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June 23, 2020 Edition

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140 Years Ago - 1880

Katharine Gunglach, relict of Philip Gunglach, died at Callicoon on June 12 at the age of 86. She was one of the first German settlers of the town, having come here about 38 …

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June 23, 2020 Edition


140 Years Ago - 1880

Katharine Gunglach, relict of Philip Gunglach, died at Callicoon on June 12 at the age of 86. She was one of the first German settlers of the town, having come here about 38 years ago, when the whole region was covered with forests. A member of the Reformed Church at Callicoon, she was, for 18 years, an active worker in its Sunday School.

Drawn to serve on the jury at County Court and Court of Sessions on June 21st, among others, are: Bethel, George DuBois, Wakeman Horton; Callicoon, Joseph Seibert, Gottlieb Dier, John Bogert, Benjamin Brown, Andrew Schad; Delaware, George H. Lawrence, Thomas H. Stewart, Henry Krantz Jr.; Fremont, Julius Jager, Peter Fuchs; Rockland, Alex Do, John Johnson, George J. Yaeger, Michael Durr, Archibald Cochrane, E.O. Cochrane.

Arthur Bird has shown us some very fine specimens of wax work fruit made by himself.

Mrs. Thorwelle of Harmonie Hall, Callicoon Depot, will celebrate Independence Day with a Grand Ball on Monday evening, July 5.

A new “Jewett and Goodman” organ was placed in the M.E. Church in Jeffersonville last Saturday by the members of the church.

Edward Sipple of Fremont had the misfortune to lose one of his horses last week.

George Filweber, the genial cigar maker of North Branch, left some samples of his manufacture with the employees of the “Record” office last Monday which were pronounced first class in every respect.

Chas. A. Newman of Callicoon Depot started on June 8th for Leadville, Colo., intending to spend a portion of the summer in that famous mining region.

On Sunday last over seventy-five of the friends and relatives of Philip Knack Sr. of Beechwoods, met at his residence to celebrate his 80th birthday.

Fifteen years ago there were six tanneries in the town of Liberty all in active operation. Today there is but one tannery owned by Henry Gurd of Liberty Falls.

North Branch — Conrad Beringer has just completed a new cider mill and press.

Egypt — Ephraim A. Gates has let his farm to Ira Vredenburg… George Bernhardt has rented the farm lately occupied by Samuel A. Lewis… Herman L. Benton has six sheep of which he sheared 39 pounds of washed wool this season. One of them, a yearling, yielded a fleece weighing over 9 and one-half pounds.

Liberty — Capt. V. Champlin, Road Commissioner, has been fixing the roads about the corporation, doing very commendable work… Benjamin Willey has just completed his large residence. It is to be fitted for the accommodation of summer boarders.

Parksville — A.R. Parks has opened a saloon at this place; Dr. DeKay is building a drug store for the convenience of the people of Parksville and vicinity.

Callicoon — The post route from Callicoon Depot to this place has the finest blood in the horses used to carry the mails… Frank Harding is home on his long summer vacation. He will return to Cornell in the Fall as a senior… Last Sunday a gay and festive party celebrated the wedding of Mr. John Leins and Miss Lizzie Weyrauch at the home of the bride's parents.

Callicoon Depot — Last Sunday noon a boy eight years old, son of Mr. Jacob Boehmer, was drowned in the Callicoon stream while bathing.

130 Years Ago - 1890

On the list of jurors, drawn to serve at a County Court of Session on June 16, are: Bethel, Van Keuren, W.J. Stanford; Callicoon, Conrad Metzger; Cochecton, W.H. Nearing, J.B. O'Reilly; Fremont, G.W. Wahl, August Newman; Rockland, James Davis, F. Kendall, G. Miller, E. Sprague, O. Sprague, E. Muier and E. Cochran.

The heaviest thunderstorm in years passed over this section of Sullivan County the evening of Thursday last week. Many buildings were struck by lightning and some of them destroyed by fire. The house of Philip Faubel was struck between 10 and 11 o'clock, tearing the chimney to pieces. The barn of E.R. Calkins was struck, making kindling wood of several posts and doing considerable damage. The grist mill at Fremont Center was struck and burned to the ground. A barn belonging to John Fitzgerald in the vicinity of Briscoe was struck and burned to the ground. Killed by lightning were a valuable team of horses and about 20 sheep owned by Harris McKennie, who lives near Mongaup Valley. They were grazing in a meadow when they were hit.

Levi Lyon died at his residence on Rose's Brook, Stamford, Sunday, in his 88th year. He joined St. Andrews Lodge No. 48, F&AM, (now 289) at Hobart April 2, 1819, and is said to be one of the oldest Masons, having been connected with the order for 71 years. He was also a Royal Arch Mason. He was a farmer and lived in the same house all his life.

Louis Schwartz of Binghamton and Mary E. Fries of Shanley Pond were married at the bride's residence by Rev. H. Unglaub.

Anna C. Brand died on June 5 at the age of 60. She was born in Hanau, Germany, December 14, 1829, the daughter of Augustus Froelich, son of Wm. Froelich, MD, of Zeigenhain. Her father, at 16, was mustered in the German Army as a private in the calvary in the war against Napoleon I, wounded five times, and later served most of his life as Police commissioner in Hanau. In 1849, Anna was married to Dr. Wm. Brand in the fall of that year and they emigrated to New York City. On April 17, 1850, they came to Jeffersonville to make their future home. The village at that time consisted of five frame buildings and a number of log huts. Mother of ten children, six predeceased her. She is survived by her husband, four sons and a grandson.

120 Years Ago - 1900

Eli D. Gavitt, the fishing guide of E.R. Russell's hotel at South Fallsburgh, caught in the Neversink River, near that place, Saturday, brown trout weighing 6 lbs. 3 oz. and 40 medium size trout.

The game preserve of George W. VanAllen near White Lake has been greatly damaged by fire, over 200 acres of valuable timber having been destroyed.

Major John Walker assumed control of the Sullivan County Republican of Monticello last week. George W. Waller, who has conducted the paper for the past 5 years, retired and will conduct a job office in Monticello.

A defective chimney caused a fire at the residence of S. Skinner at Cochecton Center last Tuesday evening, completely destroying it.

A nine-hole golf course is being built on the J.P. Kanes farm, two miles west of Liberty. It will be owned and operated by Patrick Bros. of New York who are teachers of the game and manufacturers and dealers in golf goods.

William Keener caught at Rockland, Monday, a trout weighing 6 pounds, measuring 24 inches in length. It was caught on an eight ounce rod with buck tail fly bait.

Editor Arthur Bird of the Sidney Record sailed last week on the steamer Majestic for England and the Paris Exposition, as the representative of the Sidney Fire Department, which pays all the expenses.

Dr. Percy J. Schute and Mrs. Angeline Tygert of Jeffersonville were married in Paterson, NJ, on June 4. The groom came here a year and a half ago as Dr. Tygert's assistant and will carry on his practice.

Kate Elizabeth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Gettle of Black Lake, was married at the home of her parents on June 3 to Elting Rosencrans of Walden.

Peter Fahrenz died at the home of his son-in-law, W.F. Hauser of Cochecton June 12. He had conducted the Union Hall Hotel at Lake Huntington for many years. He was a native of Germany.

110 Years Ago - 1910

Rowena A., eldest daughter of Mrs. Emma and the late Henry Armbrust of Kenoza Lake, was united in marriage on June 8 with Henry Klaus of New York, at the home of the bride's mother, by Rev. Karl Stadelmann of the Jeffersonville Presbyterian Church. After a week's honeymoon at Niagara Falls, the couple will live on the Armbrust farm at Kenoza Lake.

Henry E. Meyer, one of our brightest young men, was graduated last week from the Ithaca Conservatory of Music, after a four-year course. He will be supervisor of music in the Ithaca public schools and will also be a member of the conservatory faculty.

Town Superintendent Wagner is setting up the crushing plant at North Branch this week to build another piece of macadam road there, running from the center of North Branch village toward Callicoon Center. He expects to build a couple of miles this year.

The lawyers of the county have formed a bar association. The officers are: President George H. Carpenter, Vice President Frank S. Anderson, Secretary Ellsworth Baker, Treasurer George Cooke, Directors George Carpenter, George H. Smith, David S. Hill, J.M. Maybee and F.S. Anderson.

Early Tuesday morning of last week, the boarding house of Fred Whoerle between Roscoe and Rockland, was burned down by fire.

Sold under foreclosure last week were the Wawonda Hotel in Liberty for $25,000 and the Liberty race track for $5000.

The town of Delaware has lost one of its good men, and highly esteemed citizens, in the death of Ernest Buddenhagen of Beechwoods, who died in the German Hospital in New York on Tuesday from cancer. He was born in Germany 62 years ago and after living for a time at Narrowsburg moved to Beechwoods 32 years ago and became a prosperous farmer and boardinghouse keeper. He served as town highway commissioner for many years. He is survived by his wife, who was Lizette Glassel of Beechwoods, and ten children. The deceased was a member of Delaware Lodge of Free Masons of Callicoon and the Hortonville Odd Fellows Lodge. Interment will be in the Hortonville Cemetery where the Masonic Lodge will conduct a service.

100 Years Ago - 1920

Jacob Lahm, who last fall came here from Union Hill, has opened a grocery store in the Andrew Kohler building in Delaware, which he recently bought of Mrs. H. Lawrence.

Harold S. LaPolt, son of publisher Wm. H. LaPolt of White Lake Times, has been made managing editor of the Middletown Daily Herald. He formerly was city editor.

Miss Freda Baudendistel of Gulf Summit, who taught in the Youngsville School in 1917-18, is now teaching in the Binghamton city schools.

Miss Lillian Wortman and Charles T. Neumann, well-known Livingston Manor young people, were married June 17 at St. Aloysius rectory there. Mr. Neumann is the son of the late George H. Neumann who came years ago and conducted a hotel at Callicoon Center.

Frederick M. Hick, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hick of Youngs­ville, and Miss Frances L. Eagin, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Eagin of Jeffersonville, were married in New York on June 6th. Mr. Hick is a member of the New York police force.

William A. Mall, son of Mr. and Mrs. Val Mall of North Branch, and Miss Ada Brown of New Brighton, S.I., were married at the home of the bride's mother, Mrs. Alice Brown, on June 2. Mr. Mall has been employed in New York for the past seven years. The bride is the granddaughter of the late Frank Brush of Callicoon.

Henry Schaefer this week sold his 73 acre farm and boarding house, the Shady Nook House on the North Branch road, to Samuel Orkin of Brooklyn. Mr. Schaefer wants to buy a place in the village.

Alan F. Lieb, employed at Middletown, was home for Sunday. He is playing semi-professional baseball with the mechanics team of Middletown.

John A. Reyman of Jeffersonville has again been appointed on Liberty's summer police force.

90 Years Ago - 1930

Fire starting in the boarding house of Miss Mary Hankins at Barryville on the Delaware River Tuesday night destroyed both that building and the Methodist Church with a total loss of about $26,000. The parsonage was also partially destroyed.

Merel Scheidell, son of Mrs. Val Scheidell of Jeffersonville, graduated yesterday from New York University law school.

Ralph Washington of Monticello has been elected Commander of the Sullivan County American Legion. Charles M. Peterson of Jeffersonville was named as second vice commander and Gordon Schoonmaker of Roscoe, third vice commander. Roy C. Johnston of Livingston Manor was elected treasurer.

The Nutshell Hotel at Lake Huntington is said to be under padlock, as a result of a visit from Federal men there.

Benjamin Yaeger of Jeffersonville, president of the Sullivan County Oil Co., has bought the garage property of George Bischoff at the north end of Lake Huntington for a gas station.

The building formerly leased from John Smith by the Liberty Coal and Feed Co., has been rented for store space for GLF feeds and supplies with Harry Weber continuing to act as agent for the GLF.

Dr. Carl Maizel and Mrs. Maizel will sail for Germany next month. Dr. Maizel will take a three month post-graduate course in cancer research at the University of Wuerzburg, which conferred the degree of Ph.D upon him last year. Following this he will join the staff of Memorial Hospital and engage in cancer research work.

The following class of nine were confirmed at St. George's R.C. Church in Jeffersonville last Sunday by Rev. Fr. Gilbert: Susanna Schwatz, Clare Mueller, Doris Hick, Frances Leroy, Eileen Demar, Vincent Wagner, Joseph Alpy, George Poppy and Paul Freer.

George W. Baumgardt, on the Briscoe Road, has added to his acreage by purchasing the Wm. Stephenson farm of about 70 acres on East Hill, across the Briscoe Creek, for $1,000.

Mrs. William Rose of Callicoon has bought a house and lot across the river there from the Max Patrick estate. Mrs. Rose is the mother of Mrs. Oscar Will of Jeffersonville.

Fred Schadt Jr. has completed the term at Union College, Schenectady, and will again be employed in the Murray Pharmacy for the summer.

Henry Paul of Glens Falls was the guest of his college mate, K.C. Fuller, here the first of the week.

80 Years Ago - 1940

Two hundred extra jurors were drawn for the trial of Irving Cohen of Brooklyn, charged with a gangster murder in Sullivan County.

Fire destroyed two barns and a pig pen on the Robert Boettger estate near Claryville in the town of Neversink Sunday. The late Oscar S. Royce was in charge of the Boettger estate for several years.

Harry C. Schuler of Callicoon Center was elected president of the Sullivan County Volunteer Firemen's Assn. at their annual meeting in Hortonville at Bernhardt's Hotel, Tuesday night. Also elected were Robert York of Monticello as vice president, Al Townsend of Jeffersonville as secretary and Earl A. Stratton of South Fallsburg, treasurer.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hess of Jeffersonville have announced the engagement of their daughter, Althea, to Robert M. Thompson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Thompson of Webster City, Iowa. Miss Hess is on the staff of the Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn. Mr. Thompson is chief designer for Luminart, Inc. of New York City.

The Jeff Alumni Association will hold a meeting at the school on the 21st to which the senior class has been invited. There will be dancing following the meeting. Miss Rose Hubbert is president of the association, George A. Raum is vice president, and Miss Mary Parluck, secretary/treasurer.

Dr. Hugh E. McGee has been appointed village trustee, succeeding Howard M. Smith, deceased. Other members of the Board are Mayor W. Huff, Attorney Frederick W.V. Schadt, W.H. LeRoy and William Knell, with Robert Mann, clerk.

70 Years Ago - 1950

Miss Dorothy Schumacher, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Schumacher, received a Master of Arts degree on June 7 at Columbia University. General Dwight D. Eisenhower, president of Columbia, presided at the university's 196th commencement exercises. In September, Miss Schumacher will resume teaching at Sayville Junior High School on Long Island.

Ellen Vera Bernhardt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Bernhardt of Jeffersonville born in Callicoon, was baptized Sunday in the First Presbyterian Church by Rev. Kovach, pastor. Sponsors were Mrs. Adam Bernhardt and Floyd Bernhardt.

JoAnn Lindsley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Lindsley, was baptized on June 11th at the Methodist Church in Jeffersonville by Rev. Cady. A family dinner followed at the home of Mr. and Mrs. G.A. Whitney of Roscoe, grandparents of JoAnn.

60 Years Ago - 1960

Mr. and Mrs. John Weber were guests of honor at a 50th wedding anniversary celebration last Wed­nesday evening at the Mileses Ladies Aid Hall. The two-tier cake was made and decorated by Mrs. Marion Emrich.

Miss Rita Schick, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Schick of Obernburg, graduated from the Sherwood School of Business in Paterson, NJ on June 14.

Rita Allgeier, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Allgeier and Robert Bouldin, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Bouldin of Hankins, were married on June 11 at St. George's Church in Jeffersonville.

Fifty star flags were presented to Our Lady of the Angels Par­ochial School in Jeffersonville; four classroom flags were presented to Holy Cross Parochial School in Callicoon; a flag to Carol Oestrich, president of the Student Council at Delaware Valley Central School, and a nylon flag to the Youngs­ville School this past week. Small spearhead flags were presented to members of the kindergartens in Callicoon and the Jeffersonville school, all through the efforts of the Ladies Auxiliary to the H. Russell Kenyon Post No. 5808, Callicoon.

Robert S. Borden, son of County Democratic Chairman and Mrs. Harry Borden of Monticello, was ordained as a Presbyterian minister Sunday night in ceremonies held in Orangeburg. Rev. William A. Crawford of Monticello, delivered the sermon. Rev. Borden will enter the U.S. Navy on July 1 as a Navy Chaplain, and will serve at least four years.

An estimated 10,000 firemen plus an additional 30,000 spectators are expected as the Hudson Valley Volunteer Firemen's Assoc. hold their 71st convention. The parade will be the largest ever held by the association. Former Monticello Chief Robert S. York, who held that office for more than 25 years, will be Grand Marshal of the parade.

A business certificate for Poppy's Pancake and Waffle House, Main St., Parksville, was filed at the county clerk's office.

50 years ago - 1970

The eligible voters of the Roscoe Central School District decided the basic issues that came before the district at its annual meeting June 9 in no uncertain terms. W. Kimball Sprague was elected to his second five-year term as a member of the School Board. The proposed budget was approved by a vote of 259 to 145. In other votes, the public approved a proposition to replace the present heating system with oil by a 410 to 153 vote. A record turn out of 599 people cast ballots.

Miss Nancy Kohler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Kohler of Jeffersonville, has been named to the Dean's List for the spring semester at State University College of Arts and Science at Geneseo.

Steady work on the new Grover Hermann Hospital now brings the building to 60 percent completion. The public is invited to view the structure on July 12. A difficulty still to be solved involves the water supply for the new building. A well dug some months ago continues to show a higher chloride reading than the state is willing to permit at this time.

Dr. Eugene Ross, supervising principal at the Delaware Valley Central School for the past six years, announced his plans to retire in the fall while speaking at the graduation exercises on June 20. He gave continuing ill health as the reason.

Miss Barbra Them of Honesdale, Pa., and Ralph M. Price of Damascus, Pa., were married June 20 at the Damascus Methodist Church …Miss Ruth Ellen Boyd became the bride of Deming Lindsley at St. Francis Church in Youngsville on June 13.

40 Years Ago - 1980

Philip Jacobsen, son of Rev. and Mrs. Peter Jacobsen of Monticello, will compete in the National Forensic League Championships in Huntsville, Ala., this week. He was able to compete there after winning the National Catholic Forensic League Grand National Tournament in Boston, May 25 and 26, competing against 120 competitors.

Nearly 200 guests attended the 1st anniversary celebration at the Delaware Valley Job Corps Center in Callicoon last weekend.

Sareana Jane Akerley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Akerley, Old Loomis Rd., Liberty, became the bride of Clair Charles Barry, son of Ronald Barry of Briscoe and Mrs. Robert Barry of Liberty, at the White Sulphur Springs United Methodist Church on May 16… Tammy Levine, daughter of Eleanor and Saul Levine of Monticello, and John Rothacker, son of Katerine and John. Roth­acker of Barryville, were married in a civil ceremony performed June 1 at Bernie's Holiday Restaurant.

Zoanne “Zack” Deckelman of Fremont Center is currently the winningest driver at White Lake Speedway. Zack competes in the Powder Puff division. Three of her four victories have been in three different stock cars, which is an achievement. Her husband, Charlie, and brother-in-law both race at the speedway.

30 Years Ago - 1990

Firemen from five Sullivan County fire departments were stymied in their efforts to save a Hasidic Jewish Synagogue Wednesday night on Dillon Road. Flames, believed to be arson, had fully enveloped the building shortly after 10 p.m. when firemen arrived on the scene.

Beth Bogert and Aaron Epstein have been named top students at the Jeffersonville-Youngsville Central School for the Class of 1990. An honors day was held for J-YCS students at the Villa Roma on May 31. To be eligible, students must have an average of 87.5 or better.

Allison Barley, Jennifer Furchak and Melissa Barley competed last weekend at the New York State Gymnastics Finals at Smithtown, L.I., against 65 other clubs from around the state. Melissa Barley of Liberty brought home a gold medal for her 8.85 performance on the uneven bars and a fourth place medal for her score of 9.05 on the vault.

A garbage truck, owned by Charles Gregg of Damascus, Pa., and driven by Roy Miller of Tyler Hill, Pa., lost its brakes Friday morning while coming down a steep hill in Callicoon and smashed into a house owned by Kipp and Margot Osborne of Manhattan, totally destroying the structure. Miraculously there were no serious injuries. The house was pushed completely off its foundation by the force of the impact.

Aaron LeClere of Hortonville was in the intensive care unit of Community Medical Center in Scranton, Pa., Monday after he touched a live wire in the barn of Sid Peters Jr. in which he was working early Sunday afternoon. A hospital spokesman said he was improving and responding so well to treatment that his condition had been upgraded from critical to stable.

Miss Amy Kays was recently crowned Sullivan County Dairy Princess. The Kays' 162-acre farm is located in the Beechwoods and is run by Robert and Linda Kays and their sons, Gary, 19, Greg, 22 and Jeff, 25. They have 250 cows, calves and heifers.

The Jeffersonville First Aid Corps celebrated its 25th anniversary with a dinner at The Club at Villa Roma on May 20.

The Monticello Chapter of B'nai B'rith Women received the “Northeast Model Chapter of the Year 1989-90” award during a recent BBW convention in New Orleans.

20 Years Ago - 2000

Six months into the new legislative term, veterans are still battling with Chairman Rusty Pomeroy and members of the county legislature over the appointment of Eric Nystrom as the new head of the Veterans Service Agency (VSA). About two dozen veterans and their supporters presented a petition to legislators at Thursday's monthly meeting, demanding the former Veterans Service Agency director, Al Etkin, be reinstated. The federal courts have already ruled that the position is subject to political appointment, and, as such, the director of the agency serves at the pleasure of the legislature's chairman.

Tri-Valley School District voters approved a $12.8 million building project by a 70-vote margin Wednesday.

Second and third graders at Tri-Valley Elementary School worked for several months with teachers Dee Rosenshein, Barbara Con­over and Sandra Bernstein to create a Stepping Stone rock garden in front of the school. The project was made possible through a $300 grant by the Teachers' Center at BOCES.

Due to an anticipated large turnout, those who are planning on attending the 111th Annual Hudson Valley Volunteer Firefighters Association Parade on Saturday should be ready for different routes into the Village of Monticello, alternate parking areas and possible traffic delays.

10 Years Ago - 2010

Dozens of senior citizens rocked the Monticello Firehouse with their bobby socks, slicked back hair and poodle skirts at the Senior Citizen Prom. Organized by community member Kathy Kreiter as a way to show Robert J. Kaiser Middle School and Monticello High School students that they can have a fun time hanging out with senior citizens. The prom is designed to bridge the generation gap and breakdown barriers and negative misconceptions as well as gives students the opportunity to plan, implement and participate in a community service event. This year, the prom was dedicated to Kathy's mom, Alice Kreiter, who recently passed away.

Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) in Harris broke ground on a new $6 million Emergency Room to be completed this coming year. In addition to the ER, CRMC announced three more projects for the hospital. Through a HEAL NY grant, construction will begin to expand the primary care and outpatient services throughout the county including a new diagnostic center in Grover M. Hermann Hospital in Callicoon.

The Duggan Elementary School is slated to become the new Town of Bethel government center with renovations beginning in July.

Sullivan West musicians enjoyed a spectacularly successful trip to Hershey music festival in Hershey, PA coming away with a score of Excellent and a first place trophy. Matching the Excellent performances were the Sullivan West jazz band, directed by Ross Reynolds and the Sullivan West chorus, directed by Kim Eschenberg, both earning a first place trophy in their respective categories. Jeffrey Yeung added to the sweep with a medal he won for outstanding chorus accompanist.


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