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The remains of the bridge that carried travelers on Honesdale, PA’s Main Street from the business district to the northward residential district sank into the swollen river on May 24, 1942. It … more
Between 1865 and 1921, Christian Dorflinger employed thousands of skilled workers—both imported from Europe and trained locally—in his huge glass factory in White Mills. In those days, … more
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 … more
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
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
Ludolph (Louis) Hensel was undoubtedly the most prolific chronicler of late-19th and early-20th-century life in the area around Hawley, PA, leaving an invaluable record of people and places. Hensel … 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
If you’ve tried to dig a garden in Sullivan County, you’ve come across a few billion of  these Sullivan County potatoes. In other words: rocks. Rocks are just one feature of … more
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