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Ruth Huggler
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140 years ago - 1881

They say recently that Gen. Sherman is developing a great weakness to kill all the young and pretty girls he meets. As men grow older, they grow wiser.

John Leonard has …

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140 years ago - 1881

They say recently that Gen. Sherman is developing a great weakness to kill all the young and pretty girls he meets. As men grow older, they grow wiser.

John Leonard has sold his farm near Monticello to Robert Cantrell for $12,000. An attempt is being made again to establish a beet sugar factory at Wurtsboro.

Neil Gilmour, in answer to the question, holds that “a teacher employed by the day is not legally entitled to wages for legal holidays upon which school is not taught, unless under special contract with the trustees.”

Thursday of last week the barn and out buildings of Charles Foley, a farmer living near Mongaup Valley, were burned. Loss $1,000 and no insurance.

W.W. Williams, residing near Cochecton, discovered a snake on his farm running on top of the snow.

A number of Mamakating farmers will try the experiment of raising Chinese sugar cane during the coming season.

Charles Homer and wife of the Eagle Hotel, Jeffersonville, narrowly escaped suffocation from coal gas Friday night.

Six people in Fremont died of smallpox. Five of the six were in one family.

James Diving of Liberty is studying law with Benjamin Reynolds of Parksville.

A party of about 15, evidently Norwegians, footed it through the Middletown on the Erie tracks last Friday morning, bound for the west. They wore overcoats made from skins of various wild animals of different colors.

130 years ago - 1891

Professor Carl Myers of Utica is consulting with Washington officials regarding the artificial promotion of rainfall in arid regions.

The plan, to be operated by Prof. Myers, is to send up balloons with one proportion of oxygen which mixed when fired forms water and produces one of the most violent explosions known to science.

Joseph Seibert, near this village, nearly escaped the loss of an eye last Friday while tending his cattle. He was hooked by a cow, the sharp pointed horn raising his cheekbone and splitting the upper eyelid, fortunately without damage to the bald eye.

The Excelsior Baseball Club of this village is organizing for the coming season and expects to carry off the championship honors for the year 1891.

O.E. Inderlied will erect a large dance hall in Youngsville.

The Schaefer house and lot was recently purchased by M.J. Weyrauch and is now being renovated.

Gideon Moulthrop's sawmill in Kenoza Lake has been running full blast for the past week.

Barbara Werlau and Walter Robisch were married on March 4 by Rev. S. Muery of Hortonville.

Mr. Charles Homer and Miss Tillie Sherwood of this village went to Livingston Manor to attend the performance of the play “Neveda.”

Supervisor Hessinger of Callicoon, who has been suffering with rheumatism for the past few weeks, is improving.

120 years ago - 1901

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Krantz of the Fosterdale Hotel have issued invitations to the marriage of their daughter, Clara M., to Floyd O. Scott, the Fosterdale-Narrowsburg mail carrier. The wedding will be held at the Krantz home on March 27th.

Casper Weisenfluh of Youngsville, fire warden for the Town of Callicoon, has appointed Henry Dreher of Roscoe and David Meyer of Youngsville, district fire wardens.

Jacob Huth has purchased the 53 acre farm of Ferdinand Hahn, between Callicoon and North Branch, for $1675.

Dr. Lamson, dentist will be at the Eagle Hotel this week. Teeth extracted without pain.

It is rumored that the Durr brothers will vacate the Eagle Hotel stables this spring and run the stables and barroom of the Jefferson House, which has been conducted the past year by John N. Kohler.

If an article is worth carrying in stock, it is worth advertising to the community.

Butcher E.H. Mathern and wife have leased rooms in the Presbyterian parsonage and will move from the Becker building.

Charles Gabel, who has been farming for Joseph Kile at Hurleyville, will move to the farm of his father, Henry Gabel, in the Beechwoods.

Miss Anna Guteman of Cochecton Center became the bride of William Lindt.

A daughter was born on Sunday to C.N. Fuller and wife of Jeffersonville.

E.P. Faubel is placing a handsome bar and fixture in his saloon. They came from New York.

Grishaber and Yager have finished driving a well for Mrs. Kohl near Callicoon.

110 years ago - 1911

Harry Geib, aged 16, is very ill with pneumonia at the home of his mother, Mrs. Philip Geib.

Mrs. J. Cameron Gain is on a two week's vacation visiting relatives in Canada. She will attend the wedding of her sister while there.

The German Independent Churches of Jeffersonville, Youngsville, Hortonville and North Branch will have a new minister from Brooklyn on Sunday. Rev. S. Muery will leave in May.

Sawyer and Engert have returned from Chicago with another express-load of Indian horses and are offering them for sale or exchange at the Delaware House stables in Callicoon.

Thomas Taylor of Kenoza Lake celebrated his 66th birthday this week.

Spring seems to be here. Bluebirds are hopping around on the bare ground and a spring air seems to prevail.

Harry Kline and bride of New York are visiting his father, Jacob Kline, of White Sulphur Springs.

100 years ago - 1921

Miss Eleanor K. Glassel of Beechwoods has been engaged to teach the seventh and eighth grades of our school in place of Miss Alice Shafer of Hancock.

Miss Irene E. Dillmuth, formerly of Jeffersonville, was married to George D. Evans of Honesdale on March 13th.

George Manny of Youngsville, who with his family went to Florida last Fall, has bought a grocery business in Tampa.

The Town Board of Bethel has appropriated $500 for fixing up the Briscoe-Jeffersonville road.

Former Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin D. Roosevelt will speak at the Jeffersonian Dinner which will be held at the Hotel Flagler in Fallsburg on April 18th.

A son was born to John Poley and wife of North Branch on March 8.

A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hahn of Youngsville on March 5.

Fenelon Hill of White Sulphur Springs has sold his boarding house, known as the Sunny Terrace Cottage, to city people.

Thomas Young of White Sulphur Springs has contracted with builder Elmer Knack of Callicoon Center for the erection of a $5000 house near the creamery.

The Misses Martha and Marion Scheidell were in Monticello on Monday visiting Miss Lucia Thompson of Washington, D.C.

Frank Hess of this place has bought the Anderson farm north of the village.

Louise Layman of Kenoza Lake is negotiating for the farm of Charles Mages on the Beechwoods road.

Fred Kille, who sold his boarding house at Obernburg to Frank Erlwein of New York has bought the Kronbloch place this side of Obernburg.

The Town Board of Callicoon met and appointed Louis Bauernfeind town highway superintendent, in place of William Schaefer, who resigned.

A U.S. Navy observation balloon, in charge of two young men, made a forced landing in Jeffersonville at six o'clock Sunday morning.

90 years ago - 1931

Charles Schmidt was re-elected mayor at the village election. Mr. Schmidt had firmly declined to serve again as mayor but won by a 40 to 37 vote. John Townsend was his opponent.

Ed. A. Branch sent postcards from his winter home in Miami that he enjoyed a fly over Miami and the bay with Otto Hillig of Liberty in the latter's plane, which will start on a trip to Denmark this spring.

The ten school directors in the second supervisory district in Sullivan County met at the schoolhouse here to organize as a board under the law. The directors of the five towns are as follows: William Deckelman, Andrew VonBergen, Callicoon; Charles G. Curtis, George N. Homer, Delaware; John Kenney, Francis Deckelman, Fremont; William V. Denman, William Lawrence, Neversink; John W. Albee, Mrs. Lorraine Russell, Rockland.

Charles E. Button of Middletown, who has been principal of the Youngsville school for the past two years, has been engaged to preside over the Livingston Manor High School.

The old “Squire Barlow Hill House,” an old landmark two miles east of White Sulphur Springs, burned on Tuesday morning.

The thirteenth birthday of Lillian Hoffman was celebrated at the Mansion House last Friday.

A daughter, Barbara Joan, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Cucci of Hortonville on March 5th. The mother was Mrs. Katherine Fischer.

Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Graebner of Callicoon are the parents of a daughter, born March 15th.

80 years ago - 1941

William Meyer, assistant to electric lineman Paul Schwatz, is negotiating for the purchase of the late Charles P. Durr house in the Delaware section of the village.

Police Sergeant Fred M. Hick and family of New York City are visiting Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Hick and family of Jeffersonville. Sgt. Hick plans to build a home when he retires in two years.

William C. Fuhrer and daughter, Bernice, have returned home after a vacation in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Joan, the 4-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Robisch of Jeffersonville, fell against her baby walker on Tuesday and cut a gash under her chin which required stitches by Dr. McGee.

Miss Ida Bergman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Morris Bergman of White Sulphur Springs, and Sidney Frankel of Jeffersonville will be married on March 23rd.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Wood of Livingston Manor have announced the engagement of their daughter, Jennie, to Albert Schleiermacher, son of Eric Schleiermacher of Shandelee.

The first daily newspaper in Sullivan County was issued on Monday at Monticello with Arthur C. Kyle, publisher, and Thomas Pendell of Little Britain, managing editor. It is labeled “The Sullivan County Evening News.”

70 years ago - 1951

Roscoe beat Tuxedo of Orange County in the first Class D sectional playoff game in the Jeffersonville gymnasium Saturday night, winning 44-38. The second game was played in the Jeff gym on March 10th between the second place winners, Narrowsburg beating Montgomery 50-42.

Seven delegates from the Jeffersonville High School attended the annual convention of the Columbia University Scholastic Press Association in New York, from Thursday through Saturday. Representing the Rumor and School News column in the “Record” were Shirley Geib, Norma Fredd, Marlene Scardefield, Shirley Brown, John Gieger, Herbert Hassis and Miss Woodworth. Jeff took third place for its “Rumor.”

The “Rumor” staff and the English department sponsored a literary contest and the winners were: Sondra Epstein, Roberta Mann, and Margaret Fulton. The winners were given money prizes at the Junior Class Assembly from the “Rumor” treasury.

Peter Voris, co-proprietor and manager of the Mansion House, died Sunday in the Callicoon Hospital, suffering a stroke on Wednesday. Aged 58, he had been a resident of Jeffersonville for two years since he and his cousin, Nicholas Voris, took over the Mansion House. He formerly ran a restaurant and a bar in Suffern. Born in Greece, he was a veteran of World War I and a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Among his survivors are a sister, Esther, in Greece, and two first cousins, Mrs. Pauline Karadontes of Jeffersonville and Nicholas Voris.

Seventy-five were present at the Delaware Democratic dinner in the Lutheran Church on Saturday evening. Principal speaker at the turkey dinner was County Judge William Deckelman.

Mrs. Jack Swords has received a telegram stating that her husband, 2nd Lieut. Jack Swords, was slightly wounded on February 26th while fighting with the First Marine Regiment in Korea.

At the village election to be held on March 20, the posts to be filled are those where terms of office expire: Mayor Frederick W.V. Schadt and Trustees William H. Leroy and Leonard Hess.

Sixty years ago this week, William Lieb, at the age of 21, took over the editorship and publishing of the “Sullivan County Record,” purchasing it from Martin J. Weyrauch, for whom he had served as an apprentice for four years. He was 14 when his father took him out of school and put him in the newspaper office. He then worked in a job printing office in Jersey City and after a few months became a compositor on the New York Observer, a Presbyterian weekly. He later joined the Big Six, the typographical union, hoping to reach top union scale wage of $18 a week. Being homesick, he returned to Jeffersonville and bought the “Record,” taking as his working partner John Luchs, also of Jeff, who had served an apprenticeship on the “Record.” After a year, Mr. Luchs left to learn linotyping in New York and now is a retired widower in San Diego, Calif.

Mr. Lieb's first paper was published in a little one-story building where the Adler building now stands. When William F. Grishaber bought the building, Lieb moved to the Eberwood building, which is now the shoemaker's shop. In 1896, the paper moved to its present Main Street location, after Mr. Lieb bought and enlarged the house owned by his grandfather, John Many. He and his wife, the former Sophie Marie Himmelreich of Youngsville, have lived there since their marriage in 1893. Mr. Lieb was the publisher of the Record from 1891 to 1946.

60 years ago - 1961

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Schoon­over, formerly of Eldred, now residing at the Sullivan County Infirmary, were honored on their 65th wedding anniversary on St. Patrick's Day. The 85th birthday of Mrs. Schoonover was also celebrated the same day. Mr. Schoonover is 88 years of age.

Two Wayne County basset hound breeders became charter members of the newly organized Patroon Basset Hound Club on March 11 at Napanoch. They are Joel Hill of Willowdale Kennels, Lookout, Pa., and Miss Joan Elmore, Sunny Terrace Kennels, Damascus, Pa.

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Young of Narrowsburg were honored on their 50th wedding anniversary March 12 at the home of their son, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Young.

An article in the Wayne Independent, Honesdale, Pa., last week says, “Construction of a new Delaware River bridge at Callicoon will begin within the next two months, according to a letter received Thursday.”

Qualified voters of the Delaware Valley Central School District will meet next Wednesday, March 22, to cast their vote on a proposed $295,000 bond issue which will provide funds for an eight room addition to the present school structure. In the editorial of the Sullivan County Democrat, publisher Fred W. Stabbert states - “It's a fact that the school is too small at the present time. The prospects are that there will be more pupils, not less. We feel that the new addition has been planned economically and that the present operation is an efficient and economical one. How then can we be in opposition, even if we disregard the fact that we have nine grandchildren who will attend the school? We urge a large and resounding, ‘yes' vote next Wednesday.”

50 years ago - 1971

Norman Jamieson has been appointed postmaster at Youngsville.

Maurice Downing of Callicoon Center was guest of honor at a retirement party held at the VFW Hall in Liberty on February 27.

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Brustman of Obernburg on the birth of a son last week.

Few people are aware of the talented people who are living upstairs above the Sauer store in Jeff. They are Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Ravea, formerly of West New York. They are both doll makers.

Glenn Osterhout of Liberty will represent Sullivan County at the 36th annual Capitol Days to begin March 8. Climaxing the two-day program, Gov. Nelson Rockefeller will receive the 4-H delegates in the Red Room of the Capitol.

Mr. and Mrs. Lee Cronk of Revonah Hill announced the engagement of their daughter, Dona Lee Cronk, to John Victor Higgins Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. John Higgins of Sundown… Mr. and Mrs. Karl Balke of Ozone Park announce the engagement of their daughter, Joan, to Michael Kaplan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Kaplan, Jeffersonville. A July wedding is planned. … Mr. and Mrs. Warren Werlau of Jeffersonville announce the engagement of their daughter, Eileen Mae, to John T. Semo Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. John Semo of Liberty.

40 years ago - 1981

Several hundred worshippers packed Callicoon's United Methodist Church Sunday to hear Bishop Roy Calvin Nichols, newly elected bishop of the New York Area's United Methodist Congregation.

Hard on the heels of Conrail's demolition of railroad stations in Narrowsburg, Hancock and Deposit, comes a story that Conrail may be thinking of eliminating some or all of the Southern Tier freight route.

The former Arlington Hotel in Narrowsburg, which is temporary headquarters for the National Park Service, has become the home of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance. The Park Service moves to its permanent home in the former Edick property on the Pennsylvania side of the river about a mile and a half above Narrowsburg.

Mrs. Nancie Seaman, the Grand Old Lady of Sullivan County, died Tuesday at the age of 109. She has been a resident of the Sullivan County Infirmary since breaking her hip at the age of 103. Before that she maintained and took care of her own home in Neversink. On her 100th birthday she was pumping gas for customers at the store she and her husband opened in 1934 and which she sold to her niece after 1966. Mrs. Seaman continued to work at the store.

30 years ago - 1991

Forestburgh sportsman Phil Chase was awarded the UDC's Community Service Award for the work he and his Fontinels Fly Fishing Club did in saving the Mongaup River access to the Delaware from over-recreation.

On January 13, Arnold Sheeley of Rock Hill was honored at a dinner at the Dodge Inn in Rock Hill for his 30 years of service as a fire commissioner of the Rock Hill Fire District.

A new log splitter valued at $1,500 was stolen from the porch at the Delaware Valley Agway store in Callicoon over the weekend, and the store manager, Rich Wulff, is offering a $150 reward for information leading to the recovery of the machine, and arrest of the perpetrator(s).

20 years ago - 2001

Yet again, “Woody” the bear who stands in front of the old Cochecton Railroad Station along Route 97 has been vandalized. On this occasion he was literally defaced and had his paws amputated. Cochecton Preservation Society President Woody Schlegel said that the damage was first spotted Sunday afternoon.

The Rialto Theater on Broadway in Monticello has been named to the National Register of Historic Places. The Rialto was contructed in 1921 and was one of three theaters in Monticello at the time. On the second floor of the building was the Parisian Restaurant which regularly featured a New York City jazz orchestra. Eleanor Roosevelt herself was a guest there in 1922. Last year the Rialto along with several other Monticello businesses were bought by New York City entrepreneur Misa Chang.

Deaths: Elaine T. Orr, 74, of Liberty, a longtime secretary of the Sullivan County SPCA in Rock Hill, died Sunday, March 4, 2001 at Community General Hospital in Harris. …Leonard Schwartz, 69, the former owner and operator of the Schwartz Deli in Monticello and a theme decorator in various area hotels, died Tuesday, March 6, 2001 at Community General Hospital in Harris.

Winifred Luchs Mullally, 84, a third generation resident of Jeffersonville and a retired teacher of the Jeffersonville-Youngsville Central School, died March 12, 2001 in Middletown. She was the widow of Vincent Joseph Mullally.

10 years ago - 2011

The U.S. Dept. of the Interior's (DOI's) February decision to reject the Stockbridge-Munsee Community Band of Mohicans' casino plans in Bridgeville seemed like it hinged on concerns that New York State might be “taking advantage” of the Stockbridge-Munsees via the recently signed gaming compact. Citing a section of the compact stating that only gaming and related activities may take place at the casino site (which would become sovereign Native American territory), Deputy Assistant DOI Secretary Donald Laverdure ruled that that clause was too restrictive. Laverdure felt that approving such a compact “opens the door to areas of negotiation we believe Congress never intended under IGRA.”

A single case of tuberculosis at Monticello Central School has so far not infected anyone else nor has the illness claimed the life of its unidentified victim. The person is expected to recover fully. About 300 people who might have been exposed to the bacterial disease were notified with many taking the tuberculosis test offered by Public Health Nursing. So far no additional cases have been found. Sullivan County Public Health Nursing Director Carol Ryan said this is the second case of tuberculosis in Sullivan County this year, though the other one was not related and was not in a school setting.

Deb Evans, 60, a long-time member of the Democrat family passed away while on vacation in Arizona with her husband, Andrew Scott, while visiting family when she unexpectedly fell ill and was hospitalized. Deb started at the Democrat in January 1995 as a darkroom technician, developing film and creating camera ready art. Later, when the newspaper switched to all digital photography, she became the resident expert in Photoshop, preparing images for both our print and web editions.

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