Local History Photos September 24, 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, October 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*

Local History Photo 1: Lumber Mill

Our first photo for this week shows a lumber mill, erected in 1891, that once stood on Post Creek Highway, aka Post Creek Road in Catlin.

It is hard to believe today; but once upon a time the lumber industry was a major employer in our area!

Local History Photo 2: The Old Henderson House

Our second photo for this week shows a house that records indicate was once known as “the old Henderson” house, located at 76 E. Third Street. If you look closely, in the back ground at the left and right of the house, you can see barns; in keeping with the main mode of transportation of the day being horse power!

Local History Photo 3: Ambassador Houghton’s House & Gardens

Our third photo for this week is of a post card showing “Ambassador Houghton’s Residence And Garden’s Corning, N.Y.” What a cool photo! And those gardens are impressive even in black and white!

Old Newspaper Article of the Week: Front Page Poetry!

Once upon a time newspapers included poetry in their offerings! The two poems seen in the photo, appeared on the front page of the Corning & Blossburg Advocate on Wednesday, September 28, 1842!

As both poems are rather long, and the image of the poems is fairly clear, I’m only going to include the text of the first poem as it appeared in the newspaper (also of note, sometimes the spelling/punctuation of yesterday isn’t the spelling/punctuation of today)


Our hearts are with our native land,

Our song is for her glory ;

Her warrior’s wreath is in our hand,

Our lips breath our her story.

Her lofty hills and vallies green,

Are shining bright before us ;

And like a rainbow sign is seen

Her proud flag waving o’er us.

And there are smiles upon our lips

For those who meet her foeman,

For Glory’s star knows no eclipse

When smiled upon by woman.

For those who grave the might deep

And scorn the threat of danger,

We’ve smiles to cheer—and tears to weep

For every ocean ranger.

Our hearts are with our native land,

Our song is for her freedom ;

Our prayers are for the gallant band

Who strike where honor leads them.

We love the taintless air we breathe,

‘Tis freedoms endless dower ;

We’ll twine for him an endless wreath

Who scorns a tyrant’s power.

The tell of France’s beauties rare,

Of Italy’s proudest daughters ;

Of Scotland’s lasses—England’s fair,

And nymphs of Shannon’s waters—

We need not boast their charms,

Though lords around them hover ;

A FREEMAN for a lover!

And here is the entire front page of the Corning & Blossburg Advocate, September 28, 1842 edition, in case you’d like to peruse it!

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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