Contributed photo

Looking Back 10/19

The year is 1908 and the photograph shows one form of transportation used by tourists. Gus Merkenschlager’s Liver” was a taxi service for train passengers arriving at the Erie Depot in Cochecton, NY. A notation on the back of photo reads, “Second passenger is Agnes Moulthrie of Kenoza Lake.” This contributed photo is from Raymond Ehrle.

The Cochecton Papers Book III Committee would appreciate any additional information on Gus Merkenschlager from the readers. His story will help us understand transportation of that time and how it shaped the community.

The Cochecton Preservation Society meets the first Tuesday of the month March through October, 7 p.m. at the Erie Depot, 8537 Rte. 97, Cochecton. Free with refreshments. Tours are by appointment. Visit, email or call 845/932-8104.


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