Local History Photos December 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, December 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: The Gridley Family

Our first photo for this week shows The Gridley Family. The photo was taken in Caton, N.Y. circa 1910.

Local History Photo 2: Flood

The record for our second photo, indicates only that it shows Corning during a flood.

If we take a close look at the car seen at the left side of the photo we can estimate that it was taken in the 1930s or 1940s.

Local History Photo 3: Another Flood Photo (c. 1930s or 1940s)

Our final photo for this week, also has an almost blank record card.

So we know only that the photo was taken in the Corning area, during a flood; and as with the previous photo, by looking at the car we can estimate it was taken during the 1930s or 1940s.

What a cool photo though; I especially like seeing the industrious two gentleman in the row boat; rowing near the flooded street.

Old Newspaper Article of the Week


The Corning Evening Leader, Corning N.Y. | December 13, 1919

For ease of reading, here is the text of the article:


     The meeting of the Music Department of the Woman’s Club held Thursday evening under the chairmanship of Miss Mary Whitenack, disclosed a program exceptionally novel and entertaining.

     The subject was “The Effect of War on Music and Music on War” which furnished the theme for a very interesting paper by Miss Ethel Jessup. She related the historic incidents out of which our best known national songs have sprung and it was instructive to note how each war in this country has provided some famous song.

     Groups of war songs, more classical in type and less familiar, but beautiful examples of the songs that have come out of the recent great war, were splendidly sung by Miss Loretta Rox, Miss Gertrude Callahan and Arthur Wood.  

     The last part of the program was a reading by Mrs. J. W. Lynahan entitled “When Songs are Prayers.” She was assisted by a quartette composed of Mrs. C. C. Corwin, Mrs. Edward Smith, Castle Cunnings and Leon Robbins, who interspersed popular modern war songs that the boys sang in the camps and trenches. Walter Kaublsch, the accompanist of the evening gave splendid support at the piano.

Readers’ Note: The “great war” mentioned in the article is World War I, which had officially ended just the month before the program, on November 11, 1919!

And here page three of the Corning Evening Leader | December 13, 1919, in its entirety:

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


Royde-Smith, J. G. (n.d.). World War I 1914–1918. Britannica. Retrieved December 17, 2021, from https://www.britannica.com/event/World-War-I

*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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