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March 12, 2024 Edition

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130 Years Ago - 1894

John Mootz and the team have been assisting George Weyrauch in drawing logs which are intended for a new house.

Young America is endeavoring to organize a sporting …

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March 12, 2024 Edition


130 Years Ago - 1894

John Mootz and the team have been assisting George Weyrauch in drawing logs which are intended for a new house.

Young America is endeavoring to organize a sporting club, with rooms in the Sullivan County Record office.

Those of our citizens who are voluntarily aiding in the erection of the engine house in Jeffersonville deserve a great deal of credit for their services and the neat and comely building they are putting up.

Keep well my old comrades! March is a deceitful friend. If he shakes your hand when he meets you, he will strike you when he goes away.

The highly esteemed Mrs. Weyrauch, widow of John Weyrauch, returned from New York City last week. We all welcome her back. Her absence made this place very dull.

M. Hermann of Callicoon Depot has a twenty-five horse-power boiler and engine upon the grounds which will soon be placed in his new mill. Fifteen teams were engaged in hauling logs from the Tyler tract across the river last week to the mill.

120 Years Ago - 1904

Rudolph Gute and Henry Meyer of Middle Village, L.I., were in town a couple of days, returning home yesterday. Mr. Meyer has leased of Conrad Metzger the Dr. Brand place and will move here next month. Mr. Gute will come here with his family in June to rent or buy a place.

The change in freezing weather Tuesday night was a blessing to the dwellers along the lower Delaware, which were threatened with destruction by the rapidly rising water and the ice jam.

Dr. William J. Davis, a young physician of Livingston Manor, expects to locate in Jeffersonville next week.

A masquerade party was held at the home of Henry Reinheimer Jr. of Sand Pond on Saturday night, and about twenty of the young people of the neighborhood were in masks.

Monticello, the county seat of Sullivan County, is 100 years old and will celebrate its centennial this year.

William Fuhrer has returned home from East Branch where he was tending bar for his brother-in-law, John Huggler.

E.A. Brand has recovered from his long illness from typhoid and is again able to be out of doors.

The Livingston Manor acid factory was bought last week by Corbett and Stewart.

W. Becker, the druggist, will open a branch drugstore at Lake Huntington this spring. He will tear down his bowling alley building and use it for the store at the lake.

Conrad Chellius has hired to work for butcher J.L. Schmidt.

110 Years Ago - 1914

The Jeffersonville School has won the rural school prize for Sullivan County on flint corn, awarded by the State College of Agriculture at Ithaca. The exhibit was held during the Farmers’ Week in February, and the corn exhibits were judged by experts on corn.

John Ludwig, formerly proprietor of the Mansion House, was stricken by apoplexy at his home in this village. His condition is critical and there is no hope of his recovery.

Representatives of the Livingston Manor Electric Co. were here last week and connected up their street line with houses that have been recently wired for electric lights. The buildings now lighted by electricity are the First National Bank, Mansion House, Post Office, Brand and Co.’s store and house, Fuhrer’s Market, the office and residence of Wm. Lieb and several others.

The weather is getting just about as freakish as the styles in women’s dress. The warm sunshine during the past week has melted away much of the great snowfall, piled up in many places and subsequent slush and water have made traveling very bad everywhere.

Fred Wagner of North Branch has bought the Kessler place of 77 acres of Martin Knauer, and will build a house and barn on it. Fred says it is a fine place for a chicken farm.

Measles have been spreading through the school, and many families are afflicted in Kenoza Lake.

A fire company was organized at Callicoon Center last Thursday night with nearly forty members.

A new milk route has been started through Beechwoods by one of our most industrious young men, Bill Geib. Bill starts his route at home and gathers up the neighbors’ milk as he journeys toward Callicoon, as this milk is taken to the Scheidell creamery in that village.

100 Years Ago - 1924

Jeffersonville is the “sunshine city” all right this winter. While the territory all around us has experienced more or less of the season’s storms, the sun has shone nearly every day, and we have had very faint effects of the rough weather.

Referee Cooper of the State Compensation Commission, awarded $1,000 to Herbert Grishaber of Jeffersonville, for two scars on his face and $20 for lawyer’s service. The injuries which produced the scars were caused by the explosion of the gasoline tank of a Ford tractor which Mr. Grishaber was mending with a torch and solder at the garage of his uncle, C. G. Yager. Attorney Wm. Deckelman of this place appeared for Grishaber.

Miss Dorothy Scheidell celebrated the advent into the sweet sixteen class Sunday by entertaining several school chums.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred W. Schadt celebrated their fifteenth wedding anniversary last night with a card party for a few of their friends.

The two story business and residence building put up and left unfinished last summer by butcher H. Abel, is now being completed by Wm. Kohler, lumber dealer.

The bungalow of Fred W. Mayer of Jersey City, located in the pines on the former Lawrence tract at Falls Mills, was destroyed by fire with all its furnishings.

The Callicoon Town Board was dined at Cable’s Star Restaurant at Roscoe Monday evening by the Roscoe-Rockland Commercial Club. The object of the meeting was to discuss the matter of completing the town and county road through the Gulf between Roscoe and Callicoon Center this year.

90 Years Ago - 1934

The warm weather and rain of this week brought a great flood and ice gorge in the Delaware River. The two feet thick ice in the river broke up but gorged near Page’s, a mile below Cochecton, throwing the water back over the lower section of Cochecton and Damascus villages to a depth of five feet and threatening to sweep away many homes and business places. Water with ice cakes crashed through windows and doors of the lower floors.

Arthur Brey of Callicoon Center is around again, after being shut in a week by chicken pox. Walter Merklin is looking after the farm for him until he fully regains his health.

Sam Rudolf, local butcher, was one of twenty-three to receive citizenship papers from Supreme Court Justice Loughran at Monticello last week.

Fred Schadt Jr. was home from Albany Law School for the weekend.

John W. Miller, well known Briscoe farmer and member of a learned family, died suddenly at his home this morning. Mr. Miller had been afflicted by rheumatism of the heart.

80 Years Ago - 1944

Erwin L. Baker, who came here nine years ago from Staats-burg to assume the principalship of our school, which later became a central school, has been accepted in the U.S. Navy with a rating of first class petty officer.

A training plane from Stewart Field, Newburgh, hit the ground in the rear of William M. Millen’s farmhouse between White Lake and Swan Lake at midnight last week.

Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Brandt of Livingston Manor left Tuesday to spend a few weeks at St. Petersburg, Fla. Mrs. Brandt is a sister of Mrs. Nat Bodenstein of this place.

Pvt. George Krum of the medical corps is home on furlough from Fort Knox, Kty. George says he is never sorry he went in the army. And judging from George’s looks, he should not be. A party was given to George last night by his relatives and friends at the home of his sister, Mrs. Walter Scardefield.

The auction at the Edmond Eagin farm Tuesday was a very large one. Cows sold for over $200 each.

Mrs. John Meier has received word through the Red Cross that her grandson, Arthur Lohrer, who has been reported killed in action, is, instead, a prisoner in a German camp.

The large wooden warehouse in the rear of the hardware and hotel supply store of Sabloff Bros. on South Main Street in Liberty was ruined by fire during the busy shopping time last Saturday.

70 Years Ago - 1954

A boy, Steven Joseph, was born to Mr. and Mrs. John Eschenberg of Callicoon at the Callicoon Hospital on February 27. He has two older brothers, John and Dennis.

Thirty friends and relatives attended the bridal shower for Kathryn Robisch given by the Presbyterian Sunday School teachers.

Leonard Hess, Jeffersonville fire chief and village trustee, received three broken ribs last Saturday afternoon when a tree, which he was helping to cut down, fell and pinned Mr. Hess under it. The accident happened in a wood tract near Beaver Brook.

The Jeffersonville Dry Cleaners was broken into some time Monday evening and $250 in cash and checks were stolen. The establishment is owned by Mr. and Mrs. Warren Ruppert.

Miss Gail Coots, a 19-year-old telephone operator of White Lake, was killed shortly after midnight March 5th when a car operated by Roger Taylor left the road and crashed into a tree about a half mile south of Bethel.

In Sullivan County, 1,751 deer were killed. Broken down, the statistics show 1,720 of them were killed by gunners, seven by archers. Twenty-four antlerless deer were also killed by archers. Sullivan County ranks first in all counties for number of deer killed.

The sixteenth birthday of Adele Brown of Kenoza Lake was celebrated with a dinner on Sunday for friends and relatives.

Eleven were inducted into the armed forces on Monday. They were Harold Hinkley, Theodore Fontana, Earl Gorr and Dean Simpson, all of Livingston Manor; William Hasbrouck of Bloomingburg, Frank Laufersweiler of Monticello, William Hasbrouck of Liberty, Frederick Horback, Frank DeGraw and Vincent DeGraw, all of South Fallsburg.

60 Years Ago - 1964

Winners of Our Lady of Angels Bowling Tournament, held at the Jeff Alleys and the bowling alleys of George’s Colonial Inn, were announced this weekend. High gross with 774 was Donald Hauschild of Jeffersonville and a high net of 665 by William Danzer of Liberty took the men’s trophy at George’s. The women’s section was won by Doris Katzoff of Lake Huntington with a gross of 647 and Rose Scuicco of Middletown with a net of 579. At the Jeff Bowling Alleys, high gross was Harry Reitmann of White Sulphur Springs and high net was Larry Taylor of Port Jervis. Arlene Dauch of Kauneonga Lake took high gross honors with a 637 and Rose Scuicco of Middletown won high net with 547.

Births this week are listed at Callicoon Hospital as a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Roche of Callicoon on March 1st; Liberty Maimonides - a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Antosh of Jeffersonville on February 29th; Liberty-Loomis - a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Boyd of White Sulphur Springs on March 2; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Smith of Livingston Manor on March 4; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Wheeler of Cochecton on February 27.

Four students at the Jeff-Y Central School have been awarded Regents Scholarships. They are: Barbara Krongel, June MacFarlane, Patricia Haney and Ruth Santfleben.

From the Editorial — The H. Russell Kenyon Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars is sponsoring a Hat Show and Sale next Tuesday. We pity the husband who tries to argue with the little woman as she displays her “many contributions to the VFW Scholarship Fund.” And what woman could pass up the opportunity of wearing her contribution on her head. The money raised will be given in a scholarship to the new Sullivan County Community College. The sale was conducted by Mrs. Ida  “Skippy” Frankel of Liberty.

50 Years Ago - 1974

Barry Becker, the new pharmacist in Callicoon, will hold the same hours as Peck’s Market. Mr. Becker and his family are living in the former Kautz house in Callicoon.

Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Tremper of Youngsville celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the Little Texas Ranch in Obernburg on February 16.

Florence Wells of Monticello and Mr. Al Sharkey of Eldred were united in marriage at the Methodist Church, Monticello, on February 24. She is head account clerk in the Sullivan County Treasurer’s office and the bridegroom is supervisor of the Town of Highland and director of Civil Defense and Natural Disaster Preparedness Office for Sullivan County.

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Buddenhagen of Callicoon are the proud parents of a son, Kurt Daniel, born February 27 at Horton Hospital, Middletown. . . A daughter, Tracy Lee Geraldine, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Long (nee Pamela Gager) on February 24 at the Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, Pa.

40 Years Ago - 1984

As part of the Holiday Mt. Ski Area’s 11th Winter Carnival, the Sullivan County Tavern Owner’s Association and the Sullivan County Law Enforcement Officers will engage in a softball game to be played – hopefully – in the snow. The proceeds from the sale of tickets will benefit the Sullivan County Association for Retarded Children in South Fallsburg and the Holiday Mtn. Youth Group.

John Cummings, president of the Monticello Men’s Softball League  and a member of the Canton Restaurant bowling team, and Norine Michael, owner of Kiamesha Lanes, have announced plans for a bowl-a-thon to benefit the families of Luis and Wilfredo (Fred) Torres and Miguel Palau-Torres. The Torres brothers were active in both softball and bowling. They, along with James and John Jones of Wurtsboro, were killed in a blast at the Revere Smelting and Refining Corporation near Middletown on February 9.

Delaware Valley defeated Narrowsburg Friday night, 56-44 to advance to the finals in Class D Section 9  Basketball Sectional Competition. . . Roscoe defeated Sugar Loaf 90-77 in the semi-finals of Section 9 playoffs. Delaware Valley and Roscoe will meet to determine the Sectional championship on Tuesday night. From there the winner will go to Glens Falls for further competition. . . Fallsburg will play Coleman in the Class C Section 9 finals.

The Delaware Valley Cheerleaders took the sectional championship and also the overall championship in Section 9 competition held Sunday at the Orange County Community College in Middletown, meriting them two trophies for the display case at their school. Nancy Sandlas is their coach.

Approximately 4,000 people attended the sixth annual dog show in Monticello Saturday which had 1,550 canines entered in the contest sponsored by the Monticello Kennel Club.

Bruce Varco was the winner of a three-day trip to Washington, D.C., at the recent Washington Sales Days in Honesdale, Pa.

Wendy Weissman of Callicoon Center was guest of honor at a bridal shower on February 2. She will become the bride of Thomas Czsiak of East Syracuse on March 24.

30 Years Ago - 1994

Ed and Lillian Krauss of Fosterdale recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary... Stanley and Betty Stephens celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on March 1. — Tyler Hill Corresp.

The Monticello Gymnasts will host the first annual Catskill Classic Invitational Meet on  March 6. Nearly 130 female competitors are expected to attend. The Monticello gymnasts earned a third place trophy at the Empire State Classic International Invitational Meet in Albany, held February  2-6.

With his 270-pound frame, shaved head, multiple tatoos and long black beard, it’s not too difficult to picture Stan Ryan of Callicoon Center locked up in the “Big House.” But he is no hardened convict – he only plays one on TV. Ryan was recently cast into the role of “Lovely Larry,” an inmate character in the new board game called “Lock Up,” created by Sullivan County natives Chris and Terri Forsbach. “Lock Up” is available at The Other Store in Jeffersonville, Becker’s Pharmacy in Callicoon and The Woodstock Emporium in Bethel.

Eighty-two skaters took part in the 9th Annual Skate-a-Thon held at the Delaware Youth Center Saturday evening. A grand total of $5,327.12 was received in pledges to benefit the youth center, topping last year’s pledges by $400.

The Monticello Fire Department hosted the 13th Annual Firefighters Slalom last Sunday at Holiday Mountain Ski Area   with 117  teams, representing 585 male and female firefighters, registered. Rock Hill once again beat out the Monticello firemen for the Town of Thompson Cup.

More than 50 friends and family members gathered to wish Isidore Gold a happy 100th birthday Sunday afternoon. He was born in Lithuania, moved to the United States and served his new country in the armed forces. The founder of Gold Plumbing, he was one of the leading plumbers in the region, catering to the hotel industry.

The Upper Delaware Ambulance Corps of Callicoon celebrated its 25th anniversary by honoring four members, Mary Cade (25-year member), Charlotte Kautz, Art Tenbus and Henry Hermann (25-year member) for their outstanding service to the corps as well as several other members of the group.

20 Years Ago - 2004

An early morning blaze destroyed the mill building at Semenetz Lumber Company along North Branch Road in the Town of Callicoon on Sunday. According to Ed Puerschner, chief of Protection Hose Company #1 of Jeffersonville, the fire was called into the Sullivan County 911 Center by a passerby using a cell phone at 3:11 a.m. The lumber company was recently sold by Gregg Semenetz to Steve Schmidt, president of ASA Precision Co., Inc., a high-tech machining and fabrication shop located across the road from the lumberyard. The cause is under investigation.

An architect’s drawing of the proposed performing arts center near the Woodstock site in Bethel was unveiled Tuesday at a planning board hearing about the Gerry Foundation’s revised plans.

Housing for seniors on low to middle fixed incomes now have a place they can call home. Tannery Village, already at full capacity, held its ribbon-cutting ceremony at its location on Richardson Avenue in Monticello Friday.

The Cilvik family reunion was held at the home of Joan Booth of Monticello with 50 or more present, in July 2003. There were six remaining children (of twelve) of the Civlik family who came to the reunion.

The sap is flowing and the Roscoe Free Library is pleased to have a display of the old-time maple sugaring process at the library.

Anna White, who resides on the Skilled Nursing Unit at CRMC in Harris, will be 104 years of age on Saturday, March 13. She grew up in Princeton, New Jersey.

10 Years Ago - 2014

Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolves will be playing on Saturday at Dutch’s Tavern in Rock Hill. Fronted by singer/songwriter Renata Daria, the band features Dan Powaltz on lead guitar, Harold Camacho on bass, Freddy Mulharin on drums and James DiPrima on harmonica and flute. “Every player in this project was hand-picked for their musical expertise,” said Daria, who after a four-year hiatus from performing in the Hudson Valley is once again ready to take center stage. 

For the fourth year, SUNY Sullivan will host the NJCAA Division III National Championship Tournament in men’s basketball from March 13-15 at the Paul Gerry Fieldhouse. Though the host school will not be participating, the  tournament has received outstanding support from local and regional sponsors.


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