Wing And Bostwick Store

Hi everyone, here is a neat local history item of note!

I had a patron inquire today, where the old Wing and Bostwick Store was located.

So I went to my trusty Dimitroff-Janes book,* and looked up info on the store!

The author’s state: “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 big deal in its day!

The store was housed in a fine old three story building on the corner of Bridge and Pulteney Streets, across from what is today the Bridge Street Laundry Store.

 

Here is the photo:

What a great old building!

Have a great day!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

References

*History of the Corning Painted Post Area by Thomas Dimitroff & Lois Janes, Revised 1991 Edition. Published by Bookmarks.

2 thoughts on “Wing And Bostwick Store

    • In doing a bit more research, I gather the store was open in more than one location.

      The Donald Carapella book, Corning shows another picture of the store and it is obviously a different building.

      The text states that the store was located “on the corner of Wall and Pulteney” streets, which I find interesting because Wall Street is on the Southside and there isn’t a bridge the crosses the river at the end of that street.

      I also found some information from the 1904 Fireproof magazine that shows that part of the previous location of Wing Bostwick store suffered structural collapse in December of 1903 – here is a link to the info:

      https://books.google.com/books?id=KnNLAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA26&dq=Wing+and+Bostwick++corning+ny&hl=en&newbks=1&newbks_redir=0&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjdrZy3mZPnAhWRUt8KHd_0ApkQ6AEwA3oECAIQAg#v=onepage&q=Wing%20and%20Bostwick%20%20corning%20ny&f=false

      As far as what year the Wing Bostwick Store opened, I’m running out of day to research that subject!

      We have city directories going back to 1873, however, we don’t have a complete set.

      And the earliest city directory I find a mention of the Wing Bostwick Store and Elias Bostwick, who was vice-president and secretary, is in the 1905 directory. If time permits this week – I’ll do some more research and see if I can’t track down the date the store originally opened in Corning and get back to you.

      Have a great day,
      Linda Reimer, SSCL

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