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110 Years Ago - 1912

The safe in the post office of South Fallsburg was blown some time during last Tuesday night by yeggmen and over $2,000 in money and stamps was secured. There is no trace of …

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July 5, 2022 Edition


110 Years Ago - 1912

The safe in the post office of South Fallsburg was blown some time during last Tuesday night by yeggmen and over $2,000 in money and stamps was secured. There is no trace of the perpetrators of the crime who made a clean entrance into the town and clean getaway, presumably coming in on a freight train on the O&W and leaving the village the same way.

Louise Wisner and Annetta Graebner are the only two graduates in the Class of 1912 at the Callicoon Union School. Commencement exercises drew a large crowd on Saturday evening.

On Monday, a fishing party from Jeffersonville, including Frank Neuberger and son, Franklin, and Charles Homer, motored to Stevensville where before nightfall they landed 38 pickerel, a record breaker.

Joel H. Woodman, proprietor of the Hortonville Grist Mill, announces the latest up-to-date machinery for the making of all kinds of feed and flour. The capacity of the mill is 25 barrels of flour and 30,000 lbs. feed per day.

A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. George Boyer of White Sulphur Springs on June 15.

100 Years Ago - 1922

Mr. and Mrs. James Griggs of New York City announce the marriage of their daughter, Harriet, to Harry W. Long, oldest son of Mrs. Margaret Long of the Beechwood Mountain House, on June 17.

Last week the toll bridge spanning the Delaware at Hancock was freed by its purchase by the states of New York and Pennsylvania. The Shohola-Barryville bridge will be the next to be thrown open.

B.D. Calkin’s lot was purchased for $1,500 for the site of a new schoolhouse to be built in Lake Huntington,

A new baby came to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Jay, Heins Hill, near Damascus, Pa., on June 24.

H.J. Neumann opened his North Branch Meat Market & Delicatessen Store in the former Beck block which he purchased this spring. In the evening, the Hillside Clan, of which Mr. Neumann is a member, decided to give him a surprise party.

Frank Reilly of Co checton announces the arrival of Frank Jr., born in New York City. Mother and son will be home soon.

Jos. Gunther of Hankins is wearing the same smile upon the arrival of a son, June 23, weighing eight pounds.

90 Years Ago - 1932

At the Callicoon Hospital it was a son, Donald George, born to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Schmidt of the Beechwoods, and a son, Robert Edson, born to Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Bauer of Hankins, both on June 23. A son, Arthur, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hessinger of Callicoon Center on June 26.

Rev. Arthur G. Lewis and Mrs. Ada C. Schwartz, both of Cochecton, were married in Jeffersonville on June 26.

Helen Bishop of Long Eddy and Claude Neer of Rock Valley were united in marriage on June 25.

William Wilke of Callicoon and Miss Flora Miller of New York City were married June 25 at Holy Cross Church.

Miss Betty Cunningham of New York City and Arnold Gossweyler of North Branch were married last Sunday at Walton.

A special meeting of the School District 1, Town of Delaware, will be held at the Callicoon High School on June 30 to decide on a new addition to the present schoolhouse. The board proposed a frame building, 28x86 feet be erected in the rear of the present building and to be connected to it by a hallway. The new building will have a commercial room, locker room and a large room with a folding partition for athletics and music. A.K. Dering is the architect who has prepared the plans and specifications.

The large stucco house of Wm. Weinstein of Lake Huntington was struck by lightning Tuesday night and was completely destroyed. The family was living in the farm house across the road from the pump station to the lake and did not know of the fire till the granddaughter was awakened by a crash when the roof fell in. All the rooms were engaged for the summer by prospective guests.

The teletype, installed in the Monticello police booth a year ago, at a cost of about $1,000, will be abandoned June 30, according to Mayor Emil Motl. The only other teletype now in operation in the county is at the home of Sgt. Thos. Mangan of the State Police at Liberty.

A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. E. Robisch of Jersey City in June. Mrs. Robisch is the former Sophie Kraack of Lake Huntington.

80 Years Ago - 1942

Three weddings united local couples in the bonds of holy matrimony — Frances, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert C. Persbacker of Callicoon became the bride of Karl Ebers of Rhinebeck. Both are teachers at Callicoon. Mr. Ebers has just accepted the principalship at Eldred Central School.

William J. Metzger and Margaret Schnare were united in marriage at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. Vance Hunt, Callicoon, on June 23.

Myrl Bennett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Reuben J. Bennett, Callicoon, and James C. Vanderpoel of Altamont were married on Wednesday.

Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Hill of Lookout, Pa., are parents of a baby girl on Saturday morning at the Callicoon Hospital.

Modern Simplex projects and RCA sound equipment have been installed in the Callicoon Theatre as the result of damage done by fire last week.

Capt. Daniel E. Fox, commanding officer of Troop C, New York State Police, has rounded out 25 years service as a law enforcement officer, and was honored at a testimonial dinner Sunday night at the Grossinger Hotel and Country Club in Ferndale. He was presented a diamond-studded gold badge by members of Troop C, with 20 years or more of service.

Roy Hess of Jeffersonville has 27 boarders. Most of them came by train as there is only one car.

Mr. and Mrs. William Bennett of Cochecton became parents of a daughter, RoseMary. The newcomer has two brothers, William Jr. and Paul.

The Penna. State Highway Department has constructed 13 temporary bridges, repaired or replaced 21 others and has restored traffic on approximately 75 miles of roadway in the Scranton and Honesdale area since the disastrous floods of May 22 and 23. Total estimate of damage to bridges and road is $1,638,000.

A pine tree 100 feet tall, which stood about 30 feet from the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sprague in Lake Huntington, was struck by lightning Friday night and the tree was set on fire about 60 feet above the ground. The fire company was called to protect the house in case the tree fell on it. In cutting the tree down Sunday, it was discovered that only a shell of bark was holding the top up, the entire inside being burned out and the slightest wind would have sent the top crashing on the house. The tree trunk measures more than 36 inches across.

70 Years Ago - 1952

Iris B. Ray, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ray of Rock Valley, was joined in marriage to William H. Knight in a candlelight ceremony Saturday afternoon, June 21. She will be a member of the graduating Class of 1952, DVCS, on June 23.

The new Hammond organ in the Hortonville Presbyterian Church will be dedicated June 29.

Members of the 1952 graduating class who are sons and daughters of past graduates are: Edwin Stabbert, son of Democrat publisher Fred W. Stabbert, Class of ’22; Marcia Traynor, daughter of John Traynor, Class of ’21; Marylyn Hunt, daughter of J. Vance and Clara Gorr Hunt, both of whom graduated in 1924; and Janet Dorrer, daughter of Ruth Aldrich Dorrer, also Class of ’24.

At the Callicoon Hospital, it was a daughter, June 18, to Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Hermann of Callicoon; a daughter, June 21, to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Mohn of Narrowsburg and a daughter, the same day, to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Monington; a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Cole of Lookout, Pa., and a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Smith of Tyler Hill, Pa., both on the 23rd.

Clair Bee, recently resigned basketball coach at Long Island University, has purchased the Rex Stadel farm on Horton Brook in Delaware County. Mr. Bee is also a lecturer and writer of books for boys.

The Lake Huntington Presbyterian Church was the scene of a very pretty wedding on June 22 when Miss Dorothy Bertsch became the bride of Robert Williams.

60 Years Ago - 1962

The first of nine pre-stressed concrete beams were lowered into place for the new Callicoon Creek bridge and four hours later one span had been completed. The second span was completed on Tuesday.

The first graduating class of the Callicoon Nursery School posed for the photographer on graduation day last Thursday. In the class were Barbara Mills, Holly Curtis, Susanne Ziegler, Douglas Doetsch, Teresa Tenbus, Linda Leewe, James Schultz, Terri Moran, Thomas Meyer, Lori Whitmore and Joan Chesnick. The school is operated by Mrs. Janey Sausmikat.

Miss Pat Oesterreich of Hurleyville and Norman W. Bauer of Callicoon were married at a Nuptial Mass at St. Peter’s Church, Monticello, on June 16.

Miss Lorraine Day of Warriors Mark, Pa., and John L. Ebert of North Branch were married on Sunday, June 17, at the White Sulphur Springs Methodist Church.

A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Roeder Jr. of Roscoe on Friday; a daughter was born Saturday to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Grady of Damascus, Pa., both at the Callicoon Hospital.

The Narrowsburg Fire Department has a new sound car to advertise their July 4th celebration. A 1951 Mercury has been put to use to replace the Henry J they had been using.

SP5 and Mrs. Allen Kellam of Ft. Hauchuca, Ariz., announce the birth of a daughter.

Mr. and Mrs. Perry L. Bowers of Kauneonga Lake observed their 60th wedding anniversary and Mr. Bowers’ 87th birthday on June 24.

50 years ago - 1972

Floyd and Edna Mootz were guests of honor at a 40th wedding anniversary party given by their children at the Presbyterian Church Hall in Jeffersonville.

Danny Bell and Mary Freda were married at the Community Church, Conklin Hill, Pa., on Sunday. Although the flooding in some areas prevented the minister and one usher from attending, substitutes were found and everything went off as planned.

Fred Starck of Callicoon, one of the original SCCC trustees, was reappointed to a nine year term Monday night by the county supervisors.

Mr. and Mrs. James Amback of Roscoe celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on Sunday.

Although streams rose due to the six inches of rain which fell locally, there was very little flooding from the affects of the storm Agnes. Some areas were not so fortunate, but Sullivan County seemed to escape with minimal flooding.

The 93rd Annual Little World’s Fair will be held in Grahamsville August 18 and 19.

Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Abram of Hankins are the parents of a baby girl on Thursday. She has a little sister to welcome her home.

Roger and Sharon Mitchell of Damascus, Pa., are the parents of a girl born June 21 at Community General Hospital in Monticello. She has two older brothers, Jeffrey and Andrew.

James Yonchik of Hortonville, a student at Cypress College, Cypress, Calif., has been named recipient of the Faculty Wives Association annual music scholarship. Jim was chosen out of 700 music students for the most improved and the one with the most potential to continue his music career. The scholarship is in the amount of $800 and he has been chosen to work in the music library for this next year.

40 Years Ago - 1982

Eugene M. and Elizabeth Kelly of Narrowsburg have received an operating certificate from the New York State Department of Social Services for a private proprietary home for adults. The 24-bed facility, Kelly’s Home for Adults, is located in a Main Street building in Narrowsburg, formerly known as the Arlington Hotel. The Kellys are also the owners and operators of Kelly’s Home for Adults on Route 97 which they opened in 1965 with only 6 beds. They have continuously added to their buildings and now maintain a 72-bed adult home at the site, which is also certified by the state.

The Damascus United Methodist Church celebrated its 125th anniversary on June 27. The first minister is believed to be Isaac Sargeant who came to the area in 1797 and organized a “class” in 1800. The class met in homes of members and in a schoolhouse for many years. In all, 55 ministers have served the Damascus Church.

Miss Pamela Rutledge, daughter of Marilyn and Wayne Rutledge of Abrahamsville, Pa., became the bride of S/Sgt. Dennis Walker, son of Ralph and Lillian Walker of Callicoon, on May 15 at the Holy Cross Church in Callicoon. They will make their home in Portsmouth, N.H., where he is stationed at Pease Air Force Base.

The children of Grace and Donald Milk of Long Eddy will host a 40th wedding anniversary party for their parents on Sunday, July 4, at the Milk home.

Don and Arlene Bradley of White Sulphur Springs were the guests of honor at a surprise 40th anniversary party, hosted by their children on June 6. Their actual date was May 24. Their attendants, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Cox, were on hand to help them celebrate with about 80 other friends and family members.

The 80th annual Narrowsburg Firemen’s 4th of July Celebration is all set. There will be a chicken barbecue at the Big Hangar. The event started in 1902 as a firemen’s picnic with everyone bringing a covered dish.

30 Years Ago - 1992

Sullivan County is looking for a new jail site. Public Works Commissioner Roger Wehr advised the Sullivan County Board of Supervisors Physical Services Committee earlier this week that his office is completing a report of site selection criteria and design, and plans soon to begin searching for a new jail site again.

John LaPolt, current chamber treasurer and a founding member of the organization more than a decade ago, presented the Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce plaque to Ron Gozza, citing his tireless efforts to promote Liberty in his capacity as chairman of the Master Plan Subcommittee.

Three charter members of Tau Chapter, Pi State of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, were on hand to help celebrate the chapter’s 40th anniversary at a dinner at King’s Catering House in Livingston Manor on May 27. They were Charter President Ida Hasbrouck of New Port Richey, Fla., and charter members Doris Chamberlain of Hancock and Bertha Milk of Callicoon. The society, which honors women educators who are outstanding in their contributions to education, was founded May 11, 1921, in Austin, Texas.

John “Sep” Gilmour, one of four talented horse racing brothers, reached his 3000 lifetime win June 14 when he drove Gold Mark to victory at the Monticello Raceway. Of his total wins, over 2,500 have been at the local oval.

The Callicoon Co-Operative Insurance Company of Jeffersonville has received a rare first-time  Grade A by a national rating firm.The board made the risky decision to pursue a rating from A.M. Best in 1987 and news of their acceptance was received this past spring. A.M. Best is among the country’s top independent judges of insurance companies’ performance and efficiency standards. 

20 Years Ago - 2002

Helen Coombe, a little wisp of an 100-year-old silver-haired matriarch – known lovingly throughout the region as “Aunt Helen” – was born on June 29, 1902, and on the same date 100 years later, the Neversink community turned out in force to celebrate her 100th birthday. ... George LaMoree, Helen Coombe’s grandfather, was the first physician to serve the community of Neversink. Her mother Charlotte was born in the area, and her father William Coombe preached from the pulpit at the Grahamsville Reformed Church for many years.

The Livingston Manor Branch of the First National Bank of Jeffersonville held its grand opening Friday at the bank’s new home on Main Street.

Jodi Goodman doesn’t know how she’d get through her days without people like Mary Cade and Rose Garfinkel. The head of volunteer services at Catskill Regional Medical Center is the first to hail the men and women who stop by the hospital daily to lend a hand in the cafeteria, sit and visit with the patients, or decorate the bulletin boards. “Our volunteers are truly the backbone of the industry,” Goodman noted. The hospital annually holds a volunteer dinner to honor the 195 area residents who spend their days aiding the sick and the dying. Among those honored, the top five volunteers for the Grover Hermann Division were Mary Cade, Olga Kulick, Eleanor Glassel, Ann Theadore and Noreen Mudge. For the Seelig Division, the top five volunteers were Rose Garfinkel, Connie Carnazza, Murray Cash, Donna Maiorano, and Ernestine McElhone.

Paul and Katherine Somesia of Fairfield, Connecticut, recently celebrated 60 years of marriage with a surprise party. She is the former Katy Kurpil of Parksville.

10 Years Ago - 2012

John H. Eschenberg died on Friday at 91, having led a life and company that together became known for honesty, reliability and community service. For the 66 years he ran what was simply known as “Eschenberg’s,” John could often be found amidst the hanging belts and endless parts shelves inside his distinctively red shop, the smell of grease and cut grass mixing in the air. John was highway superintendent, then supervisor, of the Town of Delaware. He spent more than a quarter of a century in public service (which included countywide service, as today’s Legislature was then the Board of Supervisors).

In recent weeks, Norfolk-Southern has been replacing rails along its line in western Sullivan County. While the old Erie mainline doesn’t see anywhere near the kind of freight traffic it once did (and the much-missed passenger service), these rails still carry feed to local mills, trash to upstate landfills, and the occasional Metro-North, NJ Transit or NYC Subway car bound for repair shops farther west. 

Four generations of the Gorr family recently reunited when former Jeffersonville Village Clerk Louise Gorr was in Sullivan County from the state of Florida visiting her daughter, Tina Hillriegel, granddaughter Shana Hillriegel, and great granddaughter, Joscelin Anderson. Tina is from Jeffersonville while Shana and Joscelin live in Washington state.

Sullivan West’s board bid farewell last week to members John Reggero and Rose Crotty, student members Kristina Sumfleth and Sam Smith, and Supt. Ken Hilton. Hilton called his time at SW “the high point of my career.” He added that he and wife Annie had “fallen in love with this district” and will remain residents of Jeffersonville. 


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