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1945 poster promoting victory gardens

Return of the Victory Garden

The battle against COVID-19 has prompted the return of an initiative that helped the US get through two previous wars of the shooting kind: The victory garden. Whether fearful of shopping amid crowds at grocery stores, wary of coming food shortages, or desirous of some degree of self-sufficiency, many folks are planning their own victory […]

Caring for European patients of the 1890 Russian Influenza in an isolation tent

La Grippe of 1890

“’La Grippe,’ or the Russian Influenza, is heard from all parts of the world and creates the greatest public interest,” reported the Delaware Gazette January 1, 1890. “The fatal cases are very few, but the number of cases is very great and many of them very distressing. There seems to be none yet in this […]

A priest with a flair for design

A priest with a flair for design

In early 1937, the Catskill Mountain News gave us a glimpse of one man’s efforts to brighten up two local churches and a cemetery. “The interior of the church of the Sacred Heart at Fleischmanns (now a private home) is being repainted and made ready for the summer. The work is proceeding under the direction […]

The day after Thanksgiving

This interesting article was taken from the Delaware Gazette, Nov. 16, 1825. Except for the Thanksgiving balls, it all sounds so familiar . . .  The editor of the Connecticut Mirror makes the following remarks, introductory to the Proclamation of Gov. Clinton, setting apart he 24th of Nov, inst. as a day of Public Thanksgiving: […]

Gas in 1950 was 27 cents a gallon

The Ruffs go to Florida

As half the Catskills prepares to load up the car to head to the Sunshine State for the winter, it’s fun to look back half a century or more to see what that trip used to cost. A penciled accounting of the pennies spent on the round trip from New Kingston to Orlando was found […]

Fleischmanns businesses, c. 1950

Marilyn Mayes Kaltenborn, author of “An Unconventional Childhood: Growing up in the Catskill Mountains in the 1950s and 1960s,” compiled this list of businesses and shops in Fleischmanns at the mid point of the 20th century. She will be the featured speaker at HSM’s Annual Meeting and Luncheon Oct. 26, 2019. Businesses in Fleischmanns during […]

Louis Lane's senior portrait

Stranded in Greenland

So you think it’s cold in the Catskills? Consider the case of Louis A. Lane, who was stranded on a 7,800-foot ice cap in Greenland 70 years ago and lived to tell the tale. Louis Arlington Lane was the son of Louis R. and Mary Quick Lane who lived in Arena and ran a general […]

Dr. James Luther Allaben in undated tintype, taken in Brooklyn

A young doctor faces diptheria

The year 1879 was a traumatic one for several local families and, we suspect, for one young doctor who tried to keep their children alive during an outbreak of diptheria. Dr. James L. Allaben was one of half a dozen physicians working in Middletown that year, when ten children died of the contagious disease. Diptheria […]

Honus Wagner

MAC — where major leaguers got their start

In a slide talk given June 8 at Skene Memorial Library in Fleischmanns, baseball historian Bob Mayer provided insight into the baseball-loving Fleischmann family and some of the men who played for the Mountain Athletic Club (MAC). The club was started by Julius Fleischmann, son of yeast magnate Charles Louis Fleischmann who established the family […]

Anthony Liberatore looks at 1846 bible in 1833 "Yellow Church"

A few images from Headwaters History Days, 2018