Local History Photos: March 10, 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,

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: Horse Travel in Corning

Our first photo for this week shows two horse drawn carriages driving down an unpaved street in the City of Corning.

And in looking at the trees, I would guess the time of year was winter. I bet those travelers were cold in the airy carriages!

Local History Photo 2: Corning Street View

Our second photo for this week shows a little tyke in a carriage with a view of a unnamed Corning street in the background.

If we have any walkers in our viewing group – maybe you can take a a look as you walk around the city and see if you can find the two houses shown in the back ground.

Local History Photo 3: Old City Hall

Our record card for this photo notes it was “City Hall” which of course, was correct at the time the photo was taken.

Today the building houses the Rockwell Museum. And isn’t that view of the unpaved street and railroad tracks cool?!

One can just imagine hopping on a train to travel to Bath or Elmira!

And what a bumpy ride early local motorists must have endured, rolling down the unpaved city streets!

Old Newspaper Article of the Week

Our “article” for this week is actually a letter to the editor of the Corning Daily Democrat discussing the fact that the newly incorporated City of Corning was looking for someone qualified to take on the role of city mayor without pay! But, instead, with civic love in his heart! (because at that time, it was assumed the new mayor would be a man).

One of the editor of the paper offered a short reply too – so that is also interesting!

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

Page Three, Corning Daily Democrat, March 10, 1890

And for a window into national and international news of the day here is:

The Front Page, Corning Daily Democrat, March 1890

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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