The Kittles of Amber Lake 1901
courtesy of Suzanne Bevier

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At the end of the 19th Century a large family by the name of Kittle lived up on Amber Lake. This was the family of Ella and Lincoln Kittle, whose names appear on a plaque in the Beaverkill Church. These pictures of the Kittles were taken in 1901 and preserved on glass negatives.

The negatives were then stored in a sealed box until about 30 years ago when they were discovered in an abandoned house on Lincoln Farm. No prints have ever been found. Nor has any member of the Kittle family ever been located.

A certain amount of deterioration to the glass negatives has occurred in the more than 100 years of their existence. The webmaster has chosen not to “erase” the crack lines, nor to remove other blemishes.

It is not surprising to note that one hundred years ago photographers used to stay with people when undertaking such a large project.

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