Local History Photos January 21, 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, January, 28, 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*

Local History Photo 1: Construction Project In Pine Street Square

Our first photo for this week shows some type of construction project in the area that was once Pine Street Square, before they built a bridge across the river at Pine Street and the square transitioned into Centerway Square.

Our records don’t indicate when the photo was taken, although it might have been during the 1930s or 1940s judging by the glimpse of the car that can be seen at the right side of the photo.

Local History Photo 2: Corning Glass Works Factory Buildings (date unknown)

Our second photo for this week shows Corning Glass Works factory buildings during an era of high water!

Local History Photo 3: Reading On The Sidewalk (circa late 1800s)

Our third photo for this week is one of my favorites, of all the photos in the Local History archive!

It shows a young man reading on the raised wooden sidewalk in Corning sometime in the past. The photo is undated, but I would estimate it was taken in the late 19th Century by the fact that there aren’t any cars to be seen in the background – just horses and carriages.

Old Newspaper Article of the Week

CORNING’S NEW POST OFFICE OPENED TODAY

Federal Building Erected at Cost of $50,000 is a Monument to the City – J. D. McGannon Buys First Stamp.

From The Evening Leader, Corning, N.Y. | January 10, 1910

The first two columns of the article:

And the second two columns of the article:

Here is the text of the article, and in a few places the words are unreadable and in those few cases you’ll see dashes — to signify the word wasn’t readable – but what a neat article on the opening of the grand new Post Office in 1910. A post office that is still in operation, as that location, more than 100 years later!

CORNING’S NEW POST OFFICE OPENED TODAY
Federal Building Erected at Cost of $50,000 is a Monument to the City – J. D. McGannon Buys First
From The Evening Leader, Corning, N.Y. | January 10, 1910 | Page Three

     The Corning Post Office began doing business regularly today at the new  — building at Erie Avenue and Walnut Streets.

     Sunday the regular hours were observed at the old Post Office, but as soon as the windows had been closed down all was bustle and hurray within: for the office had to be moved to its new location without any interruption in service.  The –, mails documents, etc., were all that had to be removed, the fixates and furnishings of the old Post Office belonging to James A. Drake, the owner of the building.

     The government’s property was loaded onto the drays of the C. R. Maltby Company and transferred to its new quarters, the clerics of the office working all day at process of settling.

     Sunday hundreds of persons visited the lobby of the new Post Office and not a few were accorded the privilege of a trip behind the scenes through the courtesy of Postmaster Charles McIntosh.  All were loud in their praise of the new building from an artistic point of view.  The government has certainly done well by Corning and the new Post Office as a monument of which the city may well feel proud.

     The lobby of the office which occupies the front of the building and the entire north side, is furnished in oak which has been finished by rubbing it until it presents the appearance of another wood.  The flooring is mosaic.  Handsome electric fixtures are provided from ac lights ranging from the ceiling by heavy chains and artistic design. 

     The carriers windows, four in number, are located at the front of the lobby opposite the entrance.  On the north of the building are the general delivery and the stamp windows, the lock boxes and call boxes.  The money order and registry departments occupy a small room by themselves at the northwest corner of the building.

     Postmaster H. H. Pratt has his private office located at the left of the main entrance.  It is approached by a private entry way.

     Within the work room of the office the clerks complain that they are in crowded quarters, the bulky equipment provided in such generous quantities by the government affording no superfluous room and sometimes actually handicapping any easy movement. There are new cases for the city an rural carriers and a — — for the carriers the city newspapers and other large concerns.  There are also new sorting cases.

     The clerks at the stamp window each have a compartment in a safe to which they alone possess the combination.  Each clerk keeps his stamps and his own receipts in the compartment allotted him and is responsible for his own accounts and vaults are provided in generous numbers all over the building.

     There is a retiring room with marble walls for young lady clerks through none are employed at present.

     In the basement there is a rest room for carries fitted up with tables and chairs.  Here the carriers stay when off duty. The  government has provided shower bath facilities in connection.

     The government made an appropriation for the site for the building now completed in 1903, Congressman Charles W. Gillet succeeding in getting the appropriation made.  The appropriate for the construction of the building was secured during Congressman J. Sloat Fassett’s term.  950,000 being set aside for this purpose.  The contract price for the building was $843,000. The fixtures and furnishings are provided by the government.

     The German Evangelical Church which obstructed the site was razed and the ground broken for the new building early in the spring of 1908.  The building is not yet wholly complete as the painters and finishers are still at work in the interior.

     The first stamp sold at the new office was issued Sunday afternoon to John D. McGannon of Walnut Street. G. Wharton Robertson making the sale.

     This morning the keys for the lock boxes were given out at the office. The number of those boxes is only half as great as at the old office and the demand for them far exceeded the supply.  It is probable that more will have to be installed later, some of the call boxes being replaced by them.

     A good many business men are grumbling at the long walks that have to take to reach the new office which is — — blocks — — from Pine Street Square in which the old post office is located.  Within a few days everything should be moving along very smoothly at the new quarters by then the business men will have become reconciled to the long walk.   

And here is all of Page Three of the Evening Leader for January 10, 1910.

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:

https://www.ssclibrary.org/research/online-resources/

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):

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To Create A Smaller View (make the photos appear smaller on your screen – after you’ve made them appear larger):

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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!

Local History Photos January 14, 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, January 21, 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*

Local History Photo 1: The Indian Monument in Painted Post, N.Y. (date unknown)

Our first photo for this week shows the Indian Monument in Painted Post with a sign for the Susquehanna Trail nestled against it. The exact date the photo was taken is unknown; however, judging by the cars seen in the background, I’m guessing the photo was taken in 1930s.

Local History Photo 2: Post Card Pine Street and Erie Avenue looking South, Corning, N.Y.

I love this obviously sent post card in Corning – one wonders who “Uncle Frank” was though!

I spent my early grade school years living in an apartment across the street from Courthouse Park; and you can see that section of Pine Street as it is rising up the hill in the background; and the street was different then, and now, then it was when this neat old photo was taken.

As a kid I spent a lot of time running up and down Pine Street and visiting Woolworths for candy; so Pine Street is one of my favorite Corning Streets. Woolworths of course, wasn’t built yet when this photo was taken. Instead, we see the Corning Opera House and Conservatory of Music on the right near where Woolworth’s would later be built; and the building on the left, which is still standing, has been known by different names over time from the Heerman & Lawrence Building to the Githler Tanner building.

And if you look closely, in the background on the left, you can see the steeple of the First Presbyterian Church.

And of course the fact that the street is unpaved is also neat – although I’d imagine it was a muddy mess when it rained!

Local History Photo 3: Painted Post Schools, Painted Post, N.Y. (date unknown)

Our third photo for this week shows the Painted Post area school buildings in winter at some time in the past.

Old Newspaper Article of the Week:

Ads from the Corning Journal, Corning N.Y. | Wednesday, January 5, 1898

What a cool bunch of ads from January 1898; from book binding service to J E. Barber’s Livery, to holiday prices for nickel and copper ware, to business card from prominent locals and even the fact that the price of the Corning Journal, then in its 8th year of publication – was 2 cents!

Super cool! Times have sure changed since 1898 – today I’d be looking for the best auto mechanic for my car and not a livery service – but old newspapers are just plain cool for the window the open on the past!

And here is the entire front page of the

Corning Daily Journal, Corning N.Y. | Wednesday, January 5, 1898

And here is the entire front page of the newspaper, featuring the cool ads.

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:

https://www.ssclibrary.org/research/online-resources/

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!

Local History Photos January 7, 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, January 14, 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*

Local History Photo 1: The Elks Club in Corning

Our fist photo for this week shows the Elks Club lodge in Corning at an unknown date. The building is still standing, on the corner of Walnut and West First Street in Corning; although they did add a difference face to the front of the building at some point.

Local History Photo 2: Erwin Estate

Our second photo for this week shows the old Erwin Estate located on Canada Road in Painted Post. The date the photo was taken is unknown but the Greek Revival home is still standing.

Local History Photo 3: A Very Muddy Pine Street

Our third photo for this week shows a very muddy Pine Street in Corning, looking down the hill toward the Pine Street Bridge. We don’t know when the photo was taken but it was certainly before Pine Street was paved. What a cool photo! The cars are cool, the clock tower in the distance is cool too; and if you look closely at the left top corner of the photo – you can see the courthouse.

What a wonderful view of Corning in the days of old!

Old Newspaper Article of the Week

“Some” Game On Tomorrow Night At Post

From The Evening Leader, Corning, N.Y. | January 14, 1920 | Page 3

For ease of reading, here is the text of the article:

From The Evening Leader, Corning, N.Y. | January 14, 1920 | Page 3

“SOME” GAME ON TOMORROW NIGHT AT POST

Shepard Electrics and Imperials Will Clash in One of Best Games of Season

     It is all settled and Corningites are going to get a chance to see one of the best games that could be staged when the Ingersoll-Rand quintette takes the floor against the Shepard Electrics of Montour Falls tomorrow night in Bronson Hall at Painted Post.

     Now it isn’t a matter of heresay or “maybe” –it is a case of fact wit they Electrics. They have established an enviable record in the past years and they have lived up to it in grand style so far this season. . Of course, one of their mainstays is “Les” Brown a brother of Harry Brown of the Leader force, for years pivot man on the Cornell Varsity and one of their principal pointgetters.  “Les” has a host of admirers among Corningites who are anxiously waiting to see the big boy in action.  And he is only one –there are four more taking up the quintette and when they start “ooh baby, watch ‘em go.”

     Saunders, Parameter, Rundell and Martin will probably complete the lineup of that five.

    But you know Manager Dailey’s gang is anything but second-raters and if the visitors win, it will be anything but a pink tea social.  The locals have practiced steadfastly for this contest and will put forth every effort to win.  In all probability, they will use the same lineup they did against the Coleman Memorials and that means “Tank” Edwards, “Bill” O’Brien Whitmore, “Bill” Brady and “Jimmy” Erwin.

     As a preliminary to the big game St. Mary’s Cadets and the Painted Post High School Five will clash. It will be a large evening for basketball fans who are promised one of the best games of the season.

Here is all of page 3, for your perusal:

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:

https://www.ssclibrary.org/research/online-resources/

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!

Local History Photos December 31, 2021

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: Pine Street Bridge Construction

Our first photo for this week shows workers building the old Pine Street bridge in Corning. Early in the automobile era, cars in Corning could drive straight down the Southside Hill in Corning and over the Pine Street Bridge to the Northside. The Pine Street Bridge was eventually replaced by the Brisco Bridge which was completed in 1921, and still stands.

Local History Photo 2: Pine Street Bridge

Our second photo of the week shows the completed Pine Street Bridge. And what I find fascinating about the photo isn’t the view of the bridge itself, but the cool view of the Northside; which at that time consisted mostly of farmland, with just a few houses to be seen. Today, of course, the Northside is predominantly a residential area and features many houses.

Local History Photo 3: Caton Methodist Episcopal Church (1904)

Our third photo shows the Caton Methodist Episcopal Church, which according to our records was built late in the late 1860’s and burned down March 5, 1904.

Old Newspaper Article of the Week

This week we have two neat New Years’ related items, a comic and a New Years best wishes from the Corning Evening Leader!

Corning Evening Leader, Corning N.Y. | December 31, 1919

The text of the comic, which features a young boy throwing a snowball at a man wearing a top hat, and carrying a brief case that says 1919 on it, says “Most of us are glad to see 1919 get it in the neck.”

We’ve had a challenging couple of years to be sure; however, in 1919, in addition to living through a pandemic, generally known as the Spanish Flu; the world was still recovering from World War I which had ended in November of the previous year.

We can certainly sympathize with the people living in 1919, and also find humor in the comic they enjoyed; which works for out time too – and we’ll cross our fingers that 2022 will be a better year!

And here is the Corning Evening Leader AD wishing readers Happiness and Prosperity in 1920 – and ditto that to everyone looking at this blog post in 2021!

And here was see a photo of all of page 14 of the Corning Evening Leader (December 31, 1919); from which both the comic and the Leaders’ good wishes ad were taken.

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:

https://www.ssclibrary.org/research/online-resources/

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!

Local History Photos December 24, 2021

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: The Corning Holiday Messenger (1892)

Our first photo for this week shows the 1892 Corning edition of a publication called “The Messenger.” And that, literally, is all our records say of the photo – but it is a cool one and a timely one, since we are, indeed, in the middle of another holiday season albeit one – 129 years later!

Local History Photo 2: Denison Park in Winter

Our second photo for this week offers us a snowy view of Denison Park in the days of old; and it complements the winter season we have just entered!

Local History Photo 3: A Train View

And our final photo for this week offers a glimpse into the nostalgic era of train travel – and what a cool view!

Our record for this photo too features a mostly blank card and thus we don’t know exactly when the photo was taken but it does offer a neat view into the past, when train travel was the fastest means of transportation.

Old Newspaper Article of the Week: Christmas Snooping Comic

The Corning Evening Leader, Corning, N.Y. | December 15, 1919

And here is the text of the comic:

The boy says to his mother “Ma – whats in them there packages?

And his mother replies, in a tizzy, while dashing across the floor, “Horace Peters! Shut that door. There is nothing in there for you. I thought that door was locked.”

And below we see the whole page on which the Christmas Snooping comic appeared; page 8 of

The Corning Evening Leader, Corning, N.Y. | December 15, 1919

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:

https://www.ssclibrary.org/research/online-resources/

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!

Local History Photos December 17, 2021

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, December 24, 2021.

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: The Gridley Family

Our first photo for this week shows The Gridley Family. The photo was taken in Caton, N.Y. circa 1910.

Local History Photo 2: Flood

The record for our second photo, indicates only that it shows Corning during a flood.

If we take a close look at the car seen at the left side of the photo we can estimate that it was taken in the 1930s or 1940s.

Local History Photo 3: Another Flood Photo (c. 1930s or 1940s)

Our final photo for this week, also has an almost blank record card.

So we know only that the photo was taken in the Corning area, during a flood; and as with the previous photo, by looking at the car we can estimate it was taken during the 1930s or 1940s.

What a cool photo though; I especially like seeing the industrious two gentleman in the row boat; rowing near the flooded street.

Old Newspaper Article of the Week

PROGRAM WAS WELL GIVEN

The Corning Evening Leader, Corning N.Y. | December 13, 1919

For ease of reading, here is the text of the article:

PROGRAM WAS WELL GIVEN

     The meeting of the Music Department of the Woman’s Club held Thursday evening under the chairmanship of Miss Mary Whitenack, disclosed a program exceptionally novel and entertaining.

     The subject was “The Effect of War on Music and Music on War” which furnished the theme for a very interesting paper by Miss Ethel Jessup. She related the historic incidents out of which our best known national songs have sprung and it was instructive to note how each war in this country has provided some famous song.

     Groups of war songs, more classical in type and less familiar, but beautiful examples of the songs that have come out of the recent great war, were splendidly sung by Miss Loretta Rox, Miss Gertrude Callahan and Arthur Wood.  

     The last part of the program was a reading by Mrs. J. W. Lynahan entitled “When Songs are Prayers.” She was assisted by a quartette composed of Mrs. C. C. Corwin, Mrs. Edward Smith, Castle Cunnings and Leon Robbins, who interspersed popular modern war songs that the boys sang in the camps and trenches. Walter Kaublsch, the accompanist of the evening gave splendid support at the piano.

Readers’ Note: The “great war” mentioned in the article is World War I, which had officially ended just the month before the program, on November 11, 1919!

And here page three of the Corning Evening Leader | December 13, 1919, in its entirety:

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:

https://www.ssclibrary.org/research/online-resources/

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

Bibliography

Royde-Smith, J. G. (n.d.). World War I 1914–1918. Britannica. Retrieved December 17, 2021, from https://www.britannica.com/event/World-War-I

*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!

Local History Photos December 10, 2021

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, December 17, 2021

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*

All three of our photos for this week were taken by the Drake Family around the turn of the twentieth century.

Local History Photo 1: Drake Family Photo 1

Local History Photo 2: Drake Family Photo 2

Local History Photo 3: Drake Family Photo 3

Old Newspaper Article of the Week

Skating At Park Planned

The Corning Evening Leader, Corning N.Y. | December 12, 1919

Here is the text version of the article:

Skating At Park Planned

Pump To Supply Water Will be Operated in Two Weeks

      Corning lovers of skating will have their wish fulfilled in about two weeks as the result of a plan in progress to fill Denison Park Lake with water, using the pump purchased some time ago for that purpose.
     
This pump when operation will fill the lake to the extent that skating will be afforded all around the lake. The ice will be kept clean and free from snow so that nothing but the best skating can be had. Superintendent W. O. Drake of the Board of Public Works stated today that the hoa house will be turned over to the skaters, as a place where they may put on their skates, get warm, etc.

      A petition emanating from the Corning Glass Works has been signed by a large number of people asking the skating be provided.

From The Corning Evening Leader, Corning N.Y. | December 12, 1919

And here is Page Five of the Corning Evening Leader, December 12, 1919:

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:

https://www.ssclibrary.org/research/online-resources/

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!

Local History Photos December 3, 2021

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, December 10, 2021.

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*

The records for all three photos this week, contain a simply description that says “Lumber Industry, Steuben County circa 1900.” So we although we don’t know who the lumbermen are in the photos, or exactly where the photos were taken; we do get a glimpse into what life was like in our area in the early twentieth century – for lumberman anyway!

Local History Photo 1: Steuben County, N.Y. Lumbermen (c. 1900)

Local History Photo 2: Steuben County, N.Y. Lumbermen 2 (c. 1900)

Local History Photo 3: Steuben County Lumbermen 3 (c. 1900)

Old Newspaper Article of the Week

New York In Holiday Dress

The “Erie’s Half Rate Excursion

From The Corning Daily Democrat, Corning, N.Y. December 5, 1890

A glimpse of the holiday season in our area, in days past!

And although the photo of the special Christmas travel article is pretty clear; here is the text of the article, which is actually a neat ad, for easy of seeing

     NEW YORK IN HOLIDAY DRESS.

     The “Erie’s” Half Rate Excursion

     On Tuesday, December 16th, just before the Holidays, the Erie Railway will give the public a grand opportunity to see the Metropolis in all its Holiday splendor.  Tickets will be on sale at all stations, Hornellsville and Avon to Callicoon, inclusive, including the Tioga and Jefferson divisions; good going on any regular train on above date,  and for return on or before Sunday, December 21, 1890, at the low fare one way for the round trip.  Magnificent Pullman Parlor cars on day trains, and Sleeping cars on night trains.  Pullman car accommodations and full information given upon application to Erie Ticket Agents.  Accommodations should be reserved at once as large numbers will avail themselves of the opportunity.”

And here it he page the article/ad appears on, found in the Corning Daily Democrat, Corning, N. Y., December 5, 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:

https://www.ssclibrary.org/research/online-resources/

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!

Local History Photos November 26, 2021

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, December 3, 2021.

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: Oak Street in Painted Post (1921)

Our first photo for this week actually includes a description; which is a bit hard to read – so here is what it says, typed out

“No. 3183 — March 28, 1921 (R. O. H.) Oak Street looking easterly from Delaware Avenue, Painted Post, N. Y.”

What a cool photo showing what a portion of Painted Post looked like 100 years ago!

Local History Photo 2: Imperial Avenue in Painted Post, N.Y. (1921)

Our second photo for this week also features a description, and hear is the typed text which is cut off, but which does tell us the photo was taken on Imperial Avenue – in Painted Post.

“No. 3187 — March 26, 2021 (R. O. H.) Imperial Avenue”

Local History Photo 3: Cohocton River Looking Easterly From Steuben Street, Painted Post, N. Y. (1921)

And our third photo for this week too, is one of the few in our archive that has a description on the photo itself. The description for the third photo says:

“No. 3240 — March 26, 1921 (R. O. H.) North bank Cohocton River looking upstream from Steuben Street, Painted Post, N.Y.”

The initials on all three photos are the same, and may perhaps be the initials of the photographer who seems to have been quite busy on March 26, 1921!

Old Newspaper Article of the Week:

Kidnapped Chauffeur Drive Through Corning Not Daring To Give Warning To Police

from The Evening Leader, Corning N. Y. | November 24, 1920

Here is the text of the exciting article featuring the kidnapped chauffeur; the article does end abruptly but still relays a thrilling adventure!

KIDNAPPED CHAUFFEUR DRIVE THROUGH CORNING NOT DARING TO GIVE WARNING TO POLICE

—–

Robert Coughlin of Rochester Tells Amazing Story of His Experience As Prisoner of Two Men And Girl—Driven to Penny Yann And Finally Arrested At Gettysburg. Pa.

—–

     Charging that he was kidnapped and taken from Rochester to Gettysburg, Pa., against his will, passing through the streets of Corning a captive in an automobile and afraid that he would be killed if he uttered an outcry and complained to the police of this city, is the amazing story of banditry related to Robert Coughlin, 30 years of age, a chauffeur of Rochester, to the police of that city.

     Mr. Coughlin has been employed as a chauffeur by the American Taxicab Company of Rochester. When he wand a sedan car disappeared a week ago, his employers notified the Rochester police department, who found that he had called at the Osburne House, picked up Earl Gerritt, a waiter, and disappeared.

     The Rochester police department sent telegrams to various cities throughout the state with the result that Messrs. Coughlin and Gerritt were arrested in Gettysburg and returned to Rochester. Mr. Coughlin was given his liberty, it being evident that the young man, although he had undergone a thrilling experience, had not been a party to any criminal act.

     Sitting in Sergeant McDonald’s office at the Detective Bureau in Rochester Monday night, young Coughlin said that we he reached the Osburn House he met Gerritt and Duffy, who were the one “Peggy” Harris. The men asked him if he had gasoline enough to take them to Geneva, and he replied he had. The start was made for Geneva, and enroute Gerritt said there were to meet two girls in that city.

     On the arrival of the party in Geneva, Coughlin said the girls were not to be found. The Harris girl then said that they were probably attending a house party that was being held in the outskirts of Penn Yan. So Gerritt said they would drive on to Penn Yan. Coughlin said the trip to Penn Yan was made in good time, they reached that place about midnight. They drove through the principle streets of the village and then about a mile and a half outside. He could not describe the locality.

Money Is Stolen

The car had reached a spot outside of Penn Yan. Coughlin said Gerritt ordered him to stop. Garrett sat in the front seat with him. Coughlin said while Duffy and the Harris woman got out and then told Coughlin to get out too.

     “Come on, get out,” Gerritt is alleged to have said to Coughlin. “We mean business now.”

     Coughlin said Gerritt held a revolver at his side, and as he started to leave his seat the Harris woman leaned forward and held another gun to his head. She also uttered coarse threats as he left the machine. After he climbed out of the sedan Coughlin said Gerritt demanded to know how much money he had. Coughlin said he had about $4, and told so, Gerritt then searched his clothing and took the money he had.

     Gerritt and Duffy then began to talk about tying me to a tree, Coughlin said. “It was a most dismal spot where we had stopped, and I shuddered as I listened to the two men discussing what to do with me. I asked the men to give me a chance. I begged of them not to tie me to a tree as it was so far out of the way that I feared I would die before any one would find me.”

     “Finally Duffy suggested that I had better be taken along as I could probably be used to advantage. They decided to test me, and told me if I made any bad breaks it would go heard with me. I was ordered to get back into the car, but made to take out the back seat. Duffy got into the front seat and after turning the dome light so that the light shone on me he started to drive the car. Gerritt and the girl kept their guns on me.”

Pass Through Corning

     Coughlin is not acquainted with the territory of Ontario county and does not know the places the car passed through on its way south from Penn Yan. He remembers having been in Corning and being in Elmira. In passing through these places, he said, the dome light was turned off. On Tuesday morning about 9 o’clock the party drove into Wellsboro, Pa., where Seamon Harris, a brother to “Peggy” lives. His home, Coughlin says, is on a mountain just outside of the borough. The machine was driven to the Harris home, said Gerritt. Duffy and Harris discussed a plan to do a “job” in Wellsboro that night. As the supply of gasoline was low, Duffy and Gerritt went out to get some. They left Coughlin in the care of “Peggy,” who kept him covered with a revolver all the time the men were gone, about an hour and a half. After their return they sat about for some two hours. Gerritt and Duffy again went out and were gone all night. Coughlin said he became so weary that he went to sleep in the chair he stat in.

License Plates Stolen

It was about 4 o’clock Wednesday morning when the men returned and another start was made in the automobile. The car was driven to Williamsport, Pa., where in one of the streets in the suburbs they saw an automobile at the curb. The men removed the Pennsylvania license plates from the machine and transferred them to the sedan. The New York plates were placed under the floor mat in front.

     Mr. Coughlin said the lights of a restaurant were seen some distance away and Duffy drove to it. They and planned to get out and hold up the persons in charge. But there were too many persons in the place. The party then drove to York, Pa.

And here is the full page that contains the article; page seven of The Evening Leader, Corning, N. Y. on Wednesday, November 24, 1920.

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:

https://www.ssclibrary.org/research/online-resources/

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!

Local History Photos November 19, 2021

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: Denison Park

The first photo of the week is of a postcard showing a view of Denison Park, in Corning, in the days of old, exact date unknown.

Local History Photo 2: Hornby School (1891)

The second photo of the week shows shows the old one room school house in Hornby NY in the days of old!

Local History Photo 3: Drake Photo (circa 1900)

yAnd our final photo for this week is one taken by the Drake Family; and shows a young girl, possibly one of the Drake daughters stopped on a snow sidewalk in Corning, NY in the midst of winter.

What a cool photo!

Old Newspaper Article of the Week

Hagenbeck’s Big Show In The City Today

The picture of the article is fairly clear; however, here is the text should anyone find it easier to read:

Hagenbeck’s Big Show In The City Today (The Evening Leader, Corning, NY | September 19, 1905)

Parade Notable for Its Length, Pretty Horses,

Handsome Wagons and Trappings and Big Menagerie Features

The parade of Carl Hagenbeck Circus this morning and Animal show was one of the largest and best street parades ever given in this city.  It took fully 25 minutes to pass a given point, and each of the minutes was filled with spectacle of strange and ferocious beasts, splendid horses, bright uniforms, gayly painted vans and magnificent bands.

     The big and truly unique parade left the showgrounds at the appointed hour following the usual line of march.  Large crowds viewed the parade and the streets were thronged throughout the route to be traversed.  The usual crowd of shouting boys followed the parade from the grounds and few in an ever increasing throng when the center of the city was passed on the homeward march.  The leading vans were filled with a fine collection of lions, tigers and polar bears.  Following came one of the most popular features of the big parade, a big monkey riding a pony drive by a clown.  Around this was a crowd of boys and the monkey seemed to enjoy his  popularity.  This was followed by a gorgeous tableaux wagon, drawn by magnificent horses with splendid harnesses, a herd of 16 African and Asiatic elephants and several large camels covered by the most beautiful trappings were a good feature of the parade.  In most of the chariots were many strange kinds of animals as well as dozens of representatives of the cat family,  panther, tigers, jaguars, leopards, pumas, etc.. and were a splendid specimen and appeared to be in very best condition.

    Two band and a stream calliope played popular airs during the parade, but the favorite of the small boy was the wagon carrying the clown band.  Hundreds of small boys follows this wagon to the show grounds, where the doors for the afternoon’s performance were thrown open at 1 o’clock to give one hour’s time for the inspection of the greatest wild animal exhibition which was ever brought to this country.

     Sharply at 2 o’clock the performance of the big Carl Hagenbeck Circus started with a magnificent entrée.

     The performance was a great surprise to everybody who visited the show, but it is really the best circus which has ever been in Corning.

  Trained horses, equals of which have never been seen in this city bar and flying trapezes performances which could be star acts with any big circuses of America or Europe, high wire acts, and the best clowns known to circus visitors were all there and besides that, there were displays of the finest animal training.  The name of Carl Hagenbeck is known to everybody in this country as the greatest animal trainer since he exhibited his magnificent animals at the Chicago Fair. (an unreadable line and a half) the best circus organizer, and he is not only the animal king, but he is the king of showmen. Roars of lions and tigers, trumpeting elephants mixed beautifully with the laughter caused by the funny antics of the clowns, the marvelous tumbling of the acrobats and the death defying leaps of mid air performances.  The big tent where the performances take place, occupies more space than the biggest American circus and will be filled during the performance and no doubt they will turn them away tonight.

  The doors will open at 7 and the show will begin at 8 o’clock.

And here is the entire page of The Evening Leader on which the article appears:

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:

https://www.ssclibrary.org/research/online-resources/

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!