Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year 2011

From a 1900's Postcard

West High School Band in London,England Parade

Good Luck to the West High Band in their performance in the London- England New Year's Day Parade tomorrow -January 1,2011.

Like old the saying about the Postman- "neither snow nor rain nor heat or the gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their rounds"-

They will have weathered gigantic fund raising efforts , the 2010 New York City Blizzard , airport delays, airplane trips across the ocean , London mist , tours of London and tomorrow the parade . This is an incredible learning adventure that they will have experienced and will always remember.

Good work and enjoy your memories, Students. You have earned a big round of applause !!

And to the West High Music Department Faculty, WSH Staff, Community and anyone else involved in helping make the trip possible- Thank You.

Have a safe journey home to West High School and Painted Post, New York

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas to All

Merry Christmas December 2010 and a Happy New Year for 2011

Monday, December 20, 2010

The Lindley Cornet Band 1884 to 1900

The Lindley Cornet Band
From A Brief History of Lindley and It's Pioneer Families By William Hilton Burr 1951 (Transcribed by Catherine M Pierce - Town of Lindley Historian -12-18-2010 )

"Few still live who remember the Lindley Cornet Band. This organization flourished between the years 1884 and 1900. It was composed of 24 members all of whom lived in Lindley and Erwin Center. (now known as Presho-)
It is difficult today to understand how such a large organization could have been found in the town. But it was. For years, the Band led the Memorial Day parade at Lindley in the forenoon, then at Lawrenceville in the afternoon. We played at Fourth of July celebrations, political parades and picnics in surrounding towns. We were never invited to play before the King and Queen of England, but we traveled about the country as far as Corning, Addison, Wellsboro and Elkland. Our last parade was at Lindley and Lawrenceville May 30th, 1889. Two days later the great June flood came down through the valley, swept away the town hall containing many band instruments which were stored in the town hall. Some of them were later found in the bottom of the river and the bass drum was carried away and found in the wrecked town hall. Some of the band men went away from Lindley. Their places were never filled and the existence of the Band was ended by the flood of 1889.
During the time when the Lindley Band was flourishing, there was a rival Band at Lawrenceville. Rivalry between the two competing bands ran at high tide~ especially on Memorial Day. The Lawrenceville band came to Lindley to march in the Memorial Day parade in the forenoon and the Lindley band marched at the Lawrenceville parade in the afternoon. We had the largest Band, the best uniforms and made the most noise, but I have always had a suspicion that, perhaps the Lawrenceville Band made the best music.
Our Lindley band always marched in columns, four abreast. Ira Lyon and Emmet Carey played tubes, Porter Watson played the B Flat bass, William H. Burr the baritone. In the next column Harry H. Lyon and William Jones played the tenor trombone; William Huggins and Frank Camp, the alto trombones. In the third column Charles E. Bouldt and William Pepper played clarinets, William C. Riffle and Fred Carey played the B and E cornets. In the fourth column William Manley and Andrew Black, George M. Riffle, Marius Manley and Otis Riffle played cornets at times. In the last column came Henry Leavenworth with his bass drum and cymbals and L.G. Gale with is snare drum.
I well remember that the first production that our teacher ventured to let us
play was "Go Tell Old Aunt Abbey That Her Grey Goose is Dead". No one who has been a part of a Band beginners' bedlam with twenty beginners with twenty different instruments of twenty different sounds are trying to play can doubt the reason why Old Aunt Abbey's goose died. Probably she could not stand the racket. "

( If at first you don't succeed ,try and try again-especially when learning to use a new scanner-- Kitty)
Sometimes when reading a person's version of an event,you end with more questions than when you started.
Mr. Burr gives two dates for the end of the band - 1. after the 1889 flood and 2. 1900 in the title of his article.
From the invitation, we know that several gentleman were still part of the band in 1894 and playing at the Town Hall . Was this new Town Hall built after the 1889 flood.? or one built later?
We own the building which was the Town Hall/PostOffice and Grange Hall before the present Town Hall/Post Office opened after the 1972 flood. Our deed leads us to believe our"Old Town Hall " was built in 1897. Which date is correct?
A Google search wasn't very successful in finding a definition of a "Select Dance" One source seemed to indicate a musical selection was chosen before you asked a partner to dance. HMM-Logical???
What kind of dance music was popular in 1894??
William H. Burr, the author. was educated at Alfred University and Cornell. He practiced law in Rochester, then devoted his time to oil interests in Wyoming.He retired from business and at the time he wrote the book resided in Royalstown,Mass. Fortunately, Mrs. Kathryn Loughridge had a copy of of his book which gives considerable information about Lindley before Mr. Burr left for a college education . We are fortunate that a copy of his book still exists.
Unfortunately, however, much of Lindley's history for this time period has been lost . As historian, I am always excited when someone shares records and information about Lindley's history. Thanks to the blog, I am able to share some of this with the readers. I hope you find the stories interesting.
I came across a quote in a Historical pamphlet --Tradition May 1961 that I think explains a need for knowing about our past " I feel strongly that our nation cannot know where it is going unless it uses the guide -lines and guide posts of the past." Richard D.Mudd, M.D.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Dance Invitation -1894

From Wilma Welty( former Lindley Historian) files. I may have posted this previously, but it is fun to note the information and names. Does anyone know what is considered a "Select Dance " with music by a Cornet Band??
As I was writing this, I remembered reading about the Cornet Band in William Hilton Burr's -1951 Brief History of Lindley and It's Pioneer Families. Hopefully tomorrow ,I can make a copy and print his recollections of the band. It gives us a different perspective of life in Lindley in the late 1880's-to the early 1900's.
Stay tuned!!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Remember to vote

Don't forget to vote tomorrow at" OLD" Lindley-Presho Elementary School from 7:30 AM to 9 PM .

Every vote counts.

Still no word on petition to NYS Education Commissioner concerning the closing of the Lindley-Presho School.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Amasa Gordon Story

Recently I had a query about Amasa Gordon who was living in Lindley in the 1860 census. The following article gives insight into the length that historians will go to -to give" the rest of the story" as Paul Harvey would say.
My thanks to Peg for sharing the story with us. It will go in the Lindley files under Civil War Veterans. If anyone has more information to add to the story, please contact me and I will forward to Peg.
In the 1860 Lindley census,the Gorden family is living in the vicinity of what most of us know as the Don Herrick farm . On the little knoll behind the house is a lone gravestone which bears the name Betsy Welden wife of Harvey Welden -died Oct.23,1879 age 56 years-2 months.
One wonders what happened to the Welden family and especially the girl living with the Gordon family.
Sounds like more genealogical research is needed to complete Amasa's story .
The above photos were taken at the Corning Civil War Monument Ceremony on Park Avenue.-Veteran's Day 2010 .The monument will be 100 years old next year(2011). Each year a candlelite ceremony conducted by the Corning American Legion Post honors area veterans . The luminaries shown are labeled with veteran's names.

Finding Amasa
By Peg Ross, Town of Greene Historian
Recently I wrote about a six-year-old boy, Amasa Gordon, who was placed as a servant in the household of Gaylord Cummins in the Town of Smithville. He was to be there until he was twenty-one years old and be honest and behave kindly to the Cummins family and on their part, Amasa was to be fed, clothed, taught the art of "aggraculture" and to read, write and do arithmetic. This happened in 1820 when the towns in this area were just beginning to be developed. The story generated some interest on what happened to this boy. Did he grow up? One of our daughters who read the story took it upon herself to see if she could find him in later years. Then I entered the search. Finding people is an interesting process with many stumbling blocks as anyone knows who has tried to find ancestors. This is an attempt to put a human face on Amasa Gordon – an attempt that is superficial in that most of the findings aren’t backed by conclusive facts but make good sense. Keep in mind that spelling was not consistent in the 1800s and also that in Census records dates are very often incorrect, off by a few years. The records depended on how well the enumerators wrote the data down and how truthful people were.
I made an error in the spelling of one of the Justices of the Peace that signed the legal indenture document. I read his name as Elisha Ladd but his surname was Sadd. The L and S were written similarly and this is the kind of error that shows up on the Census records also. Elisha Sadd was one of the first settlers in Genegantslet and was an active participant in the local government being a Justice and also Town Clerk from 1810-1815.
Amasa L. Gardon shows up in the 1850 U.S. Federal Census. He is 38 years old, estimated birth to be 1812. He is a farmer living in Caton, Steuben County, New York with a wife, Margaret, 42 years old.
In 1860, Masa L. Gordon is 47, est. birth 1813. He is a day laborer and can neither read nor write (Oh Oh. That part of the bargain with the master wasn’t fulfilled). He now lives in Lindley, Steuben County, New York with his wife Margarett and Julia A. Welden, 6 years old. There is a neighboring family named Welden who have many children and another Welden family with many children on the same Census sheet. It seems likely that Amasa and Margaret took in one of the Welden children to care for her.
At this point I decided to call the Town of Lindley Historian, Catherine Pierce, to see what I could find out. The minute I mentioned Smithville, she said, "We had families who moved here very early from Smithville". She mentioned the names Cram and Gridley specifically. Also the Mersereaus who settled the Guilford area. Perhaps Amasa’s wife was related to one of these families. But I felt I was on the right track knowing that Smithville prompted a quick response from the historian.
I then looked at the website of Lindley and discovered that Amasa L. Gordon was listed as a Civil War veteran from there. He enlisted on 12 Oct 1861 in Corning in the 86th NY Infantry, Co. F. He seemed rather old and I thought perhaps it was a son even though there was not one listed in the Census. I found his age on one of the rosters and he was listed as 42. Then I looked up the names of every Civil War soldier in the Union Army. There was only one Amasa L. Gordon listed in the whole United States. Amasa was not an uncommon name but Amasa L. Gordon seemed to be. He was discharged for a disability in May, 1862. Historian Pierce mentioned that was the end of a typhoid outbreak.
Because next year begins the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, a few words about Amasa’s 86th NY Infantry Regiment is in order. You’ll hear much more about our own 114th Regiment in the near future. The 86th, known as the Steuben Rangers, passed the first winter doing guard duty at or near Washington and was not ordered to the front until Aug. 1862 when it lost 118, killed, wounded and missing at the second Bull Run. It bore a prominent part in the battle of Chancellorsville, was engaged at Brandy Station, and in the thick of the fight at Gettysburg. It won renown as a fighting unit. It was commonly named "the fighting regiment of the Southern Tier." Out of a total of 1,318, the regiment lost 98 killed in action, 73 died from wounds and 153 from other causes – a 25% staggering loss of the regiment.
In 1870, Amzi Gordon, age 56, est. birth 1814, is living in Corning, Steuben County, NY. He is a laborer and cannot write. His wife, Margaret, is 58.
In 1880, L. Amaser Gorton (I’m amazed I found him!), age 64, est. birth 1816, is still living in Corning, Steuben County, NY, with wife Margaret, age 67. Amasa has become younger. There is no job listed except Margaret is a housekeeper as she has been in all the censuses. There is again a neighboring Welden family.
The last entry is pure guesswork and take it as such. As there is no 1890 U.S. Census – it burned – other records have to be searched. I found the following from the Wellsboro Agitator, a newspaper printed in Wellsboro, PA, which is less than 50 miles from Corning on December 2, 1890. "Last Thursday Amasa Gordon, Charles Rightmire and the latter’s son went out hunting rabbits on the hills along Bear Creek near Tioga. A Tioga correspondent says that Gordon was standing on a log with his gun cocked watching for game. When he got down from the log, the gun was discharged, the load tearing through the muscles of his left arm fracturing the bones and severing the arteries." The article goes on in great length about all the procedures. It took a long time to get him to a doctor because only one neighbor had a horse and he lived quite some distance away. He was taken to a doctor’s office where it was decided to amputate his arm just above the elbow. Gordon never rallied from the shock of the injury and died later the same day. He left a young wife totally unprovided for (?). Amasa would have been 76 years old.
Whether this was his death, I don’t know. It fits in many ways but having a young wife does not seem too plausible. But Amasa Gordon was not a common name in Tioga or Steuben Counties.
I hope you have fun searching for someone you’re interested in and as for this search of Amasa L. Gordon, I leave it up to you. Is it believable? I like to think that it is and from humble beginnings he lived a good long life.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Co.Rt 115 Bridge opening ceremony 11/18/2010

Out with the old - in with the new.
The 1941 bridge over the Cowanesque River between the Town of Lindley ,N.Y. and Lawrenceville,Penna. has been replaced with a new,modern structure .
The Lawrenceville Child Care Center are the first to officially cross the bridge .Will they remember this big event in their lives??

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Bridge Opening

On Thursday November 18th,2010 ,the new bridge on Steuben County Rt.115 (formerly U.S. Rt.15) will be open to traffic in a ceremony at 1 P.M. The old bridge over the Cowanesque River has been replaced with a new modern structure . Gone is the picturesque bridge that endured the 2 lanes of traffic of Rt.15 all these years until Lawrenceville ,Penna. was by passed with the new 4 lanes of traffic on what will be I 99 in the future-(2015?????) . I doubt that it will be missed by the drivers of the big semi trucks who had to negotiate it -side by side.

Local political dignitaries will be present to give speeches and to cut the ribbon. Local residents who have detoured all summer will give a sigh of relief to see the bridge reopened.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Documentation of Several of the Earliest Local Inns.

History and Genealogy are like putting a puzzle together with several others. Little by little pieces of information are located that help complete the big picture.

According to stories told by my paternal Gt.Aunt ,the home where she lived with her first husband -Ed Shoemaker in East Corning had been an Inn on the Feeder Canal that went from Gibson to Horseheads. Unfortunately, my efforts to document this fact were fruitless until I met the author of following article. Nancy was tracing an inn owned by her ancestors which seemed to be in approximately the same location. Due to her research and diligence ,she was able to locate pieces of information that lead us to believe the inn was owned by both families .
Credit ,also, goes to a member-Sylvia Radford of the Big Flats Historical Society who uncovered more documentation recently. She remembered a query that I had made regarding the inn and located more information in the Big Flats Museum Archives.

It is interesting to note the number of inns and taverns that must have served early travelers in this area. Lindley had one of the first. After Colonel Lindsley's death in 1794, Mrs Lindsley kept an inn locally. One supposes it was a way to supplement her income and the new Williamson Road of 1792 passed by her home. There is only speculation as to the location of her inn. Old histories mention it being on the west side of the river-(Tioga or Cowanesque???) A guess would be the Cowanesque.

More pieces of the puzzle to check on....

I hope you enjoy Nancy's article . Thanks to both her and Sylvia one of my puzzles is nearly complete.


Forgotten Inns in the Lands of the Painted Post

As the years pass by, memories of long ago peoples and places often fade away thus being lost to history. Such is true of the very early innkeepers and inns that once were a vital part of the life on the frontier of what was then called "the lands of the painted post".
In the years before and after the construction of Corning, NY’s well-known Benjamin Patterson Inn in 1796, there were several other taverns or inns built and opened for business by such men as David Fuller, Ichabod Patterson, Major Henry McCormick and Joseph Shattuck. Although these establishments fell to the ravages of time it would not be proper to let them be forgotten as each has its own history to tell to people of today.
According to the Early History of Painted Post and The Town of Erwin by Chas. H. Erwin, published in 1917, it is written on page 13, "the first hotel was built of round logs, one and a half stories and containing two rooms, called the Painted Post Hotel or Tavern, early in the spring of 1790 and was located near the north end of the Conhocton Bridge. It was built by David Fuller, who was an agent and tenant of Col. Erwin and for a long time the popular landlord of the hotel." Being situated at the north end of the bridge would, probably, place this early hotel near the present-day Water Street and Hamilton Street intersection in the village of Painted Post, NY.
The History of Steuben County by W. Woodford Clayton also mentions David Fuller as having built the first hotel in the spring of 1790.
Information about another early inn and its keeper in the lands of the painted post can be found in the book History of Ancient Windsor, CT by Henry Reed Stiles. On page 75 Mr. Stiles wrote an interesting genealogy of the Hayden family in which he listed a Jemima Hayden who married in 1785 an Ichabod Patterson, son of Ephraim and Sarah Chandler Patterson of Newington, CT. In 1790 Ichabod and Jemima Patterson moved with his parents to Painted Post, NY where Ichabod later died at age 33 in 1794 or 1796. Mr. Stiles wrote that Ichabod "kept the first tavern at Painted Post (several years before Benjamin Patterson opened his, as noticed in French’s NY Gazetteer, page 624, footnote 7) which she continued to keep some three years after his death." (This first Patterson tavern was reportedly made of logs that had been squared off and was located near where Post Creek joins with the Tioga/Chemung.) The genealogy also reported that Jemima Hayden Patterson was the third white woman in the Painted Post town while her mother-in-law was the second and a Mrs. Calkins being the first. The widow Jemima Patterson married Nehemiah Hubbell who died in Knoxville, NY, now the north side of Corning. The Hubbell Farm may have been the location of this early Patterson inn.
The book, Lives and Legends of the Christmas Tree Ships by Mr. Fred Neuschel, gives us some insight about another early inn in Painted Post township, present-day East Corning. Reference is made on page 66 to a Joseph McCormick who called himself "a child of the frontier" having been raised in the 1790s along the banks of the Tioga, now Chemung, River. Joseph was a son of Major Henry McCormick who was born circa 1736 in County Antrim, Ireland and who had come to America to fight with the British Army during the American Revolutionary War. Major McCormick deserted the British forces in order to fight with the American Army. The Major, several years after the war, opened an inn about 1791 at Painted Post, NY. This inn, described by "a French traveler of noble descent, served rusty bacon and coffee for dinner and provided a bed on which the sheets had already served…for some time." This French visitor also expressed a reluctance "to sleep there even when fully dressed."
In the book "Travels in the Years 1791 and 1792 in Pennsylvania, New York and Vermont by John Lincklaen another reference to the early inn belonging to Major McCormick is made by the notation: "From Newtown Point 12 miles further to Major Henry McCormick’s." Expressing how fertile were the valleys along the Tioga River, Mr. Lincklaen wrote "our host McCormick gathered 60 bushels of Indian corn from one acre." Mr. Lincklaen also wrote "we left the Major to go to Painted Post, 6 miles, thence we traversed the Township No. 2 in the 2nd range of Col. Erwin."
The Life of Timothy Pickering, Vol. II, Page 494, includes another reference to the inn of Major Henry McCormick. "On Tioga River 5 miles below the painted post-6-15-1797- I am now at Major McCormick’s where I have dined and presently shall proceed to the Painted Post." Mr. Pickering negotiated a treaty with the Iroquois known as the Treaty of Painted Post.
From the several descriptions placing Major Henry McCormick’s inn approximately 5 to 7 miles from the painted post along the Tioga, now Chemung, River it appears it was located in the East Corning area probably on the south side of the old road to Big Flats along the river across from present-day Crystal Lanes bowling center and Corning Manor. Henry’s son Joseph also stated he lived near the Steuben/Chemung County line.
After Major McCormick’s death in 1812 his sons Henry Jr. and Jacob Miller McCormick sold the McCormick property to John Shoemaker, a cousin to them through their McDowell and DePuy lines. This transfer occurred before 1825. From Letters of Uncle Jonas Lawrence, page 94, proof is given that the now-Shoemaker Inn was the original McCormick Inn. "About the time of the establishment of the bank of Corning in the year 1839, a company erected a bridge across the Chemung River and canal about three quarters of a mile west of the John Shoemaker or McCormick tavern stand. This bridge connected with a highway that led past the residence of the late Judge Steele, the farm now owned by Mr. Erwin."
The "Old Journal", author unknown, was printed in 1979 by the Big Flats Historical Society’s Newsletters, which were written by Mabel Wood, confirmed a bridge was built across the Chemung River about 3 miles from Corning. The article was from an old scrapbook during the period 1830-1872 and it placed this bridge "nearly opposite the fine country residence of Jonathan Brown, now owned by ____ Smith." H. D. Smith owned this land previous to 1873 or 1874 as found on a map of the area. The Brown/Smith property was situated north of the bridge while the Steele property was situated south of the bridge. The "Old Journal" continued to relate "a half mile farther down the river I came to the celebrated "Shoemaker Stand". This inn, consisting of 2 stories and resembling the Benjamin Patterson Inn, was well-known by the river men of the day. John Shoemaker and his wife Sarah were described as having a "hospitable house" and "plentiful board."
Evidently, by the time of the construction of the Chemung Canal, Mr. Shoemaker had already moved his inn (the original Major McCormick’s inn) from the south side of the road to the north side. Describing what he saw "in passing the Shoemaker Stand", this unknown author wrote "in front of me were the Chemung Canal, Erie Railroad, several lines of telegraph and the Chemung River."
An important piece of local history was lost when the McCormick/Shoemaker Inn was destroyed by fire in the early 1900s. We are fortunate that a photograph of this historic inn still exists and is in the possession of the Town of Lindley, NY Historian, Kitty Pierce.
It must be mentioned that another early settler in the lands of the painted post also built an inn in the general vicinity of the McCormick/Shoemaker Inn. His name was Joseph Shattuck and he erected his place of business in 1809 per the "Gazetteer of the State of New York" by John Homer French. Its location was east of the Gorton Road, outside of Gibson, NY and west of the McCormick/Shoemaker Inn. In 1873 or 1874 the Shattuck property was owned by a Mr. Edger and his establishment was named the "Edger Hotel".
The history of the McCormick family would be incomplete if there was no mention made of Major Henry McCormick’s biography as written in The History of Steuben County, NY by Guy McMaster. He wrote "McCormick was a British soldier and reputed to be the most powerful and expert pugilist in the Army. He deserted during the Revolutionary War and went with Arnold to Quebec. After the failure of the desperate assault on the town, McCormick, with a party of American soldiers, was standing on the ice of the St. Lawrence, when the British approached to make them prisoners. Knowing that a deserter would be hanged if taken, his comrades gathered around him in a huddle, pretending to prepare resistance. The British parlied. (parleyed) In the meantime, McCormick pulled off his shoes for "the ice was a smooth as a bottle" and ran. A shower of bullets rattled around him but he was fortunate as to escape unhurt. Captain Silas Wheeler, of the town of Wheeler, was in that crowd and gives McCormick the credit of extraordinary briskness." Mr. McMaster also wrote "one of the early settlers along the Chemung and Conhocton was Henry McCormick (1793)." (Mr. Lincklaen previously placed Major McCormick’s Inn in Painted Post township by 1791 or 1792.)
Preceding Major Henry McCormick in death was his son Abraham in 1810. Both are presumed buried in the Old Presbyterian Cemetery which was located off West Pulteney Street near Pritchard Avenue. The McCormick family was of Scotch-Irish ancestry and of the Presbyterian faith. The Fridley family, related to the McCormick family by marriage, also buried several of its members in this cemetery. In the late 1950s this cemetery was destroyed when a prominent businessman decided to build an apartment complex adjacent to the cemetery. Readers of a local newspaper were advised of this situation and arrangements were made to disinter the remains of ancestors and to rebury them elsewhere. Many descendants of these pioneers were notified by letter, too, and many took the necessary steps for the removals and reburials. However, not all of the pioneers were removed because many no longer had descendants in the area or their descendants didn’t know of their existence. A church later put in a paved parking lot over many of these early graves covering up any trace of these long ago early settlers in the lands of the painted post. The grave of Major Henry McCormick, Revolutionary War Veteran, may be one of them along with my ancestors, the Sticklers. (A listing of the pioneers buried in the Old Presbyterian Cemetery in Corning can be found on the Painted Hills Genealogy site on the Internet.)
The rich and interesting histories of the early inns, their innkeepers and other pioneers in the lands of the painted post should not be forgotten in these modern times. They have left us a legacy by their struggles to tame a wilderness that we should remember and, for which, we should be grateful.

Nancy Hazen Machuga

PS The photo was in a Leader article on my Gt.Aunt's 9oth birthday. She lived alone in what had been the tenant house of the Shoemaker farm (now Corning Manor) until she was 95 years old.She died in Founders on her 103 rd birthday -August 20th,1971.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Larry Orr-Sign Painter of Lindley ,NY leaves his mark on Market St-Corning,NY

From Corning/ Painted Post Historical Society Newsletter "POSTINGS"
Hawks Signs
The Southside Neighborhood Association initiated a fund drive to restore the Hawks Crystal Glass signs on the upper fronts of the buildings that house Vitrix glass at 77 w. Markets St. and OTB At 85 W. Market St. ,Corning. After a lot of bureaucratic hurdles and delays ,the signs were repainted this summer by Larry Orr(Lindley resident-Kitty) as close to the original colors as possible based on old pictures of the buildings . Check it out if you haven't already done so. Hats off to Peetie and Tom Dimitroff and the Association for preserving this piece of Corning's glass legacy. "
  • Great job, Larry .We are still waiting to hear your speech!!! When the leaves are gone, I plan to take a photo of the sign again.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

October Meeting -Lindley-Presho Historical Society

The program " You Tube History -- Part I -The Founding " for the monthly meeting of the Lindley /Presho Historical Society will be presented by Sally Orr. The meeting will be October 28th -7 P.M. at the Lindley Town Hall on U.S. Rt.15
Sally spent many hours developing an audio/visual program -- a time line of events that created the History of the United States and Lindley . The October program is the first in the series that she originally made to be presented at The Lindley Old Home Day in September but was unable to show due to problems with the lighting. Sally was instrumental in the filming and editing of the video -The Settlement-( Col.Lindsley's arrival in Lindley in 1790) and has a talent for making history come alive. The meetings are free and open to the public .Everyone is invited to come and view Sally's latest creation.

Kitty Pierce

Friday, October 8, 2010

Co. Rt.115 Bridge construction.

These are photos taken this summer at site of bridge on former US Rt.15 at what was known as the Lawrenceville bridge. The Stermer barns are in the background. When the new section of Rt15 opened between NYS and Penna., Steuben County labelled this section of the old highway as Co.Rt115.
Some of the steel work for the deck is now in place and rumor has it that the bridge will hopefully be done in November ,2010. Not too soon for those who travel this route from Lindley to Lawrenceville.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Condolences to the Gregory A. Knapp Family

Leader(Corning ,NY) September 29, 2010.

Rochester,NY (Edited) Gregory A. Knapp 52 of York Road West died Friday ,September 24, 2010 at Strong Memorial Hospital. He was plant manager for Friendship Dairy in Friendship. Survivors are his wife Colleen Fitzpatrick Knapp, four children -Patrick, Brenden , Connor and Chelsea . His mother Mary Helen (Stuart) Knapp of Florida ,brother Bruce and 3 sisters- Sandra, Marsha, and Pamela . Rector -Hicks Funeral Home of Geneseo, Services 10 AM Saturday at St.Mary's Church 4 Avon Road, Geneseo NY.

Greg was a Lindley native and the grandson of George and Helen Stuart( both deceased) .

The Stuart and Knapp families were long time residents and business owners in Lindley . Our thoughts are with them at this trying time.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Old Home Day

One of the attractions was the hayride from State Line Camping to the Presho Methodist Church. Thanks Brad- understand people really enjoyed the ride.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Old Home Day

Apologies to Irene Slater for forgetting to include her in displays for Old Home Day. Thank you, Irene . She brought a good supply of Lego blocks for the children's activities and the children who participated seemed to be having a great time. . Irene had conducted an after school Lego Club at the Lindley /Presho school until it was closed by the Corning Painted Post School District in June,2010. Hopefully, a new meeting place for her group will be found.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Review of Lindley-Presho Old Home Day

Intended to post something sooner,but think there is an old Pennsylvania Dutch saying that goes something like -"The Faster I go -the Behinder I get" That's a little bit how I feel -trying to keep ahead of Old Man Frost before he claims my garden and flowers.

Old Home Day was a great day-with wonderful weather, good attendance and financially profitable for the Church and the fund raiser for the second bench for the Town Hall lawn and hopefully a maintenance flower/tree, etc fund. It has been suggested that with the monument and benches that this could become a Memorial Park not only for the Veterans, but for remembering other local citizens. Old Rt.15 will be a thing of the past in a couple years and the river and hills in the distance present a wonderful scene.
Lots of thanks to all those who came, to those who volunteered-to those who set up and dismantled the tents., to those who donated items to the raffle/mini auction (Some of these were extraordinary donations ), to those who purchased items ( Thanks for your generous bids) and the people who took time to set up displays (Paul Mortzheim -old tools,John Fee,Henry Offermann-blacksmiths, Jim Lundgren-Indian Artifacts, Harry Pierce -1857 map And let's not forget the cooks and Presho Church members !! Special recognition to Dennis and Delores Smith for hosting Open House at State Line Camping and for loaning the huge tent. Also to the Fire Department drivers who gave up their Saturday to bring the trucks and then were up Sunday AM for a training class. Thanks -you are appreciated for all your volunteer time and efforts to protect us.
Thanks to Jack and Shirley Smith,Donna P. Marmuscak and Dan Pierce who held down the Raffle/auction tent . Who will ever forget Dick Pierce as auctioneer?
Thanks to Dennis Abbey for the great photo coverage , to Martha (Welty) Harder -clown and her balloons-face painting and to Eric Orr for the public address system.
Thanks to the" Schemers"--Sally Orr,Brenda Criss,Brad Drake ( who also furnished the hayless hayride, Fran and Fran(Tempel) Woodring,Jim and Sandy Lundgren,Karen and Dave Ballard,Dennis and Delores,Jack and Shirley Smith and others that we don't know about who provided the surprise of the day. You will always be remembered by Dick and I and our family for your efforts . The roses were lovely and we will treasure the award. Thank you.
Just know there is someone I forgot,so a thank you to all who made this a wonderful day of fun abnd memories
Thank you to the Hawbaker Comapany for the donation to help cover any costs for the day.
Thank you all again - Tonight at Historical Society meeting at the Town Hall -7 p.M.- we will live some of those memories again.
Kitty & Dick Pierce

Will try to post more pictures -another day

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Deepest Sympathy

Extending Deepest Sympathy to
the Colegrove and Harrington Families.
"Heaven is a place nearby, so there's no need to say goodbye."
Robert W. Colegrove
September 12, 2010
Leon M. "Yogi" Harrington
September 11, 2010

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Reminder Lindley -Presho Old Home Days 9/18/2010

Just a reminder to atttend Lindley /Presho Old Home Day on Saturday 9/18/2010

The Committee and State Line Camping have developed some interesting and novel ideas to make this a great day.

This is Lindley's 220 birthday year and 100 years since the 1910 Old Home Days. It's hard to believe all the changes that have occurred-( just look at the hill side on the West side of the river this summer -and the 2 lane bridge last October))))!!! What would the old timers think if they were here.

WETM TV says it will be a gorgeous day weather wise.

So Take time out from Saturday chores to enjoy the festivities , meet old friends and just have a good time.

See you there

Saturday, September 4, 2010

An Old Home Day celebration will be held on the Presho Methodist Church Grounds on Saturday September 18th from 11 AM to 4 PM.
Nearby State Line Camping will be hosting an Open House at the same time. State Line will be having a raffle and other activities. Food will be sold from the church kitchen during the event. Other events for the day will include an operating blacksmith forge.,children's activities , displays of a local Indian artifacts collection , antique tools , and other historical items as well as a demonstration by the Lindley -Presho Fire Department .A raffle and mini auction will add to the festivities .
The event is free and open to the public. Hopefully, many memories of growing up and living in Lindley will be shared.that day.
Hope to see present and former residents at what promises to be a great day for all ages.

Friday, September 3, 2010


We extend our deepest sympathy to the West Family.
There is no pain as great as the memory of joy in present grief -
Thomas West

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Mark Your September Calendar

It's official ::::

  • Lindley/Presho Old Home Days September 18th ,2010 @ Presho Methodist Church 11AM-4 PM

  • State Line Camping will have an Open House at the same time.(Thanks,Dennis and Delores for postponing your vacation so two events can be held at the same time.)

  • Once the program in final stages -will post it here,but there will be demos, displays,music ,clowns (for the young and old) ,food,raffles ,mini auction ,lots more- with time to reminisce about the good ole days !!!!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Steamtown Creek Millstone

If only objects could tell their story . This is the tale of the millstone as I have heard it.
There is speculation about how the millstone shown in the photos was used.
A number of years ago, it was located on the Tioga River Flats in Lindley near Steamtown Creek. It had apparently been washed up by a flood. Members of the Judson Kennedy family rescued it and had it on their lawn until they moved to California. Arlie and Katherine(Kennedy - a sister to Judson)Loughridge then became owners. After their death,the stone was in the possession of another member of the Loughridge family.
In 2009, the millstone was placed in an auction.Fortunately, a former resident of Lindley recognized the stone and was able to purchase it. While not in it's original location,(as far as we know) the millstone found a home at a Steamtown Creek residence.
Members of the Loughridge family report that their Grandmother remembered seeing the stone used to grind corn on Steamtown Creek.
Where and how it was used -remains a question, but hopefully-- it is almost home again.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Date error in Corning Leader

Please note the meeting of L/P Historical Society to plan for Old Home Days is tomorrow

Thursday August 19th,2010 7 P.M
not today the 18th as stated in today's Leader

Please pass the word

Monday, August 16, 2010

Lindley-Presho Old Home Days Details

Please join members of the Lindley-Presho community as they plan the Old Home Days events to be held

September 18th,2010 11AM to 4PM on the Presho Methodist Church Grounds. .

We will be meeting this Thursday August 19th at 7 P.M. at the Lindley Town Hall.

Volunteers will be needed to make this a memorable day in the Town's history.

Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Condolences to the Abramson, King, and Titlow Families.
Our community has lost three great men. All will be deeply missed.
Do not stand at my grave and forever weep.
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn's rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush.
I am the swift uplifting rush.
Of quiet bird in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and forever cry.
I am not there. I did not die.
Dave Abramson
July 10, 2010
Percy King
August 8, 2010
Peter Titlow
August 7, 2010

Friday, August 6, 2010

Lindley-Presho Old Home Days September 18th ,2010

Mark your calendars for a day of reminiscing, eating , demonstrations, exhibits and just plain visiting with neighbors.

The event will be hosted by the Lindley-Presho Historical Society with the help of the Presho Methodist Church @ Presho which is providing the space and their well known food.

A meeting is being held August 19th ,2010 7 P.M. @ the Lindley Town Hall to finalize the planning. If you would like to assist in any way, shape or manner, please join us that evening.

We are using the 1910 Old Home Days Postcard (pictured) as our theme.(100 years ago --WOW -how time flies !!!) Back then -they had 3 days of fun , but we are limiting the time to 11AM-4 PM. Hope to see all of you there .Watch here and the news media for more details as we complete them.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Honoring all Area Veterans

Hopefully, the process of learning how to use a new scanner has been successful.

This is a copy of a poster being distributed by various organizations involved in the event on August 14 th.
Click to enlarge -then 'back' to return to the blog messages

Sounds like a wonderful way to salute those who have sacrificed to preserve our freedoms as we know them.

Hope to see many of you there.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Local Veteran's Event August 14th ,2010

A Heads up to Local Veterans

A number of local organizations are joining together to host area Veterans on
August 14th ,2010 fro 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM at Denison Park in Corning.

It is open to all area veterans and their families. ( food,displays information,prizes. )

Watch for details in local news media---- until I figure out how to copy the poster. . Kitty

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Saturday, July 24, 2010

I 99 construction from hill above Green Shingles Inn

These are views from what used to be the Clarence/Pauline Brant and Toby cow pastures in the summer. The underpasses to drive cows under Rt.15 have been obliterated!!!! What a challenge(----) that used to be!!!! One stubborn bossy would decide to stop half way through and thereby hangs the tail.. The good old days!!!-especially after it rained,,,
Note the top of the tractor trailer looking northeast toward Lindley and Morgan Creek Rd.
The hillside in distance is what was the hill above the" narrows ". I hold my breath as I watch the workers maneuver their equipment up and down the roads they make . More daring than I would ever think of being..Hope they have good brakes !!

Friday, July 16, 2010

1898 Bridge Sign

Thank you to the generous unknown donor for the flowers on the sign on the overlook on the Tioga River by the Co.Rt.73 Bridge in Lindley . In case you missed the posting of the previous article on the blog , Steuben County and Town of Lindley were recently presented with award plaques for the design of the bridge which opened last October. Lindley's plaque is on display in the Town Hall.
We have been given permission by the County to add an Interpretive sign board to the sign post. When finished the additional sign will explain the history behind the 1898 plaque and will include some of the history of former bridges which were located here-and hopefully other bits of the Tioga River history. .
There is public parking by the sign so that visitors can enjoy the view of the river -which is unusual in that it originates near Blossburg, Pennsylvania and flows North into New York State .From Corning,NY , it winds its way east to Waverly,NY via the Chemung River where it joins the Susquehanna River and ends in the Chesapeake Bay on the east coast .
There are many stories connected to the river-one being , this was the route used by the Lindsley group to move over 200 miles from New Jersey to the present town of Lindley in 1790.
If only the River could tell its stories.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Lindley Old Home Days 1910

As has been mentioned , plans are being made for an Old Home Day in Lindley in September this year. One of the fun parts of the job of historian is finding and saving newspaper articles on Lindley. I came across the attached one recently and hope you can enlarge it enough to make it readable. Enjoy !!
The postcard shown is a copy of the original 1910 Card with the date and logo changed for the 1991 Lindley Heritage Days Celebration .


Sunday, July 4, 2010

Lindley Tioga River Float Feedback

If you click on the article ,it should enlarge enough to be readable.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Lindley Old Home Days

Lindley Old Home Days Coming in September

Watch Blog for more Details

Monday, June 21, 2010

Lindley-Presho Historical Society Meeting 6/24/2010

Memories of Lindley
Share your stories and memories
Leave with a smile on your face
Thursday June 24,2010
7 P.M.
Lindley Town Hall

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Station School Students -Lindley,NY

Alta and Dale Drake donated this picture to the Historian files at Lindley's 220 th birthday party on 6/6/2010.
Can you help name the students ? Some guesses are Bob Larrison,Clifford Davis,Dick Pierce,Gilbert Russell ,maybe Nancy King.
Reply via the blog or call me at 607 523-8851 .
It will would be nice to have names to add to the photo.
Thanks for sharing,Alta and Dale.
Unfortunately,according to article in today's Leader ,it doesn't sound promising for keeping the Lindley/Presho School open after this month.

"Sigh "

A local school is such an asset to a community.


Sunday, June 13, 2010

Congratulations to Tiny Miss Colonial Days -A Lindley Resident

I haven't seen anything in the Leader about the girls who were selected as winners in their age group for the very competitive Colonial Days Queen contest.
Lindley was represented by at least 2 young ladies -Becca Roeie and her little sister Sarra Renay Cramer . They are the daughters of Christina (Christy) Cramer and grand-daughters of Don and Cheryl Cramer of River Road ,Lindley.
Pictured is Becca who received a medal for participating in her age group and 5 year old Sarra who was crowned Tiny Miss Colonial Days. Congratulations -girls --Good work. . There certainly was a large group of young ladies competing. It is no easy task for the girls to take part in the contest. If there were others from Lindley,please send me their names and photos so we can post them.
Hopefully, the Leader will publish the names of the other winners-because I didn't get them. .
Crowning the new 2010 Colonial Days Queen is the 2009 Colonial Days Queen-Audriana Marmuscak-daughter of Donna (Pierce) Marmuscak. (Those who have seen the Lindley video The Settlement made 19 years ago to re-enact Col Lindsley's arrival in Lindley will remember Audriana as the infant in the film.
How fast babies grow up!!