Local History Photos July 17, 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*

Photo 1: Hamilton Street, Painted Post


Our first photo for this week was taken from the intersection of Hamilton and High Streets in Painted Post, N.Y. The photographer was looking north up Hamilton Street.

Photo 2: Second View High & Hamilton Streets, PP

Our second photo for this week was also taken from the intersection of High and Hamilton Streets in Painted Post, but from a different angel – looking over the nearby railroad tracks.

Photo 3: Recently Completed Indian Monument

Our third photo for this week shows the “new” replacement for the old Indian Monument in Painted Post. The old monument was blown down during a storm, and the new monument was designed by Painted Post art teacher Normal Phelps and unveiled in 1950. As another teacher, Audrey Phelps wife of Norman, noted of the origins of the historical marker – there were many version, the earliest of which seems to have been erected over the resting place of Indian Chief Montour, and was located  on land near where the Tioga and Conhocton Rivers merge to form the Chemung River.

There is a link to a history of the Painted Post Indian Monument written Audrey Phelps back in the 1993, at the end of this posting – if you’d like more information – check it out!

Also of note, in her article on the Indian Monument, Audrey Phelps cites a great local history resource, a 1922 book written by Uri Mulford, who in days of old was the editor of the Corning newspaper. The entire Mulford book, Pioneer Days and Later Times in Corning and Vicinity, may be accessed for free via Google Books, a link to the access page is found in the references section.

Have good weekend everyone,

Linda Reimer, SSCL


Mulford, Uri. Pioneer Days and Later Times in Corning and Vicinity. Published by Uri Mulford. 1922., https://www.google.com/books/edition/Pioneer_Days_and_Later_Times_in_Corning/CNQwAQAAMAAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&dq=Pioneer+Days+and+Later+Times+in+Corning+and+Vicinity,+1789-1920&printsec=frontcover

Phelps, Audrey. (1993, June). Painted Post and its Monument. The Crooked Lake Review., https://www.crookedlakereview.com/articles/34_66/63june1993/63phelps.html


Local History Online Library Resources:

Heritage Quest: Heritage Quest is the library’s online genealogy service, and it includes access to census records and other research sources; it can be accessed by going to the Online Resources page, on the library’s website, and scrolling down until you see the link for Heritage Quest:

Online Resources: Lynda.com, Databases, Etc.

Once you’ve clicked on the Heritage Quest link, you’ll be prompted to login with your card number and PIN. If you have questions about how to use Heritage Quest, please feel free to let me know – my email address is reimerl@stls.org

Enjoy the photos and be well everyone,

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!

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