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November 30, 2021 Edition

Ruth Huggler
Posted 11/30/21

140 Years Ago - 1881

Christ Foster of Balls Eddy and Miss Barbara Schaefer of near Jeffersonville were married on November 24th.

The Long Eddy School has commenced with D.S. Hill as teacher. He …

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November 30, 2021 Edition


140 Years Ago - 1881

Christ Foster of Balls Eddy and Miss Barbara Schaefer of near Jeffersonville were married on November 24th.

The Long Eddy School has commenced with D.S. Hill as teacher. He taught the school last winter and gave good results.

The “Record” has moved to the first building below the saloon of Andrew Bietz. Come in and see us in the new office.

Up to Wednesday of last week there had passed over the canal company’s dam at Lackawaxen, 124 sawed rafts, 42 logs, 34 toggles and 45 wharfs. The prices are good and lumbermen are much pleased with the “fall fresh.”

The literary society of Narrowsburg met at the home of J.J. Baird last week. The subject to be discussed this week is a review of French and Spanish discoveries.

130 Years Ago - 1891

The steam cider mill of W.H. Kays of Youngsville will shut down this Saturday. Since September this mill has turned out 175,000 gallons of cider requiring 50,000 bushels of apples.

Fred Menges of Youngsville and Miss Tillie Bordenstein were married in New York. They will make their home on the farm of his father near Youngsville…Miss Katie Metzger of Callicoon Center and George Gottschalk, formerly of that place and now of New York, were married on November 24.

Martin Hermann, Callicoon Depot carpenter and builder, will erect a store and shop building in the rear of his premises.

A Vermont editor has invented a new way for stirring up delinquent subscribers. He writes obituary notices of them assuming that they must be dead since he does not hear from them.

120 Years Ago - 1901

Albert M. Phillips of White Lake and Libbie Schoonmaker of Black Lake were married on November 20.

Eggs are 30¢ a dozen and mighty scarce at that. It seems that when eggs are dear the hens don’t lay.

The funeral of Charles Brand, son of Balzer Brand of Hurd, was held last week at the Catholic Church in Jeffersonville.

John Fairchild, son of Eli W. Fairchild of Monticello, has won a state scholarship to Cornell University.

Charles Muth of Liberty and Grace Washington of Bushville will be married at St. Peter’s Church in Liberty some time this week.

The engagement of Fred Ludwig of Jeffersonville and Miss Emma Hessinger of Callicoon is announced.

George, the 7-year-old son of Jacob Menges, was severely injured by falling off a wagon while going to school.

A daughter was born on November 16 to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Townsend of Briscoe.

Natalie Reichman of Pleasant Valley celebrated her 12th birthday.

110 Years Ago - 1911

Frank P. Fischer and Miss Caroline L. Buddenhagen of Sidney were married on November 10…William J. Kilcoin and Miss Catherine J. Leonard of Middletown were married on November 15.

George Yager of the bottling works last week bought the Margaret Eggler house and an acre of land on Swiss Hill.

The Maplewood Post Office has been discontinued for the winter as it does not pay. It will reopen in the Spring.

The “Times” says that Norman Burton has a freak on his farm near Livingston Manor in a newborn calf from a Jersey mother and a Holstein father which is covered with wool and hair, the white spots being hair and the black spots pure wool.

Frank Hart and Miss Bertha Lahm of Hortonville were married on the 22nd of this month…William Cramer of North Branch and Miss Katie Huff, also of North Branch, were married in New York City.

The business section of South Fallsburg was wiped out Thursday morning by a fire which started about 1 o’clock in the Jeffe building. The total loss is estimated at $30,000.

North Branch will have a fire district. The boundary line extends from Klinger’s at the junction of the Jeffersonville road to Anthony Stenger’s below the village and up the Buck Brook Road to the creamery.

Our last issue incorrectly called the lovely wife of Oscar Will, Florence Ross, instead of Florence Rose. We apologize. You know, “A rose by any other name, etc.”

100 Years Ago - 1921

Miss Cora Mae Branning of Middletown, daughter of the late Commodore Branning of Fosterdale, became the bride of Robert Walter Hunt of Florida on November 23.

Mr. and Mrs. William J. Luckey Sr. are moving from the Stuart bungalow to the Gedney cottage on the corner.

Leonard Hall, son of Martin Hall of White Sulphur Springs, and Miss Gladys Smith of Liberty, were married November 15.

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Lindsley of White Sulphur Springs are the parents of a daughter born Saturday, November 26.

Miss Myrtle Phillips of Mongaup Valley and Carl Baum of Brooklyn were married at the home of the bride on November 8.

90 Years Ago - 1931

Oil burner heating systems have recently been installed in the homes of Percy Kohler, Irving Markowsky and Charles Schneidmann in Jeffersonville.

Herbert W. Grishaber, Lester Gute, Elliott Moran and Simon Sattinger have completed the foundation for their theatre building on the Krenrich lot.

Hyman Levine, a young lawyer of Hurleyville, has rented an apartment in the Maple Theatre Building here and will open a law office there.

Otto W. Hornung has sold his meat market that he has been conducting in Callicoon for the past 18 years to John Hessinger.

80 Years Ago - 1941

Among those drafted recently are Warren Hess and Morris Katz, both of Jeffersonville.

Harold Clifford Keegan of Kenoza Lake and Miss Mildred Skinner of Hurleyville were married on November 22.

The engagement of Miss Edna Lillian Schroeder of Youngsville to John George Stump of Shandelee has been announced…Announcement has been made of the engagement of Miss Margaret Bower Power of Jeffersonville to John T. Taylor of Kenoza Lake.

Royce and Taylor are moving their store from the former Shapiro block next door to the Hessinger building in the room occupied by Carpenter.

The Rev. Charles V. McClure of Callicoon, former Jeffersonville pastor, was elected Justice of the Peace in the Town of Delaware, and now he can marry in either the religious or civil form, or both, and without extra fee. P.S. This is no Paid Advertisement.

70 Years Ago -1951

The First National Bank of Jeffersonville on November 16th distributed $8,000 in Christmas Club checks, John Wohltjen, cashier, reported.

The Jeffersonville Methodist Church observed its 100th anniversary at services held last Sunday under the direction of Rev. Paul Brown, pastor. A history of the church was prepared for the occasion by Mrs. Carrie Myers. The church was started by German and Swiss emigrants with a deed being given to the trustees of the German Methodist Church on February 12, 1851, by Gregor Gutzel and Salonica Gutzel, his wife. Later Mr. Gutzel gave more land for a cemetery.

Jeanne Brand, who was married on October 28 to Milton Erdman, was given a surprise shower at the Presbyterian Church social rooms in Jeffersonville last night.

60 Years Ago - 1961

Official figures released Thursday showed that 23, 290 persons voted in Sullivan County Election Day.

Theodore G. Ellmauer, 37, of Youngsville, was killed Monday in a tractor accident on his farm.

S/Sgt. and Mrs. John Metzger of Stead Air Force Base, Reno, Nev., are the parents of a daughter, Debra Elizabeth, born November 17.

County Judge Lawrence H. Cooke will not resign until the end of the year. Judge Cooke, who was unopposed for the Supreme Court bench in last Tuesday’s election, made this statement Friday when asked about the situation. He noted that there are many matters to be cleaned up before he submits his resignation.

Paul Grossinger, of the famous Sullivan County hotel, has been re-elected president of the New York State Hotel Association for a one-year term.

Progress is being made on the construction of the Medical Building in Narrowsburg. It is located on the Heins lot near the Rose Merry Inn.

At the Callicoon Hospital: a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Yarek of Shohola, PA., on November 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Philip Sobolek of Boyds Mills, PA., on November 20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Canfield, Honesdale, PA., on November 21. In the latter two births it became a family affair. Mrs. Canfield is the daughter of Mrs. Sobolek which makes Mrs. Sobolek in the hospital with the aunt of her grandson, both sharing the nursery at the  hospital.

Jack Stewart, hunting on the Tamarack Farmlands, bagged a black bear Tuesday afternoon, weighing 145 pounds.

Plans are in the discussion stage for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Sullivan Masonic District next May 19.

Officers of the first CYO in Holy Cross Church and Missions are David Mauer, treasurer; Arlene Meyer, vice president: Helene Hartmann, secretary; Barbara Pfaff, president; and David Kazmark, program chairman. Forty-two members were present for the initial meeting.

50 Years Ago - 1971

Miss Patricia Glassel became the bride of Kevin Zieres on October 30 at the Hortonville Presbyterian Church.

Miss Linda Blais of Bethel and Calvin Citro of White Lake were united in marriage on November 14 at St. Peter’s Church in Monticello.

Sgt. Gordon J. Ellersick, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Ellersick of North Branch, has been selected outstanding maintenance man in his unit at Blythville AFB, Arkansas.

Anne Meyer of Mileses became the bride of David Estrof on November 13 in Kerhonkson. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Al Meyer.

Mrs. Lena Hessinger, Senior Sullivan County 4-H leader, was honored for 34 years of dedicated service at the annual 4-H Leaders’ Recognition Dinner held November 15 at the Youngsville Firehouse.

40 years ago - 1981

Over 400 people filled the Persian Room of the Pines Hotel last Sunday evening for the crowning of Miss Catskill-World 1982. The lucky girl is Annmarie Henderson of Monroe, 17, a junior at Washingtonville High School. Jane Abbuzzese of Monticello, Marie Romash of Pine Bush, Susan Smith of Grahamsville, and Maureen Thompson of Youngsville were named runnersup.

Support for a nursing program at Sullivan County Community College is being expressed to college officials in the form of over 3,000 petition signatures.

Janene Marie Costa, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Costa Jr. of El Paso, Texas, and the granddaughter of Mrs. William G. Costa of Monticello and the late Judge William G. Costa, has been chosen as Sun Bowl Queen for 1981.

Equinunk firemen, under the direction of Chief Earl Schuman, answered the fire alarm Sunday afternoon responding to a fire at the Ray LaBar Sawmill in Lookout, PA. Eighty men from the four departments of the Equinunk Fire Department were assisted by firemen from Callicoon, Lake Huntington and Belmont Corners, PA. Estimate of the loss is about $300,000.

Jerry Helmuth of Youngs­ville shot an 8-pointer buck with a 60 1/2 inch rack. It weighed 160 pounds.

Miss Lisa Billard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Billard of Narrowsburg, and Richard Lander, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lander, also of Narrowsburg, were married October 24, at St. Francis Xavier R.C. Church in Narrowsburg.

Ora and Raymond George of Sundown were honored at their home on the occasion of their 60th wedding anniversary. The Rev. F. Purvis had performed their wedding ceremony in the same home on October 26, 1921, which was at that time owned by Mrs. George’s parents.

It was a 105th birthday for Grace Scott, a resident at the Walnut Nursing Home in Liberty.

Hillary Conklin was honored on the occasion of his 89th birthday at his home in Willowemoc. Among the guests were Sullivan County Treasurer Richard Coombe, County Clerk Joseph Purcell, and Town of Neversink Supervisor Jim Gorman. A friend to the Republicans, Democrats and Conservatives alike, Mr. Conklin was a committeeman for the Republican party as long as anyone could remember. When Mrs. Conklin (Laura) said she thought no one would remember Hillary’s birthday, Joe Purcell said, “After so many years of community service, how could we forget?”

30 years ago - 1991

Droves of holiday shoppers packed the 21st annual Arts & Crafts Fair at Sullivan County Community College in a rite that has come to symbolize the start of the holiday season in Sullivan County.

By a 12-1 vote, the Sullivan County Board of Supervisors approved a $104,130,742 budget for 1992 which will carry an estimated tax rate increase of 8.3 percent. The vote was unanimous except for Mamakating Supervisor Dennis Greenwald, who continued to insist that too little money had been placed in the budget for road repair and too much money was anticipated from sales tax and room tax revenues.

Twenty of Sullivan County’s finest fourth and fifth grade spellers competed Tuesday to find out who among them was the best speller in the county. First place went to Kari Hess of Liberty, a fifth grader at the new Liberty Middle School; in second place, Delaware Valley School fifth grader Jeanne Eschenberg; and in third place was Eldred’s Jesse Davis.

20 Years Ago - 2001

Liberty Central School District is pleased to announce that White Sulphur Springs Elementary teacher Barbara Sush is one of 110,000 nominees for Disney’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award.

Local trucker Henry R. “Highway Hank” Good of Monticello competed in the Bristol Motor Speedway’s truck show with his K-100C VIT Aerodyne, which he calls “Hank’s Highway Hilton.” He won “Most Outstanding Cabover” and “1st Place in Class.”

Many folks have inquired about the gates in the Jeffersonville vicinity. The handsome structures, between buildings, were built by volunteers Kevin Mullally and Kyle Bright, seniors at the Sullivan West Jeffersonville campus. It is part of the JEMS beautification project. – Jeff Corresp.

Bertram Eisenberg of Parks­ville, 71, a partner of the former Appelbaum and Eisenberg for 35 years and more recently of Eisenberg and Kirsch, died November 24, 2001 at his home. He was the youngest graduate from Liberty High School at 13.

10 Years Ago - 2011

The Sullivan County Historical Society (SCHS) honored Past President, 16-year Treasurer, and longtime member of the Board of Directors Allan Wayne Dampman as its “History Preserver of Sullivan County 2011”. Dampman was recognized at the SCHS Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner at Rockland House for his years devoted to serving the Society in various capacities and providing leadership and coordination for the yearly Commemoration of the Battle of Minisink.

Retired Sullivan County educators Dan and Gwen Baldo are swimming with pride these days as a result of the outstanding success their 10-year-old granddaughter Amelia Baldo had in winning the 9-10 year-old softball throw in the 34th annual Hershey’s Track and Field Games North America Finals held on Aug. 6 in Hershey, PA. Amelia, daughter of Anthony and Jane Baldo of Palmyra, PA, is in the fifth grade at Lingle Elementary School in Palmyra. The Hershey’s Track & Field Games is the largest youth sports program of its kind in North America. Amelia Baldo was part of the Zone 7 competition where she won the local event, regional and zone event which qualified her to enter the finals at Hershey. Amelia won first place in the 9-10 year-old softball throw with a distance of 114 feet and 2 3/4 inches, beating out her closest competitor, who threw 113 feet.

No “goldbricking” was allowed in the construction of Liberty Central School District’s Capital Project improvements at Liberty Elementary School and Liberty High School. The project used 206,000 bricks, 285 tons of steel, 56,000 concrete blocks and kept construction workers hoping to meet the completion deadlines. The  $35.8M state-of-the art project is the only known “net-zero” school facility in New York State (producing at least as much energy as it consumes) and has been featured in an architectural journal. During the October 14 reception and ribbon cutting ceremony at the LCS Library/Media Center District Superintendent Michael Vanyo proudly stated, “It was completed on time and on budget. A lot of luck and good fortune worked in that.”


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