Local History Photos March 4, 2022

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, March 11, 2022.

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: New York Central and Hudson River Railroad Yards (c. 1907)

Our second photo for this week shows a postcard of the old New York Central and Hudson River Railroad Yards located in Corning in the early twentieth century. What a cool photo! In looking closely at the hills, I believe the railroad years were located near where Wegmans stands today.

Local History Photo 2: The Second Christ Episcopal Church, Corning N.Y. (c. 1840s – 1890s)

Our second photo for this week shows the second Christ Episcopal Church built in Corning. The old church was located where the post office is on the southside today. And after there was a fire at church – they built a new Christ Episcopal Church at 33 East First Street in Corning.

Local History Photo 3: West Market Street (c. 1940s)

Our third photo for this week shows a section of West Market Street, in Corning, in the days of old – exact date unknown. The photo shows, from left to right:

  1. Deluxe Diary Products, Inc. 99 W. Market Street &
  2. Williams, Frigidaire appliances 93-95 W. Market Street Ward

Old Newspaper Article of the Week

The Mysterious “Who Is Who” and Bowling League For Y.M.C.A. articles | The Corning Evening Leader, Corning, N.Y. | Page 8 | October 25, 1912.

This week we’ve got two short articles that show us a bit of what life was like in Corning in 1912! The first “The Mysterious Who Is Who” is just the slightest bit fuzzy – so here is the text:

The Mysterious “Who Is Who”

It’s the characteristic features that cut the big figure in the business world that makes “Who Is Who” so interesting. In Corning you figure that you know most everyone.  Do you think would be impossible for a man whose description was given to walk the streets all day, without being caught, when everyone in town was looking for him and a liberal reward was to be paid for his capture? It will soon be tried out in Corning only it will be much more easy than this.

There will be a number of people all of them living here who will have the fill information for finding “Who is Who.” These people will give you all the information you need, ask them about and keep your eye on the Evening Leader for further information.

LR Note: I wonder who they were looking for!

And even though the photo is pretty clear as far as the piece on the bowling league goes, here is the text:


It is planned to organize a Bowling League at the Y.M.C.A. this winter. Many of last years bowlers have signified there intention of joining one of the teams, of which there will be six or eight. Prizes will be awarded the winning team the same as last year. Secretary John Austin is now at work arousing interest in the project which will be launched forth soon.

LR Note: It seems they had fun in bowling leagues in Corning way back in 1912!

And here is the all of Page 8 of the Corning Evening Leader for October 25, 1912:

And The Front Page of the Leader for October 25, 1912, offering a glimpse into the news of the day

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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