Local History Photos February 16, 2018

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

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Photo 1: Conductor’s Pocket Watch

Our first two photos for this week are of what I believe is an old railroad conductor’s pocket watch.

Just whose watch this was, what became of it, and why there is a photo of it in our Local History Photo Archive, remain a mystery.

 

Photo 2: Civil War Era Veteran’s Medal

Our third photo for this week features a Civil War Veterans Medal.

Around the edge of the medal it says “LOUISVILLE, KY. SEPTEMBER 11-14, 1865.”

And the caption inside the star says “GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC VETERAN.”

And as with the photo of conductor’s pocket watch, just which Union veteran this medal belonged to remains mystery – but it is a neat relic of American history.

Have a great weekend,

Linda, SSCL

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 of the Corning area that you don’t know what to do with – you can always donate them to the library!

We’re happy to add new photos to our Photo Archive!

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Local History Photos February 9, 2018

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

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Photo 1: Horse Ride

Our first photo for this week features a small child, I think a little girl, ready to take a horse ride – once her companions finish whatever they are doing.

And the house in the background is clear enough to recognize if it is still there today.

If you know anything about the people or location where the photo was taken please let us know!

Photo 2: First Corning Free Academy Building 

Our second photo for this week is of an old postcard of the first Corning Free Academy building. The first CFA was destroyed by fire at some time in the past. I believe the Dimitroff-Janes book* offers more info on the first CFA building.

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

*History of The Corning-Painted Post Area: 200 Years In Painted Post Country by Thomas P. Dimitroff and Lois S. Janes. 1991 Revised Edition. Published by Bookmarks.

The Dimitroff-Janes book is a great read for anyone interested in the history of the Corning Painted Post region. You can find several copies at the library under the call number: 973.783 DIM – check it out!

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 of the Corning area that you don’t know what to do with – you can always donate them to the library!

We’re happy to add new photos to our Photo Archive!

Local History Photos February 2, 2018

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

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Photo 1: Bridge Street Service Station – Post Flood of ’72

Our first photo for this week is of the Bridge Street Service Station in the aftermath of the Flood of 1972. And as I was 6 years old in 1972, I can’t quite recall if the service station was located where J & T’s Auto Cafe is now, first building on the left if you go over Bridge Street past Wegmans, or if the station was further down the street.

If you recall where the Bridge Street Service Station was and/or have any stories about it, or things that went on during or just after the Floods of ’72 let us know!

Photo 2: Large Gothic Mystery Building

Our second photo for this week is another photo taken of  a photo – we have a number of those in our local history archive. And just who took the photos of the photos remains a mystery!

The photo shows a large Gothic looking building that seems vaguely familiar to me but I can’t quite place it.

If you recognize where the building was/is located –  let us know!

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

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 of the Corning area that you don’t know what to do with – you can always donate them to the library!

We’re happy to add new photos to our Photo Archive!

Local History Photos January 26, 2018

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

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Photo 1: Early Twentieth Century CFA Sports Team

Our first photo for this week is of a Corning Free Academy sports team. The photo seems to have been taken in the early twentieth century.

And not being a sports fan, I’m not sure if the team consists of basketball players, runners or wrestlers?

I have no idea!

But I bet there are sports fans out there in Internet Land that know!

So if you know the sport and/or anything about the players in the photo, let us know!

Photo 2: CFA Basketball Team 1909-1910 Season:

And our second photo for this week is of the Corning Free Academy 1909-1910 basketball team. And boy don’t they look like serious sportsmen!

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

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 of the Corning area that you don’t know what to do with – you can always donate them to the library!

We’re happy to add new photos to our Photo Archive!

Local History Photos January 19, 2018

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

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Photo 1: Construction of the New Painted Post Indian Monument

First a bit of back story!

Painted Post, New York was named after the old Seneca name for the region which at one time did include a painted post. When the original maker was put up in unclear though there were many stories about the original post and what happened to it; the only thing about its disappearance that is certain is that it did eventually disappear.

In 1824 Captain Samuel Erwin commissioned the first metal Indian monument to be built in Painted Post. In 1948 that monument was destroyed during a violent storm and a new monument, designed by local high school art teacher Norman Phelps was built and placed on Water Street in Painted Post.

And our first photo for this week shows the monument being built! As the new monument was unveiled in 1950, I’m sure many people remember the unveiling ceremony and the fact that the new monument was originally located on a small piece of land in the street itself before being moved to its safer current location near the Village Square in Painted Post.

Do you remember when the new monument was unveiled?

We love local history stories so if you’ve got one to share – let us know!

Photo 2: The New Indian Monument in Painted Post (1950)

And our second photo for this week shows the completed new Indian Monument in 1950.

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

References:

Painted Post and its Monument by Audrey Phelps. Crooked Lake Review. 1993.
http://www.crookedlakereview.com/articles/34_66/63june1993/63phelps.html

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 of the Corning area that you don’t know what to do with – you can always donate them to the library!

We’re happy to add new photos to our Photo Archive!

Local History Photos January 12, 2018

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

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Photo 1: Corning Glass Works Postcard

Our first photo for this week is another photo of an old time postcard; this one is of the old Corning Glass Works Factory. The photo was taken before my time. However, I think the building seen in the distance might just be the old office building that was located somewhere near Centerway Square before it was torn down to make way for the current modern Corning Headquarters building.

If you have stories or memories you’d like to share about working at Corning Glass in the olden days – please do!

Photo 2: Students In Shop Class?

Our second photo for this week seems to have been taken in the 1960s or 1970s.

I’m guessing that the kids are students learning how to use a piece of equipment in shop class. However, I don’t recognize the equipment the teacher/instructor is working with…

We might just be in luck in finding out more about what is going on in the photo and who the people in the photo were, or are as the case may be, as in looking at the hair styles and clothing it is apparently the photo was taken relatively recently – I’m going to guess in the 1970s.

So if you recognize the people in the photo and/or know what type of  equipment the students are learning about – let us know!

Have a good weekend!

Linda, SSCL

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 of the Corning area that you don’t know what to do with – you can always donate them to the library!

We’re happy to add new photos to our Photo Archive!

Great Grandmother?

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 Meet Mary. Mary McElligott, as per the spelling provided by Kim, who was inquiring from out of state in order to assemble her genealogy. Kim was quite appreciative of the library’s collection and willingness, saying, “thank you so so much for your assistance with this.  It’s a new found treasure for me!”

Dear reader, with historic interest, do you know why Mary’s family name may have been spelled  with an apostrophe: M’Elligott in her senior yearbook?

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