Delaware Inn destroyed by blaze

Delaware Inn destroyed by blaze

There are 24 comments on the Daily Star story from Jan 29, 2008, titled Delaware Inn destroyed by blaze. In it, Daily Star reports that:

“It was very fortunate that no one perished in the fire.”

A midnight blaze destroyed a 150-year-old Hancock landmark overnight Sunday and left two men injured. via Daily Star

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Clifford Clune

Binghamton, NY

#1 Feb 1, 2008
My family owned the DI for quite a few years. Dad bought it in 1963 I do believe, my brother took it over in 1979, I think and ran it for 10 years or so. I have alot of fond memories growing up their, we moved from a farm in Penn. and it was culture shock, Clarkie would say we didn't know what shoes were until me moved to Hancock. I remember the passenger trains, the Phoebe Snow, bringing folks into town on a summer day to spent a weekend or more, we meant some pretty interesting people in our child hood. Hancock was a pretty busy place in those times. I remember them tearing down the Hancock House for a food store, another landmark hotel. The DI had a double balcony on it until the train hit it in 67 or 68 Dad just put a single balcony back on it, we would sit up their and enjoy looking at the village and surronding mountain sides. Any other stories and or memories would be nice, When we moved to the Hotel we all had rooms on the 3rd floor, their always was this discussion which floor we were really on and how you counted them, but we were on the 3rd. My brother Gerry and I had room 18 facing up front st,and we had a balcony window, could sneek out at nite when a train went by, oh the 3:oo was always on time. O ne of the great things that came along with the place was Earl Swartwout and his son Junnie, Earl worked cleaning the place after the bar closed, he'd start at 3 am and the place would be spotless, Junnie became like one of the family. Its a sad time with the DI gone, I'll miss going through Hancock and not naking sure I go by the DI......
Jay

United States

#2 Feb 1, 2008
What a tragedy!!! I loved the D.I., especially those big windows, and will certainly miss it. I went there on my last birthday and was planning to this year, so I certainly was shocked when I came across the information that it is gone. Really saddens me.
janet

United States

#3 Feb 6, 2008
Lots and Lots of memories were made in that place... with old friends and making new friends. Was a place you could go and feel comfortable wether it be dining or drinking. The wedding receptions, the family reunions, the high school reunions, the anniversaries, the birthday parties, new years eve, fishing season, hunting season, winter, summer, spring, fall, halloween parties, hanging out with friends, hanging out with family, and the just needing somewhere to go when you didn't want to be home. It was always the perfect place to be. You could go in there and find all ages chatting and watching tv. It will be missed very much.
Jeff Sydney Australia

Australia

#4 Feb 8, 2008
I can't believe the DI is gone! I worked in a summer camp for 3 years and spent many a night out at the DI. The staff was great and the owner John a top bloke. Many fond memories held of pool, dancing and of course drinking.
Barry Herbst

AOL

#5 Mar 6, 2008
Hello, I've been fishing the Hancock area since 1973. Unless there were two trains that derailed,it certainly didn't happened in the sixty,s, more like the early eighty's. Any way the DI was the only restaurant to have gladiolus for table decorations,it reminded me of a funaral home. I remerber George's diner for breakfast,and when the fish weren,t biting we would head for the DI for some cold Genesee.It's a shame , a pretty place gone,now what Moo's?
VIN PERELLA

Frederick, MD

#6 Apr 18, 2008
What a sad event. I spent many fun evenings there after fishing. It will be missed!
Andrew Wojtowicz

United States

#7 May 14, 2008
Barry Herbst wrote:
Hello, I've been fishing the Hancock area since 1973. Unless there were two trains that derailed,it certainly didn't happened in the sixty,s, more like the early eighty's. Any way the DI was the only restaurant to have gladiolus for table decorations,it reminded me of a funaral home. I remerber George's diner for breakfast,and when the fish weren,t biting we would head for the DI for some cold Genesee.It's a shame , a pretty place gone,now what Moo's?
hey barry. Been a long time. i have some wild memories in the DI for the short time i was going there during fishing season. great place to hang out.
STEVEN NAUHEIMER

New York, NY

#8 May 21, 2008
I HAVE BEEN TO HANCOCK WHEN I WAS YOUNG. IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE FOR A QUIET SUMMER.THE PLACE STAYED THE SAME YEAR AFTER YEAR. I WONDER HOW IT IS TODAY.
Pandie Trueman

Port Crane, NY

#9 Jun 9, 2008
I have been to Hancock many times. I loved that old landmark hotel. Will miss it dearly. Now I will come up to see the live theater at The Old Capitol Theater with the famous and talented, The Little Victory Players. Thanks for live theater, Hancock is still going strong now and growing.
giselle

Albany, NY

#10 Jun 9, 2008
Pandie- we all love Hancock and all it has to offer and I'm proud to say that it's where I'm from. But please- the shameless promotion...really? What we should be saying is thank you to all the hardworking men and women who buy locally year-round, take pride in where they are from, and aren't afraid to take a risk when faced with adversity. Don't get me wrong, great PR tactic- too obvious though.
Eddy Balls

Corning, NY

#11 Jun 16, 2008
giselle wrote:
Pandie- we all love Hancock and all it has to offer and I'm proud to say that it's where I'm from. But please- the shameless promotion...really? What we should be saying is thank you to all the hardworking men and women who buy locally year-round, take pride in where they are from, and aren't afraid to take a risk when faced with adversity. Don't get me wrong, great PR tactic- too obvious though.
Yeah...I am not sure that one can use Hancock and promotion in the same sentence. For starter, "there ain't nothing to promote". And folks from Hancock wouldn't know the meaning of promotion.
giselle

New York, NY

#12 Jun 18, 2008
Eddy Balls- where do you get off? Don't you dare make generalizations about things you most likely know nothing about, ever. Obviously you're doing your best to promote Hancock as well. Haven't you ever heard that bad publicity is still publicity? Thanks! Either you're some manic shut-in who classifies himself as 'far more intelligent than anyone else who was born and raised in Hancock. Because you left (?).. only to flunk out of college and live in your parent's basement fantasizing about what could have been.' Or you're a child, which clearly from your posts would indicate that you've got nothing better to do than Google 'Hancock, NY' and find this page- then comment on every single post..... and you think you're better than the 'dirtbags' and 'red necks' from your poll. At least they don't actively stalk a web site. How ignorant are you?
Eddy Balls

Corning, NY

#13 Jun 20, 2008
LOL!! Education I have. A master's degree in fact. And Hancock I am from. Born and raised until I left for college and only come back to visit my parents. First name Eddy. Last name Balls. Middles name, Gotts.

I have experienced the completely unjustified arrogance of the Hancock redneck far too many times in my youth for any of you to tell me differently. And sure their are great people in Hancock. Most of them leave like I did. But some decide to stay for various reasons. However, the majority fall under the category that has so offended Turk and giselle.

So, its not lack of education and I have traveled to more countries that most of the folks in Hancock even know exist. I don't live in my parents basement. Hancock is clearly not something I "most likely know nothing about".

So what you else you got!?
Eddy Balls

Corning, NY

#14 Jun 20, 2008
STEVEN NAUHEIMER wrote:
I HAVE BEEN TO HANCOCK WHEN I WAS YOUNG. IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE FOR A QUIET SUMMER.THE PLACE STAYED THE SAME YEAR AFTER YEAR. I WONDER HOW IT IS TODAY.
Still has great scenery. Nice NEW place to stop at and have some good food and drink is the Bluestone. Owned and operated by people from Boston, I believe.

And not too many locals go there. Occasionally some local a-hole will be at the bar, drunk as hell and using the f- word every chance he gets in an attempt to hide the fact that he might in fact be gay. Which can be entertaining in a train wreck sort of way.

But if you are lucky enough to be there at a time when it is busy with non-locals, it's a great place!
Pandie

Norwich, NY

#15 Aug 13, 2008
Eddy Balls wrote:
<quoted text>
Yeah...I am not sure that one can use Hancock and promotion in the same sentence. For starter, "there ain't nothing to promote". And folks from Hancock wouldn't know the meaning of promotion.
This is Pandie again. Well, it's true that that was a promotion for the small town of Hancock, but Giselle, Hancock can sometimes use the promotion. I don't live in Hancock, but travel there all the time. You were right, but I was trying to bring more people there with the Theater shows.
Eddie, it's wasn't nice to trash the people who live there. Not all towns can be prosperous as perhaps where YOU live, but Hancock is trying. It still is a lovely town in a scenic area. With it's new hotel, don't worry I won't "promote" it, to it's new businesses opening up more often now.
I too am sorrowed by the absence of the Delaware Inn , But the town still has much to offer. OK, I will stop my promotions for now.
Pandie or maybe not

Norwich, NY

#16 Aug 13, 2008
Eddy Balls wrote:
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Still has great scenery. Nice NEW place to stop at and have some good food and drink is the Bluestone. Owned and operated by people from Boston, I believe.
And not too many locals go there. Occasionally some local a-hole will be at the bar, drunk as hell and using the f- word every chance he gets in an attempt to hide the fact that he might in fact be gay. Which can be entertaining in a train wreck sort of way.
But if you are lucky enough to be there at a time when it is busy with non-locals, it's a great place!
Oh my gosh Eddie, are you now not only trashing Hancock, which I do agree with you about the local bar attendants, but do you need to attack the gays. No I am not gay. But come on. Aurhhhh
giselle

Queensbury, NY

#17 Aug 18, 2008
Pandie, I totally understand where you're coming from- it was just too obvious. was actually born and raised in Hancock and now operate a successful communications firm (which is why I cringed, sorry!) I enjoyed the most recent show at the theatre however.

BUT the fact of the matter is that no one should be making crass assumptions or judgments against those who can't always defend themselves. One can't help to think that maybe it's this intolerance and superiority complex that is the problem which plagues our societies and leaves the disadvantaged wanting.
a hancock local

Enterprise, AL

#18 Aug 22, 2008
Well I was a local resident of hancock most of my life until i joined the Army. I have done four tours in Iraq and am now a drill SGT. at Fort Benning GA. I was deeply saddened to hear about the death of the DI and also SSGT. Whiting!! A great little town lost a very nice bar and one hell of a soldier in the same week!!!
SSGT. Lewis
Happy Former Resident

Magnolia, TX

#19 Aug 27, 2008
I too am a former resident of Hancock. I agree with Eddy. Your taking his point of view as a put down, he's just stating the obvious, Hancock is a town of small opportunity. There's no room for a kid to grow. The closing of Bard Parker was the begining of the end for that town. The truth of the matter is the majority of people left there are on welfare or retired. No to mention the growth of drugs! I ask my nephews and nieces to leave every time I talk to them. Not because Hancock sucks, but because the environment has changes and opportunity is better offered in cities and towns that are growing and building of there, and no Bass' new Hotel is not what I mean by growing.
I bet I know all of you on here. LOL
Take care u guys!
Judi Vanwhy

Lecanto, FL

#20 Sep 24, 2008
I just came accross this article about the DI burning and I am very upset right now. My Great Grandfather built the hotel in the late 1800's and I am currently doing my family tree. I have been there and was planning to go again to see if anyone had any papers on my Shanly family or photos of the family. I did go to the historical society and the lady gave me many articles of which I am so grateful for. This is such a shame. Do you know if they will rebuild or is it salvageable at all.
Clifford Clune wrote:
My family owned the DI for quite a few years. Dad bought it in 1963 I do believe, my brother took it over in 1979, I think and ran it for 10 years or so. I have alot of fond memories growing up their, we moved from a farm in Penn. and it was culture shock, Clarkie would say we didn't know what shoes were until me moved to Hancock. I remember the passenger trains, the Phoebe Snow, bringing folks into town on a summer day to spent a weekend or more, we meant some pretty interesting people in our child hood. Hancock was a pretty busy place in those times. I remember them tearing down the Hancock House for a food store, another landmark hotel. The DI had a double balcony on it until the train hit it in 67 or 68 Dad just put a single balcony back on it, we would sit up their and enjoy looking at the village and surronding mountain sides. Any other stories and or memories would be nice, When we moved to the Hotel we all had rooms on the 3rd floor, their always was this discussion which floor we were really on and how you counted them, but we were on the 3rd. My brother Gerry and I had room 18 facing up front st,and we had a balcony window, could sneek out at nite when a train went by, oh the 3:oo was always on time. O ne of the great things that came along with the place was Earl Swartwout and his son Junnie, Earl worked cleaning the place after the bar closed, he'd start at 3 am and the place would be spotless, Junnie became like one of the family. Its a sad time with the DI gone, I'll miss going through Hancock and not naking sure I go by the DI......

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