Local History Photos February 3, 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, February 10, 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: First Street in Corning, N.Y.

Our first photo for this week offers a view of an unpaved First Street circa early 1900s. The photographer was looking westward from the Chemung Street towards Wall Street.

Local History Photo 2: Court House Park, Corning, N.Y. (circa early 1900s)

Our second photo for this week is of a postcard showing the edge of Court House Park (aka Canfield Park) in Corning with a view of First Street in the background.

Local History Photo 3: Horses & Cart on First Street in Corning

And our third photo shows horses in front of a horse drawn carriage on a rather messy, unpaved section of First Street circa late 1800s.

Old Newspaper Article of the Week

Our Old Newspaper article for this week is a humorous account of Congressman John Allen of Mississippi, who wore a “silk hat, sack coat and trousers badly sprung at the knees” and had some old time constitutes that greatly enjoyed their home made whiskey!

According to the official House of Representatives site Congressman Allen served from 1885 – 1901. The site features a mini bio of Congressman Allen which can be accessed here:


And on to the short and humorous article about Congressman Allen that appeared ion page two of Corning Daily Democrat, February 3, 1909

For a glimpse into other regional and local news, with a few national stories included for good measure, here is entire page the article of the week appeared upon:

Page Two, Corning Daily Democrat, Corning, N.Y. | February 3, 1909

And for a look at national and international stories of the day, here is:

The Front Page of the Corning Daily Democrat on February 3, 1909

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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