Sunday, October 25, 2009

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 history" If anyone has more stories or more pictures to share -you will find a place for my E-mail address by clicking on Kitty on the blog page or copies of this type of material can be dropped off to Megan- The Town Clerk at the town hall and she will see that I receive them.
Historians have a motto " we need to know where we have been to know where we are going" I hope you are finding these stories about our community history of interest.
And oh-if you aren't aware the pictures can be enlarged just by clicking on them .
Enjoy --Kitty Pierce

Saturday, October 24, 2009

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. The saw mill owned by the Company was in much danger and also the planing mill beyond it as the burning material was carried by the wind. The Lawrenceville fire company came with a hand engine and the neighbors rallied. For two hours the contest continued. A line of men and women passed buckets of water to save the sawmill and the planing mill. The ladies of the vicinity provided a late dinner for the hundred men that had successfully fought the fire. The burned factory was built last fall and supplied with the best machinery . The enterprising proprietors have met with a great loss."
In Burr's 1951 Lindley History, is a picture labelled May 1890 and Burr states #4 "All that was left of the mills after the flood of 1889." He ,also,states the bridge #5 in the photo was damaged by the flood and replaced by the iron bridge." The plaque on the iron bridge which was replaced in 1989/90 read 1898. A copy of this picture is on display in the lobby of the Lindley Town Hall. There will be news about the 1898 plaque coming soon as well as a date for the opening of the newest Lindley bridge . . ....

Monday, October 19, 2009

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.

-------- Original Message -------- Subject: Posts on the Historical Society Website
Date: Sat, 17 Oct 2009 09:07:05 -0400
From: Larry Baker

I tried to post a comment on the website in reference to the use of the Lindley Presho School if the school board passes to close the school….this was my post (it didn’t allow me to do this):

I think that the Town of Lindley should look into Purchasing this building. This building would be a great replacement for the Town Hall. It would also serve as a Community Gathering spot which in turn could be used as a place to hold "Lindley Days". Great spot for the Historical Society to meet and also to store their wonderful records and findings of our beautiful area. I think also that the building has enough space to rent to other small businesses and to the public for personal uses (birthday parties, etc.)This building would be ran similar to the Union Hall in Corning that is frequently used for Benefits, Weddings, Birthday Parties, Pageants, Meetings....The cafeteria and gym are large enough to be rented for these purposes. All of the class rooms can be rented to surrounding businesses office space. Thank you for reading my post.

Friday, October 16, 2009

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!!!!!

Friday, October 9, 2009

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????

Monday, October 5, 2009

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.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

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 gas station was just north of Buckley's .Muriel Pryne ,his daughter was the Postmistress at the Post Office in the corner of the Town Hall (Old Town Hall/Post Office/Grange @ east end of present Morgan Creek Road- Editor)