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Pictured here is Grace Johansen, who for many years has brought you the “Did You Know?” column. Grace passed away Saturday, August 8, surrounded by her loving family. She enjoyed bringing to life and celebrating the local history of the Tusten Township and surrounding areas. We thank all her loyal readers throughout the years.

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This harness race, with Ferris wheel in the background, was photographed at the Wayne County Fair for The River Reporter by Rob Holmstrup in August of 1993. According to the accompanying article, that year was the 100th anniversary of the presence of the ferris wheel at the fair. This year’s fair starts on Friday, August 7. See page 17. There’s still harness racing, and a Ferris wheel, along with other rides.  Read more

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Pictured here in front of Stranahan’s house on Lake Street in Narrowsburg, NY, circa 1945, are from the left: Anita Stranahan Foster, Glenn Herald, unidentified man in uniform, Margaret Wickman Wilkerson and Esther Wickman Nagy.

From the collection of the Tusten Historical Society. The Tusten Historical Society’s hours at the Western Sullivan Public Library, Tusten-Cochecton branch in Narrowsburg, are Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m., Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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The back of this postcard reads: “Members of the staff wear authentic garments of the pioneer period at Fort Delaware. The flintlock firearms carried by the men date from the Revolutionary period. These people show you how early settlers lived 200 years ago. The staff, from the left: Tommy Barnes, Sue Flora, Jerry Jones, Jim Burbank, founder and builder of the Fort, and Blanch Jones.”  Read more

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Pictured here in November of 1945 are, from the left, George Seibert, Dick Behling, Billy Brauser, Henry Petermann, Herb Ropke and Frankie Reith. They had shot a deer and had it on the fender of the car. In that era it was common to use deer meat, venison, to help provide food for the winter.

From the collection of the Tusten Historical Society. The Tusten Historical Society’s hours at the Western Sullivan Public Library, Tusten-Cochecton branch in Narrowsburg, are Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m., Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Standing here were the first teachers and principal for the brand-new Narrowsburg Central School. The school opened its doors to students in 1929. From the left are Mr. Paul, Miss Gain, Miss Voght, Mrs. Alexander, Miss Lennon and Mr. Bradley, the principal. The landscaping had not yet been started.

From the Tusten Historical Society collection. The Tusten Historical Society’s hours at the Western Sullivan Public Library, Tusten-Cochecton branch in Narrowsburg, are Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m., Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Pictured here, circa 1950, is my dad, J. Frank Behling and my husband, Ken Johansen. They were preparing to take off from the Narrowsburg Airport (where Lander’s campground is now located) in my dad’s Piper Cub. My dad looks ready to give Ken a thrilling ride, but Ken looks a bit unsure! Happy Father’s Day to two good men.

The Tusten Historical Society’s hours at the Western Sullivan Public Library, Tusten-Cochecton branch in Narrowsburg, are Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m., Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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This lovely old house was the home of Joseph G. Gutheil, who owned the Arlington Hotel on Main Street in Narrowsburg. Gutheil built his home next to the hotel. The house was located directly opposite where the Main Street deck is located. History tells us that Mrs. Gutheil loved the view of the river and so asked her husband to please refrain from building anything there so as not to obstruct the view. Thank you, Mrs. Gutheil! The Arlington is now owned by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, and the Gutheil house was removed to make room for our present post office in 1964.  Read more

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Two pictures have been combined on this old postcard. On the bottom it reads: “Ice Races and Judges at Lake Huntington, N.Y.” Pictured perhaps circa 1900, it was back in the days when folks made their own fun, and they were often creative about it. The four horse-and-buggies are off and running. The judges seem to have taken their role seriously. They are all dressed up for the occasion. I hope they all met somewhere to warm up after the event!  Read more

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Here is a picture, viewed from the New York side, of the old covered bridge at Narrowsburg, NY. Built in 1848 the bridge measured 250 feet long. The road leading from the bridge on the Pennsylvania side made a sharp turn to the right and then forked with River Road continuing to the right, and the fork on the left going past the Murray home seen here in upper center. The Murray house later became the Methodist Home for assisted living.  Read more

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