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October 5, 2021

Ruth Huggler
Posted 10/5/21

110 Years Ago - 1911


Miss Bertha A. Rudolph and Floyd L. Brown of Monticello were married there Thursday. The couple were attended by the groom’s sister, Miss Lena E. Brown and …

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Down the Decades

October 5, 2021


110 Years Ago - 1911


Miss Bertha A. Rudolph and Floyd L. Brown of Monticello were married there Thursday. The couple were attended by the groom’s sister, Miss Lena E. Brown and Ralph S. Breakey.

Edward Eggler of Jeffersonville and Miss Martha Moore of Fosterdale, were married in Liberty Sunday. They have commenced housekeeping in the new house Mr. Eggler has just completed on his property on Swiss Hill.

Otto Kron, who bought the Philip Mootz farm near North Branch, has leased the place to Louis Mootz. Mr. Kron and family will move back to the city.

The new arrangement of congressional districts puts Sullivan County in the 27th district with Ulster, Greene, Columbia and Schoharie counties.

The following is a beauty hint from the fashion column entitled “Milady’s Mirror”: For a fleshy nose have a pomade made of an ounce and a half each of vaseline and lanolin; add one gram potassium and twenty drops tincture of benzoin. Rub the nose well with this pomade several times a day.” (The article didn’t state whether this procedure was used to get rid of a fleshy nose or to acquire one.)

Another paragraph from the same article, entitled “How to be Beautiful,” reads: “Give up tea, coffee, pastry sweets, chocolate and fancy salads, and eat for breakfast only a little brown bread, a bit of fruit and drink plenty of milk. For the rest of the meals use boiled vegetables, green salads, rare done meats, if any, and a beverage confined to milk, which may be plentiful.”


100 Years Ago - 1921


A daughter was born September 20 to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest H. Soule of Prince St., Middletown, former residents of Jeffersonville.

Henry Hupke recently arrived at the home of his parents here, following his dis­charge from the regular Army after five years of service.

George Wehner of Callicoon Center announces the engagement of his daughter, Julia Ann, to Arthur Keller of the same place.

Miss Pearl M. Wilson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Wilson, and Philip K. Kuespert, son of John Kuespert of Youngsville, were married on September 27th at the Church of the Transfiguration, the Little Church Around the Corner, in New York City.

Harry E. Layman and Miss Lillian Schaefer, both of Jeffersonville were married on Sunday.

Miss Christina Sohl left home Monday to teach school at Cooley in the Town of Rockland. This is her first school.

Henry Yiberjahn this week sold his farm of 40 acres at Kenoza Lake to a city man named Market.

Mrs. F. Greening has purchased the home of P. Schmidt in North Branch.

The twin daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Roth of Briscoe have been named Rose and Jennie.

Miss Neda Halway of Stevens­ville and Henry Kehrley of White Sulphur Springs were married on September 14 at Kenoza Lake.


90 Years Ago - 1931


Frank M. Anderson and Arthur C. Kyle Jr. of Monticello were in town Friday distributing their publication, “Small Town Stuff.” These young men left this week for New York to attend law school. Mr. Anderson will go to Fordham College and Mr. Kyle will be at Columbia University.

A certificate of incorporation of the Callicoon Farmers, Inc., was filed in the county clerk’s office. The capital stock is $28,500 with a total of 5600 shares. The directors are Rush F. Lewis of St. Johnsville; Frank E. Knack and Lewis J. Buddenhagen of Hortonville; Herman Henke and Millard Lord of Callicoon and Jacob Beck of North Branch.

George B. Stephenson of Jeffersonville and Mrs. Clara Churchill Glassel of Callicoon were married in Honesdale on September 19th.

A daughter was born on September 19 to Mr. and Mrs. Al Smith of Callicoon, formerly of Jeffersonville.


80 Years Ago - 1941


Members of the Protection Hose Co. of Jeffersonville brought home a clock yesterday which they won at the field day of the Sullivan County Firemen at Liberty.

Herbert Hassis and family are moving next week to Utica, where he is employed by the arms company.

Felix and Martha Speisgart have built a small home on a lot from the Louis Hauschild place on the Briscoe Road which they purchased from Mrs. Durr.

Phil Schaefer closed his restaurant in the Abel building last week and returned to the city for the winter.

The editors of the Jeffersonville Central School news for the year are Eileen Demar, Elaine Dibble, Charlotte Hahn, Dorothy Hahn, Marian Hemmer, Caroline Markson, Elizabeth Merklin, Allen Newkirk and Elizabeth Stout.

Miss Amy Irene Daily of Cochecton Center and Rich­ard Tyler were married on September 19.

A rumor has reached here that Jeffersonville is to have a federal building for the use of the post office, which has been growing fast in the past two years.

Frank S. Anderson, former attorney at Callicoon, and at one time Republican leader in this town, is here from Galveston, Texas, visiting relatives and friends in the east.


70 Years Ago - 1951


The 64th annual convention of the WCTU in Sullivan County will be held in Grahamsville on September 27.

Cecily Winkelstern won four ribbons and one red ribbon out of five entries (handicraft, floral arrangements and plants) at the Grahamsville Fair. Miss Winkelstern was the only entry from the Jeff Jills 4-H Club.

Herbert J. Gute, a former resident of Jeffersonville, received an award of $1,000 for his watercolor painting entered in the Connecticut State Painting Contest. Mr. Gute is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Randolph Gute and a brother of Lester and Gus Gute of Jeff. His wife is the former Katherine Schaefer, also of Jeffersonville. Educated at Yale, he later returned there to become a professor in the architect and fine arts division of the university.

Nearly a thousand voters in School District No. 1 of the towns of Callicoon, Delaware, Bethel, Cochecton, Fremont and Liberty were present last Friday night at the special school meeting held at the Jeff Central School to vote to end the controversial question of the school budget, which had been presented twice before and defeated both times. Since school opened on September 5, there has been no transportation, textbooks nor cafeteria in the school. The school budget, at a meeting conducted by Frederick W.V. Schadt, school attorney, passed the budget on its third try, 565 to 112, and set the clerk’s salary at $950. The vote on this salary of Fred Miller, clerk, involving a raise from $850 to $950 was approved by a five to one vote.

A meeting was held at Bucky’s Inn on Tuesday night for the purpose of discussing television reception for the residents of the village of Jeffersonville. About 20 men were present, including August Lott, a member of the Koh-Tel Corporation, and Edward Reinshagen, who installed the television system in Kohlertown. It was decided to hold a public meeting of those interested on September 26 at Bucky’s Inn.

Mr. and Mrs. George L. Siebert of Flushing, L.I., are the parents of a son born September 15. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Siebert of the Dolly Madison Shoppe are the proud grandparents and Mrs. Louis Faubel is the equally proud great-grandmother.


60 Years Ago - 1961


The newly made altar at the Callicoon Methodist Church, designed by Harold Deighton, was dedicated in services Sunday, together with the new organ dedicated in the name of Miss DeEtta Akers, and a new piano.

Francis A. “Stretch” Han­ofee of Liberty was elected chairman of the Sullivan County Democratic Committee at the organizational meeting at the court house in Monticello on Tuesday eve­ning. Milton Levine of Hurleyville garnered 47 votes to 51 cast for Mr. Hanofee, in a surprise upset in the bid for the chairmanship.

The G.L.F. signed final papers in the transfer of the Martin Hermann Lumber Co., Inc., warehouse and ground on the Erie Lackawanna Railroad siding just east of Callicoon on September 25. Work is expected to begin soon on the erection of a new feed mill for the G.L.F.

John Stewart, son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Stewart of Callicoon graduated September 22 from the Simmons School of Embalming in Syracuse. He will serve his apprenticeship in Brooklyn.


50 years ago - 1971


Six were killed and eight others injured in an accident on Buck Brook Road between North Branch and Tennanah Lake in the worst automobile accident in Sullivan County’s history when a converted bus struck a pickup truck and rammed into a tree. The vehicle was sheered in half by the impact in Friday’s accident. The bus had come from Florida and was nearly at its destination, Green Valley School, located on the former Novet farm in Buck Brook, when the accident occurred.

Mrs. John McDonald has announced the engagement of their daughter, Peggy, to Richard Vogler of North Branch. An October 23 wedding is planned.

Mr. and Mrs. Verne Houghtaling of Callicoon wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Vicki, to Walter J. Busch, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Busch of Callicoon. No date has been set for the wedding.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert White of the Beechwoods announce the birth of a son, Robert Stephen, on September 19. He has three older sisters.


40 Years Ago - 1981


Harold Seletsky was elected Sullivan County Republican County Chairman at a meeting held Thursday night. Sondra Bauernfeind has been elected chairman of the Sullivan County Conservatives.

Sullivan County property owners may face a 15 percent tax rate increase in 1982 unless a pledge by Mamakating Town Supervisor Dennis Greenwald, Democratic majority leader on the County Board of Supervisors, becomes a reality. The tax levy is projected at 9 percent.

Earl A. Stratton, noted banker and railroad man, died September 30, at the age of 80. In his earlier years, he was a telegrapher and later station agent for the O&W railroad and his interest in railroads never waned. He became a banker at the South Fallsburg National Bank and served there 41 years, the last 25 years as president.

The first Anglican Catholic Church seminary in the United States began classes on Wednesday, September 23, in Liberty. The former Loomis Sanitarium (later known as the Liberty-Loomis Hospital) has been completely renovated over an 18-month period of time with the former hospital building now providing housing for students and classrooms. There is a chapel and library at the student’s disposal.


30 Years Ago - 1991


The September 27, 1991, issue of the Sullivan County Democrat, in a 48-page special edition, gave an extensive review of the paper which has been published in Callicoon for the past 100 years. The first office was located on Academy Street (near Skip Mudge’s barbershop) before moving to Main Street. Since February 2, 1927, the paper has been owned by the Stabbert family and is now in its third generation. Included in the publication was a 13-page dedication to Sullivan County journalism featuring pages from the old Liberty Register, the Liberty Gazette, Sullivan County Record, Monticello Bulletin, Republican Watchman, The Sullivan County Republican, the Douglas Gazette, the Sullivan County Democrat, The Callicoon Echo (forerunner of the Democrat), The Callicoon Local Record (an independent newspaper, devoted to the interests of the town and the dissemination of news) published in 1868 in the Town of Callicoon near Jeffersonville, and the nearby Wayne County Herald published in Honesdale, PA. The issue also contained many pictures of landmarks in and around the area including the former St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary and the Western Hotel which has occupied its present site near the railroad tracks since 1852.

The new State Police Barracks in Liberty will be occupied over the weekend. Although not quite complete, the owner of the building where they are presently housed has advised that if they remain one day after the end of September, the state will be billed for a full year’s rent.

The 6th annual Giant Pumpkin Party will be held October 5 in Grahamsville. The theme of the parade will be “Bugs, Bugs, Bugs.”

Nancy Anthony made history last month when she was elected the first female to be accepted in the Monticello Fire Department. Several other fire companies in the county have women on their roll and, at one time, Narrowsburg had a volunteer woman driver.


20 Years Ago - 2001


Mike Bernstein, a fledgling politician who is making his first bid for public office, was putting up election signs late at night recently when he noticed fog drifting up the street. Suddenly realizing that the fog was actually smoke coming from his mother’s house, Bernstein, who is president of the Monticello Fire Dept., raced up to the front door where he found his mother, Hannah, lying in the house, near the front door. “I got her outside and away from the house, and told her I was going for help,” Bernstein said. He raced around the corner to the firehouse where he ran inside and yelled to Carl Houman, “Get up, we have a fire!” (Carl is a paid fireman who sleeps at the firehouse when he is on duty.) With Bernstein in one truck and Carl in the other, the fire department was soon on the scene to fight the blaze. Thankfully, his mother is OK and although her house suffered considerable damage, it is fixable.

Tanya Marie Cowen and Kenneth H. Cohen were married September 1, 2001 at an outdoor ceremony at the top of the ski hill at the Villa Roma Resort in Callicoon. The bride is the daughter of Janice and Marshall F. Cowen III of Jeffersonville. The groom is the son of Penny Cohen of West Palm Beach, FL and the late David Cohen of Liberty.

Patricia Barton and Wayne Bernhardt exchanged wedding vows at the groom’s home on Saturday, September 8, 2001. The double-ring ceremony was performed under an archway of blue streamers and white bells with Justice of the Peace Kevin Rhyne of Kauneonga Lake officiating. The bride is the daughter of Marion Mapes of Monticello.


10 Years Ago - 2011


The Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce closed its Monticello office and hit the road in September. In what Chamber President Terri Ward believes is a first-of-its-kind undertaking, the business advocacy organization will relocate to an RV and travel the county year-round. In an interview last week, Ward joked that the Chamber has moved five times in the past seven years, “so we might as well be moving all the time!”

Developer Ilwon Kang had yet to consummate his deal with Sullivan West to purchase 14 acres of district-owned land in Narrowsburg. Reached by the Democrat, Kang refused to give an explanation as to why he hadn’t yet paid SW the $70,000 purchase price on a closing that happened July 1. He would only state that he remains interested in both the Narrowsburg and Delaware Valley campuses, for which he has until October 31 to buy for $3 million.

The PRASAD Children’s Dental Health Program unveiled its new Mobile Dental Health Clinic at a ceremony at the Government Center in Monticello. The van will go to various schools in Sullivan and Ulster Counties, helping children of low income families get the dental checkups they need. This new clinic was made possible by the generosity of PRASAD donors and by grants received through Congressman Maurice Hinchey  and the Dyson Foundation.

Local contractor John Lust began a $32,000 renovation project on the 1894 Arlington Hotel, home to the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, National Park Service, Delaware Valley Opera and a gift shop, which in­cludes redoing the porch. As workers started to disassemble the porch, they found – stuffed be­tween the bottom ceiling and porch floor ­– hundreds of newspapers dating back to the late 1930s. The newspapers were from Livingston Manor, Honesdale, PA., New York City and beyond, possibly used as some type of insulation.


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