Local History Photos December 31, 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: Pine Street Bridge Construction

Our first photo for this week shows workers building the old Pine Street bridge in Corning. Early in the automobile era, cars in Corning could drive straight down the Southside Hill in Corning and over the Pine Street Bridge to the Northside. The Pine Street Bridge was eventually replaced by the Brisco Bridge which was completed in 1921, and still stands.

Local History Photo 2: Pine Street Bridge

Our second photo of the week shows the completed Pine Street Bridge. And what I find fascinating about the photo isn’t the view of the bridge itself, but the cool view of the Northside; which at that time consisted mostly of farmland, with just a few houses to be seen. Today, of course, the Northside is predominantly a residential area and features many houses.

Local History Photo 3: Caton Methodist Episcopal Church (1904)

Our third photo shows the Caton Methodist Episcopal Church, which according to our records was built late in the late 1860’s and burned down March 5, 1904.

Old Newspaper Article of the Week

This week we have two neat New Years’ related items, a comic and a New Years best wishes from the Corning Evening Leader!

Corning Evening Leader, Corning N.Y. | December 31, 1919

The text of the comic, which features a young boy throwing a snowball at a man wearing a top hat, and carrying a brief case that says 1919 on it, says “Most of us are glad to see 1919 get it in the neck.”

We’ve had a challenging couple of years to be sure; however, in 1919, in addition to living through a pandemic, generally known as the Spanish Flu; the world was still recovering from World War I which had ended in November of the previous year.

We can certainly sympathize with the people living in 1919, and also find humor in the comic they enjoyed; which works for out time too – and we’ll cross our fingers that 2022 will be a better year!

And here is the Corning Evening Leader AD wishing readers Happiness and Prosperity in 1920 – and ditto that to everyone looking at this blog post in 2021!

And here was see a photo of all of page 14 of the Corning Evening Leader (December 31, 1919); from which both the comic and the Leaders’ good wishes ad were taken.

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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