Local History Photos October 1, 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 8, 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: Interior of Old McBurney House On Pulteney Street in Corning

Our first photo for this week shows what today we’d call the living room of the old McBurney House. The house is located somewhere on East Pulteney Street in Corning; and the lady seen in the photo is Lucy Bryant, mother of the then owner of the house James McBurney.

Local History Photo 2: After The Flood of ’72

Our second photo for this week offers us a street shot showing some of the damaged buildings in Corning after flood of 1972. Our record card doesn’t state where the photo was taken, so if you recognize the location – let us know!

Local History Photo 3: General Eisenhower In Corning

Our third photo for this week is of then General Eisenhower giving a speech at the dedication of the World War Memorial Stadium in Corning, in September 1948.

Old Newspaper Article of the Week:

North Side (Corning Evening Leader, April 14, 1907)

Our newspaper article for this week might actually be called What’s Going On On The Northside as it offers a terrific example of the now charming reporting on what members of the local community were doing in the spring of 1907.

And I think the photo of the article is fairly clear; but just in case anyone would prefer to read the text of the North Side happenings column, sans the advertisement titled “PILES”, here is the text:


So large was the attendance at the Fireman’s Fair on the North Side Saturday night that it amounted to a crush and at one time it seemed as though it would be necessary to close the doors and stop selling tickets.

Inside the hall from almost the time the doors opened until midnight was a swarm of humanity that made it impossible for one to get about and visit the booths without fighting their way through the lam. The occasion was enlivened by music from the Red Men’s Fife and Drum Corps.

During the six nights of the fair the receipts amounted to $890. This did not include the many season tickets sold by the fireman of which no record has yet been made. It is roughly estimated that when the expenses of the fair have been subtracted from the total receipts that the fireman will have cleared $600.

The fair will be held over tonight to enable the committee to dispose of the few remaining articles left in the booths.


–The hen house of Charles Woodward located in the rear of his residence on Townley Avenue was entered by chicken thieves Sunday night and one hen taken. An oil stained monkey wrench which the thieves evidently intended to use in forcing the unlocked door was left behind.

–The residence of George Cook situated on Bridge Street was recently sold to Central trainman H. O. Brown of the North Side, also the Hicks dwelling on Hart Street to Edward Jenk of Erwins through the estate agency of Charles Bennett.

–Miss Anna Stevens spent Sunday at her home in Elmira.

–Miss Goldie Goldberg has returned to her position as a milliner of the Wing & Bostwick store.

–Mrs. McCormick and daughter Helena of Elmira were the guests of relatives on the North Side over Sunday.

–David Perry of Elmira spent Sunday with his sister Mrs. Carrie Brown of River Street.

–Cecil Harrington was the guest of friends on the North Side Sunday.

–Emery Fine of New York is spending a few days at the residence of Solomon Goldberg of Bridge Street.

–Owning to the fact that the Central paycar arrived in Corning this afternoon the Wing & Bostwick store will remain open tonight instead of tomorrow night as has been the custom in the past.


Then The Mercury Froze

I think London is a lovely place for a honeymoon, don’t you dear?

“Yes darling”, he replied in an abstracted manner. I shall always come here in the future” Stray Stories

And here is the entire page of The Evening Leader that the North Side community news column appeared on – in case you’d like to read the entire page.

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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