Local History Photos November 19, 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,

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: Denison Park

The first photo of the week is of a postcard showing a view of Denison Park, in Corning, in the days of old, exact date unknown.

Local History Photo 2: Hornby School (1891)

The second photo of the week shows shows the old one room school house in Hornby NY in the days of old!

Local History Photo 3: Drake Photo (circa 1900)

yAnd our final photo for this week is one taken by the Drake Family; and shows a young girl, possibly one of the Drake daughters stopped on a snow sidewalk in Corning, NY in the midst of winter.

What a cool photo!

Old Newspaper Article of the Week

Hagenbeck’s Big Show In The City Today

The picture of the article is fairly clear; however, here is the text should anyone find it easier to read:

Hagenbeck’s Big Show In The City Today (The Evening Leader, Corning, NY | September 19, 1905)

Parade Notable for Its Length, Pretty Horses,

Handsome Wagons and Trappings and Big Menagerie Features

The parade of Carl Hagenbeck Circus this morning and Animal show was one of the largest and best street parades ever given in this city.  It took fully 25 minutes to pass a given point, and each of the minutes was filled with spectacle of strange and ferocious beasts, splendid horses, bright uniforms, gayly painted vans and magnificent bands.

     The big and truly unique parade left the showgrounds at the appointed hour following the usual line of march.  Large crowds viewed the parade and the streets were thronged throughout the route to be traversed.  The usual crowd of shouting boys followed the parade from the grounds and few in an ever increasing throng when the center of the city was passed on the homeward march.  The leading vans were filled with a fine collection of lions, tigers and polar bears.  Following came one of the most popular features of the big parade, a big monkey riding a pony drive by a clown.  Around this was a crowd of boys and the monkey seemed to enjoy his  popularity.  This was followed by a gorgeous tableaux wagon, drawn by magnificent horses with splendid harnesses, a herd of 16 African and Asiatic elephants and several large camels covered by the most beautiful trappings were a good feature of the parade.  In most of the chariots were many strange kinds of animals as well as dozens of representatives of the cat family,  panther, tigers, jaguars, leopards, pumas, etc.. and were a splendid specimen and appeared to be in very best condition.

    Two band and a stream calliope played popular airs during the parade, but the favorite of the small boy was the wagon carrying the clown band.  Hundreds of small boys follows this wagon to the show grounds, where the doors for the afternoon’s performance were thrown open at 1 o’clock to give one hour’s time for the inspection of the greatest wild animal exhibition which was ever brought to this country.

     Sharply at 2 o’clock the performance of the big Carl Hagenbeck Circus started with a magnificent entrée.

     The performance was a great surprise to everybody who visited the show, but it is really the best circus which has ever been in Corning.

  Trained horses, equals of which have never been seen in this city bar and flying trapezes performances which could be star acts with any big circuses of America or Europe, high wire acts, and the best clowns known to circus visitors were all there and besides that, there were displays of the finest animal training.  The name of Carl Hagenbeck is known to everybody in this country as the greatest animal trainer since he exhibited his magnificent animals at the Chicago Fair. (an unreadable line and a half) the best circus organizer, and he is not only the animal king, but he is the king of showmen. Roars of lions and tigers, trumpeting elephants mixed beautifully with the laughter caused by the funny antics of the clowns, the marvelous tumbling of the acrobats and the death defying leaps of mid air performances.  The big tent where the performances take place, occupies more space than the biggest American circus and will be filled during the performance and no doubt they will turn them away tonight.

  The doors will open at 7 and the show will begin at 8 o’clock.

And here is the entire page of The Evening Leader on which the article appears:

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!

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