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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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Here we see an aerial view of Narrowsburg probably taken in the early 1930s. The Narrowsburg Central School opened in 1929, and in this picture you see in the upper left of the postcard that there is little landscaping on the school grounds. The current interstate bridge replaced the first metal bridge, shown at lower right, in 1953. It caused the removal of several of the buildings seen here and changed the approach to Main and Bridge streets.

Correction: The Ten Mile River was dammed up to form Center Lake in Cochecton Center, not the Lackawaxen as written in last week’s column.  Read more

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Postmarked 1910, here is a picture of Center Lake in Cochecton Center. The Lackawaxen River had been dammed in order to provide water power for a tannery located in the near vicinity. The resulting lake provided recreation for the residents and the many boarders who frequented the area. The dam was washed away in the 1942 flood, which caused great damage in the surrounding areas.  Read more

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The scene of this 1923 picture is “up on the hill” as we called it in later years. These good friends are, from the left, Fred and Evelyn Rasmussen, J. Frank Behling, Ruth Marold and George Oellrich. They are pictured here in front of the first summer cottage that J. Frank Behling and Ruth Marold, built the year before they were married. Several more cottages were built on the hill, and in 1928 the construction of Peggy Runway Lodge was begun. It opened in 1929. The building burned in 1974.  Read more

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Pictured here in 1957 are Mickey Behling on the left, and Eileen Feeney. The sign Mickey is holding reads: “The Lady and the Tramp.” They are hamming it up in the masquerade party at Peggy Runway Lodge. Mickey was the wife of Chris Behling. (Jill Padua is their daughter.) Eileen and her family came to the lodge as guests for many summers. Resorts like the lodge created their own entertainment in those years with talent shows, masquerades and bathing beauty contests, etc. TV reception was almost non-existent at the time. The photograph is donated by Jill Padua.  Read more

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The J.S. Anderson building is shown here after 1894. It had been rebuilt in brick after the disastrous fire in 1893 that consumed several wooden buildings on the north end of Narrowsburg’s Main Street. In that era, many of the Main Street structures boasted an awning over the sidewalk fronting their stores as you see in this photo. A fourth floor was later added to this building.  Read more

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This picture, circa 1950, was used in an advertisement for the plumbing business of Charles J. Dexter. The building housed his business and his home. In order to accommodate the access to the new Narrowsburg bridge built in 1953, the building was dismantled. The building materials were used to build the house now located at the juncture of Kirk Road and Route 97, across from the Jeff Bank. The road signs seen here on the left stood where the old town well had been. They were removed for the new entrance to the bridge, as well. From the Tusten Historical Society collection.  Read more

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Pictured here at the Narrowsburg Airport in 1947 is the Piper Cub belonging to J. Frank Behling. Flying was very popular at the time, with many residents taking lessons from Bill Tyson, the instructor hired by Malcolm Dexter, the owner. Dexter had purchased the property and started the business he named “Resort Flying Service, Narrowsburg Airport.” The business thrived until Dexter’s tragic death in 1948. From the collection of the Tusten Historical Society.  Read more

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