Local History Photo of the Week July 20, 2018

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

(Click on the photos for a larger view)

Photo 1: Old Time Baseball Team

Our first photo for this week shows a baseball team in what appears to be the early twentieth century.

I think the team might be sitting on the steps of Corning Free Academy – so they might be a C.F.A. baseball team from ages past.

If you recognize anyone in the photo let us know!

Photo 2: Residents At Stop Sign & One Way Street Photo During The Flood (1972)

This photo is, apparently, one that was taken of a trio of people standing near a parking meter and a combo ONE WAY and STOP street sign during the Flood of ’72.

And I say “apparently” , because there is another photo of the same group of people that appeared on the cover of the Star Gazette Souvenir Booklet titled “The Great Flood of ’72 In The Twin Tiers”, which was published on August 1, 1972.  We have a copy of the booklet in our collection and it is worth checking out if you’re interested in the history of the Flood of ’72.

As you can see, the photo in the library’s archive shows three people standing in flood waters near a parking meter and a combo STOP/ONE WAY street sign.

The cover of the Star Gazette Souvenir Booklet seems to have been cropped as it shows only the two people standing closest to the parking meter and street sign – but it is obvious that photo too was taken on the same day and near the same time as the one in our archive.

If you have any flood stories to share, or if you know who any of the people in this vintage flood photo or, or who Jerry Hendy is, please 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 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!

We’re happy to add photos/postcards of local persons, places or things of the past to our local history collection! If you have questions about donating local history items to the library send me an email: reimerl@stls.org

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