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110 Years Ago - 1912

It was announced at the service Sunday at the Episcopal Church in Callicoon that a stained glass window will be donated by George Wolf of New York.

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November 1, 2022 Edition


110 Years Ago - 1912

It was announced at the service Sunday at the Episcopal Church in Callicoon that a stained glass window will be donated by George Wolf of New York.

The Western Sullivan Telephone Co. has reopened its telephone central in Lake Huntington, located in the Hendrix residence.

For the third time within two years, William Gardner’s store in Hortonville was broken into Friday night and robbed of over $50 worth of goods. The thieves got away by taking the Erie out of Callicoon.

Frank Kellam of Hankins has sold his hotel to Fred Kille of Obernburg.

John and Edwin Fuhrer have sold their meat market and the part of the Jeffersonville House in which the meat market is located, to their brother William of Kenoza Lake, who takes possession November 1.

Walter Bauer, who has been clerking in Armstrong’s Store in Long Eddy, has resigned his position and has gone to work for the Erie as a fireman.

It is astonishing to think our little town can support seven saloons and on the other hand they can barely support one little church. — Lake Huntington Corresp.

100 Years Ago - 1922

The house of Fred Gerlach of Mileses burned to the ground last night about 6 p.m. It was occupied by Mr. Gerlach and his aged mother.

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Abraham of Galilee are rejoicing over the arrival of a baby girl October 19.

Hearty congratulations to the newlyweds, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Steffens of Rutledgedale (Pa.).

“Bob” Larkin has received the victory and service medals issued by the Canadian government in recognition of his service with the Canadian forces in the World War.

Dr. Mermelstein examined the eyes of 150 pupils at Callicoon school Thursday and found an unusually high percentage of good eyesight.

W. Voight and W. English left town Monday to motor to Virginia where they will tour the South, conducting moving pictures during the winter.

90 Years Ago - 1932

The only hotel in Neversink, Neversink Inn, was burned last week while the owners, Mr. and Mrs. Morris Begun, were in New York City. They were there Thursday to have their son’s eyes treated. The forty-five room structure was built forty years ago by Henry Dean. It had been closed several weeks.

A baby girl, weighing 8 1/2 pounds, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Ellman of Youngsville October 23.

The Hawk’s Nest road, “Storm King of the Delaware,” which under its federal aid emergency contract plan is now giving work to between 60 and 70 unemployed, was closed completely to all traffic on Friday and will probably remain so until late spring during much of the construction of the new $310,000 highway.

Members of the CHS football squad are sending Larry Dowe of Liberty their best wishes for a speedy recovery from a broken collar bone he received in the Callicoon-Liberty Jr. Varsity encounter two weeks ago. The encounter was between a combined team of members of Callicoon, Jeffersonville and Youngsville, with the tri-school team winning 12-7.

Persistent rumors of a new Plymouth car shortly to be announced would be a six cylinder automobile of lower price than that of current Plymouth models, was confirmed here today by Anthony C. Buddenhagen of the Buddenhagen Garage in Hortonville.

Registration of voters in Sullivan County reached a new high mark this year when election officials placed the names of 25,936 residents of Sullivan County on the rolls as qualified to vote.

Jailer Francis Huff is filled with pride. The grand jury inspected the county jail last Tuesday afternoon and reported it in excellent condition with thirty-three prisoners all in good health.

80 Years Ago - 1942

The marriage of Alice Dawes to Herbert C. McClure took place October 17 in Clinton. His brother, Warren H. McClure was married to Miss Barbara Cass in Horseheads on the same day. The Rev. Charles W. McClure, father of the groom, performed the ceremony.

Eulah Comerford of Pensacola, Fla., and Arthur Brigham of Abrahamsville were married in Florida on October 9.

Mrs. Harry Soule has been appointed village collector of taxes for the Jeffersonville Central School District, to succeed Charles Morgan of Fosterdale, who was collector for several years.

John Milton Spencer, oldest resident of Wayne County and last surviving Civil War veteran in the county, will observe the one hundredth anniversary of his birth October 27 at his home in Pleasant Mount. In 1938, he attended the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg in a reunion held there.

Residents of Damascus who are inconvenienced by the failure of the state to build a temporary bridge over the creek at that place, where flood waters on May 27 removed the structure, are making formal protest to authorities to erect a bridge before winter sets in.

John Jacob Jerklin, 87, a blacksmith in Callicoon Center, passed away October 20. He had learned the trade in Germany where he was born and after working as a blacksmith for the late Henry Weyrauch, purchased the blacksmith shop from the late Sheriff Dietz which he operated for many years.

Of the seven men called for Army service from this immediate area, the following six were accepted for service; William Fink, William Kautz, Fred Griebel, Fred Reiners, Wilson Turner and Arthur L. Hartz. They report next Thursday.

70 Years Ago - 1952

Miss Helen Manouse and A2C Alan Robbins were married October 5 in White Plains. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Manouse of Callicoon. . . Miss Ellen Kautz of Beechwoods became the bride of Robert O. Hogencamp at the White Sulphur Springs Church on Sunday…Miss Helen M. Kiernan became the bride of Conrad Henke on Saturday at a ceremony performed in Montclair, N.J.

A daughter was born Sunday to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Kennedy of Lake Huntington; a son was born Monday to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Angelo of Star Route, Honesdale, Pa., both at the Callicoon Hospital.

Miss Emily L. Rosch of Liberty, former Republican state committee woman, has been appointed assistant director of civilian defense in Sullivan County. She formerly was a clerk with the welfare department in Monticello.

Robert, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Theadore, was christened at St. Joseph’s Seminary at Callicoon on Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Brustman were sponsors.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Edw. Neuberger of Jeffersonville, a daughter at the Maimonides Hospital Thursday night.

The newly elected officers of Sullivan Rebekah Lodge include Mrs. Anne Grant, Noble Grand; Miss Jennie Decker, Vice Grand; Mrs. Louis Zahn, Recording Secretary; Mrs. Kenneth Brazie, Secretary; Mrs. Charles Miller, Treasurer. Miss Marion Kohler, District Deputy, and her staff of officers will install on October 27.

60 Years Ago - 1962

On Sunday, October 20, E. Wanda Gawenus and Adolph Winglovitz Jr. were married at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Narrowsburg…St. Ann’s Church in Shohola, Pa, was the scene of the October 13 wedding of Mary Ann Nelson and Frederick A. Gasko.

Peter Bellocchio, 58, owner and operator of the Rockland House, died Friday, October 19, at the Roscoe-Rockland Community Hospital.

At the Callicoon Hospital, it was a son Saturday to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Fuchs of Narrowsburg; a son, Wednesday to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Puerschner of Jeffersonville. Word has been received of the birth of a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Shannon (nee Annie Ellen Keiter of Callicoon) in Rockford, Ill., on October 17.

Milton Kutsher of Kutsher’s Country Club was re-elected president of the Sullivan County Hotel Association on October 16.

“Mom” and “Pop” (Mr. and Mrs. William) Schaefer of Jeffersonville celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary on the 20th of October. It was the 48th for Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Hubbert and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hess, on the 22nd and 21st respectively.

The Rev. Rodney Houck, pastor of the Jeffersonville Presbyterian Church in that village, was installed Protestant chaplain of the Sullivan County Infirmary Sunday afternoon.

50 Years Ago - 1972

A record 1,800 persons attended the 52nd Annual Turkey Supper and Dance at the Jeffersonville Firehouse last Saturday, sponsored by Protection Hose Co. No. 1. An unbelievable 2,200 pounds of turkey was roasted in the spacious ovens of Krongel’s Bakery, beginning at 2 a.m. that morning.

Two sisters, Kathleen Lynn and Dianne Elaine Cortese, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. John Cortese of Narrowsburg, were united in marriage to brothers on the 14th of October. Kathleen was married to Philip Dean Cole and Luanne to Donald David Cole Jr., sons of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Cole of Equinunk, Pa., in double-ring ceremonies at the First Baptist Church in Damascus.

Mrs. Prudence Robisch was named outstanding student in her radiologic technology class at graduation exercises from United Hospital in Portchester on September 29.

The official dedication of the Sullivan County Museum, Art and Culture Center in Hurleyville is scheduled for Sunday, November 5. Judge Benjamin Newberg will be the principal speaker.

The open house of the Cochecton Ambulance Corps Sunday at Lake Huntington gave visitors a chance to see the new vehicle which they will use in serving the community.

Christine Hein of Liberty, who will become the bride of Robert Mann, was guest of honor at a linen shower last Saturday.

40 Years Ago - 1982

The Monticello Auxiliary to the Exempt Firemen’s Association celebrated its 25th anniversary this past Saturday at the Elks Club in Monticello.

Julie Bennis was “homecoming queen” at the Saturday football game of DVCS. Jeff’s reigning “homecoming regents” were Troy Schaefer and Yvonne Ebert. Town of Delaware Supervisor Craig Stewart recently painted a brightly colored symbolic eagle on the floor in the school gymnasium at DVCS.

A ground-breaking at Fallsburg Monday signaled the start of one of the most extraordinary construction programs in Sullivan County’s history — the new $22 million “WHO” tri-area sewer district in the Town of Fallsburg, for Woodbourne, Hurleyville and Old Falls, which Supervisor Brian Ingber says will establish the necessary “infrastructure” for the growth of the whole town for the rest of the century.

Dr. John F. Walter was installed as president of the Sullivan County Community College in ceremonies held Sunday at the Loch Sheldrake campus.

Mary Rutledge of Tyler Hill, Pa., has been exhibiting a large 2 lb. 4 oz. red tomato which grew in her garden.

Mae Van Vactor of Mongaup Valley was guest of honor at a 90th birthday party held Saturday in her honor in the social hall of the local Methodist Church there. She retired as a full-time teacher in 1952, and continued to substitute until eight years ago when she decided it was time to “take my name off the list.”

The Rev. Harlan Nyhof and Carol Furman, of the 100th anniversary committee, were on hand last Saturday to cut a cake honoring the Grahamsville Reformed Church on this happy occasion. About 100 parishioners and friends were on hand at a centennial service and dinner.

30 Years Ago - 1992

His Eminence Cardinal John O’Connor traveled to Narrowsburg Sunday to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Franciscan pastorship in Western Sullivan County. More than 200 parishioners attended an afternoon Mass at St. Francis Xavier Church.

Sister Kevin John Shields of Liberty was presented a plaque naming her the Association of New York State Youth Bureau’s Outstanding Youth Board Member for 1991 at a dinner ceremony held at the Villa Roma Resort in Callicoon. In making the presentation, Greg Feicht, director of the Sullivan County Youth Bureau, said, “Sullivan County is truly blessed with a host of talented professionals and volunteers who convert their concern for youth issues into action. I am not surprised that Sister Kevin John would receive statewide recognition for her work in youth advocacy and substance abuse prevention. She has been a tireless advocate for the children and youth of Sullivan County.”

Tonya Bernitt of Hankins won first place in the Sullivan County Volunteer Firemen’s Association’s junior high school division of the fire prevention poster contest. Juaji Sarasook took first place in the senior high school division. Both are students at the Delaware Valley Central School in Callicoon.

Damascus School Principal Walter Markowski and kindergarten teacher Helen Adams accepted the keys to the new Damascus school Sunday afternoon during dedication ceremonies held at the school.

The St. James Redeemers, a group of volunteers at St. James Episcopal in Callicoon, have collected 22,000 recyclable containers, about 18 percent over last year’s collection, from mid-May to mid-September. About 10,000 of the containers were returned to area stores; 9,500 aluminum cans were crushed; and the remainder of the containers were taken to the county recycling center.

20 years ago - 2002

On Thursday, October 24, one of Governor Pataki’s family members hit the campaign trail in Sullivan County. Pataki’s 23-year-old daughter, Emily, spoke at the Neighborhood Facility in Monticello before approximately 60 senior citizens.

The community’s love and support of a family in need is once again being shown in Roscoe and Livingston Manor as fundraising efforts are underway for Steve and Lisa Chesney and their two children Brad and Evan, who lost their home Wednesday afternoon when fire totally destroyed the house.

Brothers Ryan and C. Simms Foster opened their new coffeehouse and pastry shop in Livingston Manor last Friday. Both graduates of Livingston Manor School, they are calling the shop Peez Leweez.

WSUL radio will mark the occasion of its 25th anniversary of broadcasting on Friday, November 1, featuring the music, events and notable WSUL air personalities of the past 25 years. WSUL President and General Manager Bill Reynolds says, “This is an important milestone for the station and our listeners. ...We’ve got a whole lot more planned for the next 25 years.”

Tri-Valley’s Heather Iatauro captured her second consecutive OCIAA cross country championship Friday afternoon at Bear Mountain State Park. Iatauro got out to an early lead in the race, which featured a total of 112 runners. Just past the 1-mile mark near Hessian Lake, Iatauro, a junior, had extended her lead to several meters over the nearest pack of runners.

10 years ago - 2012

Tropical storm Sandy left her mark on the county as she quite literally blew through the region Monday evening and into Tuesday, leaving extensive damage throughout the area, and at one point, a majority of Sullivan County residents without power. Schools and many roads were closed, and as of this writing a state of emergency was still in effect for the entire county and will continue until 12:01 a.m. Saturday. Particularly hard hit was Liberty, as a stretch of Dwyer Avenue in the village looked like a small war zone Tuesday with the street blocked off at several points by felled trees and downed power lines and at least four utility poles toppled or destroyed. Town of Liberty Supervisor Charlie Barbuti, who lives on Dwyer Avenue, lamented the damage but shared in Martinkovic’s relief that no casualties had been reported.

The Monticello Fire Department responded to a downed power line on Morris Drive in the Village of Monticello on Monday. As the evening wore on, winds and rain intensified, as did the damage throughout the county. Downed power lines resulted in a vast majority of utility customers being left in the dark starting Monday afternoon. At press time, many were still waiting for the utility companies serving the county – NYSEG, Orange & Rockland and Central Hudson – to restore power to the affected areas.

After 60 plus games over three months, it’s come down to this: two Sullivan County high school football teams, Liberty and Eldred, will be playing this weekend in sectional title games. A wild week of rescheduling due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy has actually moved both games from Middletown’s Faller Field to Kingston’s Dietz Stadium on Saturday. Eldred will play Chester at 4 p.m. and Liberty takes on O’Neill at 8 p.m. Both games are rematches of games played earlier in the season in which both local teams lost. But Liberty has won six straight since its loss to O’Neill on September 14 and Eldred is a lot healthier since losing to Chester on October 12.


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