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Pictured here, circa 1960, are eight local residents who were among the early volunteers at Fort Delaware. They appeared here at Monticello Raceway, perhaps as a way of advertising the Fort. The two men at either end were officials at the raceway, but were unidentified. The volunteers are Dot Batchler, left, George Drollinger, Myrtle Nober, M.O. Conklin, Peggy Burbank, Nike Dale, Ethel Vannatta and Charles Nolan. From the Tusten Historical Society collection.

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NARROWSBURG, NY — This time of year we need to be reminded that summer will come again.

Print at the bottom of this post card reads, “Bathing Scene in Delaware River, Narrowsburg, NY.” Despite what must have been rather cumbersome bathing suits and bathing hats, this looks like a happy foursome enjoying their swim. J. Frank and Ruth Behling provided the post card.

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.

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This is a picture of Bill Nober on Tannery Pond in Cochecton Center. It shows an ice elevator, or portable conveyor, built by Nober. After cutting the ice in the lake, chunks were put on the homemade contraption and loaded on the truck. The ice was used to fill ice houses at Camps Swago, Swatona, Chiccopee, Wayne County Club, Camp Harley, Camp Mitchell, Milanville Creamery and Cochecton Creamery. During the storm of 1942, the dam at Tannery Pond gave way, draining the lake and entering Tannery Pond into the pages of history.  Read more

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These hunters from Long Island are pictured at Zehner’s Boarding House in Lava, NY. The man standing is Herb Gutheil, and at the far right are Henry and Tess Zehner, owners of the boarding house. The estimated date of picture is in mid-1940s. Photo donated by Barbara M. Gutheil.
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 picture sure brings back memories! Here in 1964 are two of the cast in “South Pacific,” the musical produced that year by the theater group in Narrowsburg, NY. Here is Doreen Prendergast (Kraus) as one of the Hawaiian hula dancers with John Pavese, owner of The Century Hotel (now known as the Narrowsburg Inn.) Active for several years, the theater group also produced other shows such as “Oklahoma,” “Paint Your Wagon” and several variety shows. From the Ruth & J. Frank Behling photo collection.  Read more

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These happy little “horn blowers” first marched in the New Year for 1913. But they march again here to help me wish you a happy and healthy New Year for 2015. From the card collection of Ruth Behling.

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 old-fashioned card was dated 1913. Greeting cards in that era were produced as postcards and were always artistically drawn. I hope this little angel brings a smile and helps to wish you all a peaceful and happy holiday. From the card collection of Ruth Behling.

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This winter scene shows a group of ice skaters gathering together on Lake Huntington, NY. Mr. Maas, a well know photographer who lived right on the banks of the lake, would often start a bonfire. That was a signal for an ice skating party. People would get on their skates, bring some marshmallows, and there would be gathering well into the night.  Read more

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In the spring of 1948, the Narrowsburg Airport, Malcolm Dexter’s business venture, was in full swing with many area residents learning to fly. It was located where Lander’s campground now is, and Mr. Dexter had built hangers, hired an instructor and offered training to acquire a pilot’s license. Here, waiting for a spin in Dexter’s Navion are, left to right, Shirley Reith, Jeanne Slater, Charlotte Hamje and Kate Dexter, Malcolm’s daughter. Dexter’s tragic death in July of 1948 led to the slow demise of the business.  Read more

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[Grace Johansen had technical difficulties getting us this week’s “Did You Know.” We fill in for her with a photo and information from a column titled “Grace Johansen’s homespun holidays,” about Johansen’s childhood Christmases, written by Sandy Long for the December 7, 2006 River Reporter.]  Read more

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