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!

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Local History Photo: Friday, March 24, 2017

Happy Friday everyone! Here are our local history photos of the week!

(Click on the photos for a larger view!)

Photo 1: Kids In Winter 

Photo 1 is of a trio of kids in winter standing near a lake. If you have a clue as to what year this photo was taken, where it was taken or who the children in the photo are – let us know!

Photo 2: Distinguished Gentlemen 

Photo 2: Is a group shot of distinguished gentlemen who I think might be sitting on the Corning Courthouse steps…

If you know who the gentlemen were, when the photo was taken or for certain where the photo was taken please let us know!

Photo 3: Corning Opera House

Photo 3: There is no mystery as to which building is features in this photo since the sign above the main entryway clearly says Corning Opera House. If you have any stories you’d like to share about the old Corning Opera House let us know!

And speaking of the old Corning Opera House – did you know The New York public Library has a Digital Collection of images that are free to download? They do! You can even order prints, staring with a size of 18″ x 24,” of many of the items in their Digital Collection — including, and you guessed it!, prints of the old Corning Opera House — here is the image they have in their catalog:

And here is a link to the page for The Opera House in the NYPL Digital Collection should you wish to know more:

https://goo.gl/ra75Hr

Have a great day!

Linda, SSCL

Library Local History/Creation Station Resources:

Don’t forget 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 or calendar for 2017!

And here’s your weekly reminder that 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…

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 Local History Photo Archive.