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Ruth Huggler
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110 Years Ago - 1911

The directors of the Liberty National Bank held their first meeting last Thursday afternoon at the Mansion House, Liberty. E.W. Grant was elected president; B.F. Green, vice …

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110 Years Ago - 1911

The directors of the Liberty National Bank held their first meeting last Thursday afternoon at the Mansion House, Liberty. E.W. Grant was elected president; B.F. Green, vice president; E. Bridges, cashier; Albert VanDyke, assistant cashier.

M. A. Hubbard of Long Eddy and Frank Yale of Susquehanna, carpenters in the employ of the Borden Con­densery at Johnson, near Middletown, were held up by three highwaymen on Sunday and they were terribly beaten. They knocked Yale down with a stone and then the three pitched on Hubbard. They robbed him of his watch. Ten Borden men came to help and chased the attackers into the woods. The robbers drew revolvers and the pursuers being unarmed did not tackle them.

Benjamin S. Ward, an old soldier and a highly known and respected citizen of Callicoon, died at 1:30 Thursday morning at his home in the Kautz lot after an illness of six weeks. Mr. Ward served three years and three months as a member of the 56th Infantry 143rd Regiment Co. 3 and was for a long time commander of the Ross Post G.A.R., Callicoon.

Burglars entered the Hoffmann Bros. Store in Hankins last Thursday night and helped themselves to a pair of shoes. They smashed the gum machine and the contents of the safe was strewn all over the floor. They went in F.A. Baudendistel's blacksmith shop and helped themselves to a hammer and wrench to do the work with. Then they threw them on Mrs. Tyler's stone stoop and left for parts unknown.

The finest line of iron and brass beds that can be found in Western Sullivan are at J.M. Schmidt and Sons in North Branch. Full size iron beds for $3.75 and $5.50. Other beds from $4 to $5. — ADV.

Lake Huntington — George Maas has about 20 men engaged in excavating for a new casino and bowling alley which he is soon to erect near the Nutshell. The first floor will contain six Brunswick bowling alleys; the second story will be the dance pavilion. Contractor VanSchoick has been engaged to do the work on the 40x120 foot building... W.F. Henry, proprietor of the West Shore House, arrived home last week in a new five-passenger Cadillac automobile... John Blenken has erected a neat bungalow on his property near the lake. Contractor John VanSchoick did the work. The bungalow was furnished by dealer N.P. Rasmussen from Narrowsburg.

100 Years Ago - 1921

Sunday, Hotel Wayne, Hones­dale's famous hostelry, changed management when the W.E. Richell Company of Scranton took possession under a lease from the owner, John Weaver, who bought the hotel in 1891.

A daughter was born on May 5th of Mr. and Mrs. Rudy Schwartz of Kenoza Lake.

On May 6th, a son arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred A. Hust of Kenoza Lake.

Hankins butcher, C.B. Stenger, has closed his business there and moved his family to Port Jervis where he has employment.

Thomas Reilly has been appointed by the Secretary of the State as an automobile inspector. — Cochecton Corresp.

Eunice E., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Starner, Kane, PA., became the bride of Cornelius B. Graebner of Easton, PA., at the Swedish Lutheran Church in Kane. The groom is the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Adam Graebner, formerly of Callicoon, now of Elmira.

Mrs. Lucinda Milk, 91, died April 26, 1921 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Melvin Brazier at East Branch. She was born in Schoharie County and in 1843 she was united in marriage with David Milk and came to Goulds to reside. She was one of the first settlers here and when she and her husband came into this community she helped drive the cattle along the blazed trails and carried a rifle on her shoulder. She loved to relate stories of those early days, especially those about fighting off the wolves at night while her husband was carrying grain to the mill to be ground, and those about her brothers who fought in the Civil War.

Class I milk brought a price of $2.30 for the month of May.

Wm. Bennedum received two cans from the state hatchery containing muscolung and wall-eyed pike to restock Lake Huntington.

The concrete foundation for the new creamery at Hankins is finished and the building will soon be going up at great speed under contractor J.E. Abplanalp.

Building for the Swago Camp is being pushed along to be in readiness for the opening of the season. Preparations for only 125 or slightly more boys is the limit for this season.

90 Years Ago - 1931

By decision of the Supreme Court Monday, the City of New York will be permitted to divert the equivalent of 440,000,000 gallons daily from the Delaware watershed, but while the decision of the court will not permit diversion of that amount, it is conceded by the city that the diversion allowed is adequate for present needs. The city will expend approximately $272,587,000 in building gigantic reservoirs between the heavily wooded ridges of the Catskills, and a duct almost large enough to encase an automobile will be bored through the mountains. The largest reservoir will be built in the east branch of the Delaware, near Downsville. The other reservoir will be built on the Neversink River, near Curry, in Sullivan County.

Otto Hillig, Liberty photographer, announced that he would take off from the golf course at Liberty on May 17 on his airplane flight to Denmark.

John F. Rutz has sold his saw mill at Rock Valley to Harry Hubbel of Fishs Eddy and the mill is now being torn down and moved to that place. This saw mill is one of the oldest landmarks in the vicinity of Rock Valley as there has been a mill on this site for nearly 75 years.

Miss Leila Wahl, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter C. Wahl, Callicoon, and August Lott, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Lott of Jeffersonville, were married at three o'clock May 6 at St. James Episcopal Church, Callicoon, by Rev. W.L. Kinsolving. They will make their home in Kenoza Lake where the groom operates a garage.

80 Years Ago - 1941

Born at the Callicoon Hospital, a girl to Mr. and Mrs. George Somers of Cochecton on Sunday; a girl Tuesday to Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Schoonmaker of Youngsville; a girl, May 8th, to Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Walden of Barryville.

Exhibits from Delaware Valley Central School rated blue ribbons at the Science Fair at the Middletown High School recently. Morton Bresnick exhibited an electric resistance furnace; Fred Okkonen exhibited an electric arc furnace. Robert Caskey is the local science instructor.

Mavis Geraldine, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.O. White of Galilee, became the bride of Judson William, son of Mr. and Mrs. Judson Gager of Cold Spring, at the home of the bride on May 3. A reception for sixty guests followed.

The state and district grand officers of the Order of the Eastern Star were entertained here yesterday afternoon and evening as guests of St. Tammany Chapter #492, for the first time in its history. In charge of arrangements were R. W. Lily L. Gardner, District Deputy Grand Matron, Mrs. Freda Robisch, Matron, and Charles H. Engert, Patron of St. Tammany. A turkey dinner was served by the W.S.C.S. at the Callicoon Methodist Church Hall. The meeting in the evening was held in the auditorium of the Callicoon High School.

70 Years Ago - 1951

St. Joseph's Seminary is celebrating its 50th anniversary next week. His Eminence Francis Cardinal Spellman will preside at a Mass on Wednesday.

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Cron of Callicoon are parents of a son born Friday at the Callicoon Hospital. ...Mrs. Gerald Robisch and infant daughter were discharged this week from the hospital; also Mrs. Jerome Lucey and infant son of Jeffersonville.

Luis deHoyos, 58, mayor of Monticello for ten years and veteran Sullivan County Republican leader, died at his home at two a.m. Tuesday from a heart attack.

Mrs. Herman Reinshagen was judged first place winner in the chocolate cake contest at the Fosterdale Grange on May 4. Mrs. Alex Sattler took 2nd; Mrs. Wm. Fillippina, 3rd; Mrs. Francis Allison, 4th; and Mrs. Louis Dirie, 5th.

Dr. Lester E. Woolsey of Hancock has been honored for completion of 50 years of medical practice. He has his office in Hancock.

Miss Gertrude Burger and Solomon Katzoff were united in marriage at Peekskill on Sunday.

Fire destroyed the entire upper story of the Shawanga Lodge Annex on the top of Shawangunk Mountain near Bloomingburg Sunday despite the efforts of the Bloomingburg firemen, who fought for more than two hours before the flames were brought under control.

Captain H. Allen Gay, commander of Troop C, has ordered his state policemen to bone up on laws relating to bingo and related gambling games, sending copies of the law to each sub-station. This was interpreted as a warning to summer outings such as fairs, picnics, clambakes and kindred recreations.

Mr. and Mrs. Lewis J. Smith (the former Beulah Eltz of Tyler Hill) who live in Waymart, PA., are the proud parents of a baby girl, born May 1, at the Carbondale General Hospital.

60 Years Ago - 1961

Mrs. Lucy Karadontes of Jeffersonville has been named the new assistant director of the Parent-Teachers Association of Western Sullivan County.

Henry Engert, 80, died Saturday, May 6, at the Callicoon Hospital. He was a lifetime resident, born in the Town of Fremont.

Stanley Kobylenski of Callicoon was elected president of the Sullivan County Bowlers Association at a meeting held at the Village Inn, Hortonville, last Sunday evening. Nate Schulman of Monticello was elected vice president and Gerald F. Nearing was elected to the office of secretary-treasurer. About 135 attended the meeting.

Miss Gladys Gabel was tendered a bridal shower on Saturday evening, May 6. Barbara Williams and Mrs. Helen Wachter were hostesses to about 40 guests.

Mr. and Mrs. Otto Zetzman flew from Idlewild Airport Saturday evening for Zurich, Switzerland, where they will visit her sister whom she has not seen in 41 years. Herman Tischendorf of Parkchester flew with them. He has not seen his sister, Mrs. Anna Eckert, in 61 years.

Mr. and Mrs. Norman Bury of Callicoon Center were guests at a surprise 25th wedding anniversary on April 29th, given by their children.

Unbelievable is the only way to describe the havoc caused last Tuesday by the tornado that hit near Liberty, roaring up Infirmary Road. All the major TV networks and better metropolitan newspapers had photos of the disaster.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. George Rudi of Swan Lake, a daughter at Hamilton Ave. Hospital. She has two brothers, Steven and Nicholas.

50 years ago - 1971

Town of Liberty Supervisor Francis Hanofee addressed the paraders and spectators at the Loyalty Day Parade held in Liberty. Miss Barbara Nadekow of Woodbourne was named Queen with Miss Norma Jones of Woodridge and Miss Dorothy Donaldson of Rock Hill, as runners-up.

Sullivan County Sheriff Louis Ratner will retire because of physical disability on June 16 and will not be a candidate for re-election in November.

Dedication ceremonies of Grover M. Hermann Division of Community General Hospital of Sullivan in Callicoon will be held on Sunday afternoon, June 13, it was announced by Irving Shapiro, president of the Board of Trustees.

The engagement of Miss Maria Popoe of Tucson, Ariz., to Sgt. Walter Neer Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Neer Sr. of Long Eddy, has been announced. No wedding date has been set.

Miss Prudence Wood became the bride of Timothy Robisch at the Callicoon United Methodist Church on Saturday, April 17.

At the Liberty Loomis Hospital it was a boy, April 24, Robert Lawrence, to Mr. and Mrs. Edward DeRosia of Cooks Falls; a boy, April 26, Christopher, to Mr. and Mrs. Frank McCoy of Liberty; April 28, a baby girl to Mr. and Mrs. Paul McUmber of Hancock; April 29, a boy to Mr. and Mrs. Warren Friehling of Woodbourne; and April 29, it was a girl to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Nietzel of Woodbourne.

Charles R. Heyn of Walnut Creek, Calif., son of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Quinn of Callicoon, RD 2, was united in marriage to Cynthia Karleen Ross of Concord, Calif., on April 18.

The appointment of Adolph Winglovitz Jr. as postmaster at Cochecton was announced April 30.

40 Years Ago - 1981

Denise Cannella, representing the Woodridge-Mountaindale VFW Post, was selected 1981 Loyalty Day Queen to succeed Kenya Lewis of Livingston Manor.

The Sullivan County Association of Educational Secretaries installed new officers at a dinner held in Rock Hill: President Linda Etess, Vice President Sandra Krauspe; Lorraine Ebert, treasurer; and Judy Lahey, secretary.

Nancy Conjura of Grahams­­ville is the new Sullivan County Dairy Princess and succeeds Lisa Townsend of Cochecton.

Dr. James A. Spina II of Liberty, the son of Dr. and Mrs. James A. Spina of Neversink, received his degree of Doctor of Chiropractic during March commencement exercises of Palmer College of Chiropractic. He will join his father in private practice in Davenport, Iowa.

Nine school budgets were passed in Tuesday's vote and Eldred's budget was defeated by a vote of 293 to 275. Delaware Valley passed by a narrow margin of five votes.

John K. “Jack” Terry, a Vietname veteran who lost a leg in that fighting, has been named to head the Delaware Valley Job Corps.

30 Years Ago - 1991

Sarah Lou Smith, Grand Matron of the New York State Order of the Eastern Star, and Walter R. Howe, Grand Patron, made their official visit to the Delaware-Sullivan District on April 13 in Liberty. They were greeted by Arlene Hillriegel, District Deputy Grand Matron, and Martin Frey, District Grand Lecturer. A dinner preceded the meeting at the Holiday Inn in Liberty. Within recent years, the Order has completed a three-wing facility at the Eastern Star Home in Oriskany at a cost of nearly $4 million. Care is now provided for 54 infirmary patients and 28 residents.

Joyce Hillriegel of Callicoon, an RN at the Grover M. Hermann Division of Community General Hospital in Callicoon, was named Employee of the Quarter.

As a result of a fire in the village of Liberty on February 15, 1857, the Watkins Engine Co. #1 was formed. The name was changed in the 1870s to Hallock Hose Co. No. 1 (no reason is recorded for the change). A third change came as the result of a fire at the corner of Chestnut Street and Main Street on Friday, the 13th, in 1913, which consumed several barns and the Baptist Church. Prior to the fire, Hallock Hose Co. had begun raising funds for motorized equipment. After the fire, Liberty merchant J.C. Young, donated enough money to complete the fundraising to purchase a Brockway truck. The name was immediately changed to J.C. Young Hose Co. No. 1. The Liberty Fire Department is now composed of three units, J.C. Young Hose Co. No. 1, Ontario Hose Co. No. 3, which first started with a hose cart on January 1, 1901, and Liberty Hose and Truck Company No. 2, organized September 13, 1900. (In 1991, Mr. Louis Soracco had 69 years of service to the fire company, having helped fight the fire that destroyed the Baptist Church, which was located the same place as the present one, when he was 10 years old, and joining the fire department when he was 18 in 1922.)

The Sullivan County Information Center will open for its seventh season at a new location under new management in Rock Hill.

Heralded by a crowd of more than 100, the Senior Citizen Art Program exhibit opened Friday for the eighth consecutive year and for the fourth year in the spacious County Government Center on North Street in Monticello. Works by Bob Longo, Minora Saito and award-winning artist Ed Petras are among some 600 instructors' and students' works on display.

The Community Garden Club of Liberty celebrated Arbor Day Friday by planting ten trees in the Community General Hospital garden, giving a dozen young spruce trees to children born at the hospital to plant at their own homes and honoring one of their own who has worked for more than a decade to make the garden so beautiful. The garden was the brainchild of Mrs. Beatrice Brender of Liberty who began planting daffodils on what was a barren rocky slope behind the hospital 14 years ago. Mrs. Mary Fried made the garden her special project, hauled water for it, coordinated the plantings, and nurtured the garden to what it is today. Mrs. Fried was the one honored with a tree at this event.

20 Years Ago - 2001

County Manager Dan Briggs has suggested that a Labor Management Council be created to avoid problems in the future with negotiations with the various unions representing county employees. The council would not look at individual matters but bigger issues, such as insurance or safety. The proposal was discussed at the Sullivan County Legislature's General Services Committee meeting on Thursday, April 19, but the issue was tabled in order to give legislators more time to discuss it.

DEATHS: Ralph W. Dexter, 90, a retired Erie railroad employee of Narrowsburg, died May 7, 2001 at his home. He was born in the Town of Cochecton in the same house where he lived his entire life and where he died. …The Rev. Dr. Richard Magagna of Grahamsville, 71, a retired Methodist minister and former Doctor of Philosophy at Sullivan County Community College until his retirement in 1991, died May 6, 2001 at his home.… Lyman A. Holmes of Wurtsboro, 83, died May 5, 2001 at Horton Medical Center. He was a retired banker for the Bank of New York, and actively involved in the family business, Canal Towne Emporium in Wurtsboro.

10 Years Ago - 2011

Mary Ann Carpenter, RN, a nurse at Wayne Memorial Hospital for 37 years, is Wayne Memorial Hospital's Employee of the Year 2010. She was honored at the hospital's recent annual gala. Carpenter works primarily in Pediatrics.

After four years at the helm, Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) CEO Steve Ruwoldt abruptly resigned this week citing personal reasons. The move caught Board Chairman Gerry Skoda by surprise but said, “I would be the first to say he accomplished a whole lot for the hospital and community.” The sudden move forced Orange Regional Medical Center (ORMC) CEO Scott Batulis to immediately assume Ruwoldt's duties in Harris.

Fallsburg Supervisor Steve Vegliante congratulated Woodridge resident Isaac “Yits” Kantrowitz upon the naming of the town's courtroom in “His Honor's honor.”

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