Local History Photos December 18 & 25, 2020

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

This is a special, multi-photo end of the year edition!

The next local history photo posting will be up on Friday, January 1, 2021.

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: CFA Football Team

The Corning Free Academy Football Team circa 1900.

Photo 2: H.P. Sinclair Factory

The old Sinclair Factory in Corning circa 1906. The factory was located in the lot that today houses Dunkin’ Donuts.

Photo 3: Birds Eye View of Corning

A photo of a postcard showing a birds eye view of Corning from Gibson.

Photo 4: The Gridley Family

A photo of the local Gridley Family taken in Oneida, N.Y. in 1926; from left to right Mable, Myron, Nellie & Herbert Gridley.

Photo 5: Caton Methodist Episcopal Church Members

We don’t know exactly when this photo was taken; however, it is a cool photo showing members of the Caton Methodist Church, and it was probably taken in the early twentieth century.

Photo 6: Firetruck (and fireman too!)

A neat photo of a firetruck, and an unknown fireman, in the early twentieth century.

Photo 7: William Harrison House

Our seventh photo shows the William Harrison House circa 1930. If you know where the house was, or is as the case may be – let us know! The car the people are standing in front of the house are neat too – we have no information on the people in the photo; they may, or may not be the Harrison Family!

Photo 8: Lumber Industry

This photo obviously has a water stain on it. However, I wanted to include it because is shows an old lumber factory in Gang Mills. And we forget today, how big a deal the lumber industry was in our area in the nineteenth century!

Have a good weekend everyone,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

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:

Research & Learning: 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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