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Town of Hunter Tidbits: Haines Falls 100 years ago

September 11, 2019 11:35 am Updated: September 11, 2019 11:47 am


It’s fun to look back and see what life was like in our town a hundred years ago. Hope you enjoy the reading.

August 11, 1911 – Haines Falls

Three cinnamon bears on Monday evening gave a performance in climbing telegraph poles, dancing, and in a wrestling match with one of their keepers — two fails out of three, the man winning first and third and Bruin the second. A large crowd witnessed the show and applauded liberally, as such an exhibition is unknown in their city homes.

Everyone is busy, board and rooms are scarce, and the houses are crowded — J. Smith has added an auto to his livery. Soon everyone will wish for a car.

Four masses are celebrated every Sunday and one on weekdays at the Roman Catholic Church, with a large number of worshippers at each service.

George Ober (“Rip Van Winkle right from the Catskills” is the way George Ober’s managers have announced his forthcoming tour of the country. Mr. Ober is the only actor who ever played Rip in Rip’s own home, having been the star of that celebrated Catskill Mountain production of the play in Palenville, New York on August 9th, 1907) played “Rip Van Winkle” at the Wauwanda (large theater in Haines Falls) on Monday evening, the house being filled to its utmost capacity. – The Library Fair occurs at Mrs. Hathaway’s, Sunset Park (could be a misprint, as a Hathaway family lived in Onteora Park), on Saturday at 3:30 to 6 o’clock. - Rain is needed greatly. - We never have had more boarders than are here now. - Michael O’Hara (Greene County Road Supervisor) deserves the general public’s thanks for the removal of big rocks in front of The Vista. Charles Jones and C. Freer, with the help of dynamite, did the deed, which others had said could not be accomplished. - Three men and a woman gave an open-air operatic concert in front of the Klondyke (?) stage on Wednesday morning, which was highly appreciated by several hundred city boarders who heard the cultivated voices of the quartet and accorded them full credit. - Dr. Kindred of Sunset Park has just returned from Washington, D.C., where he interested himself in launching the presidential boom of Gov. Wilson of New Jersey. – A charity whist and lotto party was held at the Unique Cottage (south side of county route 18, North Lake Rd.) on Monday and was a grand success. The prizes, which were all donated and included a number of beautiful articles, were distributed by Mrs. L.S. Hildesheim of Rockaway Beach, assisted by Leon Blyer. Mrs. Hildeshelm welcomed the guests in a pretty little speech that met the plaudits of all present. The receipts, which were $44.50, are to be used to furnish a room at the Rockaway Beach Hospital and bear the name Unique. - The Olcott family are building on their grounds a garage sufficiently large enough to house three autos.

In Memoriam

John H. Frank – For many years Haines Falls had been his summer home. He came here at first for rest from city work. He saw the latent possibilities of a rocky hillside, and on one he built his beautiful home, “Fern Rock,” which he made a place of welcome in many ways. He had the eye and the spirit of an artist.

He was beloved in the mountains as a man of kind heart and unswerving principal, high-minded, and generous, a consistent friend of temperance, humility and righteousness.

Thanks for reading. Until next week, take care, be thankful, and be kind. You never know how your act of kindness may change someone’s life.

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