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Pictured here on January 24, 1920 we see the results of a massive train wreck in Narrowsburg, NY. Often merchandise was strewn along the tracks. I remember hearing of a carload of shoes that spilled out during a wreck and residents were able to find themselves the owner of a new pair. From the Ruth & J. Frank Behling collection.
Bundled up against the January cold in 1918 is four-year-old George “Chris” Behling on the wooden sled that was popular at the time.
Born in Narrowsburg in November 1913, he lived and worked in Richmond Hill, but at retirement, he moved back to Narrowsburg. Active in many local organizations here, he procured grants for them from ESSO, the company he had worked for those many years.
This photo is from the collection of Ruth & J. Frank Behling.
Taken circa 1930, here is an early picture of Narrowsburg Lumber Company. Fred N. Hendrix, the founder, was joined by Earl O. Barnes and Arthur Van Schoick to form a corporation in May 1927. This 24-foot by 120-foot structure was completed and opened for business by June of that same year. It continued in business until October, 2002 when it was purchased by Dirlam Lumber Co. of Honesdale, PA. From the Tusten Historical Society collection.
Here is a picture of the Big Eddy, jammed with huge chunks of ice, circa 1919. My father is standing in the middle of the eddy, waist deep in the ice. The old bridge can be seen in the background, showing some of the buildings that were later removed to make room for the new bridge built in 1953. I remember a few January thaws in the 1940’s when the ice would go out. But then it would freeze up solid and not go out again until spring. From the Ruth & J. Frank Behling collection.
This winter scene of Main Street in Narrowsburg, NY, circa 1919, shows the Decker Building on the far left and the Arlington Hotel in the center of the picture. Nest and Girard’s River Grill now occupy the Decker Building and The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance now own and occupy what was the Arlington Hotel. The picture seems to have been taken before there had been any attempt to clear snow from the street. From the Ruth & J. Frank Behling collection.
This is the two-story school that children of Narrowsburg attended until 1929 when the large central school on Erie Avenue was opened. This first school was on School Street, where the school playground was located (behind St Paul’s Lutheran Church). One teacher taught grades one through four on the first floor, and grades five through eight were taught by one teacher on the second floor. Read more
Here is a great picture of Sal DeMauro singing his solo, “Everything’s Up to Date in Kansas City” with the undivided attention of the cast of men in “Oklahoma,” the musical produced by the Theater Group here in Narrowsburg, NY 50 years ago in 1963. It was superbly directed by Willard Slausenberg of Callicoon, and it received rave reviews. Read more
Taken back in the days when deer hunting was used primarily to help feed folks during the winter, here are 10 of the men well known in the local community. The picture dates from the 1940s and their names were listed by my mom, Ruth Behling. They are, from the left: Al Koster, Henry Schalck, Chris Behling, George Engelmann, Arnold Glaab, Fred Quist, Dick Behling, Art Hankins, Emil Oellrich and Eddie Schmidt.
From the Ruth & J. Frank Behling Collection. Read more
Pictured here are five of the principal characters in the musical “Oklahoma,” presented by the Narrowsburg Theater Group 50 years ago in March 1963. They are, left to right: Kenneth Johansen as Curly; Grace Johansen as Laurey; Tess Zehner as Aunty Eller; Kathy Hector as Ado Annie; and Sal DeMauro as Will. Superbly directed by Willard Slausenberg of Callicoon, it was well received. As printed in the March 14, 1963 issue of Narrowsburg News: “Record Crowds Attend ‘Oklahoma’ Here Friday and Saturday: Terrific Production.” And those of us in the big cast had fun performing, too! Read more
Here is a very clear picture of what is called Plum Island, situated in the Delaware River near Cochecton, NY. Are there stories any of you readers have to tell about the island? I would love to hear some of them, as I only remember bits and pieces of what I have been told. This postcard is from the Tusten Historical Society collection. Read more