Showing posts from October, 2009

Drastic Changes in Lindley Landscape

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OOP-Wrong Date in Headline

My proof reader husband -Dick -caught my error. The correct date should be August 1882. That will teach me to try typing so late in the evening!!

Have been thinking about this story and the difficult times that our ancestors experienced. The Hills had only had this factory 1 year,when it burned and 6 years later,the sawmill was damaged by floodwaters. So far, I have found no record of whether or not they rebuilt. I have a feeling they didn't as the "old iron bridge" and "new Town Hall(1897)" were built in this vicinity .
The mention of the Lawrenceville Fire Department coming to the rescue ,also, caught my attention. Did the equipment come by railroad,by horses-manpower? How long did it take for them to arrive? Was the equipment like the picture on the wall of the Lindley/Presho Fire Department wall-over kitchen counter ??? So many unanswered questions!!!!
It's sad to think that we don't have more recorded about the "Good Old Days of Lindley…

Factory Burns -- Lindley Bridge Area 1883

Many thanks to Bill Canfield for sharing historical news items that he finds while researching in Corning Library Archives.
The following is about a business located in the vicinity of the Lindley bridge. 1873 maps show the Hill family owning a saw mill, etc in this area.
From the Corning Journal,Corning ,New York Thursday-August 3,1882 P3 Column 4
" The sash,door and blind factory of W.H.Hill& Co.of Lindley ,was burning on Tuesday forenoon. The total loss is over five thousand dollars.There was $2,400 insurance on the building and machinery. The half dozen workmen had been for half an hour in the finishing room in the second story,packing up manufactured articles. There was no one in the workroom below,and the fire began in the end opposite the engine room. When the alarm was given the most of the lower story was in flames as the fire spread rapidly. The workmen hastily escaped. There was no chance to save any of the manufactured articles,the value of which was about $1,400. …

Forward of Comment Letter Ref.L/P School

Note from Kitty- Lindley Historian

This letter was forwarded to me by the Lindley Town Clerk . It expresses ideas for the L/P School if the vote on Corning Painted Post School Faciliies Plan passes in December. A yes vote would mean closing the Lindley/Presho School.

Historical note: From Lindley History - 1990 " "Joseph Miller from Morristown,NJ came with Colonel Lindsley in 1790 and was engaged by Colonel Lindsley to be the first teacher in 1793."
Eventually, the Lindley would have 9 school districts. Under the Painted Post/Corning School Consolidation Program in the 1950's,these nine schools were combined to form the Lindley/Presho School which opened in 1957. In 2007,the School celebrated 5o years of existance.
In 2010,Lindley will be have been settled for 220 years.For over 200 years,the schools in Lindley have been an important asset to the town.

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Date: Sat, 17 Oct 200…

Lindley/Presho Historical Society Meeting 10/22/09

The Lindley/Presho Historical Society will meet on Thursday October 22nd,2009
7 P.M. at the Lindley Town Hall on Rt.U.S.15.

Karen(Lundgren)Ballard will give a program on Tracing the Roots of the Lundgren/Johnson Family from Sweden to Lindley,N.Y../ She will,also,share highlights from the 3 day reunion hosted by the Lundgren family in July 2009.

The public is invited to attend.

Hopefully,by then the snow will have disappeared and we will have returned to our normal Fall foliage weather . The date on the snow picture should read October 16,2009 .Winter started early this year!!!!!

Co.Rt 73 Bridge-I 99 Construction

These two pictures were taken on October 4,2009 from west end of new bridge in Lindley . In the distance can be seen the earthwork for I 99 between Toby's curve and the Lindley Town Hall & Postoffice.

1899 flood pictures show a covered bridge over Tioga River here. . Could 2 buggies pass on this????

Closing Lindley/Presho School Environmental Impact

Mary Lentzen Planning Board Chairperson sends a reminder that there will be a meeting in Conference Room at CPP Shool Administration Building on Charles Painted Post on Wednesday October 7th at 6:30 P.M..
There will be a presentation on the environmental impact of the proposed plans for the school district which comes up for a vote in December.

Following - the public will be allowed to voice their concerns.

If you have questions about how the closing of the Lindley/Presho School will impact and change that neighborhood and community -this would be the time to voice your concerns.

At present - Lindley Zoning has only 2 zones-Agricultural and Residential.

So far, the School District has not announced their plans for this building after it is closed as they have for the other sites.

Dick Riffle Part VII

In Dick's last writing-he had talked about the southwest corner of Morgan Creek/ Lindley Road (old U.S. Rt. 15 ) business (where trucking business is now located-Editor note)
" On the other corner(northwest ) was the Merton and Edna Manley store.(later Whitaker-now the approach to new bridge-Editor note ).They were very nice people and very well thought of in the community. In those days, the grocer wrapped up some of your purchases in heavy white wrapping paper and tied a string around it.It was a joke in town that Merton was very slow in wrapping packages or cutting cheese. Pete Miller,the town jokester ,said," Merton had a new round of cheese and I asked him to cut a couple pounds for me. He was so slow by the time he got it cut,it had turned moldy" "

The other two business places were Lee and Mary Buckley's gas station and grocery store - formerly owned by Frank Odle.(at the west end of the bridge removed this summer--Editor note .) Wiiliam Pryne's g…