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Ruth Huggler
Posted 11/23/21

140 Years Ago - 1881

On the 10th inst., a fire broke out in the barn of Samuel Wilkins of Chester, Orange County, and was not subdued until his barn, and a blacksmith shop of Walter Cris, was …

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November 23, 2021 Edition


140 Years Ago - 1881

On the 10th inst., a fire broke out in the barn of Samuel Wilkins of Chester, Orange County, and was not subdued until his barn, and a blacksmith shop of Walter Cris, was destroyed.
D.S. Hill from Jeffersonville is teaching the Long Eddy School this winter.
Messrs. Frederick Beitz and Frank B. Ward of the lower part of this village have fixed the sidewalk which was almost impassable during the summer from the ground wood and other obstructions thrown thereon.
The Jeffersonville Brass and String Band has been engaged by N.H. Harris, proprietor of the Jeffersonville House, for the Public Ball to be held Thanksgiving Day.
Carol Ingram of Fosterdale and George Nell of Bethel were married on November 8 at the home of the bride.
On November 15, at her home, Miss Mary Juerta, daughter of James Bell, became the bride of John Veilee, all of Liberty.
Thomas J. Roosa and Lucille B. Burton, both of Neversink, were married on November 9th.

130 Years Ago - 1891

The eclipse of the moon on Sunday evening was not visible on account of the overclouded skies.
Mr. and Mrs. Philip Bietz of Jeffersonville are the parents of a son, born November 15th.
Mrs. H.C. Patterson and Harry of Youngsville left for New York on Tuesday to stay a few weeks.
The election expenses of G.M. Beakes, Democratic candidate for Member of Assembly, for postage, stationery, livery, traveling and hotel expenses were $298.
The announcement is made of the marriage of Miss Louise Knell of this village (Jeffersonville) to Mr. M. Haase of New York to take place in New York some time this month.
Mr. and Mrs. H. Himmelreich of Youngsville are the parents of a son.
Seasoned stove wood will be taken at the “Record” office in exchange for a subscription. Bring it right along.

120 Years Ago - 1901

Major Rose and Miss Sarah Poley were married at the Kenoza Lake parsonage Sunday evening by Rev. W.H. VanHoeser.
Charles Grishaber of Jeffersonville and McDonald of New York City were married last Thursday. They will make their home in the Grishaber building.
George P. Staib of Jeffersonville and Madeline Felix of New York were married October 7…Amy Amback and Bert Cannon, both of the town of Callicoon, were married by W.J. Harding, Justice of the Peace, at Callicoon on November 8.
Charles H. Mapledorm of Monticello has been appointed railway mail clerk on the Wallkill Valley railroad.
The towns of Neversink and Highland have voted on the liquor license question and both voted to go dry. Bethel has been dry for many years.
Jacob Long Jr. and his bride are at present making their home with the former’s father, J. Long Sr. of the Beechwoods.
Anthony Heidt and Miss Elizabeth Lindt of Kenoza Lake were married at Callicoon on November 14.

110 Years Ago- 1911

Elijah Page, who was the Republican candidate for overseer of the poor on the town of Mamakating, died on Election Day at his home near Wurtsboro.
Mabel B. Hadden of Fosterdale and Joseph D. McCoach of Cochecton Center were married on November 8 at the home of the bride…Miss Marie Lindt of Kenoza Lake became the bride of Albert Oberg on Saturday.
The cornerstone of the new national bank building at Livingston Manor has been laid.
George W. Wolf, a former Callicoon boy, now of New York, and Miss Katherine B. Master of New York were married November 8.
The nuptials of Norman Rampe of Liberty and Miss Minnie Hug of Jeffersonville were solemnized in New York November 14.
Charles Scheidell killed a yearling hog which dressed at 460 pounds.
Miss Ida H. Lawrence of Youngsville and Dewitt B. Newkirk of Howells were married November 9…Arthur Hartman and Miss Mabel Wahl of North Branch were married on November 15.
Albert Bartholmew of Worth­land Normal has arrived in town to assume on Monday the principalship of the Jeffersonville Union School in place of Charles S. Hick, who has been elected supervisor of schools in this district.

100 Years Ago -1921

A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. John L. Roesner of Kenoza Lake on November 15.
Superintendent Charles S. Hick reports that 95 teachers, employed in his district, receive an average weekly salary of $28.23. This is the highest ever paid and is about $4 more than the average paid last year. Fourteen of the teachers are college graduates; 51 are high school graduates; and 30 have less than high school graduation.
Harold Flaccus of New York City and Miss Edith Louise Mueller of East Hill were married November 12 at the home of the bride.
William C. Fuhrer of Kenoza Lake contemplates going into the butcher business, his former trade, and will run a meat car.
A son, Thomas Cameron, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hendrix of West Bethel on November 7…A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. George Abplanalp on November 15.
A double wedding took place at the Baptist parsonage at Kingston last Thursday when Miss Ada L. Wells became the bride of Elmer J. VanKeuren of Jeffersonville, and Miss Ethel Wells was married to Fred M. Davis of Port Jervis. They are the daughters of Mr. and Mrs. George Wells of White Lake.
Oscar Will, Jeffersonville’s young butcher, and Miss Florence Ross of Callicoon were married November 24.

90 Years Ago - 1931

Osmer Geib of Beechwoods and Miss Mildred A. Miller of Kenoza Lake were married November 7 at the Callicoon Center parsonage.
A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sommer of North Branch on November 16th.
George Graziadio is excavating for a cellar under his store in North Branch.
Postmaster Robert Mann and Rural Carrier Luther Potts and wife will attend the fall meeting of the postal workers of Sullivan County at the Park View Hotel in Monticello.
Marcus Hinkley of Liberty has been appointed Game Protector in place of Supervisor Edward Bisland of Lumberland, who has resigned.
Chester L. Bartholomew of Briscoe and Miss Ella Sammann of Youngsville were married November 15 at the home of the bride.
Miss Marion Meusgeier of Roscoe and E. Gibson Foster of Newburgh were married November 12.
Eugene Abplanalp of Bris­coe has purchased a Chevrolet roadster of Paul Gaebel of Youngs­ville.

80 Years Ago -1941

Lester Gute, proprietor of the Jeffersonville Bottling Works and sole distributor of the soft drink known as “Squirt,” received an order of 500 cases of the drink for distribution as samples at the convention of bottlers in Philadelphia, PA.
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard P. Orth of Callicoon celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary at Bucky’s Inn on November 5.
Mr. and Mrs. Warren Pfeifer of Silver Lake are the parents of a daughter born on October 30th.
This week the Fosterdale Methodist Church celebrates its sixtieth anniversary.

70 Years Ago - 1951

The third soldier from Sullivan County has been killed in the Korean conflict. It was reported this week that Private William Meyer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Meyer of Narrowsburg, was killed on Election Day.
First prize winner in the Fall shooting match of the Callicoon Center Schuetzen Ver­ein, last Sunday, was Allan Sommer with a score of 111; Fred Mootz, also with 111, got second; Fred Hessinger was third with 109; William Kling­er, fifth with 108; and also with 108 and sixth, was Ronald Bury.
The Democratic party will retain their 9 to 6 control on the Board of Supervisors. Elected in this past election were incumbent Samuel Baer in the Town of Callicoon; in Delaware township, Michael J. Reddy, incumbent, was returned to office; Supervisor Brown was returned to office.
Phil Schaefer has been named the voting delegate of the Sullivan County Farm Bureau to the NYS Farm Bureau Federation meeting in Syracuse.
Seventeen members of the Kohltel Corporation have had television sets installed in their homes. Edward Reinshagen is doing the Kohlertown installations.
John V. Hess, a stone mason and a resident of the vicinity for seventy years, died at his home Sunday. He was born in DeBruce in 1880, the son of Jacob and Barbara Damm Hess. He is survived by his wife, the former M. Kuespert of Youngsville; two sons, Warren and Leonard of Jeffersonville; a brother, Roy; and a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Baumgardt.

60 Years Ago - 1961

Miss Rita Lester became the bride of Robert Banuat at St. Mary’s R.C. Church, Obernburg, on Saturday, November 11. Edward Banuat and Joyce Riggs were honor attendants.
Miss Ethel Oestrich became the bride of John W. Miller of Jeffersonville at the First Presbyterian Church in Jeffersonville on November 12. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Oestrich of Fernwood.
At the Callicoon Hospital it was a son to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Olsen.
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Shaara celebrated their 30th anniversary on November 14 and were presented with a beautiful radio from their children.
Mr. and Mrs. William Nober of Lake Huntington are great-grandparents to a baby girl born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Grund at the Monticello Hospital, November 12.
Jerrilynn Nancy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Zintel, was baptized Sunday morning. He is a teacher in JYCS.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Krantz celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary on November 15…Mr. and Mrs. Charles Baker of North Branch celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary on Sunday with their children and grandchildren coming home to help them celebrate.

50 Years Ago - 1971

Miss Peggy McDonald and Richard W. Vogler were united in marriage on Saturday, October 23, at the United Methodist Church in Callicoon by Rev. Arthur J. Smith.
Troop 115 of Fosterdale held a Court of Honor on November 13. Allen Wachter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wachter, Callicoon, was presented the Eagle Award by Scoutmaster Fred Bunt.
George Gebelein of Mileses accounted for the biggest buck on opening day — an 8-pointer weighing 207 pounds.
Carol Kratz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Irving Kratz of Callicoon, has passed her State Board tests in Albany and is now a registered nurse.
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Flaccus of Youngsville were guests of honor at a buffet luncheon held for 25 relatives and friends in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary…Mr. and Mrs. William Rosenberger of Hortonville were feted on the occasion of their 40th wedding anniversary on October 31.
“Ike” Friend of Gerow Ford in Liberty quite possibly has the most far-flung automobile distributorship in the country. He has a regular customer in Alaska who will be picking up his new vehicle at the Liberty agency on December 4th. Homer Thompson of Homer, Alaska, says the trip is just the right length for a proper break-in-period.
The Hotel Technology Department of Sullivan County Community College carried off ten first place prizes, half of those awarded, in competition with thirteen other colleges, government agencies and trade schools at the Annual Hotel and Motel Exposition held at the Coliseum in New York City. The coveted First Prize for the Entire Table and for Pastry Display were among the awards.
A son, Shawn Robert, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Pas­quale Musso Sr. of Long Eddy on November 9 at the Read Memorial Hospital in Hancock.
Over 10 area firemen fought a stubborn blaze in the chalet at Davos Ski Center atop a mountain near Woodridge early Monday morning. Reports are that the building was gutted. There is no estimate of the damage.

40 Years Ago - 1981

The Callicoon Town Board unanimously approved the 1982 budget in the amount of $731,058, up over 16 percent from last year. The amount of the budget to be raised through taxes goes up nearly 7 percent.
The Danzers of Briscoe had two big celebrations this fall. William turned 90 years of age at the end of September. He and his wife celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary on November 6. The couple have two children, eight grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.
Two Sullivan County officials have come out opposing the sale of large tracts of taxable property in the Neversink Gorge to the state for a proposed state park and wilderness preserve. They are Brian Ingber, chairman of the Sullivan County Board of Supervisors, and Paul J. Burckard, director of the Real Property Tax Services Agency for the county.
Members of the Board of Supervisors’ Finance and Administration Committee put their heads together in an attempt to trim the tentative $43.9 million 1982 county budget.
Jitka Klimchok, Callicoon real estate agent, was recently elected president of the Sullivan County Board of Realtors.
Mr. and Mrs. William Rosen­berger of Hortonville were guests of honor at a gathering to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary held at the home of their daughter, Janet and Herman VanAhnen in Callicoon. The party was held on November 1…Robert and Mae Lindsley of Liberty celebrated their 50th anniversary at the Elks Club in Liberty on November 9.

30 Years Ago - 1991

What may have been the last in a string of battles over the proposed Frontier Insurance Company office complex in Rock Hill came to an end Tuesday night when the Town of Thompson Zoning Board of Appeals gave its approval to an area variance for the controversial construction project.
A three-gun salute and the playing of taps was part of the Veterans’ Day observance at the Sullivan County Government Center on November 11. Judge Robert C. Williams was the guest speaker at services held in Liberty. The doughboys of World War II refer to the date as the “three elevens” — the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
The Liberty Central School District has designated November 17 for the dedication of their new middle school.
The Fallsburg Fire Department chose their 70th annual dinner to honor Perry Stratton as Fireman of the Year. Isaac “Yits” Kantrowitz presented Morris Gold with a plaque for his 50 years as president of the Fallsburg Fire Department.
A Students Against Drunk Driving (S.A.D.D.) Charter has been formed at the Delaware Valley Central School.
Jennifer Bernhardt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William G. Bernhardt of Kenoza Lake, captured the Miss Catskill Area Junior Miss Star competition plus getting the highest score in all four age groups. She is qualified to compete in the state competition in Saratoga Springs in November.
The Delaware Valley Eagles edged the Eldred Yellowjackets 2-0 in the Section IX Class D Championship game played at Dietz Stadium in Kingston last Saturday. It was the Eagles first-ever Section championship. DVC will face Section V champs Hancock next Saturday at Cornell University in Ithaca.

20 years ago - 2001

In 1873, what was to become the New York, Ontario & Western (O&W) Railway bed was laid in Sullivan County. After the “Old & Weary” folded in 1957, over 50 miles of abandoned track bed was left to slowly disappear. In July 1990, a small group of local citizens spearheaded efforts to create a Rails-to-Trails recreational system from the old track bed. The ultimate goal is to have a linear park which would follow the path of the abandoned railway line, starting at Wurtsboro and traversing the small rural communities of Summitville, Mountaindale, Fallsburg, Ferndale, Liberty, Parksville, Livingston Manor, all the way to Roscoe.
On Friday, Roscoe Central School held a groundbreaking ceremony for their new classroom and gymnasium addition. The $5 million bond project was approved by district voters on April 11, 2000. When completed, it will feature a gym, four classrooms, a bluestone lobby and handicapped access throughout the entire school.
John and Audra Spath of Mileses announce the birth of twin girls, Karlee Margaret and Kara Elizabeth, born November 6, 2001. The proud maternal grandparents are Walt and Carole Sipple of Mileses. Paternal grandparents include Judy and Tom Puerschner of Jeffersonville and John Spath Sr. and Carolyn Brucher of Kenoza Lake and Harris. Paternal great-grandparents include Wayne and Mary Spath of Zephyrhills, FLA., and Arthur and Maxine Butherus of Seattle, Wash. Karlee and Kara are at home with their parents and cheerful pup Saide, with a host of cousins, aunts, uncles, neighbors and friends to love them.

10 years ago - 2011

A team of six students from Delaware Valley Job Corps Center in Callicoon defeated four other teams at the Regional Academic Olympics district competition, and won an opportunity to compete in the finals in Ocean City, MD. The competition features questions from GED competency materials and covers language arts, science, mathematics, spelling, social studies and current events. A total of 36 teams competed in the district competitions, which were held at six different Job Corps centers in five different states. The team and staff members who assisted the team in this endeavor are: Jessica Bush, Robert Godfrey, Deputy Center Director Osama Jarrar, Laroya Lawrence, Robert Miranda, Rori Latula, Veniceia Fentress, Asia Simmons and Paul Joyal.
The Ulster County Supreme Court has ruled against Bethel couple Roy Howard and Jeryl Abramson, and the Town of Bethel is now demanding $25,000 from them. In a decision rendered last month, Judge Christopher Cahill did not accept the couple’s arguments that their ultimately-canceled May events were permissible and Constitutionally protected. Howard and Abramson had garnered five temporary camping permits from the town in April, allowing them to host up to 250 people overnight on their Route 17B property, the former Max Yasgur farmstead, during the Memorial Day weekend.
After 32 years as Town of Delaware Historian, Mary Curtis has given the nod to Cindy Herbert to take over the position. Curtis served as the town’s historian from 1977 to 2009, taking over this volunteer position from her father, Valleau Curtis. Mary had invaluable knowledge of local history, as the Curtises lived in this area for the past 250 years, before the Town of Delaware – nor even Sullivan County – had been formed. Cindy Herbert is intrigued with local town history and happily took on this position. She is working on archiving and preserving the town’s history as well as finishing a grant that she received from Sullivan Renaissance for a rotating history gallery in the Town’s Municipal Building. This will showcase the history of the town including schools, fire departments, tanneries, cemeteries, Dr. Frederick Cook, American Indians, the railroad and much more.


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