Old Roebling Bridge Photos 2

Looking downstream at the NY shore. The Delaware Aqueduct, Spanning the Delaware River. Jack E. Boucher creator; LOC: HAER PA, 52-LACK

When Rolf B. asked if I knew what years the Old Roebling Bridge Photos were taken, I went in search of an answer.

I did not find the date any of the photos were taken. But I did find five photos I didn’t have on the Library of Congress site, three of which I have posted here. I assume if the photo shows a bridge, it was taken after 1898 when the last boat moved over the aqueduct. The photos were listed as “the Delaware Aqueduct,” but they look like the structure was a bridge when the photos were taken.

As usual, for a larger image, click on the photos.

Delaware and Hudson Canal, Delaware Aqueduct Spanning Delaware River, Lackawaxen, PA. LOC: HAER PA, 52-LACK, 1-5.
Delaware and Hudson Canal, Delaware Aqueduct, Spanning Delaware River, Lackawaxen, PA. LOC: HAER PA, 52-LACK,1-4.
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1998 Roebling Bridge

Roebling bridge sign, 1998. © JMEYER PHOTOGRAPHY (USED BY PERMISSION).
1998 view of Roebling Bridge. © JMEYER PHOTOGRAPHY (USED BY PERMISSION).
View under the Roebling Bridge. © JMEYER PHOTOGRAPHY (USED BY PERMISSION).

The Roebling Bridge in Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania, was designed and constructed by John A. Roebling as an aqueduct for D&H Canal Boats to cross the Delaware River. Mr. Roebling was the initial designer of the Brooklyn Bridge, NYC, the oldest suspension bridge in the U.S.

A more complete story of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge is found on the first link. All the links have been posts on the HalfwayBrook site and I hope are of interest to my readers. The Roebling Aqueduct/Bridge is just one of the stories I found fascinating as I researched the Halfway Brook Books.

The Great East River Suspension Bridge
1859 Roebling-Chauncey Bridge
Old Roebling Bridge Photos
View of Roebling Aqueduct/Bridge from the Delaware House
Roebling Aqueduct—Toll Bridge
Caisson Sickness

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1799–1899 Congregational Church History

Old photo of Eldred’s Congregational Church built in 1835.

Here is the History of the Congregational Church in what is now Eldred, New York. The Church was built in 1835 and still stands. (Click on “Continue reading” to see the rest of the history.)

There have been some corrections written in the text, which I suspect were done by my great-aunt Aida Austin, the original collector of much of the history, letters, photos in the book which were fortunately saved by my cousin Melva and my mother. Click images to make them larger.

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1799–1899 Congregational Church Members

The Centennial Congregational Souvenir, 1799–1899, was a very helpful resource on the townspeople who lived in the 19th century in what became the Town of Highland. I thought some of my Halfway Brook readers would enjoy seeing familiar names from the Halfway Brook books. The booklet also contained a history of the area and the church. I’ll upload those pages on another post. As usual you can click the image to make it larger.

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Old Barryville

Old Postcard of Barryville on the Delaware River.

As I have time, I am going through my major collection of photos, postcards, and documents for the Town of Highland, Sullivan County, New York.

This postcard and the next post with two views of the old Barryville Mill were in the collection of Aida Austin which my mother shared with me. The three cards are among my many favorites.

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1880 Ridley’s Fall Opening

Here are a few excerpts from “Aida Austin’s 1881 Diary” which mention Ridley’s, which had advertised their fall opening in the 1880 “New York Times” News article at the end of this post.

Wednesday, January 19, 1881
I went out this afternoon. Called at Mrs. Braisted…She was just going out so she went with me to Ridley’s and Brumel’s. It was after five when I got home…

Tuesday, March 8, 1881
I took Little Archie out for a walk. Then I went to Ridley’s.

Tuesday, March 15, 1881
Lil and I went to Ridley’s this afternoon and changed her veil.

Monday, April 18
…This afternoon. I went to Ridley’s…and after tea I went over again to go out with Maria.

Wednesday, May 4, 1881
I went to Ridley’s this forenoon. Took the children and got their shoes.

Tuesday, May 10
I took Tommy out this afternoon. We got some ice cream first, then we went to Ridley’s and then to Mrs. Braisted’s. We stayed to tea.

Thursday, June 9
…It has rained all the afternoon. I went to Ridley’s. I got Net’s baby’s pictures for her.

1880 NY Times article on opening at Ridley’s where Aida Austin shopped when she was in NYC according to her 1881 Diary.
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1902 Obit of Helena Gillespie Smith

My great-uncle Lon Austin (brother to Aida) never married. He loved Nell (Helena) Gillespie who lived in Brooklyn (221-14th Street). Lon may have met Nell when he visited his New York City Austin cousins or when he worked at the Car Stables at 839 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn.

Nell was the daughter of a well-to-do merchant who had met with financial loss. Another man, a Mr. Smith, also called on (1880s for dated) Nell (the family thought he was calling on her sister—Lon knew better). Nell loved Lon, but married Mr. Smith out of a sense of duty to her father’s request.

In the following letter, Lon’s cousin Ida Austin Brown sent Helena’s obit with her letter of condolence.

Letters Helena (Nell) and Lon exchanged in the 1880s can be read in “Echo Hill and Mountain Grove.” Lon’s poignant story is on p. 200.

Page 1 of letter to Lon Austin from his cousin Ida Austin Brown, regarding the death of Helen Gillespie Smith

Page 2 of the letter click: Continue reading

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