Local History Photos June 18 & 25, 2021

Hi everyone, here are the Local History Photos of the Week!

Local History photos are published on Fridays; and the next local history photo posting will be up on Friday, July 2, 2021 as your weekly hostess is going on vacation. And this posting will be description light as I’m running out of week to finish it…

Helpful Photo Viewing Tips are found at the end of the posting for anyone who would like a few tips on how best to view the photos*

Local  History Photo 1: Market Street (1940s)

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West Market Street (circa 1940s)

1 – Deluxe Dairy Products, Inc. 99 W. Market Street

2 – Ward Williams, Fridgidaire Appliances 93-95 W. Market Street

Local  History Photo 2:

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The lumber industry in the olden days was big business our area – here is a view of local lumberman at work.

Local History Photo 3: Old Y.M.C.A. Building

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Y.M.C.A. Building (circa 1913-1919)

Location:  51 East Market Street

Local History Photo 4: Painted Post (circa 1850s)

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Painting – West Water Street Looking East (Painted Post; circa 1850)

Have a great week everyone!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

Local History Online Library Resources:

Heritage Quest: Heritage Quest is the library’s online genealogy service, and it includes access to census records and other research sources; it can be accessed by going to the Online Resources page, on the library’s website, and scrolling down until you see the link for Heritage Quest:

https://www.ssclibrary.org/research/online-resources/

Once you’ve clicked on the Heritage Quest link, you’ll be prompted to login with your card number and PIN. If you have questions about how to use Heritage Quest, please feel free to let me know – my email address is reimerl@stls.org

*To Create A Larger View (make the photos appear bigger on your screen):

You can click on each photo for a larger view. And then click the back arrow on your web browser to go back to the previous screen.

Alternatively, you can press and hold down the CTRL key, on your keyboard, while tapping the + key on your keyboard to make the photos appear larger on your screen.

To Create A Smaller View (make the photos appear smaller on your screen – after you’ve made them appear larger):

 Press and hold the CTRL key on your keyboard and tap the – sign to make the photos appear smaller again.

And If You Use A Mouse – CTRL & Scroll:

If you use a mouse you can do what is called “control and scroll”, to make photos appear larger and then smaller on your screen. To do this –>press and hold down the CTRL key on your keyboard and push the scroll wheel on your mouse away from you for a larger view. To reverse the larger view hold down the same CTRL key on your keyboard and pull the scroll wheel on your mouse towards you.

Library Local History/Creation Station Resources:
At the library you can scan your photos and slides to create digital family albums and slideshows; and even use one of the Circut machines, and other Creation Station equipment, to help you create a special paper family history album.

Also of note, we have the local paper, at times called the Corning Leader, Corning Journal or Corning Daily Journal, on microfilm from 1840 to the present — so you can visit the library and research local history and your family tree if you wish!

And…

And if you find any old photos or postcards of the Corning area that you don’t know what to do with – you can always donate them to the library!

Local History Photos June 11, 2021

Hi everyone, here are the Local History Photos of the Week!

Local History photos are published on Fridays; and the next local history photo posting will be up on Friday, June 18, 2021.

Helpful Photo Viewing Tips are found at the end of the posting for anyone who would like a few tips on how best to view the photos*

Local  History Photo 1: Market Street (1961)

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Our first photo was taken in 1961 and offers us glimpse of Market Street in Corning – a great window into the past!

Local  History Photo 2: Riverside Transit Mix (1956)

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Our second photo shows the old Riverside Transit Company building in 1956. Notice the neat old phone number listed on the building “Dial 2-5937!

Local History Photo 3: Baron Steuben Hotel Dinning Room

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Our third photo, also taken in 1956, shows us the dinner room in the Baron Steuben Hotel looking very formal by today’s standards. Another neat view into the past!

Have a great weekend everyone,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

Local History Online Library Resources:

Heritage Quest: Heritage Quest is the library’s online genealogy service, and it includes access to census records and other research sources; it can be accessed by going to the Online Resources page, on the library’s website, and scrolling down until you see the link for Heritage Quest:

https://www.ssclibrary.org/research/online-resources/

Once you’ve clicked on the Heritage Quest link, you’ll be prompted to login with your card number and PIN. If you have questions about how to use Heritage Quest, please feel free to let me know – my email address is reimerl@stls.org

Enjoy the photos and be well everyone,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

References

Dimitroff, T., & Janes, L. (1977). History Of The Corning Painted Post Area: 200 Years In Painted Post Country (1st ed.). Corning Area Bicentennial Committee.

Kohut, J. (2006, April). An Interview with the Egginton Sisters. American Cut Glass Association. https://cutglass.org/articles/art25egginton.htm

*To Create A Larger View (make the photos appear bigger on your screen):

You can click on each photo for a larger view. And then click the back arrow on your web browser to go back to the previous screen.

Alternatively, you can press and hold down the CTRL key, on your keyboard, while tapping the + key on your keyboard to make the photos appear larger on your screen.

To Create A Smaller View (make the photos appear smaller on your screen – after you’ve made them appear larger):

 Press and hold the CTRL key on your keyboard and tap the – sign to make the photos appear smaller again.

And If You Use A Mouse – CTRL & Scroll:

If you use a mouse you can do what is called “control and scroll”, to make photos appear larger and then smaller on your screen. To do this –>press and hold down the CTRL key on your keyboard and push the scroll wheel on your mouse away from you for a larger view. To reverse the larger view hold down the same CTRL key on your keyboard and pull the scroll wheel on your mouse towards you.

Library Local History/Creation Station Resources:
At the library you can scan your photos and slides to create digital family albums and slideshows; and even use one of the Circut machines, and other Creation Station equipment, to help you create a special paper family history album.

Also of note, we have the local paper, at times called the Corning Leader, Corning Journal or Corning Daily Journal, on microfilm from 1840 to the present — so you can visit the library and research local history and your family tree if you wish!

And…

And if you find any old photos or postcards of the Corning area that you don’t know what to do with – you can always donate them to the library!

Local History Photos June 4, 2021

Hi everyone, here are the Local History Photos of the Week!

Local History photos are published on Fridays; and the next local history photo posting will be up on Friday, June 11, 2021.

Helpful Photo Viewing Tips are found at the end of the posting for anyone who would like a few tips on how best to view the photos*

About This Weeks’ Photos:

At the turn of the Twentieth Century the Drake Family, consisting of parents James D. and Isabel Walker and their three daughter Madge, Dorothy and, taken from Isabel’s 1937 obituary, another daughter who grew up to be “Mrs. J & J McCarty”, lived in Corning.

James Drake was a banker, whose father founded The First National Bank in Corning.

So, the family had money and Isabel was able to indulge her love of the new technology of photography! And by all accounts, and her family had phone and she chronicled their experiences in Corning and at Keuka Lake by taking many, many photos with her early Kodak camera. Some of the photos eventually found their way to the Corning Painted Post Historical Society and a few others to the Southeast Steuben County Library.

The four photos of the week for this, are four of those photos! How the library acquired these photos, which are actually photos of photos, remains a mystery. I can tell you that our local history photo archive wound up at the library prior to the late nineteen seventies when our recently retired head of Circulation Marcia Stewart started working at the library. And the great majority of photos in the library’s archive have what appears to be mid-twentieth century Kodak backing on them which makes me speculate that the library acquired the collection sometime in the sixties or early seventies – and I add all this detail just in case there is someone out there who might read this post and solve the mystery of when the library received the photo archive and who donated it!

In the meantime, enjoy the Drake Family photos for this week, and you’ll find just under the fourth photo, a PDF version of Isabel Walker Drake’s 1937 obituary. The obit is a bit crooked, sorry about that – I was gleefully trying out the library’s brand-new microfilm machine and was overjoyed by how clear the microfilm displays now, and thus didn’t notice the digital copy I made was crooked – the next old Leader article I share will be straight –  I promise!

Local  History Photo 1: Drake Daughter & Dog

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Local  History Photo 2: Drake Daughters In Horse Drawn Cart

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Local History Photo 3: Drake Daughter In Stream Bed

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Local History Photo 4: Members of the Drake Family

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Isabel Walker Drake Obituary, from the Corning Leader

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Have a good weekend everyone,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

References

Smith, S. (1975, April). An American Panorama. American Heritage. https://www.americanheritage.com/american-panorama

Isabel Drake’s Remarkable Photos Show the World of 1900. (2017, November 28). The Corning Leader Blog. https://www.the-leader.com/blogs/20171128/isabel-drakes-remarkable-photos-show-world-of-1900

Local History Online Library Resources:

Heritage Quest: Heritage Quest is the library’s online genealogy service, and it includes access to census records and other research sources; it can be accessed by going to the Online Resources page, on the library’s website, and scrolling down until you see the link for Heritage Quest:

https://www.ssclibrary.org/research/online-resources/

Once you’ve clicked on the Heritage Quest link, you’ll be prompted to login with your card number and PIN. If you have questions about how to use Heritage Quest, please feel free to let me know – my email address is reimerl@stls.org

Enjoy the photos and be well everyone,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

References

Dimitroff, T., & Janes, L. (1977). History Of The Corning Painted Post Area: 200 Years In Painted Post Country (1st ed.). Corning Area Bicentennial Committee.

Kohut, J. (2006, April). An Interview with the Egginton Sisters. American Cut Glass Association. https://cutglass.org/articles/art25egginton.htm

*To Create A Larger View (make the photos appear bigger on your screen):

You can click on each photo for a larger view. And then click the back arrow on your web browser to go back to the previous screen.

Alternatively, you can press and hold down the CTRL key, on your keyboard, while tapping the + key on your keyboard to make the photos appear larger on your screen.

To Create A Smaller View (make the photos appear smaller on your screen – after you’ve made them appear larger):

 Press and hold the CTRL key on your keyboard and tap the – sign to make the photos appear smaller again.

And If You Use A Mouse – CTRL & Scroll:

If you use a mouse you can do what is called “control and scroll”, to make photos appear larger and then smaller on your screen. To do this –>press and hold down the CTRL key on your keyboard and push the scroll wheel on your mouse away from you for a larger view. To reverse the larger view hold down the same CTRL key on your keyboard and pull the scroll wheel on your mouse towards you.

Library Local History/Creation Station Resources:
At the library you can scan your photos and slides to create digital family albums and slideshows; and even use one of the Circut machines, and other Creation Station equipment, to help you create a special paper family history album.

Also of note, we have the local paper, at times called the Corning Leader, Corning Journal or Corning Daily Journal, on microfilm from 1840 to the present — so you can visit the library and research local history and your family tree if you wish!

And…

And if you find any old photos or postcards of the Corning area that you don’t know what to do with – you can always donate them to the library!

Local History Photos May 28, 2021

Hi everyone, here are the Local History Photos of the Week!

Local History photos are published on Fridays; and the next local history photo posting will be up on Friday, June 4, 2021.

Helpful Photo Viewing Tips are found at the end of the posting for anyone who would like a few tips on how best to view the photos*

In honor of Memorial Day, this coming Monday, May 31, 2021 – here are photos of unknown local soldiers who served during the World Wars.

And a photo of one solider, General Dwight D. Eisnehower, when he was in Corning to dedicate the World War Memorial Stadium back in 1948.

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Have a good weekend everyone,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

Local History Online Library Resources:

Heritage Quest: Heritage Quest is the library’s online genealogy service, and it includes access to census records and other research sources; it can be accessed by going to the Online Resources page, on the library’s website, and scrolling down until you see the link for Heritage Quest:

https://www.ssclibrary.org/research/online-resources/

Once you’ve clicked on the Heritage Quest link, you’ll be prompted to login with your card number and PIN. If you have questions about how to use Heritage Quest, please feel free to let me know – my email address is reimerl@stls.org

Enjoy the photos and be well everyone,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

References

Dimitroff, T., & Janes, L. (1977). History Of The Corning Painted Post Area: 200 Years In Painted Post Country (1st ed.). Corning Area Bicentennial Committee.

Kohut, J. (2006, April). An Interview with the Egginton Sisters. American Cut Glass Association. https://cutglass.org/articles/art25egginton.htm

*To Create A Larger View (make the photos appear bigger on your screen):

You can click on each photo for a larger view. And then click the back arrow on your web browser to go back to the previous screen.

Alternatively, you can press and hold down the CTRL key, on your keyboard, while tapping the + key on your keyboard to make the photos appear larger on your screen.

To Create A Smaller View (make the photos appear smaller on your screen – after you’ve made them appear larger):

 Press and hold the CTRL key on your keyboard and tap the – sign to make the photos appear smaller again.

And If You Use A Mouse – CTRL & Scroll:

If you use a mouse you can do what is called “control and scroll”, to make photos appear larger and then smaller on your screen. To do this –>press and hold down the CTRL key on your keyboard and push the scroll wheel on your mouse away from you for a larger view. To reverse the larger view hold down the same CTRL key on your keyboard and pull the scroll wheel on your mouse towards you.

Library Local History/Creation Station Resources:
At the library you can scan your photos and slides to create digital family albums and slideshows; and even use one of the Circut machines, and other Creation Station equipment, to help you create a special paper family history album.

Also of note, we have the local paper, at times called the Corning Leader, Corning Journal or Corning Daily Journal, on microfilm from 1840 to the present — so you can visit the library and research local history and your family tree if you wish!

And…

And if you find any old photos or postcards of the Corning area that you don’t know what to do with – you can always donate them to the library!

Local History Photos May 21, 2021

Hi everyone, here are the Local History Photos of the Week!

Local History photos are published on Fridays; and the next local history photo posting will be up on Friday, May 28, 2021.

Helpful Photo Viewing Tips are found at the end of the posting for anyone who would like a few tips on how best to view the photos*

Local History Photo 1: The Old Corning Fire Department (November 1917)

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Our first photo for this week shows the old Corning Fire Department building, now the Rockwell Museum, in the autumn of 1917.

The fireman are certainly dapper in their uniforms; and wow, those old fire engines are cool too!

Local History Photo 2: High Street in Painted Post (1896)

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Our second photo for this week shows an unpaved High Street in Painted Post at the turn of the previous century.

According to our records, the photo was taken on the corner of High and Hamilton Streets, looking east-ward down High Street.

Local History Photo 3: Another View of High Street (1893)

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Our third photo for this week shows another view of High Street in Painted Post; looking east from a slightly different position, near the corner of High and Hamilton Street; looking down the railroad tracks.

Have a good weekend everyone,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

Local History Online Library Resources:

Heritage Quest: Heritage Quest is the library’s online genealogy service, and it includes access to census records and other research sources; it can be accessed by going to the Online Resources page, on the library’s website, and scrolling down until you see the link for Heritage Quest:

https://www.ssclibrary.org/research/online-resources/

Once you’ve clicked on the Heritage Quest link, you’ll be prompted to login with your card number and PIN. If you have questions about how to use Heritage Quest, please feel free to let me know – my email address is reimerl@stls.org

Enjoy the photos and be well everyone,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

References

Dimitroff, T., & Janes, L. (1977). History Of The Corning Painted Post Area: 200 Years In Painted Post Country (1st ed.). Corning Area Bicentennial Committee.

Kohut, J. (2006, April). An Interview with the Egginton Sisters. American Cut Glass Association. https://cutglass.org/articles/art25egginton.htm

*To Create A Larger View (make the photos appear bigger on your screen):

You can click on each photo for a larger view. And then click the back arrow on your web browser to go back to the previous screen.

Alternatively, you can press and hold down the CTRL key, on your keyboard, while tapping the + key on your keyboard to make the photos appear larger on your screen.

To Create A Smaller View (make the photos appear smaller on your screen – after you’ve made them appear larger):

 Press and hold the CTRL key on your keyboard and tap the – sign to make the photos appear smaller again.

And If You Use A Mouse – CTRL & Scroll:

If you use a mouse you can do what is called “control and scroll”, to make photos appear larger and then smaller on your screen. To do this –>press and hold down the CTRL key on your keyboard and push the scroll wheel on your mouse away from you for a larger view. To reverse the larger view hold down the same CTRL key on your keyboard and pull the scroll wheel on your mouse towards you.

Library Local History/Creation Station Resources:
At the library you can scan your photos and slides to create digital family albums and slideshows; and even use one of the Circut machines, and other Creation Station equipment, to help you create a special paper family history album.

Also of note, we have the local paper, at times called the Corning Leader, Corning Journal or Corning Daily Journal, on microfilm from 1840 to the present — so you can visit the library and research local history and your family tree if you wish!

And…

And if you find any old photos or postcards of the Corning area that you don’t know what to do with – you can always donate them to the library!

Local History Photos May 14, 2021

Hi everyone, here are the Local History Photos of the Week!

Local History photos are published on Fridays; and the next local history photo posting will be up on Friday, May 21, 2021.

Helpful Photo Viewing Tips are found at the end of the posting for anyone who would like a few tips on how best to view the photos*

Local History Photo 1: A Corning Home (date unknown)

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Our first photo for this week shows a home in the City of Corning, that I believe is still standing; it seems to me I’ve seen that house somewhere on the Southside Hill in Corning.

It might be a good weekend to take a walk and see where that house is!

The records for our photo don’t indicate the year the photo was taken, nor the location – other than that the photo was taken in Corning.

5 17 Update: Thank you Ron Allision for the info on the location of the house! The house is located on the corner of Pine and Second Street in Corning.

Local History Photo 2: Corning, New York (date unknown)

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Our second photo for this week offers a birds-eye view of Corning with Corning Glass factory buildings in the background.

Local History Photo 3: Eggington’s Glass Cutting Shop

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Our third photo for this week shows a of this postcard of the old Eggington cut glass works. The record for the photo is blank except for the title.

However, the premier book on the history of Corning, History Of The Corning-Painted Post Area: 200 Years in Painted Post County, co-authored by Thomas Dimitroff and Lois Janes, has the answer to the question of just where the cut glass shop was!

On page 72 of the book it states that in 1897 “The O. F. Eggington Rich Cut Glass Works began a new plant at State and Fifth Streets.”

And from an interview with Lucy Eggington done in the early 1990s, we know that O. F. Eggington owned the entire square block between Fifth and Sixth Streets, bored by State and Washington Streets!

Another reason to take a local history constitutional and get a ground level view the block once owned by O. F. Eggington!

Have a good weekend everyone,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

Local History Online Library Resources:

Heritage Quest: Heritage Quest is the library’s online genealogy service, and it includes access to census records and other research sources; it can be accessed by going to the Online Resources page, on the library’s website, and scrolling down until you see the link for Heritage Quest:

https://www.ssclibrary.org/research/online-resources/

Once you’ve clicked on the Heritage Quest link, you’ll be prompted to login with your card number and PIN. If you have questions about how to use Heritage Quest, please feel free to let me know – my email address is reimerl@stls.org

Enjoy the photos and be well everyone,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

References

Dimitroff, T., & Janes, L. (1977). History Of The Corning Painted Post Area: 200 Years In Painted Post Country (1st ed.). Corning Area Bicentennial Committee.

Kohut, J. (2006, April). An Interview with the Egginton Sisters. American Cut Glass Association. https://cutglass.org/articles/art25egginton.htm

*To Create A Larger View (make the photos appear bigger on your screen):

You can click on each photo for a larger view. And then click the back arrow on your web browser to go back to the previous screen.

Alternatively, you can press and hold down the CTRL key, on your keyboard, while tapping the + key on your keyboard to make the photos appear larger on your screen.

To Create A Smaller View (make the photos appear smaller on your screen – after you’ve made them appear larger):

 Press and hold the CTRL key on your keyboard and tap the – sign to make the photos appear smaller again.

And If You Use A Mouse – CTRL & Scroll:

If you use a mouse you can do what is called “control and scroll”, to make photos appear larger and then smaller on your screen. To do this –>press and hold down the CTRL key on your keyboard and push the scroll wheel on your mouse away from you for a larger view. To reverse the larger view hold down the same CTRL key on your keyboard and pull the scroll wheel on your mouse towards you.

Library Local History/Creation Station Resources:
At the library you can scan your photos and slides to create digital family albums and slideshows; and even use one of the Circut machines, and other Creation Station equipment, to help you create a special paper family history album.

Also of note, we have the local paper, at times called the Corning Leader, Corning Journal or Corning Daily Journal, on microfilm from 1840 to the present — so you can visit the library and research local history and your family tree if you wish!

And…

And if you find any old photos or postcards of the Corning area that you don’t know what to do with – you can always donate them to the library!

Local History Photos May 7, 2021

Hi everyone, here are the Local History Photos of the Week!

Local History photos are published on Fridays; and the next local history photo posting will be up on Friday, May 14, 2021.

Helpful Photo Viewing Tips are found at the end of the posting for anyone who would like a few tips on how best to view the photos*

Local History Photo 1: Tree Across Park Avenue (1925)

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Our first photo of this week is a bit blurry but a terrific photo none-the-less as it offers a window into what life was like almost a hundred years ago! Fashion in 1925 was certainly much more formal than it is today; can you imagine being dressed up in what today we might call “your Sunday best” just to go outside and look at a tree that has fallen across the street! And the horse drawn carriage in the distance is cool too! We should all walk down Park Avenue and see where the photo was taken – I do believe some of the houses seen in the photo are still there!

Local History Photo 2: State Street Viaduct

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Our second photo for this week shows a view of the old State Street Viaduct, with Corning Glass buildings in the background.

Local History Photo 3: State Street Viaduct & Corning Glass Factory

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Have a good weekend everyone,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

Local History Online Library Resources:

Heritage Quest: Heritage Quest is the library’s online genealogy service, and it includes access to census records and other research sources; it can be accessed by going to the Online Resources page, on the library’s website, and scrolling down until you see the link for Heritage Quest:

https://www.ssclibrary.org/research/online-resources/

Once you’ve clicked on the Heritage Quest link, you’ll be prompted to login with your card number and PIN. If you have questions about how to use Heritage Quest, please feel free to let me know – my email address is reimerl@stls.org

Enjoy the photos and be well everyone,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

*To Create A Larger View (make the photos appear bigger on your screen):

You can click on each photo for a larger view. And then click the back arrow on your web browser to go back to the previous screen.

Alternatively, you can press and hold down the CTRL key, on your keyboard, while tapping the + key on your keyboard to make the photos appear larger on your screen.

To Create A Smaller View (make the photos appear smaller on your screen – after you’ve made them appear larger):

 Press and hold the CTRL key on your keyboard and tap the – sign to make the photos appear smaller again.

And If You Use A Mouse – CTRL & Scroll:

If you use a mouse you can do what is called “control and scroll”, to make photos appear larger and then smaller on your screen. To do this –>press and hold down the CTRL key on your keyboard and push the scroll wheel on your mouse away from you for a larger view. To reverse the larger view hold down the same CTRL key on your keyboard and pull the scroll wheel on your mouse towards you.

Library Local History/Creation Station Resources:
At the library you can scan your photos and slides to create digital family albums and slideshows; and even use one of the Circut machines, and other Creation Station equipment, to help you create a special paper family history album.

Also of note, we have the local paper, at times called the Corning Leader, Corning Journal or Corning Daily Journal, on microfilm from 1840 to the present — so you can visit the library and research local history and your family tree if you wish!

And…

And if you find any old photos or postcards of the Corning area that you don’t know what to do with – you can always donate them to the library!

Bonus Local History Photos

As you may have noticed, the usual Friday local history posting wasn’t published last week. And I apologize for that! The reason there wasn’t a posting last Friday is because the library was unexpectedly closed on Friday; so electrical work could be done in the library building.

So as a bonus, here are three neat local history photos on a Wednesday; and there will be a regular posting this Friday too with three more!

All three of our bonus local history photos of the week feature blank records; but we can guess they have to do with the local flight industry in our area, and based on the look of the aircraft and the clothing – I’d speculate the photos were taken in the early twentieth century.

Have a great mid-week!

Linda

Local History Photos April 23, 2021

Hi everyone, here are the Local History Photos of the Week!

Local History photos are published on Fridays; and the next local history photo posting will be up on Friday, April 30, 2021.

Helpful Photo Viewing Tips are found at the end of the posting for anyone who would like a few tips on how best to view the photos*

Local History Photo 1: Old City Hall

Our first photo for this week shows the old City Hall in the City of Corning. The Corning City Hall was once located on the corner of what was once Erie Avenue, and is now Denison Parkway, and Cedar Street in Corning. Today the building houses the Rockwell Museum.

And not only is the view of the building cool, but look at the street! We get an excellent view of the unpaved Erie Avenue with a wood walkway to boot- back in the days before the city streets were paved!

Local History Photo 2: The Courthouse

Our second photo for this week shows the Courthouse in the City of Corning.

The old, and current Courthouse, is located on the corner of West First and Pine Streets, and on the edge of what is frequently referred to as “Courthouse Park” ; but is in fact Canfield Park.

And I love looking at the smooth hillside that borders the Courthouse; today it is landscaped with rocks; but when I was a kid, local kids used to sled down that hill in the winter – and we had a blast!

Local History Photo 3: Painted Post High School

And our final photo for this week shows the old Painted Post High School. I’ll admit I don’t know if the photo shows the original  high school building in Painted Post, and the record card for the photo doesn’t include that information – but wow, what a neat photo of a classic brick building.

Have a good weekend everyone,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

Local History Online Library Resources:

Heritage Quest: Heritage Quest is the library’s online genealogy service, and it includes access to census records and other research sources; it can be accessed by going to the Online Resources page, on the library’s website, and scrolling down until you see the link for Heritage Quest:

https://www.ssclibrary.org/research/online-resources/

Once you’ve clicked on the Heritage Quest link, you’ll be prompted to login with your card number and PIN. If you have questions about how to use Heritage Quest, please feel free to let me know – my email address is reimerl@stls.org

Enjoy the photos and be well everyone,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

*To Create A Larger View (make the photos appear bigger on your screen):

You can click on each photo for a larger view. And then click the back arrow on your web browser to go back to the previous screen.

Alternatively, you can press and hold down the CTRL key, on your keyboard, while tapping the + key on your keyboard to make the photos appear larger on your screen.

To Create A Smaller View (make the photos appear smaller on your screen – after you’ve made them appear larger):

 Press and hold the CTRL key on your keyboard and tap the – sign to make the photos appear smaller again.

And If You Use A Mouse – CTRL & Scroll:

If you use a mouse you can do what is called “control and scroll”, to make photos appear larger and then smaller on your screen. To do this –>press and hold down the CTRL key on your keyboard and push the scroll wheel on your mouse away from you for a larger view. To reverse the larger view hold down the same CTRL key on your keyboard and pull the scroll wheel on your mouse towards you.

Library Local History/Creation Station Resources:
At the library you can scan your photos and slides to create digital family albums and slideshows; and even use one of the Circut machines, and other Creation Station equipment, to help you create a special paper family history album.

Also of note, we have the local paper, at times called the Corning Leader, Corning Journal or Corning Daily Journal, on microfilm from 1840 to the present — so you can visit the library and research local history and your family tree if you wish!

And…

And if you find any old photos or postcards of the Corning area that you don’t know what to do with – you can always donate them to the library!

Local History Photos April 16, 2021

Hi everyone, here are the Local History Photos of the Week!

Local History photos are published on Fridays; and the next local history photo posting will be up on Friday, April 23, 2021.

Helpful Photo Viewing Tips are found at the end of the posting for anyone who would like a few tips on how best to view the photos*

Local History Photo 1: Market Street

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Our first photo for this week shows a street fair on Market Street, in Corning, at some time in the past.

The Photo is undated; however judging by the unpaved street and the vintage clothes the people are wearing – we can certainly see it goes back a ways!

Local History Photo 2: Chimney Narrows

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Our second photo for this week shows the old Chimney Narrows rock formation that bordered the Chemung River in the City of Corning. This photo too is undated – but offers a cool look at the local landscape of the past!

Local History Photo 3: View of the City of Corning

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Our third photo for this week shows an old view of the City of Corning. This photo is also undated; however, I would speculate judging by how far away the Corning Glass Works towers are in the background, that this photo was taken from a hill on the Northside – in the days when there were fewer houses on the Northside of Corning.

Local History Photo 4: Postcard Showing T.H Symington Factory in Corning

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Our final photo for this week is of an old postcard that shows the old T. H. Symington Company plant that was once located on Bridge Street in the City of Corning. The plant originally manufactured railroad supplies; they branched out into making shells for the U.S. Army during World War I.

Have a good weekend everyone,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

Local History Online Library Resources:

Heritage Quest: Heritage Quest is the library’s online genealogy service, and it includes access to census records and other research sources; it can be accessed by going to the Online Resources page, on the library’s website, and scrolling down until you see the link for Heritage Quest:

https://www.ssclibrary.org/research/online-resources/

Once you’ve clicked on the Heritage Quest link, you’ll be prompted to login with your card number and PIN. If you have questions about how to use Heritage Quest, please feel free to let me know – my email address is reimerl@stls.org

Enjoy the photos and be well everyone,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

*To Create A Larger View (make the photos appear bigger on your screen):

You can click on each photo for a larger view. And then click the back arrow on your web browser to go back to the previous screen.

Alternatively, you can press and hold down the CTRL key, on your keyboard, while tapping the + key on your keyboard to make the photos appear larger on your screen.

To Create A Smaller View (make the photos appear smaller on your screen – after you’ve made them appear larger):

 Press and hold the CTRL key on your keyboard and tap the – sign to make the photos appear smaller again.

And If You Use A Mouse – CTRL & Scroll:

If you use a mouse you can do what is called “control and scroll”, to make photos appear larger and then smaller on your screen. To do this –>press and hold down the CTRL key on your keyboard and push the scroll wheel on your mouse away from you for a larger view. To reverse the larger view hold down the same CTRL key on your keyboard and pull the scroll wheel on your mouse towards you.

Library Local History/Creation Station Resources:
At the library you can scan your photos and slides to create digital family albums and slideshows; and even use one of the Circut machines, and other Creation Station equipment, to help you create a special paper family history album.

Also of note, we have the local paper, at times called the Corning Leader, Corning Journal or Corning Daily Journal, on microfilm from 1840 to the present — so you can visit the library and research local history and your family tree if you wish!

And…

And if you find any old photos or postcards of the Corning area that you don’t know what to do with – you can always donate them to the library!