Monday, April 25, 2011

Morgan Creek-Watson Creek Road Intersections Lindley,NY

Local residents are aware of the dangerous traffic situation that exists while traveling the 5 miles on U.S Rt.15 from Presho to the Watson Creek (Green Shingle ) section of the highway -But ---------------
A note to those who must travel U.S.Rt.15 through Lindley -please exercise extreme caution at the Intersections of Rt.15 and Morgan Creek Road and the one at Watson Creek . These have always been dangerous intersections but with the increase in the amount of traffic and speeding after the construction of the 4 lanes around Lawrenceville , they are even more dangerous. The entire business area ( Lindley Post Office, Lindley Town Hall,Lindley Community Church, DOT Offices , Lindley Woodworks and Deming's Garage ) are located near the Morgan Creek Intersection .

Many problems exist in these areas.

  • 1.With the increase in traffic and in the SPEEDING --( as we jokingly used to say) -"No traffic light in Lawrenceville to slow traffic down") , it is becoming increasingly difficult to gain access to Rt.15 and to make turns on either Morgan Creek or Watson Creek Roads .

  • 2. Turning lanes are being used to pass on the right-

  • 3. Traffic coming North from the Pennsylvania section of the highway where the speed limit is posted at 65 miles an hour are ignoring the posted 55 miles an hour speed limit in New York State. (Traffic coming from the Penna. section are traveling at high rates of speed making turning or coming onto Watson Creek Road a dangerous situation. They,also, continue to speed on the straight stretch of road to the Morgan Creek Road area.)

  • 4. Blinker lights at both intersections are ignored

  • 5. With the increase Tractor Trailer traffic, (remember this is a major North-South route for the entire area-especially with I 86 now joining in Painted Post. ) and with the many posts and signs at the Morgan Creek intersection, vision can be limited when attempting to turn south onto Rt. 15.

  • 6 Trucks for the new highway construction and the Lindley Wood Works are making turns at the Morgan Creek intersection-causing traffic to back up or those in a hurry to use the turning lanes for passing.

U.S. Rt.15 is notorious as a scene of frequent accidents-even being labeled as "Death Highway" Area residents are requesting the Highway Departments and Public Officials to find ways to avoid more possible deaths on this road .

So please drive defensively over this road- the life you save maybe your own.Due to NYS fisical problems, we are being advised that Interstate I 99 will not be completed until at least 2015

Interestingly enough from a historical point, this same 6 mile section was the last to be completed in 1922/3 -when the road from being paved with concrete from Buffalo,NY to Washington,DC.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Easter April -24-2011

Paper White Narcissus

From an Old Postcard

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Dick Riffle Part X

This is a continuation of an article People of Lindley as I Knew Them written by Dick Riffle in 2009. Dick lived in Lindley until his work as a Minister took him to other parts of the country.

He will be 93 in May, lives in the State of Washington and is writing his memoirs. He is sharing many stories and photos which I am adding to the Lindley Historian's files.

Previous articles posted on this blog told stories about the Morgan Creek residents and families near the Lindley bridge. The story today is about a house on County Rt.116 going south from the Lindley bridge.

" Next was the home of Jerome and Alace (Romane) Riffle ,my grandparents. After their decease in the 1920's, the home belonged their daughter Grace and husband Judson Kennedy. They had several children, JudsonJr. , 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. 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 the time. All the ladies and girls were in the parlor and all the men and boys in the kitchen. Aunt Grace had just gone in to serve cake to the ladies . I was standing by the kitchen door when I heard a knock. I opened the door and there was a short man in a business suit and a taller man in some kind of uniform was behind him. The older man asked, "May we come in?". I said, "Sure-Come in!" Just then Aunt Grace returned to the kitchen and seeing the men said,"You are 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 minutes, they returned to the kitchen and said to Aunt Grace ---"I think we have made a MISTAKE !" She said- "Who are you looking for?" He replied you are not Mrs. Sousa, are you?"

Aunt Grace 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 "Revenooers" as we called them. Everyone but my Mother!!! She belonged to the WCTU, (Woman's Christian Temperance Union) an organization sponsored by the Methodist Church.

Editor comments- This would have been during Prohibition Days and local lore indicates there was a "Still" operating in the area.

Many of us know the house mentioned as the Kennedy/ Towner house . Wilma Welty (historian in the 1990's) had made notes that this is the oldest frame house in Lindley. For historical purposes, I would like to make positive documentation of this fact. I have asked some of the Riffle descendants and the present owner for more information.

Mr. Riffle stated that Hiram Riffle lived there before and after the Civil War and that his son Jerome was the next owner. Mr.Oberlander was kind enough to check his abstract , but thus far, there is no documentation as to the date when the house was constructed. However, during my research, I did learn more about the house and the families who have lived there

This is a recent photo of the home . Many readers will remember an addition on the right side of the house which was used as an apartment or living quarters for a second family.

Some of the Riffle family members are continuing to help research the history of the home -because it had been owned by many Riffle family members.

From time to time, I will post more of Mr. Riffle's stories about Lindley as he knew it.

Note the cars in 1923-5 photo. Maybe this explains why the Revenooners suspected the house!!!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Volunteer Fireman's Day

Today as New York State honors Volunteer Fireman, we would like to acknowledge the efforts of the Lindley-Presho Fire Department volunteers and their families.

In January 1963, a group of 60 citizens met at the Old Lindley Town Hall to discuss the possibility of a Lindley-Presho Fire Department. With the typical Town of Lindley "Can Do Attitude", plans for a local Fire Department soon materialized. 360 families over a 36 square mile area would be served by the new association.

By the end of February, officers had been named and the group was awaiting Incorporation papers. Plans were underway to select a site for a fire hall , and to raise money for the building and equipment. By the Fall of 1963, a central location for the Fire Hall had been selected and enough money raised to start the construction and to purchase a used 1947 Fire Truck. The construction of the Fire Hall was completed with volunteer labor from the local residents by the end of the year. Several different means were used to raise the money. To help support the efforts of their volunteer husbands, a Ladies Auxillary was formed.

Today, the Lindley-Presho Fire Department is still serving the community -thanks to the volunteers who give their time and efforts to carry on the vision of the 60 people who met in January 1963. It is interesting to note that some of them are the descendants of the 1963 members-shown above .

Thank you!!!