Local History Photos March 18, 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 25, 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: George Woodruff Rogers

Our first photo shows George Woodruff Rogers in his uniform; our records don’t note what type of uniform he is is seen wearing, or when the photo was taken – but he is dapper in his uniform!

In researching the Mr. Rogers online I discovered, via the Find A Grave site, that he is buried in Central Valley Cemetery in Hornby, New York.

Local History Photo 2: Samuel C. Erwin Sr.

Our second photos shows Samuel C. Erwin Sr., son of Sarah Clark & Arthur Erwin.

Local History Photo 3: Sarah Clark Erwin

Our final photo for this week is of Sarah Clark Erwin. According to census records, in 1860, when she was approximately 60 years old, Sarah (AKA Sally) was living in a Painted Post household headed by her son, 32-year-old Samuel Erwin Sr.; and that household included an 80-year-old man named James Clark who at first I thought might have been her father; however, now I’m thinking, due to information I found on the Painted Hills website that he might have been her older brother instead, I’m running out of week to research this – but it cool!

Sarah Clark, her husband Arthur Erwin and her brother James Clark are all buried in the Jones-Erwin Cemetery in Addison, New York.

On A Research Note: I used the Heritage Quest service to search For Sarah Clark Erwin; and you can too – if you want to search for members of you own family — Go the library’s website https://ssclibrary.org/ –> RESOURCES –> Research & Learning –>Heritage Quest – check it out!

Old Newspaper Article of the Week

Select Poetry: Speak Gently & As You Like It

From The Corning Daily Democrat, Corning, N.Y. | February 3, 1858

The entire page the poems appeared on, which in this case is front page of the Corning Democrat, Corning, N.Y. | February 3, 1858

And as The Front Page of the paper for that day was the page the poetry was taken from, here is a photo of the classifieds page for that same date, February 3, 1858 – offering a great glimpse into the past!

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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