140 Years Ago - 1879
Marriage indications are very encouraging.
We shall hear no more about the Beechwoods Post Office troubles. The office has been abolished.
Mr. Ben W. Winner of Liberty …
140 Years Ago - 1879
Marriage indications are very encouraging.
We shall hear no more about the Beechwoods Post Office troubles. The office has been abolished.
Mr. Ben W. Winner of Liberty has purchased the stream sawmill and the large tract of land containing over 700 acres, known as the Low lot in the town of Neversink, a few miles above DeBruce, for $1,000 and was considered worth the amount.
Callicoon Depot — Thomas Johnson has a gang of men employed on erecting a building for himself, next to the Minard house… Last Sunday afternoon extra train No. 10 killed a cow belonging to Bezaleel Ross, near his place… J.B. Conklin and Jacob Conklin had an eel rack in the Delaware River last week and succeeded in trapping 1200 pounds of eels in one night.
Youngsville — The Presbyterian Church in this village is being repaired and painted. Phebian Real is doing the work… The Stoddard Bros. have just finished the work of repairing the school house 1 1/2 miles west of this village.
North Branch — One day last week John Lakin shot a hawk measuring 5 feet and 11 inches from tip to tip of its wings… Philip Huff has loaded a car at Callicoon Depot with hard maple lumber for a party in New York… Michael Nead is now working in the Equinunk tannery …John W. Peters' oxen ran away one day last week, throwing Mr. Peters violently to the ground.
Frederick Caeb of Youngsville and Miss Catherine Kohler were married at the home of the bride on Swiss Hill by Rev. A. Wetterstrom on September 28, 1879.
Lafayette Odell of Callicoon and Miss Lavinia Vredenburgh of Liberty were married September 27th at the German parsonage in Jeffersonville.
Henry Luchs, aged 74, died on September 25 at Jeffersonville.
130 Years Ago - 1889
W. H. Grishaber has got two good barroom coal stoves for sale very cheap. Good as new.
The people at Beaverkill recently became alarmed at the unsafety of the old tannery dam and so they went to work and tore it down.
Middletown papers note that typhoid fever is developing all along the line where excavations for sewers are in progress.
Valentine Baum, who resides this side of Falls Mills, will sell all of his farming implements, stock and grain, at an auction, Monday, October 21.
Mr. John Knapp, the popular young merchant of Hurleyville, has sold his house to Mrs. Wisner of Loch Sheldrake, the lady having sold her property to some gentlemen from New York.
Sheriff Avery denies that the prisoner, Frederick Billings, who made his escape from the County Jail, has been helped to do so by people from outside unlocking the door of the cell.
An eel weighing nine pounds is said to have been caught recently in the Wallkill Creek one night by S.G. Dubois, a man of 85 years of age.
A little snow fell early Wednesday morning.
Lewis H. Shuman of Fremont Center was married to Miss Martha Maltby of Pike Pond on October 1st.
Livingston Manor — Mrs. Norman Winner has started a millinery shop in D.M. Scribner's new house at this place… George W. Lare has sold his house and lot at this place to Kate Reynolds and Little Davidson for a consideration of $300… Henry J. Fredenburgh has his new house well under construction.
White Lake — J.M. Smith is arranging for better facilities for his photographic business… Andrew LaPolt has rented the White Lake billiard rooms for the winter.
120 Years Ago - 1899
We have been having some very heavy frosts lately, and fires and overcoats are in great demand.
Dewey Days were allowed to pass unobserved in this village, except there was no school.
William Bollenbach has erected a combination bar, stable and shed on his premises, in front of his grist mill.
J. Simon Diehl has broken ground for an addition to the kitchen and his large boarding house on Maple Avenue. The kitchen and addition will be two stories high.
Ed Wheeler is filling his blacksmith shop with dirt taken from under Charles Homer's ballroom, where the excavating for a bowling alley is going along rapidly.
About ten couples enjoyed the private masquerade at the residence of Dr. Tygert Friday night. Three sets danced in the large kitchen until a late hour to the music of J. G. Abplanalp and Fred Bietz. Plenty of ice cream and beverages were served by Mrs. Tygert, and at one o'clock the lunch brought by the girls was partaken of.
The marriage of Miss Tillie, daughter of Christopher Jardin, formerly of Callicoon Depot, and Samuel G. Blackman, took place on September 27, at the home of the bride's parents, at Germantown, near Port Jervis.
A son was born to Peter Weber and wife of near this village on September 22.
George Puerschner of the Beechwoods is very ill of peritonitis.
110 Years Ago - 1909
A daughter was born to Supervisor and Mrs. Val Scheidell.
The Board of Education at its monthly meeting last week appointed Charles W. Wilfert a member of the board in place of Fred C. Ranft, deceased.
In a game at Liberty Sunday, the J-Y baseball team lost one to the Hemlocks 6 to 5. For the J-Ys the batteries were Schmidt and Flurschutz and Kelly and Huff.
L.A. Stewart is building a large summer boarding house at North Branch.
Mrs. Sarah Inderlied has bought the Schmidt meat market at Youngsville and is having it painted and renovated.
M. Sonnberg has taken possession of the Ernst farm at Youngsville. In the same town, Henry Hick is building a new house which will be an adornment to the community.
Charles Kautz has taken the job of laying a pipe for Mrs. E. Wenzel to conduct water to her buildings in Callicoon Center.
Capt. Pinney of Kenoza Lake is taking in the Hudson-Fulton celebration.
A public hearing will be held at the Delaware House, Callicoon, on Saturday, in the matter of opening a new road in Delaware from the turnpike at Falls Mills across the creek to the Cochecton town line.
The hunting season opens in Sullivan County, October 1, for rabbits, partridge, etc.
The church at Lake Huntington has applied to be received under the care of Hudson Presbytery.
Mrs. A. Wolff of Tennanah Lake fell recently breaking one arm near the wrist and spraining the other wrist.
The Board of Supervisors has sold the lot on which stood the surrogate's office in Monticello to the National Union Bank for $1,550.
100 Years Ago - 1919
Dr. J. Cameron Gain started yesterday on a motoring trip to his old home in Canada. He was accompanied by his oldest daughter, Edith, and expects to be gone until November 1.
Lou Lawrence of White Sulphur Springs has bought the John F. Royce farm northeast of Jeffersonville.
Wm. Kohler of Jeffersonville acquired the James Kilcoin hotel property at White Sulphur Springs and later sold it to Martin Hanofee, the merchant there.
Stephen Hoffman of the Jeff bank force is running for the office of constable, and we understand that he is laying in a stock of fine cigars and the costly candy to hand out to the male and female voters. Charlie Hick is his manager and press agent.
Miss Florence Puerschner of Beechwoods, the fiancee of Fred W. Seibert of Jeffersonville, was given a surprise miscellaneous shower at the home of her sister, Mrs. John Brog, on Swiss Hill last Saturday, attended by 15 girl friends.
The post office at Acidalia, town of Fremont, was entered on Saturday night, Sept. 27, and $40 in cash and stamps was removed with the unknown thief making his getaway. He gained entrance through a window. The postmaster of Acidalia is Albert Holcomb.
A daughter, Theresa Ellen, was born September 24 to Mr. and Mrs. John Mace of Honesdale. Mrs. Mace was formerly Miss Violet Grishaber of Jeffersonville.
A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. John Maltby of Matamoras, Pa., on October 3. The mother is the former Miss Lena Bossley of Briscoe.
90 Years Ago - 1929
At the town of Callicoon Republican caucus at the Grange Hall Friday, Andrew D. Schoonmaker, feed merchant of Youngsville, was named for supervisor after Supervisor Ross Baldwin declined to run again. Mrs. Katherine E. Sohl, incumbent town clerk, was nominated to run again. She was appointed to succeed her sister, the former Mrs. Florence C. Hust, who was elected two years ago.
Named for the highway post was Fred Fries of Shandelee. Fred J. Weiss of Jeffersonville was nominated for collector with Henry Volkhausen of North Branch and Harry C. Paterson of Youngsville nominated for justices. The vacancy committee consists of Alpheus Townsend, John E. Straub and Chester Ray.
The Democratic delegates of the town of Callicoon at their meeting at the Maple Theatre Monday night, named Fred W. Schadt to run for supervisor. He ran two years ago.
Mrs. Sohl was endorsed for town clerk. Louis Bayer was renominated for highway superintendent and John A. Abplanalp for collector. The justice nominees are John Seibel and Albert Menges.
In Delaware Democrats have named Albert E. Mitchell for Supervisor, H.C. Persbacker for town clerk, Walter Scardefield and William Dirie for justices and William J. Dirie for the highway post. The contest for supervisor between Justice Mitchell of Callicoon and George E. Raum of Kenoza Lake, was close with Mitchell winning 19 to 15. There is much bitter feelings over the contest, with declarations of broken promises and an assertion that a forged proxy was voted. Mr. Raum's friends are urging him to run independently.
Luther Potts of Jeffersonville has sold the Henry Wormuth farm of 25 acres, formerly the William Miller place, to Jens Anderson.
80 Years Ago - 1939
Town of Callicoon Democrats meeting at Callicoon Center Monday night, renominated Supervisor Fred W. Hessinger, who served for a number of years and who was endorsed two years ago by the Republicans because they couldn't get anyone to run against him. This year the GOP has come back with opposition in the person of Mrs. Helen Reichman, widow of Philip Reichman of North Branch, who makes her first venture into politics. She is the sister of Jacob Gossweyler, North Branch cider king and capitalist.
Two years ago the Democrats endorsed the Republican nominee for town clerk. This time they named Louis Faubel to oppose the present town clerk, Miss Stoddard. Democrats named Edward V. McDermott and Arthur Cherry of North Branch for justices and Louis Bayer, who formerly served in that office, for highway superintendent. Republicans named Ernest B. Dorrer of North Branch and Fred W. Weiss of Jeffersonville for justices. Incumbent Walter Lare of Youngsville was endorsed for highway superintendent; Collector Samuel Baer was renamed for collector to be opposed by Democrat Clinton Segar of Jeffersonville.
In Delaware, Republicans named Lawrence R. Milk for supervisor. His Democratic opponent will be William Dirie.
In Cochecton, Philip Neff, Republican, will oppose Edward Dermody, Democrat. In Rockland Republican Supervisor Frank Griswold is unopposed. In Fremont Democrat John P. Kenney is opposed by Republican George W. Sipple for supervisor. In Bethel Karl Reinshagen is the Republican nominee for Supervisor, with his Democratic opponent being John Obermeyer.
70 Years Ago - 1949
Iona Lee Bohl, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Bohl of Jeffersonville, and Alfred Noetzel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Noetzel of North Branch, were married Saturday by Rev. Joseph Kovach at the First Presbyterian Church in Jeffersonville. The groom is a graduate of Cobleskill State School of Agriculture and the bride is a graduate of Alfred University. The couple will live on a farm they have just acquired in Ellenville.
The Jeff Fish and Game Club has been advised that it will soon receive a shipment of 5,000 trout from the Livingston Manor hatchery.
The beagle hound by Postmaster Willard C. Schadt won first prize in the field trials at North Creek on Monday.
Libby Manzolillo added another victory to his long growing list on Thursday when he won a unanimous decision in a bout at Kingston over Willie Smith of Poughkeeps.
Because of a bad lead in the water main, the local water supply will be turned off in Jeff at 10:15 in the morning every day until the main is repaired.
The Simon Sattingers have just returned from Detroit with a brand new DeSoto.
The Yulan Company won the pumping contest and the Wallkill Engine Company of Middletown were judged the best appearing company in the Sullivan County Firemen's Parade at Monticello on Saturday. It is estimated that 1500 persons were in the parade which was viewed by an estimated 10,000 people. Thirty-one fire companies participated.
60 Years Ago - 1959
The battle lines were drawn in the Town of Callicoon for the November election of town officers, when the Republicans held their primary at the Jeff Firehouse last Saturday night, September 26th, and nominated a full slate of candidates headed by Allen Segar of Jeffersonville for supervisor. He will oppose Oscar Will of Jeffersonville, the incumbent Democratic Supervisor.
No additional cases of polio have been reported during the past week in either Orange or Sullivan County.
Callicoon Lodge 521 will be the host for the two sessions at the annual Grand Lecturer's Convention of the six lodges in Sullivan District, to open at the Masonic Temple, Jeffersonville, Monday, October 12, it was announced by Jack Schadt, Jeffersonville, Master of the lodge. He will be assisted by George Schork of Narrowsburg, Senior Warden, and Harry Williams, Secretary, both of Jeffersonville Lodge.
Eleven caucuses and unofficial primaries have now been held. At present the Board of Supervisors is 10 to 5 Democratic. Republicans are making a major effort to win control.
The campaign of Frederick W.V. Schadt of Jeffersonville, for Special County Judge, went into high gear this past week.
Frederick Snedeker of Fosterdale, a resident of the community for a quarter of a century, died at Hamilton Avenue Hospital on September 19th.
50 years ago - 1969
Work on the reconstruction of the “dugway” between Callicoon and Hortonville is progressing nicely although there is still much more work before a roadbed can be established.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Lohr, Fremont Center, have announced the engagement of their daughter, Rhonda, to Peter Dnistrian, son of Mrs. Brigitta Dnistrian of Callicoon. No date has been set for the wedding.
Wedding bells rang recently for Carolyn Sue, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earle Poley, and Roger, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Ebert, all of North Branch, on September 13 at the North Branch Methodist Church.
Miss Myra Peters, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Peters, and Gary Mathern, son of Mrs. Anna Mathern of Jeffersonville, were married August 31 at the North Branch Lutheran Church… Janet Threshman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Threshman, and John Fink, son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Fink of Hortonville, were married at Holy Cross Church on September 20. The Threshmans live in Callicoon.
Archie T. Dean, District Deputy Grand Master of the Sullivan Masonic District, announced Monday that Masons in the State of New York, will be in Liberty on September 27 to take part in the dedication ceremonies for the new Masonic Temple on Eagle Drive in Liberty.
The first meeting of the Delaware Valley Central School Booster Club was held Monday evening, September 22, with about thirty people present. It is hoped that the club will not only aid the boys and girls in the sport activities financially but also create local interest among all the people in the school district. Henry Reimer was elected president to be aided by Vilho Makela as vice-president, Eleanor Knack, secretary and Shirley Stabbert, treasurer.
Army Master Sergeant Hans W. Lux, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hans W. Lux, Route 1, Cochecton, received a Bronze Star Medal during ceremonies near Long Biuh, Vietnam, August 13, while serving as an operations sergeant with Headquarters Company of the 92nd Engineer Battalion.
Mr. and Mrs. Emil Lienau Jr. of Kenai, Alaska, announce the birth of a daughter, Jennifer Lynn, September 14. The mother is the former Vicki Bennett and a native of Callicoon.
40 Years Ago - 1979
Amber and Kim Fry, sisters who are in the fifth and sixth grades at Delaware Valley Central School, won plaques in recognition of their spelling bee championships.
Dr. Carl V. Heins, owner of Hamilton Avenue Hospital, is in the process of transferring control of the 68-bed facility in the village of Monticello to a non-profit foundation headed by a local board of trustees. Hamilton Avenue was initially opened as a nursing home in the 1930s by Florence McNeely, before being converted to its present use. Dr. Heins is expected to continue his practice and remain as a consultant to the hospital.
Adolphe Wenzel of the Class of 1909 is among those expected at the reunion of the Callicoon High School and Long Eddy High School classes of 1904 to 1951. A chicken barbecue will be served at the October 6 gathering.
Miss Kathleen Lowe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Timmerman of Wurtsboro became the bride of David Hubert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Hubert of Mountaindale on September 8, at the Woodridge Methodist Church.
Miss Lynn E. Tettelbach, daughter of Richard M. Tettelbach of Woodbridge, Conn., and Mrs. Barbara M. Copeland of Cheshire, Conn., became the bride of Jan B. Katzoff, son of Mr. and Mrs. Solomon Katzoff of Lake Huntington on September 16.
Miss Peggy Green, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O. Kenneth Green Jr. of Roscoe, became the bride of Frederick Keller Frantz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick S. Frantz Jr., also of Roscoe, on September 8, at the Presbyterian Church in Roscoe.
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Stewart of Callicoon were guests of honor at a 40th wedding anniversary celebration at the home of their son, Craig, in Callicoon. The former Harriet Stephens and Howard Stewart were married at the home of the late Rev. John E. Straub in Callicoon Center on March 26. The celebration was held off until their daughter, Barbara, could be here from California, with her family. The Stewarts also have a son, Jack, who helped in the partying together with other friends and relatives.
30 Years Ago - 1989
It's good news for Liberty Central School District officials and residents, as apparent low bids for the construction of a new middle school appear to be within budgeted amounts. Wednesday morning, bids were opened on four of five parts of the more than $13 million project. Apparent low bids submitted included $6,875,000 for general construction by William H. Lane of Binghamton; $550,000 for electrical work from Millbrook Electrical; $385,918 for casework and equipment from Nickerson Corp. of East Islip; and $32,709 for kitchen from Keiser Restaurant Supplies in Livingston Manor.
The Bloomingburgh Restoration Foundation celebrated its 14th anniversary at a recent meeting. The foundation was really formed in 1975 in an effort to save the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Bloomingburgh from destruction.
Sullivan's first frost of the fall season was reported Monday morning. The colder weather was heralded by the arrival of the remnants of Hurricane Hugo which brought rain and strong winds Friday afternoon and Saturday.
Ernest J. Vindigni, the founder of the renowned Villa Roma Country Club in the Beechwoods section of Callicoon, died Thursday, September 21, at the Extended Care Facility of Oneida City Hospital. He was 86. Following his retirement, “Cappy” remained in an advisory capacity at the famous Catskill resort, delighting guests as the Emperor during Caesar's Night when the waiters and waitresses dressed appropriately in togas. The resort started as a simple farm house but the cuisine and hospitality of the hosts, Mr. Vindigni and his late wife, Hilda, soon had the place enlarged to handle more guests. It now features an outdoor swimming pool and other recreational facilities.
20 Years Ago - 1999
Thompson Town Board members unanimously adopted the Town of Thompson Comprehensive Plan Tuesday night after more than four years of waiting for the document to be completed. The plan, which is required by state law, basically sets forth a blueprint for the future development of both the town and the Village of Monticello.
County legislator hopeful Cathy Lombardi beat out fellow Democratic contender Michael Woods in last week's primary in Liberty - by one vote. She is now the Democratic contender for the District 6 seat in the county legislature. Lombardi will be up against Republican Jodi Goodman this November.
A girl, Danielle Elizabeth, was born September 12, 1999 to Dennis and Michelle Frey Brockner of North Branch. Russell and Lois Brockner of North Branch and Allan and Carol Frey of Youngsville are the grandparents. Elated great-grandparents are Mary and Conrad Baum Sr. of Jeffersonville and Mr. and Mrs. Al Frey of Youngsville… A girl, Quinn Edith, was born September 2, 1999, to Kristin and Jason Hofer of Callicoon.
Harry and Elise Darbee and Walt and Winnie Dette, major contributors to the art and science of modern day fly tying, and the most recognized married fly tying couples in the history of the sport, will be inducted into the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum Hall of Fame on Saturday, October 9.
10 Years Ago - 2009
Fallsburg Youth Wrestling Club's Nick McLean took first place in his weight class without being scored upon at the Under The Lights Tournament, held outdoors in Massapequa. The next day McLean traveled to Asbury, NJ to compete in the first annual Asbury Park Festival. He placed second after winning two matches by nearfall and losing a close finals bot.
The Narrowsburg Chiefs baseball team achieved perfection with a perfect baseball season and spotless 17-0 record and earned a bye into the semifinal round of the league's playoffs.
R&H Gorr hosted their first Sullivan County Beer League Tournament at the Delaware Youth Center in Callicoon. The tournament raised $3,980 for the Youth Center and R&H Gorr, the only team with no ringers, was able to stay undefeated and beat Matthew's on Main 8-3 in the championship game.
Christina Richichi of Newburgh was crowned the new Ms. Monticello Raceway. Courtney Neal of Mountaindale was first runner-up and second runner-up was Annette Ohman of Monticello.
Five scouts from Troop 102 of Glen Spey worked for five months on their requirements for the Ad Altare Dei national award by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting and the Boy Scouts of America. Shawn Roby, Brian Hazen, Matthew Donnelly, Craig Burns, and Jesse Corcoran were honored and presented with their religious emblem medals by the Most Reverand Joseph F. Martino, Bishop of Scranton at the Cathedral in Scranton during a special Scouting Mass.
The Delaware Valley Eagle Alliance announced the successful fledgling of four bald eagle chicks from a nest along the Delaware River in Northampton County, PA. Alliance Directors John and Yoke DiGiorgio began recording their observations and documenting through photography and documentary film, starting the first week in April 2009. The first chick was observed that first week in April. The fourth chick was observed and documented on April 27, 2009.
The Catskill Bass Club celebrated a record-setting season in 2008 and recently honored the achievements of their members. After completing a 12-tournament schedule, the members caught a total of 326 fish for a total weight of 592 lbs. This past season, Bill Orr Jr. broke the club record for Angler of the Year. In 2007, Orr captured the title by catching 98.41 lbs of bass. In 2008 he set a new record with 99.15 lbs.