Local History Photos January 20, 2023

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, January 27, 2023.

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: Members of the Drake Family (1897)

Our first photo for this week shows members of the Drake Family in front of their house on First Street, with the Episcopal Church seen in the background. The photo is dated May 7, 1897.

Local History Photo 2: Members of the Drake Family

Our second photo also shows members of the Drake Family circa 1900.

Local History Photo 3: Keuka Lake (Drake Family Photo)

Our third photo, which is also a Drake Family photo, shows a a view of Keuka Lake circa 1900. Family matriarch Isabel Drake was a huge fan of the then just emerging technology – photography.

American Heritage has a brief online article about Isabel Drake, that even notes the early type of camera she had! Here is the link:


Old Newspaper Article of the Week

Corning R.D. 5 Run Away At Ferenbaugh | From The Evening Leader, January 20, 1911, Page Three

The column offers a short by suspenseful story of Mrs. Nellie McIntyre and her family whose horse was spooked and ran away – at Ferenbaugh!

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

Page Three of The Evening Leader, January 20, 1911

And for a look at national and international news of the day:

The Front Page of the Evening Leader for that day, January 20, 1911:

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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