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October 15, Edition

Ruth Huggler
Posted 10/15/19

140 Years Ago - 1879

Three thousand bushels of potatoes were sent from Callicoon Depot to Port Jervis on Monday.

Rev. O.D. Ramsey will preach in the German M.E. Church in this village on Sunday …

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October 15, Edition


140 Years Ago - 1879

Three thousand bushels of potatoes were sent from Callicoon Depot to Port Jervis on Monday.

Rev. O.D. Ramsey will preach in the German M.E. Church in this village on Sunday evening at 7 o'clock.

At the school meeting held in District No. 12, the following were elected Trustees, Frederick Lieb and John Beck; District Clerk, Charles Wilfert; Collector, Louis Huff.

Dr. E.P. Miller of New York City and uncle Dave Clements of Liberty addressed a small number of citizens on the Greenback principles at the Jeffersonville House, Thursday evening of last week.

Mrs. Nicholas Rogler of Youngsville, who for the past seven years has been totally blind, is represented as being one of the most skillfull knitters in the Town of Callicoon. She learned to knit after losing her sight.

During the past week, efforts have been made to organize a singing society in Jeffersonville and secure the services of a veteran teacher, Prof. Black of Claryville. He has offered to teach a class in vocal music, thirteen lessons for $35.

A free shooting match will be held at the premises of Andrew Bietz on October 25. Prizes will be awarded.

North Branch — C. Bauernfeind and G. Barkmeyer are each to have a new flag in front of their premises… A movement is on foot to secure the services of Rev. Mr. Muery of Hortonville as preacher in the North Branch church.

Asa H. Bishop of Parksville and Abby Cogan of Greenfield, Ulster County, were married at the Woodbourne parsonage.

David Rudolph, formerly of Jeffersonville, died in Newark, N.J., on September 22nd, 1879, aged 57 years.

130 Years Ago - 1889

Mongaup Valley, Oct. 7 — Potatoes are high up as one dollar per bushel in this city… Our friend Mr. Gabriel, is digging a well in front of his place for the benefit of the public… Hunting is all the rage, but no birds are found, at least none come in with the most skilled hunter.

Drawn to serve on the jury in the County Court of Sessions for October are: Callicoon, F. Knack, H. Gunlach, W. Wilfred; Cochecton, W.T. O'Reilly; Delaware, A. Gerber, Thomas Fitzpatrick; Rockland, Gilbert Keene, W.H. Ellsworth; Bethel, George F. Fayerweather, James H. Colwell; N. Briscoe, George Beam; Harding, T. Horton, G.D. Voorhees.

Miss Glennie Linson and H. Gorton, both of Bethel, were married October 1 at the residence of the bride's uncle, Moses G. Williams.

Two deaths near White Lake: Rose Phillips, aged 21, on October 4, and Chamberlain Royce, aged 75, on October 5.

A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. John Beck of Jeffersonville on October 4.

A cow was recently sold at Cudde­backville that gave 24 quarts of milk a day. It was necessary to milk it three times daily.

Peter Wegman and George Lahm, both of Jeffersonville, started for New Orleans on Monday. They will work on sugar plantations during the winter and return home next March or April.

W. Weber of Beechwoods will sell at public auction on October 7.

Wesley Marshal accomplished recently the very difficult feat of shooting a loon. It measured four feet three inches from tip to tip.

Mrs. Misner, the miller's wife at Pike Pond, is very ill.

Invitations are out for the marriage of Miss Martha C. Laul to Samuel Frost.

120 Years Ago - 1899

The Bon Air, a large summer boarding house, owned by Thompson Brothers and situated on a hill overlooking the village of Roscoe, was destroyed by fire Wednesday afternoon of last week. The house was a new one, this being the second season, and had been doing a flourishing business.

Commissioner Alex Voorhees has condemned and closed the old covered bridge in Livingston Manor. Teams are either fording the river or going around by the Sprague bridge.

The dedication of St. Joseph's Chapel at Mongaup Valley will occur on October 15. Archbishop Corrigan will officiate.

The pension of Stephen Sormuth of Fosterdale has been increased from $15 to $24.

The Roscoe school has become a union free school.

A son was born to Adolph Finkbeiner and wife of Swiss Hill, October 10.

Butcher Ed Mathern has bought the business of butcher John L. Schmidt, including shop fixtures, delivery wagon and slaughter house, barn and lot at the lower end of the village of Jeffersonville.

Mrs. Charles Homer went to New York last Thursday and returned Tuesday, accompanied by her son, Eddie, who went down to see Dewey.

The Democratic County Convention, held in Monticello last Thursday, nominated the following: member of the Assembly, Eleazer E. Pinney of Liberty; County Judge George Smith of Woodbourne; County Clerk, William C. Brand of Jeffersonville; Superintendent of the Poor, John E. Gray of White Lake. Warner Sprague was chairman of the convention. Charles F. Stark and B.J. Cuniff were secretaries. George Merritt and Fred Bietz were appointed tellers.

110 Years Ago - 1909

The Republicans at their county convention nominated Jay Davidson of Rockland, former Sheriff, for member of assembly, and Joseph Rosch of Liberty was renominated for special county judge. The Democrats at Monticello on Friday named John K. Evans of Bloomingburg for member of assembly and Joel Fisk of Liberty for special county judge.

There will be no straight Republican ticket in the Town of Dela­ware this year but instead, an independent one. Named for supervisor was Martin Hermann; clerk, Andrew M. Kohler; highway superintendent Fred Freyberger; collector, Chas. P. Scheuer, Edgar E. Aldrich, George Puerschner and Benjamin Ward.

In Cochecton, the Democrats have named Paul L. Hartmann for supervisor and the Republicans have put up Wm. F. Heinle. Both have held the office before.

In Bethel, the Republican nominee for supervisor is John Town­send and the Democratic Andrew Ramsey.

In Rockland, Republicans nominated supervisor Wm. B. Voor­hees, Democrats named supervisor W. H. McGrath.

In Fremont, Democrats named Edward Kenney for supervisor. Republicans nominated Chas. H. Gould to oppose him.

Wm. Lixfield, son of Mr. and Mrs. George C. Lixfield of Jeffersonville, and Miss Elizabeth Manny, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Felix Manny of Youngsville, were married on Tuesday afternoon at the Manny home by Rev. S. Muery.

On October 7, Miss Elizabeth M. Brustman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brustman of Mileses, and Herman Schmeling, also of Mileses, were married at Obernburg by Rev. Father Pius.

100 Years Ago - 1919

Edna Elizabeth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Krantz of Ken­oza Lake, was united in wedlock with Herman J. Buddenhagen of Beechwoods last night at the home of the bride's parents by Rev. D.G.C. Hasskarl of the Jeffersonville Lutheran Church.

On October 9, Dr. Harvey William Myers and Miss Hazel Lillian Miller, both of Kenoza Lake, were married at the Methodist parsonage by Rev. W.H. Austin.

Dr. Frederick A. Cook, native of Callicoon and discoverer of the North Pole, has opened a Texas gusher producing 5,000 barrels of oil a day.

Ralph Myers, who owns the adjoining farm, purchased both of the Philip Faubel estate lots, one of 50 acres and one with the buildings and 26 acres constituting the old Faubel farm, for $2,925 on a partition sale held at the Mansion House on Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. Philip Justin of Beechwoods have gone to live with their son, Jacob, at Seacliff, N.J.

Arthur E. Luchs of Jeffersonville, who has been in the milk business in the city for some years, has bought the 31-acre farm of Mrs. A. Abplanalp of Swiss Hill and will take possession in April.

On or about November 1, Bennett Bros., the druggists of Callicoon and Roscoe, will open a drug store with a licensed pharmacist in the store formerly occupied by J.H. Kocher, the jeweler in the Jeffersonville House block. This will be the first business recovery Jeffersonville will make from the loss sustained in the great fire of May 10, 1918.

90 Years Ago - 1929

Seventy-seven voters of the Town of Callicoon have filed an independent town ticket with the rooster emblem. Andrew Schoonmaker, the Republican nominee for supervisor, is endorsed on the independent ticket, and the following Democrats make up the balance of the ticket: Town Clerk Louis P. Faubel; Assessor August A. Neuberger, Charles H. Lorch and Martin Sommers; and Collector Philip Kespert. The independents entertain no hope of election but claim they were given a raw deal in being turned down at the Democratic caucus and consequently are out for revenge.

Fred W. Schadt is the Democratic nominee for supervisor. Also on the Democratic ticket is Mrs. Katherine E. Sohl, for town clerk.

Bryon Grant is the Democratic nominee for supervisor in Liberty.

The Sullivan County Fair Association made a net profit of over $200 from the fair in September.

William Baum, son of Philip Baum of Hortonville, has leased the Bauerfeind Hotel at North Branch and opened up the place on October 4. Mr. Baum will marry a housekeeper next month in the person of Miss Grace Gorr, daughter of Philip Gorr of North Branch.

Miss Katherine Scheidell and Merel Scheidell are home from the city for a short stay.

The first annual supper and dance of the Town of Callicoon Democratic Club at Harry Schu­ler's Tumble Inn at Callicoon Center last Saturday night was a big success. There was a large crowd and net proceeds will be about $140. County Chairman John J. Byrnes of Monticello was there and introduced the Democratic candidates for county office.

80 Years Ago - 1939

The hunting season opens October 15 with the deer season being from November 15-30.

The new concrete bridge at Koenigh's on the Briscoe Road has been completed by the county highway department.

The Eldred Congregational Church will celebrate its 104th anniversary on November 12. It is one of the oldest churches in the county.

The Town of Callicoon will vote on the proposition to abolish two justices and elect two councilmen in their places in the election in 1940 and every two years thereafter. There is quite a sentiment in favor of the proposition.

In Cochecton, Edward Dermody, Democrat, will oppose Philip Neff, Republican, for supervisor.

A son, Richard Charles, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Williams Jr. of Jeffersonville road, at the Callicoon Hospital on October 9th. This is their second child, the first being a girl. The mother is the former Muriel Baum of Hortonville.

Arthur Poley has sold 65 acres of his farm on Sixteen to his neighbor, Jacob E. Yager. The part sold was the former Theobold Sander place, which Mr. Poley bought with the John Sander farm some years ago.

The wedding of Henrietta Rohrman and William Gasko of Lake Huntington took place at St. Joseph's Seminary on October 7.

70 Years Ago - 1949

Libby Manzolillo, Jeff's pride and joy, will face the Quaker State Champion, Lenny James, tonight at Kingston.

A son, Richard James, was born to Mr. and Mrs. William Anderson at the Liberty Hospital on Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. Norbert Mullally (Pat Berry) are the proud parents of a daughter, Susan Karleen, born at the Callicoon Hospital on October 7. She has an older brother, James.

There will be a taxpayers vote tonight at the firehouse on whether the commissioners shall be allowed to spend an extra $3,000.

Mr. Robert Kinnie of Roscoe and Miss Alice Edwards, oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Byron Edwards of White Sulphur Springs, were married on October 9th at the White Sulphur Springs Methodist Church. A reception was held after the ceremony at the Hotel Lenape in Liberty.

Mrs. Mary Michel, daughter of the late George and Catherine Puerschner, and widow of John C. Michel, died suddenly at her home in Brooklyn on October 8th. She was born in Jeffersonville on November 24, 1857. Interment was made in the Lutheran Cemetery in Jeffersonville.

The third annual meeting of the Sullivan Farmers Cooperative Marketing Service, Inc., was held in the sales pavilion on October 8th. Presiding was William Nestel, president. Officers elected were: William Nestel, president; Oscar Grant, vice president; Harry E. Burlingame, secretary; Oscar Eggler, treasurer; and serving on the board, Leonard Huff, Joseph Linder and Harold Smith.

The first meeting of the Hankins Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1, Inc., was held Monday, Septermber 26, in the recreation hall of the Sacred Heart Church of Hankins. P.F. Gottschalk was named president and Howard Bullis was named Chief.

The oldest business in Callicoon is being discontinued and a sale of all remaining goods will be held. The premises has been rented by Bennett Bros., who will enlarge their luncheonette. The B.E. Dycker Co. was established about 77 years ago by the late John Dycker and conducted by him until his death in 1927. It was taken over for the estate of the late John Traynor in 1929 by his son, John D. Traynor. The store was at one time one of the largest general stores in the Delaware Valley and carried a complete line of groceries, household necessities and shoes. Since 1888 it has occupied the premises in which it is still housed.

60 Years Ago - 1959

Erich and Leoba Fischer have sold their Pine Lodge in Callicoon to Mr. and Mrs. Jaroslav Vasata of New York City.

Louis A. Humphries, 54, Thursday was indicted by the June County Court grand jury for arson and attempted arson for allegedly setting fire to a Grossinger Hotel staff house August 15. There were two indictments against Hum­phries whose address is given as Richmond, Va.

Frank Welsh and his wife, the former Mary Swendsen, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on October 6. An open house was held Sunday, the 4th, with 175 people bringing good wishes.

At the Callicoon Hospital, it was a girl Sunday to Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Houghtaling of Equinunk, Pa.; a daughter Tuesday, the 6th, to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Cucci of Hortonville; a son, Wednesday to Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Campfield of Narrowsburg; and a daughter Wednesday to Mr. and Mrs. Lester Bernardt of Kenoza Lake.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles I. Robisch of the Beechwoods were married 55 years on Monday, October 5.

Claude Hanson of Damascus was united in marriage with Miss Merilyn Cota of Burlington, Vt. on September 5th.

The chapel of the First Baptist Church of Endicott was the scene of the wedding of Miss Claire Eilensberger and Robert Kispert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kispert of Jeffersonville.

Two students from Jeffersonville were among the 340 freshmen to enter Hobart and William Smith Colleges this fall: Evelyn Hoering, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Hoering, and Richard Miller, son of Dr. and Mrs. Edward Miller.

The race for sheriff in Sullivan County entered a new phase this week when Ralph Coddington, the Democratic candidate, an­nounced his campaign slogan would be “Cut Costs With Coddington.”

Members of the Jeff-Youngsville Board of Education will appear at a meeting to be held at the Kenoza Lake Firehouse on Monday evening, October 19, to discuss the bond issue for construction of a proposed 10-room addition and all-purpose room at the Jeff school.

50 years ago - 1969

Mrs. Stanley W. Risch, wife of the late Rev. Stanley W. Risch, saw her husband honored recently when the Fosterdale Methodist Church renamed their Sunday School in his honor. District Superintendent Chester Grossman and Rev. John H. Hill, present pastor, were on hand for the dedication.

Close to 100 Bethel townspeople filled the Bethel Town Hall to standing room only at the October meeting on Wednesday, October 1st, in an effort to put the blame on the town board for not protecting the people from the influx of Woodstock Festival goers. Through­out the town meeting, which lasted from 7:30 to 10:30, the Town Board and the Town Attorney offered the building inspector as the sacrificial lamb, but the Bethel residents were having no part of mutton stew that night.

On September 29, a baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Pelton of Liberty; a daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. William Stickle of Livingston Manor on September 30; a son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Barber of Swan Lake on October 1. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Menges became the proud parents of a girl, Christine Marie, on September 25. Residents of Chadwick, they were former area residents. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Fairbrother of Woodbourne and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Menges of Youngsville are the proud grandparents.

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Liberty-Loomis Hospital presented a $2,000 check as profits from their many activities. It will be used for hospital equipment.

Miss Teresa Marie Manzolillo, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Manzolillo, and Charles C. Bendle, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Bendle, all of Jeffersonville, were married at St. George's on Sept. 27.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Sykes Jr. of Callicoon announce the birth of twins, a boy, Brian Christopher, and a girl, Michelle Gabriele, on October 5. They weighed 7 pounds and 6 pounds 6 oz. respectively. The mother is the former Joyce Popolillo.

Noreen Tuttle, daughter of John and Isabelle, wed Dale Smith, son of Harry and Betty Smith, on October 18th at the Presbyterian Church in Livingston Manor.

40 Years Ago - 1979

More than 3,000 attended the 3rd annual Oktoberfest in Narrowsburg last weekend. The Henry Metz Band furnished music with entertainment by the German Schuhplatter Dancers.

The Town of Delaware has adopted a resolution to establish a sewer district which would make it eligible for up to 90 percent federal and state funding.

Miss Deborah Ardizzone, daugh­ter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Ardizzone of Jeffersonville, became the bride of William R. Theysohn on September 22 at St. George's Church in Jeffersonville. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Theysohn of Hortonville... Patrice Kelemen and Gordon Smith of Hankins were married September 9 at the Church of the Way in Hankins.

Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Bodens of Narrowsburg were guests of honor at a 50th wedding anniversary party on September 14, given by their son Ronnie, his wife Lorraine, and Gilbert's sister, Gertude Lloyd... Ralph and Wilburta Dexter were honored at a reception for 170 guests at the Arlington Hotel on Saturday, September 29, on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary.

30 Years Ago - 1989

The Town of Bethel got an additional $116,234 for the Kauneonga Lake sewer project through an additional federal grant. Supervisor Allan Scott said of the grant “...that means we are getting the maximum grant possible for the sewer plant.”

Patricia Hermann Salvati and her daughter, Erin, of Danbury, Conn., won the Connecticut Mother/Daughter Pageant held recently in Massachusetts. They will participate in the national contest to be held in California in the near future. Patti is the daughter of Fred Hermann of Callicoon and the late Margot Dering.

William Schultz of Callicoon was honored by Delaware Lodge No. 561, F.&A.M., as the recipient of the DeWitt Clinton Award, given in recognition of his service to the community. He has been involved with the youth for many years.

The Town of Mamakating will see a new home for the developmentally disabled and handicapped as a result of a federal loan and grant being awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to Crystal Run Village Inc. of Wallkill. Congressman Ben Gilman announced both the $435,000 federal loan and the $92,800 grant last week. The new building will be zoned as a single-family home and is expected to officially open from one to two years after the federal funds are received.

It is estimated that 1,000 people participated in the Giant Pumpkin Party at the Grahamsville fairgrounds Saturday. A 285-lb. pumpkin of the Atlantic Giant variety took top honors. Dressed as a lion, Grahamsville luminary Joe Purcell, Sullivan County Clerk, served as Grand Marshal for the Halloween-style parade. Also in the parade were Neversink Town Supervisor Jim Gorman and Assemblyman Richard Coombe of Grahamsville.

20 Years Ago - 1999

Bob Dadras stood at the en­trance to a line of booths at the Liberty Harvest Festival Saturday, exhorting people to come in and - for the mere sum of $2 - experience the joy of six different styles of chili. The great Catskill Chili Cook Off, now in its sixth year, was one of the most popular components of the Harvest Festival, also in its sixth year.

Volunteer firefighters jammed the County Legislature's committee hearing room Thursday afternoon questioning whether the county was really committed to assisting the dozens of volunteer fire companies throughtout Sullivan County. One of the pressing issues for the firefighters is poor two-way radio coverage in certain parts of the county.

Laurie Avery and Robert Cappello were married August 21, 1999, at the Swan Lake Resort Hotel with Janet LeRoy officiating. The bride is the daughter of Donna and Humberto Rodriquez of Liberty. The bridegroom is the son of Madelyn and Daniel Cappello of Monticello… Angela MacEntee and Thomas Serinese, both of Franklin Park, NJ, were married at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in North Brunswick, NJ, on November 28, 1998. The bride is the daughter of William MacEntee of Monticello and Joyce Halloran of Narrowsburg. Mario and Janice Serinese of Ringoes, NJ, are the parents of the bridegroom.

On Sunday, October 10, the longest-running oldies show in the Catskills, WSUL-FM's Bop Shop, hosted by John Manzi, celebrated its 16th anniversary. “We're not your everyday oldies program,” relates Manzi. “We dare to be different. We go back to the roots of rock ‘n' roll, playing the great songs from what is now called the Doo-wop Era.” Manzi keeps the audience involved with features like “Name that Tune,” “Rate a Record,” and “The Name Game.”

10 Years Ago - 2009

Heavy rains caused flooding in the Towns of Callicoon, Delaware and Rockland. As much as 6 to 9 inches in some places came down evicting people from spots in each town. The water in a feeder stream to the Callicoon Creek was so furious that it had ripped away all the land around the recently sold Blue Victorian, exposing the building's foundation. It had eroded under the bridge, forcing the State Department of Transportation to shut down the road and make repairs. It had sent people from Jeffersonville's island once again out of their homes.

Roscoe hosted the Trout Town Express during the celebration of the Town of Rockland's and Sullivan County's 200th birthdays. the whole weekend was filled with fun events, but Saturday's Founder's Day Parade and Festival was the highlight. Members of the Stewart family, one of the oldest in the Town of Rockland, were carried down, appropriately enough Stewart Avenue in Roscoe during the parade, honoring local's forebears.

Ariana Yager, a 13-year old gymnast from Slatea Hill recently won a national championship. Yager earned first place in the All-Around with a total score of 37.40 in the Bronze Division for 12 and 13 year olds at the United States Association of independent Gymnastics Clubs, Inc. 2009 National & International Artistic & Rhythmic Gymnastics Championship in Palm Springs, CA. Ariana is the daughter of Mike and Andrea Yager, former residents of Sullivan County.

The Sullivan County community lost a titan of journalism and politics. Fred Stabbert Jr., publisher emeritus of the Sullivan County Democrat, passed away at the age of 81. He was literally born into the newspaper business in his parents Fred and Nellie Stabbert's bedroom - now the newsroom - on the second floor of the Sullivan County Democrat's office in Callicoon. Growing up he watched his family churn out what was a weekly newspaper at the time, Fred Jr. ultimately became a printer himself, even running an Army printing press in Virgina while serving during the Korean War. He honed the art of handling hot lead while operating the Washington Post's linotypes in the 1950s, then rejoined the family business when his father passed away in April 1963. He was also well known for his volunteerism and his political service, spending more than a dozen years in the 1970s and 1980s as chair of the Sullivan County Democratic Committee. His proudest moment came when he served as one of 43 electors in New York State during the 1976 presidential election, which Democratic candidate Jimmy Carter won. After three decades at the helm of the Democrat, Fred Jr. retired as publisher in January of 1994, naming his son, Fred Stabbert III, to succeed him.


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