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October 26, 2021 Edition

Ruth Huggler
Posted 10/26/21

110 Years Ago - 1911In 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 …

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October 26, 2021 Edition


110 Years Ago - 1911
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
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
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 3rd 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
The wedding of Miss Helen Fisher of Callicoon and Ralph Fisk of Liberty was solemnized by Father Adrian of Holy Cross Church Oct.12.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Longs­paugh of Glen Spey are the parents of a baby girl born Wednesday at the Callicoon Hospital.
Work is progressing on the interior of the Callicoon Methodist Church hall under the direction of Kenneth Botsford, contractor. John Wisemann is making the necessary alterations to the electrical system.
Nelson Robert of Honesdale, PA., is celebrating his 72nd birthday. At the age of 50, then a resident of Kansas City, he pushed a wheelbarrow around the outer extremities of the United States, covering 9,000 miles and collecting $9,000 from the Kansas City officials. He is a native of Beaver Brook and was an Erie railroad mechanic for 27 years.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy B. Kappes are the proud parents of a son born October 13 at the Horton Memorial Hospital in Middletown. They were former residents of Callicoon.
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Emrich of Fremont Center are the parents of a girl born October 3 at the Roscoe Hospital.
Wm. Grishaber of Jeffersonville is going to remove the power house, near the lake, that was erected about the time the lake was built but has never been used. There are about 5,000 cement blocks in it and it was put up by Frank Neuberger.
70 Years Ago - 1951
Miss Ethel V. Endlekofer of Hasbrouck Heights, N.J., became the bride of George M. Rohrmann of Lake Huntington on October 14.
Mr. and Mrs. William Schaefer of Jeffersonville will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday and will have a family dinner at Bucky’s Inn on Sunday.
Louis Milligan, one of our poultrymen of Lake Huntington, is displaying an egg laid by a Barred Rock hen, 7 1/2 inches in width, 10 inches the long distance around and weighing one-half pound.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Heflich of Roscoe are the parents of a daughter born Thursday at the Callicoon Hospital.
The “Delaware 1951” won a first place rating in the central school section of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s Yearbook Contest. The book was in competition against schools from forty-four states.
About 600 persons jammed the courtroom at the Wayne County Courthouse – forced indoors by the steady rain – for the 1 1/2 hour dedication ceremony of the new Wayne Memorial Hospital last Thursday. About 3,000 visited the new hospital up until 9 p.m. Because so much of the equipment had been moved from the old facility on Court Street, an emergency appendectomy was performed in the new operating room by Dr. J. William White, medical chief of staff, at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Knack of White Sulphur Springs on Oct. 11. Mrs. Knack was formerly Elsie Tiemann of North Branch. There is an older brother, Frederick, waiting at home.
Thursday evening friends gave Rene LeClere a bon voyage party. He has been in America ten months and sails Saturday for his home in Rouen, France. He hopes to return to America some day.
The Narrowsburg General Store is now on display in New York City at Macy’s, the world’s largest store. The old-fashioned store with some 700 varied items has been set up in Macy’s “Fancy Pantry” on the 8th floor. The Food Fair Festival opens in Macy’s October 15th and runs through the 20th. It usually attracts about a hundred thousand visitors and is the biggest thing in food fairs anywhere in the country.
60 Years Ago - 1961
Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Henke observed their 58th wedding anniversary on October 14. The family gathered to pay tribute to their parents.
Dorothy Dutcher, 50, a nurse at Liberty-Loomis Hospital, was killed when her car was struck by a truck near the Foster Garage, a half mile south of Livingston Manor. She is survived by her husband, and three sons, Charles, Richard and David.
A daughter was born Monday to Mr. and Mrs. Philip Hunt of Callicoon; a daughter, Monday, to Mr. and Mrs. Lester Hill of Jeffersonville, both at Callicoon Hospital.
Mrs. Anne VanIderstine and Miss Elsie VanIderstine spent Friday and Saturday in Dormansville where they attended the 120th anniversary celebration of the Methodist Church there. Dormansville was the first pastorate of the late Rev. Wilfred VanIderstine.
Milton Kutsher of Kutsher’s Country Club, Monticello, has been elected president of the Sullivan County Hotel Association for a one-year term.
Queen Toby, a bassett hound owned by Joan Elmore, Sunny Terrace Kennels, Damascus, PA., placed third in an entry of 59 female bassetts from northeastern United States at the national field trial of the Bassett Hound Club of America at Lebanon, PA., on October 27.
The Marine Band will appear at the Hancock Central School auditorium on October 21, sponsored by the Hancock Rotary Club.
Frank Herring of Callicoon Center proudly carried the American flag in a parade of the Norwood, N.J., Fire Department No. 1 on October 7 when the department celebrated its 50th anniversary. A charter member and founder of the department, Mr. Herring has carried the flag in all the department parades for the past 35 years. He operates a farm and boarding house in Callicoon Center.
Mrs. Joseph Rosch, the former Carolyn Krum of Liberty, was killed in an automobile accident October 12 near her home at Ballston Springs. Mrs. Rosch, the mother of four children, was a daughter-in-law of Mrs. Emily Rosch, Assistant Civil Defense Director for Sullivan County.
Nearly 150,000 pheasants will have been released throughout New York by the end of October according to Joseph Dell, Supervisor of Game Research in the State Conservation Department.
50 Years Ago - 1971
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Hahn of Callicoon Center were feted on their 50th wedding anniversary at an open house Oct. 9. About 300 relatives and friends attended.
Lieut. Gov. Malcolm Wilson will be the speaker at the Oct­. 24 Sullivan County Republican Dinner at the Concord Hotel in Kiamesha Lake.
Ronald Marks and Patricia Decker were married at St. Aloysius Church, Livingston Manor, on Saturday, followed by a reception at King’s.
A group of 18 barbershop singers of the Sullivan County Chapter of SPEBSQA participated in the international preliminary chorus contest held Saturday in Elmira.
John Paul, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Abplanalp was baptized Sunday morning at the Liberty Presbyterian Church.
Army Spec. 5 Chris A. Long, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clinton F. Long, Callicoon, recently received the Army Commendation Medal and was pro­­moted to his present rank near Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. He is a dispatcher with headquarters company, 35th Engineer Group.
At the Liberty-Loomis Hospital, it was a boy to Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Hill of Hurleyville on October 1; a boy, October 3, to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Becker of White Sulphur Springs; a girl, October 4, to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Oliver of Sundown; a girl, Oct. 6, to Mr. and Mrs. William Nicoll of RD Liberty; and a boy, Oct. 7, to Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Demming of Livingston Manor.
Eileen Mae, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Werlau Jeffersonville, became the bride of John Semo Jr. of Liberty on September 25, at a ceremony performed at St. George’s Church in Jeffersonville.
Fifteen patients in the Geiger Nursing Home, one mile from Honesdale, PA., on Route 191, perished in a fire which swept through the home on Tuesday evening, October 19. The fire apparently started in the laundry room area and a gas clothes dryer was being used at the time. Included in the dead were Morris Flynn of RD 1, Narrowsburg, Horace and Susie Taylor of Tyler Hill, PA., and Bertha Wittpenn of RD 1, Narrowsburg.
Alex Sattler Sr. of Liberty has just returned from a month’s visit in Europe where he visited his sister, Mrs. Theresa Wamger and other relatives in Bremerhaven, Germany. He also toured Germany, France, Italy and other countries before returning home.
Kathy Reynolds and James V. Litzenbauer were married on October 10 by the Rev. Arthur Smith at the Presbyterian Church in Cochecton.
Harry and Betty Schuler of Callicoon Center celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary on October 14.
Mr. and Mrs. John Kelly of Livingston Manor became parents of a baby girl on Oct­ober 11; a baby boy was born October 12 to Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Kurpil of Liberty; a baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Johaneman of Livingston Manor, Oct.14, all at Liberty-Loomis Hospital.
Howard Schmidt was featured in the Winston Down Home Taste advertisement shown in many magazines this month. He will have the picture in his window.
Herbert C. Persbacker was the recipient of a 25-year pin at the silver anniversary of the Callicoon Kiwanis Club on Monday for his perfect attendance since the inception of the group.
Mr. and Mrs. Morris Turk will be guests of honor at an open house October 30 in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary to be hosted by their children at the Callicoon Methodist Church.
40 Years Ago - 1981
Apparently Lisa is a very popular name in Roscoe, at least if the Blue Devils soccer team is any indication. Consider the following: Lisa Zollo, Lisa Kuszek, Lisa Walker, Lisa Hendrickson, Lisa Knickerbocker and Lisa Keene, all play for the Roscoe squad.
The New York State School Boards Association held their 62nd annual convention at the Concord Resort Hotel in Kiamesha Lake this week. More than 3000 administrators and school board representatives congregated for the three day session.
Elizabeth “Betty” Berman of Liberty has been named “Woman of the Year” by the Business and Professional Women’s Club. Mrs. Berman is president of the Board of Directors for Liberty’s United Cerebral Palsy-Center.
30 Years Ago - 1991
A crowd of about 50 residents met for a tax revolt meeting, sponsored by the Sullivan County People for Action Tuesday night, in Monticello. The meeting, which started out as a discussion of waste in government, later turned to an election-time theme with comments aimed against incumbent office holders.
Walter A. Rhulen, president of Frontier Insurance, will head up the Sullivan County Charter Commission, his peers on the panel decided last week. Temporary Chairman C. Albert Sharkey, who conducted the meeting because Mr. Rhulen was out of town, was named vice chairman.
Seventeen chain saws were taken from John Eschenberg’s small engine sales and repair shop located on 17B between Hortonville and Jeffersonville, it was discovered Tuesday morning. An award of $2,000 is offered for information and the recovery of the items.
An oil painting portrait of the late Charles E. Lewis, painted by John Marz, was unveiled at the Delaware Valley Central School on October 12. Mr. Lewis was a retired principal of the local school and well respected by all who knew him. His widow, Mrs. Betty Lewis, was among those who attended the program and social hour at which Dr. Jacob Bauernfeind, a former student, was the guest speaker.
The Eddie Adams Workshop IV met last weekend in Jeffersonville. A total of 14 assignments were handed out as prizes to the top students of the 100 students at the workshop which attracted a world-wide attendance.
Doris Baim of Youngsville was honored at a retirement dinner at the Lake Jefferson Hotel in recognition of her 24 years of service as Town of Callicoon clerk.
The Bloomingburgh Resto­ration Society will celebrate its 16th anniversary with a dinner at the Eagle’s Nest in Bloomingburg on October 8.
Lisa Garigliano was among the honorable mention winners at the 6th annual Giant Pumpkin Party in Grahams­ville Saturday. Her oblong pumpkin was dressed as a clown.
Philip W. Tully, president of Garden State Standardbred Sales Company and Woodstock Stud, Inc., has been award the Anti-Defamation League Americanism Award at the ADL annual dinner held at Kutsher’s in Monticello.
August and Mary Kahn celebrated their 50th anniversary on September 24… Augusta and Herbert Branch, former residents of Monticello, celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary at the Twin Cedars Assisted Living Center on September 10.
20 Years Ago - 2001
Since Sullivan County Legislator Vice-Chair Gordon MacKinnon died on October 9, legislators agreed on his successor at the next monthly meeting on Thursday. Robert Kunis (District 8) will serve as Vice-Chair until the end of the year.
Rob Potter has been named the new Sports Editor of the Sullivan County Democrat.
For over a year, the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) has been planning to upgrade Route 17 to Interstate 86. Over 250 people packed the legislative chambers in the Government Center in Monticello to listen to proposed changes from Exits 94 to 115.
Although she is not quite ready for any road rallies, seven-year-old Kendall Menges is the proud owner of a pretty classy car. With an orange 1971 Corvette to tool around in, Kendall had a great summer bombing up and down her driveway and lawn on River Road, Callicoon. Originally the property of her mother, the gas-powered Corvette is every child’s dream. “I won it at the Dutchess County Fair in 1971,” Cindy (Buddenhagen) Menges said. “It was quite the joke for a while, the Ford dealer’s daughter driving a Chevy.” But instead of trading it in, Cindy’s father, Dave Buddenhagen, kept the car in storage hoping to get more miles on it someday.
The Daniel Pierce Library in Grahamsville has launched a major Building Fund Pledge Drive. The chairman of the building campaign is Philip Coombe Jr., a well-known local farmer and retired Commissioner of Corrections for New York State.
10 Years Ago - 2011
On the anniversary weekend the famous “Peace and Love” festival took place, Woodstock was remembered in the form of Peace Vodka, launched at the Catskills Distillery grand opening. The Distillery is strategically placed right across the entrance to Bethel Woods, the original Woodstock site, slightly behind the Dancing Cat Saloon on Route 17B, so concertgoers see it and can continue their night with food and drink on leaving.
Dozens of Verizon employees – many of them local, gathered at the telephone company’s main facility along Route 42 in Fallsburg to solicit support from passersby in their ongoing strike. Disputes over healthcare and pension contributions, plus Verizon’s apparent desire to focus on its mostly non-unionized wireless division, have led to tensions that turned into a strike earlier this year. Negotiations continue, said Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1120 Business Agent John Zeolla, who added that $1 billion in benefits is at stake, affecting 45,000 striking workers from Maine to Virginia.
Sullivan Renaissance interns joined YMCA personnel to cut trails and build a bridge amidst the YMCA’s recently acquired 155 acres along Wild Turnpike near Rock Hill. With another 65 acres coming, YMCA Development Director Linda Cellini said this new nature preserve will be open to hikers, bicyclists, cross-country skiiers, rowers, fitness buffs, kayakers, canoeists, and swimmers (lifeguards will be on duty). The YMCA also plans educational programs for all ages. A new dock, picnic tables and shed grace the shore of South Pond, which is also slated for a housing development on the other shore.


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