Looking Back
‘An untamed frontier’

Harris Hamlin, father of Judge Butler Hamlin, was born in Connecticut in 1767 and married Rue Easton in 1787. In 1801, he made the huge decision to move the whole family—which eventually …

The olden days of ice harvesting

Once a vital activity on Wayne County farms, ice harvesting became, in time, a major industry.  In its early years, the abundance of lakes made it relatively easy for individual farms or groups …

Lake Jeff’s dam may have been about hydropower from the start

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — So, here’s the lesson: When you want to know about the history of something, go ask a historian.  As I was learning about Lake Jeff and its dam a couple weeks …

A century ago, homegrown bands were common, and a lot of fun

A few weeks ago, River Reporter columnist Johnathan Charles Fox interviewed the members of Brotality, an award-winning Christian metal band from Narrowsburg, NY and Clarks Summit, …

The old covered bridge

Here is a picture, viewed from the New York side, of the old covered bridge at Narrowsburg, NY. Built in 1848, the bridge was 250 feet long. The road leading from the bridge on the Pennsylvania side …