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110 Years Ago - 1911

The White Steamer touring car belonging to Martin Hermann was totally destroyed by fire on Sunday evening in front of the home of Henry Mauer in the Beechwoods. Mr. Hermann …

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July 6, 2021 Edition


110 Years Ago - 1911

The White Steamer touring car belonging to Martin Hermann was totally destroyed by fire on Sunday evening in front of the home of Henry Mauer in the Beechwoods. Mr. Hermann and his sons, Edgar and Edwin, and Miss Katie Mauer had been visiting at Mr. Mauer’s and while Mr. Hermann was generating steam in the car preparatory to starting home, it back-fired and set the woodwork and trimmings on fire and it was but a few minutes when the car was a wreck. All that remains is the skeleton of a former good car.

On Thursday, T.A. Cook shipped two arctic sleighs to Fred Gerhardt, Valdez, Alaska, which will be used by the Marshal at that place and the post office department to carry mail and supplies from Valdez to Fairbanks, a distance of 300 miles. The sleds weigh 59 pounds and are made of hickory. They cost $125 each. Up to the present they have been unable to secure a sleigh which would make over two round-trips, and Cook’s sleighs are taken on trial and are guaranteed to make 5,000 miles each.

The Waldemere, the new summer boarding house at Shandelee, and the largest, owned by Black and Temple, opened for the season on Saturday.

Miss Anna Kenney of Long Eddy has returned home from Fishkill. She graduated from the high school there and received the award of the five dollar gold piece given by the Board of Education for the highest average.

W.P. Euker of North Branch has purchased the horseshoeing shop of R.C. Gable.

Mr. and Mrs. N.P. Rasmussen are rejoicing over the arrival of a young daughter, born Monday, June 26. They live in Narrowsburg.

On Wednesday night a special car was switched in Cochecton by Train 29 containing five valuable horses and one pony, and four extra line wagons, the property of George Rohlig of Passaic, N.J. en route to his summer home, Edgemere, in Kenoza Lake.

On Thursday night the people of Cochecton were aroused past midnight by the blowing of the whistle at the Pump Station, which later on proved to be a fire signal, and but for the prompt action of the employees, a disastrous conflagration would have occurred, as for some unknown cause a fire broke out in the pump house and was rapidly going upward. By instantly shutting off the pumps and turning on all steam inside further progress was stopped.

At the meeting of the Hudson Valley Firemen’s Association at Mount Vernon last week, Dr. S. Wells of Liberty was elected president for Sullivan County. The association is composed of 110 companies. There were nearly 3,000 firemen in the parade.

Theodore Kline, organizer, established a new Grange at Rileyville, PA., composed of 25 charter members.

100 Years Ago - 1921

Cecil Abraham and Luella Tegeler stole away for an auto trip, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Albert Heineforth, cousins of the former, and when they returned Thursday they announced Mr. Abraham and Miss Tegeler were married in Boyds Mills, June 20. She had graduated three days before from the Damascus High School.

When Elmer and Harry Hermann of the Beechwoods set out for California in May, they promised to give the Democrat’s readers an account of their 3,500-mile trip by rail across the U.S.A detailed account has been received and was printed in the June 29, 1921, issue of the Democrat.

William C. Engelmann, owner and proprietor of the Oakland Hotel at Narrowsburg, has sold his desirable property to Minnie Lubrasky and Samuel Trigoloff of Brooklyn.

Frank P. Reilly, a native of Cochecton, has purchased the Wm. Dermody general store, coal and feed business and takes possession Saturday.

A number of buildings were struck by lightning in the thunder-shower of Thursday, but no fires are reported. In the Beechwoods, the barns of Chas. Marx and John Bauernfeind were hit. The wind during the storm blew off the roof of Benj. Hart’s barn above Callicoon. Sunday, lightning struck the telephone wire leading to Christian Mauer’s home and burned out the fuse. Henry Schumann’s barn in North Branch was blown to the ground during Wednesday’s storm. During the lightning and thunderstorm on Thursday in Fremont Center, the pig pen of Fred Wahl was struck and killed two large pigs. Window panes in the house were shattered and Mrs. E. Wahl was slightly shocked. A bolt struck George Hoffmann’s barn, slivering two posts.

Sunday evening, June 26, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George A. Eller, Edw. T. Wahl of Brooklyn, son of Mr. and Mrs Fred Wahl, and Miss Grace L. Eller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eller, were united in marriage by Rev. J.E. Straub. Miss Mildred Wahl, sister of the groom, and Harry Wahl, brother of the groom, were the attendants.

90 Years Ago - 1931

On Monday morning, June 29, Miss Lillian LaPolt, daughter of Editor and Mrs. Wm. H. LaPolt of Kauneonga Lake, and James V. McCormick of Scranton, PA., were married at St. Peter’s R.C. Church in Monticello.

A very pretty home wedding took place June 24 at high noon when Miss Helen Mary Whitmore, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Whitmore of Fremont Center, became the bride of Harold G. Schaeffer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm Schaeffer of North Branch.

Harry Schuler is adding another attraction to the Tumble Inn in the form of a nine-hole miniature golf course.

Those who suffered damages in Lookout from the storm which passed over the section on June 7, have made all necessary repairs and everything is as fine as before. The sawmill at Duck Harbor, which was blown down, is being rebuilt. Frank Lawson of Binghamton is the carpenter.

Raymond Bauer, who was shoeing a horse, had his leg badly broken by a kick from the horse. We are glad to say he is getting along very nicely and is able to get out on the porch with crutches. — Stalker Corresp.

Mrs. Harriet Joyner of White Sulphur Springs has announced the engagement of her youngest daughter, Sally, to Reginald Schillinger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Schillinger of Ferndale.

80 Years Ago - 1941

Mrs. Corwin Valentine, widow of Corwin Valentine, died June 27 following a six-month illness. She and her late husband operated a funeral home in Damascus before moving to Honesdale in 1935. She passed the examination in January 18, 1940, and became the only licensed woman mortician in Wayne County.

Miss Mary C. Vitarelle, secretary to County Welfare Commissioner Margaret Engert, became the bride of E.F. Ferrara, principal of the Long Eddy High School, on Saturday of last week.

Miss Anna, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred J. Lahm of Callicoon, and George, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Theadore of Buck Brook, were united in marriage at the Callicoon Center parsonage by Rev. John F. Straub on June 27.

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Hennig of Cochecton are the parents of a son born Saturday; Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Schumacher are the parents of a daughter, born Friday; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Heidt of Jeffersonville are the parents of a son, born Friday, all at the Callicoon Hospital. Mrs. Valleau Curtis and infant daughter of Callicoon were discharged during the week; also Mrs. Frank Fulton and infant son and Mrs. Melvin Bauernfeind and infant son.

The milk strike, started yesterday and sponsored by the Dairy Farmers’ Union, was in its second day on July 3. About one-third of the milk was withheld from the Jeffersonville plant. Roscoe and Youngsville are said to have received very little milk yesterday. A meeting of the patrons of the Dairymen’s League plants at Hankins, Callicoon and Cochecton, was held at the local plant and the vote was overwhelmingly in favor of continuance of deliveries to the plants.

Rev. and Mrs. Charles W. McClure celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on June 26.

Ellen Leona, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leary Monington of Damascus, and Frederick L. Williams of Abrahamsville were married in the Damascus Methodist Church. They will make their home at Callicoon.

Back in 1902, the Narrowsburg Fire Department decided to celebrate Independence Day with some sort of a firemen’s picnic. They reasoned that the newly organized firemen would welcome an opportunity to display their newly acquired red flannel shirts, and the picnic would also provide funds to further the Firemen’s dream of purchasing one of those new fangled 12-man water pumps. The 1902 picnic was very successful and this year for the 39th time, the firemen are again making ready for their July 4th celebration.

The pounding of rivet hammers echoing through the Delaware Valley at Barryville gives promise that the orange colored structure now stretching across the river at this point will carry traffic about the middle of August. The new bridge, which will replace the 70-year-old one lane wooden structure, will be a three truss steel span with a concrete floor. Work on the new bridge was begun about the middle of July 1940 and is expected to be finished in time for the Route 97 celebration in August of this year.

70 Years Ago - 1951

At the Callicoon Hospital, it was a son to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Simpson on Thursday; a son, Friday, to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Decker of Tyler Hill; a daughter, Sunday, to Mr. and Mrs Anthony Hawker of Narrowsburg; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Roberts of Narrowsburg on Tuesday; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Sheard of Honesdale, on Wednesday. It was a son to Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Houghtaling of Callicoon on Tuesday.

The marriage of Miss Shirley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Percy Kohler, and Pvt. Fred W. Stabbert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred W. Stabbert of Callicoon, took place on Sunday afternoon, July 1, at the Presbyterian Church in Jeffersonville. Rev. Joseph Kovach, pastor of the church, officiated. A reception for 100 guests followed in the church parlors.

Miss Pauline Senko of New York City and Charles W. Klein of Delaware Ave., Callicoon, were united in marriage on July 3 by Judge Brodie of Honesdale.

No interference with preliminary work on the alterations to the basement of the court house in Monticello in addition to two rooms to the front of the building developed last week despite threats of union representatives three weeks ago that trouble would develop unless union help was employed.    Work on the improvements was begun by employees of the Martin Herman Lumber Co., Inc., of Callicoon, which hold the $64,695 general contract. The local company has also been contracted to perform the work of laying a new floor in the gymnasium of the Monticello High School on St. John’s St. School district voters had appropriated $30,000 for the repairs.

A large number of people attended the opening of Leo and Rita Rosenberger’s new store in Hortonville. The door prize was won by Wilma Mauer and the consolation prize by Paul Gillow.

60 Years Ago - 1961

Jake LaMotta, former middleweight champion of the world, is resting at Arcy’s Wayside Cottage Motel in Cochecton Center. LaMotta and his old friend, Pete Petrello, may give a boxing exhibition at Arcy’s in the near future. Mr. Petrello is president of Callicoon Dress, Inc.

Mr. and Mrs. George Schaefer of Jeffersonville announce the engagement of their daughter, Winnie Mae, to John J. Grishaber, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Grishaber, also of Jeffersonville… Joan LaPlante of Tioga Center and Theodore N. Nearing of Cochecton will be married on September 16 at Tioga Center. …The engagement of Judith Ann Loewe of Seaford, L.I., and Lester C. Long, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Long of Callicoon has been announced.

Nancy Lou Ryan of Utica and Lt. John Gnan of Jeffersonville were married on June 24 in Rochester.

The Kiwanis Club of Callicoon is planning to run their 2nd annual horse show on July 30 at the Youth Center Field. There will be two rings of approximately 175x200 going at the same time.

Dr. Victor G. Bourke of Livingston Manor was honored for a half-century as a physician and surgeon at a testimonial dinner held at the Grossinger Hotel on Thursday evening. Supreme Court Justice William Deckelman praised Dr. Bourke for his long service and his devotion to medicine.

50 Years Ago - 1971

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Schaeffer of Jeffersonville celebrated their (June 24) 40th wedding anniversary with a dinner party on June 27 at the home of her sister, Mrs. Thelma Herbert in Fremont Center.

A fire of undetermined origin completely destroyed the main building of Arcy’s Hotel and Motel at Cochecton Center on June 24. The building housed the kitchen, dining room, eight guest rooms and the living quarters for the owners, Bob and Caroline Fountain.

Holy Cross School in Callicoon, a Roman Catholic parochial school, closed its doors to students with the graduation of its final class on June 10. The lack of Sisters to teach in the school forced the final closing. The school began in September 1925, with approximately twenty children, under the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany. In 1953, a new school was constructed and the Sisters and one hundred and fifteen children moved into the new facility on November 7, 1954.

Herman F. Reber, 70, of Route 97, died at his home in Barryville. He was the owner/manager of Reber’s Hotel in Barryville, well-known for its German cuisine.

Miss Kathleen F. Long and John T. Eschenberg were united in marriage on June 19 at Holy Cross Church, Callicoon.

Miss Nancy Theadore, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Theadore, Roscoe, RD 2, received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Keuka College in commencement exercises held June 13.

A four-year effort by Paul Grossinger resulted last week in a $386,000 grant from the Statler Foundation in Buffalo to be used to equip the hotel technology department at the new Loch Sheldrake campus of Sullivan County Community College.

40 Years Ago -1981

Fine art, country crafts and health testing will be featured at the July 19 tenth anniversary fair open house and hospital tour at the Grover M. Hermann Division of Community General Hospital, according to Joan Sykes, president of the auxiliary. The only satellite facility to be built in New York State that year, the hospital opened its doors in 1971.

Fourteen members of the Class of 1956 returned to Callicoon on June 28 for the 25th anniversary of their graduation from Delaware Valley Central School.

The Callicoon Center Band, under the direction of James Newton, held its first seasonal concert on Wednesday night at the band shell in Callicoon Center. More than 75 people enjoyed the entertainment.

George Pierro of White Sulphur Springs has been elected president of the newly organized Catskill Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. Also serving with him are Al Roosa, secretary; Stu Heller, treasurer; Bill Fraser, vice president; and directors Clyde Muthig, Jim Massaro, Carl Lindsley, Ted Kemp and Doug Lindsley.

Everyone is geared up for a fun-filled 4th of July weekend. Narrowsburg will host its annual field day and parade; Roscoe has a street fair; Hankins has a barbecue and Wurtsboro will entertain the “Roaring ’20s,” all on the 5th.

30 Years Ago - 1991

The Jeffersonville Volunteer Fire Department participated in the June 15 Catskill Fire-Cats Antique Fire Apparatus Show and Monster and garnered seven trophies for their efforts. Their 1921 Rio truck took a first in pumping; the 1933 Diamond T Fire Engine placed second in pumping and also took a first place in the most unique truck category. The ladies placed first in a hose contest; second in the Midnight Alarm contest. The men took a first in hose rolling.

Brenda Lauterstein of Monticello was recently crowned Miss Southeastern New York Teen at a pageant held at the Days Inn in Liberty. She is the daughter of Dr. Joseph Lauterstein and will attend Ithaca College in fall studying humanities and sciences.

Twenty-one past commanders and 17 past presidents of the Sullivan County Council and Ladies Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars, were honored at a dinner held at Scalawag’s in Monticello on May 18. Al and Esther Etkin of the Bailey-Richmond Post and Auxiliary No. 9588, Monticello, were the chairmen of this first annual event.

A 32-page supplement to the Sullivan County Democrat honored the 1991 graduates in a special section of the popular county newspaper.

Two Sullivan County youths were killed in two separate accidents over the weekend. Kevin Barry, 19, of South Fallsburg, was killed in a head-on accident in Mongaup Valley and Isandel Cabrero, 17, of Hurleyville was killed when he failed to negotiate a turn and hit a tree. A Monticello women was killed when a  truck backed over her in Monticello.

Of 89 votes cast, 82 were in favor of the purchase of three modulars to alleviate the overcrowding at the Jeffersonville-Youngsville school.

The Narrowsburg Fire Department is planning their 89th annual Fourth of July parade for this weekend. Scheduled to be the biggest one since 1953, when the Town of Tusten celebrated its 100th anniversary, a special welcome is planned for the veterans of Desert Storm.

20 Years Ago - 2001

On Tuesday, June 26, the Fallsburg Town Board took the first step in the process of accepting the title to the Community Resource Center building (the old Fallsburg School and the first campus of Sullivan County Community College) on Laurel Avenue in South Fallsburg, to create a new town hall. The transformation depends upon the town receiving a grant through the USDA Rural Development Program and the New York State Small Cities Program.

The volunteers who put in the most hours during the year 2000 at Community General Hospital were honored last Thursday night: Rose Garfinkel, Connie Carnazza, Evelyn Haas, Donna Maiorano, Ernestine McElhone, Murray Cash, Eileen Ernst, Fanny Markovic, Gerard Sharpe, Gilbert Arvidson, Mary Cade, Eleanor Glassel, Marie Zalesky, Olga Kulick, and Noreen Mudge.

William and Patricia Engel of Callicoon Center announce the engagement of their daughter, Kathryn Patricia, to Christopher Joseph Pierson, son of Joseph and Jean Pierson of Saratoga. An August 2002 wedding is planned.

Brian and Jodi Yewchuck of White Sulphur Springs announce the arrival of a daughter, Bailey Nicole, born May 18, 2001, at the Horton Medical Center in Middletown. Paternal grandparents are Daniel and Carol Yewchuck of Cochecton Center. Ira and Barbara Rudick of Liberty are the maternal grandparents. Bailey is the first great-grandchild of Rita Faubel Yewchuck of Jeffersonville and the late Walter F. Yewchuck.

Ed and Bettie Muller of Hortonville announce the birth of their fourth grandchild, Katrina Marie Hazen, daughter of Elizabeth and Jim Hazen, who was born May 21, 2001. She joins an older brother Christopher at home.

10 Years Ago - 2011

Though it began with high hopes, Environmental Technologies’ experimental vertical shaft wind turbine never made it past preliminary tests at Sullivan County Community College’s Loch Sheldrake campus. College President Golladay confirmed that the turbine will be dismantled. She said the turbine gearbox could not work together properly with the turbine shafts while they spun by the wind - at least not enough to generate sufficient power.

Sarah Lander of Narrowsburg was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society at Fairfield University.

In 2007, Darryl Poole, a resident of Monticello, began suffering from kidney failure. For the next three years he was on dialysis while going through numerous tests in order to find a compatible donor. Fortunately he found two donor matches, his nephews Elanzo and Vernon Poole, and both readily volunteered to go through with the procedure. More tests were done and Elanzo was chosen to donate, as he had a slightly stronger match. The procedure went through successfully.

Although he remains interested in the property, developer Ilwon Kang dropped out of the planned auction of the approximately 60 acres up for sale next to the Delaware Valley school in Callicoon.


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