Local History Photos February 21, 2020

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

Helpful Photo Viewing Tips are found at the end of the posting for anyone who would like a few tips on how best to view the photos*



This week we’re showcasing three photos from our archive for which we have no description information whatsoever!


We don’t know when or where the photos were taken – so please take a look and let us know if you recognize the location the photos were taken.


We’d love to update our records to include that information!



Local History Photo 1: Unknown Church

I’ve lived in Corning most of my life, and at middle age I believe I’ve seen all the churches that are currently standing in the City of Corning.

However, I don’t recognize this church! So the church either isn’t currently standing in the City of Corning (unless I’ve missed seeing it!) or, it is, just perhaps, located in a nearby city or town…

And I’m betting someone out there is going to recognize this church! If you do, please let us know!


Local History Photo 2: The Island

There is an island in the Chemung River, that you can see from the Centerway Bridge in Corning; and of course, small island in rivers do come and go. However, the island in the photo looks like it is in a more rural location than the City of Corning even in the days of old. So, I’m speculating that the The Island isn’t, and wasn’t, located in the City of Corning itself, but perhaps in a nearby town or village.

If you know where The Island is/was located – please let us know!

Local History Photo 3: Laborer

In our third photo for this week we see an obviously hard working man!

However, what this laborer is doing and where he is working are a mystery.

If you recognize the location the photo was taken, the type of machinery being used or even if you know who the man in the photo was – please let us know!

Have a great weekend!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

*To Create A Larger View (make the photos appear bigger on your screen):

You can click on each photo for a larger view. And then click the back arrow on your web browser to go back to the previous screen.

Alternatively, you can press and hold down the CTRL key, on your keyboard, while tapping the + key on your keyboard to make the photos appear larger on your screen.

To Create A Smaller View (make the photos appear smaller on your screen – after you’ve made them appear larger):

 Press and hold the CTRL key on your keyboard and tap the – sign to make the photos appear smaller again.

And If You Use A Mouse – CTRL & Scroll:

If you use a mouse you can do what is called “control and scroll”, to make photos appear larger and then smaller on your screen. To do this –>press and hold down the CTRL key on your keyboard and push the scroll wheel on your mouse away from you for a larger view. To reverse the larger view hold down the same CTRL key on your keyboard and pull the scroll wheel on your mouse towards you.

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!

8 thoughts on “Local History Photos February 21, 2020

    • I’m pleased to be able to update our records with the information, that the photo shows the First Baptist Church in Painted Post!

      Thanks to all who contacted me with the info!
      Linda Reimer, SSCL


  1. Deborah Rittmeyer – You beat me to it! The separate approaches to the entrances have now been bridged by a single porch.


  2. Just catching up here…
    Is the church the old Baptist (or Methodist) church in Painted Post on Water St? It came down after the flood didn’t it? There were others that came down too in PP I think.


    • Hi, thanks for checking out our local history blog!

      You are quite correct that the photo shows the First Baptist Church on Water Street in Painted Post.

      We had several knowledgeable people enlighten us to that fact, and we have updated our photo archive record.

      Have a great day,
      Linda Reimer, SSCL


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