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March 29, 2022 Edition

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110 years ago — 1912

Charles Doosenbach, the new baker in Callicoon, will open up his bakery on next Saturday. Married, March 20 — Edward Knack to Miss Nellie Tremper, both of White …

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Down the Decades

March 29, 2022 Edition


110 years ago — 1912

Charles Doosenbach, the new baker in Callicoon, will open up his bakery on next Saturday.
Married, March 20 — Edward Knack to Miss Nellie Tremper, both of White Sulphur Springs.
Tickets on sale daily until April 14, 1912, $49.50 via Erie Railroad to California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, British Columbia and points in the West. — ADV.

Thomas Gilroy has sold his valuable farm near Galilee, Pa., to a party by the name of Snyder of Walden.

President Taft a week ago Friday nominated Homer V. Allington for postmaster at Jeffersonville to succeed Conrad Metzger who has resigned because of poor health.

Ex-Senator Joel G. Hill of Lookout, Pa., is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Congress from the 14th Pennsylvania District. As Mr. Hill has no opposition on his own ticket, he has a fair prospect of success.

100 years ago - 1922

Winfield Miller, aged 38, of Abrahamsville, Pa. died of pneumonia February 28, 1922, after a few days illness. His father, Jesse N. Miller, aged 81, succumbed to pneumonia on March 4, 1922 . . . Rev. W.S. Wilcox, pastor of the Damascus M.E. Charge, died in the M.E. Hospital, Brooklyn, Friday afternoon, after being treated for injuries received when his horse became frightened as he neared the Conklin Hill Church at Christmas to conduct services, throwing him from his cutter. He was 55. Burial was made in Susquehanna next to two predeceased children.

Fire discovered shortly after midnight Sunday night by a watchman did $1,000 worth of damage to the Liberty moving picture theater in Liberty. Woodwork in the basement, the first floor and the first row of seats was destroyed.

Jack McCubbin’s Riverside house burned at 3:30 a.m. Sunday. Nothing was saved. — Narrowsburg Corresp.

They are cutting ice for the fourth time this winter on Vogt’s lake. This cutting is for the spring use at the creamery. — Hankins Corresp.

Wm. Lathan has purchased a building of Fred Dorrer at the lower end of North Branch on which he will erect a garage. The first floor will be of concrete and the second will be fitted up as a dwelling. Mr. Lathan has already begun the work.

The committee of the County Board of Supervisors is acquiring rights of way in the village and town of Hancock for necessary changes for the construction of Route 3-A. Two weeks ago it was stated that the contract for construction work in the Town of Hancock would not be let until early next fall but now comes orders to hasten releases and report as soon as possible. The inference is that the letting will be made this spring and work commenced this summer on a state road connecting Long Eddy and Hancock. The Erie is opposing the work for building the Pond Eddy to Mongaup part of Route 3-A, by claiming the canal bed over which the road will pass for a part of the way.

90 years ago - 1932

The Jeffersonville High School will receive $500 for a library, under the will of Miss Mary Brown, former resident and school teacher, who died last August on Long Island.

Jacob Wingert of North Branch, seventy, did not use offensive language to Mrs. Margaret Schuman of Buck Brook, Town of Fremont, in a public place, therefore a conviction against him for disorderly conduct is reversed under a decision of County Judge George L. Cooke.

At a special meeting of the members of the Delaware Athletic Association in Callicoon last evening, it was decided to accept an offer from the Standard Oil Co. for the purchase of the field near the oil tanks. It is expected that the association, which was formed here last fall, will begin work on tennis courts as soon as the weather permits.

Dr. Otto Kothe, who opened an office in Callicoon several weeks ago, is a First Lieutenant in the Reserve Corps of the United States Army and he holds a commission in the medical section, issued by the President of the United States. Following his honorable discharge from the Army, he retired to a farm in Damascus township near Callicoon. He has taken up the practice of his profession and has offices in the Katzmeier building.

The Crystal Shower Dance Hall at Hortonville, one of the most popular resorts in this section of the state, was sold yesterday to Henry Arians of Paterson, NJ. The Crystal Shower was built in 1929 and under the management of the owner, Charles Fisher, it became widely known.

Miss Mary Esther, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest White of Galilee, and William A., son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Bennett of Cochecton, were united in marriage Wednesday afternoon, March 16, in Honesdale, Pa. Mr. and Mrs. Bennett will reside with his parents for the time being.

Supervisor George H. Raum of Kenoza Lake stated that the Town of Delaware would be fortunate in having much road construction during the coming summer. The building of Route 3-A as far as Callicoon this year is practically a certainty and 17B from Fosterdale to Falls Mill may be built. Both are state highway projects.

If everyone will make it a point to be at the Rock Valley Church Sunday at 1:30, Sunday School will be organized at that time. Come.

80 years ago - 1942

The members of the Hortonville Fire Department are mighty proud of their new fire truck received last week.

A chicken coop and 650 baby chicks were destroyed by fire on the farm of George Olsen at Fosterdale. The Lake Huntington fire company responded.

Mr. and Mrs. William Girard of Callicoon Center are the parents of a baby boy born at the Liberty Hospital March 14.

Word has been received that William Hones, Lt. Col., U.S. Army, has been elevated to Colonel. He is a Roscoe native, one of the sons of Rev. L. William Hones, former pastor and publisher there.
Walter Weiss, Callicoon township supervisor, and chairman of the Air Warning Service, informs us that more volunteers are needed to man the observation posts in this area, located at East Cochecton, Long Eddy and Callicoon Center.

The third team which entered the New York Journal-American Bowling tournament in NYC on Saturday won first place in Class D. The girls were “in the groove” and all five turned in total scores that were something of which they might be proud. Their individual totals were as follows: Captain Anna Gettel, 411; Lily Gardner, 376; Virginia Starck, 386; Helen Kohl, 423; and Emily Ebert, 404. Last Saturday night the Class B team was in fifth place with a total of 2190. Miss Lucia Sprague turned in a three game total which was unusually high for a bowler in that class - 557.

70 years ago - 1952

The undefeated Roscoe basketball team won its twentieth straight game of the season Friday night at Goshen to win the Section 9 playoff for Class D schools.

At the Callicoon Hospital, it was a boy to Mr. and Mrs. William Theadore of Roscoe RD, on Sunday; Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Friedenstine of Fremont Center are the parents of a son, born Tuesday; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Brown of Galilee, Pa., are the parents of a daughter born Thursday.

Mrs. Otto Hoering of the Lake Jefferson Hotel left Tuesday evening by plane for Germany where she will visit relatives in the Rhineland.

Mr. and Mrs. Mike Esolen of Long Eddy had their son, Thomas, christened at St. Patrick’s Church on March 16. Mrs. George Rivenburg and new daughter returned from Callicoon Hospital on March 11. — Long Eddy Corresp.

Mr. and Mrs. Max Brender, poultry breeders of Ferndale, left last week for a two weeks cruise to the Virgin Islands, Trinidad, Venezuela, Havana and Nassau.

Rev. and Mrs. V.T. Barnett, pastor of the Methodist Church in White Sulphur Springs, will accompany a group of 25 students on a three-month tour of Europe. They will leave at the end of June by water and plan to use bicycles to visit the European countries.

Ed Plaskin of near North Branch reports having heard a robin chirping one morning. Could it be that spring really did arrive on the official date?

It will take another four months to bring photostatting of deeds and mortgages up to date, it was said today by J. Maxwell Knapp, deputy county clerk. Prior to start of the photostatting, deeds and mortgages were recorded by typewriter.

60 years ago - 1962

The pet Chihuahua dog of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Neer, Long Eddy, was credited with saving their lives when their home was destroyed by fire on Sunday morning.

Jeff-Y’s basketball team fought to a 59-53 final tally Friday night to rout Livingston Manor in the Class D championship battle.

More than 750 persons registered for the open house at the newly modernized Martin Hermann Lumber Co. and it is thought that nearly 100 more may have attended but did not register.

A son was born Saturday to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Kellam of Equinunk, Pa. at the Callicoon Hospital.
At the Victory Markets: standing rib roasts, 1-5 ribs, 69¢ lb.; Perch fillets, 5 lb. box, $2.19; Lobster tails, $1.59 a pound; Valencia oranges, large 80 size, 59¢ a dozen; Mueller’s elbow macaroni, 2 lb. pkgs. 39¢.

The Delaware Valley Central School PTA is all geared up for another presentation, “Moon River,” will be seen at the school Friday and Saturday nights.

With a slight crunching and a tearing asunder of the ill-fated downtown telephone cable, a portion of Main Street near the railroad underpass caved in Friday afternoon after the Binghamton Bridge & Foundation Co. had moved the crane away from the brink. Telephone repairmen worked all night to restore service to half of the customers in the village of Callicoon.

The first Lutheran Church of Jeffersonville has marked 1962 as an anniversary year. It has served the community for 110 years and has done so as a Lutheran Church for 45 years. They have worshiped in the present building 40 years.

50 years ago - 1972

The 1972 Dodge C-1000 fire truck has been received by the Hortonville Fire Department. Eugene Kolbe and William H. Dirie, active members of the Hortonville Fire Department, made the journey to Wisconsin to pick up the new truck.

Upper Delaware Campgrounds of Callicoon was one of the largest exhibitors at the New York Coliseum Sport and Recreational Vehicle Show with eleven vehicles in the show in three separate exhibit areas. Between ten and fifteen thousand people visited the show each day.

A Pelham woman apparently was drowned near the Hawk’s Nest area of the Delaware River after a kayak, in which she was riding with a companion, capsized. Teachers Jean Soueri and David Morse ran into trouble when they reached Butler’s Rift, a white water section of the Delaware, about a half mile downstream from its junction with the Mongaup River. Morse was able to swim to shore.
Anne Marie Robisch, who will become the bride of Thomas Willi on April 1, was the guest of honor at a bridal shower on February 25 at the home of Mrs. Kathy Osterhout of Liberty. She was also feted on March 11 at the home of her grandmother, Mrs. Herbert Persbacker, with a gathering of relatives and friends.

Miss Mae Neumann of Callicoon was the lucky winner of $50 in last week’s New York State Lottery.
Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Annunziata of East Cochecton became parents of their eighth child, a daughter, Diane Catherine, born March 16 at Wayne Memorial Hospital. She has five sisters and two brothers.

40 years ago - 1982

Erwin L. Baker, a retired principal and administrator of the Jeffersonville-Youngs- ville Central School, died at the Santa Elena Hospital in Torremolinos, Spain, Monday, March 22, 1982, while on a tour in that country, as the result of a massive coronary. He had lived in Jeffersonville for 46 years, 35 of which were used in service to the school district.

State Corrections Commissioner Joseph Wasser moved one step closer toward becoming Sullivan County Sheriff when an executive body of the Sullivan County Democratic committee endorsed his candidacy. He previously served for 19 years as Thompson Town Justice and five years as Sullivan County Sheriff before serving six years as a state corrections commissioner. The current county sheriff, Robert J. Flynn, announced that he would not seek a third term of office.

Mr. and Mrs. John Sander of Jeffersonville announce the birth of a son, David Zane, born March 2 at the Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, Pa.

Sullivan County was well represented at the Empire State Winter Games held this past weekend at Lake Placid. Section 8 Champion Monticello skiers were invited to ski at the games and included Scott Morgan, Bobby Catalano, Jim Palmer, Ricky Morgan, Peter Van Etten and Shawn Laufersweiler. Also Linda Glass, Debby Horowitz and Dawn Laufersweiler.

Liberty’s basketball star Maurice Martin is being considered as the top candidate for the Sportswriters Association’s pick as the Player of the Year among small schools.

30 years ago - 1992

Local elections found John Diuguid retaining his seat as mayor of Monticello; Michael LaJoie, appointed to fill the unexpired term of Russell Duttweiler, elected as mayor of Jeffersonville; Ronald Scott returned as Bloomingburg mayor and Susan Horton returned to serve as trustee.

The annual Mountain Fun Run/Walk/Crawl, to benefit the Grover Hermann Hospital Auxiliary, will take place April 25. Registration fee is $5.

Daniel Curry, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Curry of Neversink, has been notified that he is the winner of a four-year ROTC scholarship. He will attend Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., and will major in History.

Hyman Smith of South Fallsburg waited 46 years before being awarded the Bronze Star, among other medals, which he earned during combat in World War II. He collected mementos of his wartime experiences, during which he narrowly escaped death several times.

Kate Landau added to her laurels when she placed second in the 3000 meter race at the National Indoor Track Championships last Sunday, losing only to Maryland’s Amanda White. White passed Landau with only 150 meters to go en route to a 10:26:74 win.

Jesse York of Monticello, 46 years old, got himself up to a 600-pound press Tuesday in a squat competition at the Sullivan County Community College. Because his thighs were not low enough to begin the thrust, his effort did not count. He did garner a “legal” 555 pound press, out-lifting by 50 pounds his nearest competitor. He won a trophy last month at the American Drug Free Powerlifting Association state championship held in White Plains.

20 years ago - 2002

Ronald Caruso has been found guilty after a week of testimony in the murder of 30-year-old Gary Kays, of the Beechwoods, last August. Caruso could be sentenced to life in prison, without parole, in connection with the death of his step-uncle, and another victim, in Essex County.

Sullivan Renaissance awarded twenty-nine grants for beautification efforts within the county. Fourteen of the 15 townships in the county were handed grants to work with.

Now that the dust has settled, the political winds in the Village of Monticello are about to change. For the first time in years, the Democratic Party has the majority lead on the Village of Monticello Board.

Two teens on fourwheelers in Wurtsboro came across a grisly sight when they discovered the remains of a person in a wooded area, just a short distance from Route 17. Information is scarce, and an autopsy is being conducted. Police said that the death appears to be a homicide.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County and the Sullivan County Department of Family Services presented a forum/workshop about Eat Smart New York program, as it is noted that as many as four million people are at risk of hunger each month.

A smoking light fixture at the Democrat office in Callicoon forced employees out of the building, but with a rapid response from firefighters in the Callicoon, Hortonville and Jeffersonville Fire Departments, the situation was resolved, with all on scene safe.

Governor George H. Pataki announced the start of a project for the state’s automated sports license system, which will make it easier for sportsmen and sportswomen to purchase and renew licenses for hunting, fishing and trapping in New York State.

Local businesses are gearing up for the April 1st weekend, as it is traditionally the First Cast at Junction Pool in Roscoe. Roscoe is well known for its superb fishing, and attracts local and out-of-town fisherman for the big day. Interestingly enough, trout season begins on April 13 this year.

10 years ago - 2012

The Town of Liberty will host location shooting for a full-length feature film later this year. Executive Producers Martin Katz, Arthur Katz, Howard Alter and Thomme Retter, along with Director/
Writer Anthony Giunta were introduced on Sunday at Piccolo Paese in Liberty. The four producers outlined their vision for the movie, to be called “The Contest,” to a local crowd that included Town of Liberty Supervisor Charlie Barbuti, and Town Councilman Maurice Gerry, among others. They also explained how the town of Liberty came to be chosen the locale for the film, which tackles the subject of bullying.

A team of Chase Elementary School fourth and fifth grade students, including Eddie Spear, Dana Kurthy, Simone Evans, Jenna Borko, Paige Innis, Jissela Labuda, and Andrew Lounsbury, have been preparing for months to participate in the Odyssey of the Mind competition held at Orange County BOCES. Odyssey of the Mind is an international program that challenges students to work together as a team and use their creativity to solve problems.

DEATHS: Eileen Haworth Weil of Summitville, retired professor and longtime community activist, died Friday, March 23, 2012... William Huggler of White Sulphur Springs, a miner with Sand Hogs Local Union 147, New York City, died Friday, March 23, 2012... Cathy Brown Emerson, former Chief Clerk of the Sullivan County Family Court, died Saturday, March 17, 2012.


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