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November 9, 2021 Edition

Ruth Huggler
Posted 11/9/21

110 Years Ago - 1911

Martin Clancy, who had his wife Delia arrested to keep the peace, told a story of cruelty that can hardly be equaled anywhere, when the case was brought before Justice Starck …

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November 9, 2021 Edition


110 Years Ago - 1911

Martin Clancy, who had his wife Delia arrested to keep the peace, told a story of cruelty that can hardly be equaled anywhere, when the case was brought before Justice Starck yesterday morning. The Clancys had been having considerable domestic trouble for quite a while and the rupture occurred Friday night when Mrs. Clancy got out of bed at 2 o'clock in the morning and, taking one of her shoes by the toe, started to pound Martin in the face with the heel of it. After two or three hits he woke up and put his hands over his face to protect it. As a result of that his hands were like a piece of beefsteak. He came into town Saturday and swore out a warrant for his wife's arrest. But these were not all the troubles with the Clancys. At the hearing the testimony Clancy gave was sensational. He testified that his wife, demanded $600 on Friday and that he came to town with the deeds of her property and that he went to see Elias Mitchell to get $600 from him but that Mr. Mitchell would not give him the money because the property is in her name. When Martin Clancy returned home his wife threatened to kill him. On Saturday morning at the breakfast table she hit him with the smoothing iron and also hit him with her fist and knocked out one of his leeth. Later in the morning when he went to the barn she followed him and struck him on the head and arms with a large hickory club. The club was offered in evidence. He testified that about ten days ago, at night, when he had just got into bed that she came and threw kerosene oil on the bed and on him and was going to set him on fire. He ran out of the house and went to Ernest Graby's where he spent the night. More will appear in next week's issue as Justice Starck called the case for late this afternoon, giving Mrs. Clancy time to get a lawyer. She felt she would have to go to New York City as no one here would take her case.
Benjamin Ehrets of Merriewold is mourning the loss of a pet cow. On Saturday morning two hunters from the Park and two from Monticello went gunning for deer. Unfortunately the so-called deer that they shot turned out to be Mr. Ehret's cow.
Carl Wright, who has been confined in the Monticello jail for the past two weeks for taking a horse of Sawyer and Engert and selling it to a liveryman in Lackawaxen, has been released on bail.
William Smith of Tyler Hill met with a very painful accident on Thursday morning. While engaged in sawing lath he someway got the fingers of his left hand in the way of the saw and three of them were amputated. Dr. W.W. Appley of Cochecton was called and dressed the stumps.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Bush, a son, on Monday, October 23.
Grover Hermann recently spent several days in New York and while there closed a contract with the Shepard Motor Car Co., whereby he will have exclusive right to sell the popular "Everitt" cars in Sullivan County. Mr. Hermann will also distribute Michigan Motor Cars in Orange and Sullivan counties, N.Y., and Wayne County. Pa.
William, five-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Buddenhagen of Hortonville, fell while playing in the front yard of his home on Thursday breaking his right leg just above the knee. Dr. Schonger set the broken leg and the little boy is getting along as well as can be expected.

100 Years Ago - 1921

The records for this issue are missing from our files.

90 Years Ago -1931

Miss Mildred Poley of Tennanah Lake and Walter Reichmann of Woodside, were married at the Callicoon Center parsonage by Rev. J.E. Straub last Thursday. They were attended by Theresa Baer of Mileses and Clifford Poley, brother of the bride.
Announcement has been made by Supervisor and Mrs. Fred Schadt of Jeffersonville of the marriage of their daughter, Millicent, to Trooper Robert Flynn of Walton, October 8.
Mildred A. Miller and Osmer F. Geib were married November 7 by Rev. J.E. Straub at the Callicoon Center parsonage. Elmer Geib and Dorothy Krantz were the witnessing attendants.
The celebration of the 71st anniversary of the Fremont Center M. E. Church will begin Sunday morning and continue through the week with services each evening . . . The Methodist Church in Hancock has a program underway to celebrate the 199th anniversary of the church early next month.
Supervisor Michael T. Clark of Narrowsburg, 65, was killed in an automobile accident about 9 p.m. the evening of November 19. He was married to Jennie Minckler of Fremont Center who survives as do two sons, Walter and Beauchamp, both at home. He was also director of the Callicoon National Bank.
Charles H. Cross, reelected supervisor of the Town of Neversink, died suddenly last Thursday as he was sitting in a chair in his home.
Work on the Callicoon Hospital is progressing rapidly. The exterior is nearly completed and the plumbers and electricians are busy putting in their preliminary work. It is expected to be ready for occupancy about January 1st.
According to A. Geiselmann, manager of the Victory store here: Fred Weyer, for several years employed by O.W. Hornung, will be managing the new meat department in the Victory. Fred is in Liberty this week getting acquainted with Victory's manner of doing business.
Miss Elizabeth Gerhardt, 20-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Gerhardt of Hankins, died at her home last Thursday evening of chronic myocarditis. She has been a sufferer with heart trouble for several years after having pneumonia and influenza.

80 Years Ago - 1941

An 8 1/2 lb. boy was born October 30 to Democratic Secretary and Mrs. Paul A.A. Rouis at Horton Memorial Hospital. At the Callicoon Hospital, it was a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Leins of North Branch, weighing 7 1/2 pounds.
A reception was tendered to Mr. and Mrs. L.K. Ferguson of Lake Huntington on October 23 by their children in honor of their 61st wedding anniversary.
Miss Sophie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Freyer of Callicoon, and Hubert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Vollmers of Cochecton were united in marriage October 26 at St. James Episcopal Church by Rev. Sidney C. Newhouse. The attendants were Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Sutliff of Lake Huntington.
Miss Genevieve Fitzpatrick of Hankins was featured in the sports pages of Tuesday's Middletown Herald as leading lady bowler of Middletown. Miss Fitzpatrick hit 190 in her first game on the new Recreation Center alleys. She is an employee of the State Hospital in Middletown.
Mr. and Mrs. C.L. Tegeler of Damascus announce the engagement of their daughter, Alice, to Edgar F. Jenkins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Jenkins of Clarks Green, Pa. He is principal at the Damascus high school, a position he has held for the past five years.
Frank E. Knack of Hortonville and Mrs. Florence J. Loeke of North Branch were married October 26 by Rev. John E. Straub at the Callicoon Center parsonage. They will live in Treadwell.

70 Years Ago- 1951

The body of Corp. Stephen J. Smallbone is being laid to rest this afternoon (Nov. 1) in the Lutheran Cemetery in Jeffersonville. Members of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars are helping in the final rites. He was killed in Korea March 7th this year.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Buddenhagen announce the engagement of their niece, Rita Jean Enright, to Roland Swartz of St. Johnsville.
At the Callicoon Hospital, it was a son for Mr. and Mrs. Jack Sattler of Hortonville, born Wednesday. Mrs. Milton Gaebel and infant daughter of Youngsville were discharged from the hospital this week.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J.V. Cullen of Chester announce the engagement of their daughter. Cathleen, to Frank A. Tonjes. Miss Cullen is editor and co-publisher of the Sullivan County Record at Jeffersonville. The wedding is scheduled for January 5, 1952.
DVCS has captured the Western Sullivan League football crown after six lean years.
Doris Ann Deckelman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Deckelman of Obernburg, became the bride of Anthony D'Ambra at St. Mary's R.C. Church, Obernburg, on Saturday.
The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Knack was christened at St. Joseph's Seminary, Callicoon, oh Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Weiss were the sponsors.
Mr. and Mrs. Casper Eggler are the parents of a daughter born October 22 at Loomis Hospital.
Jeanne Brand, daughter of Edwin A. Brand, and Milton Erdman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Erdman of Jeffersonville, were married October 21 at the Brand home. Mr. and Mrs. Warren Myers attended the couple.

60 Years Ago - 1961

The steel framework on the addition to the Delaware Valley Central School has been placed and a load of steel for floor joists is due to arrive any day. Backfilling will be completed this week.
Commander Wm. R. Johnson, native of Long Eddy, took charge of the U.S.S. Sellers after its commissioning at the Boston Naval Shipyard, Charlestown, Mass., on October 28.
Harry Darbee, fishing in the Willowemoc and Roscoe all were mentioned in a wildlife article in November's Esquire.
At the Callicoon Hospital, it was a daughter, Friday, to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hoehn of Equinunk, Pa.; a daughter. Wednesday, to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Eldred of Equinunk, Pa.
The Lake Huntington Presbyterian Church will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its organization on November 5 with a covered dish supper at six o'clock and a service of rededication at 7:30 p.m.

50 Years Ago - 1971

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hermann celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary by taking a three-week trip to Europe, covering 11 countries (including four – Italy, France, Germany and Austria — which Paul had seen during his U.S. Army days). On Saturday evening, October 25, they were guests of honor at a party held in the Youngsville Firehouse, hosted by their daughters.
Mr. and Mrs. Morris Turk celebrated fifty years of marriage with open house at the Callicoon Methodist Church. Their honor attendants, Ida and Fred Oestrich, were both able to help them celebrate.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hess of Jeffersonville celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary October 21.
Mr. and Mrs. John Waldron of Fosterdale were guests of honor at a 25th wedding anniversary surprise party given them at Gilbert's Inn at Lake Huntington.
A bridal shower was given Linda Rosengrant, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul. Rosengrant of White Sulphur Springs, on October 29. She will be married to George Ellis on November 6.
Miss Amy Anderson of Long Eddy was one of the official delegates from the NY Jr. Hereford Association to the National Convention at Kansas City, Mo., October 15-18.
Pamela Hulse of Liberty was designated last week as the Football Queen for the Liberty CHS.
Closed circuit television will broadcast the Muhammad Ali vs Buster Mathis 12-round heavyweight bout at the Monticello Raceway on November 17.

40 Years Ago - 1981

Martin and Sara Brecher are the new owners of Singer's Restaurant in Liberty. They are related to the Goldner family who, for the past three generations, have owned and operated the popular restaurant. The Brechers are from Israel and took over the 64-year family business.
The voting on Tuesday resulted in a 14,307 victory for Stephen F. Lungen for the office of district attorney of Sullivan County, over his challenger, Andrew Boyar of Highland Lake. Others elected to office were: Joe Purcell, unopposed for County Clerk; Ludwig Grupp, supervisor Town of Callicoon; Jean McCoach, supervisor Town of Cochecton; Craig Stewart, supervisor Town of Delaware: Fred Obermeyer, supervisor Town of Bethel; Brian Ingber, supervisor Town of Fallsburg; Paul Rausch. supervisor Town of Forestburgh: Rudy Lindberg, supervisor Town of Fremont: William Perez, supervisor Town of Highland; Abe Kleinman, supervisor Town of Liberty; Donald Scheet, supervisor Town of Lumberland; Dennis Greenwald, supervisor Town of Mamakating; Jim Gorman, supervisor Town of Neversink; Lee Siegel, supervisor Town of Rockland; David Kaufman, supervisor Town of Thompson; and Fred Tegeler, supervisor Town of Tusten. Mr. Kaufman announced Thursday he would seek the chairmanship of the Sullivan County Board of Supervisors, now held by Fallsburg Supervisor Brian Inger.
Nicole Perugini, daughter of Mary S. Perugini of Milldale, Conn., became the bride of Timothy Huebner, son of Ralph and Inez Huebner, Narrowsburg, on August 21. They are living in Southington, Conn.
The Eldred Lady Yellowjackets recorded a 2-9 victory over Chester to win the Section 9 Class C and D championship game played at Sullivan County Community College Wednesday. The victory raised the Yellowjackets' mark to 18-0 on the season and moves them into a New York State intersectional game against a team from the Binghamton area on Saturday.

30 Years Ago- 1991

Four young ladies recently vied for the crown of Miss Catskill Area Winter Queen in competition held at the Days Inn in Liberty.
Christine Wagner of Monroe will now compete on the state level for the title of Miss Empire State. First runner-up was Brenda Lauterstein of Monticello; second runner-up was Diane Dibble of Wallkill and third runner-up was Dana Weber of Wappingers Falls.
Officials at the Jeffersonville-Youngsville Central School have scheduled a December 17 vote on a proposed $5.6 million addition to the present Jeffersonville School. According to District Superintendent Al Larson, the addition would include space for 24 classrooms, a gym with locker rooms, a library, administration and guidance offices and an addition to the present cafeteria, and would be connected to the present school in the area of the gymnasium and cafeteria.
Working with Environmental Bond Act money, Sullivan County plans to acquire six more acres along the right-of-way of the old Delaware and Hudson (D&H) Canal between Summitville and Spring Glen to expand its D&H Linear Park in Mamakating. This would allow for greater access to a portion of the D&H Canal and the old Ontario and Western Railroad right-of-way that parallels it between the lock and canalkeepers' home the county owns off Bova Road and Summitville to the south. A few years ago, the county received a $334,750 grant from the state $2-billion Environmental Quality Bond Act to acquire land for a park which would include sections of the D&H Canal that once ran from Westbrookville to Phillipsport in Sullivan County.
Ella Albrecht Martinek hosted an open house for members of the Class of 1941, Monticello High School, on September 13. They later enjoyed dinner and a program at Bernie's Holiday Inn. Members of the class present represented 14 states.
Ed and Bettie Muller of Callicoon celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with a party at The Club at Villa Roma on October 20. Their children, Ted of Hortonville and Eva of Callicoon hosted the party.
The Monticello Post Office displayed first day covers and cancelled letters and postcards from post offices that no longer exist, including Merriewold, Bushville, Hartwood, Highview, Liberty Falls and Stevensville, to name a few. The collection belongs to Max Cohen of Woodridge.
Kyle DiBenedetto, 24 years old, notched his 1000th career victory at the Monticello Raceway on October 24.

20 years ago – 2001

In February, 2nd grader Richard Johnson and David Phelps, a 3rd grader at Tri-Valley Elementary School, found a wad of cash in an upstairs bathroom and turned the money over to their principal, Nancy George. After a lengthy search, the rightful owner was never located, and the superintendent and board of education decided to donate half the money to charity and split the remaining $400 between the two honest boys. The youngsters were recently honored for “an exceptionally good deed done during the last school year.”
Kristin Klimchok and Stephen Peck, both of Callicoon, were united in marriage at the Frist Presbyterian Church in Honesdale, Pa. on August 25, 2001. The bride is the daughter of Edward and Lynne Klimchok of Port Jervis. Gary and Florence Peck of Honesdale, Pa., are the parents of the groom.
Onalie Petit of Mileses and Gary Brewer of Jacksonville, Ore., announce the engagement of their daughter, Onalie Mesa Oakstar, to James Joseph Greier, both of Obernburg. He is the son of James and Rita Greier of Obernburg. A September 7, 2002 wedding is planned.
The parents of Christina M. Sprague and Peter T. Dworetsky announce their engagement. An August 2002 wedding is planned.
Lazarus I. Levine of Liberty and Boca Raton, Fla., a retired noted attorney-at-law, died Saturday, November 3, 2001 in Boca Raton. He was 96. The son of the late Jacob and Anna Samuelson Levine, he was born in New York City.

10 years ago – 2011

The Callicoon Fire Department sent its ladder truck up to St. George’s Roman Catholic Church in Jeffersonville, for a long overdue painting of the cross on the church steeple. The cross was done over in gold-leaf specialty paint from Germany by Callicoon FD Chief Mark Murphy (who was wearing a beekeeper’s suit because of the swarm of yellowjackets living in the steeple. He didn’t get one sting!). Mark was assisted by Roy Sumfleth, who operated the ladder boom. Visible in the background is Sullivan West Elementary School at Jeffersonville with its distinctive cupola.
Funded by the Gerry Foundation and overseen by the new Sullivan County Economic Development Corporation (EDC), the Community Planning Committee held its first “Mid-Term Report” at the CVI Building. The committee is actually a set of four subcommittees: Planning, Hotel Development, Education and Training, and Tourism and Marketing.
Monticello no longer has a deputy village manager, but a split village board couldn’t decide whether or not to abolish the position. New Village Attorney Dennis Lynch called the move to eliminate the position one done “in the interest of economy,” with Trustee Carmen Rue adding it could save Monticello more than $60,000 a year, plus benefits. But during a public hearing on the matter, resident Helen Jersey argued that simply leaving the position vacant would save the same amount of money and not require a future board to redraft a law to reintroduce the position.


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