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!

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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!

Local History Photos March 2, 2018

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

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Photo 1: Engraving a Steuben Bowl 

Our first photo for this week is of an old postcard titled “Engraving a Steuben Bowl.” And it does indeed show a Steuben Glass employee engraving a glass bowl. It does now however, say who the engraver is — although that information might have been on the back of the postcard. So if you recognize the Steuben Glass worker – let us know!

Photo 2: Horse & Carriage Transportation

Our second photo for this week is of a group of people that seem about to take a ride in a horse driven carriage.

And we may not know who the people are – but we do know when and where the photo was taken! In Penn Yan on Monday, July 26, 1897.

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 February 23, 2018

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

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Photo 1: Ross O. Smith’s New York Central Railroad Company Certificate of Service

Since the writing on this certificate of service is a bit hard to read – here it is in plain text:

“Certificate of Service

This is to certify that Ross O. Smith has been employed by this Company or its allied Lines from December 16, 1910 to May 23, 1948 and having faithfully performed the duties of said employment for a period of 37 years and 5 months is hereby honorably relieved from active duty as a CAR INSPECTOR AND REPAIRER and his name placed on the honor roll by this company.

THE NEW YORK CENTRAL RAILROAD COMPANY (with a faint and unreadable signature by the then company) president.

What a neat piece of history from what was indeed another age!

This certificate of service reminds me of the personal items of note that used to appear in the Corning newspapers in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Notices would say something like: “Mr. and Mrs. John L. Smith returned yesterday from attending a family reunion in Cape Cod,” or “Matthew Benjamin Johnson, a recent graduate of Corning Free Academy, will be attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall, where he will study engineering,” or “Doctor James Sinclair has just returned from visiting his sister, Sarah Sinclair Dobbs, in Burlington, Vermont.”

The Corning paper in its current and various previous incarnations, i.e. The Corning Blossburg Advocate The Corning Democrat, The Corning Daily Journal, The Corning Weekly Journal and of course, The Leader, may be perused at the library on microfilm. Ask the staff for more information!

And if you know who Ross O. Smith was, let us know!

Photo 2:

Our second photo of the week is a photo of an old postcard showing Market Street, in Corning many, many years ago – before the street was even paved, horses and carriages being the standard mode of transportation.

What a cool postcard!

From doing a Google Images search I found a date for the postcard, via the Hippostcard.com website –  1907. And the big white building seen on the right side of the photo is the Dickinson House – a local hotel of days gone by.

And on a final note, here is a related vintage postcard found on the flickr site:

DICKINSON HOUSE SQUARE AND N.Y. CENTRAL STATION, CORNING, N.Y.

Dickinson House Square Corning NY ca. 1910

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!