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110 Years Ago - 1911

The people of Cochecton were greatly aroused on Thursday afternoon when the cry of fire was heard, and the double house owned by William Dermody, and occupied by his father …

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110 Years Ago - 1911

The people of Cochecton were greatly aroused on Thursday afternoon when the cry of fire was heard, and the double house owned by William Dermody, and occupied by his father and Tom Scott, was seen to be on fire on the roof. And, but for the quick action of several nearby ladies who supplied the men with water, who had erected a ladder, there would have been a serious conflagration.

The fire was probably started from the sparks of a passing train, as no fire was in use in either side.

J.M. Schmidt & Sons of North Branch have recently filed articles of incorporation with a capital stock of $40,000.

Plans for a new school building at Liberty to replace the one burned recently, to cost $55,000, have been completed. The building is to be three stories high.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. John Gorr of Callicoon, a daughter, on Wednesday.

Louis Boettger and William Keim of the Beechwoods went fishing to Williams' pond, Bethel, Saturday night and came home Sunday morning with 200 bullheads and four eels, which was quite a catch.

Dr. Swartout of Port Jervis has been called to consult into the case of Mrs. Louis Bauernfeind who was seriously injured in a collision of rigs four weeks ago. After returning from North Branch, Dr. Swartout said that it would be useless to perform an operation as everything was being done by Drs. Schonger and Archibald that could be possibly done. The improvement in Mrs. Bauernfeind's condition is slow and she is still in a comatose condition part of the time. Two trained nurses are in attendance.

Within a few days the village trustees will try the experiment of sprinkling the streets of Liberty with oil, instead of water, as at present. The oil will be applied to Chestnut Street first and if it proves satisfactory it will be used on all of the streets.

Decoration Day is fast approaching and with it an event which will go down in the annals of St. Joseph's College and which will stand unique in the history of Callicoon and Sullivan County, for the magnificent new edifice which has recently been completed and will be solemnly dedicated to the usages of the Franciscan Order.

“Funny Tom's” minstrel show will exhibit in the Hankins schoolhouse Tuesday evening, May 23.

100 Years Ago - 1921

Monday it was learned that the grand jury, in its report Saturday, had returned an indictment of first degree murder against Peter Kahl, the Callicoon man, who, on April 2, fired a revolver shot that struck his wife, Laura Darling Kahl, in the head and was the cause of her death an hour later.

Andrew Yorks, aged 101, of Spring Brook, near Roscoe, recently parted with his last tooth. He still enjoys fair health and retains his mental faculties remarkably well. He has had four wives and smilingly remarks that with the coming of spring his chances for a fifth venture have greened nicely. As a boy of nine years of age, he worked for $2.50 a month at the time of the construction of the Delaware and Hudson Canal.

Fire caused by the backfire from a large gasoline engine in the woodworking plant of the Livingston Manor Lumber Co. at Livingston Manor did damage Monday afternoon estimated at between $10,000 and $15,000. The mill and most of the machinery was the property of Dr. Frank Woolsey of Hancock and was rented to the lumber company.

Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Stalker have welcomed a little baby girl who came to their home in South Branch (Pa.) on May 8. They have named her Vera May.… The stork visited at Mr. and Mrs. Warner Keesler's home also, leaving a little boy whom they have named Leo Leslie.

Memorial Day is approaching and reminds us that three Civil War veterans as well as Capt. Jesse Drake of Revolutionary fame are buried in the cemetery in Milanville. Does any reader of the Democrat know where Moses Thomas was buried? He was killed by the Indians at the back of the orchard on the Col. Skinner estate. Charles Dexter, a Civil War veteran who passed on last year, is buried in the Dexter family cemetery.

Miss Mabel A. Dexter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Dexter of Narrowsburg, and Carl R. Martin of Milanville were united in marriage at the M.E. parsonage, Monticello, April 29.

90 Years Ago - 1931

William Meyer of Brooklyn is the new owner of the Hortonville garage, formerly owned by Edw. Wahl. He took possession two weeks ago.

Harry Woods is spending some time at his bungalow at Rock Run here. Harry recently returned from Hollywood where he was under contract to write theme songs for the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer moving picture producers.

Guests at the “Lone Pine” in Callicoon Center this past week were Mr. Nuhauser, Mr. Foster, Mr. Kenney and Jack Rosenberg, all of New York City. The latter is well-known as a professional boxer and will take part in a big bout which will be held in Madison Square Garden within the next few weeks.

The Smith Ice Cream Co. has installed a Frigidaire tank and accessories in the store of A.J. Porr and in a short time ice cream will be on sale in the store at Cochecton.

At Hoffmann's Dry Goods Store in Callicoon: Rag rugs, size 27x54, fancy borders, special 85¢ each; Extra heavy bleached seamless sheets, 81x90, $1.50 each; Schoolgirl dresses, novelty suiting, 8 to 12 years, $1 each; Extra heavy Cannon Turkish towels, colored borders, 21x42, special 29¢ each. — ADV.

During the thunderstorm here yesterday afternoon, a bolt of lightning struck the Lasser home, burning out all the radio tubes. The light system also carried part of the shock. A fire started about the window but Mrs. Lasser was able to beat it out with a pillow and a rug.

On Thursday, May 24, at Tyler Hill, PA., Rev. R.D. Minch united in marriage Florence Picasso of New York City and Cecil Edward of Callicoon.

80 Years Ago - 1941

Three local girls will graduate as nurses on May 28 from Christ Hospital in Jersey City, N.J. They are Eileen Fox, daughter of Jack Fox, formerly of Callicoon and now of Binghamton; Ethel Werlau, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. H. Werlau of the Beechwoods; and Adelaide Molusky, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George F. Molusky of Callicoon.

At the Callicoon Hospital, it was a girl, Virginia Anna, to Mr. and Mrs. Raphael Shaara of Jeffersonville, May 15; a daughter, Judith Eleanor, to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Graber of Greeley, PA., on May 16.

Frank Maulick is making repairs to the stained window in the door leading from St. Paul's Church in Callicoon Center into the Tilling Workers rooms. The stained window, a picture of Flanders Field, was donated to the church by the late Mr. and Mrs. Valentine Hessinger in memory of their son, Oscar Hessinger, who lost his life in the World War.

Contractor Joseph Beiling was the successful bidder among six to get the contract to erect a 26-room two-story dormitory on the grounds of the Recreation Farm, the sick benefit organization, at Fosterdale. The building is to be completed with heating, plumbing, wiring and painting at a cost of about $24,000 by fall.

70 Years Ago - 1951

At the Callicoon Hospital it was a daughter Thursday morning to Mr. and Mrs. Karl Sauer of White Sulphur Springs; a son, May 11, to Mr. and Mrs. John Brockner of Jeffersonville; and a son the same date to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Steine of Narrowsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. John Kutger celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on May 20 at 10 o'clock Mass at St. Mary's Church in Obernburg.

The 50th anniversary of the opening of St. Joseph's Seraphic Seminary was celebrated on May 16 with a Solemn Mass at which His Eminence Francis Cardinal Spellman, Archbishop of New York, presided. At the exact hour that St. Joseph's in Callicoon celebrated its founding in 1901, 5,000 miles away in Brazil, Franciscan Missionary Fathers of the same Order laid the cornerstone for the Seminary's namesake, St. Joseph's Seraphic Seminary in Annapolis, Estado DeGopiza, Brazil. When the “May Laws” of Bismarck drove hundreds of Franciscans out of Germany around 1870, a small band of Friars Minor settled in Paterson, N.J. Under the vigilant protection of our Blessed Mother, patroness of the Order, their work flourished and soon the number of young men who came to the monastery door seeking to “Follow Francis” resulted in the opening of a Novitiate. It was to these Fathers that the Most Reverend Michael Corrigan, Archbishop of New York, turned for help in 1895, committing to their spiritual care Holy Cross Church in the village of Callicoon, and the outlying missions in Jeffersonville, Cochecton, Narrowsburg, and Long Eddy. After previous attempts at opening a seminary in Groghnan and Obernburg failed, the seminary opened its doors in Callicoon in 1901. Only three years later the converted boarding house which the Friars thought would serve their needs for many years to come, was found to be inadequate. In the spring of 1904, Father Antonine Buch, who had succeeded Father Pius as Rector in 1902, supervised the ground breaking for a new building.

Seaman Harry Fisher just returned from a cruise in the Mediterranean and is spending a 10-day leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles, Fisher, Hortonville. He is stationed on the USS Newport News in Norfolk, Va.

Mr. and Mrs. Claude Peters have received word from their son, Bob, that he is safe and well after the collision of his boat, the Valcour, with another early this week in Chesapeake Bay. Some lives were lost when two boats collided and were set on fire.

The bridge construction between Cochecton and Damascus is progressing rapidly as the iron work is being placed from the New York abutment to the first pier. The form was removed from the second abutment last week and preparations are being made for work on the abutment of the Pennsylvania side.

A daughter, Linda Joyce, was born Wednesday to Mr. and Mrs. Ed Hartmann at the Callicoon Hospital.

Many saw the Erie Centennial train as it passed through Monday afternoon. It may be well to recall that before the coming of the Erie in 1848, all travel to Binghamton and the Susquehanna Valley from Newburgh on the Hudson had passed over the Cochecton Turnpike and through the village of Cochecton since 1806.

60 Years Ago - 1961

Mrs. George Schoonmaker has been named president of the Delaware Valley Parent-Teachers Association in Callicoon. Elected to serve with her are Vice President William Trivelpiece, Treasurer Mrs. Alvin Minckler and Secretary Mrs. Winsell Zartmann. A life membership was awarded to Mrs. Genevieve Hughes at the election meeting.

Mr. and Mrs. Thaddeus Manouse, former residents of Callicoon, are the parents of an adopted boy, John Andrew, born March 28.

Cub Scout Pack 113, newly inaugurated in the Callicoon area, received its charter this week, according to Cubmaster Kenneth Werlau.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hahn of Callicoon have purchased the Dolly Madison Shoppe in Jeffersonville from Mrs. Mary Siebert.

The Otto Kron summer resort in Callicoon Center burned to the ground last Monday evening. The Kron Cottage was a popular resort spot several years ago but had not been operated recently.

Miss Sullivan County will be chosen at the Liberty Theatre in Liberty on May 20.

Mr. and Mrs. Karl Kelting have purchased the Emil Shaad property in Hortonville.

The Town of Bethel is making a memorial park at the corner of Gail Road and Route 17B, Mongaup Valley, in memory of Dr. Cornelius Duggan, late of the hamlet of Bethel. Flower beds, shrubs and grass have been planted.

50 years ago - 1971

Miss Lillian Glassel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Glassel of Callicoon, has joined the ranks of lovely young hopefuls for the title of 1971 Sullivan County Dairy Princess. The contest will be held June 4 at King's in Livingston Manor.

A son, Peter Karel, was born May 15 to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hornicek of Hortonville. He joins two brothers, Tim and Mike, and a sister, Mary Beth, at home. The baby was born at Horton Memorial Hospital in Middletown.

A son was born May 14 at the Callicoon Hospital to Mr. and Mrs. Philip Keesler.

Maurice Roche of Roche's Garage in Callicoon, has won a trip to Europe through the recent Pontiac “Riding High” sales campaign.

Miss Christa L. Sattler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Sattler of Hortonville, became the bride of Edwin Huggler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin W. Huggler of Callicoon Center, on March 21.

Dr. William J. Perkins has been named to the active staff of the Community General Hospital with full privileges in general medicine. He has been active in the Callicoon Hospital since 1966 and is also a member of the Board of Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, PA. He will be practicing in the new hospital on Route 97 when it opens next month.

40 Years Ago - 1981

Tracy Armstead took three gold medals at the Orange County League track meet and field championship meet in Middletown on Saturday. She took first in the 100 meters, setting a Section 9 record; first in the 200 meters; first in the long jump; and finished fourth in the high jump. The Monticello girls finished third at the OCL championship meet.

A twister hit the Jeffersonville area Saturday around 4:45 p.m. and tore the roof off the long narrow barn of Marie and Louis Boyd, collapsed the walls and left debris all over the place. It also turned the tool house around a full 90 degrees and moved it ten feet off its foundation. Jay McFarland reported his Swan Lake chicken coop similarly twisted off its foundation by what may have been the same “funnel cloud.”

The U.S. Postal Service bid for a new leased post office in Long Eddy has been awarded to Francis Karkkainen of Long Eddy. The ten-year lease term for $4,860 per year included the agreement for four five-year lease renewal options. The new 1,001-square-foot postal facility is located on the northerly side of Chestnut Street.

30 Years Ago - 1991

Sandra C. Clark of Youngs­ville and William Burns Jr. of Jeffersonville were married April 20 at the Jeffersonville Town Hall by Justice Kevin Connors. Attendants were Diane and Jim Hess of Jeffersonville. She is an executive secretary for the Sullivan County Community College and Mr. Burns is a dairy farmer.

Firemen from several area communities responded early Tuesday morning to a fire in the bar area of Cheer's at Cochecton. The bar was destroyed and smoke and water damage were reported in other parts of the building.

Friends and family helped Percy Kohler celebrate his 90th birthday in two separate occasions. A luncheon celebration was held at the Stone Arch Inn and a second gathering was held at the home of his daughter, Shirley Stabbert, in Callicoon.

A 50th wedding anniversary party at the Youngsville Firehouse recently honored Nora and Ed Swope of Callicoon.

Veterans of the wars of this century gathered together at the Loyalty Day Parade in Hurleyville, represented by Nials Everettt of Monticello, World War I; Robert Kendall of Monticello, World War II; Jack Simons of Liberty, Korea; Art Flynn of Callicoon, Vietnam; and David Hermann of Callicoon, Persian Gulf War.

Sullivan County Family Court Judge Anthony T. Kane announc­ed his candidacy for the position of County Court Judge and Surrogate which became vacant with the death of Judge Eugene M. Hanofee in late September 1990.

20 Years Ago - 2001

Hotel Development Corporation President Robert Schwartz, who is a partner with Hyatt's director of development in Chicago, was asked to keep an eye out for properties in the Northeast, and with the help of area people like former Town of Rockland Supervisor B. Elton Harris, he found one called the Campbell Inn. At the age of 11, Schwartz himself began coming up from his home of Brooklyn to the grand and long hotel on the mountainside above Roscoe — then owned by the Wood family, who had purchased it in 1932 from descendents of hotel builder Jefferson Campbell. Plans are to destroy the original inn and replace it with an $80 million, 11-story hotel to be called the Campbell Chateau Resort and Health Spa.

Tiffany Margaret Cunningham and Michael Edward Schmidt, both of Shreveport, LA., were married October 21, 2001 at the Plantation Inn in Houma, LA. The bride is the daughter of Errol and Margaret Cunningham of Houma. The groom is the son of Fred and Laurie Schmidt of Greenfield Park, and Carl and Carol Gerow of Jeffersonville.

Mr. and Mrs. David Mootz of Jeffersonville announce the engagement of their daughter, Stacey, to Larry C. Lyon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Lyon of Carrolltown, MO. A June 2002 wedding is planned.

At the Callicoon Theatre: “Bridget Jones' Diary,” and a matinee-only showing of “Pokemon 3.”

10 Years Ago - 2011

Michelle E. Brockner, an elementary teacher at Sullivan West CSD, was awarded a leadership scholarship in the name of union legend Sandy Feldman at New York State United Teachers' 39th Representative Assembly in NYC. Brockner, the president of Western Sullivan United Teachers and School-Related Professionals, received a Sandy Feldman Leadership Grant of $2,000 to further the development of emerging woman leaders in the union who are dedicated to Feldman's principles of unionism, leadership, and human and civil rights.

Months of hard work paid off for the Emma C. Chase Odyssey of the Mind team, who placed third in the regional competition for their problem and division. The Chase team chose a challenge in which they were required to write a skit with a character from classical literature as the tour guide, visit three historical sites and include other specific elements. The teams worked together to write the skit, create the backdrops, costumes, and spent many hours practicing.

MazMyth, a progressive fusion band from the Livingston Manor area, has earned the opportunity of a lifetime. The five-man band recently won first place out of more than 150 other groups in the regional competition of the Break Contest at the Chance Theater in Poughkeepsie. This gives them the chance to compete against other such regional winners of the contest at the Gramercy Theater in NYC. This contest puts the band in the running for the opportunity to play at this year's Bamboozle Festival at the Meadowlands Complex in NJ and time in a professional recording studio, and many other prizes.


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