From the Files of the Hurleyville Sentinel: November 2021


Compiled by Sullivan County Historian John Conway
October 31, 1941

Re-elect Mortimer Michaels Democratic Candidate for
Supervisor, Town of Fallsburg
1940 – 1941 Achievements:
1. Adoption of budget Plan and abolition of Fee System
2. Reduction in Taxes from Rate of $12.59 per $1,000 Assessment in 1939 to $11.29 per $1,000 in 1940 or a saving of 12%.
3. Adoption of Bid System on all purchases in excess of $500.
4. Reduction in Purchase Price of Road-Tars and Oils.
5. No unfunded Debt and no outstanding Certificates of Indebtedness or Claims against the town.
6. Adoption of County Self Insurance Plan. Saving of Approximately $2,500 yearly on Compensation Insurance.

“More roads for less Money.” That is the by-word of the campaign for re-election of Roy T. Clark for superintendent of highways. In his past six years in office, Mr. Clark had, with approximately one-third of the appropriation of his predecessors, built at least three times as much improved road as they have. This could have been brought about only be efficient handling of men and machinery, by economy in purchase of materials, and by allowing good honest effort to the job.
For the year 1941 alone, Mr. Clark has built 13 miles of road in the Town of Fallsburg, and, when we consider that good roads are the life blood of our community, it behooves every citizen and taxpayer to keep this sterling official in the job where he can serve our interests best.
A vote for Roy T. Clark is a vote for out good welfare and well-being.

If you elect Charles Cauthers as Road Superintendent for the Town of Fallsburg, you will have chosen a man well qualified and experienced in the work of road building. He has served as Road Commissioner for the Village of Woodridge for over six years.
Mr. Cauthers is the Republican Candidate for Road Superintendent. He is running a clean campaign and has made no derogatory statements concerning his opponent. All who know “Chill” know an honest man, a willing worker, and a man with good business ability.
Mr. Cauthers, a resident of Woodridge since his birth on the John Cauthers farm, is one of the most capable men for the position. He is a man who knows hard work and will not shirk any duties that may come his way.
Mr. Cauthers has pledged himself to a program of serving all people in the Town of Fallsburg to the very best of his ability

November 7, 1941
G.O.P. Retained Majority on Board of Supervisors
Voters of Sullivan County re-elected the four incumbents of county offices and the Republican majority on the Board of Supervisors changed from the 9-6 to 8-7 majority. Largest plurality went to County Clerk J. Bruce Lindsley who won over his Democratic opponent, Frank McKeon of Bloomingburg by 4,955 votes. Mr. Lindsley, returned to office for his fifth term, got 10,823 as against 5,868 for McKeon.
The contest for the office of Sheriff, watched with perhaps the greatest interest by both parties resulted in the return to office of the present Democratic incumbent, Harry Borden, who defeated his Republican opponent, John Baldwin of Livingston Manor by a margin of 719.
In the Town of Fallsburg which is recognized as a Democratic stronghold, present office holders were swept back into office with substantial majorities with the exception of Sup’t of Highways Roy C. Clark who was defeated by Charles Cauthers, Republican.
Hyman E. Mintz, whose term of office as magistrate expires this year, was elected to the office of tax collector, while his place on the Town Board will be taken by Monroe Davis, Woodbourne attorney who was elected as town councilman.
In the town of Callicoon, Fred Hessinger, veteran Democratic supervisor was nosed out by a single vote when Walter Weiss, G.O.P. candidate defeated him. In the Town of Lumberland, however, Republican Edward Bisland was defeated by only six votes in a bitterly fought contest with Walter A. Schwartz whom he defeated two years ago by eight votes.
The shifting population of the Town of Neversink was believed responsible for the defeat of Republican Supervisor Robert T. Many by a margin of fifty-two votes less than his Democratic opponent, William Hotchkin. The departure of many old residents whose properties have been taken over by the N.Y.C. water project and the infiltration of a large number of aqueduct workers has changed the political tendencies of the township.