Local History Photos June 3, 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, June 10, 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: A Gaffer At Work

Our first photo for this week is the only one in our photo archive that shows a gaffer at work – the photo is a bit overexposed and the gaffer’s face is hard to make out – but what a neat photo!

Local History Photo 2: Rockwell & Shumay Store

Our second photo for this week is undated, but I would gather from the clothing the men are wearing that it was taken in the late nineteenth century. Rockwell & Shumway was located in Corning and time permitting next week, I will take a look at some of our old city directories, kept in the local history room – and see if I can find out when the store was in operation and where exactly – and update will be coming next Friday.

Local History Photo 3: Riverside Store (1924)

Our third photo for this week shows the old Kishbaugh store, once located in nearby Riverside. In the case of this photo, we know exactly when it was taken – April 3, 1924! What a great view of life in the past!

Old Newspaper Article of the Week

Auto ‘Circus” Very Popular

From The Evening Leader, Corning, N.Y. | June 3, 1923, Page Two

Page Two of the Evening Leader, June 3, 1923

And The Front Page of Evening Leader for that same day, Saturday, June 3, 1923

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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