The Jeffersonville Mountain Climbers and Snowmobile Club is pictured stopping for lunch (mid ‘70s), at Sam & Al’s on Route 52. Cochecton Preservation Socity historian Arthur Hassis remembers this day. When they all settled in, there were 62 machines parked outside.
Carl Prosch, a native of Vienna, Austria, trained in the celebrated art schools of that city and New York and was brought to Wayne County by Christian Dorflinger to manage the new Honesdale Decorating Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of glass cutters C. Dorflinger & Sons. Inc.
The year is 1940, and here are students gathered in the sunshine at the Cochecton schoolhouse, now known as the old Cochecton town hall. Arthur Hassis, historian for the Cochecton Preservation Society, is standing in front of the teacher, a very youthful Miss Mary Martin (right). There are actually three classes in this group.
Elvira Kennedy Brownscombe was born in 1809 to David and Rhoda Stearns Kennedy in Mt. Pleasant Township, Wayne County. David Kennedy’s father, David Sr., and wife Rhoda (Tingley) had emigrated from Tolland County, CT in 1794, among the very earliest settlers in the area.
The Patrons of Husbandry Charter was issued April 13, 1948 by the State Grange of New York to recognize the subordinate grange organized in 1915 by David Muirhead to become Fosterdale Grange No. 1371.
Benjamin F. Haines founded The Wayne Independent in 1878 and led the opposition to the construction of the new courthouse in Honesdale. That battle lost, but he stayed on as editor, publisher and owner of the newspaper.
This, from the collection of Lillian Kraus, is a photo of a booth at the New York City’s Sportsmen’s Show, 1953, promoting Sullivan County as a destination. The general store-themed booth was created by Jim Purcell, pictured. Every year he and a group of others would run the booth.
Thomas J. Ham was born in Honesdale, PA in 1837, five years after his parents immigrated from Cornwall. Following an education in local schools and the Wyoming Seminary and a one-year stint as a teacher in Beach Lake, he became the editor of the Wayne County Herald newspaper, becoming sole owner in 1865.
This 1958 picture is of NYSEG linemen who ran electric lines to homes in the town of Cochecton. That doesn’t seem so long ago to some of us! There was a time when electric was not available to all parts of our towns.
Samuel W. Pennypacker was governor of Pennsylvania in 1903 when the Wayne Hatchery #4 was built in Pleasant Mount. Wayne Hatchery #4 originally sat on 14 acres of property donated by Alison B. Sterling. The major water source is the Lackawaxen River via Beaver Meadows Reservoir (Belmont Lake), obtained in 1917.