Thursday, December 15, 2011
Today December 15th is celebrated as Bill of Rights Day
Below is some of the information found in the Wikipedia Encyclopedia .
A google search will give other sites with additional information.
Sometimes it is good to review some of the fundementals associated with our Democracy and the freedoms we enjoy -- thanks to our forefathers efforts.
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United States Bill of Rights
United States Bill of Rights
Created September 25, 1789
Ratified December 15, 1791
Location National Archives
Author(s) James Madison
Purpose To set limits on what the government can and cannot do in regard to personal liberties.
The Bill of Rights is the collective name for the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution. These limitations serve to protect the natural rights of liberty and property. They guarantee a number of personal freedoms, limit the government's power in judicial and other proceedings, and reserve some powers to the states and the public. While originally the amendments applied only to the federal government, most of their provisions have since been held to apply to the states by way of the Fourteenth Amendment.
The amendments were introduced by James Madison to the 1st United States Congress as a series of legislative articles. They were adopted by the House of Representatives on August 21, 1789, formally proposed by joint resolution of Congress on September 25, 1789, and came into effect as Constitutional Amendments on December 15, 1791, through the process of ratification by three-fourths of the States. While twelve amendments were passed by Congress, only ten were originally passed by the states. Of the remaining two, one was adopted as the Twenty-seventh Amendment and the other technically remains pending before the states.
Originally, the Bill of Rights included legal protection for land-owning white men only, excluding African Americans and women. It took additional Constitutional Amendments and numerous Supreme Court cases to extend the same rights to all U.S. citizens.
The Bill of Rights plays a key role in American law and government, and remains a vital symbol of the freedoms and culture of the nation. One of the first fourteen copies of the Bill of Rights is on public display at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
A grim reminder on today's Corning Leader front page " I am the only one left"- the story of a local WWII veteran who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor December 7,1941.
He states that" there were 22 known survivors in this area following the end of the war." At the age of 90, he shares his thoughts on the war and why it occurred.
With the large number of WWII Veterans declining on a daily basis, it is important for us to take time to thank them for their sacrifices to preserve our freedoms and to reflect on the causes of that war.
Lindley honors veterans of all wars with a monument in front of the Lindley Town Hall on U.S. Rt.15 and displays photos of local veterans in the Town Hall Meeting Room.
Thank you everyone - military or civilian who work to preserve our freedoms.
Friday, December 2, 2011
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
John Carver was elected First Governor by the pilgrims
"plantation covenant" formed after Separatist Church convenant.
(Signed on board the Mayflower)
underwritten, the Loyal Subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord, King James,
by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France and Ireland,
King, Defender of the Faith, &c. Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first
colony in the northern Parts of Virginia; do by these Presents, solemnly and
mutually in the Presence of God and one of another, convenant and combine
ourselves together into a civil Body Politick, for our better Ordering and
Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid; And by Virtue hereof to
enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts,
Constitutions and Offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and
convenient for the General good of the Colony; unto which we promise all due
Submission and Obedience.
IN WITNESS whereof we have hereunto subscibed our names at Cape Cod
the eleventh of November, in the Reign of our Sovereign Lord, King
James of England, France and Ireland, the eighteenth, and
of Scotland the fifty-fourth. Anno Domini, 1620.
Mr. John Carver
Mr. Stephen Hopkins
Mr. Edward Winslow
Mr. William Brewster (church leader)
Miles Standish (a professional soldier)
John Alden (a cooper)
Mr. Samuel Fuller
Mr. Christopher Martin
Mr. William Mullins
Mr. William White
Mr. Richard Warren
Peter Brown (a carpenter)
Mr. John Allerton
Unedited original version:
In ye name of God Amen· We whose names are vnderwriten, the
loyall subjects of our dread soueraigne Lord King James by ye
grace of God, of great Britaine, franc, & Ireland king, defender of
ye faith, &c Haueing vndertaken, for ye glorie of God, and aduancemente of
ye christian ^faith and honour of our king
& countrie, a voyage to plant ye first colonie in
ye Northerne parts of Virginia· doe by these presents solemnly
& mutualy in ye presence of God, and one of another,
couenant, & combine our selues togeather into a ciuill body politick;
for ye our better ordering, & preseruation &
fur=therance of ye ends aforesaid; and by vertue hearof, to
enacte, constitute, and frame shuch just & equall lawes, ordinances,
Acts, constitutions, & offices, from time to time, as shall be thought
most meete & conuenient for ye generall good of ye
colonie: vnto which we promise all due submission and obedience. In witnes
wherof we haue herevnder subscribed our names at Cap=Codd ye
·11· of Nouember, in ye year of ye raigne of our
soueraigne Lord king James of England, france, & Ireland ye
eighteenth and of Scotland ye fiftie fourth. Ano: Dom
Sunday, November 20, 2011
The New York Central Railroad Company has built a new passenger station at Lindley, about a half mile north of the old station which latter has been abandoned .The giving up of the old station was opposed by some of the most influential ciitizens of the village on the ground that the change of the site would not be so convenient to the people. The matter was taken before the State Railroad Commission ,which decided in favor of the Company ".
The new station was located in back of the "Station" or River Road School at the west end of the Church Creek Road. The depot is now the living room of the Kernan home -having been moved there by Warren and Eleanor Stuart when they built their new home on Church Creek Road. The old school is now a residence (*Kitty)
in the Pine Grove,but in poor condition)(* Kitty)
Monday, November 14, 2011
Leon Golder will be presenting a program on the Patterson Inn Blacksmith Shop on November 17th ,7 P.M. at the Lindley Town Hall for members of the Lindley-Presho Historical Society. His program will tell the history of the shop that was moved from Beaver Dams,N.Y. to the Corning location.
Mr.Golder is ,also, researching the names of blacksmiths and the location of their shops in the Lindley. Anyone with information pertaining to former blacksmith shops in Lindley is invited to come and share the history of these shops.
The meeting is free ,and open to the public
Friday, November 11, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Gerald Simcoe, Republican, won the town supervisor position with 232 votes.
Megan Thistle, Republican, won the town clerk position with 251 votes.
Patrick Clark, Republican with 209 votes, and
Linda Salyerds, Republican with 168 votes, won the councilman positions.
Harry Pierce, Republican with 225 votes, and a write-in candidate with 22 votes took the assessor positions for the town.
A write-in candidate took the superintendent of highways position with 117 votes, unopposed.
*Write in names will be released on November 21, 2011.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
(Williamson School area ) ?
Wonder who the men were on the platform of the Presho Station ?
In one of the frequent E-mails that we exchange,I made a comment about how long the trains that run through Lindley have become due to the recent increase in gas drilling business in Tioga/BradfordCounties ,Penna.
I think you will enjoy the reply that he wrote .
You sparked a "memory" when you mentioned the railroad passenger trains. I have a photo of the old Lindley railroad station. Did I ever send that to you ? My Mother used to take me to Corning once in a while on the passenger train. They were coal-burning engines.. Passenger cars were hot inside. No air conditioning except to open a window. I remember a cinder came in the open window one time and got into my eye. It was fortunate that it had cooled off coming through the air.. Mother used to take me on the train to Lawrenceville to visit her sister, my Aunt Bertha Putman. Bill and Dorus Norwood's grandmother with whom they lived used to go along the railroad tracks and pick up the coal that had fallen off the cars loaded with coal. They were very poor but managed to survive. Bill is in the Lindley Baseball team photo. I ran around with Dorus which my Mother did not approve of because he smoked cigarettes from the time he was 10 years old. He did not influence me in that direction. I never smoked until I was 18 and quit at age 21 when I dedicated my life to Christ. Grandma Nowood's income was from a job for the Post Office. She would take the bag of outgoing mail, climb up a short ladder on a post along side of the railroad and hang the bag near the top. When the passenger train came by it slowed a bit and a man on the railroad mail car would snag the bag with a hook and at the same time throw out a bag of Lindley mail which Grandma Norwood would bring to the Post Office. I don't know when they discontinued that method of mail delivery to Lindley. I don't suppose there are any folks around besides me that would remember that method.. I had a compete physical last week and the Doc did not find anything wrong (except my hearing). I wear hearing aids. They are not perfect but I would have a hard time hearing without them.. End of medical report ! Have a great weekend !....Dick..
In response to the comment about the Herrick family and their interest in railroads, yes -they do have a wealth of knowledge from their years of working on local railroads. They do share some of the stories when we do our reminiscing at Historical Society meetings.
Historical Society meetings are free -open to the public- no dues-no officers- just a friendly group who meet to share an interest in history .
Our next meeting is November 17th -7 PM at the Lindley Town Hall. Leon Golder , affiliated with the Patterson Inn in Corning will speaking on the Blacksmith Shop at the Inn .He is interested in information about Lindley blacksmiths ,their names and location of their businesses.
Remember all are welcome to attend and learn more about local history. Who knows, we might even get Alton or Jack Herrick to talk about working on the RR.
Friday, November 4, 2011
All 9 of those seeking office were present. Each candidate spoke for a brief time and the audience asked questions after all candidates had had a chance to speak.
Unfortunately,the weather did not co-operate-sending the first snow storm of the Fall season.
However, attendance was great-considering!!!
All in all, it was an interesting and informative evening.
For those who didn't venture out -above are some photos taken that evening .
Looking at the pictures from bottom to top and left to right -the candidates and offices were :
Photo #3 on bottom
William Peoples,Jr - Steuben County Legislature , Raymond Walch -Steuben County Legislature, Gerald Simcoe- Town of Lindley Supervisor, Megan Thistle -Town of Lindley Town Clerk, Marc E. Stocum -Town of Lindley Highway Superintendent,
The top photo is Fran Tempel with Historical Society members Brenda Criss and Donna Marmuscak who served the refreshments.
Don't forget to cast your vote on Tuesday November 8th ,2011. Remember every vote does count.
Good Luck to all the candidates and may the best man or woman win,,,,,
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Hope Lindley residents will brave the snow showers tomorrow evening - Thursday October 27th 7 P.M. Lindley Town Hall and come out to meet the folks who are running for the Lindley Town offices on November 8th. This not a debate but a chance to actually see the people who are running. Without a school, grocery store or - -even the old Grange as in the "Good Old Days ", our days of knowing the candidates who are running for office have disappeared. Therefore, the L/P Historical Society invites the residents to meet and greet the 9 people who have agreed to introduce themselves to the local voters. Their talks will be brief and the audience will have a chance to ask a few questions after all the candidates have said their few words.
Please join us and meet the people who wish to be your local government representatives.
Hope to see many of you there . Some tasty goodies might even be served.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
For it matters not, how much we own;
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
At this time , the valley was scarcely populated and the settlements did not extend out of the rivers flats and when the water overflowed the banks ,it took away nearly all the late crops and produce. The pumpkins which were unusually large and brightly colored that year due to the rich soil of the valley and the extra fine growing season ,were very much in evidence covering the surface of the water as it raced down stream. That is where the flood of 1817 got it's name.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Meetings for the Lindley-Presho Historical Society for the months of October and November 2011 are :
- MEET THE CANDIDATES
THURSDAY October 27th 7 P.M. Lindley Town Hall
Candidates running for office in the Town Of Lindley have been invited to give a short talk
Free-Public Invited -Especially Town of Lindley Voters.
- PATTERSON INN BLACKSMITH SHOP
- LEON GOLDER PRESENTING
- Thursday November 17,2011 7 P.M. Lindley Town Hall
- Powerpoint program on the relocating of the Blacksmith Shop at the Patterson Inn
- Looking for locations and owners of Blacksmith Shops in Lindley
Free-open to the public
Barn south of old Lindley Town Hall/Post Office/Grange was a Blacksmith Shop in 1920's.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Yesterday Saturday, September 17th was Constitution Day! The U. S. Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787 . Constitution Day! Federal law requires public schools to observe that day, but studies show that up to 90 percent of schools ignore the law. This year as we celebrate the 224th anniversary of the Constitution, take time to read this document, study it with your children, and discuss its great principles. And by the way, despite the claims of many secularist writers today, the Constitution is not a Godless document. Many of its clauses directly incorporate religious principles, and Founders who wrote and ratified it specifically acknowledged God in its creation:
It is impossible for the man of pious reflection not to perceive in it a finger of that Almighty Hand which has been so frequently and signally extended to our relief in the critical stages of the Revolution. James Madison
For my own part, I sincerely esteem it a system which without the finger of God never could have been suggested and agreed upon by such a diversity of interests. Alexander Hamilton
I beg I may not be understood to infer that our general Convention was Divinely inspired when it formed the new federal Constitution . . . yet I must own [admit] I have so much faith in the general government of the world by Providence that I can hardly conceive a transaction of such momentous importance . . . should be suffered to pass without being in some degree influenced, guided, and governed by that omnipotent, omnipresent, and beneficent Ruler in Whom all inferior spirits live and move and have their being [Acts 17:28]. Benjamin Franklin
I do not believe that the Constitution was the offspring of inspiration, but I am as perfectly satisfied that the Union of the States in its form and adoption is as much the work of a Divine Providence as any of the miracles recorded in the Old and New Testament. Benjamin Rush
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Monday, September 5, 2011
9/11 Anniversary Memorial &
The Presho United Methodist Church Invites you to attend a very Special 9/11 Anniversary
Memorial & Remembrance Service at 9:00am, Sunday, September 11, 2011.
We will come together to remember the 9/11 victims, survivors, and the many that
rose in Service in Response to the 9/11 tragedy, including First Responders. We will
honor the members of the Town of Lindley's Fire Department for their Service as our
own First Responders. Catherine Pierce, Town Historian assisted by Sally Orr will
share the history of our Fire Department with photos and stories of their dedicated
service. A special Brunch will be served immediately following the service. All Brunch
donations will be presented to our Fire Department. Hope to see you! Contact Sandy
Hall (523-7236) or Brenda Criss (523-8083) for further information.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
In response to a question that I was asked about voting, I went to the present day form of the Encyclopedia - GOOGLE - for some information. Hopefully, I can copy an interesting fact sheet posted by a Chenango County,NY site. http://www.Co.Chenago.N.Y.USelections/interestingfacts.pdf
Some I remember from high school American History class -(we won't say how many eons ago-)and some was startingly new to me-especially the one vote numbers.
Since this is a local election year in New York State , I hope to pass the facts along so you can impress your friends and relatives with some new facts.
AMERICANS FOUGHT FOR THE RIGHT TO VOTE
Over the years, U.S. citizens have worked hard to extend voting rights to everyone.
1787 - When the Constitution was written, only white men age 21 or older who
owned property could vote.
1807-1843 - During these years, the states changed their rules so that all white men
age 21 and older could vote – not just those who owned property.
1870 - The Civil War led to the 15th Amendment to the Constitution. This
amendment guaranteed the right to vote to all men age 21 and older,
regardless of race or ethnic background.
1920 - The 19th Amendment gave women age 21 and older the right to vote.
1964 - With the 24th Amendment, states could no longer make people pay to
vote in national elections.
1971 - The 26th Amendment lowered the voting age to 18.
Congress and the courts have also ensured that no literacy, language or other tests
can keep citizens from voting. The right to vote is precious – and it deserves to be
HOW IMPORTANT IS ONE VOTE?
1645 – ONE VOTE gave Oliver Cromwell control over England.
1776 – ONE VOTE GAVE America the English language instead of German.
1845 - ONE VOTE brought Texas into the Union.
1849 - ONE VOTE caused Charles I of England to be executed.
1866 - ONE VOTE saved President Andrew Johnson from impeachment.
1875 - ONE VOTE changed France from a monarchy to a Republic.
1876 - ONE VOTE gave Rutherford B. Hayes the Presidency of the U.S.
1923 - ONE VOTE gave Adolf Hitler leadership of the Nazi Party
1941 - ONE VOTE saved Selective Service just weeks before Pearl Harbor.
(The right to vote is a precious gift in the United States. Be sure to use it, so we don’t
Remember to exercise your rights to vote -"Like muscles if you don't use them,you lose them.."
Ps This copied well from the original ,but blog has away of changing the sentence structure .I wasn't able to correct it.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Many thanks to Larry Gorges for finding this article and sharing.
Apologies for the bits and pieces but my scanner and computer wouldn't co-operate in scanning the entire article at one time. You will need to click on the article to enlarge and on back to go from one paragraph to the next.
A computer wizard I am not. At my age- consider myself lucky to do this much!!!
Enjoy and note it would appear the original Williamson Road was on the East side of the Tioga River. Lots of interesting 'stuff" here.
Thanks again, Larry
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Hiram Middlebrook,aged 84 years,died October 5,1880 at his home in Lindley. He had lived in Lindley for about 35 years,was a member of the lumber manufacturing firm of Morgan,More(Moore)& Middlebrook,a farmer, kept a general store and was for many years the Postmaster and was ever zealous in religious work.
Sixteen inches of snow fell March 3d and 4th,1881.
Fires in the forests of southeastern portion of the town of Lindley and the adjacent part of the town of Caton caused the destruction of a large amount of timber on the stump ,and in logs, comsumed stump,brush and rail fences and set a number of houses andd barns on fire-causing their loss.Wood fires also caused heavy losses near Curtis.
Friday, August 5, 2011
Page 436 August 9th,1910 "William C. Campbell,aged 73 years ,died August 10,1910 at his home on East Erie Avenue.He served in the Civil War as a member of Company I 141st New York Volunteer Infantry. He was the great grandson of Col.Eleazer Lindsley,founder of the Lindley colony."
"August 15,1910 James Orr aged 84 years died.He was for many years prominent as a lumberman and farmer of the Town of Lindley,later engaging in business in Painted Post."
Page 441 April 7th,1913 " while assisting to run a portable saw-mill ,on the former Methodist campground at Presho ,Fred Weaver ,age 50 ,fell against a circular saw and his body sawn so he soon died."
(WHERE WAS THE METHODIST CAMPGROUND IN PRESHO LOCATED???_KITTY
Page 473 " At Northside High School ,Tuesday evening June 25,1918" Listed among the graduates were names that I recognized as Lindley residents -- Richard Stowell, Irene S. Riffle
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Sometime during the month of July, the Riffle family holds a reunion. The following is one of Dick's stories as he wrote about the families living on Morgan Creek and the present River Road .
If the Riffle family members haven't heard this story, I hope they get a chuckle or two from it. -
Next was the home of Jerome and Alace (Romane) Riffle ,my Grandparents. After their decease in the 1920's , the home belonged to their daughter Grace and husband Judd Kennedy. They had several children, Jud,Jr. ,Geraldine, Kathryn and twin girls-Madeline and Margaret who were a couple years younger than me. Aunt Grace was a very hospitable lady and many of the Annual Riffle Reunions were held there. (see April 2011 blog) and earlier posts (Kitty )
In about 1928, Aunt Grace put on a birthday party for my Mother. Besides family members, many neighbors were invited. I was 10 years old at that time. All the ladies and girls were in the parlor and all the men were in the kitchen. Aunt Grace had just gone in the parlor to serve the cake to the ladies. I was standing by the kitchen door when I heard a knock . I opened the door and there stood a short man in a business suit and a taller man in some kind of uniform was behind him. The older man said"May we come in? " I said "Sure ,Come in!" Just then ,Aunt Grace returned to the kitchen and seeing the men said"You're just in time ! Come in and have some cake!"
The older man replied"No, Thank you,we will just look around." and they proceeded into the parlor.In a few moments, they returned to the kitchen and said to Aunt Grace- "I think we made a MISTAKE !" She said -" Who are you looking for?" He replied" You are not Mrs.Sousa , are you?"
Aunt Grace and everyone one burst out laughing . " No-she said -she lives up the road about a mile. He then apologized and showed his credentials that he was an FBI man . (Mrs.Sousa was a well known bootlegger" ) Well, everyone thought it was hilarious that my Mother's birthday party had been RAIDED by the "Revenoors " as we called them. Everyone except Mother !! She belonged to the WCTU (Woman's Christian Temperance Union) -an organization sponsored by the Methodist Church.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Thursday June 23,2011
Lindley Town Hall
Steuben County Historian
"What’s Found in the Steuben County
Hope to see all