Local History Photos May 6, 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, May 13, 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: The Park Hotel

Our first photo for this week shows the old Park Hotel, that was located in Tioga, Pennsylvania. Our records indicate the hotel was built in 1876 and burned down in 1915.

Local History Photo 2: The Original Corning Free Academy Building (c. 1915)

Our second photo for this week shows a postcard of the original Corning Free Academy building located in Corning. The building was eventually torn down and a “new” building built on the West Third Street where it stills stands today.

Local History Photo 3: Clocktower in Pine Street Square

Our final photo for this week shows the clock tower in what is today Centerway Square, but then was Pine Street Square. If you look closely at the ride side of the photo, you can see it was taken before they built a bridge across the river at the very north end of Pine Street. And of course, the only building in the photo that is stills standing is the clock tower itself Very cool!

Old Newspaper Article of the Week

Publisher Information & Business Card Section

From The Front Page of the Corning Independent, Corning, N.Y. | May 3, 1873

I thought it was cool that in the 1870s people would share their “business cards” by putting that information in the newspaper!

The entire Front Page of the Corning Independent, Corning, N.Y. | May 3, 1873

And the Back Page of the The Corning Independent, Corning, N.Y. | May 3, 1873

Cool photos of the paper; offering a glimpse into what life was like in the past in the Southern Tier!

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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