Local History Photos September 17, 2021

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

Local History photos are published on Fridays; and the next local history photo posting will be up on Friday, September 24, 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*

Local History Photo 1: Frederick Carder & Others As The Dedication Ceremony for Frederick Carder Elementary School

Our first photo shows famous local glass maker Frederick Carder, and others, at the dedication ceremony of Frederick Carder Elementary School. The complimentary 1 B photo seen directly below the photo, shows the writing included with the photo; which indicates that the four people at the right side of the photo are Frederick Carter, Guy Chaney, Maude Cumming and William E. Severn.

Local History Photo 2: Frederick Carder With School Dedication Stone

Our Second photo for this week shows Frederick Carder with the 1954 Frederick Carder Elementary School dedication stone.

Local History Photo 3: Postcard of Corning Opera House

Our third photo for this week shows the old Corning Opera House and Conservatory of Music; what a great building – I’m so sorry they torn it down; but am pleased that we still have music and performances in Corning through Corning Civic Music, the new Corning Public Theater and other venues.

This is the best “photo” of the Corning Opera House the library has and I’d love to find a better one for our collection – should anyone ever encounter a great photo of the opera house they’d like to donate – we’d love to have it!

Old Newspaper Article of the Week:

AMUSEMENTS from The Corning Evening Leader, October 2, 1902

Our Old Newspaper article of the week shows a review of a play put on at the old Corning Opera House!

Published on October 2, 1902 and titled “Amusements,” the article offers a review of the play “A Sister’s Love” and even urges Corningites to attend a showing!

The text is much clearer in this photo, taken from a scan on the library’s new microfilm machine, than it would have been before the library got our new high-tech microfilm machine this year! However, typed text is even easier to read – so here is is a typed version of the article:


“A SISTER’S LOVE”–At the opera house tonight the romantic comedy drama “A Sister’s Love” will be presented to our theater patrons. It is not a wild woolly Western drama with bucking bronchoes, Border ruffians and impossible Indians, but a production of rare merit thoroughly refined with pictures of thrilling situations, brim full of fun and strong specialties. During the action of the play the world famous shooting starts Misses Pauline Cooke and May Clinton will introduce their wonderful feats of markswomanship, using smokeless powder thereby having no report or anything to offend the most sensitive lady. “A Sister’s Love” was written for Misses Cooks and Clinton by the eminent dramatist Mr. Theodore Kremer, and it is a magnificent meritorious production, well worthy the patronage of the theater going public. Seats on sale at Sternberg’s.

And just in case anyone is interested, here is a photo of the entire page the “AMUSEMENTS” article appears on; from the October 2, 1902 Corning Evening Leader:

Have a great 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:


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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