Local History Photos November 11, 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, November 18, 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*

Today, November 11, is of course, the traditional day Veteran’s Day was celebrated in the 20th Century. Veteran’s Day was the

second designation for the day to honor all the soldiers who served in both World Wars. After World War I, but before World War

II, the day was called Armistice Day to celebrate the ending of World War I which fell on the eleventh hour of the eleventh month

at eleven o’clock.

Thus, this posting is in honor of all soldiers who served in the World Wars and all-American soldiers who served our country in

the 246 years since our country’s founding. Thanks to all for their service!

Our three photos for this week show local World War I era soldiers.

Local History Photo 1: Lt. Laurison Walsh (1918)

Local History Photo 2: Lt. Harold McCormick

Local History Photo 3: Ensign John V. Heyniger


Old Newspaper Article of the Week

This week our article is an interesting ad that appeared in The Evening Leader the day the armistice was signed that ended

World War I, November 11, 1918. James Lese, the proprietor of a store at 161 Front Street had been called up in the draft and was

selling all his stock and even his car. I wondered what became of the gentleman and looked up that name in Corning city

directories in the 1920s and found a man with the same name was later a butcher and owner of another story in the City of Corning

– so assuming it is the same James Lese, he survived the end of the war and returned to Corning.


Appeared in The Evening Leader, Corning, N.Y. | November 11, 1918, Page Seven

For a look at additional local and regional news of the day, here is the entire page the article of the week appeared upon:

The Evening Leader, Corning, N.Y. | November 11, 1918, Page Seven

And for a look at the national and international news on that momentous day, here is:

The Front Page, The Evening Leader, November 11, 1918

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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