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This postcard sent in 1913 is the colorful, artistic type sent in the early 1900’s. The greetings were fun to send and fun to receive. I take this special time to give thanks for all the good wishes and blessings extended me this year. Thank you all. I hope everyone finds something for which to be grateful. Happy Thanksgiving! The postcard is from the collection of Ruth Behling.
The Tusten Historical Society’s hours at the Western Sullivan Public Library, Tusten-Cochecton branch in Narrowsburg, are Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m., Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Standing here at the fence surrounding Fort Delaware are, Tommy Barnes, left, Sue Flora, Jerry Jones, Jim Burbank and Blanch Jones. The postcard states, “Members of the staff wear authentic garments of the pioneer period of Fort Delaware. The flintlock firearms carried by the men date from the Revolutionary period. These people show you how early settlers lived 200 years ago.”
The Fort was planned and built through the vision of historian, James Burbank. It opened in 1957.  Read more

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Anna Ness and son are pictured here in 1944 with a view looking south across Crystal Lake Road (CR 26 in Sullivan County) from the driveway entrance that led to the house. Beyond the road sits a building where much of the horse-drawn farm equipment was kept. In the hollow behind the building once stood the Ness Sawmill which was destroyed by fire in 1904. From the Tusten Historical Society’s collection.  Read more

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Pictured here on October 26, 1914 is the Kinnie family, gathered to celebrate the 60th wedding anniversary of Rhoda and Wm. James Kinnie. Standing second from the left is Wm. James Kinnie with his wife seated on the far left in the front seat.

From the collection of the Tusten Historical Society. The Tusten Historical Society’s hours at the Western Sullivan Public Library, Tusten-Cochecton branch in Narrowsburg, are Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m., Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Seen here in the early 1900’s are two young women standing on what was the old town well. Located in the middle of the juncture of Main and Bridge streets, a slight indent in the road can still be noticed there.

Fenced and with a “Danger” sign overhead, the well had a bucket attached to a rope for access to the water. According to Ron Rasmussen, the water was of poor quality. The smaller sign cautioned drivers coming over the bridge about the speed limit. From the Ruth & J. Frank Behling Collection.  Read more

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Adopted in 1997, here is the logo for Tusten Historical Society. It is printed here to inform you that this logo can now be seen on the Tusten Historical Society’s facebook page. Please check it out and “like” us! Thanks!

From the collection of the Tusten Historical Society. The Tusten Historical Society’s hours at the Western Sullivan Public Library, Tusten-Cochecton branch in Narrowsburg, are Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m., Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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This is a picture of the children attending the Atco School in 1940-41. A one-room school, it was located just across from Steep Hill Road on what is now Route 652 (was 106) about one-and-one-half miles from the Narrowsburg Bridge. Mr. Geist, the teacher at the time, taught all eight grades, shoveled the snow, swept the floors and kept the fires going in the wood stove. When the ice on the pond was safe, he sometimes took the kids skating in the afternoon. From the Grace L. Johansen collection.  Read more

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This is an ad that appeared in the local newspaper in 1935. Bowling was a very popular sport at the time. And during the Depression it was a rather inexpensive form of entertainment. A champion bowler, Mrs. McCutcheon came to Peggy Runway Lodge to give instructions and exhibitions. The Lodge had four bowling allies when it opened in 1929 and held contests and special events to attract customers. From the Ruth & J. Frank Behling collections.  Read more

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Pictured here on a sunny afternoon is the old Tusten Settlement Church, the only building still standing of what was a thriving community in the mid-1800s.

Tusten’s economy was tied heavily to the lumbering and quarrying business and had, at its peak, a saw mill, a grist mill, two stores, a tavern, a school and the Baptist Church, shown here. The lumbering and quarry businesses began to decline and with it the community. By 1920 it was no longer the prosperous place of its past. From the Grace L. Johansen collection.  Read more

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Pictured here circa 1923 are a few of the well-known folks in Narrowsburg’s history. These good friends are posing in front of the first cottage built by Ruth and J. Frank Behling. They are from left, Fred and Evelyn Rasmussen, Frank and Ruth Behling and George Oellrich. These young people often took walks together and enjoyed each other’s company.  Read more

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