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110 Years Ago - 1912

G.H. Treyz & Co. is the name of a new firm which last week purchased of Corbett & Stewart, their acid factory in Livingston Manor. The plant consists of a ten-pair …

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Sept. 20, 2022 Edition


110 Years Ago - 1912

G.H. Treyz & Co. is the name of a new firm which last week purchased of Corbett & Stewart, their acid factory in Livingston Manor. The plant consists of a ten-pair retort acid factory, about a dozen swelling houses and several hundred acres of woodland.

The old M.E. Church at Hurleyville has been sold and is now being altered for use as a Hebrew Synagogue.

Minnie M., owned and driven by Charles Gould of Long Eddy, won third money in the Free-for-all race at the Monticello Fair a week ago Friday. The time in the race was 2.16, 2.20 and 2.18, being the fastest time made during the fair.

On Tuesday, October 1, the first issue of the “Narrowsburg Democrat” will appear. Matt T. Collins, editor and publisher of the Sullivan County Democrat, will also be editor and publisher of the new paper.

Edward Harvey Pinney, popularly known and called Captain Pinney, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lauretta Wales at Kenoza Lake, nearing his 89th year on Sunday. He was born in Bethel and was of a family of six boys and three girls. He served in the Civil War after which he located in Jeffersonville and continued his law practice. He was elected to the State Legislature on the Democratic ticket in 1880 and served two consecutive terms. He was Special County Judge at one time and also District Attorney. 

A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Travis of White Sulphur Springs on Tuesday, September 3.

Nelson Conklin, a Civil War veteran, claims that he and Wood Wilmot were the first men in Wayne County to cut down, or fell timber, with cross cut saws. There is very little timber dropped with axes nowadays.

100 Years Ago - 1922

John Yager Sr. of Sixteen, Jeffersonville, lost a barn and wagon house Tuesday complete with the contents and also some household goods saved from the house which burned a couple of weeks ago. The loss is about $4,000. Mr. Yager and his neighbor, Charlie Wagner, were in the woods cutting logs for lumber for a new house to replace the one which burned June 26, when the fire was discovered. It will be remembered that during the past winter a dozen head of Mr. Yager’s cattle were killed from poison in something they ate at different times.

Long Eddy school won three places in its division in the state physical test of its pupils conducted by Principal English last May. In addition to the school’s records of a second place in senior division with a standing of 49.5 and in the junior division ranking second with 56.2, and the girls were third with 59.5. Rosa Tobin, Lavina Billings and Doris Lent won individual honors and will be awarded the state athletic badge.

Helen Gardner and Herman Garrison, both of Equinunk, Pa., were married at Honesdale on Thursday.

Mae Stalker and Harold Lester were married at the home of the bride on September 6.

Mrs. Mary Armstrong of Long Eddy has arrived and will teach school at the Heirsville school. There are 12 pupils.

Pauline Hartmann is the teacher at East Cochecton.

Thomas Bennedum leaves tomorrow for New York with a load of people. He makes weekly trips with his Franklin. One day last week he made the round trip in 8 hours and 45 minutes. — Hortonville Corresp.

90 Years Ago - 1932

A proposition to raise $138,000 more to complete the erection and equipment of  a new school building at Hancock was approved by voters at the old High School Auditorium.  The fireproof partitions on the first floor are practically all completed and it is expected that the brick work will be done by Saturday.

At the Callicoon Hospital, a daughter, Shirley, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Cooper of Youngsville September 9th.

The Hawk’s Nest road contract for Route 3-A in Orange County has been signed. The award was made to Miller Bros.. of White Plains, lowest bidder, with an estimate of $318,000. A Construction Co. lost the lowest bidder contract because it was unable to start work at once.

Marion Foster of Livingston Manor, Sullivan County’s champion speller, was eliminated in the third round of the NYS spelling contest held at the State Fair at Syracuse last Tuesday.

Otto Hillig, Liberty’s flying photographer, and Roger Q. Williams are now planning to leave next Monday on another ocean flight and their objective is Athens, Greece. They will use the same plane Hillig and Holger Hoiriis used last year in their flight to Denmark.

Olan Meddaugh of Arco, Idaho, but formerly of White Lake has the experience of living in the Badger Mines nearly 100 feet below the surface of the earth for six days and nights, and then, when courage was gone, being rescued by neighbors. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. M.N. Meddaugh of Monticello and went to Idaho twenty years ago. The doctor of the neighborhood took him to the hospital after the rescue and he is improving.

John R. O’Neil, cashier of the Union Bank of Monticello, was elected Saturday night as president of the Sullivan County Bankers’ Association at the Grossinger’s Hotel. He succeeds Joseph Fersch of Liberty. About 200 bankers and bank employees attended the meeting. Other officers elected were Vice President Benjamin Terwilliger of the First National Bank of Woodridge and Wilfred Smith of Livingston Manor, secretary and treasurer. W.L. Dodge of Callicoon and Edson Knapp of Bloomingburg were named to the executive committee.

Ethel L. Ehrle, 18, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Ehrle of East Cochecton, and Marvin F. Weidner, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. Weidner of Honesdale, Pa., were married at the Cochecton Presbyterian Manse on September 10. They were attended by Mr. and Mrs. A. Stegner of Honesdale, Pa.

80 Years Ago - 1942

Mr. and Mrs. Otto Schultz are the parents of a girl born Wednesday, September 9.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Dorrer of Callicoon announce the marriage on September 5 of their daughter, Mabel E. Kautz of Tarrytown, to John W. Zeltman of New York City.

The Callicoon Fire Department was called on Monday morning to extinguish a fire in a carload of war equipment in Page’s Switch, east of Cochecton. It took nearly three hours of work to put the fire out.

George Stephenson was badly injured at the Harold Kinnie farm Wednesday morning when his right hand was caught in a threshing machine. Taken to the Hamilton Avenue Hospital, it was found necessary to amputate the hand at the wrist. Mr. Stephenson is about 50 years old.

The Sidney and Hancock Central Schools are among 37 upstate institutions selected to participate in a statewide program of high school aviation.

Fay Weiss, 10-year-old daughter of Supervisor and Mrs. Walter Weiss was pictured in the Sunday News, driving her father’s tractor while Mr. Weiss operated the reaper with which they harvested a field of corn.

J. Allen McGuire returned to his position as operator at the Callicoon Station Tuesday after having spent most of the summer as extra dispatcher at Hornell.

70 Years Ago - 1952

Miss Betty Esselman became the bride of Seaman Oscar Girrbach at the Kenoza Lake Methodist Church last Sunday afternoon.

It was voted to close the Callicoon School by a vote of 77 to 3. It is expected that negotiations for the transfer of the building will be completed this week and with favorable progress a manufacturer may start operations later this month.

Russell Faiello has been hired as a new teacher in the commercial department at DVCS. Mrs. Bertha Reddy is the junior high advisor and social studies teacher, returning once again to DVCS.

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Purcell of Narrowsburg became parents of a daughter, September 6; a son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Olsen of Hankins on Sunday, both at the Callicoon Hospital.

Artificial snow-making machinery is being installed on the ski slopes at the Grossinger’s Country Club, south of Liberty. The resort wants to make sure the skiers have snow next winter if the weatherman does not supply enough of the natural variety.

Ten out of the eleven graduates of the class of 1909 have returned their form in the alumni study being conducted by Mrs. Norma Stengel at the request of the NYS Department of Education. Some classes are 100 percent returned but in most cases many responses are missing.

60 Years Ago - 1962

Ground will be broken for a new wing for St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary on September 17. The new 3-story building will include a students’ dining room, seating 300 students, a community chapel, student lounge, garages and workshops.

Frank H. Herbert, 51, of Fremont Center, died accidentally on September 8 when he slipped and fell into a spring-fed cooling vat in the floor of his milk house and was drowned.

Judy Lee Spettigue, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Spettigue of Narrowsburg, has enrolled at the famous Grace Downs Air Career School in New York City, pursuant to a profession of airline hostessing.

Carolyn Wade, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Wade of Liberty, became the bride of Richard Bauernfeind, son of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Bauernfeind of Callicoon, on September 8 at the Jeffersonville Presbyterian Church.

At the Callicoon Hospital, it was a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Bauer of Hankins, Thursday; a son, Friday to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Sipple of Fremont; and a son, Monday, to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Eldred of Jeffersonville.

50 years ago - 1972

The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department had a large exhibit at the Sportsmen’s Show and the most popular part of it proved to be the bloodhounds which make up the county’s Canine Corps. Stanley Sacks is in charge of the unit which was formed by Sheriff Wasser and already has aided in finding several lost persons.

Willis Reed, New York Knickerbocker captain and devoted friend of the Upper Delaware Valley, purchased a new “Jimmy,” GMC 4-wheel drive sportsman’s vehicle this week from Roche’s in Callicoon. The Roche brothers, Mickey and Reese, are good friend of Willis Reed.

Arriving at the Liberty-Loomis Hospital this week, was a girl, Terri Ann, to Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Jester of White Sulphur Springs, Sept. 1; a girl to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Miller of Jeffersonville, Sept. 3; a girl to Mr. and Mrs. Ivor Foley of Grahamsville, Sept. 5; a girl to Mr. and Mrs. James Sherwood of Livingston Manor, Sept. 6; and a boy to Mr. and Mrs. Angelo Zayas of Livingston Manor on the 7th.

Miss Amy Andersen of Long Eddy was selected as N.Y. State Hereford Queen as the result of a written report on 4-H and N.Y.J.H. activities and a personal interview.

Jonathan Mears, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Mears of Livingston Manor, was awarded the Eagle Scout award on August 27, together with Paul Will, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Will.

Among the many greetings Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bryant received for their 55th wedding anniversary was a card sent by President and Mrs. Richard Nixon.

The Sullivan County Volunteer Firemen’s Underwater Recovery Unit, which has grown to be the largest such organization in New York State, will host more than 200 visitors September 16 when they hold a day-long dive beneath the waters of White Lake.

40 Years Ago - 1982

More than 1,200 marchers participated in the Sullivan County Firemen’s Parade held in Livingston Manor on Saturday. The event coincided with the 100th anniversary of the Livingston Manor Fire Department which was celebrated the same weekend. Irving Abraham, a 50-year member of the Livingston Manor Fire Department, was Grand Marshal of the parade. According to one observer from Woodbourne, this was the largest turnout for the parade he had ever seen.

A second parade, sponsored by the Livingston Manor Fire Department in honor of their 100th anniversary, had Irving Avery of Livingston Manor as Grand Marshal. Elmer Knack, a 65-year member of the Callicoon Center Fire Department, was among the visiting firemen attending. Floats and a carnival were part of the local festivities.

A staff member claims to have lost $2,700 in cash and was nearly blasted from his room Friday night as fire severely damaged a Kutsher’s Sports Academy building. None of the three or four occupants of the building were in their room at the time the fire was discovered. Monticello was first at the scene of the fire and was assisted by firemen from Hurleyville. Rock Hill was on standby at Monticello’s firehouse.

At the meeting of the Delaware Town Board, members heard Thursday evening that the Farmers Home Administration in Washington, D.C., has approved a $451,000 loan for construction of Sewer District #2 in the town.

Mr. and Mrs. Edson G. Tyler of Damascus, Pa., will observe their 55th wedding anniversary on September 24.

A visit to the West Point Museum by a  Monticello woman earlier this year had the unexpected result of a Purple Heart being awarded to her father, the late Monticello Police Sergeant Howard Denton. According to Mrs. June Bartol, one of her grandchildren, knowing their great-grandfather had been wounded in World War I, asked her where the medal was kept. Going through her father’s papers, she found that he had indeed been seriously wounded just outside Chateau Thierry, France, on July 20, 1918. Before that, July 20, had only meant the date of her father’s death in 1967. Through investigation and a series of letters, Howard Denton was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received 64 years earlier and 15 years after his death. The medal was awarded by President Reagan and given under the hand of the Secretary of the Army Marsh on July 20, 1982.

30 Years Ago - 1992

Ulster Assemblyman Maurice D. Hinchey accepted the endorsement on Wednesday of Judge Lawrence H. Cooke of Monticello, former chief judge of the New York State Court of Appeals, in his bid to become the state’s first congressman from the new 26th district.

The New York-Ontario Shrine Association held a conference at the Concord Hotel in Kiamesha Lake September 11-13. Included in their activities was a clown balloon competition and an awards banquet Saturday evening. The best known symbol of Shrinedom is the distinctive red fez that all Shriners wear at official functions. Thirteen Masonic brothers founded the organization in 1872 based on the Masonic principals of brotherly love, relief and truth, adopting the requirement that only a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason or Knights Templar York Rite Mason can petition to become a Noble of the Mystic Shrine. There are approximately 800,000 members and 190 Shrine Temples throughout North America.

20 Years Ago - 2002

For two centuries, Sullivan and Orange counties have disputed their border in the towns of Mamakating and Forestburgh  in Sullivan County and Mount Hope and Deerpark in Orange County.  After much legal wrangling, it appears that that dispute may finally be settled by early next year. In the past, some of the properties along the division line have been double-taxed by both counties, leading to lawsuits. Once the line is decided, it goes before the courts, then both sides have to agree to it. Once finalized, then permanent markers will be erected.

Miss Kim Diehl, daughter of Corky and Judy Diehl of Tyler Hill, Pa., and Michael Modrovsky, son of Anthony and Anna Modrovsky, were married at the Damascus United Methodist Church on Saturday, August 10, 2002.

Kathleen LaPolt and Raymond Neuenhoff exchanged wedding vows at a 2 p.m. ceremony performed at Friend’s Restaurant in Smallwood on August 25, 2002, with Town of Bethel Justice Cindy Barber officiating.

Amy and Jason Conklin of Baltimore, Md., announce the birth of a daughter, Brielle MacKenzie Conklin, born April 1, 2002. The mother is the former Amy Milano of Liberty and Monticello. Barbara and Dave Cross of Spring Hill, Tenn., John Milano of Liberty, Terry Ziegler of North Branch and Gary Ziegler of Monticello are the proud grandparents.

Miss Kristy Ann Dean, daughter of Barbara and George Dean of Neversink, and Jason Todd Closs, son of Judy and Al Closs of Roscoe, were united in marriage on July 27, 2002 at St. Peter’s Church in Monticello. Following a wedding trip to Virginia Beach, the newlyweds are at home in Wurtsboro.

The Deighton family reunion was held August 18 at the Conklin Hill Community Church just out of Damascus, Pa., with 34 members gathered for a covered dish luncheon.The reunion is held the third Sunday of August each year.

10 Years Ago - 2012

Torrential rains that dropped nearly six inches in parts of Sullivan County left a trail of destruction in their wake and a state of emergency was declared in Livingston Manor on Tuesday evening. On Wednesday, crews could be seen along Main Street and Shandelee Road – where most of the damage was concentrated – pumping water out of flooded basements while business owners shoveled silt and mud from their establishments. 

Thanks to some light-hearted souls, we got our hands on some photos of County Attorney Sam Yasgur in a decidedly “un-lawyerly” situation. He was asked by Cornell Cooperative Extension to participate in the 4-H Fundraiser at the Grahamsville Fair last month and, as a result, became the first local county attorney we know of to get a pie in the face. At the end of the Livestock Auction on August 19, 4-H auctioned off a pie. The highest bidder earned the privilege of throwing the pie in the county attorney’s face. Col. Harold “Hal” Smith won that honor, but he passed it on – appropriately enough – to Yasgur’s confidential secretary, Christina Kautz, who cheerfully smashed the pie in her boss’ face. It was all in good fun – and for a worthy cause, as the proceeds went towards the county’s 4-H program.


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