Local History Photos July 15, 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, July 22, 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: Children on Sidewalk (1896)

Our first photo for this week is one of the few photos in our archive taken by Isabel Drake, a local resident and early photography enthusiast. Isabel Drake took photos in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Isabel, nee Walker, married James Drake, the son of the founder of the First National Bank in Corning, in 1876 – so she was able to indulge her photography hobby! This photo was taken in Corning and is a early photo, as we can see the roads aren’t paved just yet!

The information on the Drake Family came from Isabel’s obituary which appeared in the Evening Leader on August 5, 1936.

Local History Photo 2: Circus Posters (1986)

Our second photo was also taken by Isabel Drake in 1896 and shows circus posters of the era, posted in Corning.

Local History Photo 3: Horse Drawn Cart (1900)

And our final photo for this week, was also taken by Isabel Drake, and shows horses pulling a carriage down First Street in Corning in 1900.

Old Newspaper Article of the Week

Joyful Picnic At Lamoka Lake

Evening Leader, Corning, N.Y. | July 15, 1920, Page Nine

What a great article showcasing that even in 1920, local residents knew how to have a good time! In the case, Painted Post Presbyterians drove a fleet of eighteen automobiles and four motor trucks, packed with picnic enthusiasts to Lamoka Lake, where a good time was had by all!

And here is the entire page the article of the week appeared upon:

Page Nine, of the Evening Leader, Corning, N.Y. | July 15, 1920

And to give us a window into what was going on in the world on July 15, 1920, here is:

The Front Page, The Evening Leader, July 15, 1920

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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