Once called Salem Corners, then Hamlinton, the bustling town of Hamlin is still the hub of the Salem Township community. The first frame house in the town was built two miles west of the Corners by Harris Hamlin, a brick maker, in 1802. Hon. Ephraim W. Hamlin of Bethany and Judge Butler Hamlin were two of his children.
The Curtis family name is known to Cochecton and Callicoon local history. James C. Curtis is the illustrious fellow to tout being first supervisor for the Town of Cochecton, New York State Assemblyman, Senator and more. His sons were also successful.
Historic Liberty Hall, also known as “The Masonic,” was built in 1860 by Miles L. Tracy on the site of the old Jakway Hotel at Main and 9th streets in Honesdale.
The Town of Cochecton was separated from Bethel in 1828. James C. Curtis was elected the first supervisor of the Town of Cochecton serving from 1829 to 1844 and 1849 to 1850.
The Liberty Wedge was a musical group formed to raise money in Wayne County for Liberty Bonds. Wayne County played an active part in World War I, beginning with the local Company E of the 13th Regiment of the Pennsylvania National Guard.
Professor George W. Twitmyer became supervising principal of Honesdale’s schools in 1884. Born in Center County, PA in 1849, he graduated from the Central Normal School and started teaching at the age of 19.
The Cochecton Train Station freight room is blessed with seven oil paintings by a young 14-year-old lad who once captured the highlights of Cochecton’s landscapes. Raymond A. Ehrle of East Cochecton painted the scenes from 1940 to 1950. Most are of the dairy farm of Otto Ehrle’s, Ray’s father.
Cochecton Papers I was published July 1977 to commemorate the town of Cochecton’s past and to remind us of a promising future. Lillian Krauss chaired the Cochecton Bicentennial Committee.
Samuel Meredith, first treasurer of the United States under the Constitution, served in that office from 1789 to 1801. Meredith, his brother-in-law, George Clymer, and other Philadelphia speculators purchased many large tracts of land in Pennsylvania, including 26,000 acres in the Pleasant Mount area.
Years ago, the Weiden family of Narrowsburg donated to the Cochecton Preservation Society a vintage wooden egg shipping box that was used to send eggs to their family in NYC via railroad. The box has a hinged lid with a latch that closes with a swivel L-shaped hook. It did not lock.