Local History Photos: March 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, March 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: Corning (c. 1900)

Our first photo for this week is the main mode of transportation in Corning in 1900 – horse travel!

One could of course, take the train to more faraway destinations but for travel in Corning and nearby regions a horse and carriage did nicely!

And hats off to the late, great local photography fan responsible for this and many other vintage photos – early camera fan – Isobel Drake!

Local History Photo 2: Little Tyke On Third Street in Corning (1914)

Our second photo for this week was taken in 1914 and shows a little tyke in a baby carriage with a second of Third Street, in Corning, shown in the background.

Local History Photo 3: City Hall & Fire Department (1909)

Our final photo for this week shows the old City Hall and Fire Department building in Corning, in 1909.

Today, the building houses the Rockwell Museum.

Old Newspaper Article of the Week

Mentions, News & Elmira from The Corning Daily Journal, Page 2 | March 3, 1900

This week our “article” is actually the first three items in column two. And I had some challenges creating a digital copy of the column which is why there is more than one column displaying. The three items are: Mentions, News & Elmira.

The “Mentions” piece talks about Queen Victoria contacting British General Buller inquiring about the condition of his troops, the second piece, “News, includes a really short and neat bit of info; the fact that there was a two-mile ice gorge in the Susquehanna River at the time and the third piece “Elmira” tells the tale of a blackout that occurred in Elmira and left nary a street light light!

For a look at other local stories of the day, here is entire page the article of the week appeared upon:

Page Two of the Corning Daily Journal, March 3, 1900 (in two pieces)

And for a glimpse of national and international news of the day:

The Front Page of the Corning Daily Journal, March 3, 1900 (again in two parts)

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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