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June 21 , 2022 Edition

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Posted 6/21/22

110 Years Ago - 1912

During the heavy storm last Tuesday afternoon, a small-sized cyclone swept through Beechwoods, ruining orchards and damaging trees that were in its course of destruction. …

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June 21 , 2022 Edition


110 Years Ago - 1912

During the heavy storm last Tuesday afternoon, a small-sized cyclone swept through Beechwoods, ruining orchards and damaging trees that were in its course of destruction. Eight large apple trees in Ronald Pfeiffer’s orchard were ripped up by the roots and strewn around the neighborhood, one being carried into Fred Long’s woods.

The dedication of the M.E. Church in Stalker will take place on Sunday. Services will be held morning, afternoon and evening.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. T. Vaughn of Stalker, Pa., a son, Sunday, June 2nd.

Miss Lulu G., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. A. Gregg of Galilee, Pa., and Perry E. Griffith of Tyler Hill, Pa., were united in marriage June 5th at the Damascus Methodist Parsonage by Rev. F.E. Moyer.

Jacob Zieres of Cochecton and Mrs. Amelia Menzler of Jersey City were married at the Kenoza Lake M.E. Parsonage Wednesday morning by Rev. K.M. Reynolds. They were attended by Mr. and Mrs. George L. Sauer of Cochecton. There is a little romance connected with this marriage. About twenty years ago Mr. Zieres and his first wife had charge of a large estate at Mt. Pocono and there became acquainted with Mrs. Menzler, who was then single and was employed as cook at the estate. Mr. Zieres removed to Cochecton in 1893 and after the death of Mrs. Zieres last fall he sought the whereabouts  of Mrs. Menzler, who since leaving Mt. Pocono was married, and lost her husband five years ago. He finally located her a short time ago in Jersey City and induced her to come and keep house for him. Their marriage yesterday was the outcome of their first meeting over 20 years ago.

A daughter was recently born to Mr. and Mrs. Ed Eggler of Jeffersonville.

Fremont Center Postmaster F.S. Bury went to Binghamton Friday and on Sunday, June 2nd, was married to Miss Ila Skinner. They spent their honeymoon at Niagara.

The marriage of Ralph Tegeler and Miss Lillian Canfield of near Galilee has been announced to take place at the home of the bride’s parents on June 11.

100 Years Ago - 1922

Having been chosen as the site for a hospital by the government for the care of convalescent veterans of the World War, Liberty is now engaged in securing a subscription of $30,000 to purchase three farms aggregating 200 acres for its location. The site chosen is on the road to White Sulphur Springs. It is expected the hospital will accommodate 500 beds and will cost $1,500,000.

A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. John Kellam of Abrahamsville on June 5.

Mr. and Mrs. Chapell Peake of Hankins are hired to teach the Hankins two-department school next year.

Lester C. Miller, the blacksmith at North Branch, and Miss Evelyn E. Brining of Lake Huntington, were united in marriage by Rev. Musselman at the manse in Cochecton on June 6.

Miss Edna L. Mosher of Damascus and Arthur Shepstone of Wallkill were married June 11 at the Damascus M.E. Church. They had dinner with Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Knight in Callicoon and then departed on the train for a wedding trip.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. John Cochrane of Fosterdale, a son, June 7… A son was born June 8 to Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Ropke of Lava… It was a girl, June 11, to Mr. and Mrs. B. Karp of Lake Huntington.

90 Years Ago - 1932

Irving C. Kratz of the Beechwoods and Miss Mae Rosenberger of Callicoon will be united in marriage at the North Branch Lutheran Church on June 19.

Miss Minnie McCoach of Cochecton Center and Harry Starck of Callicoon were united in marriage on June 12 at the home of the bride’s grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hadden… Miss Clara B. Froehlich of Fremont Center and Charles A. Bestenheider Jr. of North Branch were married on June 8 by Rev. Fr. Dominic at St. Mary’s Church in Obernburg. Miss Genevieve H. Milk was the bridesmaid and Walter F. Neumann was best man.

At a meeting of the Anderson Hook and Ladder and Terwilliger Hose Co. Monday evening it was decided that the fire siren should be sounded when the fire truck is called to a fire out of town at night. Heretofore the firemen have been summoned by telephone but some who would have gone have not been reached in this manner.

George W. Sipple, the Delaware Valley Express man, is sporting a new Studebaker van style truck which he drove in from New York on Saturday. Everyone is glad for his success.

All early gardens and crops were struck by a killing frost Wednesday morning.

A building lot, 70 by 80 feet, was donated to the East Cochecton Social Society by George Just and Harry Bertsch and is located near the East Cochecton school house. They plan to erect a hall in which to hold meetings and where all of the functions of the community might be held. A large part of the funds with which the building will be erected were raised by the East Cochecton Bible Class.

80 Years Ago - 1942

Wedding bells rang loud and clear the end of May and beginning of June. May 31 was the date of the wedding of Helen Botsford Kellam of Honesdale, Pa., to Edward William of Carbondale, Pa.… Miss Ruth Dein of Narrowsburg became the bride of Arthur H. Beilman of Hawley, Pa., on June 6… Miss Lillie M. Reid became the bride of Albert P. Hornung on May 30… On May 31, Miss Mariba Bischoff became the bride of Pvt. John Walter Johnson in Cape May Point.

A fire of known origin broke out in the projection booth of the Callicoon Theater at 4:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Proprietor Howard Lesser and Thomas Manouse were in the booth when the fire started. It is estimated that considerable damage will be caused.

Plans for commencement exercises in the Callicoon and Long Eddy schools are underway. The Callicoon seniors voted to abandon the annual Class Night as a patriotic measure to help conserve tires and gasoline.

Lem Rowland, 65, one of the last of old Delaware River raftsmen, was prevented by death from fulfilling his greatest ambition – to make one more trip down the river on a log raft. After working for weeks to get logs with which to build a 20x120 foot raft, he joined his crew and shoved off. Before the big flat had traveled more than a mile, Mr. Rowland dropped dead of a heart attack.

At the Callicoon Hospital it was a daughter on Friday to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Doyle of Long Eddy; Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Rasmussen of Narrowsburg are the parents of a son, born Saturday; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Weyer of Callicoon are the parents of a son, born Sunday.

Word has been received of the death of Corp. Robert H. Taylor in British Columbia where he was stationed with the 74th Light Pontoon Engineer Co., sent to Canada some months ago.

Everyone is invited to attend the Flag Day services on June 14 at the Presbyterian Church in Jeffersonville, which will be conducted by the Girl Scouts. It is also the culmination of the week’s celebration of the 130th anniversary of the church.

70 Years Ago - 1952

A church model Hammond organ has been installed in the Hortonville Presbyterian Church.

In an impressive ceremony on the hospital grounds, the cornerstone of the Liberty Maimonides Hospital and Grossinger Clinic was laid on June 8 before a large throng of citizens from the entire area. The actual laying of the cornerstone was performed by Mrs. Jennie Grossinger and Harry M. Beck, assisted by J.M. Beck.

Engert’s Appliances has opened a new store in Callicoon on May 29. Over 200 persons attended the open house.

Miss Ruth Maxson was guest of honor at a bridal shower on Saturday evening. She will become the bride of George Niven June 14.

Mr. and Mrs. Cameron Meyer celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary on June 6, in Lake Huntington. 

The far-famed Endicott-Johnson Workers’ Chorus of 100 male voices will present a musical variety show in Livingston Manor on July 25.

The Victory Chain will open its first supermarket in this area at Monticello about July 1. It will be located at 237 Broadway. The Victory has had a store in Monticello about 20 years, located across the street at 248 Broadway.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Mall of Jeffersonville became the parents of a baby girl at the Liberty-Loomis Hospital on Friday. Mr. and Mrs. John Amback of Roscoe are the parents of a daughter born June 3 at the same hospital.

Mr. and Mrs. John Flem of Hankins celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary with a dinner party at the Olympia Hotel in Callicoon on June 5. On Saturday evening they were surprised with a party by friends and neighbors at their home.

60 Years Ago - 1962

The new Ford truck of the North Branch Fire Department arrived recently and is already in service.

David C. Bult, a graduate of DVCS and currently a student at Orange Community College, has received honorable mention on the All-East Basketball Squad for the year 1962-63.

Mr. and Mrs. Leamon Bowers of Roscoe have announced the engagement of their daughter, Donna Lee, to Joseph E. Verderber Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Verderber Sr. of Callicoon.

Seven-year-old Marlene Krischbaum drowned in Kasen’s Pond near Fosterdale on Friday. According to reports, she was walking along the edge of the water with her 10-year-old sister, Anna, when she jumped into the pond for no apparent reason. She could not swim. Her sister jumped in the water in an effort to save her and was seen struggling in the water by fourteen-year-old Douglas Crandall. He pulled Anna from the water and ran to a nearby restaurant, owned by the girls’ father, Clayton Krischbaum, for help. He then returned to the scene of the accident and discovered the body of Marlene.

A busy week at the Callicoon Hospital: It was a son Thursday to Mr. and Mrs. Fenton Calkin of Jeffersonville; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Wahl of Callicoon, and a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. William Lord of Boyds Mills, both on Saturday; a daughter, Monday, to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Warring of Honesdale, Pa.; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Chester Reynolds of Cochecton and a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Young of Equinunk, Pa., both on Monday.

50 years ago - 1972

In a matter of moments at 5 p.m. last Friday, unbelievable havoc was created at the Little Britain Estates Mobile Home Park between Liberty and Swan Lake when violent winds accompanied by huge hailstones, totally destroyed eight trailers, uprooted another 18 from their moorings and damaged 36 others. incredibly, only two persons were injured, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Braney, a retired couple who had moved into the trailer park only a week before, although neither received serious injuries. A total of ten families were left homeless after the disaster. Some called the wind a “twister,” others said that it was a cold front moving in. At any rate it was unexpected. Hailstones, the size of hen’s eggs, bombarded the area and in some places accumulated to a depth of 15 inches.

Miss Helen Head was crowned Sullivan County Dairy Princess Saturday eve­ning at the Villa Roma by last year’s princess – her sister, Audrey.

At the Liberty-Loomis Hospital, it was a girl, Tracey Marie, June 2, to Mr. and Mrs. Thearn Sprague of Youngs­ville; a boy, June 4, Thomas Martin Jr. to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Decker of Grahamsville; June 6, a girl, Cathleen Alice, to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Crumley of Mongaup Valley; June 6, a boy, Robert William, to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bernhardt of White Sulphur Springs.

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Nevin of Pea Brook are retiring as teachers in DVCS. Mrs. Nevin attended a retirement dinner on Saturday evening.

A half-mile section of Route 42 in Forestburgh was named an “outstanding highway in its rural setting and environment” by the Federal Highway Administration for the environmental excellence.

A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Kunz in the Liberty-Loomis Hospital on May 26. The parents are from Roscoe.

40 Years Ago - 1982

Father Cassian Kirk was ordained a priest in the Franciscan order on June 14, 1932. Fifty years later he returned to St. Francis Xavier R.C. Church in Narrowsburg where he had offered his first solemn Mass to commemorate the 50th jubilee of his profession. He is presently assigned to St. Anthony’s Guild in Paterson, NJ, where he is director of the Franciscan Apostolate of the Way of the Cross. A ceramic mural of St. Francis dominates a wall of the reception room at St. Anthony’s Building in Paterson where Fr. Cassian has his office. It came from the chapel at St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon where Fr. Cassian was once rector.

Miss Judy Lynn Miller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Miller of Hortonville, became the bride of Marc Lyons, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Lyons of Monticello on May 15 at the Stone Arch Bridge Historical Park in Kenoza Lake.

Twin daughters, Denise Ann, 6 lb. 4 oz., and Valerie June, 5 lb. 10 oz., were born on June 5 to Gregory and Cheri Durko of Swan Lake.

Ulli Koch, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wilhelm Hener of Munich, Germany, an interior decorator, and Robert Parker, manager of the Concord Resort Hotel in Kiamesha Lake, were married by Judge Louis Scheinman at the hotel on May 31.

A diamond jubilee Mass was celebrated at St. Anthony’s R.C. Church in Yulan on Saturday, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the founding of the church. Parishioners were in the mood of the celebration and dressed in period dress of the times.

30 Years Ago - 1992

New governmental regulation designed to protect against contamination of municipal water could cost Youngsville water district users as much as $200,000 in system improvements. A Syracuse engineering firm has been contracted to perform a comprehensive study of filtration needs in the Youngsville Water District.

Miss Jenny Hillriegel, daughter of Alberta and Reginald Hillriegel of Callicoon, was crowned 1992 Sullivan County Dairy Princess. Named as Dairy Maids were Jennifer Diehl, Stephanie Hart and Brenda Diehl.

Travis Lawrence of Damascus, Pa., was prounounced dead at the Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, Pa., following a two-car accident on State Route 1002 and 1004 in Damascus Township, Pa., on Tuesday. Seven others were injured in the crash, six of whom were released. Heather Lamberton was taken to the Damascus School and from there was airlifted to Community Medical Center in Scranton. Her condition is reported to be good at press time.

John and Pearl Gain of Jeffersonville have announced the engagement of their daughter, Cynthia, to Scott Ward of Liberty. An August wedding is planned… Mr. and Mrs. Robert Soule of Allen, Tex., announced the engagement of their daughter, Kathy M., to Bert S. Miller, also of Allen. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Edna Soule of Jeffersonville. They plan a July wedding… Mr. and Mrs. Oland Erath of Grahamsville have announced the engagement of their daughter, Laurie Ellen, to Tommy Bridges of Florida. The wedding is planned for August.

Joan and Edward Sykes of Callicoon were feted on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary with a surprise party at the Delaware Community Center on June 6. They are the parents of five children.

Barbara Hust of Kenoza Lake was one of three mothers chosen in a three-way tie for Mother of the Year at the Apollo Plaza. She, Dorothy Breen of Rock Hill and Mona Karasik of Kauneonga Lake were each awarded a $100 prize, based on letters written by their children nominating them for the honor.

20 Years Ago - 2002

Friends and family feted the 50th wedding anniversary of the leaders of the Sullivan County Conservative Party, Bill and Betty Higgins of Parksville, Saturday, June 15.

Over 250 people attended a ceremony to dedicate the Emma C. Chase Elementary School’s new library, named for Harold Diamond, a longtime Monticello School District administrator and former elementary school teacher. Diamond retired in 1995, but two months later, he was back as the interim principal of the Rutherford Elementary School in Monticello, followed by a stint as the temporary head of the school’s transportation department. “In a way, we have all come to realize that even we are never sure where Harold will turn up next,” said MCS Superintendent Eileen Casey.

The Monticello Village Board became the recipient of a replacement POW/MIA flag, courtesy of the Bailey-Richmond VFW Post #9588 of Monticello.

Tri-Valley sophomore Heather Iatuaro finished third in the 2,000 Steeplechase this past weekend at the 2002 Adidas National Scholastic Outdoor Track and Field Championship held at North Carolina State University. She holds both the New York State Freshman and Sophomore records for the event.

10 Years Ago - 2012

An aggressive fire at the former Aladdin Hotel in Woodbourne on Friday left the main structure of the hotel without a roof or a top floor. There was only smoke visible when the first fire units arrived. But about an hour later, flames shot out of windows as mattresses caught fire. Eventually, the flames went to three alarms. Hurleyville Fire Department Chief Jim Kaufman said, “We were on our way there and thinking this could be another Grandview,” referring to the old Brown’s hotel that was mostly destroyed in a massive fire on April 14.

Maleik Torres of Honesdale, Pa. was chosen as this year’s Prom King and the “Dreams Do Come True” Prom Queen was Krysta Lowe of Beach Lake, Pa. 

Harbert Okudi was first to heave his chest across the finish line at the 20th annual Rhulen Rock Hill Run and Ramble 5K on Sunday. Okudi, a native of Uganda who now lives in New Paltz, finished  the race in 14 minutes and 33 seconds, a new course record. The top three overall finishers received cash prizes of $500, $300 and $200. About 900 participants of all ages and levels of experience ran, walked, and wheeled themselves through the race, which began at 9 a.m. Sunday. The Father’s Day weekend tradition is put on to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America, the R4 Patient Fund, Catskill Regional Medical Center, and causes that can assist in the fight of these diseases. This years 5K event raised about $50,000 after expenses were deducted.


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