Daily Mail, Tuesday, July 6, 1926
2000 Feature - Ken Rappleyea lives in
Prattsville now, but grew up at Mosquito Point, half-way between
Prattsville and Lexington.
Here, he shares a very amusing story about his cousins.
Mosquito Point, usually very quiet with its not
very big population, was shocked from the story of two twin brothers
who robbed their own father and ran away.
The happening was in the
summer of 1926, in the family of Mr. Deyo. The irony of the story is
that not very long ago Mr. Deyo had announced to the court that all he
had was $1.60, that way getting away from paying alimony to his former
wife. In the meanwhile he took out his money from the bank and put it
in a milk can in his garage.
Well, he succeeded in his mission, but
still did not have the opportunity to enjoy his money as he was robbed
himself by his own kids.
As they say, nobody gets to enjoy the robbed money. And it was true
not only about Mr. Deyo, but also about his kids. Soon the sheriff
found them and brought them back. Of course big chunk of the money was
gone, but I guess it doesn�t really matter.
I read this story in the Catskill Daily Mail newspaper of July 1926.
The paper, as well as all the other information on this web page
was given to us by Mr. and Mrs. Ken Rappleyea.
Today this family lives
in one of the Prattsville�s oldest houses.
Originally Mr. Ken Rappleyea was from Mosquito point, where he spent his childhood and
youth, going to school, working on his Dad�s farm. And Mr. Deyo, the
subject of the story on the left, was Mr. Ken Rappleyea�s
grandfather. The "lads" in the story were his
Please click on the newspaper clipping on the left to read the entire
amusing story (below) in detail.
But that is not the only
thing that his family is unique. Sarah Rapelje, daughter of one of the
Rappleyea family�s ancestors, was the first white child born in New
York State, in 1625, in �Fort Orange� which is nowadays Albany,
A historic marker
Site of West India Company colony 1624. Here was born Sarah
Rapeljs, first white child in N.Y. state, 1625. Fort stood by
Mosquito Point is a
small area in Lexington; right next to town of Prattsville. It
is know for its very dangerous swimming place, both nowadays and
the old days teenagers� favorite place to hang out. I
said dangerous because it is fairly deep, but that is not
it. Jumping from the bridge is the one that used to and
still makes parents worry about their kids. Today the
whole bridge is wrapped up with a net, but don�t you agree
with me that it is not a big obstacle for teenagers?
Point�? A question that comes to mind every time you hear that
name. Well, I must say that nobody knows the answer. There are
mosquitoes up there. Probably some creative
Mosquito Point School list
note a lot of Rappleyeas on the list
As I mentioned before Ken
Rappleyea was born in
Mosquito point. He too, as well as all the other kids there, gave hard
time to his parents, while jumping from the bridge and swimming.
Ken went to school there too. The schools in those times were a lot
different then what they are now. In Mosquito Point, as well as in
Prattsville and all the other small towns, they had a one room
schools, with one teacher � the first row was for the first graders,
second for the second graders, and so on.
The teacher was the same � after finishing the work with the first
graders, she would give them assignments and start working with the
second graders. This was
slightly different in Prattsville, as Mr. Tom O�Hara told us.
The school of Prattsville was located in, what it is today, the town
hall. The Prattsville building (below) was a lot different though - it
had two floors. it was painted white, had more kids.
An interesting Ken Rappleyea lent me is
the advertisement for Carman House, one of the many Prattsville
Boarding Houses, which we already discussed the the Chatfield
Many "tourists" from the city used to spend their entire
summers in Prattsville and the Catskills, staying in boarding houses
like this one.
Even in the days way before e-mail, the advertisement promised, on top
of good food and accommodations, Two Mails a Day !
Here is an ad for the Carman House, and the house itself. Please
click on both to see larger versions.
Thank you, Ken, for the documents, and sharing the 1926 story of your
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Our teenage website correspondent, Sona Grigoryan,
a 1999-2000 exchange with the Cernikovsky family.
Yerevan, Armenia, attended high school and
lived in New York City and
Here she is interviewing Mr & Mrs Rappleyea at their home in May 2000.
Sona wrote a series of
articles based on interviews
with old-time residents,
glimpses of life
in Prattsville in the 20th century.
You can write to Sona at firstname.lastname@example.org
family�s house story is coming up soon
in this series of "2000
1926 Deyo story in detail is just below:
in detail: Catskill Daily Mail, Tuesday, July 6,
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LEXINGTON LADS RAIDED
FATHER'S HIDDEN CASH
Found Milk Can in
Open Shed Stuffed with Money,
Grabbed a Handful Netting Over $3,000 and Went Off on a Wild
Raid of Adventure and Spending
--- Lavish Doings and Bushkill, Pa., Aroused Suspicion and
Arbogast made a trip to Pennsylvania last week, following a visit on
Wednesday, June 30, from Otis.G.Deyo, of Lexington, a farmer and a
sawmill operator of that town, accompanied by Trooper Allen, of
communicated to the Sheriff the information that his twin sons, Otis
and Otto, aged 17, with another lad, William Huggins, also aged 17,
had discovered a depository of his money which he kept in an old milk
can in his open sawmill shed, and left the town in and old Ford car.
The amount taken he estimated as over $3,000.
It appears the boys had discovered the elder Deyo�s rather
original depository of surplus cash, had helped themselves freely and
started away as stated.
at once began an inquiry with a view to locating the boys, and was
busy on the trail they left behind them by lavish spending
expenditures, when he received a telephone call from Stroudsburg, Pa.,
the headquarters of the State police of Monroe County, in that State,
announcing the detention of the lads there, where suspicion had been
excited by their display of money and lavish expenditures.
Sheriff Abrogast left Catskill and motored to Stroudsburg,
Thursday afternoon, leaving here at 5 o�clock, accompanied by State
Trooper Allen. He
returned with the three boys in charge Saturday night, arriving here
about 7 o�clock, and with full information of one of the most unique
tales in juvenile delinquency in the history of Greene County.
The strory as told by the lads, and confirmed at every point by
the Sheriff and Pennsylvania authorities is as follows:
claimed that they had been denied any spending money by their father,
and in company with young Huggins, had discovered their father�s
money cache. They decided
to make us of what6 seemed to them to be a great opportunity.
Otis grabbed a handful of the bills and stuffed his pockets,
from the milk can and the three took an old Ford car which they
claimed belonged to them and headed for Kingston.
Arriving in that town, they made a dicker and sold the old Ford
car for a small cum, and then hunted up the local Ford salesroom,
where they negotiated and bought a new Ford touring car, paying $586
for it. In this they left
Kingston, and turned up Wednesday at Bushkill, Monroe County, Pa.,
where they called at Schaller�s garage and requested some repairs
made on their new Ford, also stating they wished to have a foot
accelerator put on it. While
the repairs were in progress, they looked about the garage and their
attention was attracted to a new Willis-Knight car, for which make
Mr.Schaller was an agent. The
boys began to ask as to terms on which they could trade their Ford for
the Willis-Knight. Thinking the request boyish curiosity, Mr.Schaller told them
he would take the Ford car at the price they had paid for it and
$1,060 cash for the Willis-Knight.
He went into his office on some matter, and shortly was
surprised when Otis Deyo walked into the office and laid $1,060 bills
before him. The party then went to a justice�s office, to to have the
title in the Ford car changed to Mr.Schaller�s name and to have the
application and the certificate for the Willis-Knight made out in the
name of one of the twins. Mr.Schaller
was also handed $15 to secure a new license for the lads.
Meantime, the boys were compelled to wait for the license.
Over Sunday, in Bushkill, they were heroes among children of
the village, buying boys and girls candy, ice cream cones, fireworks,
etc., and spending money in a lavish way. This liberally excited Mr.Scheller�s suspicions.
The boys then took a notion to run up to Scranton by rail,
telling Mr.Scheller they would be back for the Willis-Knight in three
days. Mr. Schaller
notified the State Police at Stroudsburg of his suspicions. The lads came back to Bushkill Thursday night, and had each
bought a new suit of clothes and also purchased a complete camping
outfit. They attempted to
camp in a field near the village, but were ordered away, and then came
back to Schaller�s garage. Here
Sergeant Annich and Trooper Stewart of the Pennsylvania State Police,
and county detective office Shafer awaited them, and they were taken
inti custody. The
Sergeant took $1,130 in cash from Otis Deyo, which he had in his two
hip pockets. The boys
were taken to the State Police headquarters at the American House,
Stroudsburg, which is the county seat of Monroe county, where under
police examination, the Deyo boys broke down and made a full
was told to hold the $1,060 paid him until further notice and Sergeant
Annich put $1,130 in a
Stroudsburg bank. With
the $586 paid for the new Ford car, this accounted for $2,776 of the
afternoon, the boys were taken by Sheriff Arbogast to Lexington, and a
hearing was held by justice of the peace Christopher Riley.
The boys were held on the charge of grand larceny, bail being
fixed at $1,000 each. The
bail was furnished and the lads released from custody.
this was not the end of this peculiar case.
Yesterday, Robert Craft, of the law firm of Ives & Craft,
of Roxbury, arrived in town and called on Sheriff Arbogast.
Mr.Craft is counsel for Mrs.Otis Deyo, who is separated from
her husband and has certain legal claims against him which he has
evaded, Mr.Craft stated to a Daily Mail representative, under the plea
that he had no money, stating that $1.60 was all he had in the bank.
Just what Cratf�s mission will result cannot be stated, but
it is evident that the Dayo twins have piled up trouble for their
father that will not be entirely obliterated by their own punishment,
whatever that may be. The
case will be of great public interest when it comes up in court.