Local History Photos January 19, 2018

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

(Click on the photos for a larger view)

Photo 1: Construction of the New Painted Post Indian Monument

First a bit of back story!

Painted Post, New York was named after the old Seneca name for the region which at one time did include a painted post. When the original maker was put up in unclear though there were many stories about the original post and what happened to it; the only thing about its disappearance that is certain is that it did eventually disappear.

In 1824 Captain Samuel Erwin commissioned the first metal Indian monument to be built in Painted Post. In 1948 that monument was destroyed during a violent storm and a new monument, designed by local high school art teacher Norman Phelps was built and placed on Water Street in Painted Post.

And our first photo for this week shows the monument being built! As the new monument was unveiled in 1950, I’m sure many people remember the unveiling ceremony and the fact that the new monument was originally located on a small piece of land in the street itself before being moved to its safer current location near the Village Square in Painted Post.

Do you remember when the new monument was unveiled?

We love local history stories so if you’ve got one to share – let us know!

Photo 2: The New Indian Monument in Painted Post (1950)

And our second photo for this week shows the completed new Indian Monument in 1950.

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL


Painted Post and its Monument by Audrey Phelps. Crooked Lake Review. 1993.

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 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 Mystery Photos 10 16 15

Here is another cool batch of Local History Mystery photos!

Note: You can always see a larger view of each photo by clicking on the photo.

Photo 1: This photo is titled “Indian Monument Corner Hamilton and High Streets;” and it features what I believe is the original position of the Indian Monument in Painted Post. The photo was taken c. 1894-1895.

And the mystery questions are:

1. Does anyone know anything about the building and installation of the monument?

2. Does anyone know when the monument was moved from its original location?


3. Does anyone know who the two men are sitting at the base of the monument?

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Photo 2: We’re on a roll with Painted Post photos this week! Photo 2 has the subject listing of “Corner of High and Hamilton Street. Looking East on High Street.” This photo too is noted as being taken in Painted Post and the year listed in 1896.

And the mystery question for this photo is:

Are any of the building seen in the photo still standing?

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Photo 3: Photo 3 is of the 1909-1910 CFA Basketball team.

And our mystery questions for this photo are:

1. Does anyone know the names of any of the men seen in the photo?

2. Does anyone know where this photo was taken?

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Photo 4: Photo 4 has a brief records which says it is titled “Lumber Camp” with the added notation that the photo was taken in Steuben County and c. 1900.

And our mystery questions for this photo are:

1. Where was this photo taken?

2. Does anyone recognize any of the men in the photo?

3. Does anyone know where the photo was taken?

And for a bonus question — what does anyone know about the history of the lumber industry in this area?

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Have a great day!

Linda, SSCL

And don’t forget you can create you’re very own family history album using research resources at the library and the equipment in our Makerspace!

For more information check out our Makerspace site: