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September 21, 2021

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140 Years Ago - 1881

W.C. Brand and wife are boarding at the Jeffersonville House.

Arthur Bird has purchased the organ business for Sullivan County from James Munn, and will start out in that …

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September 21, 2021


140 Years Ago - 1881

W.C. Brand and wife are boarding at the Jeffersonville House.

Arthur Bird has purchased the organ business for Sullivan County from James Munn, and will start out in that business very soon.

An ox belonging to John Peters of North Branch is afflicted in a singular manner. When left to himself, he keeps turning constantly to the left, or in other words, haws about. None of our local cattle doctors can tell the cause or cure.

The Hortonville paper mill is in operation and is running full time day and night. Large quantities of straw are received daily, so that an extra gang of men have to be employed to unload the wagons.

Miss Annis Horton and William Hurd, both of Liberty Falls, were married on September 5th.

J. Chandler Young of Liberty and Miss Emma Crary of Hancock were married at Hancock on September 7th.

President James A. Garfield died at 25 minutes to 11 on the evening of September 19th. When word reached Jeffersonville, gloom settled over the village and flags were displayed at half mast.

Peter Hubbert of the Beechwoods threshed 160 sheaves of rye, which produced 12 bushes. Who can beat that?

The farm of Frederick Reggie, just west of callicoon, was sold to Henry Inderlied of North Branch for $455.79.

Simon Diehl of the Beechwoods made 145 gallons of cider from 36 bushels of apples.

A society has been organized in England to promote the emigration of women. The last census shows that the little island has 600,000 more women than men.

Mrs. Abraham Lincoln, who is going to Washington on November 1st, is in better health than she has been for the past four years.

130 Years Ago - 1891

Miss Josie West of White Sulphur Springs is teaching school in the George Grant District.

O.E. Inderlied of Youngsville has christened his new hotel and a neat sign containing the words “Maple Grove Hotel,” now adorns the front of the building.

School began on Monday in Jeffersonville with an attendance of 37 in the primary department and 24 in the principal.

Mr. Grouten is making a great improvement in front of his hotel, the Jeffersonville House, by laying a ditch pavement 10 feet wide.

One day last week our village hunter, Joe MacCune, shot four nice plump wild ducks on Segar’s Pond.

Mrs. August Wingert, widow of the late Henry Wingert, died at the age of 66 on September 13th.

Many people mistake stubbornness for bravery, meanness for economy and vileness for wit.

Henry Ernhout of White Sulphur Springs has just completed the dam to his trout pond, one of the finest to be found in the county.

The Finch chemical works at Roscoe was burned to the ground for a second time within a couple of months.

Jonathan Hardenburgh, a well-to-do and much respected farmer of White Sulphur Springs, died at his home at the age of 48 of typhoid fever.

Miss Emma O’Reilly of Cochecton was married on August 31st.

Helen Kautz and Henry Gorr, both of the Beechwoods, were married on September 7th, at Hortonville by the Rev. S. Muery.

On September 1st, Miss Frances M. Hurd of Jeffersonville and Henry Stephenson of Hurd were married at the home of the bride.

C. Alley held his last dance of the season on his platform at Kenoza Lake on September 7.

120 Years Ago - 1901

Another son was born to Druggist W. Becker and his wife on September 4th.

Early on Sunday morning, September 2nd, a son was born to Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Brand.

Spencer Hardenburgh of Youngsville is recovering from lead poisoning, which has crippled him for more than 2 years.

Clara May Stewart and Fred M. Groo were married on August 28th.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Schaefer of the Idlewood House, near North Branch, announce the engagement of their daughter, Katie, to John Sohl of New York.

Henry Schneider of Youngs­ville and Miss Lizzie Maus of Tennanah Lake were married on September 4th.

A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. William Lieb. She weighed 8 1/2 pounds.

Edward McDermott of Jeffersonville left to take charge of the school between Livingston Manor and Roscoe.

Word has been received that President McKinley has been assassinated.

Anthony Gross of North Branch and Miss Lizzie Black of Barryville were married last Sunday.

Miss Phoebe Kays and Jacob Tremper, both formerly of Youngsville, now of Liberty, were married on September 8th, in Liberty. They will live in Middletown.

The store of Stengel, Persbacker and Co. in Hankins was burned to the ground.

Art Robisch of Beechwoods and William C. Moore of Jeffersonville have formed a partnership in the butter, eggs and milk business at 2389 Ninth Avenue in New York City.

110 Years Ago - 1911

On Scheidell’s flat Saturday the Jeffersonville school team defeated the Liberty High School team by a score of 5 to 3.

Jacob Schock of New York has sold his 65-acre farm in Beechwoods to Otto Dorrer of Beechwoods for $4,000. It was formerly the property of Charles Geib Jr.

Miss Mamie Elizabeth Fries became the bride of George C. Manny of Youngsville on September 20th.

Miss Lena Huff, elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Huff of Jeffersonville, formerly of Greenfield, were married September 14 in New York City.

The town school directors of the second supervisory district, acting under the new law, met and appointed Charles S. Hick of Youngsville, principal of the Jeffersonville Union School, as Supervisor of Schools for this district.

Robert Lightfoot and family have closed their summer home in Kenoza Lake.

Wilmot Moulthrop is erecting a boat house 100 feet long on the shore of Kenoza Lake.

It is said the Mrs. Oscar Coddington of Jeffersonville is in line for inheritance of over $100,000 from the estate of an aunt in England.

Fred Glassel, who graduated from Oxford High School last spring, left Sunday for Providence, R.I., where he will study engineering at Brown University.

Floyd Scheidell, also a graduate of Oxford, has gone to Syracuse University to study law.

A son was born September 9th to Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Ruppert of Swiss Hill… A daughter was born September 2nd to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Eggler of White Sulphur Springs… A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Lester Bogert of Callicoon Center on September 11 and recently a son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Speilman Jr. of Youngsville.

100 Years Ago - 1921

Senator George M. Reichmann of Brooklyn has purchased the H.J. Kocher house and lot on Terrace Avenue in Jeff and will take possession September 26th.

The installation of Rev. Bernhard Rohrer as pastor of the Lutheran Church took place on September 6.

Henry Gabel Jr. has sold his farm on the state road near Hortonville to a city party. Including the chattels, the price is said to be in the neighborhood of $9,000.

Henry Fries, who recently bought the Frank Bauernfeind place on the Callicoon Road, has resold that farm to Mr. McNeely of Fosterdale.

The proposition to build a new school building at White Sulphur Springs failed to carry on a second vote, when the proposal was defeated 104 to 75.

The Jeffersonville Board of Education has engaged Mrs. Henry Buddenhagen (formerly Miss Lena Zimmerman) of Callicoon as a teacher for the primary grade.

The engagement of Miss Jessie Bishop and Charles Francisco of Liberty has been announced.

Asst. District Attorney Owen W. Bohan of new York is enjoying a week or so of rest at Louis Voegtli’s farm, his usual stopping place.

Roswell Monroe of Liberty and Miss Isabel Sprague of Livingston Manor were married September 6th.

A son, Leonard Oscar, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Inderlied of Youngsville on September 14th.

Mrs. Maud of North Branch, owner of Maud’s Summer Ray, is going to build 20 more rooms on her boarding house for next summer.

Harry Peterson Jr. has returned to college at Yale after spending the summer with his parents in Youngsville.

Mr. Feinberg, who bought the Wales property in Kenoza Lake, had a very prosperous boarding season. He has made plans to erect a new $10,000 house for his guests next summer.

90 Years Ago - 1931

Evelyn, 4-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Wilfert of Jeff, is recovering from an attack of polio-myelitis without any ill effects.

Stanley W. Norgalis of New York and Amelia C. Reum of Beechwoods were married at the Callicoon Center parsonage on September 15th.

Ferdinand Steinhauser Jr., garage owner of Callicoon Center, and Miss Helen Dycker of North Branch were married on September 17.

George Rosenberger of Callicoon, blacksmith, has bought the Henry Werlau farm in the Beechwoods.

A community shower was given at the Grange Hall in Fosterdale for Miss Hazel Calkins, who will become the bride of Percy Keesler of Lake Huntington.

A 9 1/2 pound boy was born on September 13 to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Sims of Springfield Gardens, L.I., at the Manning private sanitarium. Mrs. Sims is the former Frances Hubbert of Kenoza Lake.

Mayor W.L. Huff has arranged with Walter Town­send of Hurd to start the collection of garbage in the village of Jeffersonville on September 17.

Miss Martha C. Wagner is attending New Paltz Normal School this term. She is a school teacher in Hankins.

Alfred Houman of the “Liberty Register” firm and Miss Camille G. Perdue of Ridgewood, Brooklyn, were married on August 30.

Andrew Bas and Anna Crowitz of East Hill, Youngs­ville, were married on September 3.

The two couples to be married at the county fair at Monticello next week are Otto Lubitz of White Sulphur Springs and Beulah Sutherland of Neversink and How­ard Lindsley of Liberty and Flora Wood of Livingston Manor.

Russell Meyer, 14, of Long Eddy, this year’s champion speller in Sullivan County, took part in the spelling contest at the State Fair.

80 Years Ago - 1941

A daughter, Carol, was born September 4 to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Raymond Magie of Jeffersonville.

Edward Degan and family of Sea Gate spent Saturday afternoon with her mother, Mrs. B.J. Green at the Stratton farm.

Edwin A. Neuberger, who was inducted in June, has been transferred from Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., to Camp Robinson, Ark. Philip Markson of Jeff is also at that camp.

Federal officers arrested I.E. del Fungo Giera, the mystery man of Mongaup valley, at his 4,000 acre tract, where he has a closely guarded factory for making secret munitions.

An 8 1/2 pound daughter, Lois Margaret, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Raymond of the Presbyterian Manse on September 9th.

E.J. Tegeler, Elliott Moran, Theodore Rittershausen and Al Lieb took in the Giants-Dodgers ballgame last Saturday at Ebbet’s Field.

Charles S. Hick is now using his spare moments thinking up things for the 100th anniversary of the Town of Callicoon of which event he has been designated official head.

Miss Jean Maltby of Hurd, a Jeff graduate, will enter Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, to train as a nurse.

Private Burton Lindsley of Ft. Benning, Ga., spent a 10-day furlough at his home in White Sulphur Springs.

The three adjoining barns of the John Zbaren farm, a mile or so south of Kenoza Lake, were destroyed by fire on September 17th, with the season’s crop of hay, a lot of oats, 10 cords of stove wood, a mowing machine, wagons, sleighs and other articles.

Clifford L. Krantz of Jeff has  been moved from Pine Camp, N.Y. to Ft. Knox, Kty.

70 Years Ago - 1951

Pvt. Fred Stabbert and his wife, the former Shirley Kohler, who are living in Arlington, Va., visited their parents over the Labor Day weekend. While here, Fred suffered an appendix attack and was operated on at the Callicoon Hospital.

Mrs. Helen Kutschera, president of the Jeff PTA, has appointed a planning committee for the coming year, to carry out the theme for this year, “Cooperation in the Home, School and Community.” The committee consists of Mrs. Frederick W.V. Schadt, Rev. William F. Von Deben, Paul Browne, E.L. Baker, Mrs. Mae Roth, Mrs. Allen Segar, Mrs. Winifred Mullally and Miss Edna Woolworth.

Considerable damage was done to the kitchen ceiling and floor of the second story by a fire that broke out at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Al Stagl. Fire was caused by an overheated stove pipe. The Kenoza Lake firemen responded to the call and quickly extinguished the blaze.

William R. Schaefer was re-elected chairman of the Democratic County Committee on September 10, although in July he had announced publicly that he would not be a candidate to succeed himself after four candidates nominated from the floor, William Pearson, Mrs. George Rosen, John Kenney and Milton Levine had declined the nomination. After a 15-minute recess following the five nominations, Mrs. Rosen, Mr. Kenney and Mr. Pearson declined their nominations, leaving the field to Mr. Schaefer and Mr. Levine. Mr. Levine stated he would withdraw if Mr. Schaefer would. After another five minutes recess, Mr. Levine stated that since Mr. Schaefer would not decline the nomination, he would decline. Fallsburg committeemen and supporters then withdrew from the meeting. In taking the chair Mr. Schaefer said he was continuing because he felt that it was necessary that work done by himself and his predecessors not be weakened by someone not familiar with the operations of the office, especially with the Fall elections so near.

Adolph Wagner will run against Samuel Baer for Supervisor of the Town of Callicoon; Michael Reddy will run on the Democratic ticket in the Town of Delaware; and in Liberty the Democratic candidate will be Supervisor Francis A. Hanofee.

60 Years Ago - 1961

Lillian Smith and Raymond Bauernfeind were married September 10 at the Jeffersonville Presbyterian Church.

Hopes that County Judge Lawrence H. Cooke of Monticello will go to the Supreme Court in the seven-county Third Judicial District, soared Friday night and Saturday with the circulation of reports that he is the leading contender for the nomination at the Democratic Judicial convention in Albany Friday.

A surprise bridal shower was given Rita Schick of Obern­burg on September 9 at the North Branch Firehouse. She will become the bride of Eugene Kolbe on October 7.

Mr. and Mrs. Tillson Cade have returned from a three-day weekend spent at Split Rock Lodge in the Poconos. Tillson was one of 17 lucky G.L.F. employees and wives who won the weekend through a tire and freeze contest.

Engagement of Mary Lou Wincenciak of Mayville to Frank Pomeroy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Pomeroy of Roscoe, has been announced.

Thirty small Sullivan and Ulster county communities will be visited for the first time September 14, 15, 18 and 19 by the new state-owned bookmobile operated by the Ramapo Catskill Library System. These visits are only to publicize the free book loan service which will be started in October.

The Stardust Dude Ranch of Youngsville had its kitchen completely destroyed by fire on Sunday morning. The rest of the building suffered severe damage.

At the Callicoon Hospital it was a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Berton Roloson, Callicoon, on Saturday; a son Tuesday to Mr. and Mrs. Gideon Theis of Tyler Hill, Pa.

50 years ago - 1971

In the wake of the resounding defeat of the proposals of the Jeffersonville-Youngsville Central School which would have meant a more bountiful school year for them, unidentified student vandals broke into the school building sometime during Thursday night and created more than $2,000 in damage which was confined to equipment and furnishings. Nothing was disturbed in offices, the athletic department, nor in the display cases in the hallways.

The Upper Delaware Campground at Callicoon had a nice display of campers at the weekend Sports Show at Grahams­ville.

Bishop Lloyd C. Wicke of the New York area of the United Methodist Church presided at the morning worship service of the Liberty Methodist Church which also included the burning of a $177,000 mortgage last Sunday. The money had been used to renovate the present structure and was paid off in three years.

Margo Roberts, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Young of Narrowsburg, and Warren Hocker, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Hocker of Milanville, were united in marriage on July 31 in Grace Episcopal Church in Honesdale, Pa.

George Adams of Long Eddy has announced the engagement of his daughter, Helen, to Francis Karkkainen of Long Eddy. An October wedding is planned.

The WSS Nightlighters home bureau unit met for the first time Wednesday evening at the firehouse in White Sulphur Springs... Mr. and Mrs. Dale Muthig are rejoicing at the birth of a daughter born September 10 at the Liberty-Loomis Hospital. — WSS Corresp.

Miss Deborah Ann Hess, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Hess of Hortonville became the bride of Daniel Darder on August 21 at St. Patrick’s Church in Long Eddy.

Mr. and Mrs. G.W. “Bud” Schuler celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a party at the home of Rose Newman, given by their sons, Frederick of Geneva and Harrison of Bellmore.

Born at the Liberty-Loomis Hospital: a boy, September 3, to Mr. and Mrs. Israel Ocasio of Liberty; a boy, Sept. 3, to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hendrickson of Livingston Manor; a boy, Sept. 3, to Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Francis of North Branch; a boy, Sept. 4, to Mr. and Mrs. Russell Harden of Liberty; a girl, Sept. 4, to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Davenport of Liberty; a girl, Sept. 6, to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Tyler of Wawarsing; a boy, Sept. 7, to Mr. and Mrs.  Earl Lilley of Monticello; a boy, Sept. 7, to Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Huggler of Callicoon Center; a girl, Sept. 8, to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hirsch of Obernburg , and a boy, Sept. 8, to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Kimble of Loch Sheldrake.

40 Years Ago - 1981

Diane Ropke and Russell Robertson were married August 22 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Narrowsburg with the Rev. Thomas Taylor officiating… Marcia Hillriegel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Hillriegel, Callicoon, became the bride of Richard J. Knapp of Ossining at the Holy Cross Church in Callicoon on August 22… Miss Kelly Jean McKeen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter McKeen, and Scott Erlwein, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Erlwein, all of Jeffersonville, were united in marriage on September 5 at St. George’s R.C. Church in Jeffersonville.

Elsie and Earl Farquhar of Hurleyville were guests of honor at a 50th wedding anniversary party held in Lee’s Inn in that village recently.

Dave Blumstein has retired after 35 years as owner of Swago Camp and 24 years as part-owner of Camp Swatonah just out of Damascus, Pa. He was feted Sunday by nearly 500 former campers, counselors and friends on the grounds of Camp Swatonah. A front page ad in the New York Sunday Times in mid-July brought about 70 responses from campers from the ‘20s, ‘30s, ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s.

Col. John O. Davids, son of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver C. Davis of Grahamsville, has been awarded the Legion of Merit, the nation’s fifth highest award, for meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service to the United States.

Attorney General Robert Abrams, former Ambassador to the Vatican, will be among those addressing a testimonial dinner in honor of Law­rence H. Cooke, chief judge of the State of New York, on October 6.

Leonard Krum, an assessor in the Town of Delaware for many years, celebrated his 90th birthday recently.

Willis Johnson of Braman, Pa., has a 30-inch cucumber growing in the family garden.

30 Years Ago - 1991

Nearly three months after the derailment of a New York, Susquehanna and Western freight train in Narrowsburg, Town of Tusten officials are still waiting for clean up of the crash site and for reimbursement of town money laid out for emergency road repair work. The Town of Tusten has already submitted a bill for $6,100 for emergency repairs as well as another bill for an undisclosed amount that would “correct the problems” caused by the 35-car derailment.

The interstate bridge over the Delaware River connecting Lord­ville and Equinunk, Pa., is well ahead of schedule with the end of November targeted as the probable date of completion.

Derek and Judy McKinney are the new owners of the Dari-Creme in Callicoon. They purchased it from his step-father, William Lowe, who has moved to Florida.

Cinema Sciences of New York City were at Fort Delaware, Narrowsburg, on Saturday, September 14, filming scenes for  a forthcoming motion picture called “Warpath.” Set in Revolutionary times, it tells the story of a young boy who is captured by the Mohawks, and a British soldier and the parents attempt to rescue their son.

October is the month that Gary Nichols will be “moving on” to Nashville, Tennessee and a party is being planned to mark the occasion of his departure from Sullivan County. The “Movin’ On” party is being held September 28 at Bogey’s Golf and Country Club in Liberty.

The 75th Jeffersonian Dinner was held Saturday night at the Villa Roma Country Club in Callicoon. Geraldine Ferraro was the guest speaker.

Lydia “Mickey” Scherer, state president of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the Department of New York, presented a book, “New York State: Gateway to America,” to Joseph Purcell, who accepted on behalf of the Daniel Pierce Library in Grahamsville. He was most complimentary of the Ladies Auxiliary and the VFW for their continuous efforts on behalf of the youth of America.

20 Years Ago - 2001

Tuesday, September 11, 2001 was a day that defied description. Yet some tried. “Surreal.” “Unbelievable.” “Frightening.” They were trying to describe the scene of the most massive, well-orchestrated and devastating terrorist attack ever to take place on American soil. At 8:45 a.m. that horrific day, a plane hijacked by terrorists crashed into the World Trade Center’s Tower One in New York City. Less than 20 minutes later, another hijacked plane crashed into Tower Two, and about an hour later, the Twin Towers both collapsed. Around the same time as the Twin Towers strikes, a third hijacked plane crashed into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. A fourth hijacked plane crashed near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania shortly thereafter.

New York Governor George Pataki declared a state of emergency and all the primary elections in the state were suspended. No new date for the primaries was announced, but Election Day is still scheduled for Tuesday, November 6, said officials.

At Harris Hospital: A daughter, Autumn Rose, was born September 7, to Gary and Lynn Delaney Buley of Neversink; a boy, Colby James, was born August 4, to Lori and Adam Rivas of Monticello; a boy, Kevin Hurtado, born August 10, to Sara Pearson and Walter Hurtado of South Fallsburg; a boy, Jason Harry, was born August 16, to Lynn and David Goldstein of Woodbourne; a boy, Justin Kenneth, was born August 21, to Angela and Kenneth Echevarria of Liberty; and a boy, Kyle Charles Porter, was born Sept. 5, to Amanda M. Maier and Charles D. Porter Jr. of Woodbourne.

The Ladies Auxiliary to the Allan Milk Memorial Post No. 7276, VFW, of Long Eddy will sponsor a card party to celebrate the 78th birthday of their treasurer, Helen Bishop, on September 20.

10 Years Ago - 2011

Cutting its losses from a potential $375,000 to around $127,000, the Town of Bethel Board unanimously approved a settlement last week with 44 Chapin Estate property owners who had sued to lower their assessments. Councilman Dick Crumley was absent, but with both Town Attorney Rob McEwan and Assessor Marge Brown recommending the settlement, the board approved it 4-0. The suit was mounted two years ago, said Brown, and was partially based on the controversial drawdown of the water level of the Toronto Reservoir.

At their recent annual awards dinner, the members of the Catskill Bass Club honored their top anglers for the 2010 season. While fishing their regular season schedule of 12 tournaments, Bill Orr of Youngsville set a new club record of 105.63 lbs. for the year. The previous record of 99.15 lbs. was also set by Orr during the 2008 season.

Quietly but firmly, the Sullivan County Farm Network is refocusing local eyes on agriculture. Like the families they have raised on their farms, the six women at the core of the Network, Cindy Gieger, Sonja Hedlund, Alice Diehl, Elinor Young, Jennifer Diehl and Amy Erlwein, have dedicated themselves to nurturing this two-year-old organization, turning it into a voice for an informal membership numbering more than 200 with a mission to connect such farmers to the people they feed – and to the organizations, agencies and politicians who serve them.


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