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On July 30, 1915, Charles E. Becker was executed in the electric chair at Sing Sing prison, the first police officer ever executed for murder in this country. Becker was born on July 26, 1870 in … more
110 Years Ago - 1911 Last Thursday a special meeting was held at the Callicoon firehouse  for the purpose of voting on the proposition as to whether or not the district would pay the … more
On October 14, 1778, Dr. Benjamin Tusten, a Goshen physician who served as a Lt. Colonel in the Orange County militia’s 3rd Regiment, wrote letters to George Washington and Governor George … more
140 Years Ago - 1881   Philip Hembdt of the Halfway House left some stalks of peavine clover five feet seven inches in length at this office. He has four acres all of which is just as … more
On July 20, 1779, Joseph Brant, a Mohawk chief fighting for the British, led a raiding party of Native Americans and Tories against the settlement at Pienpack, near present-day Port … more
110 Years Ago - 1911 Thursday afternoon during the extremely heavy showers, which were accompanied by thunder and lightning, the barn on Adam Gorr’s farm on the hill was struck by lightning … more
During the Revolutionary War, the region between the Hudson and Delaware Rivers was home to two of the most notorious Tories of the era, Claudius Smith of Orange County and Robert Land of Cushetunk. … more
110 Years Ago - 1911 The White Steamer touring car belonging to Martin Hermann was totally destroyed by fire on Sunday evening in front of the home of Henry Mauer in the Beechwoods. Mr. Hermann … more
It used to be a well-kept secret that Cushetunk, the first European settlement in the Upper Delaware River Valley, was populated mostly by Tories in the years immediately preceding and during the … more
110 Years Ago -1911 From the Sullivan County Democrat, June 17, 1911, issue: Our popular girl Piano Contest is ended and Miss Mary Bretchel of Cochecton is the winner by an enormous majority. She … more
The first time the Declaration of Independence was read aloud to the public was in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776, making the residents of that city the first outside of the government to learn of … more
110 Years Ago - 1911 The commencement exercises of the Callicoon High School were held in Assembly Hall on Friday and Saturday evening. Only one student, Jessie Walthart, was graduated this year, … more
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