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Observations and Discoveries

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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

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 […]