Local History Photos August 5, 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, August 12, 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: Baseball Game (Circa early 1900s)

Our first and second photos for this week show a baseball game played in Corning in the early 1900s. We don’t know the exact date the game was held – but we do know that the final score was Corning 5, Hornell 4.

Local History Photo 2: Baseball Game (c. early 1900s)

Local History Photo 3: Homes Steamboat

Our third photo for this week shows the Holmes steamboat on Kueka Lake in the early 1900s.

Old Newspaper Article of the Week

I usually pick an old article of the week that falls on the same day as the release of our weekly local history blog posting. However, this week I went forward a few days as I couldn’t resist this front page article, from the Corning Daily Democrat for August 7, 1900; that talks about electric street lights being installed in the City of Corning. How cool is that?! Today electric street lights are ubiquitous – but what a huge change for Corning residents living in 1900 being able to go outside and clearly see down lighted city streets!

The article is, of course, titled $19,000 Saved The City By Democratic Issue! Contract For Street Lighting At $80 Per Lamp Per Year Signed In The Council Last Night (Wow, what a long title; but then it was a big deal!)

The microfilm for the reel of the Corning Democrat, for this portion of 1900 anyway wouldn’t full display in one digital photo, so here is a second page from the paper to give us an idea of the local and regional stories of the day;

The Corning Daily Democrat, Tuesday Afternoon, August 7, 1900, Page 2 (top portion of the page)

The Corning Daily Democrat, Tuesday Afternoon, August 7, 1900, Page 2 (bottom portion of the page)

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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