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October 8, 2019 Edition

Ruth Huggler
Posted 10/7/19

140 Years Ago - 1879

The ardent lovers of pumpkin pie will rejoice to learn that the pumpkin crop will be an im­mense one this Fall.

George Beiling of Youngsville has obtained a position in a …

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October 8, 2019 Edition


140 Years Ago - 1879

The ardent lovers of pumpkin pie will rejoice to learn that the pumpkin crop will be an im­mense one this Fall.

George Beiling of Youngsville has obtained a position in a tannery at Cedar Run, Lycoming County, Pa.

Melvin H. Couch, Monticello attorney, and Miss Jeanette Potts were married at the residence of the bride's brother, ex-District Attorney Potts, in this village on September 18th.

A.N. Batterson of Unadilla and Miss Fredericka Schueleka of Jeffersonville were married on September 15.

Webster Sherwood, son of J.C. Sherwood, and Miss Estella Sutliff were married at Pike Pond September 15.

130 Years Ago - 1889

Mongaup Valley, Sept. 21 — The young son of Mrs. Ramsey died today after a long, continuing illness… Good authority reports that Dr. Steele is about to purchase the Purdy property situated in this village… The Good Templar Hall is about to have a fine window in the front of the building…James Galbreath Jr. and family will soon move to Monticello.

There will be a fair and cattle market at Fremont Center on Monday, October 7th. This will be the first fair held in that town.

We hear from reliable sources that George Fillweber of North Branch has rented his saloon and bowling alley establishment to Ben Frey of Youngsville for a term of one year for $150.

The new stone bridge below Jeffersonville in the town of Dela­ware, now under construction, will be a bridge that will stand forever. Quite a number of men are employed on it.

Rudy Leib has gone to Binghamton to stay. He is employed by one of the Shanleys.

E.S. Packer, principal of the school at Callicoon Depot, and S.A. Robinson, principal of the Long Eddy school, made this office a pleasant call on Saturday.

William H. Menges and Maggie Mueller, both of Youngsville, were married at Hortonville on Monday, Sept. 23, 1889, by Rev. S. Muery.

Elizabeth, wife of Preston Good­man of near North Branch, died at the age of 24 on September 16.

Charles Scheidell has moved his woodshed, which stood in the middle of his yard, along side of the creek, back of his wagon shop.

A number of bears, some with cubs, were recently seen in various parts of Sullivan County.

120 Years Ago - 1899

Arrangements have been completed for the construction of a half mile track at Liberty. The site selected is the Pinney property.

The work of changing the highway between Roscoe and Livingston Manor is about completed. For some distance the highway ran parallel with the railroad and so near the track that a hay rigging could scarcely pass a train without danger of being hit.

Toboggan, now owned by E.F. Smith of Deposit, paced a mile recently against a strong field in New York by 2:08 1/2. Toboggan was raised by J.M. Watson of Monticello and sold to Smith 5 years ago. He is now on the grand circuit.

Miss Louise Young, daughter of J.C. Young of Liberty, has gone to attend a female college at South Hampton, Mass. Miss Millie Sarles of Liberty has returned to college in Baltimore and will graduate this term.

The sawmill run by Bennett & Ellers at Divine Corners was consumed by fire on Friday.

The trustees of Liberty have granted a franchise to Percy C. Owens, authorizing him to construct and equip an electric light and power plant. He will soon organize the Consumers Electric Light & Power Co. to serve a number of users of electricity from whom he has secured contracts.

Charles Luchs and wife are visiting the former's parents here for a couple of days.

Among those who went to New York on account of the Dewey celebration were Henry Chelius, Frank Laufersweiler, H. Krenrich, Will Lawrence, Eddie Homer and Joe Meyer.

William B. Cochran, Alvan F. Finch, William B. Voorhees and Henry Miller of Roscoe, George Weiss of Rockland and Henry Treyz of Cooks Falls, attended the regular meeting of the Callicoon Lodge of Free Masons in Jeffersonville on Saturday night.

Rudolph (more familiarly known as “Yunk”) Von Arx, died of heart disease at his home near Briscoe September 24, aged 62. Mr. Von Arx was one of the familiar characters in the early history of Jeffersonville and vicinity.

Ed Kohler has purchased a building lot from his brother, Andrew, and expects to break ground for a house, which he expects to complete this fall.

W. Becker, the druggist, broke ground Monday for a double-track bowling alley to be built alongside his drugstore and residence.

Charles Homer of the Eagle Hotel will also build an alley on his premises this fall. It will be a 3 or 4 track alley and constructed underground beneath his ballroom. A billiard room will be fitted up on the same floor.

110 Years Ago - 1909

Emil Raum left here Monday for the city to seek employment.

Mrs. Valentine Schmidt went to Scranton Saturday to spend the winter.

E.A. Brand, local monument dealer, is putting up monuments in the Huebsch plot in Upper Beechwoods, the Val Baum plot in the Reformed Cemetery and the Katherine Hacker plot in the Catholic cemetery.

Charles Homer of the Eagle Hotel ran off his clam bake last Saturday despite the drizzle of the day.

On Scheidell's lot Saturday, the Jeffersonville Juniors annihilated the Fosterdale team by a score of 15 to 5. Eddie Lamoreaux, a shortstop from Liberty, pitched for Jeff. Midget Alan Lieb caught for him.

With other 1910 models running all around, the automobile people are a year ahead of the game.

Raymond Gute has his eye and heart on a Q 22 h.p. Maxwell touring car.

At the Prohibition County Convention in the Baptist Church in Liberty, September 8 George Henry of Lake Huntington was nominated for Member of the Assembly and Morgan L. McKoon of Long Eddy for Special County Judge. Rev. George B. Meade of Livingston Manor was chosen delegate to the state judicial convention.

Michael Finerty has moved his house across the road at Kenoza Lake at the corner this side of the Edelman House, to make room for the new state road, which will cut through the old site of his house. Plumber Grishaber is putting up galvanized iron pipe fenders on the culverts along the state road.

Peter Mathern is enlarging his silo at Briscoe.

The painters are putting the finishing touches to the new St. Francis Church at Youngsville. The dedication ceremonies will be held some day the week after next.

Valentine Mauer and wife of Callicoon Center were at Liberty Sunday at the christening of their grandchild, Anna Caroline, daughter of William F. Mauer and wife of that place.

Henry Rau died of pulmonary tuberculosis at his home in the village of Jeffersonville, Sunday, after an illness of a few years. He was born in New York 36 years ago, the son of Mrs. Elizabeth and the late Henry Rau, who came from Germany.

Frank L. Klinger, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Klinger, and Miss Anna Poley of North Branch, were married at the parsonage at Callicoon Center Saturday by Rev. John E. Straub.

Miss Lillian Long, one of the prominent young women of the Beechwoods section, will teach the school there this term.

John Bauernfeind's new house in the Beechwoods, with modern improvements, is nearly completed.

100 Years Ago - 1919

Miss Anna Blum of Morsston and Edward Portz of Shandelee were married on September 14 at Liberty by Rev. Harry G. Corleis. Mr. Portz recently returned from overseas where he served for over a year with the American forces.

Clarence Cook and Miss Nellie Fassig of Hortonville were married September 10 at St. Joseph's College in Callicoon.

Mrs. Mary Reinheimer, widow of Henry Reinheimer, died at her home in Youngsville, September 18, aged 84 years. She was born in Streichel in Germany and came to this country when a young lady. She lived in New York City and in 1859 she was married to Mr. Reinheimer and, after eight months there, they settled on the farm on Sixteen north of Jeffersonville, occupied by them until 11 years ago when they moved to Youngs­ville. Mr. Reinheimer died February 25, 1909. Nine of their thirteen children survive.

90 Years Ago - 1929

Anthony Schick of Obernburg passed through Jeffersonville last week with a fine string of 12 horses which he exhibited at the county fair. Tony is one of the few remaining horse breeders in Sullivan County and he always has a string of fine stock.

Edwin G. Mauer, son of Mr. and Mrs. William F. Mauer of Liberty, has entered the University of Pennsylvania. While at Liberty he was class treasurer and captain of the baseball and basketball teams.

The name of William Brown, acting postmaster at Liberty, was sent to the U.S. Senate Tuesday by Congressman Harcourt J. Vratt, based on the recommendation of Howard Beecher, chairman of the Sullivan County Republican Committee. Mr. Brown is a former Jeffersonville boy, a son of former Assemblyman William J. Brown.

Anthony Schumacher, son of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Schumacher of Beechwoods, and Miss Dora Anna Banuat, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Banuat of Obernburg, were married at the bride's home on September 22. The newlyweds will live on the Winand farm in Beechwoods, which the groom bought.

Isaac Amber, Liberty merchant, and Mrs. Edith M. Wolf of Boston, an executive of the Brooklyn Hebrew Orphan Asylum, were united in marriage recently.

The engagement of J. Vance Hunt, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Hunt, and Miss Clara Gorr, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Gorr, all of Callicoon, has been announced in the Democrat printing plant and Miss Gorr in the Callicoon Bank.

80 Years Ago - 1939

Announcement of an increase to New York farmers from $2.60 to $2.82 per hundredweight in the minimum price for fluid milk brought a claim from the Dairy Farmers Union of “another strike victory.”

Mrs. Susanna Potsch, former county welfare commissioner, was given a surprise birthday party at her home on Silver Heights Tuesday night. The party was arranged by her neighbor, Mrs. A. Zeh, and some friends.

A son was born to Dr. and Mrs. Hugh McGee of Jeffersonville September 24… A daughter was born September 25 in the Callicoon Hospital to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Steffens of Jeffersonville.

With the war preventing Stanley Sprague of Liberty, who was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University, from sailing to England last week, he will go instead to the University of Chicago. Stanley is the son of Merton C. Sprague, Liberty newspaper publisher.

Fred W. Hessinger will be re­nominated for supervisor by the Democrats at their caucus tonight. He was endorsed by the Republicans of the Town of Callicoon two years ago. In Delaware, it is expected that Lawrence Milk, Republican incumbent supervisor, will be renominated by the Democrats. In Tusten, the Democrats will renominate Supervisor Hans Howald, who has served three terms and is the present chairman of the Board. His Republican opponent will be Malcolm W. Dexter. Already renominated are Republican supervisors Frank I. Griswold and Emil Mott of Thompson.

Miss Hazel Sprague of Hurleyville and Charles Smith Fallon of Livingston Manor will be married October 7 at Holy Cross Church in Callicoon.

Mr. and Mrs. William Schad of Roscoe have announced the engagement of their daughter, Katherine Elizabeth, to Rev. Joseph Elmo Harvard, pastor of the Roscoe Presbyterian Church.

70 Years Ago - 1949

Henry Mall died at the age of 67 in New York on September 18. He was the youngest child of the late Justice John C. Mall and was born on the Mall homestead near North Branch.

Miss Marian G. Mangan of Ferndale has been appointed temporary stenographer of the County Court in Monticello. Mrs. Marietta P. Baker of Jeffersonville resigned the position.

William R. Schaefer, chairman of the Sullivan County Democratic Committee for the past six years, was re-elected September 22nd, by an unanimous vote to serve for another two years. All other officers of the county committee were also re-elected.

Fire badly damaged a 30-room building at the Laurels County Club at Sackett Lake early Saturday morning.

A son, Richard Robert, was born September 25 to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Danzer (Evelyn Wilfert) of Youngsville at the Liberty hospital, on Mrs. Danzer's birthday.

A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Ben Horowitz (Molly Cohen) at the Caledonian Hospital in Brooklyn, Sept. 24. He was named Alan Charles.

Clarence Swendsen, an area farmer of Cochecton, was struck by an auto as he crossed the highway by his barn on September 10. Remaining in a coma for three days, he died at the Callicoon Hospital. He is survived by his wife and four children.

60 Years Ago - 1959

Miss Myrna Lou Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Grant Smith of Youngsville, was married to George K. Abplanalp, also of Youngsville, on September 20th at the Youngsville Reformed Church.

When it came to pumping, the Youngsville and Jeff firemen came out on top at the annual Sullivan County Firemen's Parade and Field Day at Liberty last Saturday, September 19th. Youngsville took top honors in the booster hose pumping contest and Protection Hose Company No. 1 of Jeff won the two and one-half inch line pumping contest.

Five persons suffered injuries in varying degrees in automobile crashes in Sullivan County over the weekend. The most serious mishap was one two miles east of Roscoe Saturday night when a car plunged down an embankment, sending three people to the hospital.

Mrs. Harriet M. Menges is celebrating her 99th birthday in Middleburgh where she lives. She was born on August 25, 1860, in Youngsville.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Lounsbury of Kenoza Lake spent a week at the Syracuse State Fair where they showed their beautiful Appaloosa filly “El Dorado Red Wing” in the breed classes at the Coliseum. On the last 3 days of the fair the heat hit a record of 105 degrees. Many cattle, sheep and other animals died from the terrific heat. On Wednesday, September 9th, 25 people collapsed as a result of the 105 degree temperature.

A daughter was born September 24 to Mr. and Mrs. Lester Hillreigel of Callicoon.

The first electronic football scoreboard has been installed by Liberty volunteers. Funds were obtained by donations.

50 years ago - 1969

At the Liberty-Loomis Hospital it was a boy, James Carl, September 20, to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Wilcox of RD Roscoe; a girl, Wendy Lee, to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Zieres of North Branch; a boy, Dennis Russell, September 21, to Mr. and Mrs. Russell Brockner of North Branch; a boy to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Wolcott of Livingston Manor on September 23; and a boy, Timothy Lewis on September 24, to Mr. and Mrs. William Christoff of Youngs­ville.

A first litter of beagles — total of eleven — was born to Shady Glen Beagle, owned by Arthur L. Hassis of Jeffersonville. The usual number of pups is six to eight.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Hoffmann of Jeffersonville have announced the engagement of their daughter, JoAnn, to Frederick W. Baker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Baker of Livingston Manor. A December wedding is planned.

40 Years Ago - 1979

A mini park was dedicated on North Main Street in Liberty on Wednesday. Musical selections were offered by the Liberty High School Band and the Little Big Horns at a ceremony attended by many officials.

The 3rd Annual Oktoberfest, sponsored by the Narrowsburg Chamber of Commerce, will be held at the Lenape Farm grounds October 6 and 7.

Tony Argiros, owner of Montgomery Ward in Hancock, is replacing the building on Front Street which was destroyed in a train accident last year.

30 Years Ago - 1989

Bob Dice of Claryville, the crusty old storyteller, will lead a “ride” on October 13 from his home to the Minisink regions around Port Jervis. Included will be a visit of the Delaware and Hudson Canal, a stop at the grave of the man who may have been Sullivan County's first white settler…His name was Manuel Gonzales (variously spelled) — and he may not have been white. Also an aboriginal site at Westbrookville, luncheon, photos on the Hawk's Nest and paying respects at two Indian burial sites.

The Villa Roma Country Club will bring together for the first time, competitive golfers from Sullivan, Orange and Ulster counties to vie for the winner's position in each of four different divisions scheduled for Sunday. Pro Assistant Ken Cohen said, “It's a one-day tournament with a lot of good players from all over the place.” Local women who will participate include Sue Altbach of Liberty, Judie Duplessis of South Fallsburg, and Andrea Know of Loch Sheldrake.

Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Head of Narrowsburg celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary with a family gathering at the home of their son, Bob and Darlene Head, on July 16. They were married in Ashford, Kent, England, on September 4, 1943, and returned to England to renew their wedding vows at the same church, St. Mary's, on the same date, 45 years later.

Jennifer Whitmore, the six-year-old daughter of Arthur and Kay Whitmore of Conklin Hill, Pa., has been selected to compete in the Petite Division of the Junior American Beauty Pageant to be held February 9, next year.

Delaware Valley Central School alumni took a stroll down memory lane as more than 200 gathered at the Best Western in Matamoras, Pa., to honor former principal and teacher Charles L. Lewis. He attended the party, was alert and recalled the names of students he had not seen since they graduated. The celebration, held October 1, was held with Mr. Lewis having been hospitalized the week before. The community was saddened to learn on October 6 that he had been taken back to the hospital and passed away at the age of 90. In the words of many, “Thank God we did it in time!”

20 Years Ago - 1999

The final defendant in the beating and torture death of 3-year-old Christopher Gardner pleaded guilty Friday, closing both the case and one of the saddest chapters in the history of Sullivan County. William C. Banker, who was charged with first degree murder, will be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole November 23 by Acting Sullivan County Court Judge Nicholas DeRosa. The plea was entered after District Attorney Stephen Lungen agreed to withdraw his notice to seek the death penalty against Banker.

Frank Haskell of Jeffersonville is busy at work preparing to install a clock at the intersection of Peck's Market's driveway and Route 52 in Jeff. Retired after 30 years with the phone company, Haskell said that during his travels around the country, he was impressed by the spirit of the community he saw represented by village clocks.

Andrew Schauer of Roscoe, a Roscoe High School senior, once again claimed the Giant Pumpkin trophy at the Giant Pumpkin Party at Grahamsville this weekend, with a 276 and 1/2 pound beauty. Schauer just barely beat out Jack and Nik Beimler's 274 3/4-pounder from Liberty, which had to be reweighed to ensure the legitimacy of Schauer's win.

Wilburta and Ralph Dexter of Cochecton celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on October 5. They met at a box social at the South Cochecton School. Back then, the young girls prepared boxes containing sandwiches and cookies and shared them with the young boys in an effort to get to know one another better.

10 Years Ago - 2009

The Callicoon Business Association welcomed Patti Devine and her new business, Cafe Devine on Lower Main Street, to the Callicoon business community.

Fallsburg's Mashale Straker earned the Ossie Davis Memorial Scholarship that provides a $5,000 award to an economically-challenged student interested in pursuing studies in the field of education. Fallsburg High School has been participating in Today's Students Tomorrow Teachers (TSTT) Program that helped grant Straker this opportunity. Mashale will continue her education at Oakwood University in Alabama. Her mom went to school there and has encouraged her to become a teacher. Additionally Fallsburg High School recognized Mashale with a Samuel Beytin Community Scholarship for outstanding service to the community.

Michelle Katz, daughter of Pam and Steve Katz of Liberty, graduated with Magna Cum Laude Honors from SUNY New Paltz. Michelle received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education 1-6. Michelle plans to continue her education in a Masters of Literacy Education program at The College of Saint Rose in Albany.

Bill and Ginny Tolli from Rock Hill both earned awards at the 2009 National Physique Championships (NPC) Empire States Bodybuilding, Fitness and Figure Championships that were held at Rockland County Community College in Suffern. Ginny won first place in the Women's Bodybuilding Lightweight Division. Bill won four awards at the event. He took second place in the Men's Bodybuilding Masters (age 45 and over) Division, fourth place in the Men's Bodybuilding Age 35 and Over Division, fifth place in the Men's Bodybuilding Novice Middleweight Divison and fifth place in the Men's Bodybuilding Open Middleweight Division.


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