Small Town News—Port Jervis

The largest apples by far that we have ever seen are now displayed in Vail Brothers show window. They are called pound sours or [unclear] apples. The two weigh three pounds and seven ounces, and one measures 15¼ and another 15¼ around. They were grown on the farm of Lewis Cox, about a mile and a half beyond Deckertown, and were picked from the trees by W.H. Dewitt of this village, a brother-in-law of Mr. Cox. (Port Jervis Evening Gazette, October 16, 1880)

We learn from the Middletown Press that Jonathan Dewitt, of Deckertown, last Sunday made a call at the house of G.R. Carr. A political discussion ensued, which waxed very warm, and finally ended in Mr. Carr ordering him from his house and, as he had no inclination to do so, struck him with a chair, when he got out. He was bruised a little. (Port Jervis Evening Gazette, December 2, 1876)

The youngest child of William H. Dewitt, the builder, was Tuesday taken very sick. Dr. Hunt was called, and he pronounces the disease diphtheria, the first well-defined case in Port Jervis since last winter. (Port Jervis Evening Gazette, February 1, 1881)

The donation of the Rev. D.E. Frambes of Montague, Sussex county, N.J., will take place at the Brick House on Wednesday evening, Dec. 20th, instead of the 30th, as previously stated. (Port Jervis Evening Gazette, December 14, 1876)

The old barns on the Rorick English [sic] farm, at Monroe Corner, were totally destroyed by fire Monday evening of last week with the contents, consisting of farming implements, harness and a large amount of hay and grain. (Port Jervis Gazette, October 28, 1880)

Small Town News—Middletown Times Herald & Middletown Daily Argus

Miss Jeanne Arnold of Matamoras returned home today after a week’s visit with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. George E. Carr. (Middletown Times Herald, September 21, 1946)

Mrs. Edna Bush of Unionville returned there Monday after a visit with Mr. and Mrs. Halsey Decker. (Middletown Times Herald, June 5, 1941)

Mrs. Edna Bush is a guest at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Tracy Decker in Washingtonville. (Middletown Times Herald, October 5, 1948)

Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Davidson of Cooperstown spent the weekend with Mrs. Davidson’s sisters, Miss Lillian, Florence and Mary Sutton. Miss Elizabeth Davidson of New York also spent the week-end at the Sutton home. She is taking a nurse’s training corps [sic] at the Presbyterian Hospital. Mrs. Mae Sutton of Unionville was also a guest at the same home. (Middletown Times Herald, October 3, 1945)

Mrs. Lulu Hissenbottle [sic] of Palisades Park, N.J., returned home Sunday after spending a week with Mr. and Mrs. George E. Carr. (Middletown Times Herald, July 31, 1945)

Mrs. Leslie Hissenbottle [sic] of Palisades Park, N.J., is spending the week with Mr. and Mrs. George E. Carr. (Middletown Times Herald, August 7, 1946)

Mount Salem — Miss Alice Northrup spent a couple of days in Middletown, last week, accompanied by Mrs. John Carr, of Unionville. (Middletown Daily Argus, October 9, 1895)

Mrs. Kenneth Whitaker has taken her daughter Sally to Sampson Naval hospital for removal of her tonsils. (Middletown Times Herald, August 17, 1945)

Assorted Business News Items

Vincent Carr has served [sic] his connection with the Markovitt’s store. (Middletown Times Herald, January 6, 1932)

Vincent Carr, recently discharged from service, has resumed his work with Charles Kithcart. (Middletown Times Herald, December 20, 1945)

OCEANSIDE NEWS: David Rorick, an attorney from Des Moines, Iowa, is building a residence on Pacific avenue. He will open an office here for the practice of his profession. (Los Angeles Times, June 26, 1906)

Frank Rorick is clerking in G.M. Graves’ insurance agency. (Daily Huronite, April 12, 1886)

Report of Superintendents of Poor House Farm shows that Jacob Rorick succeeded N.K. Beardslee. Failure of crops increased expenses of institution, a long and hard winter ran the number of inmates up to 110. Of the 99 inmates on May 10, forty-five were children too young to be bound out. (Newspaper Clippings from the Sussex Register. 1897-1899. Newton, NJ: The Register. Item originally published June 19, 1837.)

Superintendents of poor house and farm publish annual report; express satisfaction with Mr. Rorick and re-engage him at increased salary; he had improved the meadows and proved himself to be a superior farmer. Owing to the bad year only three bushels of wheat and 47 1/2 of rye were gathered from the farm; many sheep had been lost through scab. (Newspaper Clippings from the Sussex Register. 1897-1899. Newton, NJ: The Register. Item originally published June 25, 1838.)

Mr. Harry F. Tyrrell, secretary of the university Y.M.C.A., will attend the annual convention of Y.M.C.A. secretaries to convene at Saugatuck, Mich., on June 27th for a two weeks session. He will be accompanied by Mrs. Tyrrell. (Iowa City Press Citizen, June 26, 1925)

William H. DeWitt

William H. DeWitt is now living retired in Montclair, enjoying the rest which is the fitting crown of many years of useful labor. His life, though impretentious and quiet, is an object lesson of real value to the observing and thoughtful. It brings out prominently the characteristics that win, offers encouragement to young men who are willing to work with their minds and hands, and affords another proof of the familiar adage that there is no royal road to wealth or distinction in this republic. The achievement depends upon the man. Earnest, persistent labor, unflagging perseverance and honorable dealing have brought to him a comfortable competence and numbered him among the substantial citizens of Montclair.

Mr. DeWitt was born in Orange county, New York, near Port Jervis, December 24, 1849, and is a son of James and Mary (Carr) DeWitt. His parents were natives of Deckertown, Sussex county, New Jersey, in which locality the ancestors of the DeWitt family, emigrating from Holland, located at a very early day. The grandfather, Peter DeWitt, was numbered among the first settlers of the county, and took an active part in its development. The maternal grandfather of our subject was Robert Carr. Both Mr. and Mrs. James DeWitt, now deceased, passed their lives upon a farm, and by their upright lives won the respect of all who knew them.

William H. DeWitt acquired the greater part of his education in Deckertown, New Jersey, but afterward attended school at Port Jervis, New York. His mother died when he was about twelve years of age and he was early thrown upon his own resources, so that he has become a self-made man, his success being the outcome of his own efforts. At the age of sixteen he entered upon an apprenticeship at the carpenter’s trade under Darius Rhodes, of Port Jervis, and after completing his term worked with that man until twenty years of age, when he began business on his own account, as a contractor and builder. He followed that vocation for a quarter of a century, during which time he never took a vacation, but with unremitting zeal and energy applied himself to his work and made steady advancement. He erected many of the finest residences in Montclair, together with many substantial business blocks, churches, school-houses and club-houses, which stand as monuments to his handiwork and his business ability. His fidelity to the terms of a contract, his promptness and honorable dealing, secured to him a very liberal patronage and brought to him good, substantial returns. For the past ten years he has dealt considerably in real estate, building houses, both for sale and rent, and still has considerable desirable realty. The rental from his houses yields to him a good income and enables him to lay aside the more arduous duties of business life.

In 1870 Mr. DeWitt was united in marriage to Miss Mary Hornbeck, of Port Jervis, New York, a daughter of Lewis and Lydia (Stanton) Hornbeck. She was born in the city where her marriage was celebrated, but was principally reared and educated in Orange, New York. Her mother was a native of Sullivan county, of the Empire state. Three children grace the union of our subject and his wife: Sarah A., Charles I., who is now a student in Amherst College, and Wilham H., Jr.

Mr. DeWitt votes the Republican ticket on state and national questions, but at local elections where no national issue is involved, takes into consideration the qualifications of the candidates and casts his ballot accordingly. Pinehurst, his fine home, is a beautiful and commodious modern residence, standing in the midst of a beautiful lawn, ornamented with native forest trees and pines. Their warm-hearted hospitality places the many guests at their ease and has made Pinehurst the center of a cultured society circle.

Source:  Biographical and Genealogical History of the City of Newark and Essex County, New Jersey. 1898. Lewis Publishing Company: New York, NY.

Small Town News—Carr

Mrs. Caroline Carr is ill at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. George E. Carr. (Middletown Times Herald, October 1, 1946)

Mr. and Mrs. George E. Carr entertained the Wantage Card Club Friday evening. (Middletown Times Herald, January 12, 1939)

Mr. and Mrs. George E. Carr have received word from their son, Wallace, stating that he is now with a medical unit in India. Another son, Vincent, is confined to a British hospital, due to an eye injury received in action. (Middletown Times Herald, March 29, 1945)

At Father’s Day services in the Methodist Church Sunday George E. Carr received a gift for being the oldest father present. John Eason was given a gift for being the youngest. (Middletown Times Herald, June 20, 1946)

Mr. and Mrs. George E. Carr have moved to Middletown. (Middletown Times Herald, April 2, 1947)

Technical Sergeant Wallace Carr, son of Mr. and Mrs. George E. Carr, who has been stationed for three years in the CBI Theatre, has notified his parents that he expects to be home soon. (Middletown Times Press, December 17, 1945)

Wallace Carr, son of Mr. and Mrs. George E. Carr, has arrived in this country from China. His mother and brother met him in New York on January second before he reported to Fort Dix, where he is awaiting discharge. (Middletown Times Herald, January 4, 1946)

Technical Sergeant Wallace Carr has been discharged from the service and is at home. (Middletown Times Herald, January 9, 1946)

Carrie Everett Carr

Mrs. Carrie Carr died Tuesday at the home of her son, George E. Carr, aged eighty-one.  She had been ill a long time.  Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the Harry House Funeral Parlors in Sussex.  The Rev. A.G. Graham, pastor of the Sussex Baptist Church, will officiate.  Interment will be in Mt. Salem Cemetery.  Mrs. Carr, widow of Everett [sic] Carr, is survived by her son, a sister, Mrs. Lulu Heissenbuttle of Palisades Park, N.J., three grandchildren, Vincent and Wallace Carr of Unionville, and Mrs. Frank Arnold of Matamoras, Pa.; and two great-grandchildren.

Source:  Middletown Times Herald, October 10, 1946.