Joseph Frunkes, 21, of Brooklyn, a relative, were injured when an airplane, piloted by Douglas North, 24, of Rock Hill, struck a tree in front of the Hotel Trojan, about two and a half miles from the village of Livingston Manor, Sunday, about 6 p.m. North, an inexperienced pilot, was flying low so his companions could make photographs. He was killed instantly.

Jack Rosenberger, well-known pugilist, is vacationing at the Lone Pine in Callicoon Center.

Mrs. Elizabeth Bischoff, 81, was guest of honor at a birthday party July 16, held at the home of her daughter, Mrs. F. Fink in Hortonville.

80 Years Ago - 1942

Included in the group leaving Liberty last Monday for service in the U.S. Army were: Vincent P. Hoffmann of Hankins, Howard H. Korth of Callicoon Center, Miles N. Hubbard of Callicoon, Bernard E. Gorton of Long Eddy, John A. Griffin, Frank S. Griswold,  Paul G. Tempel and James B. Fitsgerald of Roscoe, Walter A. Hahn and Charles A. Kohl of Jeffersonville. Abraham Goldstein of Jeffersonville and LeRoy F. Price of Long Eddy were also inducted on the same day but under draft board jurisdiction.

James P. Deighton, 91, oldest resident of Conklin Hill, passed away at his home on July 17, 1942. He had been a raftsman on the Delaware and also a sawyer, and later in life turned to farming.

Harold C. Alquist, Callicoon native, has recently accepted a position as supervising principal in the Stratford, Conn., schools.

A new plastic tube for shaving cream, toothpaste and other such uses, to replace those of tin, now needed for the war effort has been invented by Harry Waters of New York. There is no metal in the new tube.

A total of 500 automobiles owned in Honesdale have had to be overhauled and repaired because of damage sustained in the flash flood in May.

Aviation Cadet Matthew J. Freda, son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Freda of Callicoon, recently reported for further flight instruction at the Greenville Army Flying School in Mississippi.

70 Years Ago - 1952

Miss Harriet Hill of Eldred was united in marriage to Leonard C. Ferber of Beechwoods at the Bethel parsonage on July 4.

At the Callicoon Hospital it was a son, born Saturday, to Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Mitchell of Callicoon; a son, Tuesday, to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Krause of Narrowsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Baxter of Albany, former residents of Roscoe, are the parents of a girl, born July 7.

Seventy of Honesdale’s residents, many of whom have suffered damages in three floods in the past sixteen years, met at the City Hall Monday night to discuss possible prevention measures to protect themselves in the future. The most insistent suggestion made was that the Dyberry Creek be cleaned out, widened and that properties which create bottlenecks in and near Industrial Point, be removed.

Mrs. Rudolph Hermann of Fremont Center was guest of honor at a stork shower held at George Sipple’s picnic grounds at Mileses on July 13.

Bob Westrick of Glendale, a guest at Rose Villa, Lake Huntington, landed a five pound eel, measuring 39 inches in length, from the lake last Thursday.

A daughter was born to Mrs. Ray Gloor at Loomis Hospital a week ago. Her husband was killed by a cave-in in Sackett Lake last November.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ruppert, a son, today at Loomis Hospital.

60 Years Ago - 1962

Damages estimated at more than $100,000 resulted from a fire at the Esther Manor Hotel last Thursday. The hotel, on Route 17B, near Monticello, had 500 guests when the fire broke out. Repairs were made immediately and guests are being accommodated again.

Mary Lou Weyer of Callicoon was married July 14 to John Zino of Huntington Station.

Ginny and Nial Lindsley of Jeffersonville enjoyed a spin over the new bridge at North Branch following the opening on Monday, July 16, in their restored Model T car. The bridge, first of seven scheduled to be built by the Sullivan County Board of Supervisors, will be followed by the completion of the Callicoon Creek Bridge within several weeks.

Born at the Callicoon Hospital, a son, Saturday, to Mr. and Mrs. William Dexter of Narrowsburg, and a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Hawley of Callicoon; a son, Tuesday to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Paparella of Milanville, Pa.

50 years ago - 1972

Daytop Village, the narcotics rehabilitation center established in the former Paul’s Hotel in Swan Lake in 1965, was the scene of a major fire early Sunday morning when the three-story main building was gutted by flames which took volunteers from five companies to quell. Eighty persons residing in the building were led to safety without injury.

Miss Kathy Lake of Roscoe was the winner and Miss Karen Gorr of Livingston Manor runner-up in the beauty queen contest after the parade of Livingston Manor firemen Sunday afternoon.

In the competition for a poster for the Sullivan County Sportsmen Show held in September, Miss Helen Neuman of Livingston Manor received a $25 savings bond.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Miller of Livingston Manor have announced the engagement of their daughter, Teresa Ann, to Edward Hupale of Swan Lake. An October 14 wedding is planned.

40 Years Ago - 1982

Major Hanan Sorek was a member of the Israeli delegation that came to Woodbourne Sunday to recruit volunteers for civilian jobs in Israel to replace those who are serving in the Israeli army during the Lebanese crisis.

The 5th annual barbecue of the Monticello Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis at the Town of Thompson Park was attended by nearly 1,000 people. Entertainment was provided by the Sullivan County Symphonic Band under the direction of James Newton. The money realized is used by the clubs in their community service.

Patricia Dudley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Dudley of Youngsville, and Paul Iverson, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Iverson of Canterbury, England, were married recently. They will live in England.

Carrie Grace Reinshagen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Reinshagen of Liberty, and Willard John Karsch Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Willard Karsch Sr., Thornwood, were married June 26 in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Liberty.

Pamela Mudge, daughter of Gerald and Noreen Mudge of Callicoon, and Kevin Wood, son of Stan and Ivy Wood of Snowdown, Kent, England, were married May 29. The bride is an advertising representative for the Sullivan County Democrat.

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Brigham Sr. (the former Eva Maines) celebrated 65 years of marriage on June 2 with a celebration at the home of their daughter, Mrs. Edwin Tyler of Youngsville.

Mr. and Mrs. William Wilkie were honored with a 50th anniversary Mass at St. Paul’s R.C. Church in Bullville. He is a native of Callicoon.

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Johansen of Liberty, celebrated their  73rd wedding anniversary on July 11 at the home of their daughter, Mr. and Mrs. William Heisler.

The 7th annual Verkhovyna Youth Festival held in Glen Spey this weekend was well attended. 

30 Years Ago - 1992

A two-day benefit for the Jeffersonville Public Library brought thousands of spectators to the four performances of the Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus Wednesday and Thursday at the Monticello Raceway.

The Sullivan County 4-Hers hosted 13 4-H students from Wisconsin this week with a trip on the Delaware River Wednesday. The visit was part of an exchange program which started last year when the local 4-H group  traveled to the midwest. The visitors will be here for a week. Past exchange trips by the local group have been made to Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Virginia.

“South Pacific” is the current play being seen at the Forestburgh Playhouse. Ann Van Cleve has the part of Nellie and Emile is played by Mark Peters.

Hankins Volunteer Fire Company Board of Fire Commissioners Chairman Jack Walker recently handed over the keys to the department’s new $121,522 pumper truck to Chief Mark Schumacher. Part of a four-truck fleet, the truck replaces a 1962 Ford pumper.

A PBY reconnaissance plane, used by the United States Navy during World War II and capable of landing on water as well as land, was one of several WWII vintage planes on display at the War Birds Air Show held at Sullivan County International Airport in White Lake over the past weekend. It is planned to make this a yearly event.

More than 1,000 customers patronized the new Dunkin’ Donuts in Liberty on its opening day. The franchise is owned by Philip and Sheila Hecht and their son-in-law, Michael Garcia and is located in the Jamesway Plaza.

Merton Lockhart of Grahamsville and Herbert Alvarado of Callicoon Center will travel to Schenectady to participate in the Senior Games being held at Union College. Both are swimmers and have earned numerous medals in competition. Lockhart competes in the 60-65 year group and was a competitive swimmer while serving in the armed forces in 1954. He started working out again in May and the 1991 Senior Games were his first dip into competitive waters. Alvarado, who is 58 and says he is not looking forward to joining the 60-65 group, works out at the Villa Roma.

20 Years Ago - 2002

Tuesday, July 16, marked the end of phase one of Sullivan County’s redistricting process. 

The 91st anniversary of the Village of Woodridge was celebrated on Sunday, July 21, with a parade down Green Avenue, antique cars, several fire companies, and a marching band as well. About a few hundred people visited throughout the day.

The annual Miss Sullivan County Beauty Pageant occurred once again at Cablevision Headquarters (Granite Associates) in Ferndale this past Sunday. Twenty local girls participated; the winners were, Miss Sullivan County Teen 2002 Cassandra Boyd, Miss SC Pre-Teen Taylor Welch-O’Connor, Young Miss Sullivan County Lara Hessop.

Lightning struck the Cortese Auto Body Shop on Route 97 in Narrowsburg last Friday, burning the 1958 building to the ground.

Governor George E. Pataki has announced the designation of Justice Anthony Kane of Forestburgh as an Additional Justice of the Appellate Division for the Third Department, effective July 31.

10 Years Ago - 2012

Laurie Ramie first got to know the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) through reporting on it for the Democrat during her five-year tenure. While serving as the paper’s editor in 1997, she saw an ad in the Democrat seeking a public relations/ fundraising specialist for the UDC. Today, she’s the UDC’s top staffer, unanimously named executive director last month by the nonprofit’s board.

A landmark restaurant in Monticello is staying true to its Asian roots, despite the fact you’ll find trucks – instead of food – from the Far East. The sign of the well-known Hana Restaurant has already been replaced with one known even better: Robert Green. When Hana came up for sale last year, Green bought it with expansion in mind. 

Father Ignatius Smith’s successor – Father Charles J. O’Connor, also a Franciscan from the Holy Name Province in New York City –  has spent most of his life in urban areas. A Buffalo native, Father O’Connor arrived in Sullivan County on May 31 to preside over Holy Cross Church and its mission church, St. Patrick’s, in Long Eddy. His formal installation by Monsignor Edward Straub of Liberty will take place on Saturday, Aug. 4. 


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