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Ruth Huggler
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110 Years Ago - 1911

Edward Gardner and Frank Walker expect to return to Callicoon in the near future as they have nearly completed the house of Milton Armstrong in Long Eddy and are now working …

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November 2, 2021 Edition


110 Years Ago - 1911

Edward Gardner and Frank Walker expect to return to Callicoon in the near future as they have nearly completed the house of Milton Armstrong in Long Eddy and are now working on Dr. Frisbie’s new house below that place.

Officials of the Wells Fargo Express are talking of establishing an office in Jeffersonville for the handling of express matter, either running their own wagon from Callicoon or making arrangements with the stage drivers for the transfer of packages.

William Smith of Tyler Hill recently harvested 230 bushels of buckwheat from about 18 acres of land. Mr. Smith says if it was a good year for buckwheat he could have gotten twice as much from the land.

Edward Koberlin of Cochecton and Miss Lena Rutledge of Galilee were married at the Methodist parsonage in Honesdale October 16.

Grover Bauer, the young son of Jacob Bauer of Kenoza Lake, in trying to burn out a hornets’ nest last week, put a rag saturated with kerosene and filled with powder in an old stump and lit it. The charge didn’t go off and when he went to make an examination it exploded in his face. He is getting along nicely and will not lose his eyesight as at first believed.

A son was born to Walter Gettel and wife recently in Lake Huntington.

James C. Drake, a native of Cochecton and a nephew of James I. Curtis of Callicoon, has been notified of his appointment of clerk of the federal court in Washington, DC.

From the October 25, 2011 issue, because of limited space: In the booth of weights and measures at the Madison Square Garden Food Show was a sign stating that Sullivan County was among the three worst counties in the state. Only 47 out of nearly 100 scales were found to be correct.

Most of the dairymen through this section convert their corn into silage for winter feeding. Peter V. Swendsen and Clarence Canfield of Tyler Hill, PA., were among those who have installed silos this year.

Wednesday, Frank Brush caught a wall-eyed pike in the Delaware that tipped the scales at 4 and 3/4 pounds.

Morgan L. McKoon of Long Eddy and bride have arrived home in Long Eddy. Mr. McKoon was married on October 4 to Miss Frost of Brooklyn and they have been visiting such interesting places as Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Mount Vernon, etc. since.

Chester Yager and Wm. Grishaber of Jeffersonville are building a garage back of the former’s store here and expect to purchase a large passenger car and have an extensive auto livery and repair shop.

Carl Wright and Miss Rose Bossong, who ran away with a horse and rig belonging to Sawyer and Engert a week ago Sunday, were apprehended and brought back to Callicoon on the Mountain Express Monday night. They appeared before Justice Stark who gave them until Tuesday morning to secure counsel. At the appointed time they waived examination and were held in $1,000 bail each. Miss Bossong’s mother, Mrs. Catherine Bossong, proprietress of the Iroquois Hotel, sent bail for her daughter. Mr. Wright was taken to the jail in Monticello. It is quite likely that he will secure bail as his father, who lives in New York City, is quite well to do.

Milton, the five-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. George Buddenhagen of Hortonville, died Thursday afternoon of gastritis.

100 Years Ago - 1921

From the October 25, 2011 issue, because of limited space: W.P. Theis motored Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Luckey Jr. to Port Jervis Sunday to see her brother, Philip Dannemann, who was taken to the Deerpark Sanitarium five or six weeks ago suffering from blood poisoning. Mr. Dannemann’s many friends are sorry to hear that the doctors find it necessary to amputate the leg above the knee. The operation will be performed Monday. — Kenoza Lake Corresp.

The Terrell Bros, of Rural City are preparing to build a steam sawmill across the road from their garage. For the machinery they are dismantling the Abraham mill in Abrahamsville. The Appley Bros, are also erecting one along the road leading from here to Rural City but there will be water power. A stockholders’ meeting of the Cochecton and Damascus Creamery Co. was held Saturday afternoon at Heuser’s Hall for the purpose of making preparations for the dissolution of the company owing to the stockholders being satisfied with the polling system. The property will be sold. — Damascus Corresp.

Guernsey T. Cross of Callicoon, the Democratic candidate for member of assembly was through this section today electioneering. Mr. Cross has held this office one term during which he made a record of achievement. — North Branch Corresp.

One of a system of chain stores has been opened in Liberty by the Globe people. Recently, the A.&P. Company established a store in Roscoe. It is reported that one of these firms is looking for an opening in western Sullivan, having considered both Cochec­ton and Callicoon.

The Narrowsburg baseball team went to Beach Lake Sunday and played on the grounds of Camp Keowa, an excellent diamond. Defeating Beach Lake 20-14, in the Narrowsburg batteries were Clint Stadler, pitcher, and Wm. Stadler, catcher…N.P. Rasmussen, who has been improving his house by enlarging and concreting the cellar, has the work nearly completed. Henry Stadler has the contract…There was an auto accident in town Friday morning when two cars met on the turn on to Main Street from the creamery. Both cars were damaged, the one being swung around with such force as to break one of the rear wheels. Nobody was hurt, although Mrs. Wood and her infant daughter narrowly escaped being precipitated to the street by the impact…Don’t forget the moving pictures every Tuesday evening; come and have a good time. — Narrowsburg Corresp.

90 Years Ago - 1931

From the October 25, 2011 issue, because of limited space: A very pretty wedding occurred at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Peters when their only daughter, Edith Geraldine, was united in marriage with August Henry Knack of Callicoon, on October 8. Rev. Wilfred Vanlderstine performed the ceremony.

Mrs. Albert E. Mitchell and Mrs. Fred Stabbert are in New York City attending the annual session of the New York State Order of the Eastern Star being held at the Hotel Astor.

Mrs. Harriet Calkin, who celebrated her 99th birthday Saturday at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Irving Quick in Barryville, has never seen moving pictures and has no desire to see them, but she remembers many incidents related to the arrival of the first train over the Erie Railroad at Barryville when she was sixteen.

Walter Plain Jr. was guest of honor at a birthday party given him October 3 at the home of his in-laws, Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Alfast. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Plain Sr. of Poughkeepsie were present and gave him a handsome radio.…About 60 friends and relatives proclaimed a kitchen shower on Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Kopp last Wednesday evening…The new road construction from Bunnel’s pond to Carley Brook and then to the George Taylor farm is progressing rapidly. Besides the steam shovel work, ten trucks are hauling the gravel for the road bed and the work is being rushed with dispatch. — Across the Delaware Corresp.

A little daughter, Janet Burnette, was born to Mr. and Mrs. W. Whitmore of Honesdale on October 6. — Abrahamsville Corresp.

Cochecton — William Bennett, truckman, is clearing up the debris and ruins of the destroyed home of P.F. Dermody. It is understood that a small gas station is to be erected.

The Callicoon Water Company has been forced to prohibit the use of water for washing cars, watering lawns, etc., due to a steady loss of water for the past few months. The drought in this section has been much more pronounced than ever before and although the Callicoon supply is ample even in ordinarily dry times, the level of the water in the reservoir has been gradually lowered. Callicoon is exceptionally fortunate in having one of the best supplies of pure spring water in this section.

80 Years Ago - 1941

Clara Elizabeth, daughter of Mr.  and Mrs. William Thea­dore of Buck Brook, and George, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Atkins of Liberty, were married October 19 in the First Reformed Church in North Branch.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Schrumpf of Callicoon Center are the proud parents of a daughter, Judith Ann, born October 23; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Rudolph of Yulan are the parents of a boy, born October 19; both at the Callicoon Hospital.

Two brothers and a sister, George and Charles Quinlan and Mrs. Eva Persbacker, all of Stockport, were killed this afternoon when the car in which they were riding was struck by Erie Train No. 1 on the Stockport crossing. The victims are all believed to have been over 60 years of age.

Some of the people of Jeffersonville were greatly perturbed last week when Barney Doetsch said he had found a man’s leg in the attic of the house he had recently purchased but were vastly relieved when he said it was a cork leg. Some of the old timers said that Captain Pinney had lived there and had a son that wore a cork leg, so the mystery was cleared up.

A miscellaneous shower was tendered Mrs. Donald Turner and Miss Sophie Freyer at the home of Mrs. Howard Bullis on Wednesday evening.

Joseph K. Strawbridge, a member of the faculty of the Jeffersonville Central School, was elected president of the eastern zone of the National Forensic League recently.

At the Victory Chain, Inc.: 3 lb. Crisco, 51¢; Durkee’s Shortening. 3 lb. can, 49¢; Oysters, fresh pack. 33¢ pint; Kirkman’s granulated soap, lg. pkg., 25¢; Shank half ham, 29¢ lb.; Center cut slices, 49¢ lb.; Liberty blend coffee, 2 lbs., 37¢.

The estate of the late Emma Nearing, Lake Huntington, was settled Saturday with Robert, second youngest Nearing son, taking over the property.

William Nober purchased 100 acres of land at “Skiberee Hill” from Carl Mohn for deer hunting. The deal was consumated October 13. — Lake Huntington Corresp.

70 Years Ago - 1951

At the Callicoon Hospital, a daughter, Friday, to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Pavlinik of Callicoon, RD; a daughter, Friday, to Mr. and Mrs. Kellam of Lookout, PA.; a daughter Saturday to Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Winter of Narrowsburg; a daughter Monday to Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Fulton of Lake Huntington; a daughter Monday to Mr. and Mrs. Milton Gaebel of Youngsville; a daughter Tuesday to Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Young of Tyler Hill; a son, Thursday, to Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Hornung of Cooks Falls.

The 50th anniversary of the dedication of Goulds Church was observed Sunday with an overflowing crowd of people at the service. A complete history of the church is being compiled by Mrs. John Fish of Hancock.

Jan Peerce, one of the greatest of present day opera singers, has agreed to provide the concert interlude for the forthcoming Weizmann Birthday Ball to be held at Grossinger’s November 25.

Cameron Abplanalp, serving his 2nd hitch in the U.S. Navy, and his sister, Gloria Rachal, children of Mrs. B.M. Andresen, Cochecton, met in Japan. Mrs. Rachal’s husband is stationed at Yakousha, with the U.S. Army.

A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Wohltjen Tuesday of last week at the new Liberty hospital.

The marriage of Miss Loretta Knack, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Augustus Knack of White Sulphur Springs, to Henry Reimer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Reimer Sr. of North Branch, was solemnized on October 21 at St. Francis Assisi Church in Youngsville.

James “Mickey” Roche, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Roche, Callicoon, leaves today for Flint, Mich., where he will enter the General Motors Institute for a 2-year dealer co-operative course in auto­mobile mechanics.

60 Years Ago – 1961

Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Schrumpf of Callicoon Center were pleasantly surprised this week by a party at the home of Mrs. Lily Gardner of Callicoon, arranged by their daughter and friends, in celebration of their 25th anniversary.

William F. Gasko, son of Mr. and Mrs. William A. Gasko of Cochecton became a chapter associate of the St. Bonaventure University Chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma, the National Physics Honor Society, on October 3.

Mrs. Floyd Schultz returned home last week after a 23-day tour through the western United States, covering 22 states by bus.

A total of 1,410 were fed at the annual Jeffersonville Fire Department dinner Saturday night, according to Richard Lott, dinner chairman.

Gerald L. Jones, 36, of Livingston Manor, and Michael Starkweather, 24, of Youngs­ville, were drowned in Mud Pond near Tennanah Lake Monday afternoon. The men had started across the pond in a 12-foot canoe, using tree limbs to propel the craft. When the men were about 200 feet from shore, Mr. Jones lost his balance and fell into the water. Mr. Starkweather dove in to save him but both men went under and were drowned.

Jacob J. Epstein of Jeffersonville received notification on Monday of this week that he had passed the state insurance examination.

Many favorable remarks were heard at the dedication of the Sullivan County Museum at Monticello, Sunday afternoon.

John Yewchuck, SC2, in the U.S. Navy, is visiting his brother and family, the Walter Yewchucks. John will leave for England the first part of the month where he will be assigned onshore duty for two years. John will be eligible for retirement in four years.

Friends and relatives gathered Saturday evening to surprise Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Erlwein of Callicoon Center with a housewarming. Margie and Joe received a gift of money and a delightful time was had by all.

50 Years Ago -1971

Marc Stier, Liberty High School junior, last week won a four-year scholarship to Syracuse University for placing first among 35 students throughout the state in a news-writing contest.

Gretchen Rampe and Lewis J. Gerow Jr. were married October 23 at St. Peter’s Church in Liberty. The occasion took place 61 years after the marriage of Gretchen’s paternal grandparents, Robert and Sophia Rampe on the same date.

The Long Eddy Hose Co. was expanded recently with the acquisition of a 1972 GMC 3/4 ton truck, purchased through Roche’s Garage, Callicoon.

Frank Robisch of Hortonville recently brought a couple of “whoppers” into the Democrat office. He had four potatoes that weighed over eight pounds, grown on the family farm in the Beechwoods.

Fred Branning of Lookout celebrated his 90th birthday on October 19. Four generations were present to help him celebrate.

At the Liberty-Loomis Hospital, a boy, Jabiel, to Mr. and Mrs. Noberto Cruz of Liberty, October 16; a girl, Barbara Jo-Ann, to Mr. and Mrs. Martin Schmitz of Hurleyville, October 16; a girl to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Wegman of Roscoe, October 20; and a boy to Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Hutchins of Liberty on October 22.

A shower for Mrs. William Nicoli and daughter, Laura Ann, born October 6, was given Tuesday night by Mrs. Donald Loughrey at her home on Old Loomis Road, Liberty.

Mr. and Mrs. George A. Atkins of Liberty celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary October 19 with friends and relatives reviewing news items and pictures from the past.

40 Years Ago- 1981

Seven hundred people gathered at the Jeffersonville Firehouse on Tuesday evening for a chicken barbecue and the 67th annual meeting of the Sullivan County Cooperative Extension Association.

Members of St. John’s and St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Parish in Honesdale have donated $1,000 for the chapel fund to assist in the purchase of a specially designed stained glass window for the new chapel to be built on the 2nd floor of the H.D. Propst, M.D., Pavilion of the Wayne County Memorial Hospital in Honesdale.

Kerry Ann Krupp and Steven Jay Madison, both of Livingston Manor, were married on September 19 at the United Presbyterian Church in Livingston Manor.

Governor Hugh Carey and his wife arrived by helicopter at the Concord Resort Hotel on Tuesday where he addressed the New York State Civil Service Association at a conference.

Pete Erlwein added two more touchdowns, raising his mark to 19 on the year and rushed for 249 yards, bringing his season total to 987 as Jeffersonville-Youngs­ville beat Tri-Valley 46-9 Saturday, to win the Western Sullivan League football championship.

30 Years Ago -1991

Mildred and Louis Resnick of Ellenville were recently presented the annual award of the Hebrew Day School of Sullivan and Ulster Counties by Rabbi Irving H. Goodman and his wife, Lea, during the Hebrew Day School’s annual dinner at the Homowack Lodge in Spring Glen. The award is presented to an outstanding citizen or citizens who have contributed significantly to their community, as the Resnicks have through the years.

The Village of Monticello Board of Trustees voted four to one Monday night to prohibit any further use of the village-owned Neighborhood Facility for political meetings. The move came less than a week after residents held what was advertised as a tax revolt meeting there last Tues.

The Hankins Fire District voted 109-65 approval to purchase a new 1,000-gallon fire truck. The vote represented a reversal of the September 19 vote when voters disapproved the purchase by a vote of 45 to 39.

The Callicoon Kiwanis Club held its 45th installation dinner at the Western Hotel on Monday evening. Recognition was given to members who have given 20 years of service: Charlie Mills, Fred Stabbert Jr.‚ Ron Gorr and Joe Freda.

Deidre Doetsch, daughter of Ruth and Warren Doetsch of Callicoon, and Richard Burns of Goshen were married September 28 at Holy Cross Church in Callicoon. Following a honeymoon in Hawaii, the couple will live in Chester.

20 years ago - 2001

Election coverage on the front page: the choice for Sullivan County sheriff was between Brent Lawrence and Dan Hogue; in the race for county treasurer, the choice was between Ron Gozza and Olga Parlow.

The controversial decision to hire SW/Jeffersonville High School Principal Margaret Tenbus as the new Lake Huntington high school principal has become so divisive that the day after the regular meeting of the Sullivan West school board, SW Board President Carol Nearing told the Democrat that she resigned as president at the tail end of the board meeting on Thursday, saying that things have become too personal. She plans to remain on the board but will no longer serve as president.

“Sixty years ago, I was a twelve-year-old farmboy from Kiamesha Lake,” recalled Dr. Robert J. Kaiser during the dedication ceremony of the new Monticello Middle School named in his honor.

Heather Iatauro began near the front of the OIAA Cross Country Championship girls’ race Friday at Bear Mountain State Park. And she finished in front. The Tri-Valley sophomore ran the three mile course in 17:55 to capture the girls’ OCIAA title. Iatuaro crossed the line 15 seconds ahead of the second place runner, Alexandra Brown of Kingston.

10 years ago - 2011

Sullivan County Supreme Court Judge James Gilpatric has extended an injunction against the Village of Monticello until a lawsuit over its new taxi law is settled. A year ago, the village board in a split vote approved opening up the cab system to any interested operators. For decades prior, that had been limited to only those who possessed one or more of the village’s taxi medallions, each of which allows one taxi to ply Monticello’s streets.

By age 22 Phil Nicoletti, Cochecton native, has done what few accomplish, made a living by becoming a professional athlete. Nicoletti took a leap into the professional realm of motocross three years ago where he is continuing to earn success. He returned home this summer from a six-month stay in Australia where he placed 3rd in the 2011 Australian Motocross Championships.

One of the most familiar faces in Jeffersonville – Don “Pop” Hauschild, died on Saturday, September 17, 2011 following a battle with cancer. Hauschild was a member of the Protection Hose Co. No. 1 in Jeffersonville for 56 years, including its past chief, past president and past vice-president. He was also heavily involved with the SCVFA and Hudson Valley Firemen’s Assn.


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