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The Supervisor’s race in the town of Liberty in 1947 was one of the strangest—and most drawn out-- in Sullivan County history. The race pitted the popular Democrat, Francis … more
On October 14, 1899, the imposing Administration Building at the Loomis Sanitarium was reduced to little more than a pile of rubble in less than three hours by a fire the Liberty Register newspaper … more
While the Upper Delaware River Valley was still a rugged frontier wilderness in the middle of the 18th century, farmland was becoming scarce in eastern Connecticut, and some of the Connecticut … more
North America was still mostly an uncivilized place in the early 1750s, and open warfare between the British and the French in their struggle to control the new continent, as well as the unhappiness … more
Timber rafting was once the linchpin of the area’s economy. It was the first industry to develop in the wild, desolate region that is today known as Sullivan County, predating both the tanning … more
It was Christmas, 1938, just a few weeks after Kate Smith had debuted his revised “God Bless America” on her radio show, that songwriter Irving Berlin presented his wife with a house and … more
Many archeologists believe that the Munsee, a branch of the Lenape, a Native American tribe of Algonquin culture, may have lived along the banks of the Upper Delaware as early as 12,000 years ago, … more
There wasn’t much to the community known as Hurleyville when the New York & Oswego Midland Railroad decided to locate a station there in the 1870s. Around 1805 or so, an enterprising hunter … more
It was August of 1961, and what was called “the most complex project of its kind ever undertaken by New York Telephone” was just getting underway in Sullivan County. By March 21, 1965, … more
The main business districts of many Sullivan County communities have been reshaped over the years by major fires. In Liberty, it was the June 13, 1913 conflagration that wiped out a large part of … more
Now that wrestling is underway at the Tokyo Olympics after having been spared the intended axe as a contested sport, it seems an appropriate time to discuss its Sullivan County connection—a … more
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
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