Friday, January 30, 2009

1810 Census - Painted Post - Eleazer Lindsley


I am stilling trying to resolve the comment posting problem. Since I have made changes comments may only appear on posting made today 1/30/09 and none will appear on previous posts. If you want to comment on previous posts, feel free to place comments under today's posts.

A Word from the Lindley Historian

Welcome to the Lindley-Presho Historical Society blog. Hopefully, readers will find the contents interesting and in turn this will encourage the sharing of more historical information. While it is unrealistic to collect every tiny bit of Lindley history, the Society and myself (as town historian) hope to document and preserve as much as possible. A considerable amount of documentation was done in 1990 when the Lindley Heritage Committee published the book Lindley Looking Back 200 years to help celebrate Lindley’s 200th anniversary. However, this was “only the tip of the iceberg” as the saying goes.

A little background on our community.

In 2010,Lindley will celebrate 220 years of existence. In 1790, founder Eleazer Lindsley with a group of about 40 friends and members of his family left the security of homes in New Jersey to journey about 250 miles by land and water to start new homes in a wilderness on the Tioga River in New York State near the Pennsylvania State Line. The settlement continued to grow and descendants of these first families still reside in the area.

The Town of Lindley is 6 miles square and is divided by the Tioga River and U.S. Rt. 15. It has two hamlets-Lindley and Presho. Lindley hamlet is in the southern part of the town- two miles north of the Pennsylvania line .The Lindley Post Office, Town Hall, Community Church and several businesses are located here. In the northern part is Presho. Originally called Erwin Center, the name was changed in 1888 to honor a resident, Thomas Presho. The Lindley-Presho Elementary School, the Methodist Church and Little League ball fields are located here. Currently, State Line Camping is in the process of moving from the Lindley location to Presho. This is necessitated by the construction of the new U.S. Rt. 15-(I 99)-highway project. So as in the past, Lindley is experiencing changes which will affect our history.

The copies of the old postcards and 1964 Directory of Town Officials are just a sample of the type of information to be presented. There is a means by which readers may make comments and contributions to the blog. Hopefully, some will send copies of photos, stories, memories, etc they consider of historical interest to be shared with other viewers. Copies of blog pages will be added to the Town of Lindley Historian files for posterity.

As historians are fond of saying-“ We need to know where we have been to know where we are going”- or something to that effect.

Enjoy the blog !!!!
Catherine M. (Kitty) Pierce
Town of Lindley Historian

Monday, January 26, 2009

Hill's Store

This post card was the center of some discussion at our last meeting - Hill's Store was located at the end of Morgan Creek Rd. Circa 1910 and was destroyed by fire.

If anyone has information on this store or the other businesses located in this vicinity let us know.

January 22, 2009 Historical Society Meeting

Last Thursday evening we had the pleasure of having, Twila O'Dell, Steuben County Historian, and Eleanor Sillman from the historian's office in attendance. Thank you & come back again ladies. During the meeting we had a great discussion on local history, local sights, research tips, and exchanged ideas on what the group can do in the future.

Mark your calendar's - don't miss the February 26th meeting!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Lindley View Postcard

Another view of Lindley from a different angle. The post mark is not clear appears to be 1900 or 1909. Note all the barns and sheds in the photo! Perhaps the long barn on the far left was a tobacco barn?? Make sure to click on the picture to see an enlarged view.

Steuben County Offices - 1964

The Lindley listing in this booklet are:

Supervisor - Herbert Abbey LA-38812

Town Clerk - Frank Hakes LA-38858

Tax Collector - Frank Hakes Lindley

Super of Highways - Gerald Davis RD2 Corning

Assessors - Tracy Rumsey RD1 Painted Post, Percy King RD2 Corning, Rodney Rouse RD1 Painted Post

Justice of the Peace - Gary Fisk RD1 Lindley, Elroy Young RD1 Lindley

Councilmen - Clarence Brandt (correct spelling Brant) Box 203 Lindley, Wendell Bronson Lindley

Constable - Truman Gigee Lindley

Friday, January 16, 2009

Birds Eye View - Lindley NY

Picture postcard probably taken from Fairview Cemetery -looking southeast over Lindley Community Church.
Note the denuded hills from lumbering days. The barn in foreground is about where Stateline Camping is now located. Shed in back of Church would be for horses