Friday, August 28, 2009

Looking for Lindley Photos

I am wondering if anyone has a picture of the cheese factory mentioned in Dick Riffle's latest story. It would be about the same place as the present truck terminal on south corner of Morgan Creek Road and Lindley Road.

During WWII ,there was an Honor Roll with names of Lindley's servicemen(perhaps women,too) in about this same location. June( Ball )Neally remembered her Father-- Herman Ball painting it. If anyone has a picture of the Honor Roll, I would like to add it to the collection of pictures of Lindley servicemen now on display in the Lindley Town Hall.

Be sure to check out all the pictures in the Town Hall Lobby and Meeting Room. The collection continues to grow.

By clicking on my profile on this page, you will find my e-mail address listed.

Catherine (Kitty )Pierce Lindley Historian

West end new Lindley Bridge on 8/23/09 and Last Remains of Young's Barns at Hawbaker Gravel Pit on 8/24/09



Dick Riffle Memories- Part V1


A Blacksmith Shop was the next building owned by George Morse (Morris).His home was across the street from the shop. He was a good blacksmith and I remember taking our horses to him to be shod. His son,George,Jr.worked on the town road crew. One day the dump truck had dumped a load of gravel and a rock got stuck under the truck bed. George reached in to loosen the rock and the truck bed came crashing down on his head,killing him instantly. It was a sad day for his parents and the community.
George Senior was,also,the Town Marshall. An incident related to this happened during a town election. About a mile past the Morgan House on Morgan Creek Road,lived three(3)bachelor brothers,Bill,Herb and Dan Driscoll. They were inclined to "hit the bottle" a bit heavy at times. During the election time,Herb was getting a bit noisy and his language a bit bad. George tried to tone hin down a little but Herb got louder. George sidled up to him and said "Now,Herb if you don't quiet down,I am going to have to run you in!" Everyone thought it was funny because there was no jail in town. Herb looked at George and said in a slow drawl-"I wern't born and brought up in the woods,to be scar't out by a hoot owl!" Then he walked away. The crowd had a good laugh.
Across the road from the Town Hall(old)on the south corner of Morgan Road and the highway ,was a building that used to be a Cheese Factory.It had been converted into a home upstairs and the Walter Carpenter family lived there for awhile. Walt was a great proponent of the "Townsend Plan",a proposed plan for the U.S. Government to give $200 a month to all Senior Citizens over 65. This never came to pass ,but was a forerunner of the Social Security system. In the same building,some years later Steve and Viola(Kuhl) Hill lived there and Steve operated a garage downstairs.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Lindley Bridge Construction and Young-Hawbaker Gravel Pit






Have you ever noticed it's hard to make a straight bridge?
First girders in place Friday August 21,2009
Bridge approach on west end.

Gravel pit- no comment.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Dick Riffle Part V



( Continuing down Morgan Creek Road)
Just before reaching the Town Hall("old"),on the right side lived another Civil War veteran,Ami Allen. He would shape the bank of the nearby creek with a shovel and keep the stream clean. When we boys would stop on the dirt road and start throwing rocks in the creek ,he would come roaring out of his house and yell at us,"You boys stop throwing stones in my creek!" He had lost an eye in the war and suffered a leg injury which made him limp the rest of his life. There was another Civil War Veteran next to the Lindley School. His name was Mr. French.
Next to the Town Hall, was a grocery store owned by my great uncle Tom Harrison. When the store closed,it was bought by a single lady who became known as the "Cat Lady". She had dozens of cats and when she died they found the remains of about 40 cats in the basement. The building later became a tavern, "The Green Shingle Inn". It burned in the 1930's,but was rebuilt.
(Note from Kitty) - This spring, the L/P Historical Society program- Growing Up in Lindley in the 1920's was given by Durland Weale-(a little younger than Mr.Riffle). Mr. Weale related more stories about Mr. Allen and his neighbors who lived on Morgan Creek Road. It,too, was an entertaining and informative program about the Morgan Creek area and it's residents during the 20's.
The present Green Shingle Inn is the rebuilt Tavern mentioned by Mr. Riffle.
I may have mentioned this before, but in 1953 when U.S. Rt 15 was moved west to today's location (instead of along the Tioga River-present Lindley Road),business was affected at the Shingles. Mike Jusick owner-approached Clarence Brant who owned land where the Shingle is now located. Clarence sold the lot to Mike and the Shingle was moved across the fields to the new Rt. 15 location. The only reminder of the old location of the "Inn is the large Douglas Fir at the south end of the "old" Town Hall on Lindley road.

Friday, August 14, 2009

New information about Hill Store Photo

A photo on a postcard of the former Hill store on corner of Morgan Creek Road and Old Rt.15 was posted January 26,2009. In reviewing the older blogs,I just read a comment by Judson(Bill)Kennedy in March,2009. I apologize for not seeing it sooner.

Thanks-Bill, all new information about Lindley history is always appreciated. To learn about the identity of the person in the picture-please scroll back to the January Post by clicking on older posts. It will tell you that this is Bill's grandfather Judd(Beckwith)Kennedy and tells how Bill learned the identity.

This information will be attached to the picture in the town files.
Kitty Pierce Lindley Historian.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Dick Riffle Story Part IV



To continue with People of of Lindley 1922-1940-as I knew Them by Dick Riffle .(refer back to Part III-Older Posts)

Next to them was Bill and Mary Passmore. He was the station agent at the Lindley railroad station. Mary was English and proudly called attention to her English Coat of Arms hanging on the wall.Rutty was their only child. Mary was very protective of him and never allowed him to leave the yard. This became an aggravation to him and at the age of 14 ran away from home. The police found him in Washington,D.C.. Shortly after high school,Rutty began to publish a newspaper called the " Bi -State Express". I helped him by getting paid ads from the local merchants in Lindley and Lawrenceville.When I went to work for the Ingersoll-Rand, Bertha Ayres became his assistant publishing the paper. Dick Peer,Corning Leader columnist, wrote several articles about Rutty and his paper. One of Dick's articles told how Rutty had related to him how he loved to roam the hills hunting deer and fishing in the Tioga River. Actually, Rutty never did any of those things,but longed to do them so much, he imagined he did. His Mother would never let him own a gun. I knew Rutty better than anyone else since we grew up together.
Bill and Mary Ayres and family lived next door. They had 3 children, Bertha, Cecilia and Robert. Bill was a wood craftsman and made beautiful things including furniture. He was slow in getting the job done-so you had to be patient. In the winter on Saturday nights, Bill and I would play Checkers listen to the "Grand Ole Opera" from Nashville,Tennessee and eat popcorn and apples until midnight..

(Note from Lindley Historian.) During Lindley's Bi-Centennial Celebration in 1990, several of Rutty's newspapers were donated to the Lindley Historian at that time -Wilma Welty and are in the Historian's files.
In June on a search for personal genealogy information, the graves of the 3 members of the Passmore family were unexpectedly found in the Glenwood Cemetery in Troy,Penna.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

2009 Lundgren Reunion


Members of the Lindley Lundgren family hosted the Lundgren/Johnson Reunion this past weekend 7/30/2009 to 8/2/2009. Although many members of the family were involved in planning and implementing the various activities scheduled for the weekend,Karen(Lundgren)and her husband David Ballard were the ones who spent long hours researching the location of former residences of the Lundgren ancestors. These places included Morris Run,Arnot,and Park Hill,Tioga,Lawrenceville,Pennsylvania as well as several places in the Lindley. Motorcades took them to each of these places.
Karen had discovered information indicating that Andrew and Betty Lundgren had lived in the house later owned by Art and Mary Kuhl and now owned by Sally(Larrison) and Larry Orr. A photo of members of the Andrew Lundgren family had been taken on the front lawn of the house. To document the descendant's visit in 2009,the attached photo was taken.
Thanks to Karen's research,those who attended the 2009 reunion now have a greater understanding of their family's history and heritage.
Congratulations, Karen on a successful family reunion.