Local History Photos December 10, 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, December 17, 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*

All three of our photos for this week were taken by the Drake Family around the turn of the twentieth century.

Local History Photo 1: Drake Family Photo 1

Local History Photo 2: Drake Family Photo 2

Local History Photo 3: Drake Family Photo 3

Old Newspaper Article of the Week

Skating At Park Planned

The Corning Evening Leader, Corning N.Y. | December 12, 1919

Here is the text version of the article:

Skating At Park Planned

Pump To Supply Water Will be Operated in Two Weeks

      Corning lovers of skating will have their wish fulfilled in about two weeks as the result of a plan in progress to fill Denison Park Lake with water, using the pump purchased some time ago for that purpose.
This pump when operation will fill the lake to the extent that skating will be afforded all around the lake. The ice will be kept clean and free from snow so that nothing but the best skating can be had. Superintendent W. O. Drake of the Board of Public Works stated today that the hoa house will be turned over to the skaters, as a place where they may put on their skates, get warm, etc.

      A petition emanating from the Corning Glass Works has been signed by a large number of people asking the skating be provided.

From The Corning Evening Leader, Corning N.Y. | December 12, 1919

And here is Page Five of the Corning Evening Leader, December 12, 1919:

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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