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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
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
Carl Prosch, a native of Vienna, Austria, trained in the celebrated art schools of both Austria and New York and was brought to Wayne County by Christian Dorflinger to manage the new Honesdale … 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
In 1919, the New York State Education Department lowered the boom. Funding was cut for the Hankins and Fremont Center School Districts and would not be reinstated until they updated the schools … more
The Hawley Glass Company was formed in 1882 as a limited partnership led by William F. Dorflinger, the oldest son of Christian Dorflinger, and a group of Wayne County “movers and … more
Fifty to 100 million dead. Many were young adults.  That was the Spanish flu, now known as the H1N1 flu, which raged worldwide between 1918 and 1920. The CDC estimates that one-third of the … more
The Delaware and Hudson Canal (D&H) began its course to the Hudson River in Honesdale at a point behind the present-day Wayne County Historical Society, which was once the headquarters of the … more
For all that it’s winter, there isn’t a lot of ice at the moment.  I’m trying to remember the last time the Delaware fully froze and stayed frozen at all for more than a week, … more
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