Thursday, December 20, 2012

Wisdoms from Old Farmer's Almanac Calendar-2010

Where was this located on Tannery Creek ?  Abt.1910
Am guessing the first iron bridge was over the Tioga River -1898
Garden catalogs are in the mail
think spring !!
The Yule Log, lit on Christmas Eve, symbolizes an end to old feuds and grudges.

I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do. (Willa Cather)

In Germany, it is customary to give fruit, nuts,and candy to children on St.Nicholas feast day.

If January calends be summeryly gay, it will be wintery weather til the calends of May.

But cheerily the chickadee
Singeth to me on the fence and tree.            (John Townsend Trowbridge)

January 25th  If St.Paul's Day be fair and clear
                       it doth betide a happy year.

Hares take to the open country before a snow storm .

We can complain because rosebushes have thorns or rejoice because thornbushes have roses. (Abraham Lincoln)

A dream of crocuses signifies happy new beginnings.

In March much snow,
to plants and trees much woe. 

The number of puffs it takes to remove all the seeds from a dandelion is the number of years it will be before you are married.

Rain in the spring is a precious as oil..!!

When the leaves show their undersides ,
Be very sure that rain betides.

February's full moon is known as the Snow Moon because heavy snows often occur this month.

In Colonial times, dye was made from beets to make pink pancakes and cake icing.

March 20  Spring !! the beautiful spring is coming,
The sun shines bright and the bees
                     are humming.               (Mary Howitt-poet)

If bees stay at home ,
Rain will soon come;
If they fly away,
fine will be the day.

Kind hearts are the gardens,
Kind thoughts are the roots,
Kind words are the blossoms,
Kind deeds are the fruits.    (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

Old gardeners never die. they just spade away
and then throw in the trowel. (Herbert V. Prochnow-writer)

If you find a red-tailed bumblebee in your home,
expect a visit from a male stranger.

We come from the earth,
we return to the earth,
and in between we garden.       Anonymous

                                                               Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Monday, November 26, 2012

Lindley-Presho Historical Society Meeting

Photos of several of Lindley's Historic Buildings
          On Thursday November 29th,  Durland Weale and Elmer Huels will present a program for the Lindley-Presho Historical Society on several former Lindley businesses . Durland will share information about local Cheese factories and Elmer has a story about the local Condensery. ( Do you know where this was located and the purpose of the business??)
          The meeting which will begin at 7 P.M. at the Lindley Town Hall is free and open to the public. Following the presentation, the audience will be encouraged to share their stories, information and photos that they have.
               See you there.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Contract Let for Erwin Road 1921

From Newspaper Archives  Green Library ,Wellsboro, Pa.
Wellsboro Agitator 1921-07-20
"Hudson Falls Builder Will Construct Four- Mile Stretch for $184,889
         The New York State Highway Department has awarded the contract for the construction of the Erwin -Lindley
concrete road to run 3.95 miles from the 'half-way house"on the Addison Road towards Lindley to William L.Sherill, of Hudson Falls at $184,889. This is part of the Erwin-Lawrenceville Road which ,when completed, will connect New York's Southern Tier Highway with Pennsylvania's Susquehanna Trail.
      The second and final part of the road,also four miles in length ,will be built next season.
( 3 other Steuben County Highway contracts were listed)  Commissioner Sisson has ordered work started on the four contracts as soon as possible."  
           In checking the Archives from about 1920 to 1923, it was obvious that history repeats. There were numerous articles in the Agitator during the early 1920's  about the proposed construction of the highway from Erwin to Lawrenceville. Some of the same problems experienced for the proposed I 99 Corridor from 1997 to present, were the same problems in the 1920's. If you are curious and have time, it is enlightening to read the Archive articles. I seem to recall an old saying -"Roads (Rome was not) are not built in a day."
           The last 4 miles of the concrete highway which followed the Tioga River from the "Narrows" through the Lindley Hamlet was completed in 1923. In 1953, a portion of the road from just North of Stowell Hill to Lawrenceville,Pa was re-located to the west away from the river to avoid the frequent flooding. The old highway is now called " Lindley Road. With any luck, 2013, will see the opening of I99-  90 years after the first paving of the Erwin-Lawrenceville Road with concrete. ( In Lindley , U.S. Rt.15 will become Steuben County 115 ) (Another section of the road built by Colonel Williamson and the German immigrants  in 1792 will be difficult to locate.)
Photo 1920's Autos at Lindley Narrows      ( From Durland Weale)

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Tioga County Honor Guard

      The November 2012 issue of Mountain Home Magazine features an article on the members of the Tioga County Honor Guard. Rebecca Hazen(the author) and Beagle Media LLC should be congratulated for publishing the article about this dedicated group who take the time to participate in events that honor Military Veterans .
      The Town of Lindley is especially grateful for their participation in our Armed Forces Day ceremonies-held each May.  In October, 2007, The Lindley/Presho Veteran's Monument was dedicated and every May since 2008, this organization has come to Lindley and  graciously conducted an Armed Forces Day Ceremony to honor the Veterans of the Lindley, New York area.  So along with the people at  Mountain Home, we would like to thank President Bob Leyfert and members of  the Tioga County Honor Guard for their efforts to honor our Veterans. We hope to see them again on Armed Forces Day 2013. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

October 2012 L/P Historical Society Meeting

 Herrick Bridge -River Road, Lindley,N.Y.  - 1972  Flood
        The program for the October 2012  L/P Historical Society Meeting will be  Thursday October 25, 2012   7 P.M. at the Lindley Town Hall  U.S. Rt.15.  The 1992 WETM Video "And the Rain Kept Falling"  narrated by the late Carl Proper and others will be shown. The film marked the 20th Anniversary of the June 1972 Flood that resulted from Hurricaine Agnes. 
         The meeting is free and the public is invited to attend.  

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Lindley Connections

Eleazer Lindsley who had died in 1794. Col.Lindsley was the founder of the present Town of Lindley,N.Y. in1790.
        In the deeds in the Steuben County Clerk's Office, are records showing that  in 1805 -General Taylor purchased some of the Lindsley property-including the lot where Col.Lindsley has built the first mill in this area in 1790. This, also, included a sawmill in the same area on what is now Watson Creek in Lindley.
      On Thursday, Oct.18th,  I met with five of the Taylor descendants to share information about the Taylor/ Lindsley connection and to try to locate the mill and sawmill sites.  While we did not find remnants of either mill site, we did locate the Falls and a site where we feel the mill probably exisited.
     It was apparent that many members of the Taylor family spent a great amount of time and effort researching their ancestor. Much of this information which was not previously known will be added to the Town of Lindley Historian files.  We welcome and appreciate their desire to share some of the earliest history of the Town of Lindley. 
Catherine M. (Kitty) Pierce    Town of Lindley Historian
 A Steuben County pioneer and Revolutionary War hero was honored Saturday, with fife and drum, songs and patriotic speeches.
And it only took Brig. Gen. John Taylor’s descendants 20 years and thousands of hours poring through historical records in New Jersey and Steuben County to locate his gravesite in Pioneer Cemetery.
“It’s taken a lot of persistence,” Taylor descendant Bob Worcester said.

Saturday, with Calvin Smith fourth grade fife and drummers leading the way, his family placed a headstone on Taylor’s grave and paid tribute in a ceremony sponsored by the Baron Steuben DAR.

According to family members, Taylor was a carpenter and miller from New Jersey when he joined the Continental Army as a 31-year-old private in the Fourth Hunterdon militia.

He swiftly rose through the ranks, participating in all the battles and skirmishes in New Jersey, including the battles of Trenton and Monmouth, and was part of the river patrol leading up to the famous Delaware River Crossing on Christmas. Taylor mustered out with the rank of brigadier general.

A widower, Taylor and his children, also left indelible marks on Steuben County. Settling here in 1797, he helped literally build the area, plying his trade as a miller, along with his son George Washington Miller. He lies in Pioneer Cemetery, next to his son, whose tombstone is severely weathered by the years.

Some of his descendants moved to Canisteo, where they were civic and business leaders.

Taylor is a hero, leading the way for other heroes, DAR Chaplain Jan Kostolansky said.

“We esteem him for his patriotism and courage,” she said. “His willingness to sacrifice … a willingness that goes on even today.”

Calvin U.Smith - CPP Schools 4th Grade  -  Fife & Drum Corp                                                                       

Friday, October 5, 2012

1896 Lindley History Facts

         It is interesting how a question about local history can become an interesting research project. In response to query about the date that the Harrison Hotel located near the Lawrenceville RR Depot burned, I began checking the Newspaper Archives of the Green Library in Wellsboro, Penna which are on- line. Previously, I have discovered that these old newspapers have a wealth of information about the Lindley,NY/Lawrenceville,PA area.
         Not only am I finding a story about the Cowanesque/Harrison/ Park Hotel, but many other interesting facts and stories. I have chosen this one because it describes how busy the Depot area was on June 24,1896 -- courtesy of the Wellsboro Agitator.
         " Mr. W. E. Brown is doing an extensive business at Lawrenceville in the manufacture of barrel -headings and staves for nail -kegs. His factory is near the Fall Brook railway depot. About thirty workmen are employed,and Mr.Brown finds a ready market in Eastern cities for the whole product of his factory. The timber used, mostly second -growth pine is found in large quantities on the mountains around Lawrenceville. Some basswood is used for the headings put in the sugar barrels. It is an interesting sight to watch the rapidity of sawing out the heading and also the operation of the machinery cutting staves out of pine. Mr. Brown expects to produce a large number of apple barrels this season."

         The Harrison Hotel as it was known in 1929 burned on Nov.5th,1929. ( More about this story as I gather more details- It gets interesting!!!)

            I am wondering if W. E. Brown is an ancestor of the Brown families who lived in Lindley and Lawrenceville.

           Also, are there any photos showing the hotel in more detail ?

 An article in the June 13th 1954- Leader has a copy of an old photo of the depot area.   There are numerous buildings surrounding the depot area, but it is difficult to know which is the old hotel.

Any informaton about the hotel or the Brown industry for the Lindley history files,will be appreciated. You may contact me by clicking on my profile for an e-mail address.

If you like old Lindley history, check out the Green Library Newspaper Archives on line. There are marriages,obituaries, RR accidents and even stories about gas well booms.   Enjoy!!!!


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Never Forget September 11, 2001

                                                                     Photo by Laurie ( Pierce) Strom

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Lindley-Presho Historical Society Meeting

Photo of 1889 Lindley Flood-William Burr 1951 "History of Lindley"
                                                          (Bridge prior to the iron bridge 1898)

 Before the dams were constructed on the Tioga River in Tioga County, Penna in 1975-76, there were frequent floods along the river in the  Lindley-Presho area.

    On Thursday September 27th, 2012, 7 P.M. at the Lindley Town Hall,  the Lindley-Presho Historical Society will present a program on the Floods of Lindley.
     There will be photos and stories of past floods on display. Those attending are encouraged to bring their photos and share stories with the group. Since the Historian's files do not contain many local flood pictures, it is hoped that copies of some of the photos and stories will be donated to the Historian's present collection.
                                                          Meetings are free and open to the public.          

Friday, August 31, 2012

Good evening
 The 2012 Posts are a mite jumbled up. Please see the Bear With Me Note that I posted today.Hopefully, I have retrieved all the posts that I accidentally deleted . This makes many of the more recent posts show up under older posts.  When I posted Sam Patch about a RR engine - like Sam- I got off track ,but think I am on the way back.  Wish me luck

More from Rutty --Flooding

Reminder ---you can learn what's going on in Lindley Town affairs by reading the Town Clerk's blog linked to this site under Favorites Links on this site- Town of Lindley(lower right corner) Megan posts Town Board Minutes ,announcements and new-a Calendar of meetings at Town Hall. Check it out -learn about what's happening at the Town Board,Planning Board Meetings,etc..

Photo is Toby's Flats-- flooding days before the Penna .dams were built in 1975.

Last time Rutty told the story of a trucker crossing the Lindley bridge(see previous posts)
When the water started to raise again Sunday,it rose rapidly and at midnight reached it's crest of 19.75 feet above flood stage.Those figures are from the U.S. Recording Gauge at Lindley. Thereafter it fell until seven o' truck was able to navigate and that word is used advisably with a slight amount of literalcy(?),the Morgan Creek Road from the main highway to the higher ground west.However, the main road south was not clear of water until nine o'clock and then not clean due to debris on the road but was passable with care. The main road north was open at nine and dry about ten thirty. after the waters receded considerable damage was witnessed.The Morgan Creek Road was washed out eight hundred feet and shoulder destroyed along the Susquehanna Trail (I assume he meant the old Rt.15 along the Tioga River)
several outhouses were moved from their foundations and the flats gouged and generally devaluated with sod,and layers of mud and gravel .water entered the Hill's garage,which is ,also, the home of Mr. and Mrs Stephen Hill and family to the depth of 14 inches.
Next time - Riffle brothers to the rescue!!

As stated on Painted Hills Historical and Genealogical Website

Col ( Gen ) John Taylor or George Washington Taylor

"Col (Gen) John Taylor moved to Steuben in 1797 {recorded in the 'Centenial History of Bath' }. Having served as commanding officer of the 4th Hunterdon Militia NJ, he like many others found after the war that their debts incurred in supporting their men in the field were called due, and with the loss of value of the Continental currency, were forced to sell everything they owned to pay off the debts. Faced with mounting debts, and left with no more possessions to sell, Col. Taylor left his home and moved north to Steuben with two of his children. Shortly after arriving, he married Mary Miller Lindsley, widow of a fellow NJ Militia officer, and lived in Lindley until her death in 1806. Although his grave or circumstances of his death are unknown, an obituary in the Geneva Gazette of 25 Dec 1811, gives his date of death as 4 Dec 1811 and a location as 'probably in Bath'. The two children who moved to NY with him lived in or near Bath at the time. They were Elizabeth Ann {Taylor} Cameron, wife of Dugald Cameron, agent for the Pultney Estate, and George Washington Taylor who married Elizabeth Christina Clement, grand-daughter of Henry A Townsend. George was a noted merchant, and at least two of his sons, Nathaniel Carr Taylor, and William Boyd Taylor, both of Canisteo followed in his footsteps. George and Elizabeth had 12 children, many of whom are buried in Hillside Cemetery near Canisteo"

* From Kitty Lindley Historian Since becoming Lindley Town Historian ,I have had several queries regarding Col. Taylor and his connection to the Lindsley family. The 1990 Lindley History, makes brief reference to the Lindsley/Taylor marriage and there are deeds showing that Col.Taylor purchased land from the Lindsley descendants. Otherwise-the Lindley Historian's files have little information on this subject and would welcome any input.
After her first husband's death-(Col. Lindsley), Mary kept a tavern in Lindley (site not specifically known). The site of her burial place is, also, not known.
It is interesting to note that the Steuben County Historical Society is named for Col.Taylor's son-in-law Dugard Cameron.

Happy New Year 2012

Old Postcards

Route U.S 15 Before the days of tractor trailers,water trucks,tour buses,speed limits over 10 miles an hour

More Dick Riffle Memoirs

More Dick Riffle stories about families that lived on the south end of Lindley River Road now Co.Rt.116.
In April,2011,I copied the story of his Aunt Grace's birthday party at her house.
Up the road ,a short way was the Hugh Hakes place.I will always remember their place because one day I was delivering the GRIT newspaper(often called the "Pennsylvania Liar" because of
the exaggerated stories). Their big German Shepard attacked me and tore some holes in my chest. I screamed and they came running out and called the dog off. My Dad took me to Doc'Long in Lawrenceville and he took a popsicle stick with some green salve on it and put it on my wounds. The pain was worse than the dog bite.
Beyond the Hakes place lived the Dunning brothers. I don't remember much about them except their chickens were always in the road and getting run over.
Charlie Hammond's house was next. They had a large family.The ones I knew best were Esther,Marion,Kathryn,and Joyce. Kathryn became my sister-in-law when I married Clara Ruhlman who was sister to John Ruhlman who was Kathryn's husband. She is a widow living in Noosak, Washington near the Canadian border. Esther married Francis Carpenter and lived in the next house near Steamtown Creek.We always referred to it as "Sly Creek" because of the Sly families who lived up stream on the creek.
Chancey and Fannie (Riffle)were next. Uncle "Chan" was a great story teller. I especially enjoyed his baseball stories.He was an Umpire at one time. He like to recite the poem "Casey At the Bat" with a lot of emphasis.
Next time we meet the Lungren family)

Lindley Honors Employees for Service

Apologies for not posting a notice last week about a ceremony that was held last Saturday January 14th. at the Lindley Town Hall.
The purpose of the ceremony was to recognize the long service time of several town employees who resigned in 2011. Rrecognized were - Guy Hill, Assessor Chairman; Pam (Clarkson) Smith, Deputy Town Clerk; Paul Stermer, Councilman; Herb Eldridge and Alan Neal ,Highway Department and Cindy Stermer ,Custodian. Later this year, Dick Johnson ,Highway Superintendent will be honored for his years of service. These employees had service time from 11 to 37 years. About 40 relatives and friends gathered to thank these dedicated and committed people for their services to the Town of Lindley.
Unfortunately, many of those to be honored , were unable to attend . Hopefully,I can post a photo of Guy and Pam who were there as well as a photo of Richard Biggio,Supervisor-2010-2011 and Gerald Simcoe present Supervisor. They presented certificates to those being honored.
If you know or see those who were honored ,let them know you appreciate their efforts and services to the community.
It does take commitment.

Photo -Reunion At Presho House-(next door to Presho Methodist Church)

News from Bi- State Press Lindley,NY April 13,1939 Published by W.Rutty Passmore ( a young house-bound Lindley resident assisted by friends and family)(Kitty)
Three cents a single copy---75 Cents for six months--- $1.45 for 1 year

Bath- the Board of Steuben County Supervisors at Bath Monday approved 26 projects of highway work. Such work is in 26 towns and the total estimate for the work is $135,000 to be paid from the WPA funds and county road monies.
Of this amount, Lindley is allowed an estimated $4,000 for the grade and construction of the culverts on 1.28 miles of Church Creek Road.
Mrs. Leo Gorges, Mrs. Harlo Harris, Mrs. Harrison B. Toby, Mrs.Samuel Kittel and Mrs. Merle Smith met at the home of Mrs. Hugh Orcutt Tuesday afternoon when they made curtains for the Grange from the material which was purchased recently.

Mr.and Mrs. Donald Riffle are preparing to move into the Grace Kennedy home in this place.

Several of the young men in the vicinity with their musical instruments pleasantly disrupted the quiet of the editor's santorum with several feet-tingling pieces of rhythm which yours truly very much enjoyed.

Mrs. Frank Randall spent Sunday with Mr.and Mrs. Earle Randall of Osceola,Pa.

Faye Randall is ill with the Grippe.

Many Presho people attended the last of the Lenten Services held at the State Theater in Corning,N.Y.

The first meeting of the boys 4-H CLUB . The following were elected:
Advisor- Mr. Lewis Titus
President -Phillip Morse
Vice President-Ammon Titus
Secretary - Loren Morse
Treasurer-Donald Anglehart
News Reporter-Morris Bruce
and Cheer Leader-Daryl Welty

Report has reached our ears that there is a lacking of Presho items. -------
TRUE---I have noticed this myself. There is one way to get more news in, send it in or give it to Morris Bruce. He will see that we get it.We will put in all the news that is possible -not hesitating to add additional pages. We want to serve the public and as the paper is founded on local news,send it in. We thank the people of Presho for their fine cooperation. I remain your servant. EDITOR-BI -STATE EXPRESS. The above applies to Lindley,too,so there!

Ads by Russell's Garage -Lawrenceville,Pa
Traver-Miller-Dye Lawrenceville,Pa
George M. Stuart Lindley,N.Y.
A. Black Lindley,NY

Dick Riffle-The People of Lindley as I Knew Them 1922-1940

"We now come to the Ernest Lundgren home. the 3 oldest, Bob,John,and Hugh were good baseball players.Hugh and I played on the Lindley team together. The daughters were Ruth and Gertrude. The latter and I graduated from Lawrenceville High School in the Class of 1934. The summer of 2006, I met Hugh's son -Jim and had a good 2 hour visit with him. He showed me a number of his Indian artifacts he has found on his property. I,also, enjoyed a 2 hour visit with Elmer and Lucia Huels who lived a short distance from Jimmy's. Elmer's artistic skill in glass engraving is beautiful and fascinating."
This ends Dick's memories of those who lived on the south end of River Road-now County Rt.#116 On the next visit with Dick (who will be 94 in May and who still shares Bits of Lindley History by both E-Mail and snail mail), will recall those who lived north of the Lindley bridge.
Thanks Karen (Lundgren ) Ballard for sharing the sketch.

Does History Repeat Again???

Wellsboro,Pa March 8,1911 THE AGITATOR
Some little excitement has been occasioned during the past few days to the finding of oil in the well being drilled by the Tioga Water Co.on their property on Park Hill.-although our people have none of them, so far as heard from, been carried away by the prospect of coming into immense fortune in a few days-as some newspaper reports would seem to indicate says the Tioga Argua(?). That oil has been found there is no denying and it is said that could it be separated from the water and the sand -the well would produce several barrels a day which confirms our belief of many years standing that oil exists in this immediate vicinity, but whether it can be tapped so as to produce paying quantities remains to be proven. This we understand ,will be tried , and it is hoped this time that the projectors will prove, as we believe they will honest enough to secure it in paying quantities if it is here. The indications as to rock ,sand,etc are said to be identical with the oil producing territory and the Tioga capitalists who have the matter in hand are determined men who ,we believe, will test the prospect thoroughly. Some properties have been leased by the new company ,but the rumor of the strike here must have reached the ears of the men formerly interested in the tests here, for when the new company approached the owners of the properties where wells were drilled years ago, they found the old leases had been recently renewed.

1940 Floods Part I

Prior to the Corp of Engineer Dams in Tioga County, Pa floods were a common occurance in theTioga River Valley area.
The following is a description of floods in Spring 1940.
From the April 4th,1940 issue of the Bi State Press, ( Rutty Passmore Editor,) is an article pertaining to floods at that time.( Because it is a lengthy article, I am breaking it into parts.) Residents living in the area before the dams still have vivid memories of the "Flood Days" ( Notes in red are my additions)
Several Thousand Dollars Damage Estimated after Rivers and Streams Return to Near Normal
Friday afternoon an ice jam started a short distance north of the Town of Lindley and soon extended to Lawrenceville, some 2 miles. the water soon went over the Susquehanna trail at the Lindley District No. 3 schoolhouse ( just south of present wetlands) and by midnight large ice cakes were floating across the highway on four feet of water. Naturally, all traffic to the North of Lindley on the main highway was halted ,although before it was several cars were stranded in the water and were hauled out by usually generous thinking truck drivers on through routes. ( Before 1953, U.S. Rt.15 followed the Tioga River from the "Rocks" to the present Kuhl Road. This is now the "Lindley Road")
One case has a slightly humorous angle. One car containing two men was stranded in the water and the two men soon settled down to the resolve to spend the night in their car and seemed perfectly contented and satisfied to smoke cigarettes througth out the night's vigil. However, after about an hour an extremely large and ponderous ice cake floated by just in front of their car and the car lights illuminated it its fullest. The two men instantly lost their resolve to spend the night there and set up such a holler on their auto horn that a truck ,which had intended to spend the night at the edge of the water hauled them out.
The water continued to rise and soon the situation took on a serious aspect as there were no signs that the jam would pass on or the rising water abate. Town ,County and State employees responded to calls and plans were underway to blast the jam loose when the ice seemingly hearing the whisper of its destruction decided on suicide and broke up and passed on leaving much water on the flats ansd ice stacked in the highway in some spots in piles of four or five thick. One Bell telephone pole was all the real damage done and that was just knocked slant but not suffiicient to disrupt communication.

I think this is near the Toby farm along the river (Donor and date unknown)
Part II to be continued- The Rain Comes

1940 Floods Part II Rutty Passmore

SATURDAY MORNING was pale as the valley was blanketed with a thick fog arising from the cold water. It continued to cover the valley until the warm rains and the thawing weather dissolved the fog.The rain continued and the river began to rise again, by 7 P.M. it was over the road agin by the schoolhouse and by ten it was over the road between Lindley and Lawrenceville for the first time.Traffic continued for the next hour or so. South bound trucks used the* back road connecting Morgan Creek Road and the Susquehanna Trail along the base of the hill during the night with only a few using the road going north.(* road was near old State Line Camping ) The York- Buffalo Lines instructed their trucks to travel by way of Elmira until the danger passed.
Water surrounded the home of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Lawrence ( *Morgan Creek Road in the field across diversion ditch by DeMunn's garage) marooning the family for the duration of the night.
Chicken coops became the scene of many cleanings by law- abiding "mauradeers, removing the fowls to higher places of safety .One popular man put his in crates and hung up the crates.
The water reached it's crest at 18.00 feet Sunday and slowly lowered until Morgan Creek Road and the road to Lawrenceville from Lindley could be negitiated by traveling through water at about noon Sunday.The lowering water revealed that the flood waters had bitten several sizable holes in the road for about five hundred feet in Morgan Creek near the Albert Lawrence residence. A heavy thaw and drizzling rain at noon brought the river to rising again.The temperature at one time on Sunday reached 58 degrees and aided materially to the river's height. By three o'clock Sunday afternoon, the road between Lindley and Lawrenceville became impassable ,the road north of the town never being open. Trucks Sunday that were too heavy to cross the bridges at Lindley and Presho were forced to use the Morgan Creek -connecting road with the main highway road.One low truck and eight wheeled trailor combination was too heavy to cross the bridge even though assured that the Lindley bridge (old iron bridge-built 1898)one time three years ago had twenty tons on it at one time.His outfit,he explained, weighed nearly twice that amount,the truck having a gross weight of 28 ton and the trailor a gross weight of 10 ton ,making a total of 38 ton. The load consisted of steel castings.The driver expressed fear that the dirt connecting road might fail ,the frost letting the truck through..Therefore he insisted that one truck proceed and 1 follow so that if he " fell through " he would be ready with help before he got in too deep. (doesn't say if he made it--- will check with Dick Riffle (age 93 )- memory still great) .
To be continued Photos Lindley Bridge 2010
2010 River Float from Wetlands -North of Lindley bridge

Mother Nature Surprises

The thermometer on the bank by Wegman's read 75 degrees at 2:30 this afternoon. Some different than the pictures of last year about this time.
It is interesting to look back at the newspaper clippings that I save on the weather.
On 3-13/14/1993- the area experienced a whopper of a storm. Our family has vivid memories -as our grandson and grand-daughter were here from Arizona to celebrate her eighth birthday. She had wished for snow. She had her wish and was snowed in for three days. "Be careful what you wish for- it may be more than you expect!!!"
I couldn't copy the pictures on the Leader dated 3-15-1993 but the headlines read "DIGGING OUT
Snow leaves entire area buried; crews may be plowing out all week."
The brutal storm that blanketed the Southern Tier with nearly 2 1/2 feet of snow this weekend left clear,blue skies in its wake on Sunday,but enormous accumulations and huge drifts continue to paralyze the region today forcing many businesses and public agencies to remain closed." Lindley reported 29.5 inches,schools were closed , the Leader was delivered Sunday evening instead of Sunday morning,etc.
So when we wish the Arizona grand-daughter Happy Birthday on March 13th, we remind her of her wish for snow and the 1993-snow storm.
The March 4th ,1994 Leader reported a major snow storm for that date and worried about flooding when the snow melted. A chart showed 80 inches for the area for the 1994 season and a record snow fall of 96 inches for the 1993 season.
The March 6th ,2008 -Leader warns of another storm that could hit Friday.
One wonders if Mother Nature will spare us this kind of headlines for the rest of the month -or will she send us a surprise.

Even if she does-spring is just around the corner.

Happy St. Patrick's Day 2012

What a wonderful day.

Whether or not we are Irish, we can still enjoy the activities associated with the day.
The photo was taken at the Philedelphia Flower Show in 2007. If you enjoy flowers and flower shows ,this should be on your to-do list.
A few sayings as copied from the daily quotes in the Corning Leader this week.

"The list of Irish saints in the past is counting; but in all there is no other figure so human ,friendly and lovable as St.Patrick -who was an Irishman only by adoption"

"An Irishman is never drunk as long as he can hold onto one blade of grass to keep from falling off the earth."

"When Irish eyes are smiling ' tis like a morn in spring . With a lilt of Irish laughter,you can hear the angels sing. "

"My favorite- " May your pockets be heavy and may your hearts be light.
May good luck pursue you each morning and night."

And may a friendly Leprechaun share his Pot O' Gold with you on this lovely Spring day

Lindley-Presho Historical Society Meeting

The Lindley -Presho Historical Society will meet tomorrow Thursday March 24th 7 P.M. at the Lindley Town Hall.
The program will be memories of attending school-especially Lindley one room schools. The program is free and open to the public.
Those attending are encouraged to bring bring photos and or memorabiliaia from their school days.
The photo is the Central School (#3 )in the hamlet of Lindley-near the NYS wetlands on Lindley Road. In the 1972 flood,the building was destroyed.

Donald and Dick Riffle to the Rescue

Home of the George Riffle family on Morgan Creek Road in the 1940's. After the home burned,the property was acquired by the present Lindley Woodworks business.
During Sunday evening, Donald and Dick Riffle known to all as Don and Dick rowed a boat to the home of Albert Lawrence and removed the family which was marooned. They made two trips ,the first trip to the house they returned with Mrs. Lawrence and sons Charles and Lewis. On their return to the house the second time, they removed all the furniture and movables to the second floor with the aid of Mr.Lawrence and Mr. Lawrence's father Albert Lawrence,Sr. and all left including the dog as the water was about to enter the house.Before the water receded,it was flowing about a foot deep thru the house. Water entered the Pruynes's Filling Station (below the present Enderle home ) and ran about four to six inches deep on the floor of the Lee H. Buckley General Store (located at west old iron bridge by former Crandall house) . Most of the cellars of the community flooded and most of the barns and chicken coops flooded. One man who had to move his chickens two nights running sorrily wished that he had purchased ducks instead of chickens when he had the opportunity -sometime ago.
The tractor of Albert Lawrence was washed from behind their house to the road in front of their house-one hundred to one hundred and twenty feet.
Water entered the Ayer's Woodworking Shop (house on corner of present Caroline Dr and Morgan Creek Rd.) and forced Mr. Ayers and a number of men to remove the machinery,mostly electric -powered to the second floor as well as considerable valuable lumber used in his cabinet making work.Water entered the district No.3 school and therefore school was not held on Monday.Needless to say, the high school students could not go to school Monday at Corning due to the unsafe and inaccessable roads.
Next Dick Riffle( now a resident of Washington State and who will celebrate his 94th birthday in May) will tell about how he and his brother helped the Lawrence family in this flood.

Spring Flowers

Happy Easter 2012

Announcemments and Dick Riffle's Flood Memories

Thanks to Dennis Abbey for the great photo as costruction began on future I99 west of present U.S. Rt.15.
As reference - former State Line Camping Buildings are in bottom left corner of photo. I understand those buildings will be removed for the bridge over Morgan Creek Road.

On Thursday evening April 26, 7 P.M. at the Lindley Town Hall-the Lindley/Presho Historical Society will present a program in recognition of the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812. Comments will be made about the 28 War of 1812 American Soldier's remains which were discovered in Canada in 1987. In 1988, these unknown soldiers were interred in the Bath,N.Y. National Cemetery. Other information will be given about the involvement of Steuben County and Lindley in this war.
On Sunday May 20th, 2012 , 2 P.M at the Lindley-Presho Veteran's Monunment at the Lindley Town Hall--. the Tioga County, Pennsylvania Honor Guard will again honor Lindley area Veterans in an Armed Forces Day Ceremony.
Both events are free and the public is invited to attend.

E-mail from Dick Riffle ( age 93 years ) - 3/19/2012
I well remember the 1940 flood Rutty Passmore mentioned in his report about Al and Stella Lawrence being marooned in their home. From the lane near Bill Ayres home we saw them waving a flag of some sort. My Dad had a rowboat at our home so my brother Don and I took off across the flooded Harry Toby field to rescue them. There were huge slabs of ice floating and we had to dodge them. The current was quite fast around their house so we rowed far enough against the current so when we got to the house they were ready to jump in the boat. We managed to row to quieter water and arrived safely. There were large ice slabs hitting their house and they had become concerned their house would wash away.
When the water receded some of the homes north of Bulkley's store had mud on the floors throughout their house.
The good community spirit of folks pitched in with shovels and brooms,etc. to help clean the mud out.I remember doing some of that with my brothers.
One spring there was a flash flood on Tannery and Steamtown Creeks. We got word that the Frank Sly family were stranded in the middle of the creek. A bunch of us went to help but their house had floated a short way and was being held by a huge tree. We could see them waving a lantern for help but there was no way to reach them. The house stayed and in the morning the water receded and they were able to get out. Frank was as pale as a ghost. A frightening experience for the family. This was on Steamtown Creek. Morgan Creek flooded a couple times but the only damage was to Orcutts and George Wood's fields.
With the very heavy snow in the mountains this year,the west side of Washington and Oregon will have floods this year.
(Dick now resides in the State of Washington

In reference to the note about the "river ford" this is in the vicinity of the NYS Wetlands and boat launch-north of the Lindley bridge. Kitty

WWII Program

John Biggio -(student) will share his school project a Powerpoint Presentation

"A Look Back at WWII " with the Lindley -Presho Historical Society on
Thursday May 24th at
7P.M. at the Lindley Town Hall.
John spent considerable time and effort on his project and has some interesting information to share. Hopefully,there will be a large audience that evening to view John's program. Without a doubt, it will revive some stories and memories for many of the audience.

Sam Patch

One more Lindley RR story

Hopefully this will copy so that you can read it by clicking on it to enlarge the print.
Then next time -I will move on to a new topic...

Please bear with me

Some of you will wonder what happened to the blog posting. In my  attempt on a new computer to enlarge  the Sam Patch article, I accidentally deleted all the 2012 postings.  After worrying  about losing them , spending some time looking and trying to find ways to recover them, I finally found them on Google Reader--- only to be baffled by how to get them back on the blog. Fortunately-son Dan who is computer wise rescued me and showed me how to copy and paste. It will take a couple days,but most of the posts will be back -if not in proper order.
 For an old lady who never wanted to learn how to use a computer- it just goes to  prove old dogs can learn new tricks with the right teacher..  Thanks-Dan      MOM

   The picture is an old "generic" Postcard

Armed Forces Day May 20th, 2012 -- Lindley,NY

On Sunday-- May 20th The Tioga County Penna. Honor Guard will conduct their annual Armed Forces Day Ceremony in Lindley. The purpose of the ceremony is to honor past and present Military Personnel from the Lindley area for their contributions and service to our nation. The service is scheduled to begin at 2 P.M. at the Lindley Town Hall . Members of the Guard will raise the flags, and present a wreath at the Veteran's Monument. Following the Pledge to the Flag,Tracy Rumsey -Veteran and former Lindley Supervisor will give a short talk . After the Benediction, the Honor Guard will do a Ceremonial Riffle firing -followed by Taps.
Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the Public. This ceremony is a way for the Lindley Community to thank all the local area Military members for their service to our country. If you know a Veteran or present member of the Military service, please extend an invitation to them to attend this event.