Local History Photos March 24, 2018

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

(Click on the photos for a larger view)

Photo 1: Alanson B. Houghton (Date Unknown):

This time around we’ve got a photo we actually know a solid bit about!

Our first photo of the week is of Alanson Bigelow Houghton, son of the elder Amory Houghton Sr. (1813-1882). And it was the elder Amory Houghton Sr. who moved the Brooklyn Flint Glass Works from Massachusetts to Corning, New York in 1868.

Alanson B. Houghton, also known as Alanson B. Houghton I, was in his turn CEO of Corning Glass Works, a U.S. Congressman and U.S. Ambassador to Germany in the 1920s. He was also the father of the younger Amory Houghton Sr. (1899-1981).

While I was growing up in Corning, the younger Amory Houghton Sr. (1899-1981) was frequently referred to as “The Ambassador,” as he followed in his father’s footsteps and was in turn CEO of the Corning Glass Works and a diplomat serving as U.S Ambassador to France from 1957 – 1961.

The younger Amory Houghton Sr. and his wife Laura Richardson Houghton had five children including: Former Corning Inc. CEO and Congressman Amory Houghton Jr. (B. 1926), Elizabeth Houghton Weinberg, Alanson Bigelow Houghton II (1930-2016), retired Corning Inc. CEO James R. Houghton (B. 1936), and Laura Houghton Beer (D. 2000).

This photo looks like it might have been a photo taken of a photo found in a photo album. However wherever it came from it shows a very distinguished looking gentleman of local and international note!


Dimitroff, Thomas P., Janes, Lois S. History of the Corning Painted Post Area: 200 Years in Painted Post Country, Revised Edition. Bookmarks, Corning, New York. 1990

Laura Houghton, 102, Matriarch Of Corning Glassmaking Family. New York Times. Online. Accessed. March 24, 2018. https://goo.gl/h57sk3

Photo 2: The Courthouse

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

The date the photo was taken is unknown.

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 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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