Local History Photos October 21, 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, October 28, 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: Wedding Photo (1889)

Our first photo for this week shows to people for whom we actually have a name! And that is rare with the few photos in our local history archive that spotlight people. The photo shows Fred & Ella Gridley on their wedding day in 1889. The couple were married in Caton, N.Y.

Local History Photo 2: Art Club (Corning, New York)

Our second photo for this week shows the Corning Free Academy Art Club sometime in the mid-twentieth century.

Local History Photo 3: Northside High School Class Reunion (1953)

And our third photo for this week shows attendees of the Northside High School graduating class of 1923, on the occasion of their thirtieth class reunion in 1953.

Old Newspaper Article of the Week


From The Corning Evening Leader & Daily Democrat, Corning, N.Y. October 21, 1908

The article focuses on vintage actor Paul Gilmore who performed at the old Corning Opera House, on Pine Street, in 1908.

The actor was influential enough that he even has a Wikipedia page today found here:


And for a broader look at the local and regional events of the day, here is the entire page the article appeared upon, in The Corning Evening Leader & Daily Democrat, Corning, N.Y. October 21, 1908

And for a glimpse of national and international news of the day, here is The Front Page of the paper, The Corning Evening Leader & Daily Democrat, Corning, N.Y. for October 21, 1908

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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