Looking Back


Photo contributed by the Wayne County Historical Society

The great Gettysburg Reunion of 1913

The great Gettysburg Reunion of 1913 marked the 50th anniversary of the crucial Civil War battle and the largest official gathering of veterans from both sides of the conflict. A total of 53,407 veterans, 8,750 of them Confederate, gathered peacefully from June 29 through July 4, 1913, with delegations from 46 of the 48 states.


Photo from the Wayne County Historical Society

Looking Back 1/9/19

The workers of the J. S. O’Connor Rich Cut Glass Company in Hawley posed for this photo during the factory’s heyday in the 1890s. The company was one of the largest glass-cutting factories in America, as well as a major employer in Wayne County, PA.


TRR photo by Chris Conroy

Looking Back 1/2/19

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — This photo appeared in a January, 1999 issue of The River Reporter with the caption, “Local amateur figure skaters and international professional figure skaters took to the ice together at the Livingston Manor Rotary Ice Carnival.


TRR photo by David Hulse
 

Looking Back 12/26/18

“Little Matthew Bisland’s excited expression tells what kind of reception Santa Claus got at Sunday’s Christmas party at the Lumberland Town Hall,” reads the caption of this 1998 The River Reporter photo, taken around this time of year 10 years ago.


Photo contributed by the Wayne County Historical Society

Looking Back 12/19/18

The happy honeymooners could not know what lay ahead, but they had already committed to a life in the military. On November 6, 1923, The Scranton Republican announced that at “high noon Tuesday will occur the marriage of Lieutenant Lyman L. Lemnitzer, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. L.


Photo contributed by the Basket Historical Society

The Christmas postcard is from 1920, printed in Worcester, MA, by the Whitney Made company.

Looking Back 12/12/18

In the mid-1800s, Henry Cole, an elite educator living in Victorian England, was a busy man. During the holiday season, he did not have enough time to write lengthy letters in response to those he received from his numerous friends. At the time, however, it was considered rude not to respond to one’s mail.


Photo contributed by the Wayne County Historical Society

Looking Back 11/5/18

HONESDALE, PA — The relocation of Owl Chrysler Plymouth Jeep in 2005 marked the end of more than 152 years of transportation-related businesses at its Church Street site in Honesdale. That location is now occupied by the Dime Bank and its parking lot.


Photo contributed by the Basket Historical Society.
 

When the county freezes over

Long before refrigerators and freezers were invented, people took advantage of nature to keep their food cold. Residents of the Hudson Valley depended on ice harvested from the Hudson River to stock their ice boxes.

Looking Back 11/14/18

This Saturday, November 17, regular deer season opens in the southern zone of New York State. Hunters will be permitted to hunt deer with guns through December 9, according to New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

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