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June 28, 2022 Edition

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110 Years Ago - 1912

At the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Bauernfeind of the Beechwoods Wednesday evening, their eldest daughter, Ruth, was united in marriage with Ralph Harold Myers, son of Mr. and …

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June 28, 2022 Edition


110 Years Ago - 1912

At the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Bauernfeind of the Beechwoods Wednesday evening, their eldest daughter, Ruth, was united in marriage with Ralph Harold Myers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry G. Myers of Jeffersonville.

Invitations are out for the marriage of Miss Hattie Eller to Frank A. Minert on June 20 at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Eller.

The Cochecton Presbyterian Church will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the church on August 22nd this year.

100 Years Ago - 1922

Preliminary work on the great power plant at Mongaup Falls has been started. At present 15 buildings are under construction for dwellings of laborers and as storage buildings. The construction camp is located near the bridge below the falls. The Atlantic Utilities Corp. is constructing the dam, which will be 30 feet high and 300 to 400 feet in length. It will be located some 300 feet above the beautiful Mongaup Falls and will not ruin this famous scenic view.

Thursday, Edw. C. Neiger, principal of the Kenoza Lake, closed his seventh consecutive year at that school and his 32nd year as teacher in the public schools.

The Callicoon Red Cross has given $150 to relieve the suffering caused by the flood to Long Eddy. An appeal for assistance for some of the more sorely stricken brought a total of $650, clothing and furniture from Monticello and Hancock.

Riding a motorcycle at 65 miles an hour, Herbert Simpson, 18, and Arthur Zohorick, 23, both of Roscoe, were instantly killed at about 8:20 Friday evening when their cycle, in rounding a curve, smashed head-on into a Ford coupe driven by a Middletown man. The occupants of the car escaped injury but the car was nearly wrecked, three of its wheels being torn off when the driver, in trying to avert the accident, ran into the ditch.

Friday evening, 58 visiting Grangers and 91 members were in attendance at a meeting of the Jeffersonville Grange in the Grange Hall in that village when the district deputy, Chris Maurer of the Hortonville Grange, conferred third and fourth degrees on a class of eight. Master L.J. Buddenhagen of Hortonville Grange and Master Arthur of Fremont Center were present.

Born June 16, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Brink Marold of Conklin Hill, Pa.

Frank Fabor and Anita Gettle each won a $2 1/2 gold piece for perfect attendance throughout the school year when school closed in Lake Huntington on Friday. Avis Thomas, Maud Nearing and Beatrice Keesler received a like prize each for the largest number of stars in spelling. The teacher, Mr. Boucher, and the students went for a walk and had a picnic lunch. On returning to the school each received a bag of candy. On Saturday, those who received prizes and Sophia Kraack, who had the highest mark for department during the year, were taken for an automobile ride by the teacher. The party traveled about 100 miles and had a fine time.

Henry Weiss, son of Mr. and Mrs. Christian Weiss of Callicoon, and Miss Martha Stecker of New York were married at the home of the bride’s brother, Charles Stecker in Jeffersonville, on June10. The bride left Germany just one year before her wedding day and understands and speaks English well… On June 14, Iva, the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. McNeely of Kenoza Lake, was united in marriage with Alfred, the second son of Mrs. M. Long of Brooklyn. He is a member of the Brooklyn police force.… Leartus Monington and Miss Myrtle Hull, both of Damascus, were married by Rev. A.C. Olver at his residence in Honesdale on June 12.

90 Years Ago - 1932

A son, Robert James, was born to Trooper and Mrs. Robert Flynn at the Callicoon Hospital on June 17… A son was born June 22 to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Eltz of Jeffersonville.

Miss Gladys V. Lyons and William L. Bergner were married Monday, June 20, in the Wurtsboro ME Church. The ceremony was performed by the bride’s father, the Rev. J.J. Lyons… Joseph Henke of Callicoon and Miss Kathleen McGowan of Brooklyn were married June 18 in Brooklyn.

Marion H. Foster, fourteen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Silas Foster of Livingston Manor, is Sullivan County’s champion speller in 1932. Dora Weiner of Woodridge, also fourteen, is an alternate. Dora missed just one word after the contest had proceeded through most of Saturday p.m. at Monticello.

A daughter, Jeanette Wilma, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Lorenza White on June 15.

During the past week several more engineers were in Cochecton estimating on the building of Route 3A. One contractor contemplates to use three acres of the flats for the making of concrete culverts, etc., with easy access to the river for water.

The largest class ever will be graduated from the Callicoon High School on Wednesday. In the class are Patricia Baer, Jacob Bauernfeind, Elverta Boehmer, Harriet Creamer, Ilene Cuddihe, Wallace Dunn, Jessie Fitzpatrick, Marion Gould, Marie Hill, Elizabeth Jorgler, Estelle Kenney, Thomas Kilroy, Mildred Klein, Francis Peake, Arthur W. Neumann, Paul A. Roemer, Margaret Rose and Harriet Steffens.

Acting on the theory that resident men needed jobs and not charity, Supervisor of the Town of Fremont Clarence Baudendistel went to the headquarters of the Erie and requested that no labor be imported from New York for construction work in this region. He pointed out that the railroad paid about thirty percent of the taxes in the Town of Fremont and that charity would cost the railroad less if resident men were given employment. As a result, ten heads of families go to Lordville, five and a half miles each way, to work for the railroad at $2.40 a day. The railroad is putting stone ballast under the tracks at Lordville and will probably provide employment for the men all summer.

80 Years Ago - 1942

Saturday, June 27, has been set aside for the 100th anniversary of the Town of Callicoon. The big birthday party will be held at Jeffersonville beginning with a parade at 1 p.m.

The heavy rains last Saturday night and Sunday brought flood conditions for the second time within a few weeks to Long Eddy and caused a long delay to the Erie R.R. Co. when the high bank at Bouchouxs slid across the tracks Sunday morning. Again the Pea Brook left its banks Sunday and entered the home of John P. Kenney which had been deposited some 150 feet from its original location by the flood of May 23rd, and doing some additional damage. It also flooded the Long Eddy Chemical Co. factory again and did more damage.

Mr. and Mrs. John Bauernfeind celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary June 3.

John Mages, Ralph Bernhardt and Jesse Abel, who were inducted into the Army Monday, are home on a ten-day furlough at their homes in Jeffersonville. Donald Meyer has been inducted in the Army and is in a camp in Massachusetts.

Phil Warner, a senior at Long Eddy school, won second prize in the Dairymen’s League essay contest.

Harvey Reynolds Jr. of Cochecton has completed a course at Middletown State Hospital and is now studying at Bellevue Hospital in New York where he is continuing to study to be a Pharmacist’s Mate in the U.S. Navy.

The Wayne County Memorial Hospital which suffered extensive damage in the flooding of Honesdale, was ready to receive patients again on June 17… The temporary vehicle bridge over the Lackawaxen River at Main Street, Honesdale, was opened to traffic last week. District Superintendent Warren J. Smith reports there were 300 men employed in Wayne County on highways and bridges. Equipment includes 60 trucks, five bulldozers and 10 power shovels.

70 Years Ago - 1952

Mrs. Walburga Rathgeb of Callicoon has returned home from a visit to relatives in Germany. Scheduled to return by boat, the 89-year-old Mrs. Rathgeb changed her mind and decided to see what flying is like “while I’m still young.”

Mr. and Mrs. John Leewe of Hortonville have purchased the Alfred Mootz property in Callicoon.

At the Callicoon Hospital it was a son for Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Houghtaling, born June 14; Mr. and Mrs. Emil Pfeifer of Obernburg have a daughter, also born Saturday.

Miss Dorothy Hartz was the guest of honor at a bridal shower at the home of Miss Marjorie Hess on Saturday. She will become the bride of Chapell Peake Jr. on July 5th.

Fire, which broke out at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, badly damaged the rear section of the Sullivan County Evening News building at 203 Broadway in Monticello. Starting in a storage shed attached to the main plant, the fire quickly spread to the pressroom where fire damaged the large Duplex press in the basement.

Judge George L. Cooke has reached the 50th anniversary of his being admitted to practice law. The Judge has long been the embodiment of all that is good and praiseworthy in a public office.

At the Victory this week you can buy Iceberg Lettuce, 2 hds. for 25¢; Swift’s Premium Smoked Picnics, 43¢ a lb.; Granulated Sugar, 5 lbs., 48¢; and Fancy Frying Chicken, 53¢ a lb.

60 Years Ago - 1962

Mr. and Mrs. George Wade of Liberty announced the engagement of their daughter, Carolyn, to Richard, son of  Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Bauern­feind of Callicoon.

A Letter to the Editor tells that Richard Morgan and Steven Willis of Fosterdale were also instrumental in the saving of Anna Kirchbaum when her sister, Marlene, was drowned in Kasen’s Pond in Fosterdale last week.

William C. Rosen, son of Attorney and Mrs. George H. Rosen of Monticello, a junior at Union College in Schenectady, was awarded the Ford Foundation Grant for Study in Government and will spend the summer in Washington, D.C.

New York’s Mayor Robert F. Wagner helicoptered in for the Jeffersonian Dinner, landing on the golf driving range on the hill near the Concord.

A son was born at the Callicoon Hospital to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Peters of Hankins on Tuesday.

On June 17, Becky of Sunny Terrace, owned by Joan Elmore of Damascus, Pa., placed first in the Patroon Basset Hound Club Member Field Trial at the Neversink Beagle Club Grounds, Liberty.

50 years ago - 1972

Mae Rice and Sara Minnehan, both 95 years of age, celebrated their birthdays at the Countryside Haven in Callicoon, where they now reside.

Miss Linda Reddington and Michael W. Duttweiler, both of Jeffersonville, were married June 10 at St. George’s Church in Jeffersonville.

Miss Debbie LeRoy of North Branch became the bride of Paul Krantz of Jeffersonville at St. Mary’s Church, Obernburg, on June 3rd.

More wedding bells – Deborah F. Hotchkin of Parksville became the bride of Gary Bradley of White Sulphur Springs on June 10 … Lynn Marie Bertholf of Divine Corners was united in marriage with S/Sgt. Keith A. Priebe on June 3.

According to the 1970 census report, there are 47,401 housing units in Sullivan County and 15,552 of these have at least one television set.

40 Years Ago - 1982

Miss Alison Hilton became the bride of Matthew Brafman on May 30 at the Temple Sholom in Monticello. The parents of the bridal couple are Myra and Arnold Hilton of London, England, and Monis and Sylvia Brafman of Monticello… Marie Gilson of Jeffersonville and Michael Krum of Youngsville were married May 23 at the First Presbyterian Church in Jeffersonville… Patricia J.E. Conway of North Miami Beach, Fla., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Conway Sr. of Rock Hill and Arthur H. Jacobs of Miami Beach, Fla., were married at an outdoor civil wedding ceremony on May 16 with Supreme Court Justice Robert C. Williams officiating… Joan Johnston and Robert William Hert were married April 24. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Russell S. Johnson of Jeffersonville. He is the son of Patricia Ann Barbour of Scottsdale, Ariz., and the late Albert W. Hert.

Theodore “Ted” Scholefield is retiring as superintendent of schools after 20 years in that capacity at Fallsburg Central. In all, he combines 28 years of administrative experience with nine years of teaching experience. He will be succeeded by Robert Palgutta. Jack Ingber, president of the Fallsburg Board of Education, is retiring after 35 years of combined service.

Richard Stewart of Neversink has been elected commander of the Sullivan County Veterans of Foreign Wars. He will oversee thirteen VFW posts in the county.

A contract for repairs on the pool at the Delaware Youth Center has been signed with Jetcrete Corp. of Liberty. Included in the renovation will be a guinite process to make a 4-inch veneer of cement over a mesh around the entire pool. The contract calls for a fifteen year guarantee. Steps will be included at the shallow end of the pool and the plans include an improvement to the skimmer and new pipes. The cost of the project is $15,000. The pool was constructed in 1948 by Wesley Bintz, civil engineers of Lansing, Mich.

Amanda Buvis was honored at the Roscoe Sports Banquet Friday night when Athletic Director Fred Ahart presented her with a trophy for earning 10 varsity letters during her high school sports career. She was named to the first team WSL All-Star Team in basketball. Also earning special honors were Brent O’Dell, Tom Roseo and Lisa Hendrickson.

The Long Eddy Hotel won three games in a row to win their 1982 tournament for the second straight year. Second place was won by Peck’s Markets and third place went to the Hankins House team.

30 Years Ago - 1992

Volunteers from the Recovery Center in Monticello and a handful of nearby residents worked over the weekend to haul out an estimated four tons of trash that had been illegally dumped on Big Woods Road in the towns of Thompson and Liberty. Included in the debris were 400 tires that had been tossed over the banks of the woodland road.

Bruce Gerson was elected mayor of Woodridge Tuesday, in what was the largest ever turnout of voters, in a three-way race that included Max Cohen and David Paige.

A full-page ad in the Sullivan County Democrat advises that Norstar Bank has changed its name to Fleet Bank and that it is not a new bank, just a new name. The bank chain includes the former United National Bank in Callicoon.

Bishop C. Dale White will be present at the rededication of the Woodridge United Methodist Church which brings to a conclusion a series of centennial celebrations held over the past year and a half in celebration of the purchasing of the land and building of the church 100 years ago.

A combination of aged beams and heavy hay caused the collapse of a second story hay loft on the Burns farm in Jeffersonville on Thursday. Damage was also done to the building and the piping therein, no injuries were reported to people or the several calves housed in the structure.

A renovation to the present Liberty Free Methodist Church is underway. The downstairs area will be made into six or seven classrooms. The existing sanctuary will become a combined nursery school and fellowship hall to accommodate about 150 people, five portable partitioned classrooms and a kitchen. Plans are made to construct a new sanctuary to accommodate 300 persons with an additional 50 to be seated in the glass enclosed narthex. There will also be a chancel, a baptistry, a choir loft and two small classrooms. The total cost of the project, located on 52W in Liberty, is estimated to be between $500,000 and $600,000.

20 Years Ago - 2002

Liberty Central School students in Kathleen McCann’s morning group helped raise $200 from the sale of handmade “Unity Ribbons” for the American Red Cross World Trade Center disaster relief effort.

The Lake Huntington Fire Department dedicated a memorial to those firefighters who “can no longer answer the call of duty.” The brick memorial was dedicated to Melvin “Poppy” Pierce, a member of the company from 1968 to 1995, when he passed on.

Throughout the month of May, the Upper Delaware Chapter of Trout Unlimited has planted trees (2,000 willows) in Sullivan County to stabilize stream banks on the Callicoon Creek and Hankins Brook. In partnership with the Callicoon Creek Park Committee, 100 sycamores provided by the National Tree Trust were planted in Callicoon.

One hundred and six paddlers competed in the Fourth Annual Callicoon Canoe Regatta Sunday. Competing in 15 separate classes, the canoeists and kayakers raced from Hankins to Callicoon in a 7.3 mile sprint. John Redos, racing in the C-1 Men’s Comp Class, finished in a blistering 49 minutes, 36 seconds, to pace the field. “We had more spectators than I ever remember,” Regatta organizer Tom Freda said.

10 Years Ago - 2012

A funeral was held on Friday for “RC,” the Sullivan County Sheriff’s K-9, who passed away recently after years of battling health problems. The 7-year-old German shepherd had to be put down on June 16 after a bout with a critical intestinal ailment. Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Breihof was RC’s handler, and the two trained together at the Orange County Sheriff’s Academy in Montgomery one year after RC was born in 2006. Said Breihof, “Today we’re here to not only remember my partner but also my best friend. He was the most loyal, the most dedicated, fearless partner you could ever have.”

Town of Liberty Supervisor Charlie Barbuti and his board have taken their show on the road. Over the next four months the Town of Liberty board will be holding regularly scheduled meetings at locations in the town’s four hamlets.

On Saturday, the Class of 2012 was celebrated as the first class in school history to spend all 13 years – K-12 – as part of the Sullivan West District. In tribute to them, Superintendent Ken Hilton also honored the first graduate of Sullivan West, 89-year-old Paul Yonchik of Hortonville, who was awarded his diploma on July 26, 2001. The diploma was awarded under a special program which recognized veterans whose high school careers were cut short because of their service to our country.


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