Local History Photos of the Week May 4, 2018

Hi everyone, here are the Local History Photos of the week!

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Photo 1: Postcard of Old School 3

Old School 3 is of course, no longer a school and also still standing on Chemung Street today. And in fact, the building looks almost exact the same – although the postcard is undated.

If you have stories you’d like to share about attending old School 3, or possibly, living in the building today since it has been re-purposed as condos – let us know!

Photo 2: Possible Store Manager

We haven’t a clue as to who this dapper and serious man is nor, what store or office building he worked in. However, he looks like he might be the manager of the place in since he is dressed spiffily and sitting behind a neat desk.

If you know who the gentleman in the photo is, or if you recognize the store or office he worked in – let us know!

Bonus Photo: Train!

This train might very well have been stopped on Erie Avenue, what is today Denison Parkway, but that is just a guess!

If you recognize where this photo was taken, let us know!

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

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!

And…

And if you find any old photos of the Corning area that you don’t know what to do with – you can always donate them to the library!

We’re happy to add new photos to our Photo Archive!

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Local History Photos of the Week April 27, 2018

Hi everyone, here are the Local History Photos of the week!

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Photo 1: First Congregational Church

Photo 1 shows a postcard of the old First Congregational Church of Corning. And it features a neat notation on the bottom of the photo –  “Where I went to church.” Who wrote the notation and sent the postcard, not to mention who received it – are mysteries.

However, where the old church was located is not! According to the website for the First Congregational Church of Corning, the church seen in the photo was in existence from 1890 to 1961 and was located on the corner of Bridge and Ontario Streets in Corning.

The new and modern First Congregational Church building, built in 1961, is located on Pulteney Street and is still in use today.

Photo 2: Original 200″ Disc Display 

The original 200″ glass disc, made by Corning Glass Works for the Palomar Mountain Observatory in California in the 1930s, suffered damage due to a break in the molding while the disc was being poured. The glass makers poured a second disc that was completed in perfect condition. The second disc went to the Palomar Observatory. And the original disc has been on display in Corning in the years since then.

Today the glass disc can be viewed in the Corning Museum of Glass but for a number of years after the disc was first made it was housed in a special building in the area that now encompasses Centerway Square. The clock tower in the background stood sentry then and still does today.

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

References:

Church History. First Congregational Church. Online. Accessed April 27, 2018. http://www.corningucc.org/welcome/church-history/?view=mobile

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!

And…

And if you find any old photos of the Corning area that you don’t know what to do with – you can always donate them to the library!

We’re happy to add new photos to our Photo Archive!

Local History Photos of the Week April 20, 2018

Hi everyone, here are the Local History Photos of the week!

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Photo 1: Damaged Building After Floods of 1972:

I was six in 1972. So although I vaguely recall being woken by my on mother on an early morning in June of 72, to go out in front of the house our house on Pine Street, and look at the flood waters flowing down Market Street towards Denison Parkway, I don’t recall what many of the local buildings looked like before the Flood of ’72.

So the building seen in photo 1 looks vaguely familiar to me; however, I can’t recall where I saw it!

If you recognize the building in the foreground, or background, of this photo – let us know!

Photo 2:  Flood Damaged House with Bus In Background:

And here is another photo that I believe was taken during the Flood of”72.

Despite the damage and the danger, at the time to local residents, it is a neat photo with the flood damaged house in the foreground and the bus seen tipped on its side in the background.

Bonus Photo: Bridge Street Service Station After Flood of 1972:

Our bonus photo for this week is of the old Bridge Street Service Station in the aftermath of the Flood of 1972.

What are your memories of the Flood of 1972 and its aftermath?

If you’d like to share them with us, and all the readers of this blog, please do!

You can even come to the library and we’ll video tape your flood stories, share them on this blog and give you a copy to share with all your friends and relatives!

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

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!

And…

And if you find any old photos of the Corning area that you don’t know what to do with – you can always donate them to the library!

We’re happy to add new photos to our Photo Archive!

Local History Photos of the Week April 13, 2018

Hi everyone, here are the Local History Photos of the week!

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Our photos for this week are of streets in Painted Post, New York. Both photos were taken in 1921.

Photo 1: Hamilton Street in Painted Post

Photo 1 offers a view of Hamilton Street in Painted Post looking northward toward the railroad tracks.

Photo 2: First Street in Painted Post 

Photo 2 for this week shows an unpaved First Street in Painted Post and, it really blends the old transportation with the new! You can clearly see the railroad crossing sign in the foreground and the grooves of horse drawn carts running down the middle of the street. What a great photo!

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

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!

And…

And if you find any old photos of the Corning area that you don’t know what to do with – you can always donate them to the library!

We’re happy to add new photos to our Photo Archive!

Local History Photos of the Week April 6, 2018

Hi everyone, here are the Local History Photos of the week!

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Photos 1, 2 & 3 all relate to the logging industry that once was a booming business in our area. If you have any stories to tell about logging in the days of old – please share them with us!

Logging Photo 1

Logging Photo 2

Logging Photo 3

 

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

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!

And…

And if you find any old photos of the Corning area that you don’t know what to do with – you can always donate them to the library!

We’re happy to add new photos to our Photo Archive!

Local History Photos March 30, 2018

Hi everyone, here are the Local History Photos of the week!

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Photo 1: Postcard of Market Street 

Our first photo for this week is of a postcard that shows Market Street in the days of old!

I’m guessing the photo was taken in the horse and buggy days of the early Twentieth Century.

If you know anything about the postcard or the history of Market Street that you’d like to share – let us know!

Photo 2: Market Street Too

Our second photo of Market Street appears to have been taken in the thirties.

What a cool view of Market Street looking eastward toward the intersection of Market Street and Pine. And I love the Baron Steuben Hotel sign!

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

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!

And…

And if you find any old photos of the Corning area that you don’t know what to do with – you can always donate them to the library!

We’re happy to add new photos to our Photo Archive!

Local History Photos March 24, 2018

Hi everyone, here are the Local History Photos of the week!

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Photo 1: Alanson B. Houghton (Date Unknown):

This time around we’ve got a photo we actually know a solid bit about!

Our first photo of the week is of Alanson Bigelow Houghton, son of the elder Amory Houghton Sr. (1813-1882). And it was the elder Amory Houghton Sr. who moved the Brooklyn Flint Glass Works from Massachusetts to Corning, New York in 1868.

Alanson B. Houghton, also known as Alanson B. Houghton I, was in his turn CEO of Corning Glass Works, a U.S. Congressman and U.S. Ambassador to Germany in the 1920s. He was also the father of the younger Amory Houghton Sr. (1899-1981).

While I was growing up in Corning, the younger Amory Houghton Sr. (1899-1981) was frequently referred to as “The Ambassador,” as he followed in his father’s footsteps and was in turn CEO of the Corning Glass Works and a diplomat serving as U.S Ambassador to France from 1957 – 1961.

The younger Amory Houghton Sr. and his wife Laura Richardson Houghton had five children including: Former Corning Inc. CEO and Congressman Amory Houghton Jr. (B. 1926), Elizabeth Houghton Weinberg, Alanson Bigelow Houghton II (1930-2016), retired Corning Inc. CEO James R. Houghton (B. 1936), and Laura Houghton Beer (D. 2000).

This photo looks like it might have been a photo taken of a photo found in a photo album. However wherever it came from it shows a very distinguished looking gentleman of local and international note!

References

Dimitroff, Thomas P., Janes, Lois S. History of the Corning Painted Post Area: 200 Years in Painted Post Country, Revised Edition. Bookmarks, Corning, New York. 1990

Laura Houghton, 102, Matriarch Of Corning Glassmaking Family. New York Times. Online. Accessed. March 24, 2018. https://goo.gl/h57sk3

Photo 2: The Courthouse

Our second photo for this week is of the City of Corning Courthouse.

The date the photo was taken is unknown.

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

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!

And…

And if you find any old photos of the Corning area that you don’t know what to do with – you can always donate them to the library!

We’re happy to add new photos to our Photo Archive!