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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Here, celebrating the Combined Federal Campaign for the Department of Defense in 1982, we see a local gal, Cathy Brock, showing the results of the campaign that she, as a member of the Army, helped produce. Pictured with her for the event are Secretary of Defense Casper Weinberger, Deputy Secretary of Defense Frank Carlucci and Stan Brown, U.S. Army. (From the collection of Ruth & J. Frank Behling.) Read more
Tom Scott is pictured here with his fiddle entertaining the crowd at the sportsman’s show in New York City. During the 1940s and ‘50s, the men of Narrowsburg set up an impressive example of a country store at the Coliseum in the city as a way of advertising our local area. Thanks to Barbara Gutheil for donating the picture.
The Tusten Historical Society’s hours at the Western Sullivan Public Library, Tusten-Cochecton branch in Narrowsburg, are Mondays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dressed in the swim attire of the day, this group is gathered here in the waters of Lake Huntington, NY. Addressed to someone in Brooklyn and postmarked August 9, 1914, the card reads: “This is some lively place,” signed Anna. There were many hotels and guest houses in Lake Huntington during that era and it probably was, indeed, a lively place. Read more