Local History Photos June 16, 2017

Hi everyone, as I’m now sharing multiple photos of our region in the olden days, I’ve changed the title of this series of postings to “Local History Photos.” And remember, if you have, or find, any photos of the people, places or events that occurred in the region in days past that you don’t know what to do with; you can donate them to the library and assist us in improving our Local History Photo Archive!

And now, on to the photos of the week!

(Click on the photos for a larger view)

Photo 1: Somber Officer

We have no idea who this somber officer is! I’m a librarian and not, of course, an expert in which military uniforms come from which era but I’m thinking, perhaps, he’s wearing a World War I era navy dress uniform? If you know who he is or what era his uniform comes from please let us know.

Photo 2: Mystery Man With Glass

Our second photo for this week actually consists of one photo and part of a second photo. And we’re going to ignore the part at the very right after the line and focus on the full photo which shows an unidentified man in what looks like a glass shop. I’m wondering if this might be a photo of the Corning Museum of Glass after the Flood of ’72? If you know where the photo was taken and/or who the mystery man is — let us know!

Photo  3: Moving One Of The Indian Statues In Painted Post

Our third photo of the week was obviously taken in Painted Post, and I’m guessing from the cars and the patriotic banners that they the men are installing the new Indian statue, the one that the late Norman Phelps designed, that was installed on Memorial Day 1950 — although the archival card for this photo doesn’t have a date.

In relation, Audrey Phelps, the wife of the the art teacher Norman Phelps who designed the new Indian statue, also known as the Indian Monument, wrote a neat article on the history of the Indian statues in Painted Post, for the Crooked Lake Review – which you can access via the following link: https://goo.gl/XM9QeB

I also discovered while doing research for this posting that the Crooked Lake Review, which offers tantalizing tidbits of local history is now available in blog form. Here’s the link to the site: http://crookedlakereview.blogspot.com/

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!


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.



Local History Photo: Friday, December 16, 2016

This photo, which actually appears to be a photo of a post card, does not feature a mystery at all as it is obviously the old library building located across the street from City Hall.

The only real question for us to ponder, regarding this photo, is what year the photo was taken – my guess is before the 1926 fire that severely damaged the building and before it was repaired and reopened as the local public library in 1930.

The best in-depth history book on Corning & Painted Post is the one written by Thomas Dimitroff & Lois Janes titled

History of the CORNING Painted Post Area: 200 Years in Painted Post Country

and the book features some cool information on the World War Memorial Library – as follows:

“The City Club bought the Rogers lot at the corner of Pine and First Streets in 1894. Its new clubhouse opened there March 30, 1898;” and “Although attempts had been made to establish some type of World War I memorial, none of them had appealed to the various interested groups, and ten years after the war the city did not have a World War monument. During the same period, the library which the city had taken over in 1921, was finding it more difficult to provide service from crowded quarters on the upper floor of city hall. On Memorial Day, 1930, the two problems were solved with the dedication of the Memorial Library building.”

(Dimitroff and Janes 111, 236-237)

The authors go on to note that the Memorial Library building housed the library until its move to its current location in the Nasser Civic Center Plaza in 1975 where it was housed from 1975 until it closed in 1999.

And the “new” library, The Southeast Steuben County Library, opened in the same Nasser Civic Center location in 2000, where it remains today as a vibrant part of the local community.

Have a great weekend!

Works Cited

Dimitroff, Thomas P., and Lois Janes. History of the CORNING Painted Post Area: 200 Years in Painted Post Country. Bookmarks. Corning. 1991.

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: