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September 28, 2021

Compiled by Lee Hermann, Muse, & Ruth Huggler
Posted 9/28/21

110 Years Ago - 1911

Callicoon has had the honor of entertaining “Jimmy” Ward, the famous aviator, who is flying from New York City to San Francisco for the Hearst $50,000 prize, for …

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Down the Decades

September 28, 2021


110 Years Ago - 1911

Callicoon has had the honor of entertaining “Jimmy” Ward, the famous aviator, who is flying from New York City to San Francisco for the Hearst $50,000 prize, for nearly two days, and who is now considered one of the two men who had the means of putting Callicoon on the map, the other being Dr. Cook. Aviator Ward arrived at Callicoon Tuesday afternoon, remaining here over Friday on account of rain and fog, and left for Susquehanna at 10:04 Saturday morning.

A delegation from Sullivan and Orange counties, consisting of H. Blake Stratton and George H. Smith of Monticello; Assemblyman John K. Evans of Bloomingburg; Charles A. Evans and H.B. Royce of Middletown, had a meeting with the Highway Commission in Albany on Wednesday. As a result of this conference it was decided that the road from Middletown via Bloomingburg, Wurtsboro, Monticello to Liberty would be the one. The commissioners promised that the surveys would begin just as soon as possible within a month, so that the road could be put under contract at the earliest time practical.

The Erie has issued an order forbidding trainmen to furnish playing cards and boards to passengers who have been in the habit of indulging in pinochle, solitaire, seven-up and bridge on the passenger trains. Neither the card players nor the trainmen are happy over the order.

A daughter was born September 2 to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Eggler of White Sulphur Springs… born to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Schick of Fremont Center, a son on Thursday, September 14.

Hotel Palm of Monticello changed hands on Wednesday with Joseph Gerhardt of Hurleyville buying the property. Mr. Gerhardt was at one time a National League ball player.

100 Years Ago - 1921

The September 1921 issues are missing from our files.

90 Years Ago - 1931

A hospital for Callicoon is about to become a reality according to Dr. George R. Mills who has been working there for some time to bring this about. The new enterprise will be a fine addition to the community and the people of western Sullivan should give it their hearty support. The hospital will be housed in an entirely new building to be located on the upper end of the former Capt. Anderson property which Dr. Mills purchased from Peter Baum recently. Arthur K. Dering has prepared the plans and specifications.

Miss Gertrude M. Sator of Obernburg and Charles J. Newman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles V. Newman of the same place, were married at St. Mary’s Church on September 15.

Rudolph Molusky of Callicoon has the contract to transport their pupils of Mileses to Callicoon High School this year. Those attending are Patricia and Wilma Baer, Elvira Forsblom, Henry Kitz, Fred Lauder, Arthur Newman and Viola Walter. — Mileses Corresp.

Showers of blessing befell Mr. and Mrs. John Diehl Saturday night when Conklin Hill friends, together with others, deluged these newlyweds at his parental home where they are temporarily located.

80 Years Ago - 1941

Miss Rita, daughter of Mr., and Mrs. Joseph Moser of Callicoon Center, who for the past four months has been assistant supervisor in the operating room of St. Francis Hospital, Poughkeepsie, has accepted the position of supervisor at the same place during the past week.

At the Callicoon Hospital, it was a son, William Henry, to Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Knecht of Long Eddy, on Saturday.

A number of folks from Callicoon Center attended the Grahamsville Fair yesterday. Wallace Keller, member of the Busy Beavers 4-H Club of Callicoon Center, won a red ribbon on his two Rhode Island red chickens and his Rhode Island red rooster and first prize on his brown eggs. Calvin Keller, member of the FFA, won second prize on his Kathadin potatoes.

Upland acres of Rockland town, between Lew Beach and the hamlet of Beaverkill, destined as location of the next shaft site to be dug in the gigantic New York City water supply project, lie silent today, trod only by occasional berry pickers and trout fishermen. But it will not be long before the hills and fields on the 372-acre Beaverkill Trout Club property resound to the clang of biting drills and the clatter of heavy-duty machinery. The shaft site, on a rectangle covering nearly 33 acres of club property, is in the process of being acquired now by the City of New York. Shaft two, which will be located on the Beaverkill property, is one of five shafts to be located between the Downs­ville dam and the Rondout reservoir at Lackawack.

E.J. Kellam of Hancock, who is a director and race secretary of the Delaware Country Fair, is receiving many compliments these days in winning the $500 stake for classified pacers in the fast time of 2:04:14 at the Syracuse State Fair on August 30, with his good pacer, “Alban,” driven by Harry Craig, driver for the Good Times Stables in Goshen. He also won in July three races at the Saratoga Raceway, setting a track record of 1:34 for six furlongs.

Lone Troop No. 1, Girl Scouts of Cochecton, had a grand time at their first meeting on Monday, opening the big packages which Ed Butz of Brooklyn sent them. It was fun popping corn in the new electric popper.

70 Years Ago - 1951

Miss Ethel Endlekofer of Hasbrouck Heights, fianceé of George Rohrmann, was given a surprise bridal shower by 35 friends and relatives on Saturday evening at Kennedy’s Inn.

Miss Ruth Wood, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Wood of Roscoe, and Otto Kenneth Green Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Otto K. Green, also of Roscoe, were married September 15 at the Roscoe Presbyterian Church.

The following babies were born at the Callicoon Hospital this week: a son, Monday, to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kusek of Buck Brook; a son, Monday, to Mr. and Mrs. Tillman Kipp of Callicoon Center; a daughter, Monday, to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Lassley of Milanville; a daughter, Tuesday, to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Blum of Equinunk, PA; a son, Tuesday, to Mr. and Mrs. Chester Crum of Milanville.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kille of North Branch celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary by entertaining at a turkey dinner on Sunday at their home.

Tyler Hill (PA) yodeler Gary Taggart won first prize for the second consecutive year at the Wayne County Fair Talent Show, held Saturday evening. He has appeared at numerous affairs around the country and on radio and television.

Jacques Ellsworth DeZee, 29, of Hancock lost his life Wednesday afternoon of last week when his converted World War II fighter plane crashed in a barnyard on the East Main Road near the site of the East Maine Fire Department building about three minutes after taking off from the Broome County Airport. Mr. DeZee was the proprietor of a garage and auto agency.

Eugene Hanofee of White Sulphur Springs has accepted a position as an associate in the James Dempsey Law Firm which is located in White Plains.

On September 2, members and friends of the Full Gospel Assembly Church of Hankins came to dedicate their newly built church.

60 Years Ago - 1961

Graduated from the Middletown State Hospital School of Nursing on September 12 were Mrs. Carol Ann Quisum­bing, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William  Fraser, Fremont Center; Miss Patricia Marie Kazmark, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Toflus Kazmark, Long Eddy; and Miss Phyllis G. Hust, daughter of Mrs. Charles Hoffman of Youngs­ville. Mrs. Quisumbing received the Nurses Alumni Award for three-year achievement in clinical practice and Miss Kazmark won the Employees Association Award for “the greatest contributions to fellowman and loyalty in the nursing profession.” Also grad­uating on September 12, from St. Luke’s School of Nursing in Newburgh, was Miss Ellen Geiser, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Geiser of Hortonville.

It was a boy Saturday to Mr. and Mrs. William Ackerman of Kenoza Lake; a son, Saturday to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Crandall Jr. of Narrowsburg; a daughter, Tuesday, to Mr. and Mrs. August Andersen of Long Eddy; a son, Wednesday, to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Gillow of Callicoon, all at the Callicoon Hospital.

The Crossroads Diner in Fosterdale burned to the ground early last Monday morning. Also gutted was the attached garage and service station. Mrs. Hazel Essman owned the property which was operated by her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bedford.

Mr. and Mrs. Francis Fin­negan of Cochecton celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary September 19.

Final papers were signed yesterday in the sale of the Herman Haase and H. Haase Orchards, Inc., to Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Haase. The property will be operated under the name of Al-Em Farms.

A large dormitory at Crystal Lake Camp, Town of Fremont, burned to the ground early this morning. Callicoon firemen responded to the call.

William McGrath was awarded the Red Cross Award of Merit for participating in the rescue of Edward Pitley at the Delaware Youth Center pool last year. In an attempt to swim the length of the pool underwater a number of times, loss of oxygen caused Mr. Pitley to black out. Fortunately Bill’s quick thinking averted a tragedy for the youth employed as a lifeguard.

50 years ago - 1971

Richard Coburn, amateur archeologist of Callicoon, displayed some of the Indian artifacts he has acquired from excavating in caves along the Delaware River at the Sullivan County Historical Society meeting held in Cochecton September 14.

Shirley Ann Bernhardt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Bernhardt of Kenoza Lake, and Verne VanOrden of Jeffersonville were married on Saturday, September 4, at the Kenoza Lake Methodist Church.

Mrs. Edna Woolley of Callicoon died on Saturday in a hospital in Baltimore, MD, Many will remember that it is the Woolley home near the Delaware Valley Central School on Route 97 that is extensively decorated each Christmas. The family has resided in Callicoon the past twenty years.

Mr. and Mrs. Osmer Grant of White Sulphur Springs were given a 30th wedding anniversary August 29 by their children.

Arnold Sims was given a “Life Begins at 40” birthday party at his home in Long Island. Included in the 75 guests present were his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Sims, and Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand Hubbert of Kenoza Lake.

Freshmen enrollment at St. Joseph’s Franciscan Seminary, Callicoon, is listed at 61. Twenty-one first year high school students, contrasted with only 9 freshmen last year, is a marked improvement. Young men graduating from the Callicoon seminary usually aspire to the Franciscan priesthood or brotherhood.

40 Years Ago - 1981

Delaware Valley Job Corps Center Director Jack Terry said last week that the filing of a complaint by Local 32-E of the Service Employees International Union, AFL-CIO against the federally funded training center was “expected.” The complaint comes in the wake of a Friday vote at the center in which the union was rejected by a vote of 28-13 by the non-professional staff. Professionals voted 16 to 14 to reject the union.

Firemen scrambled up a ladder to compete in the “bucket brigade” in one of the many events held at the Firemen’s Field Day competitions on Saturday at Swan Lake. Firemen will continue their annual festivities with a Mardi Gras Friday night and a grand firemen’s parade on Saturday afternoon, all in Swan Lake.

Doris Ann Grundel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Grundel of Glen Spey, became the bride of Stephen W. Grzesik of Utica on September 4, at an outdoor ceremony at Hanna Park… June Elizabeth Piper and Robert Spencer Horton were married on September 5 in an outside ceremony at Eldred Preserve… Cindy Weiss, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Weiss, Monticello, and Stephen Hughes, son of Dr. and Mrs. William Hughes of Olean, were married June 27 at St. Peter’s Church in Monticello.

St. Paul’s Reformed Church in Callicoon Center will celebrate its 125th anniversary as a congregation on October 3 and 4. The women of the church, the Willing Workers, organized in 1899 and have faithfully served their church throughout the intervening years.

The flower beds, under the supervision of the Woodridge superintendent of public works and his crew, have brought the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce first prize for village beautification to Woodridge this summer.

The Rev. Thomas Taylor, son of Margaret Taylor and the late John T. Taylor of Jeffersonville, was ordained June 10 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Staten Island. He will begin his pastorate at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Liberty starting October 2.

The Catskill Art Society is celebrating it 10th anniversary during Sullivan County’s October “Celebration of the Arts.”

Miss Debra Jean Johnson of Cochecton became the bride of Thomas A. Reimer of Hortonville on July 25 at a ceremony performed at the Holy Cross Church in Callicoon.

30 Years Ago - 1991

The Jeffersonville Ambulance Corps crossed the hurdles successfully in six public hearings over the past 10 days to clear the way for a tax-supported ambulance district. Because the area served by the Jeffersonville Corps spreads into six towns as well as the Village of Jeffersonville, the proposal was brought before the public in all six municipalities.

Ten families were made temporarily homeless by a fire at an apartment house located at 17 Pelton Street in the Village of Monticello Tuesday afternoon. Firefighters were able to contain the fire in half an hour and serious damage was limited to the basement. Fifty-one firemen and officers of the Village of Monticello Police Department were on the scene.

Rev. Keith Campbell will be installed as pastor of the First Lutheran Church in Jeffersonville and Grace Lutheran Church in North Branch on September 22.

The 83rd Infantry Division Association will convene at the Pines Resort Hotel in South Fallsburg September 22-27. The World War II veterans organization expects about 800 veterans from across the country to attend the event. The U.S. Military Academy in West Point will assist in the memorial service to be held Thursday.

The SYDA Foundation of South Fallsburg held a fundraiser which benefited the Community General Hospital of Sullivan County with a $70,000 donation.

Kathleen Schultz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Schultz, and Salvatore Genco exchanged wedding vows on August 10 at Holy Cross Church in Callicoon. They will reside in Middletown… Karen, daughter of Arne and Geraldine Stensland of Monticello, was married to Raymond E. Farrell in a ceremony which was performed in Alexandria, VA, on July 20… Susan Lehy and Kevin R. Nicholas, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Nicholas of Cochecton were married June 8 in Rochester.

The Class of 1941 gathered for a 50th reunion in Monticello. The festivities included a tour of the old high school which is now the Monticello Middle School. One of the class members gave the old building a high grade for upkeep — “It held up better than we did,” she said.

The Hankins Fire District will vote on September 19 to approve a $125,000 bond to pay for a rescue firefighting vehicle at the Fremont Center Firehouse.

More than 500 members of the New York State Volunteer Ambulance and First Aid Association will meet at the Villa Roma Country Club in Callicoon September 12-15.

United Beverage Co. will hold a grand opening at its new quarters on old Route 17 in Ferndale on September 16.

A special article in the Sullivan County Democrat notes that the Danzer family of White Sulphur Springs has been in the business of maintaining cars since 1916 when Robert Danzer’s father, William, owned a garage in Youngsville. His son, William Jr., took over in 1946. The business ended abruptly when a Manor Poultry truck lost its brakes coming down Shandelee Hill into Youngsville, totally demolishing the building. It was then that the business was moved to White Sulphur Springs. Currently, three generations of Danzers keep up the tradition.

20 Years Ago - 2001

A memorial service was held after the Sullivan County Firemen’s Parade in Loch Sheldrake on September 15 for those fellow firefighters who lost their lives in the World Trade Center disaster.

As of September 20, the Tyler Hill Post Office is now located just south of the Tyler Hill Camp on Route 371. Congratulations to Postmaster Richard Downs and to Patti Kellam, assistant postmaster, as they settle in the new location. — Tyler Hill (PA) Corresp.

Tim Mullally of Jeffersonville is a local John Deere dealer, manufacturers of the Gator, an all-terrain vehicle. When Mullally and his brother-in-law Art Norden of Callicoon heard of the disaster in New York City, they loaded up some Gators and headed off to the city. Once rescue workers saw what the machines could accomplish under some of the most extreme physical conditions imaginable, Mullally put into motion a system whereby John Deere loaned about 25 Gators, including support services and spare parts, to aid in the massive rescue/recovery operation. Mullally’s other brother-in-law Tom Norden lives in Manhattan and has been involved with the situation from day one.

Though the terrorist attacks of four days prior never left the backs of people’s minds, Saturday, September 15’s “Afternoon of History” get-together at the Grahamsville Reformed Church’s social hall was a lighthearted and community-oriented affair that highlighted the long history of the European settlers who established and built up the Town of Neversink. Organized by Town Historian Carol Smyth (who herself brought a recently discovered ledger-turned-scrapbook dating back to 1820), the afternoon was filled with happy memories – and the quest to fill in any gaps in those memories.

Alicia Joy Smith and Derin Marc Kraack were united in marriage on May 25, 2001, at Settler’s Inn in Hawley, PA by the Rev. Phyllis Haynes. The bride was given in marriage by her parents, Steven and Alison Smith of Conklin Hill, PA The bridgegroom is the son of Edward Kraack of Lake Huntington and the late Lynne Kraack.

10 Years Ago - 2011

The Rock Hill Farmers’ Market began its first season with a ribbon cutting last month. Held on the grounds of the Rock Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps, parallel to Route 17 on Lake Louise Marie Rd.

Students from the Sullivan County BOCES Career and Technical (C&T) Education Program attended the annual New York State Skills USA Spring Conference held in Syracuse. Students from across the state competed in various categories that tested their vocational knowledge and skills. Coached by C&T Community Work Based Instructor Gloria Cahalan, the BOCES health team took first place in the Health Knowledge Bowl competition.

Switching from previous ruminations on selling the facility, legislators favorably discussed a report that suggested a variety of improvements to the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty. “Things change in 20 years,” said Interim Director James Galligan, referencing the center’s 1990 construction. Yet the county-run nursing home has not had a major upgrade in those two decades, he pointed out. No decisions were made, though especially with $5 million in overdue federal/state reimbursements now paid to the center, it seemed at least some of the recommendations could be implemented.

An anonymous donor, with the help from Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, donated $75,000 saving the Federation for the Homeless soup kitchen for at least the next year. Gunther said it wasn’t the state budget cuts but fierce competition and some application issues that led to the Federation’s loss of $120,000 in annual state funding this year. Thus she appeared confident that the $15,000 from state sources would be forthcoming, and she’s aiming to have the Federation become part of the state’s budget next year.


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