Local History Photos September 1, 2017

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

(Click on the photos for a larger view)

Photo 1: A Dapper Young Man

Who the dapper young man in the photo is – is a mystery! If you know, please let us know!

Photo 2: Postcard of “Wing & Bostwick Department Store Corning”

I’ve heard of Bostwick’s Department Store but I believe it was in existence before my time! If you have any stories about the store please feel free to share them!

Photo 3: Woeppels

I’ve never heard of Woeppels before and have no idea what type of a business it was! If you know where it was and what type of a business it was — let us know!

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

Library Local History/Creation Station Resources:

Here’s your weekly reminder that 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 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!

3 thoughts on “Local History Photos September 1, 2017

  1. Woeppels was a florist on PArk Avenue – across from Hope Cemetery, It was located to the west of the old Lower Food Mart.


  2. I googled your site because I’ve inherited a bedroom set with “The Wing and Bostwick Department Store in Corning, NY” tag on it. My great grandfather was Arba M. Blodgett, after whom Northside Blodgett was named. My grandmother, his daughter, had the set in her home in Rockville Center, NY. then it moved to Binghamton then Vestal NY with my parents. I live in Corning…thrilled to think the set is “coming home.” Is that the building on the corner of Market and Cedar?


    • Hi, it is super cool that your bedroom set came from the Bostwick Store, and that your great-grandfather was Arba Blodgett!

      I live on the Northside of Corning and walk for fitness. And before Northside Blodgett was demolished, I greatly enjoyed walking around the building and imagining the students that attended school there growing and prospering in their lives through the years.

      I love history, as you may have gathered, and lament the loss of many fine old buildings that Corning once had – including the Wing Bostwick Store building. The store was located at the intersection of Pulteney and Bridge Streets before it was demolished. I’ll post a photo to the blog showing the location of the building, which was approximately where the Arnot Medical offices are today, on the corner of Bridge and Pulteney Streets, directly across the street from the Bridge Street Laundromat.

      Also of note, the Dimitroff-Janes book “History of Corning-Painted Post Area”, notes of the Wing-Bostwick store: “Wing and Bostwick on the Northside was one of the largest retail stores in the city, selling a variety of goods” – so the store was a really big deal in its day! (Dimitroff-Janes, p. 201)

      Have a great day!
      Linda Reimer, SSCL


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