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140 Years Ago - 1880

Mark Twain and his wife passed over the Erie last week as sole occupants of a chartered car, The Tri-States Union.

Callicoon — A.E. Wenzel has gone to Cincinnati to …

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July 7, 2020 Edition


140 Years Ago - 1880

Mark Twain and his wife passed over the Erie last week as sole occupants of a chartered car, The Tri-States Union.

Callicoon — A.E. Wenzel has gone to Cincinnati to attend the great presidential convention and look over the Millers' International Exhibition… Mr. Joseph Seiberg has been making a great improvement in his buildings. He has had a heavy sheet iron roof laid over the old shingle roof. Louis German, our able tinsmith, did all the work.

Rudolph Englehart died June 20, 1880 at Jeffersonville, at the age of 70.

Margaret Neiger, wife of Casper Neiger, died at Pike Pond, at the age of 42 on June 22nd.

North Branch — Several of Charles Wilson's children are seriously ill. They are attended by Dr. Kemp of Callicoon Depot.… A Strawberry and Ice Cream Festival for the benefit of Rev. William Fuller was held in this place on Wednesday last… Mr. F. Kohler has just completed a larger addition to his house, 26x36 feet, two stories high and containing 10 rooms. The carpentry was done by Samuel French and the masonry by Philip Erdman.

Editor Sprague of the Register made us a call on Monday.

According to the enumerator's figures, there were 137 inhabitants in Long Eddy on June 1, 1880.

Somebody cut off the tail of Mr. William Weber's ox in Beechwoods, while that gentleman was taking dinner one day last week.

John Manny has been giving his store a new roof.

According to the census, within the corporation limits, Monticello has a population of 940, just seven more than in 1875.

The census figures are that Jeffersonville has a population of 246 and Youngsville 113.

130 Years Ago - 1890

Curtis Alley of Kenoza Lake will hold an opening dance on his new platform on Saturday evening June 28. He assures a good time.

Roscoe and Rockland are growing so rapidly that incorporating the two villages into one is talked of.

Livingston Manor, June 17 — T.A. Ray moved into his new house last Thursday… Web Sherwood is repairing his barroom in his hotel.… F.J. Sherwood has the foundation laid for the erection of a new cottage on River Street.

Chris Bauernfeind of North Branch called on us Monday.

Peter Wagner and wife of Roscoe were in town on Sunday.

Conrad Metzger has gone to court this week on jury duty.

Fred J. Stephenson and Maggie Finney, both of Bethel, were married on Wednesday last week.

Wanted — a good cook who understands making butter — two cows. Address, Mrs. E.W. Fairchild, Monticello, NY — ADV.

Special County Judge John Roosa will be married next Wednesday to Miss Carrie Jones.

Hon. John P. Jones of Nevada, in a great speech the other day, said that our national wealth today is over $60 billion. If we had half of that in Jeffersonville, we would build a railroad all the way to Monticello.

120 Years Ago - 1900

Caroline Duttweiler, wife of August Wehner, died at her home at Bainbridge Friday. She was a daughter of the late Martin Duttweiler of Jeffersonville and was about 50 years old. Her husband and four children survive together with one brother, Jacob, and two sisters, Mrs. John Wilfert, and Mrs. Charles Lyon of this place.

Philip C. Hook died at his home in Fremont Center, June 18, aged 72. He was one of the first settlers of that area, having settled there when the town was a dense wilderness.

George Knell Jr. of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., is staying at the home of his uncle, Peter Hubert.

Misses Adele Calkins and Lila Monroe of Liberty are spending a few days with Miss Kate Yager in Callicoon.

They are catching some good sized black bass out of Kenoza Lake of late. The other day, Wirt Moulthrop hauled in one which weighed one ounce less than 5 pounds.

Rudolph M. Lieb of Jeffersonville and Miss Edna J. Ludlow of Clark Summit, Pa., were married at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Ludlow, on June 20. The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lieb and recently established himself in the blacksmithing business at Clark Summit where he has been for the past couple years.

Miss Annie Eggler of Jeffersonville and William Felix of New York were married in the city on Tuesday and came to the home of the bride's parents, Melchior Eggler and wife, in this village that evening where a tin pan serenade was given the young couple.

George Metzger has traded his road team to John Staib for the latter's horse and $115 to boot. Mr. Staib seems to have taken a fancy to fast "horses."

As a result of examinations held in Liberty for teachers' certificates, second grade certificates have been awarded to Elizabeth Clark of DeBruce and Ella Darbee of Roscoe. Third grade certificates were awarded to Ralph Bird and Sidney Royce of Jeffersonville, Harriet Conklin of Willowemoc and Francis Wilson of White Sulphur Springs.

110 Years Ago - 1910

White Sulphur Springs, June 21 — Miss Iva Edwards, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred E. Edwards, was married to Decker Chaffee of Liberty June 15. They will reside on the Chaffee farm where the groom has erected a handsome up-to-date residence.

Frederic W. Kurtz and Miss Clara M. Mathern were married at the Kenoza Lake parsonage yesterday after which they went by auto to Liberty where they took the train to New York for their honeymoon.

Miss Lillian Weltsch of Jeffersonville was graduated as a trained nurse from the German Hospital in Brooklyn this week.

Harry Young of New York has bought Mrs. Bischoff's house at Hortonville and opened a licensed hotel and amusement place there.

At the special school meeting in Delaware District No. 4 below this village, Friday night, it was voted to build a story on the present schoolhouse for the purpose of employing a second teacher next term. The committee appointed to take charge of the work is composed of Charles Gabriel, Fred Schwartz and George Puerschner.

Philip Hess and family of Fremont were guests of Wm. Kohler's Sunday.

W. Becker, the druggist, is opening a branch store at Lake Huntington for the summer.

Arthur Durr is running the delivery wagon for Baker Huggler, who is working up a large trade.

Ed A. Brand, the monument dealer, is getting out headstones for the graves of the late Valentine Schmidt and Wm. F. Schmidt and wife in the Reformed Cemetery.

George Lindt of Kenoza Lake and Miss Minnie Hauser of New York were married in the city on June 15.

During the thunderstorm on Friday evening, lightning struck the residence of Jacob Klein at White Sulphur Springs, demolishing the chimney and extensively damaging the interior of the house.

Mrs. James Deppa Sr. of Briscoe died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Wm. Jones, at Liberty at the age of 80 on Monday night.

Tennanah, June 20 — The Kingswood Cottage has been rented for the season by city parties. Miss Margate Misner has returned home from a few days at Parksville. Quite a number of boarders are stopping around the lake. The new mansion on the Fickett farm is almost completed.

100 Years Ago - 1920

The monument to be erected in memory of Capt. John Graham and others killed by Indians under Brandt at Chestnut Woods in the town of Neversink, will probably be dedicated in September, near Grahamsville. The great-grandmother of Mrs. Torby of Beaverkill was one of the four women who escaped with their lives from the massacre. Her husband and two brothers were slain and she with her daughter, Mrs. Torby's grandmother, in her arms, walked back to her former home in Litchfield, Conn., through the woods.

The employees in the Callicoon plant of the Callicoon Cooperative Dairy Association recently went on strike for an increase in wages and one morning refused to go to work until their demand was granted. The directors of the association got together and granted the increase. The increase in wages amounts to about $5,000 a year.

L. Wm. Hones of Roscoe has turned the Review plant over to his sons, Walter and Edward, for a year, and will take a change from the newspaper grind.

Charles Mages, on the Beechwoods road, yesterday sold his 54-acre farm, formerly known as the Miller place, to Charles Geib, who recently sold his farm in Beechwoods to his son, William.

Abraham Fuchs of Livingston Manor, who was injured when the automobile in which he was riding on May 4 collided with a tree near the Strongtown railroad crossing, died at Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York, last week.

A daughter was born June 8 to Mr. and Mrs. John Sherer of East Hill.

A son arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Norris of White Sulphur Springs, June 14.

Prof. Roser from upstate will be the principal of the Roscoe High School next term, and Rev. H.A. Smith will teach physical training there. Principal Horton will take a year off from teaching because of poor health.

90 Years Ago - 1930

Francis J. Froelich, aged 24, of Fremont Center, was drowned about 11 o'clock last Friday night while swimming in Hoffman Lake, a couple of miles above the Center.

Two more slot machines fell to the net of Sheriff Gerow's raiders over the weekend. One was taken Saturday night from the barbershop of James Tweed at Eldred and another from the Swan Lake Casino, conducted by Fred Goldman.

Many people borrow trouble, while most of us can get all we want for nothing.

The Low Pond property, near Callicoon Center, owned lately by Fred Beyer and sold at partition sale on May 31, was bought by the Callicoon Center Realty Co., composed of Fred Hessinger, Winfield Hessinger, Joseph Huff, George Bohl and Harry Schuler. The company has already started alterations on the house and will have it for rent very shortly. The new name is Lake Anawanda. The beach has all been cleaned up and a store for refreshments and bath houses are being built by contractor Ernest Leinhass. Harry Hahn will be there seven days a week to take care of boats, etc.

Vincent Lechner of Brooklyn spent the weekend with Miss Louise Fippanger at Oscar Will's.

Oliver Erdman is home from the city on vacation.

William Lieb will drive to Albany tomorrow to attend a reception and dinner in the evening in honor of Charles H. Johnson, the new grand master of the Masons in the state. Mrs. Leib will accompany her husband on the trip to keep him on the “straight and narrow path.”

Ernest Frimpel Jr. and Robert Bollinger were weekend guests at the Fimpel cottage.

Miss Evelyn Ranft left yesterday by bus to spend a couple of months at Summit Lake Camp for girls near Central Valley.

80 Years Ago - 1940

William G. VonBerg of Jeffersonville, who was graduated from Syracuse University last week, will leave shortly for Camp Dix, N.J., for two weeks as a second lieutenant in the Reserve Officers Corps.

Miss Evelyn M. Weber, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Weber of Jeffersonville, was graduated with a degree of bachelor of science in home economics from Cornell on June 17. She will take a position at Michigan State College at East Lansing, Mich., in September.

Milton Frankel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Frankel of Jeff, graduated June 15 from the Michigan University.

Miss Lillian Kraack of Lake Huntington graduated June 11 from New Paltz.

Albert VanDyke has resigned as Mayor of Liberty and Paul Killian has been appointed Mayor. Attorney Albert T. Decker has been appointed trustee in Killian's place.

70 Years Ago - 1950

The Board of Directors of Maimonides Hospital has voted to build a 50-bed, half million dollar addition.

The Lions Field in Jeff will be dedicated on Sunday with brief addresses by Hon. William Deckelman, District Governor Paul Pachin of the Lions and Principal Erwin L. Baker.

On June 18, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Michel of Hurd baptized their daughter, Joanne Martha, in the Lutheran Church.

A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Clark on Monday.

Mrs. Eva M. Loeffler, 70, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Eva Pfeiffer of Obernburg on June 14. She was a native of Germany.

60 Years Ago - 1960

Miss Mary Ann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Hermann, Callicoon, became the bride of Charles "Bob" White of Cochecton, June 29 at the Hortonville Presbyterian Church.

Mr. and Mrs. William Kimmes of Youngsville have announced the engagement of their daughter, Ruth, to George, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Schumacher of Long Island City.

A crowd estimated at over 17,000 witnessed the largest parade the county of Sullivan has ever seen, as the Annual Convention of the Hudson Valley Firemen's Association drew to a close. The line of march alone included 6,000 with 127 companies participating, 44 auxiliaries and 75 musical organizations.

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Moller who were married Friday, June 25, in Greenwich Village.

A son was born Monday to Mr. and Mrs. David Qualls of Cochecton at the Callicoon Hospital.

A bridal shower was given to Suzanne Hermann on June 30 at the Callicoon VFW Hall. She will be married in September to Arthur William Hennig.

50 years ago - 1970

Each of the six pilots in the Blue Angels at Sullivan International Airport over the weekend had flown a minimum of 120 missions in Vietnam. The six flight demonstration pilots fly the tightest diamond formation in the world. They were the main attraction, at the dedication of the Sullivan County International Airport on Sunday.

Sgt. Walter I. Neer Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Neer of Long Eddy, has returned to the states after spending a year in Thailand.

A son, Michael Edward, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Walter McKeen on Saturday making the score two girls and two boys.

Approximately 145 persons attended the retirement dinner for Mrs. Sara Gully at King's Sunday night.

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Newham of Calicoon Center are the parents of a daughter born last week. She has an older sister.

The state convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary of the Department of New York was held at the Concord Hotel last week.

40 Years Ago - 1980

Miss Mary Ann Pytak of Mineola, LI, became the bride of Richard Dirie of Livingston Manor on May 24 at a ceremony performed at St. Francis Church in Youngsville… Charlene Bolotnick of Mountaindale and William L. Hall of Ellenville were married June 21 in a garden wedding.

On Sunday morning, a new Class A pumper was delivered to the Callicoon Fire Department to replace the 1954 pumper they had. Al Meyer, chairman of the commissioners of the fire district, presented the truck to Fire Chief Frank Hahn. The $67,000 pumper has a Cummings Diesel engine with an Allison automatic transmission, a Duplex-chassis and a FMC body. It carries 500 gallons of water and has a 1000 gal. per minute Hale single-stage pump. It has a five man cab.

Miss Mary Patton of Hurleyville and Watis McNeil of Havre De Grace, Md., will be married in the winners circle at the Monticello Raceway on Saturday and the couple will be presented to track goers during the 1st race by members of the Hurleyville Civic Association.

Dedication of the new Holy Cross Church, just west of Callicoon, is to be held on Sunday, July 20. Terence Cardinal Cooke, Archbishop of New York, and Mrs. Lillian Carter, mother of the president of the United States, are expected to be present.

30 Years Ago - 1990

A new 200-bed jail, as well as a fully renovated existing jail, appeared to be early casualties of the cost-cutting process as the Sullivan County Board of Supervisors met Wednesday to begin working on the 1991 budget.

Kellam's Bridge officially opened to traffic yesterday, following three years of interrupted service caused by an extensive repair project.

Split sessions are likely for Eldred School in the wake of the latest budget defeat. Space is so scarce that students are meeting in janitorial supply closets. Superintendents Anthony Lanni said that if growth continues at the present rate, the district will have to go to split sessions by the 1991-92 school year.

Father Robert F. Porpora, formerly of Rock Hill, was ordained a Catholic priest at a ceremony at St. Patrick's Cathedral on May 12 and offered his first Mass the following day at St. Peter's in Monticello. He was brought up in Rock Hill where his family members have operated the Dodge Inn Restaurant for 70 years.

June Repko, Payroll superintendent at Community General Hospital in Harris, has been named the CGH Employee of the Month. She has been employed at the hospital since 1977.

The weekend of June 23-24 saw seniors of Sullivan County receive their high school diplomas. The BOCES special education program graduated 14 students. Delaware Valley in Callicoon graduated 32; Eldred had 47 who received diplomas. There were 51 graduates in an outdoor ceremony at Fallsburg and 187 seniors graduated from Honesdale, Pa., High School. Other schools and their graduates were, Jeffersonville-Youngsville, 47; Liberty, 90; Livingston Manor, 48; Monticello, 181; Narrowsburg, 16; Roscoe, 33, and Tri-Valley, 57.

Pearl Dumond, retired Loch Sheldrake postmaster, was surprised with a family gathering at the post office Thursday to celebrate her nine years as postmaster, 24 years in the postal service and her last day of active duty.

Linda Loughrey has been promoted from head bookkeeper to comptroller at Monticello Raceway. She has worked at MR for 21 years.

20 Years Ago - 2000

The Delaware Valley School Class of 2000 graduated with 37 in its ranks. Elsewhere in the region, the number of students receiving diplomas totalled: Eldred, 44; Fallsburg, 86; Hancock, 52; Jeffersonville-Youngs­ville, 66; Liberty, 75; Livingston Manor, 37; Honesdale, Pa., 211; Monticello, 150; Narrowsburg, 25; Roscoe, 26; and Tri-Valley, 76.

The community is rallying around Roscoe toddler Chase Molinari and his family. Chase was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer known as Ewing's sarcoma on May 30. The son of Carrie and Keith Molinari, the 15-month-old will need extended chemotherapy treatments to keep the cancer in check.

The Bethel Senior Housing Development in Kauneonga Lake opened its doors Friday to the community and especially to local senior citizens.

A memorial to Edward Ken­nedy Sr. was dedicated on Memorial Day weekend at the Monticello High School athletic fields. A monument was unveiled in honor of Kennedy (1931-1998), who served the Monticello School District as teacher, coach, and athletic director from 1956-1986. Monticello Board of Education member Robert Rosengard recalled Kennedy as “[understanding] that the desire to win must be tempered by the need to be a good human being. He never lost sight of his purpose… [he knew] how much more important character is than winning.”

10 Years Ago - 2010

The White Sulphur Springs Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary organized a yard/bake sale and Trike-A-Thon fundraiser that raised close to $6,000 that will go to an overdue need for a new playground at the Firemen's Park in White Sulphur Springs. The main event was to watch about 20 firemen line up at the park's entrance and race the length of the driveway - the catch being that they were riding tricycles and had to keep their behinds on the seats at all times. Sue Dewitt of the Auxiliary remarked it was one of the biggest fundraisers the organization has done.

The Sullivan West school board has officially put the Narrowsburg school up for sale. Asking price: at least $700,000 its appraised market value. Meanwhile, a committee of community members have been working with the district to identify the best use for the Narrowsburg school. Narrowsburg resident Jane Luchsinger reported to the board that the group had identified the best use as a “boutique hotel,” given that the building sits in the middle of Narrowsburg's densest residential area along a main route into town.

Around 80 water enthusiasts gathered at Kittatinny Canoes' Barryville base to kick off the first day of the Upper Delaware River Sojourn. Sponsored in part by the Upper Delaware Preservation Coalition, the weeklong event took canoeists and kayakers along some of the Delaware's most scenic stretches, including several miles from Barryville to Sullivan County's southernmost point and into Orange County. This year's theme was “Bridging the Delaware Valley - Connecting Communities.”


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