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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 … more
Damascus Township, the largest of the original townships created in 1798, is still the largest.  Damascus was the site of many historic events, beginning with the first settlement of … more
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 … more
OBERNBURG, NY — Bet you thought from the headline I was going to talk about some long-ago radio discussion of our own, wonderful Obernburg, NY... Ha ha. You’re wrong. This is radio … more
STEVENSVILLE, NY — Where, you say?  It’s that busy community near Snake Lake. Come on. You know what I mean. How can you forget the mellifluously named Snake Lake?  Well, … more
“The story of the pumpkin flood was one of Richard Eldred’s favorite anecdotes,” recalled Wayne County Historical Society member Ann O’Hara of the late historian and fellow … more
The imposing J. S. O’Connor Rich Cut Glass Factory in Hawley, PA was one of the finest cutting shops in the world. Built of stone on solid rock, it was run by water power, and its own plant … more
Almost 130 years ago, a guy caught some fish in Adams Brook. Fifty fish, to be exact, and 39 of them were undersized.  Elias Mackey was the game constable back then, and he, plus Solon … more
Most likely, the oldest gravestones Marisa Hayes has seen were illegible. Any message they meant to say to the living is lost in time, thanks to the local sandstone or just damage (tree growth, lack … more
I don’t remember party lines very well. Mostly I remember my folks complaining about them.  The phone would ring your special ring, some number and combination of long and short, and … more
CALLICOON, NY — It started between midnight and 1 a.m. on a bitterly cold February night, according to J.S. Graham’s Callicoon Historian. Fires were nothing new, of course; buildings … more
Drive-in movies. The milkman. Grocery delivery. Okay, the first two just sound nostalgic, and the third sounds like lockdown. But they are all elements of the past that might … more
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, … more
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 … more
Abe Minckler was part of a crew of rattlesnake hunters in late 19th century Sullivan County As we sit indoors, let’s reflect on something we could be doing but won’t: rattlesnake … more
From TRR archives Taken at the Philadelphia Sportsman’s Show, here, between the two white hats, are Prince and Princess Ranier (Grace Kelly) viewing the Narrowsburg, NY booth. The … more
Temple Beth Israel was built in 1856 on the bank of the Lackawaxen River in Honesdale.  The land was donated in 1854 by the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company for the congregation that had been … more
GOULDS, NY — That’s one way to move a school building. The Goulds School was built in 1849 and opened with a teacher (Philinda Lewis) and a budget ($73.50). It burned down in 1851 and … more
Born 1875. Descended from early Pilgrims. One of seven sisters. Born in a log cabin in Branch, NY, Town of Denning, Ulster County. Married to Andrew George, son of German immigrants. Mother of five … more
William Hicks Hoyle was born in 1823 in Cornwall, England, to Arthur Walker Hoyle and his wife Margaret Hicks. He came to America as a boy and by 1850 was living in Texas Township with his parents … more
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