Boarding Houses Information Request

After hearing from a Straub descendant this morning, I thought perhaps there are others that read this blog that might have information/photos for some of the boarding houses I am writing about in “Echo Hill and Mountain Grove.”

EHMG is about life in Highland Township, Sullivan County, New York, from 1880 to 1920 and includes the boarding houses in the area.

Here is a list of boarding houses and/or owners that I could use more information on. You can send a comment to me on this post or email me
at: info at halfwaybrook dot com Thank you!

Herman Barber Mt. Farm House in Yulan

Bodin Cottages: Justin and Adel and later Henry and Blanche

Bornstein, Edward and Georgiana

William Bosch, The Lake House

James and Margaret Boyd, The Piermont

Atwell Bradley, Lakeview Cottage


Collins in Eldred

Milton Crandall, Cold Spring Farm

Joseph Darling in Beaver Brook, 1886

Dr. Devenoge on what is now Devenoge Lake, 1886

Gallaghers, Twin Lake Farm and Highland Farm, around 1880

Abel and Viola Bradley Hazen, Laurel Cottages

Charles Hickok, Laurel Valley, 1886

Highland Bridge Hotel, Minisink Ford near the Roebling Bridge

Kalbfus, Highland Cottage

John Kerr house in Hillside area

Kaese Lakeview Farm, built by Charles Kaese, later run by Alfred and Sophia Kaese

Metzgers, John; Fred and Mary

Minisink Lodge

Jackson Myers, Ferncliff

Oakdene, Owens

Peterson home: Fred and an Andrew Peterson, and later 2 daughters of Fred



Fred and Marjorie Schwab in Barryville

Slonek, Under the Pines

Joseph Tether, Washington Lake House

Walter and Meda Tether, Barryville, and later perhaps on WA Lake

Wait, Lakeside Cottage

West Farm, Theodore West

West Shore Cottage, Jacob Buff

West Shore Cottage, F.W. Racine

Yulan Cottage, Metzger (later Hensel)

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4 Responses to Boarding Houses Information Request

  1. Louise says:

    Hi Laura,

    I’ve sent you a couple emails, but I am not sure you are receiving them. Guido Bischof and Ferncliff Lodge (and a still story) are part of Book 3 which will soon be available, I hope. You can reach me at: info (at) halfwaybrook (dot) com or austinsmithbooks (at) gmail (dot) com.

  2. Laura says:

    I have photos of my Grandfather and family at Ferncliff. Would like to share, and see if anyone has more info.

  3. Louise says:


    It is so exciting to hear from you. Ferncliff Lodge and Guido Bischof will be in Book 3.

    I will be looking forward to photos and stories!!

    Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Laura Liebel says:

    My Grandfather, Guido Bischof, was the proprietor of Ferncliff Lodge around 1920 (+/-) til 1940/41. Looking for photos and stories.

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