Looking Back
Dorflinger’s ‘company town’

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, …

‘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 …

Hawley’s successful 19th-century photographer

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 …

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, …