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100 Years Ago - 1920

Wm. Smith has purchased the Walter Goan estate. This property lies in the Swago Lake district and has quite a frontage on the lake. The transaction is on the speculative line, …

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September 8, 2020 Edition


100 Years Ago - 1920

Wm. Smith has purchased the Walter Goan estate. This property lies in the Swago Lake district and has quite a frontage on the lake. The transaction is on the speculative line, and the public may soon see a summer resort there to rival that at Laurel Lake. — Damascus Corresp.

Sheriff Hembdt is conducting a country-wide hunt for Douglas Banks, ex-convict, who shot and mortally wounded Morris Nossifer, a Parksville boardinghouse keeper, in that village two weeks ago last evening. Every possible effort, the officials assert, will be made to capture him, dead or alive.

Frank Allgeier, native and lifelong resident of Lower Beechwoods, died at his home August 27, in his 54th year. He was married to Mary Keegan, who survives, together with ten children.

As a result of a bad case of blood poisoning, Miss Lena Neiger of Kenoza Lake was compelled to have her left arm amputated just below the shoulder joint. The operation was performed at the Deerpark Sanitarium in Port Jervis Sunday. The poisoning arose from a tiny pimple on her thumb that became infected.

Mr. and Mrs. Archie Gillow returned Saturday from a 10-day honeymoon trip to Oneonta and Binghamton where they visited relatives. — South Branch Corresp.

90 Years Ago - 1930

Miss Ethel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Baum of Callicoon, won second place in the State Fair Spelling Bee held at Syracuse yesterday, according to a telegram received from Charles S. Hick, superintendent of schools. The first contestants were eliminated in a written spelling contest. The total time of the contest took five hours. Miss Baum won the Sullivan County contest last June and this entitled her to participate in the state event. She is a freshman in the Callicoon High School.

Samuel Welkes, 60, farmer of South Fallsburg, died at Monticello Hospital Saturday night from tetanus, which developed from a scratch of a rusty nail. Welkes, on entering his barn two weeks ago, accidentally struck his head on a rusty nail in a beam.

The heavy storm that visited the Delaware Valley Monday p.m. did the most damage in the vicinity of Cochecton, according to reports. Most of the damage was done by the hail and wind and lightning played about freely. At Adam Fahrenz's the lightning struck in the chicken house and followed the wiring to the house where the switch box was destroyed. Several chickens were killed. All the homes in that vicinity were alive with electric currents and several occupants were stunned, but no one was seriously injured.

Ecclesiastical history was made in Monticello Sunday afternoon when His Eminence, Patrick Cardinal Hayes, formally dedicated the new St. Peter's Roman Catholic Parochial School in the presence of about 20 church dignitaries and a crowd of about 1000 people.

Mr. and Mrs. Otto Backert of Lake Huntington announce the engagement of their daughter, Vera, to Arthur C. Hankins of Fosterdale, son of Charles Hankins of Narrowsburg. She is a central office operator at Lake Huntington and Arthur is manager of the Hankins Garage at Fosterdale.

The new motor vehicle bureau in the Sullivan County Courthouse was opened Friday. The quarters formerly were used as a washroom.

A Binghamton contractor is at work at St. Joseph Seraphic Seminary making preparations for the erection of a new gymnasium. The old gym has been torn down and the building will occupy the same ground but will be much larger.

The Braman, Pa., picnic passed off very nicely. It was an ideal day and a fine crowd took advantage of it. An excellent chicken dinner was served. $182 was taken in.

Miss Helen Hessenauer became the wife of Dan Thrall of Ithaca, Mich., on August 23. She was a graduate of Callicoon High School and left here to attend Taylor University in Indiana.

The Pelton Lunch Room in the Zimmermann Building in Callicoon, conducted for the past several years by Mrs. Olive Pelton, was sold this week to Mr. and Mrs. Walter R. George of Richmond Hill, L.I. Mrs. George is the former Miss Hattie Buddenhagen of Callicoon.

“Wanted — A bride and bridegroom,” says the Sullivan County Fair directors and in this an­nouncement is a great opportunity for a couple who would like to get married. The directors of the Sullivan County Fair want a real honest-to-goodness wedding at the fair, September 19. They plan to have a gaily decorated platform, a space roped off for the family and friends of the happy pair, an orchestra and everything that goes with the wedding bells.

80 Years Ago - 1940

George, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bernas, and Helen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Daub of Cochecton Center, were married at Callicoon Chapel on Saturday morning. His brother, Jack, and her sister, Elizabeth, attended the couple.

At the Callicoon Hospital, Mr. and Mrs. William Fisher of Cochecton are the parents of a daughter, Irene Betty, born Tuesday morning. …Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Buddenhagen of Hortonville are the parents of a daughter, born September 5.

The fourth annual reunion of the schoolmates of the Callicoon School of the years 1880-1890 was held Sunday, September 1, at the Curtis Nursery. The record for long distance traveled to attend goes to Charles F. Metzger of Cleveland, Ohio, and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Austin of Highland Park, Ill. George W. Doetsch was elected president; Peter F. Traynor, vice president; Mrs. C.G. Curtis, secretary, and Mr. C.G. Curtis, treasurer. Charles W. Bock prepared the bake this year and it was pronounced excellent by those who attended.

Mr. and Mrs. Ford, missionaries of Jamaica, one of the islands of the West Indies, provided an interesting evening for the congregation of the M.E. Church last Sunday evening when they gave a lantern slide showing of life on the island accompanied by a verbal discussion. Interesting souvenirs were also on hand for those who wished to take them. They were guests of Mrs. Evelyn Armstrong for the night. — Long Eddy Corresp.

Progress in the development of a satisfactory dwarf fruit tree for the home garden and of a semi-dwarf type of tree suitable for commercial planting will be shown to members of the New York State Nurserymen's Association when they meet at the Experiment Station at Geneva for their summer field day on September 20.

Walter Gettel and sons yesterday completed the cinder block foundation for the addition to the Roche Garage in Callicoon. This morning several carpenters, under the direction of contractor Botsford, began framing the new structure.

At the A&P Food Store: Sunnfield Pancake flour, 5 lb. bag, 18¢; Eight O'clock Coffee, 2 -1 lb. bags, 27¢; Daily Egg Laying Mash, 25-lb. bag, 61¢ and 100-lb. bag, $2.30.

The school of Delaware Valley Central School District opened September 5 with 243 pupils enrolled on the first day at the Callicoon school, an increase over last year, due to the closing of the Upper Beechwoods School, and the transportation of seventh and eighth grade pupils from some of the other districts. At the present time, four of the one-room schools are closed. Hortonville, Mauer and Graby districts were not operating when the district was centralized. Upper Beechwoods is the only school to close since the organization of the new district. Fourteen one-room schools are still in operation. The Board of Education will maintain four-year-high-schools at Callicoon and Long Eddy, with special teachers dividing their time between the two larger schools and will have under their supervision the work of the smaller units.

70 Years Ago - 1950

Twenty-six cars of Train 98 the Erie's New Englander, were derailed at Lackawaxen at 7:49 yesterday morning in one of the more spectacular derailments along the local division of the railroad in many years. The accident occurred at the Lackawaxen station, a concrete and stone structure, which was demolished. The wreck stopped all traffic until 6:36 Wednesday evening.

The first death of a Sullivan County soldier in the Korean War was reported last Saturday when Mr. and Mrs. Carl Weiland of Narrowsburg were notified that their son, PFC Christian Wieland, a member of the First Cavalry Division, was killed in action August 13.

At the Callicoon Hospital, it was a daughter September 7 for Mr. and Mrs. William Huggler of Narrowsburg.

Harold Cox, 20, of Swan Lake, died as the result of an automobile accident near the Forsbach residence on Route 52 at Kenoza Falls. His companion, John Boyd of White Sulphur Springs, and the driver of the car, is a patient at the Callicoon Hospital with multiple cuts and bruises.

A flash fire broke out in the kitchen of one of the dining halls of the Ten Mile River Boy Scout Camp near Narrowburg Thursday afternoon, last week, and raced through the rustic-type structure within half an hour. Narrowsburg firemen concentrated on saving six nearby cabins which escaped with only some scorching. Loss is estimated at $10,000.

Raymond Miller of Callicoon last week exhibited a golden-colored eel which had been speared in the Delaware. Although small, this strangely colored specimen attracted much attention.

More fishing news — One of the proudest young men about town on Monday was Michael Brown while he was exhibiting the 14-inch, 1 1/2 pound Smallmouth Black Bass which he caught in the college pond this morning. This beauty gave Mike quite a tussle but he wound up in the frying pan anyway.

Ruth Ferber, Callicoon, received a blue award for her butter cookies at the New York State Fair last week. Nancy Keesler, also of Callicoon, received a white award for creditable baking. Nancy showed plain muffins.

Hyman E. Mintz of South Fallsburg Wednesday filed an acceptance of the Liberal Party nomination for Member of Assembly with election commissioners in Monticello.

The Maple Theatre at Jeffersonville has been sold for about $23,500 by Louis Kutsher and Isidor Bogner of Monticello. Buyers were Carl and Manuel Bogner and Joseph and Milton Kutsher, all of Monticello.

Gust A. Nelson, 78, died at his home in Fremont Center on September 1. A native of Finland, he is survived by his wife, the former Selma Paavola; a son, Edward; and five grandchildren; a brother and several sisters.

60 Years Ago - 1960

Delaware Valley Central School will open its doors on September 6 with three new teachers engaged: Mrs. Clara Schmalzle of Barryville will teach homemaking, William Trivelpiece, formerly of Hancock, will teach English and mathematics in the junior high school, and Mrs. Alma Doyle of Long Eddy will teach French and Latin.

On Saturday, August 20, Dr. Albert B. Corey, historian of the State of New York, made an official inspection of Fort Delaware, Narrowsburg. He spent considerable time examining every phase of the operation and was evidently well-pleased with what he saw. The winners of the patchwork quilt contest at Fort Delaware found the ladies of the Beach Lake Free Methodist Church taking first place. First runner-up was the ladies of St. Francis Church in Narrowsburg and third place was taken by the ladies of the Lake Huntington Presbyterian Church.

Officials of Monticello Raceway announced that it had joined a movement to establish the Sullivan County Hall of Fame, Inc. Prominent athletes and entertainers who worked at southern Catskill Mountain hotels as youth will be among those eligible. Many of the nation's top basketball stars, including Bob Cousy and Wilt Chamberlain, were employed in Catskill hotels as waiters during their collegiate days. Entertainers eligible - there are dozens - include Danny Kaye, Sid Caeser, Eddie Fisher and Jerry Lewis. The first designations will be made next summer.

Close to 7,900 admissions were sold at the 81st annual Little World's Fair at Grahamsville Saturday to make it the largest held in recent years. Oldest at the fair was Benjamin Sheeley of Grahams­ville, at the age of 92; traveling the furthest were two persons from the state of California. The young­est at the fair was 15-day-old Neil Carlson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Carlson of Ellenville. Longest married were Mr. and Mrs. Don C. VanEtten of Sampsonville in Ulster County; most recent married were Mr. and Mrs. Don TerBush of Pine Bush, married June 12. Terry Gray of Roscoe won the amateur show with a tap dance routine.

Miss Donna Buddenhagen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Buddenhagen of Hortonville, became the bride of Harold Roeder, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold G. Roeder, also of Hortonville, at the Hortonville Presbyterian Church on Sunday, September 4. Harold Roeder Sr. arrived in Scranton, Pa., on Tuesday after being stationed at Point Barrow, Alaska, as fire-control inspector. He will return to Alaska on September 12 but came home for the wedding of his son. Mrs. Roeder and the children met him at the airport.

Sullivan residents will report seeing Echo I nightly when the weather is clear. A UPI press release out of Washington yesterday said that the balloon satellite apparently has suffered no ill effects from passing throught the earth's shadow.

Miss Audrey Linder became the bride of Dell Norman Thompson at a ceremony performed at Old First Church in Huntington. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Linder of Callicoon.

50 years ago - 1970

Mr. and Mrs. David Coleman of California were both killed when the light plane they were flying in crashed in the Pacific Ocean off Baha, Mexico. Mrs. Coleman was the former Linda Tyler, daughter of Mrs. Sidney Tyler of Cochecton.

A surprise shower was given for Miss Irma Thiele of Mileses on August 28 at the Fremont W.S.C.S. hall. She will be married to Norman Twaddell of Sidney Sept. 19.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Johnson are the new owners of Craig's Hardware Store in Callicoon. They have four children, Jimmy, Craig, Richard and Patti. Mrs. Johnson is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Woolley and a granddaughter of Mrs. Guthmuller of Hortonville.

Miss Cheryl Anne Hulse, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Hulse, Long Eddy, became the bride of Willi Karas of Colonie, at a ceremony performed at St. Patrick's R.C. Church in Long Eddy. The bride is stationed at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany with the Women's Air Force and had brought her wedding gown from there.

Mrs. Ruth Dorrer was the lucky winner of a beautiful mink stole at a drawing of the Monticello Raceway last Wednesday night.

40 Years Ago - 1980

Max Zoeller of Rose Valley Road near Monticello, took a blue ribbon for “Best of Primitive Class” at the recently concluded Orange County Fair Art Show. He also took two third place ribbons, one in the senior citizen's class and one in cityscapes. He has now collected over 50 prize ribbons since taking up painting after his retirement as a New Jersey policeman.

Saturday night, the Livingston Manor Rotarians will celebrate their 75th year of Rotary in Manor with a grand dinner at King's. Lee Siegel is chairman of the dinner.

Sara Katz and James Gorman Jr. were married August 30, 1980, in St. Peter's Church, Liberty, with Father Theodore Schulz officiating… Mary Jo Kisor, daughter of Assemblyman and Mrs. Ray Kisor of Goshen, became the bride of Jeffrey Briggs of Monticello, in a Nuptial Mass at St. John's Church in Goshen. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Briggs of Monticello… Betty Kline of Swan Lake and Michael Morandi of Schenectady were united in marriage on August 16 at St. George's Roman Catholic Church… Donna Jo Hauser of Callicoon Center became the bride of Brent W. Ihlefeldt of Fosterdale on August 2 at St. Paul's Reformed Church in Callicoon Center.

The Monticello Ambulance Corps celebrated the 10th anniversary of their founding on Tuesday night at the Neighborhood Center. … Sullivan County Volunteer Firemen will hold their 52nd annual parade in Hurleyville this weekend.

Kim Lewis, Miss Sullivan County Teen, competed with 42 other contestants in Norwich for the title of Miss New York State Teen of 1979.

Mr. and Mrs. Chester (Mildred Yeomans) Winters of Binghamton celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with an open house. Both Mr. and Mrs. Winters are Sullivan County residents of the towns of White Lake and Swan Lake and both celebrated their 80th birthdays earlier this year.

30 Years Ago - 1990

Herbert Alvarado came up with the most unique find during the Middletown Scuba Club's Dela­ware River cleanup at Lander's in Narrowsburg - eight unopened bottles of beer.

Stone has been placed around three piers of the Callicoon Interstate Bridge when strong currents in the Delaware River washed away the ground underneath the pier. The work was done by the Jeffersonville firm of J. Hughson Excavating. A total of 1,800 tons of stone were used in the project.

A Fallsburg man narrowly escaped serious injury or death Tuesday night when a fir tree fell on his home as he was watching television in his living room, hitting him in the head with a jagged limb as it broke through the roof. Ernest Levitt was watching “In the Heat of the Night” as a severe thunder and lightning storm raged outside. More than 1800 customers were without power and some parts of the town were without power yet Wednesday morning. The storm also dropped a huge tree that has shaded former Fallsburg Supervisor Sam Rosenshein's home in South Fallsburg for at least a century. Hy Mellamed said he and his wife had just returned from the state fair in Syracuse and were settling in for the night when the celestial fireworks began to the sound of thunder and tattoo of violent, pelting rain. “I've never seen anything like it in all the years we've lived here. It was like a laser light show - one flash of lightning after another,” he said.

Harry and Florence Turner celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a gathering of friends and family at the Loch Sheldrake Firemen's Park … Stanley and Edith Kopp of Tyler Hill were honored on the occasion of their 59th wedding anniversary on August 19 with a party at their home.

The Free Methodist Church of Liberty recently celebrated its 125th anniversary.

Music played by the Callicoon Center Band was incorporated during the filming of the movie, “No Telling,” being shot currently in Callicoon Center. The band closed its 56th straight season Wednesday night with the last concert of the season.

Dianna Dettloff of Damascus, Pa., became the bride of William Rieger Jr. of Cochecton on July 7 at St. James Church in Callicoon. … Kathleen M. McKeen of Jeffersonville and Michael P. Lowe of Jeffersonville were married in a double-ring ceremony on July 21 at St. George's Church in Jeffersonville.

20 Years Ago - 2000

Former Liberty Supervisor Abraham Kleinman, 81, a 72-year area resident, died August 29, 2000 at his home in Liberty. He had served as Village and Town of Liberty Justice for 26 years, Clerk of the Sullivan County Board of Supervisors, Sullivan County Attorney, Supervisor for the Town of Liberty for eight years and was a committeeman for the Republican Party. He was predeceased this past June by his wife, Mary Kleinman.

Plans to build a $40 million performing arts center at the Woodstock site in Bethel were revealed Tuesday afternoon to a crowd of nearly 200 gathered at the site, including Governor George Pataki, U.S. Representative Ben Gilman, state Senator John Bonacic, and Assemblyman Jake Gunther. But Liberty billionaire Alan Gerry was the true star of the afternoon, receiving a standing ovation and being called “the driving force” behind the project by Pataki.

Faced with the prospect of not having the Catskill Cougars take to the field at Baxter Stadium next year because the team lost an estimated $500,000 this season, Cougars president Mike McGuire said it's up to the fans to determine if there's going to be minor league baseball in the area next year. The Cougars must inform the independent Northern League of their intentions by October 13. McGuire and team owner Van Schley will sit down on October 1 to discuss the future of the team.

10 Years Ago - 2010

After a year of planning the Fallsburg Central School District has four dugouts for their baseball fields, thanks to the efforts of the Construction Technology class at Sullivan County BOCES. Tim Bult, athletic director for Fallsburg CSD reached out to William Drasher, construction technology teacher at BOCES to help - a request BOCES was glad to lending a helping hand. Not only did the students build the dugouts, they also drafted the plans and worked with Mr. Bult to make sure the district was getting exactly what they were looking for. The class completed the dugouts in the spring as a community service project for the Fallsburg CSD.

Village of Monticello officials are holding their breath as they await further study of oil found underneath the sewer plant on Waverly Ave. “Best case scenario: we find a little oil that's insignificant,…Worst-case scenario: we could have a major toxic cleanup,” Village Manager John Barbarite told the village board at its meeting on the matter. The village's engineering firm, Barton and Loguidice, discovered the oil two months ago about ten feet below ground while drilling test bores in the anticipation of a major rehab of the sewer plant. Though the extent and amount are not known, Barbarite said the oil is definitely not a naturally occurring deposit. As a result, the village had to report it to the state DEC, which mandated a full study.

The Sullivan County Board of Elections recently ruled that 106 people can no longer vote in Sullivan County because they do not live here. In late July, Elections Commissioners Rodney Gaebel and Faith Kaplan wrote letters to all 106 informing them that their names had been stricken from local rolls of registered voters. Eighty-four names were stricken as a result of challenges brought in the Village of Monticello elections by Deputy Mayor TC Hutchins and Helen Jersey. Hutchins at the time was campaigning (ultimately successfully) to be returned to the village board. Gaebel and Kaplan sent questionnaires to all 84 voters who claimed residency at a seasonal bungalow colony along Rose Valley Road in Monticello. The forms were designed to let the challenged voter prove their residency, but more than four months later, the Board of Elections had yet to receive a single one back.


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