Saturday, November 26, 2011

Caton telephone Bill 1926-7

From the Historian Files

Everything is relative, but imagine having a telephone bill this small.
Click on bill to enlarge .

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

From An Old Postcard

From Members of the Lindley-Presho Historical Society

Monday, November 21, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

The Mayflower dropped anchor at Provincetown, MA

21 November, 1620

Did you know these facts?

102 passengers

65 day journey

The English ship "The Mayflower" was built to transport wine.

37 from Leiden Congregation

William Bradford referred to the Leiden Separatists as "Pilgrims"

2 people died on the trip

Oceanus Hopkins was born at sea

Peregrine White was born when they were off Cape Cod

John Carver was elected First Governor by the pilgrims

Stephen Hopkins was elected Assistant Governor

(Pilgrims reached Plymouth, MA 26 December, 1620)

Mayflower Compact
 "plantation covenant" formed after Separatist Church convenant.
on board the Mayflower)

This agreement was written because the English Separatists,

Puritan Pilgrims believed that some of the non-Separatists, or "Strangers,"

would defy them if they landed in a place other than the land grant they had received

from the London Company. (Their grant was in Virginia.)

The compact became the basis of government in the Plymouth Colony.

In the name of God, Amen. We, whose names are
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.William Bradford
Mr. Stephen Hopkins
Digery Priest
Mr. Edward Winslow
Mr. William Brewster (church leader)
Isaac Allerton
Miles Standish (a professional soldier)
John Alden (a cooper)
John Turner
Francis Eaton
james Chilton
John Craxton
John Billington
Joses Fletcher
John Goodman
Mr. Samuel Fuller
Mr. Christopher Martin
Mr. William Mullins
Mr. William White
Mr. Richard Warren
John Howland
Thomas Williams
Gilbert Winslow
Edmund Margesson
Peter Brown (a carpenter)
Richard Bitteridge
George Soule
Edward Tilly
John Tilly
Francis Cooke
Thomas Rodgers
Thomas Tinker
John Ridgate
Edward Fuller
Richard Clark
Richard Gardiner
Mr. John Allerton
Thomas English
Edward Doten
Edward Lieste

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

Lindley RR Depot 1904

When I posted the photos of the Railroad depots in Lindley/Presho, I asked if anyone had information on the depot that was located by the Lindley bridge .

Thanks to Larry Gorges, I think the mystery has been solved. THANKS LARRY

Larry forwarded a copy of an article from The Corning Journal - Wednesday January 18,1904 pg 5. Below is a copy of the attachment that he sent.

" New Station At Lindley "
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)

Also ,in looking for information on blacksmiths, I found the following statement by William Burr in his 1951 History of Lindley.

"All of us who lived 75 years ago remember Hiram Middlebrook's store which once stood where the east road crosses the bridge and the railroad and where the old passenger station once stood. We remember it well because there is where we used to trade eggs for candy. He used to live in the white house on the hill a few rods to the south in a large pine grove in which his mortal remains now rest. All his descendants have gone from Lindley."

I had read this description several times ,but had overlooked the fact that he was describing the "old" depot.

The stones for Mr. Middlebrook and several of his family members are still
in the Pine Grove,but in poor condition)(* Kitty)

Monday, November 14, 2011

Blacksmith Shop Program

Please join members of the Lindley -Presho Historical Society on Thursday November 17th for this interesting program .
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

The photo was taken at Lindley Old Home Day 9-2010 . Left to right are

Larry Orr observing John Fee, Henry Offerman ( Blacksmiths)

Friday, November 11, 2011

Veteran's Day Lights

Veteran's Day Lights - Park Avenue Corning

Taken 11/11/11 at 1 am

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Election Results

Lindley Election Results:

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.

Salute A Veteran Tomorrow

Reminder -Attend a Veteran's Ceremony tomorrow November 11th, 2011

There will be various activities held at local American Legion and Veteran's of Foreign Wars Posts , the Veteran's facility in Bath and other locations.

The Corning American Legion and Veteran's of Foreign Wars Posts are hosting a ceremony at the Civil War Monument on Park Avenue in Corning at 10:40 and 11:00 AM . (see article Corning Leader 11/10/2011 ). This monument was dedicated 100 years ago - and the two organizations are planning the ceremony to celebrate this anniversary.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Lindley RR Depots from the Historian's files

This is a clearer photo of the Lawrenceville RR Station and information about the depot in back of the River Road (Station School) . This depot was moved by Warren Stuart and serves as the Living Room of the home on the north side of Church Creek Road and River Road.

Recycling is not new !

Did you know trains from Elmira backed into the Lawrenceville.Pa from Tioga Junction
(Williamson School area ) ?

From an old RR Schedule -there was a depot on the East end of the Lindley bridge. However, I do not have a good photo of this. Does anyone have information on that depot?
Wonder who the men were on the platform of the Presho Station ?

PS. Until 1888, Presho was called Erwin Centre. According to the 1990 Lindley History, Thomas J. Presho became the first RR Station agent there. The area became known as Presho to honor it's public spirited citizen for his efforts.

Dick Riffle Reminisces Abour RR's

This is from Dick Riffle -age 93 who grew up in Lindley . He now resides in the State of Washington, is still very active and a wonderful source of information about Lindley during the time that he lived here. Many of today's residents will recall his brother- Henry Riffle.

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

Meet The Candidates Evening

On Thursday evening October 27th,2011, The Lindley -Presho Historical Society hosted a program where Town of Lindley voters were invited to meet the men and women seeking election in the town on November 8th,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 .

Opps - the computer always reverses the way I hope to print the pictures-so

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,

Photo #2 Megan, Marc with Patrick Clark-Lindley Town Board, Linda Salyards-Town Board , Fran Tempel-Town Board ,and Harry M. Pierce-Assessor.

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,,,,,

Many thanks to the candidates and to all who attended.