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100 Years Ago - 1920

Local ex-servicemen turned out in force Monday afternoon and accorded a former comrade-in-arms the fullest possible military honors at his funeral when they laid at rest in …

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September 29, 2020 Edition


100 Years Ago - 1920

Local ex-servicemen turned out in force Monday afternoon and accorded a former comrade-in-arms the fullest possible military honors at his funeral when they laid at rest in the Hortonville Cemetery Private Henry Fromm. Pvt. Fromm had died at Octundung, Germany, June 11, 1919, of self-inflicted wounds and was interred in a military cemetery near Coblenz. He had enlisted as a horseshoer October 1, 1917, and served with the Army of Occupation. His body was exhumed and sent to Callicoon for burial, arriving here Saturday.

Oellrich & Behling, the progressive firm of young Narrowsburg merchants, announced this morning that on Saturday they would open for business in the Arlington Hotel building. The entire first floor has been remodeled to fit their needs.

Friday evening, September 17, a quiet wedding occurred at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Gillow, when their only daughter, Esther Elizabeth, became the bride of Orin E. Maudsley. Rev. Floyd Sheeley performed the cere­moony.

The building of wood structures for dormitories at Camps Mitchell and Harlee is still in progress. The tent system of former years is being discarded as soon as they can get the others ready. — Across the Delaware Corresp.

The L.A.S. will serve a covered dish supper at its regular meeting at the Community House the afternoon of September 25, beginning at 4 p.m; supper 25¢. All welcomed… Adam Metzger, traveling shoe salesman, is attending the salesmen's convention of his firm in Huntington, Indiana, and will visit Chicago and Milwaukee before returning… Nicholas Theis, who resides on RFD 1, was in town yesterday morning. He says his feet have done him noble service these 85 years, but he got hold of a pair of new fangled shoes and now he has developed on the top of his right foot a painful corn, the first blemish they've ever known. — Callioon Corresp.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Heib of Fosterdale announce the engagement of their second youngest daughter, Anna Pauline, to Arthur M. Busch of Fosterdale.

P.H. Traynor, son of Edw. Traynor of Cochecton, is principal of the three department school at Unionville, a village in Orange County. He has a modern concrete schoolhouse.

90 Years Ago - 1930

A wedding with more than 2,000 guests attending featured the closing program of the annual Sullivan County Fair at Monticello Friday. Mrs. L.K. Verlinden of Liberty was the bride. She married Peter Countryman of Liberty, an employee of the Associated Gas & Electric Co. Justice of the Peace Frank A. Fox of Monticello performed the ceremony and Sergeant John A. Hopkins of the N.Y. State Police was the best man. Miss Elizabeth Kutger of Liberty was bridesmaid. Among the gifts to the couple were many offered by Monticello merchants, including a car.

Thomas S. LaPolt, son of W.H. LaPolt, publisher of the White Lake Times, and Miss Margaret E. Lewis of Archibald, Pa., were married Sunday morning in St. Peter's Church in Monticello. Miss Lillian LaPolt, sister of the groom, and James McCormick, North White Lake, were the attendants.

Dorothy Calkins of Bethel lost her pet saddle horse at the Sullivan County Fair at Monticello last week Thursday. She was exercising the horse on the track and had driven him into the inside circle perhaps two hundred feet from the judges' stand. The horse was seen to be restless and uneasy and in a moment or two fell to the ground. The young lady had previously dismounted and was thus saved from injury by the horse's fall.

Miss Mary Kille of Obernburg and Frank Steinhauer of Callicoon Center were married last Thursday at St. Mary's Church in Obernburg by Rev. Dominic Sonnabend.

Benjamin M. Goldstein, 24, of Monticello, was admitted to the bar by the Appellate Court Thursday afternoon at Albany. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Goldstein, proprietors of Esther Manor on the White Lake Road.

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Lynch of Lake Huntington announce the birth of a son, September 7… Mr. and Mrs. Lester Miller of Cochecton announce the birth of a daughter, September 19. — Lake Huntington Corresp.

By special arrangement, Gladys V. Lyons is accepting Mr. Vigilante's Class in piano. Half Hour Lesson Periods — $1.00; Forty-Five Minute Lesson Periods — $1.25. ADV.

80 Years Ago - 1940

At the largest 4-H exhibit, held at the Grahamsville Fair, Fred Reinheimer was declared as having a first prize New Hampshire cockerel and Wallace Keller with two first prize winners, a New Hampshire Red cock and a New Hampshire Red hen. Both boys are from Callicoon Center. Phyllis Brenner of Mongaup had the grand champion prize senior calf of the show. She won the grand champion prize at the same fair last year.

Patrick Nannery of Obernburg and Evelyn MacCabe of Long Eddy were united in Holy Matrimony September 25 at Holy Cross Church. A wedding breakfast was served at Antrim Lodge in Roscoe.

The 90th anniversary of the Kenoza Lake Methodist Church was well attended. Programs were held Wednesday through Sunday.

A bouncing boy was born to Attorney and Mrs. Lawrence H. Cooke of Monticello on September 21. The happy mother is the former Alice McCormick.

A miscellaneous community shower was given to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Theis at the Nutshell in Lake Huntington last Tuesday night. The couple were married June 25. About 85 friends and relatives attended. The bride is the former Gladys Gabriel of Bethel.

C.D. Fortnam of Tyler Hill, Pa., who only a few weeks ago won 16 out of 18 possible first place awards, also 10 second and third place awards at a Scranton flower show for his wonderful display of gladioli, also participated last week in the dahlia show of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Dahlia Society at Scranton, Pa., where he was awarded a special award for the best white dahlia; a special award for the best bronze dahlia; a special award for the largest bloom and 10 other first place awards; also a number of 2nd and 3rd place awards. He has 52 varieties of glads, many of which are still laden with blossoms at his Tyler Hill home — a sight to behold!

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Tobin and family have moved from their home in Hankins to an apartment in Narrowsburg where Mr. Tobin has been named station agent following the retirement of James H. Kirk.

Irving Krongel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Krongel, was married recently in Tulsa, Okla., to Miss Sophie Maxman of New York City. They will live in Jeffersonville where Irving assists his father and brother in the bakery business.

Miss Alice Wagner of North Branch was guest of honor in celebration of her 16th birthday on Saturday evening, September 21.

70 Years Ago - 1950

Mr. and Mrs. Adam Graebner of Horseheads celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on September 17. They were former Callicoon residents.

At the Callicoon Hospital, it was a son Monday to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Specker of Livingston Manor; a son, Tuesday to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Witpen of Hankins; a daughter, Wednesday to Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Manzolillo of Jeffersonville; and a son, Thursday, to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Wood of Milanville. Released from the hospital during the week were Mrs. Wm. Keesler and infant daughter of Callicoon; Mrs. J. Iberger and infant son of Narrowsburg; Mrs. Clarence Stalker and infant son of Callicoon RD; and Mrs. Elmer Robisch and infant son of Hortonville.

Carol Rose Hornicek, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Karel A. Hornicek of Fosterdale, became the bride of Robert Maas, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Maas of Lake Huntington on September 16.

Erie Railroad crews are razing the station at Lackawaxen as a result of serious damage sustained by the building in the train wreck two weeks ago. Huge breaks in the sidewalls occurred when several cars of a fast freight were wedged against the building during the wreck and one tank car even went partway through it.

A reunion of the Luchs brothers took place September 10 at the Arthur Luchs home in Jeffersonville. Attending were John of California, Fred of New York, William of Rochester, Albert of Wabash, Inc., and Art.

Plans are being rapidly developed for a whirl-wind campaign in order to raise a sufficient sum of money to enable the Monticello Drum and Bugle Corps to participate in the national championships scheduled to be held in Los Angeles, Calif. early in October.

Corinne Kearns became the bride of William Bruns at the Callicoon Methodist Church on September 17 with Rev. Herbert Livingston officiating. Honor attendants were Mr. and Mrs. Fred Stabbert.

Albert Emrich of Fremont Center won the prize at the Callicoon G.L.F. Store for the tallest corn exhibited with a stalk that towered 14 feet 3 inches. Several stalks over 13 feet were on display.

Gary Taggart, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Taggart of Tyler Hill, Pa., won a first prize award at the Wayne County Fair in the amateur finals held September 14. Nine-year-old Gary has been dubbed “Young Elton Britt” because of high yodeling and outstanding endurance in his rendition of “Chime Bells” which has made Elton Britt famous. Gary holds the high yodel 7 seconds under Britt. The award was a $100 U.S. Savings Bond.

60 Years Ago - 1960

Wedding bells have been ringing. Miss Regina Hubert of Hankins became the bride of William Mark Kohler of Jeffersonville on Saturday, September 17, at Sacred Heart Church in Hankins. The bride was attended by six of her sisters and brothers… Patricia A. Gaunt of Monroe became the bride of Cord Meyer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cord Meyer Jr. of Lookout, Pa., on September 17, in Monroe… Shirley Ann Scardefield became the bride of William A. Seyler at the Presbyterian Church in Jeffersonville on September.

Mr. and Mrs. Max Scher of Lake Huntington narrowly escaped death on Friday when their car was struck by a westbound Erie R.R. Co. freight train on the Callicoon crossing of the railroad. He had stalled his Nash car and realized that he would be unable to get it started in time. Mrs. Scher was injured because she hesitated long enough to close the car door.

A large bear and two smaller ones were seen at Hortonville one day last week. When first seen they were enjoying the “drops” from Bill Rosenberger's apple tree. Another bear is reported to have been seen in Kenoza Lake.

50 years ago - 1970

About 175 relatives and friends of Tillson and Mary Cade of Hortonville joined the happy couple at an open house in honor of their 25th wedding anniversary on September 20, held at Hermann Hall in Callicoon. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Schuler of Geneva, the honor attendants, were present to help them celebrate.

A truck owned by the Livingston Manor Poultry Co. was responsible for setting fire to Danzer's Garage in Youngsville, at 4:30 Thursday morning, September 17, when the truck came out of the Shandelee Road and went straight ahead into the garage. The driver of the poultry truck said the brakes failed.

Mr. and Mrs. Orin Maudsley of Equinunk, Pa., were guests of honor at an open house to mark their Golden Wedding Anniversary on September 20.

Baby Gary Scott Kays, born September 4, was the 4,000th baby to be born at Liberty-Loomis Hospital since the hospital opened in August 21, 1951. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kays of Callicoon and has two older brothers awaiting him at home. Also at the Liberty-Loomis Hospital, it was a boy, Jeremy Joseph, to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Behrens of Jeffersonville, September 11; a boy, Joseph Ray, to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Wallace of Budd Lake, NJ; a boy, Stephen Thomas, to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Powers of Hankins on September 13; a girl, Lorrie Lynn, September 14, to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Buck of Jeffersonville; a boy, September 14, to Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Perez of Liberty; and a boy the same day to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Gizinski of Ferndale; a boy, September 17, to Mr. and Mrs. Pedro Pagan of Liberty; and a boy, September 18, to Mr. and Mrs. John Gerow of Mongaup Valley.

Fire of a suspicious nature destroyed the old Pine Grove hotel at Lake Huntington last Saturday evening and early Sunday morning. Once popular with summer guests, the hotel had been vacant for many years. It was built by Mel Brining and its last owner was the late Otto Meyer.

40 Years Ago - 1980

Leo Doobin president of the Monticello Raceway, said Monday that he has been advised by the chairman of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board that it will approve a 35-day winter meet.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry G. Turner of Loch Sheldrake celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on September 14th at Lee's Inn in Hurleyville. More than 100 friends and relatives joined the couple in the celebration. Miss Millie LaNasa of Elmira became the bride of Jan Martin Turner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Turner of Woodbourne on September 6. The ceremony was performed at St. Peter and St. Paul Catholic Church in Elmira… Miss Barbara A. Hirth, daughter of Mrs. John S. Hirth and the late Mr. Hirth of Smallwood, became the bride of George B. Panos of Brooklyn at a ceremony performed at St. Anne's R.C. Church in White Lake on September 6… Miss Karen E. VanEtten, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard P. VanEtten of Monticello, was united in marriage with Gary M. Allees, son of Ed and Cathy Allees of Liberty on September 13 at an outdoor ceremony performed at the home of the bride with Judge Robert C. Williams officiating… Miss Nancy VanGinhoven, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David VanGinhoven, became the bride of Clark Hadden of Staten Island and Lake Muskoday on August 3 at the United Methodist Church in Fremont Center.

Chief Judge of the NYS State Court of Appeals Lawrence H. Cooke of Monticello spoke at a meeting of the Monticello Masonic Lodge at which time the law enforcement officers in Sullivan County were honored.

30 Years Ago - 1990

Fire at the home of Walt and Darryl Tesseyman in Rock Valley Monday evening claimed the life of their 3-year-old niece, Julia Musso, and left the Tesseyman family, their three children, and his father, Frank Tesseyman, homeless. By the time firemen could reach the body of the young child, found in the living room area, it was too late.

The Jeffersonville Public Library celebrated its 10th anniversary on Sunday.

Cadets from the Sullivan County Chapter of the Civil Air Patrol were on the scene of the plane crash Wednesday night in Shandelee in an effort to help locate the wreckage. The cadets were using an emergency transmitter receiver which picks up the signal of the emergency transmitter aboard the plane. It is believed that because the plane was submerged in Sand Pond, the transmitter signal was distorted. The plane was pulled from the pond Thursday afternoon. The pilot, Mark J. Pressburger of Englewood, NJ, was killed in the crash. He was on his way to meet his wife at a Sullivan County resort for the Jewish holidays when he ran into dense fog.

In honor of local residents involved in the Persian Gulf Crisis and Mission Desert Shield, Lisa's Autumn Inn in Callicoon has placed yellow ribbons, yellow carnations and American flags in the table decorations of the restaurant with a theme of “Bring 'em home safe.”

Former servicemen, most of them Vietnam veterans, paid homage Friday to their comrades who may still be prisoners and are missing in action in Southeast Asia and for all veterans of all wars who have never been accounted for in a ceremony conducted in front of the Sullivan County Government Center in Monticello. Neversink Supervisor James Gorman was among the speakers at the program organized by Howard Goldsmith, president of the Catskill Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America, with assistance from area American Legion, Jewish War Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts and the Marine Corps League.

Marty Passante, an owner of the Villa Roma Resort in Callicoon and recipient of the William and Naomi Gorowitz Institute Award, was honored by the Anti-Defamation League at its annual dinner held in Monticello Sunday night.

20 Years Ago - 2000

Most Sullivan County residents were probably asleep when the county's E-911 service went live at midnight yesterday, but at that moment, they became part of the 21st century.

The Reverend David Coon's congregation at the White Lake Reformed Presbyterian Church didn't even realize that they needed a new building to complement their church, when one of the seasonal members offered a $10,000 donation for its construction. Now they are walking to raise money for its completion.

As his community service project required to earn the Eagle Scout Award, Boy Scout Keith McLaughlin of Troop 92 Wurtsboro planned and conducted a child identification program, held at the Chase School, so that parents would have resources (a photo, a videotape of their child, and the child's fingerprints) in the event their child was missing or kidnapped.

Ever since the state publicly announced the presence of the gasoline additive methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE) in the Village of Liberty's Elm Street well water, the political pot has been boiling and local officials have been saying responsible state agencies are in hot water. In the years following the delayed state report that village residents have been drinking MTBE-contaminated water for a couple of years before the report was made public, local officials tried to keep their heads above the tainted water.

10 Years Ago - 2010

The members of the Beaverkill Trout Club gathered at the club's houses in Lew Beach in June to begin a weekend of celebration of the 100th anniversary of the club's incorporation.

In August, Vivid Photo crossed the finish line to record his 42nd career victory and in the process set a new harness racing record for the trotter at the Wayne County Fair. Vivid Photo is not new to setting track records. The 8-year-old horse is a World Champion and Hambletonian winner and is worth $3.1 million. Roger Hammer, Vivid Photo's trainer and co-owner, has won 3,175 races in his career, $14.8 million in purses and nine times was ranked among North America's best in drivers' rating.

In August, after three months of construction and filming, Catskill Farms takes the Hudson Valley region's national in the fourth season of Blog Cabin, the DIY channel's first-ever interactive home building series. Blog Cabin's “citizen design” incorporates viewer choices in the gut remodel of a nondescript ranch house on Happy Avenue in Bethel. Adding to the allure of this year's program is the fact the remodeled ranch overlooks the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival, and will be given away to a viewer sometime this fall.


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