Posts made in August, 2013

George F. Ketchum Founded the Warwick Valley Dispatch in 1885

Posted by on Aug 22, 2013 in Warwick In History Minutes | 0 comments

“Warwick in History” – The following is a reminiscence of George Hansen. George F. Ketchum was a leading citizen of our community for many years. He was always a part of any patriotic activity and he had the initiative to make a success of whatever endeavor he chose. He was a loyal Democrat, and the founder of THE WARWICK VALLEY DISPATCH in 1885. In it he wrote a column of timely topics which was read with great interest. He was the type of person who could talk anyone’s language, from the raggedest boy on the street to the President of the United States. He was...

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Remember where the red barn used to be? Well, turn there. .

Posted by on Aug 21, 2013 in Warwick In History Minutes | 0 comments

“Warwick in HIstory” – When the Town of Warwick was set off from the precinct of Goshen in September of 1788, some months passed before a town government was set up. This government took over the management of public affairs in March of 1789. One of the first things done was to name a committee on highways and to appoint overseers of highway work. The town has complete records of the surveys of new routes, the straightening of highways, the building of bridges, and other phases of road work. Those records show that the first generation or two after 1789 were very busy ones....

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The National Bank of Orange & Ulster Counties (and more)

Posted by on Aug 20, 2013 in Warwick In History Minutes | 0 comments

“Warwick in History” – The National Bank of Orange & Ulster Counties established a branch office in Pine Island on July 9, 1962, in the old post office on Pulaski Highway. Edmund Sikorski was named manager and Valerie Krajewski Barone was the first teller. A year later the bank was remodeled and enlarged into the former candy store next door. On May 10, 1969, the bank moved to a new building on Pine Island Turnpike. Present manager is John Wydra with Rose Ann Bonnano and Sally Scheuermann as tellers. A merger took place on July 1, 1975, with the Highland National Bank...

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The summer of 1876 (and more)

Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in Warwick In History Minutes | 0 comments

“Warwick in History” – In the summer of 1876, a camp meeting was held for two weeks in August at Young’s Grove, near Florida, on the road leading to Chester. The notice said that tents would be furnished for those wishing them, at reasonable rates, by the day or week or entire meeting. A boarding and refreshment stand was on the grounds, and horse-drawn stages met all the trains at Florida to carry people to the camp meeting. At that time, in 1876, Florida had passenger and freight train service. The committee of arrangements was Lewis Strong and John Freeman. They...

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Seely Quackenbush came from Bellvale. He was, by trade, a blacksmith, a horse shoer, (more)

Posted by on Aug 17, 2013 in Warwick In History Minutes | 0 comments

“Warwick in History” – Seely Quackenbush came from Bellvale.  He was, by trade. a blacksmith, a horse shoer, and a wagon maker back in the days when those crafts were a necessity to transportation. Seely was also a musician; he could play the violin without the aid of a written note. His was a profitable business, and Longfellow’s “Village Blacksmith” aptly describes his activities. In middle life, things took a change; Seely became enthralled with the desire to proclaim the four-square gospel. He revived churches that had been closed, holding meetings at...

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