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!!!!