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Looking Back 10/26

David Wilmot was born January 20, 1814 in Bethany, Wayne County, but moved to Wilkes-Barre in 1832 to read law under George W. Woodward. He was admitted to the bar in Bradford County in 1834. He was elected to Congress as a Democrat in 1851. Although a loyal supporter of President James K.


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Looking Back 10/19

The year is 1908 and the photograph shows one form of transportation used by tourists. Gus Merkenschlager’s Liver” was a taxi service for train passengers arriving at the Erie Depot in Cochecton, NY. A notation on the back of photo reads, “Second passenger is Agnes Moulthrie of Kenoza Lake.” This contributed photo is from Raymond Ehrle.

Looking Back 10/12

In 1865, Christian Dorflinger moved his family from New York City to White Mills, PA, where he built a glass factory. To operate the factory, he needed experienced workers and recruited seven highly skilled workers from Saint Louis-les Bitche, France, who arrived in the United States in 1866.


Photo contributed by Ray Ehrle
 

Looking Back 10/5

The year was around 1950. There had been several reports by neighbors in East Cochecton who had seen a massive bear. During a deer hunt, Edward Hartmann spotted huge bear tracks in the snow. A posse gathered to include Eddie, Adam Sauer, Artie Bossert, Ken Just, Bill Lubeck, Charles Ebel, H. Schicht, and Bill and Charles Fisher.


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Looking Back 9/28

The Equinunk Historic District is a national historic district located in Buckingham and Manchester townships, Wayne County, PA. Equinunk’s first settler, between 1776 and 1782, was Josiah Parks, a prominent figure in the early rafting industry on the Delaware River; his family lived in a cave in the rocks.


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Looking Back 9/21

This display ad—pardon the poor quality of the clipping—was one of hundreds on the page on which it was placed featuring Sullivan County hotels and boarding houses. Imagine a week of resort amusements, clean linens and home-cooked meals all for $7 to $10 a week! New York City and Manhattan must have become ghost towns during the summer. A.


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Looking Back 9/7

During 1879, John Rockefeller and his Standard Oil Company proposed a pipeline that would transport crude oil from the operating wells in western PA to oil refineries located 300-miles away to Bayonne, NJ. The venture would pocket enormous amounts of money, eliminating the extra handling and hefty fees charged by the railroad company.


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Looking Back 8/31

Once called Salem Corners, then Hamlinton, the bustling town of Hamlin is still the hub of the Salem Township community. The first frame house in the town was built two miles west of the Corners by Harris Hamlin, a brick maker, in 1802. Hon. Ephraim W. Hamlin of Bethany and Judge Butler Hamlin were two of his children.


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Looking Back 8/24

The Curtis family name is known to Cochecton and Callicoon local history. James C. Curtis is the illustrious fellow to tout being first supervisor for the Town of Cochecton, New York State Assemblyman, Senator and more. His sons were also successful.

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