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Columnists > Down the Decades

November 17, 2020 Edition

Nov 16, 2020

110 Years Ago - 1910

Gardiner's store again rob­bed! was the intelligence that girded people of Callicoon Thursday morning. The excitement following so closely upon Tuesday's election added extra excitement to the entire community. A burglar-proof safe was badly damaged with what is thought to be nitro glycerine poured into a cup, formed out of soap, and the ignited fuse blew the safe, with damage amounting to several hundred dollars. This is the third time in less than four months that the store has been vandalized.

Conrad Graebner Jr., better known as “Cooney,” and Miss Nancy McNeally of Cochecton Center were married November 11 in Honesdale, Pa.
.. Katie Heinle was married to Henry Georgi of Brooklyn at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. John O. Heinle in Cochecton Center.

Herman Huggler, who a few years ago conducted a bakery in Jeffersonville, will open a bakery in Liberty shortly, in the place formerly occupied by the Washington Bakery.

It is reported that there are twenty smallpox cases in Hancock. The son of Ed Kinney of Long Eddy is ill and it is said that the lad has the dread disease. Other cases have been reported in Narrowsburg and Carbondale, Pa. The schools at Long Eddy, Hankins and Mileses have been closed to prevent the disease from spreading.

Jehial W. Decker, former county treasurer of Sullivan, died at the residence of B.H. Lefferts, in Monticello Monday night at the age of 71.

Jim LaBarr of Beaver Brook had the good fortune to bring down the first deer in that section, which, when dressed, weighed 145 pounds.


100 Years Ago - 1920

Alfred Smith has been elected governor of New York State by between 350,000 and 400,000 votes. He carried the entire state ticket into office with him.

Assemblyman Guernsey T. Cross of Callicoon was returned to the assembly from the Sullivan County district by a majority conceded to him by the Republicans of 1200 over Nial C. Currey of Liberty... Henry F. Gardner was re-elected for a third term as district attorney of Sullivan with a majority vote of over 1200.

E.P. Dorrer has announced a new cider mill at Hortonville. He will make cider at $1 a barrel.

Announcements have been received here of the marriage of Miss Antoinette Bergner of Callicoon to Wilbur J. Wagner of Liberty.
Charles Deckelman and Miss Florence Huff of Obernburg were married at St. Mary's Church, Obernburg, on October 25.

With hunting season in full swing the following were reported: Lloyd Bates shot the largest buck reported so far this year when he bagged a 10-pronged animal weighing 320 pounds, near the Kenney Hotel in Bridgeville... Wm. Price, 12 years of age, of Thompson, took his father's gun without asking, slipped out the back door and went into the woods nearby. In less than an hour he bagged a 12-prong buck... George Mo­lusky, hunting in the Adirondacks with Herman and Edward Molusky and Charles Bock, returned to Callicoon with a 160-pound buck that he shot in the Adirondacks... Wm. Kabat of Fosterdale, hunting on the new Cherokee Preserve in Bethel, bagged a 175-lb. buck... Martin Lillie was the first of the Narrowsburg hunters to bag a buck, weighing 210 pounds... Henry Fischer and Henry Messmer were fortunate enough to shoot a big buck Sunday. Jacob Heib shot one on Saturday. The latter three are from the Fosterdale area.


90 Years Ago - 1930

Democrats swept the election on Tuesday. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected president of the United States. The New York Governor is Col. H.H. Lehman. It appeared that Ben R. Gerow would be the next member of Assembly from Sullivan County. The only Republican in the county who appeared to be elected was J. Bruce Lindsley, re-elected county clerk.

Paul Killian of Youngsville and Miss Catherine Trunk of Brooklyn were married November 5 in Holy Cross Church... Kenneth D. Zieres, plumber of Roscoe, and Miss Louise Steinhauer of Callicoon Center, were married at Grahamsville on October 30.

Last week, Herman Haase, well-known orchardist of Narrowsburg, RD 1, Pennsylvania side, made ready for export 350 bushels of choice greenings for shipment to Scotland.


80 Years Ago - 1940

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Dowitsch Jr. of North Branch announce the engagement of their daughter. Elizabeth Margaret, to Air Cadet Warren K. Miller, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest V. Miller of Hortonville.

Ethel Arlene Werlau of the Beechwoods became the bride of Jack H. Bennett of Callicoon on November 1 at the Hortonville Church.
At the Callicoon Hospital it was a boy to Mr. and Mrs. James Crellin of Callicoon, on November 3; and a son, November 4, to Mr. and Mrs. Louis Mitterwager of Callicoon.

A Republican landslide, the likes of which had not been seen in many a day, engulfed nearly all of the Democratic candidates in about all state and national elections through­out the United States, Tuesday.

Thomas E. Dewey was elected governor of New York State, the first of his party to achieve that distinction in 22 years. Ronald H. Albee of Roscoe, a newcomer to county politics, defeated Assemblyman James T. Lyons.

Mr. and Mrs. John Bossert of Cochecton were surprised with a 25th wedding anniversary party on November 3.

The Youngsville Board of Education on Monday night accepted the resignation of Mrs. Apollonia Callahan as principal of the Central School there and appointed Leonard Martin of Youngsville to succeed her. Mrs. Callahan had been principal two years and taught in Youngsville for 11 years.

Miss Madeleine Plaskinn and Arnold B. Poley were united in holy matrimony on November 10, 1940 at Holy Cross Church in Callicoon.


70 Years Ago - 1950

County Judge William Deckelman's plurality as justice of the Supreme Court in the Third Judicial District increased to 48,625 due to the fact that he carried every county in the district except Albany. He had been expected to lose Albany County by 20,000 votes and actually only lost by 10,648. In the same election. Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected president of the United States.

The steel work for the four-lane viaduct on Route 17 over the Neversink River at Bridgeville was begun yesterday morning.
A patent was issued on October 21 to Donald McLaughlin of Monticello and A.P. Rogers of Harris for a retractable sling for guns.
At the Callicoon Hospital it was a daughter on Friday to Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Mansman of Hortonville; a daughter, Wednesday, to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Carman of North Branch; and a son, Thursday, to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Bogert of North Branch.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Edw. Wilfert of Jeffersonville, a baby boy at the Liberty-Loomis Hospital on Wednesday.

The Livingston Manor American Legion, with more than 225 members, has paid its last mortgage according to Allen O'Keefe, commander.

The retail milk business of William Dirie was sold last week to the Jeff Dairy which is owned by Gilbert E. Weiss of Jeffersonville. Mr. Dirie has been delivering raw milk about 24 years.


60 Years Ago - 1960

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Heyn of Jeffersonville are the parents of a son, Dana Robert, born October 23 at the Liberty-Loomis Hospital.
Did you know that if you punch a hole in the end of a gourd the inside will dry out faster and your chances for rot are less? A carpet needle or icepick will do the job nicely. After the gourd dries out sufficiently it can be waxed or treated with shellac for the effect you want.

Miss Judith Schrumpf of St. Clare's Hospital, NYC, spent the weekend at her parental home. She is recovering from surgery on the eye which was performed to remove a small piece of steel from the eyeball.

In an article in the October issue of The Methodist Story, a magazine published by the Methodist Church, reference is made to those serving at the southernmost islands of Hawaii, Pahala and Naalehu. One of the two ministers who serves is Rev. Paul D. Billings who served the Kenoza Lake Church over 20 years ago when the church had its 90th anniversary.

A surprise skimmelton and party was tendered Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand Hubbert Sunday evening in honor of their 25th wedding anniversary. About 40 guests attended.

Resolutions from the County American Legion, the Disabled American War Veterans and the Town of Thompson Town Board asking for establishment of a county veterans cemetery was referred to committee Friday at the special meeting of the Board of Supervisors at Monticello.

Mark Kross of Woodbourne, Susan Ruth of Liberty and Peter Diehl of Kenoza Lake have been chosen winners of a Christmas trip to New York City, sponsored by the 4-H Extension Service.

Peter Rutz, 93, of Hankins, cast his ballot for the 72nd time on November and in the Town of Fremont. It would seem like it might be some kind of a record.

A son was born Saturday to Mr. and Mrs. Robert White of Cochecton at the Callicoon Hospital.


50 Years Ago - 1970

Funds derived from the 5th Annual Upper Delaware Canoe Regatta of last summer were distributed at a brief public ceremony held at the United National Bank last Friday. A total of $2750 was contributed to the Upper Delaware Ambulance Corps, the Delaware Free Library, Delaware Youth Center and the Grover Hermann Hospital.

WELV AM & FM radio last Thursday opened studios and offices at the Monticello Inn, Monticello. The station has operated in Ellenville for eight years, and this is a further expansion of its facilities.

A crowd that kept growing and growing until it was finally estimated at about 1000 persons attended the dedication of the Sullivan County Historical Museum, Art and Cultural Center at the former Hurleyville Public School in ceremonies held on Sunday afternoon. The structure, which had been abandoned for almost a quarter of a century, has been handsomely refurbished after many months of work by the County Department of Public Works and is now the permanent home for the Sullivan County Historical Society, the Catskill Art Society and the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop. The structure also contains the offices of the county historian, and, of course, the county museum.

An award of appreciation has been given to Allen C. Hankins, Deputy Assistant Director for Agricultural Development in the Philippines Mission by Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Neil Tobin of Callicoon who recently spent two months in the Philippines visiting Allen and his family.

Mrs. Robert Fink was guest of honor at a stork shower on November 1. She is employed by the Answering Service in Liberty. — White Sulphur Springs Corresp.

Roebling Bridge will be dedicated as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark on Sunday afternoon and will be only the 30th such work of man to be so honored by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The bridge, also known as Roebling's Delaware Aqueduct, is the oldest metal strand cable suspension bridge now standing in the United States, and quite probably the world. It was constructed in 1848 to carry the D & H Canal across the Delaware River. Three years before he designed the Delaware Aqueduct, Roebling developed and patented his method for spinning suspension cables. He used this method in building the aqueduct and also developed a method of anchoring the cables later employed in his monumental work, the BrookIyn Bridge, completed in 1875.

Mr. and Mrs. William Keller of Liberty were honored on the occasion of their 35th wedding anniversary with a surprise party at their home on October 22.

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Flynn of Callicoon are the proud parents of a daughter, Tamitha Catherine, born October 27 at the Liberty-Loomis Hospital.

Father Joel Munzing, OFM, was guest of honor at a testimonial dinner held in the hall of St. George's Church in Jeffersonville on October 25. Father Joel is leaving for a new post in Paterson, N.J., the first part of November. He gained county-wide recognition for his work on the drug problem in Sullivan County.

Corn grown by Ernie Thornholt of North Branch was tall enough to peek into the second story window when the stalks were placed against the side of his house.

For the second time in 16 months, Sullivan County was struck by a severe rainstorm Friday which flooded streets in the northern section of the county and did an estimated $200,000 damage in the Town of Rockland.

40 Years Ago - 1980

An 18th century log cabin turned up recently when the owners of a Route 42 farmhouse in Forestburgh decided to demolish a wing. The structure is “definitely the oldest” in the town according to Town Historian Elsie Winterberger.

The Rhulen Agency in Monticello opened auxiliary offices Monday morning of this week in the building which formerly housed the Victory Markets, adjacent to the Patio Hotel on Broadway. The building is one block from the main office and will house Frontier Insurance, a subsidiary of Rhulen.

Almost 175 friends and relatives gathered at the Youngs­ville Firehouse on October 9 to honor Esther and Charlie Hubert on their 50th wedding anniversary.

Marty Salovin, owner of Marty's Service Center in Monticello, plans to have the 32-pound Chinook salmon he caught while fishing on Lake Ontario recently, mounted and on display at his service station.

Delbert VanEtten, Town of Liberty historian, was recently elected president of the Hudson Valley Historians Association at the October meeting held in Newburgh. He will serve two years.


30 Years Ago - 1990

One month to the day and the hour, the last remnants of a plane that crashed September 19 in Sand Pond were removed from the lake to determine why the plane went down in the first place. The twin-engine Piper Apache plane clipped the trees in dense fog on the Shandelee Mountain and crashed into the lake at about 5:30 p.m., killing the pilot, Mark Prossburger, 43, of Englewood, N.J.
The DeWitt Clinton Community Service Award, given by Fallsburg Masonic Lodge, was awarded Wednesday evening to Stanley Liese and Henry Podhurst for their accomplishments in starting a volunteer ambulance corps in the towns of Bethel and Fallsburg.
G. Allison Worden, a charter member of the White Sulphur Springs Volunteer Fire Department, was recognized with a plaque for his 64 years of service. The fire company was started in 1925 and chartered the following year.

Members of the Vietnam Veterans Chapter 315, Jewish War Veterans Post 206, VFW Post 9539 and American Legion Post 73 gathered to honor Nellie Glaser of Monticello on the event of her 96th birthday. Her son, Richard Smith, was killed during World War II while serving with the U.S. Navy in the North Atlantic. A 63-year county resident, Mrs. Glaser is one of 18 Gold Star Mothers in Sullivan County.

Erick Greffrath, raised in Damascus, PA., and recently a substitute teacher and track coach for the Monticello Middle School, has been named to the U.S. Bobsled Team to compete in the 1992 Olympics.

Lee W. and Amy Garbor of Bradley recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Among the 75 guests were two of their attendants, Dor­othy Slater and Marian Wolfe, when the Garbors were married at the Liberty Meth­odist Church September 8, 1940.

20 years ago - 2000

Firefighters, EMS personnel and police from the Village of Liberty were called into action Friday morning after a tractor-trailer with a payload of over 35 tons of dirt lost its brakes while negotiating the hill that leads Chestnut Street (Route 52) to the intersection of Main Street in the village. The truck slammed into several cars, and swerved into a parked Sureway taxicab with four occupants, who had to be extricated from the vehicle by Liberty firefighters. They were treated for lacerations at Community General Hospital in Harris and released. As it turns out, the load of dirt, which originated at the Delaware Valley Job Corps in Callicoon, was contaminated with gasoline. Officials from the State Department of Environmental Conservation and the state DOT were notified and responded to the scene. Firefighters worked using absorbent pads to contain fluids and anti-freeze seeping from the stricken vehicles to prevent any runoff from entering nearby storm drains. New York State Electric and Gas had to secure the electric pole before the rig could be towed away. According to LFD First Assistant Chief Ben Campanaro, firefighters and equipment were on the scene for nearly four hours.

Audra A. Cowen and Daniel Everett exchanged wedding vows September 30, 2000 at St. George's R.C. Church in Jeffersonville.… Miles and Elizabeth Teller of Callicoon, former longtime Village of Liberty residents, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary September 23 at the Kauneonga Lake Fire Pavilion. They were married September 23, 1950 at the Liberty Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Douglas Gaston. Mrs. Teller is the former Elizabeth Schumacher.

It wasn't even a horse race for the Sullivan County Community College Generals on Election Day, as they washed away The Wave from Queensborough Community College during the season opener for both mens basketball teams. At the final buzzer, the Generals defeated The Wave 122-54.


10 years ago - 2010

For more than three decades, Coaches Joe Iatauro and Missy Iatauro have guided the boys and girls cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field teams at Tri-Valley Central School. The T-V Central School District and community said “Thank You” to the husband and wife coaching team for their many years of hard work with a dedication ceremony to officially name the school's football/soccer field and its surrounding track the Iatauro Sports Complex.

Single-stream recycling is coming to the county, thanks to a new transfer station and materials recovery facility (MRF) now under construction next to the county landfill in Monticello. Currently the county has a dual-stream system, or more accurately, multi-stream, as recyclables like glass, plastic and paper are separated by residents, businesses and haulers before they get into the waste stream.

During the annual Trevor Simpson Memorial Golf Tournament at the Swan Lake Golf and Country Club, Justin Bowers of Roscoe, won a six-day, five-night trip to Hawaii for scoring a hole-in-one on the par 3, 160-yard sixth hole. The trip was sponsored by M&M Auto Group in Liberty and it marked the second trip that has been won by a golfer at Swan Lake Golf and Country Club in a hole-in-one contest sponsored by M&M Auto Group.





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