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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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This postcard sent in 1913 is the colorful, artistic type sent in the early 1900’s. The greetings were fun to send and fun to receive. I take this special time to give thanks for all the good wishes and blessings extended me this year. Thank you all. I hope everyone finds something for which to be grateful. Happy Thanksgiving! The postcard is from the 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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Standing here at the fence surrounding Fort Delaware are, Tommy Barnes, left, Sue Flora, Jerry Jones, Jim Burbank and Blanch Jones. The postcard states, “Members of the staff wear authentic garments of the pioneer period of 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 Fort was planned and built through the vision of historian, James Burbank. It opened in 1957.  Read more

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Anna Ness and son are pictured here in 1944 with a view looking south across Crystal Lake Road (CR 26 in Sullivan County) from the driveway entrance that led to the house. Beyond the road sits a building where much of the horse-drawn farm equipment was kept. In the hollow behind the building once stood the Ness Sawmill which was destroyed by fire in 1904. From the Tusten Historical Society’s collection.  Read more

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Pictured here on October 26, 1914 is the Kinnie family, gathered to celebrate the 60th wedding anniversary of Rhoda and Wm. James Kinnie. Standing second from the left is Wm. James Kinnie with his wife seated on the far left in the front seat.

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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Seen here in the early 1900’s are two young women standing on what was the old town well. Located in the middle of the juncture of Main and Bridge streets, a slight indent in the road can still be noticed there.

Fenced and with a “Danger” sign overhead, the well had a bucket attached to a rope for access to the water. According to Ron Rasmussen, the water was of poor quality. The smaller sign cautioned drivers coming over the bridge about the speed limit. From the Ruth & J. Frank Behling Collection.  Read more

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Adopted in 1997, here is the logo for Tusten Historical Society. It is printed here to inform you that this logo can now be seen on the Tusten Historical Society’s facebook page. Please check it out and “like” us! Thanks!

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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This is a picture of the children attending the Atco School in 1940-41. A one-room school, it was located just across from Steep Hill Road on what is now Route 652 (was 106) about one-and-one-half miles from the Narrowsburg Bridge. Mr. Geist, the teacher at the time, taught all eight grades, shoveled the snow, swept the floors and kept the fires going in the wood stove. When the ice on the pond was safe, he sometimes took the kids skating in the afternoon. From the Grace L. Johansen collection.  Read more

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