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After a harsh winter, spring is finally upon us, and local farms will soon boast lush fields of crops. However, farming was once a much more prevalent practice in the Upper Delaware Valley. In … more
Hardware merchant Graham Watts was born in New York City in December 1843 and came to Honesdale, PA, in 1850 with his parents, John and Jane Watts. In 1859, he moved to Michigan, but at the start of … more
For students in New York, the end of the school year signals the start of Regents examinations. These tests, typically administered in mid-June, are state-wide cumulative exams focusing on a single … more
Gouldsboro, in Lehigh Township, Wayne County, was named for Jay Gould, infamous “robber baron” of the 19th century. Until the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad opened up the … more
Centuries ago, the Appalachians, including this area, was home to an abundance of chestnut trees. In their habitats, chestnut trees constituted one out of every four trees. Today, the American … more
Journalist Thomas J. Ham wrote in “The Honesdale Citizen”: “The glass works [near Bethany in Dyberry Township] were started in 1816 by a company of Germans who had been employed in … more
New York State’s history is rich with stories of fishermen. However, fishing in New York was not always as regulated as it is today. The Fisheries, Game and Forest Commission was created in … more
The locale of this photo is identified as Orson, in Preston Township, PA. It’s a special occasion—perhaps the 4th of July or Old Home Day. The whole town has turned out, and a train full … more
In May 1888, a construction contract was awarded to David Kellam for $9,000. A year later, the Little Equinunk Bridge Company completed building the Kellam-Stalker Bridge. The one-lane steel … more
The cost in 1913 of this unique artifact was $25.35. The cut-glass, regulation-size baseball bat was inspired by the 1913 World Series, which starred two local men—Christy Mathewson of … more
Growing up figure skating on her family farm’s pond, Amy Kelsey, nee Andersen (pictured at right), a native of Long Eddy, NY, would go on to become the goalie on the first varsity women’s … more
On May 24, 1942, only one day after a devastating flood that swept over Wayne County killing at least 24, reporter Hartley J. Sanford published his eyewitness account of the flood in Honesdale, his … more
This being the week of President’s Day, it’s appropriate to note some historical connections between our area and our nation’s presidents. The historic Hotel Fauchère in … more
Milanville is one of the most historically significant communities in the Delaware River Valley, the center of the Cushetunk Settlement, established ca. 1755 by the Delaware Company. While the … more
In the 1930s and 1940s, the cash crop that reigned supreme in the Catskills was the cauliflower. The cool evenings and warm days provided ideal conditions for the growing of the vegetable cousin of … more
In 1846, Jacob Faatz, a member of the pioneer glassmaking family in Wayne County, founded The Tracyville Glass Works alongside the Delaware & Hudson Canal about two miles east of Honesdale (now … more
This photograph from the January 25, 2001 issue of The River Reporter shows celebrants at the 60th annual Mistletoe Ball, organized by the Wayne Memorial Hospital Auxiliary at The Waterfront at … more
Methodist minister Horace Weston of Connecticut was the pioneer preacher in Ulster and Sullivan counties, NY. When his health gave way in 1826, he moved to Ellenville, NY, and began to manufacture … more
The first Livingston Manor Ice Carnival was held in 1959 at Scudder’s Pond. Forty years later, in 1999, The River Reporter captured this shot of one of the student sculptures that have come to … more
Considering the rapid growth of railroads in the 19th century, it’s hard to believe that in the “Birthplace of the American Railroad,” passenger rail service was confined to the … more
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