From the Files of the Hurleyville Sentinel: December 2021


Compiled by Sullivan County Historian John Conway
December 6, 1916
Narrow Escape from Drowning
Three small children of South Fallsburg, who had been excused from school Wednesday afternoon a short time previous to the regular hour for dismissal, had a very narrow escape from drowning in the Fallsburg Lake. Grant Warren, the caretaker, heard their screams and discovering the little ones in the water called loudly for help, whereupon J C Reynolds, who heard him, went immediately to his assistance. By wading into the water up to his neck, Mr. Warren was able to reach them and they were carried to the school house and their parents notified. They were then sent home in automobiles. They were Irving Stratton, aged nine years, son of Lorenzo Stratton and Sylvester Bonney, age six, and William Bonney, age eight, sons of Harry Bonney.

December 27, 1930
Hurleyville Girls Hurt in Auto Crash
Miss Sarah Hillman, twenty, suffered severe lacerations of the face and body, and Pearl Jacobson and Mary Schubert, her companions, also of this village, were slightly injured Friday of last week when a car driven by Miss Hillman was struck by a Hi-Land bread truck at the intersection of Loch Sheldrake and Hurleyville roads. A brother of Miss Hillman was drowned ten days ago while skating on Morningside Pond.
High School Notes from the Announcer
Outplaying Hurleyville from start to finish, the Roscoe quintet rang up its first victory in the Catskill Mountain League at Roscoe. Both teams fought hard, but Roscoe, the better team, won.
Hurleyville was the first to score when our dashing forward, Charles Yavorofsky made two foul shots. Immediately after this, Al Keating broke loose and made a nice hang shot making the score 4-0. At this point Roscoe began using its scoring ability and quickly sprang into the lead.
In the second half, our boys fought hard, but could not make their shots good. They kept Roscoe’s scoring down, but could not add any points to their own score. The final score was 25-14.
There was a preliminary game between the girls of both schools with victory for Roscoe. Both teams, scrapping hard, made the game a treat to the eye. The score was 19-12.
People You Know
Among those who attend college and are spending the Christmas vacation with their parents are: Rose Cohen, Sylvia Garelick, Rose Wizwer, Lillian Lawrence, Herbert Billowitz, George Schmuckler, Milton Schmuckler, Betty Simmons, and Paul Raskin.

January 1, 1937
Breaks Ankle When Pet Dog Trips her
While strolling along the highway on Monday with her pet dogs, Mrs. Amoretta Jones of Hurleyville, fell and fractured her ankle when one of the dogs playfully tripped her. The elderly woman was found lying on the highway by hotel guests who passed by on horseback. They removed her to the home of Mrs. Fred Mitteer who notified Dr. Harry Jacobs at his office here. Mrs. Jones was taken to the Monticello Hospital where her condition is reported as satisfactory. She remains under the care of Dr. Jacobs.
Engagements Announced
Three engagements involving Hurleyville residents were announced during Christmas week.

The betrothal of Miss Frieda Wichinsky, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Wichinsky and Jerry Lax of New York was made public. The couple plan to wed in June.
On Christmas Eve, the engagement of Miss Marion Metcalf of Monticello, to Edward Reynolds, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Reynolds, was announced. They plan to marry soon.
Mr. and Mrs. B.M. Case of Rock Hill have announced the engagement of their daughter, Gladys, to Earl Peck of Monticello. Miss Case, a school teacher in the Mitteer district in Hurleyville for the past four years, is a sister to Mrs. Peter LaBaugh. No date has been set for the wedding.
Christmas at the County Home
Christmas was celebrated at the Welfare Home in the real old-fashioned way. Christmas Eve, by the light of the brilliantly lighted Christmas tree, welcomed the visit of Jolly Old Saint Nick, who visited each and every person in the institution bringing gifts that made joyous each one’s heart. After singing Christmas hymns, several of the inmates contributed a song or piece to make the evening a pleasant one.
A little later, the Truthseekers’ Club of Mountaindale sang Christmas carols under the windows of the sick in all three of the buildings. The menu for Christmas day for the old folks was chicken, biscuits and gravy, mashed potatoes, squash, cranberry sauce, mustard pickles, mince pie, tea and coffee. There were seventy-eight at the home.
Grahamsville Man Celebrated his 100th Birthday
This past Christmas Day brought to Charles H. Hall of Grahamsville a present he has been waiting just 100 years to receive—his centennial birthday. The centenarian had been conserving his strength for days in anticipation of being able to greet the scores of friends and neighbors who called Christmas morning to combine their Christmas greetings with birthday wishes.