Monday, November 23, 2009

Lindley Senior Citizens -Thanksgiving Dinner

The Lindley Senior Citizens met at Rotsell's Snack Shop(formerly Patty T's) in Lawrenceville,Pa for their annual Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday -November 19th.

During the lunch , Tom Rotsell -owner announced that he will be expanding his business at this location after the first of the year. "What goes round-comes round-" This is in close proximity to where Tom operated his first restaurant in Lawrenceville ,Pennsylvania previously.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

1946 Flood Photos

Janice (Whitaker) Smith attended the L/P Historical Society meeting Thursday evening and shared these photos with the group. (Thanks,Janice -they have been added to the Lindley bridge files.) With the flood control dams,it is a good feeling to know that these scenes should be a thing of the past.
Both the Whitakers and Austins experienced flooding in their stores shortly after purchasing them. The Whitakers in 1946, the Austins in 1950/51. After the 1950/51 flood, the Austins moved their store to the porch of the home next door. In 1955, they relocated to the present U.S. Rt.15.
The Whitaker family had closed their business prior to the flood of 1972 which damaged the building to the extent that it had to be demolished. Today- the west end approach to the new 2 lane bridge is located where the Whitaker store stood.
The Morgan Creek /old Lindley Roads are experiencng many changes - as they say
"even as we speak"

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Historian's Open House Reminder

The Lindley Town Hall will be open 1 to 4 Sunday November 22nd,2009 for the

Historian's Open House.

Books,photos and other items from Historian's files will be available for viewing and for research .

The public is invited to attend.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Town of Lindley Blog

Megan Thistle ,Lindley Town Clerk, has resume posting the latest information from the Lindley Town Hall on the Lindley Blog. Learn what is new by clicking on Town of Lindley under Favorites at the end of this page .

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Lindley Hamlet gets first 2 lane bridge.

A hamlet is described as a small village -of which the Town of Lindley has two - Lindley and Presho. When the 1946 flood destroyed the bridge in Presho,a two lane bridge was built in that end of town. However for reasons unknown , when a new bridge was built in the hamlet of Lindley in 1989-90 , a one lane bridge was built to replace the 1898 one lane iron bridge(see previous post for postcard picture). Finally,it dawned on someone that when the 1989 -90 bridge was to be replaced,it should be two lanes. So today -11/17/2009 219 years after Colonel Lindsley settled here, the hamlet of Lindley can boast of its first 2 lane bridge-and it is a beauty.
Congratulations to all who worked so hard to make this possible.

As part of the project,the 1898 plaque from the old iron bridge which had been saved is now mounted on posts in the parking area next to the new bridge. Without the help of Jerry Simcoe,Supervisor who voluntarily spent hours removing all the coats of old paint and making the edges even,Larry Orr of Orr's signs who painted it on short notice and donated his time and materials, Jim Hope- former Steuben County Historian (now deceased) who rescued it from the Steuben County Highway garage, Fisher Associates Engineers who designed the parking area on the abutment of the old bridge overlooking the Tioga River, Bill Reynolds contractor of Lindley who prepared the posts, Vince Spagnoletti and Steve Catherman of Steuben County Department of Public Works who co-operated with all the above to make it possible. Not to be forgotten are Don Freeland -Resident Engineer from Fisher Associates and Ed Howe Project Superintendant of Ramsey Constructors,Inc.who at 10:00 this morning- were putting the plaque and posts in place. Also,a big thank you to my ever patient husband without whose help,I wouldn't be able to do the town historian job. And to anyone, I missed- thank you,too.
So no more right angle approach from the west end of the bridge or peeking through bushes and trees on the east end while waiting your turn to cross the bridge.
Safe traveling over this much needed improvement in Lindley's highway system.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Lindley Bridge Ribbon Cutting Scheduled

After long months of a detour,the Lindley bridge is scheduled to open
Tuesday November 17th.
There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at 1P.M. after which the bridge will be open.

If all goes as planned,thanks to the efforts of Supervisor Gerald Simcoe,Larry Orr,Bill Reynolds,Dick Pierce,Don Freeland, Ed Howe, the construction crew and (others I may miss naming,) a small bit of Lindley history will be visible.

On Thursday November 19th at 7 P.M, the L/P Historical Society will meet at the Lindley Town Hall. The program will be a brief history of the Lindley bridges. The public as usual is invited to attend.

On Sunday November 22nd, from 1-4 P.M. at the Lindley Town Hall on U.S.Rt.15 there will be an Open House for the Lindley Historian.
Records and files will be available for viewing and for research.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

General John E. Mulford

As the Town Historian, I am always curious about the families of our earliest settlers. As a result,I sometimes uncover little known facts about these people and their descendants. Such is the case of General John E.Mulford who was the grandson of Dr. Ezekiel and his wife Nancy (Lindsley) Mulford and the Gt.Grandson of Colonel Eleazer Lindsley (founder of Lindley.)
Recently,the Leader had a small advertisement stating that the home of General Mulford was for sale in the Watkins area. A call to the real estate agent-(Ed Atwell)resulted in his sending photos of the house and the question-"did I know anyone who might be interested in buying the home."
My question was "Who was General Mulford?" A little genealogical research and googling revealed an interesting story.
According to Uri Mulford-(another descendant)who wrote a Mulford genealogy "Colonial Ancestors and Descendants"," General Mulford was the son of Castilla (commonly known as the Major) and Sabrina Sheppard. He had charge of the exchange of prisoners during the Civil War and was confidential representative of President Lincoln in secret matters taken up with the Confederate administration. His home was in Montour Falls. He organized and was President of the company that built the Elmira and Watkins trolley line and was manager until his death. He ,also. was President of Cook Acadamy."
Looking further - I found I had the General's obituary which had been donated to the Town files by Bob Deneen, the great grandson of Uri Mulford. This confirmed the involvement of General Mulford in the exchange of prisoners in the Civil War-along with some other interesting facts.The obituary names his father as Jonathon.

For those interested in the Civil War- apparently this gentleman played a very important role in prisoner exchange. The obituary states that General Grant asked President Lincoln to appoint someone to organize and pursue efforts to exchange prisoners. This person was to be General Mulford after being interviewed by Lincon and Grant. The obituary goes on to say that when he tried to meet with General Lee as Major Mulford, , he was kept waiting for a week and was finally granted an audience only after sending the message that he would stay until he was received. His duties caused him to make many trips back and forth through the battle lines to visit prisons and keep a full account of all exchanges of prisoners. He reported to Secretary of War- Stanton. The article says he gained considerable information on his trips to the prisons. He was promoted to rank of General by Linclon in 1864 for his services -after having served in the various lower ranks of the army. He remained in the Virginia area until 1867,when all prisoners exchanges had been completed. 125 commissioned officers and a large body of regular troops were exchanged through his efforts.
As Captian Mulford, John raised the first company of enlistment at Havana(Montour Falls)in April 1861. The 100 man Regiment left Havana in May 1861 for Albany ,New York where they joined the 3rd Regiment of New York Volunteers,the first Regiment organized in New York State. They were the first troops ordered to Fortress Monroe.
As a youth, the General started as a clerk working in the lumbering industry and manufacturing industries. In 1877, he became President an iron works.An obituary found on the Internet from the New York Times states "he was President and Director of the Prentiss Vice Company ,and of the Lewis Tool Company, Vice president and Director of the Elmira and Seneca lake Railway Company and a director of the General Pneumatic Tool Company."
The General was born in Lawrenceville,Pennsylvnia on February 26, 1829 and died at his home in Montour Falls,New York October 18,1908. The obituary states" The General and his wife Francis (Goodwin) Mulford spent the greater portion of their 54 years of marriage in their pleasant home in Montour Falls." "It is a chosen spot which the General never tired of endeavoring to beautify and its spacious grounds bear evidence of this ,in their floral beauty of today". The Mulfords had 1 son and 2 grandchildren when he died.
The General must have been held in high esteem as businesses closed ,the flag flew at half mast and the railroad cars were draped in mourning the day of his funeral.
So one never knows what type of interesting stories abound when you start researching. There are more stories about the Mulford descendants- but that will be another "the rest of the story"

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Remember to vote November 3rd.

Tuesday November 3rd is a local election day. Be sure to exercise your right to vote for the person of your choice. Polls will be open from 6AM to 9 PM at the Lindley Town Hall on U.S. Rt. 15.

While there,check out the new bench purchased from donations to the Veteran's Monument Fund and from the Lindley Town Board . The bench was made by the Amish from recycled material such as used in deck materials. It is maintenance free. In the spring, it will be placed on the lawn in front of the Town Hall . A big thanks to all who supported and donated to the Monument Fund and to the Lindley Town Board members for their assistance and co-operation in this project. And a big thank you to all the members of the Military of Lindley-past and present who help preserve our freedoms.
Note- Bench color is lighter than shown in photo.

Good news -Thomas Overdurf-son of Tracy who administers this blog is home from undergoing extensive surgery in Rochester. A note of cheer to this courageous young man will assist him in his recovery period.
His address is Thomas Overdurf
P.O. Box 970
Corning,New York 14830

See you at the polls on Tuesday