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.