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Observations and Discoveries

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Rafting down the Delaware — audio history

Bill Horne’s presentation at the HSM Annual Meeting Oct. 23 gave us a chance to hear voices from the past, namely Mike Todd, legendary hunter and woodsman, and Orson Slack, a former raftsman on the Delaware. Horne’s book, The Improbable Community: Camp Woodland and the American Democratic Ideal, chronicles the relationship between the youngsters at […]

Margaretville’s finest

Margaretville’s finest

This photo, donated to HSM by Ed and Janet Vermilyea, shows the Margaretville Fire Department at the 1909 Hudson Fulton Celebration in Kingston. Identifications penciled on the back of the photograph by Ed’s mother included, front, l to r., Nealy Ackerley, Harry Eckert, ?, Chan Squires, ?, Earl VanValkenburgh, ?, ?, Charles Boyd. Rear: John […]

Echoes of industry

Echoes of industry

What today is known as the Woolheater house, on Maple Street across from the fire hall was once located on Main Street where Suites on Main (formerly Royal Cleaners) stands. In the 1880s it was Will Mungle’s harness shop, situated above the Binnekill between the shoe shop of Asa Akerly and the home of Mary […]

Hunters of the Nor'easters Metal Detectors Club fan out through the hamlet of Halcottsville during a weekend relic hunt June 10-11

Halcottsville Relic Hunt yields finds, funds

1920s transportation for those without their own horse or car. Ulster County communities served by the Merrihew Brothers are painted on the side of the bus, evidently before Margaretville was added to the route.

The Merrihew bus line

Back in the days when bus seats were made of wicker and the driver was often the mechanic too, a pair of brothers named Merrihew ran the area’s best known ‘mass transit’ operation, the Pine Hill-Kingston Bus Corp. Russ Merrihew, who learned all about vehicles serving in a motor transport unit during World War I, […]

Kids and their dolls in Margaretville captured c. 1950 by Ethel Bussy

Video: Do you remember 1950s Middletown?

You’ll enjoy this video, created by Fred Margulies, of a program we held in April 2016. We asked the audience to chime in with info about people and places highlighted in a slideshow. Hope you enjoy this communal trip down memory lane. Please contribute your own recollections if the spirit moves.

Was this the George Green house?

Calling Dr. Green . . .

A recently discovered photo of a grand old house that once stood in Dunraven has shed a bit of light on 19th-century doctoring. When this photo was taken by the NYC Board of Water Supply in the late 1940s, the house was part of the Bruce and Cora Kelly farm. The buildings and 18 acres […]

One tired farmer

One tired farmer

Percy Haddow didn’t even get his barn boots off before falling asleep in a big upholstered chair with his old dog at his feet in his undated photo, supplied by Carol Haddow Gates. Percy was born in Arena in 1880 to Robert and Mary Jaquish Haddow and continued the family farm in Millbrook until auctioning […]

John B. Hinkley of Halcottsville

John B. Hinkley of Halcottsville

This broadside for the auction of John B. Hin(c)kley’s dairy herd and equipment is in the Roxbury historian’s collection. It paints a good picture of what the average farm contained in 1917, and what the average farmer considered important. Top of the list was Mr. Hinkley’s “entire dairy of forty cows, all in good condition, […]

Message from 1909

Message from 1909

This postcard image of a house in Margaretville was sent to Mrs. Laura Fowler in Prattsville by someone who wrote on the front: “Do you recognize these two old friends, J.H.S. and L.H K.? Margaretville, April 18, 1909. I hope you are well. We are well as usual.” Who are these ladies, and where is […]