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110 Years Ago - 1912

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Boettger Jr. of Beechwoods, on Sunday morning, a daughter.D.J. Starck has leased the Globe Hotel from V.J. Persbacker for a term of years and will …

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March 1, 2022 Edition


110 Years Ago - 1912

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Boettger Jr. of Beechwoods, on Sunday morning, a daughter.
D.J. Starck has leased the Globe Hotel from V.J. Persbacker for a term of years and will take possession on March 1. Mr. Persbacker’s health demanded that he give up the business and many are sorry to see him leave the Globe for he is an excellent hotel keeper and was well-liked by everyone. Mr. Starck has been an Erie towerman for years.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Fink on Thursday, a son.
Fred Duttweiler, the Jeffersonville-Liberty mail carrier, and Miss Helen Eggler, daughter of Mrs. Josephine Eggler of Swiss Hill, were married at the Presbyterian manse by Rev. Karl Stadelman on February 22.
W.I. Rubin, the clothier of Callicoon, is holding a Big Removal Sale, preparatory to his moving into his new store in the Zimmerman building.
The big fire at Jeffersonville a week ago Saturday should be a warning to the fire commissioners of Callicoon to have the hydrants examined and tested so that if a fire should break out the firemen would not be handicapped by frozen hydrants. If a fire should break out along South Main Street and there was a moment’s delay in getting a stream on it, it would be as disastrous as the terrible fire of 1888.

100 Years Ago - 1922

G. Howland of Callicoon and Delaware Valley Motor Co. of Damascus, Pa., authorized Ford dealers, are offering a Ford sedan with electric starter and demountable rims, extra rim and non-skid tires all around for $660, f.o.b. Detroit.
Miss Catherine, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Newman of Obernburg, became the bride of Stanley Keller of Jamaica, L.I., on February 15, at St. Mary’s Church in Obernburg. The bride was attired in a white beaded dress of georgette crepe. She wore an embroidered veil and wreath of orange blossoms, and carried a shower bouquet of white carnations. They were attended by Miss Mary Rachal of New York City and Miss Mary Kille, a cousin of the bride, Eugene Newman and Joseph Kutger.
A hot frankfurter and variety supper will be held at the Twin Pine Farm, home of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Snyder, on February 28, for the benefit of the M.E. Church. Supper will be served from 5 o’clock until all are served. — Fremont Center Corresp.
Webster Orth of Callicoon is offering an Overland four door sedan, five passenger, combining rugged utility with an unusual interior elegance, for $895 f.o.b. Toledo. The car averages 25 miles to a gallon of gas.
Born February 16, 1922, to Mr. and Mrs. E. Forsblom of Mileses, a son.
Dr. Duggan of Bethel is in New York City where he will buy a new car. Mrs. Margaret Brining, who has been staying several days with Dr. Duggan, has returned to her home in Mongaup Valley.
With 11 “stolen” cars recovered from an alleged confession from a White Sulphur Springs garage owner, state troopers and insurance underwriters believe they are on the trail to uncovering a plot involving $50,000 in automobile insurance frauds. No arrests have been made but at least 25 are involved in the conspiracy. Five of the cars were traced to White Sulphur Springs and the other six have been traced to Sidney. All the cars were stolen in New York City. Constable Tremper of Liberty was called in by the troopers when the seizing of the cars first began with a view to identification.

90 Years Ago - 1932

Announcement has been made that Dr. Otto Kothe will open offices in the Katzmeier building here about the first of March for the general practice of medicine.
Assemblyman John T. Curtis, while home from his legislative duties over the weekend, informed us that he is making headway with his conservation bill which proposes to change the date of the deer season. The bill, favored by Sullivan County sportsmen, would change the open deer season from November 1-15 to November 15-30.
Callicoon firemen are having a weekly pinochle tournament at the rooms of the Anderson Hook and Ladder Co. This week is the deciding contest of the tournament this winter to determine the best players.
Marguerite, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ray of Fernwood, was badly burned last week when she fell against a pail of hot water.
Borden’s milk plant here has begun its annual ice harvest but not from the Delaware or nearby lakes. Carl Meyers has contracted for the filling of the same and has commenced on a pond in back of Kenoza Lake being only 8 inches thick with not very good prospects. A very novel carload shipment of used milk-delivery sleighs of former years of Borden’s Co. of the city, newly painted, were given to the farmers for the payment of freight which amounted to about $6 or $7. They were quickly taken up by the farmers in this section.
Henry Furk Jr. of South Cochecton has the agency for the New Washington Hatchery for young chicks. The agency covers sections of New York and Pennsylvania.

80 Years Ago - 1942

Workmen for the New York State Electric & Gas Corp., today cut in the juice for the new line which extends from the Basket near Long Eddy to Rock Valley village and to some farms in the vicinity. This is a big improvement and will materially aid the many prosperous farmers along the line.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry White, Narrowsburg, announce the marriage of their daughter, Nolua Jane, to Ray F. Dexter Jr., also of Narrowsburg. The ceremony was performed February 22 at the Methodist Church in Narrowsburg. Mr. Dexter, manager of the Park Theatre, has enlisted in the U.S. Army and expects to be called at any time.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hartmann are the parents of a 2 lb. 15 oz. daughter born Thursday a.m.
Mrs. Elizabeth Gifford, mother of five, perished with three of her children when fire broke out at the Gifford farmhouse near Masonville.
Otto Tegeler of Damascus left on Monday for Camp Meade, Maryland His parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.I. Tegeler, had a family reunion and farewell party for him on Sunday. Otto was given a military style Benrus wrist watch and a purse of money from his well-wishers.
Danny Gelb, a graduate of Monticello High School, is in the fighting forces with General Douglas MacArthur in the Signal Corps.

70 years ago - 1952

Miss Ethel Doetsch became the bride of Richard E. Anderson at a ceremony preformed at Holy Cross Church on February 17.
Miss Maria Niessen and Joseph Meyer, both of Cochecton Center, were united in marriage at a solemn High Mass at Our Lady of the Lake Church, Lake Huntington, February 16.
Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Schaefer of Jeffersonville are the parents of a daughter, born Sunday; Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Ballard of Atco are the parents of a son, born Sunday, both at the Callicoon Hospital.
The new Delaware Valley Central School will open next Tuesday morning. Children who reside in the village of Callicoon and Long Eddy will be riding on school buses for the first time.
Dr. Cameron J. Gain, a practicing physician in Jeffersonville for 42 years, died at his home there February 18. He had practiced until the Christmas holidays when he was taken ill.

60 years ago - 1962

At the open house of the Callicoon Fire Department, the oldest member, Theodore Hubbert, a 54-year member, posed with Chief Charles Engert and the youngest member, Philip Blake (P.B.) Hunt, who is serving his probationary period with the department. About 160 joined in viewing the new truck and all the other equipment of the company as well as viewing a film on fire school. Lunch was served to those attending and music was enjoyed through the courtesy of Norman Loeffel. During the course of the firemen’s open house, Chief Charles Engert presented the new truck, bought by the department, to Harold Deighton, chairman of the commissioners of the Callicoon Fire District.
A daughter was born Saturday to Mr. and Mrs. Egbert Welsh of Honesdale, Pa., and a son was born Tuesday to Mr. and Mrs. Chester Mezynski of Cochecton both at the Callicoon Hospital.
A mysterious cat has been spotted near Journey’s End on the River Road, Callicoon. The cat, larger in size than a boxer dog and dark in color with a long tail, was seen by Elmer Quick. The cat appears about 4 p.m. every afternoon. The exact species of cat has not been determined at this writing.
Among the buildings being torn down for the Livingston Manor bypass is the former Ross house near the Parksville end. Occupied for many years by Sylvester Ross, the house is thought to be nearly a century old.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Peters Jr. are the proud parents of a son, Daniel Edward, born February 15 in the Geneva Hospital. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Peters of Jeffersonville are the proud grandparents.
Edward F. Scullion, who with his wife boarded 40 children from Catholic homes at his farm in Beaverkill, died at an Albany nursing home on February 17. He was 79.
Mr. and Mrs. Emil Vollmers Sr. of Cochecton celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary on February 18.

50 Years Ago - 1972

Mrs. Anne A. Robisch of Callicoon has been graduated with highest honors from State University College at Oneonta as of January 27. At present she is employed teaching third grade at Deposit Elementary School.
His Eminence Terence Cardinal Cook will visit Liberty next Sunday to install the Rev. Msgr. Robert Brown of St. Peter’s Church in Liberty as Episcopal Vicar of Sullivan County.
Mr. and Mrs. Lester Hillriegel are the parents of a girl, Amy Sue, born February 4, at Community General Hospital in Monticello. She has a brother, Richard Todd, at home.
In what has become one of the most heart warming traditions in Sullivan County, members of the Sullivan County Hairdressers Association paid their yearly visit to the County Infirmary last week to pretty up the resident ladies in honor of Valentine’s Day.

40 Years Ago - 1982

Approximately 50 patients at the Wayne County Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, Pa., were moved to new patient areas on the third and fourth floors of the new H.D. Propst, M.D., Pavilion of the hospital on February 24. The pavilion will also house the lobby and new entrance to the hospital.
County Clerk Joseph Purcell, 64, is considering a candidacy for the assembly should the state adopt a new assembly district to include both Sullivan and Delaware counties.
Community General Hospital officials have scheduled a press conference Tuesday dealing with the hospital plans to press for a nursing program at Sullivan County Community College. To date, the hospital has collected 3,000 petition signatures favoring a nursing program and about 30 answers to an advertisement placed in the Sullivan County Democrat favoring a nursing program at SCCC.
Lindsay Dollard of Smallwood, daughter of Timothy and Susan Dollard, was named Local March of Dimes Poster Child. Born with spina bifida, she has undergone surgery nine times and is able to walk with the aid of leg braces and a walker.
Frank Popolillo, who built a small Army-Navy store and used clothing outlet into one of the most attractive and prosperous businesses in the Upper Delaware River region, died Tuesday, February 16, in Hankins, following an illness of some months duration. He was 57 years of age.
Billy Danchak, representing J-YCS and the Delaware Valley Council of Knights of Columbus at Marlboro, took first place in the free-throw contest, making 19 out of 25 baskets.

30 Years Ago - 1992

The first air fatality at the Sullivan County International Airport in White Lake occurred when the body of a 38-year-old New Jersey man was discovered Thursday. He had crashed into the nearby trees while piloting a private plane and it is thought that the accident may have occurred several days before being discovered.
About 150 Boy Scouts participated in the ice fishing contests held at Ten Mile River Boy Scout Camp near Narrowsburg last weekend. It is one of dozens of programs offered county-wide to Boy Scouts of America Nava-Len Chapter. The largest perch was taken by John Ross of Livingston Manor, followed by Kyle Muthig of Neversink and Tom Conjura of Grahamsville. Special awards were given to Pack 88 of Woodbourne, Pack 87 of Grahamsville and Pack 106 of Jeffersonvillle for reeling in the most fish.
A two-hour program to teach participants to identify and properly report instances of child abuse will be presented February 26 at the BOCES in Liberty. The registration fee is $25.
Holiday teddy bears were dressed by Mu Chapter members and then were presented by Linda Immoor, president of Mu Chapter, Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority, to Edward Krauss, a representative of the Salvation Army, to be given to area children.
WJFF, the public radio station in Jeffersonville, celebrated its 2nd anniversary with a Sunday Brunch at Mullally’s Pub.
Work is continuing on the Frontier Insurance headquarters off Lake Louise Marie Road in Rock Hill even as nearby homeowners are challenging its site, construction and environmental approvals in State Supreme Court.
Steven Coots of Cochecton was killed early Saturday morning as he ran his all-terrain vehicle (ATV) into the back of the pickup truck being driven by Bonnie Lagoda as she was attempting to pull into her driveway. Wendy Cole, a passenger on the ATV was injured slightly and treated and released at Community General Hospital in Harris.
Fifty-five residents and former Sullivanites attended a Sullivan County West reunion at the Oasis Country Club in Palm Desert, Calif., on February 3.
Ben Levy was honored on the occasion of his 89th birthday with a cake at the Miller Agency Friday afternoon.

20 Years Ago - 2002

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced that there was a slight decline in the 2001 season deer take, with hunters in Sullivan County harvesting 600 less deer. The total deer take was 6,671.
With police officers picketing the government center in Monticello, one could confirm that Sullivan County and the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Deputies’ PBA have reached a contract impasse. The last contract expired on December 31, 2000.
Denman Mountain, in the Town of Neversink, has long been called the highest summit in Sullivan County. However, according to Dick Ehrmann, a technician for the Sullivan County Soil and Water Conservation District, there’s a point in the DeBruce area, outside Livingston Manor, that rises 65 feet higher, according to topography maps. That mountain remains unnamed.
The Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians filed their land-to-trust application with the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to build a casino off Route 17’s Exit 107, near Monticello. The casino will be developed by Trading Cove Associations, who helped the tried create the Mohegan Sun, in Connecticut.
After a 5 - 4 vote, the end came quickly and quietly as Sullivan County District Attorney Stephen Lungen saw his salary restored during the Sullivan County Legislature’s Executive Committee meeting.
The State of County Speech focused on the future, with Sullivan County Legislature Chair Rusty Pomeroy commenting, “The state of Sullivan County is strong. It is, quite possibly, stronger than at any other time in our history.”
The Fallsburg Central School Community rallied around high school physical education teacher, Dan Gallo, who was recently informed that his contract would not be renewed. Residents of the community, as well as colleagues of Mr. Gallo expressed their confidence and gratitude in his abilities as a teacher in the district but also as the Varsity Volleyball Coach.
The Heart-a-Thon raised over $56,000, which will benefit the American Heart Association and the Cardio-Pulmonary Department at Catskill Regional Medical Center, in Harris. Plans are already in place to break the record next year.
The New York State Education Department and the State Legislature drafted and approved a new law that virtually forces school districts to extend building loan repayments for the estimated life of the building. Local school districts are fearful that this could drive school taxes up further.
Louis Cappelli came before the Town of Thompson Planning Board to answer questions regarding his new development plans for the Concord Resort site. “I am here to tell you where we are and what is happening... We have spent $50 million to date. We are not waiting for gambling. We are not leaving town. We are here to stay.”

10 Years Ago - 2012

On Tuesday, Jan. 10 when Mike Forte hustled Triple The Money three-deep up the Monticello Raceway backside, the pacer circled the leaders and drew clear and it was evident that Forte would join the 3,000-career win club that afternoon. At the wire, Triple the Money was a three-length winner in a time of 1:59.2. With his victory, Forte becomes the 222nd driver to reach 3,000 wins in his career. Forte, whose 155 winners at Monticello last year placed him fifth on the Mighty M leaderboard, was somewhat complacent as he was approaching his career milestone.
Carbon Harvest Energy (CHE) President Don McCormick returned to Sullivan County to update an almost brand new Legislature on his company’s plans for a massive food production facility next to the landfill in Monticello. In the works since 2010, the project has slowly made its way to a point where McCormick said CHE is now ready to ink a land sale/lease agreement with the county. While growing lettuce, tomatoes and fish next to a landfill might seem out-of-place, CHE is banking on the former dump’s methane gas – a result of the trash’s ongoing decomposition – to provide an economical way to heat and power the facility. Called the “Sullivan County Resource Stewardship Facility,” the $35 million complex would actually occupy two sites – a 25-acre parcel for the greenhouses between the back (south side) of the landfill and Haddock Road, and a smaller spot for the preparation facility, possibly closer to East Broadway.
Following close to an hour of questions and comments, the Forestburgh Town Board officially abolished the planning board, thus assuming its duties. The vote was 4-1, with Councilman Gene Raponi against and Supervisor Bill Sipos and councilpeople John Galligan, Michael Creegan and Susan Parks-Landis in favor. The move won support from some and condemnation from others in the audience, according to comments made during a public hearing preceding the decision.
A rally and a car caravan in support of an amendment to the Constitution to declare corporations are NOT people took place in Sullivan County. The rally started in Liberty, went on to Livingston Manor, Jeffersonville, Callicoon, and finally ended in Monticello’s Ted Stroebele Center for a talk by Michael Sussman, a lawyer and an expert on the Constitution. January 20th, 2021 was the two-year anniversary of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court’s decision that ruled that corporations can be considered “persons” under the Constitution. The event was jointly organized by MoveOn.org, Citizens United, and MoveToAmend. org. The proposed amendment would state that only people, not corporations, have the right to be deemed “persons” and therefore be subject to free speech protections. The driving force behind the movement is the idea that corporations can unduly influence the outcome of elections because they have so much money at their disposal, and can contribute to campaigns and influence their outcome.


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