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.
The Haidee post office in Scott Township, Wayne County, PA, was established in by Edwin Tallman, who described how Haidee became Winterdale. “In 1875 I sent a petition to Congress for the establishment of a post route from Thompson, Susq. Co., Pa. to Hancock, NY. I had the honor of naming the Haidee office.
A postcard from Lillian Krauss’s family collection is captioned, “Post Office, Cochecton, NY,” and it is dated Oct. 8, 1910. The George V. Miller Co., Scranton, PA published the card.
The tiny village of Sherman lies at the very northernmost part of Scott Township, Wayne County. Originally called New Baltimore and renamed for General William Tecumseh Sherman, it was once a bustling center of industry, beginning with lumbering.
The headquarters of the Wayne County Historical Society has quite a history of its own. The brick building has been standing at 810 Main Street in Honesdale since 1860 when it was built by Rodney Tillou and Charles Ball for use as the office of the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company.
Methodist services in Fosterdale, NY started in 1865 as classes in homes, led by a circuit-rider preacher. A church was organized in 1871, with services iheld n the old Fosterdale schoolhouse. The Fosterdale United Methodist Church (FUMC) building was dedicated in the fall of 1881.
The first dispatch from Honesdale after the disastrous 1942 flood was written by local reporter Hartley J. Sanford and published in the Philadelphia Inquirer on May 25. He reported, “A dozen railroad freight cars were picked up like matchboxes and tossed into a pile by the water. Automobiles were thrown into stores.