Sunday, December 29, 2013

Happy New Year January 2013

2014  Greetings
Happy New Year
Another old postcard

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Lindley Highway Garage Progress 1-5-2013 to 1-23-2013

Jan 5,2013
Awaiting delivery of building material on 12-20-2013
                                        Building material arrives-
                                              construction starts

Good weather assists in construction
  Rebuilding the Lindley Highway Garage after the devastating fire on
1-5-2013 in  less than a year has been a challenge -so hats off to Marc Stocum and his highway crew; Jerry Simcoe, Town  Supervisor ; members of the Town Board and the Jones Construction Company for all their efforts

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Comforts from Home for Civil War Soldiers -1861--(152 Years Ago)

Corning, NY Civil War Monument
 November 11,2011
(Note:Camera date is a little ahead of the time)

      Nothing makes a more refreshing and palatable drink for the sick than grape jelly and water.

   At this season, when grapes are so abundant and so cheap, would it not be well for those who wish to add to the comforts of our military hospitals, to make a supply?
The following is a recipe -

      Wash the grapes thoroughly in cold water, separate them from the stems, and mash them
 in an earthen vessel with a potato masher.
    Then put them over a fire, and boil them twenty minutes. Strain them through a bag made of three thicknesses of white mosquito netting;
to every pint of juice add one and a quarter pounds of sugar, and boil twenty minutes. Put
in pint jars -china is the strongest; paste white paper over the top, then tie a piece of strong muslin over it.  Pack them with hay or (linen rags, if you have enough,) in candle or starch boxes, first taking care that the box is well nailed and strong enough. By boring two holes in each end, near the top, and putting in strong rope handles the boxes are more certain of being kept " this side up" . 


The following rules are laid down for ladies wishing to knit socks for the soldiers. -get large needles and a coarse yarn.  Cast on twenty-eight stitches, and knit the leg ten inches before setting
the heel. The heel should be three and a half inches long and knit of double yarn, one fine and one coarse, for extra strength.The foot should be eleven or twelve inches long.

From Ladies Department - Moore's Rural New Yorker --1861
152 years has greatly improved the contents of Care Packages for the Military.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Before the Days of Antibiotics, Etc.

Clippings from Moore's Rural New Yorker- 1861
Ladies' Department 

Eds.  Rural New Yorker : As I have a few recipes which have been tried and pronounced good, I send them to you for publication.
Take butter that is very salt and rub it on the throat and chest thoroughly, before going to bed. Two or three applications will effect a cure. We have had the throat distemper about pretty extensively this fall, and this has been the principal medicine.
The best way is to take a flannel cloth, dip it in water and put on the chest as hot as can be bourne, then take salt butter, spread on brown paper, and apply immediately. It is a very simple ,but invaluable remedy.

Line a basin with a crust prepared as for a biscuit ; pare,core, and quarter as many apples as will fill the basin; sprinkle some allspice over them, a little sugar, and a half cup of water.  Cover with a crust and steam one and a half hours. Serve with cream and sugar.

One cup of cream, two of sugar,  two eggs, half cup butter,  two teaspoons of cream tarter; one of soda,  nutmeg for seasoning. Flour sufficient to roll out.
Anne Brown  Rawsonville, N.Y. 1861.  

To Be continued

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Rutty Passmore Newsletter Story -- April 4, 1940


 As mentioned previously in articles about Lindley floods in the 1940, Rutty was confined to his home due to health problems, and published a local newspaper. He resided on Morgan Creek Road and Mr. Ayres mentioned was his neighbor.
This weekend just past saw a series of three stages of high water; the week before however was a vastly different. Allow us to show the comparison. Last week ,Mr. William R. Ayres went into northern part of the state and returned on Tuesday. We at the time asked him to write a short article on what he saw. However, it was not ready for last week's edition and we now find that it works out as well a week late as it gives an interesting comparison of two consecutive weeks. Mr. Ayres article follows. 
 "You, undoubtedly, have read several accounts of 'Ole Man Winter" in upstate New York. Well, I went up to see, not in an attempt to discredit anything I had read, but on a business trip, intending to return Monday night. Before  I forget let me say I was mighty happy to reach my destination Monday, but never thought of coming back that night. Every thought seemed to be about the weather. Every human I met carried the same expression of doubt, "don't believe we can ever live through it."  I have been through wind and blizzards in Steuben County hills, but I was never blown off a highway before. Never have I been detained nearly an hour on a four lane highway with nearly three miles of trucks and cars lined up waiting to move. What a thrill to be next to the last car to go through, all others being ordered to turn back by the State Police, because the snowplows were so hampered by traffic.
Those who were allowed to proceed east traveled through a narrow lane of snow piled 10 to 12 feet high on either side, only to find another lane of west bound traffic a mile in length waiting to proceed.
When someone mentions 115 inches of snow fall in one winter, believe it. It really does happen and less than 150 miles from us"
It was only one week, but within that week was the storm described by Mr. Ayres and three different floods. Quite a record in particular for the Eastern half of the United States. I don't know whether to feel proud of our record or ashamed. I'll leave the decision to you dear reader.  
For Rutty's story about the 1940 floods -- please check the March 2010  Archives, August 2012  

Monday, November 25, 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013

Also known as the Harrison House

Old newspaper archives on line from the Green Library in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania are a great source of articles on Lindley History.

Wellsboro Agitator  June 24,1896 Pg 3
That "marrying minister " at Lawrenceville boards the trains and tackles every young couple he sees. The gentleman with his red-ink business cards which offers meals and lodging as well as matrimony at cut rates, gets "left" very often when he thinks he is about to secure a job. Some young professional men from Wellsboro have recently been considerably embarrassed by the aforesaid preacher's solicitations when they happened to be conversing with young lady friends on the train. They think that they will be able to do their own 'proposing" when the time comes and arrange the details for their own weddings without the assistance of the "marrying minister".

I neglected to note the date on the following

There is much consolation to the thought that while the Tioga County couples run over into New York State to get married, very much to the satisfaction of the ministers over the border, the uncongenial New York couples pay the Pennsylvania lawyers much larger fees to get divorced in this state.

Many of the weddings took place at the Harrison House (Cowanesque Hotel) by the Lawrenceville RR Depot which was actually in the Town of  Lindley,NYS.  As I find these marriages in the newspaper archives, I add them to the Historian's files and will share with the Lindley Town Clerk ( Registrar of Vital Statistics). - The marriage records on file in the Lindley Town Clerk's office start about 1905. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

1915 Lindley Farm For Sale

Tioga River Flats
  From --NYS Annual Report of Department of Agriculture  1916 -
23rd year ending September 30,1915  Part II Vol.2
Town of Lindley
Population 1,153
No 1136-Farm of 307 Acres; located 1/2 mile from Lindley P.O. R.D. No.2, and railway station on line of  N.Y.C. R.R.; 1/2 mile from school and churches ;1/2 mile from cheese factory ; 2 miles from milk station and condensing plant . Nearest city, Corning ,population 13,730,12 miles distant, reached by rail or good highway. General surface of farm ,70 acres of good river flats ,remainder rolling. Altitude 1,029 feet. nature of soil, sandy loam .Acres in meadow, 45; in pasture,  200; in timber, 60; oak and pine, estimated at 200,000 feet. Acres tillable 150. Fruit,10 apple trees. Best adapted to tobacco, alfalfa, hay, corn, oats, potatoes and wheat.  Fences ,wire and board, in good condition. House 12 rooms, fair condition. Outbuildings:  2 basement barns, 36x38; 2 tobacco sheds, 28x64; 1 horse barn, 32x32; 1 cow barn, 28x80; 1 corn crib, 24x32. House and barns are watered by running water; fields by creek.  Occupied by owner. Reason for selling, ill health.  Price $10,000.Terms, $2000 cash, balance to suit purchaser. Address-  Alexander Brown ,owner, Lindley, N.Y.  Owner will rent on shares or with option to buy.   
Wetlands on Lindley Road
There were 3 other farms listed in this report - all in about the same general area.
Note  the cost, the number of buildings, the variety of possible farm crops and the  associated businesses. 
There have been many changes in these 98 years,
but fortunately the rural atmosphere still prevails.   

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Some Military Trivia for Veteran's Day

There are several Military  Veteran's uniforms in the Town of Lindley Historian's Collection.
I don't recall what prompted the research (one of the uniforms may have the patch with it).  Anyway -looking for something for Veteran's Day in the files, I located this documentation.  It has been updated since I first found it on Google .
 I imagine a Google search will show more information.
  I enjoyed rereading it -especially the Hollywood connection!!!!!!

Copyright © Since 1988  Contact The American War Library
Ruptured Duck (Honorable Discharge) References
The information on this website is in the public domain. No permission is required to quote, use, distribute or republish.
Common Myths About The Honorable Discharge
"Ruptured Duck" Lapel Pin
(This Information Site is Continually Updated.)
Click here for the official Ruptured Duck (Honorable Discharge) Issue Regulations


  1. The "Ruptured Duck" applies only to the WW2 era.
    Not true. Actually, the plan for a multi-service branch, universal Honorable Discharge Lapel patch originated in 1919 at the close of WWI. The purpose of the patch, and later pin, was to permit Honorably Discharged military personnel to wear their uniform for a period of time after they left military service due to their inability to afford civilian clothes, while at the same time identify themselves as no longer active duty personnel. The pin version of the patch was intended to permit civilian dressed, Honorable Discharged personnel to identify their former military status easily when applying for work or veteran's benefits. The patch and pin were also intended to replace and supersede all previous Honorable Discharge devices. Neither the patch nor pin were put into production until years later.

  2. The "Ruptured Duck" ended with WW2.
    Not true. The Ruptured Duck is a permanent 'hardware' device with no expiration date. It has replaced all previously issued Honorable Discharge lapel pins.

  3. The "Ruptured Duck" is not the only Honorable Discharge lapel pin. The Navy, Coast Guard and Army have their own Honorable Discharge pins today.
    Not true. The Ruptured Duck is the only official all-branch "Honorable Discharge" lapel pin. The current Army, Coast Guard and Navy pins sometimes issued to Retirees are "Honorable Service" pins that are authorized principally to age and medical retirees. The military definitions of "Discharge" and "Service" are not to be confused as meaning the same.

  4. The "Ruptured Duck" is no longer distributed by the military.
    True and Not true. Although there is no regulation that requires any branch of the US military to issue any military award 'hardware' item, just as all military medals, badges and other 'hardware' items, the Ruptured Duck is still purchasable in US military Post and Base Exchanges and continues to be manufactured by official US military medal suppliers.

  5. The design of the Ruptured Duck is not the original design
    True. The original design conceived in 1919 bore the flat image of an eagle as depicted in the Presidential Seal. The image was changed in May, 1943 after the Washington Conference (code named The Trident Conference) between Roosevelt and Churchill to depict an eagle appearing to initiate flight (The Eagle Has Flown). This image was intended to coincide with the timing of the first major Allied Offensives against the Axis Powers in the Pacific and Atlantic.

  6. To this day it still remains commonly stated by many since 1944 that "No one knows how the Ruptured Duck got its name but for many decades it was said that the Duck gots its (nick)name from the unknown wife of an unknown Army Air Corps airman who mockingly told her husband that the spread-eagled figured looked more like a "ruptured duck" than an eagle taking flight or fanning its wings."
    Not true. This myth was intentionally created by Louis B. Mayer of Hollywood fame. Mr. Mayer spent hundreds of thousands of dollars spreading this myth to save the movie career of one of his most famous actresses, Hedy Lamarr, who had recently escaped from Nazi Germany. Ms. Lamarr had been married to Friedrich Mandl who owned a network of arms factories controlled by the Krupp Family. Ms. Lamarr gained infamy in Germany not because of her nude acting, which her husband opposed, but because it was confirmed that it was she and not her husband who came up with revolutionary ideas to improve weapons design and production in the Mandl section of the Krupp Arms works. It is believed that her husband conspired to kill his wife after having been humiliatingly confronted by others in his elite circle of Nazi megalomaniacs that his wife was fully known by all to be the originator and owner of his military enhancements. But learning about his murder plans Ms. Lamarr, along with her maid who were both inspired by their mutually adored Jewish heroine, Judith, drugged her husband and fled Germany. Upon eventually arriving in the US from her long escape route from Europe with the aid of a Jewish "Underground Railroad" stretching from Germany to the US, Ms. Lamarr was quoted as saying that her terrible and hazardous flight originated -- in the actresses words -- on a 'broken bird'... ("segeltuch gebrochen"). In English, the German "segeltuch gebrochen" spoken by Ms. Hedy Lamarr translates to "Ruptured Duck". The term was picked up immediately by the movie-star crazed female employees of the manufacturing plant that produced the "Duck" and labeled their shipping boxes "Ruptured Ducks", partly in commemoration of Ms. Lamarr's heroic flight, but mostly because it was common practice -- if not required policy -- during WW2 to label shipments destined for the war theater differently than their true contents so as to not inform enemy agents about the actual contents. The term "Ruptured Duck" had forever caught on as the Honorable Discharge Lapel pin's nickname... thanks to Hedy Lamarr.
    However, in 1944 Army Chief of Staff George C. Marshall issued classified Special Order #131 directing that all historical information contained in any medium, "... paper, microfilm, acetate, film, etc..." on the Honorable Discharge Lapel Pin, "...commonly referred to as 'The Ruptured Duck'... currently residing in any command will be immediately destroyed. General Marshall's order was intended to prevent "...possible serious and severe reduction in troop morale"... should the continued use of what he considered a ...disparaging term...", "Ruptured", be applied to the Honorable Discharge lapel pin. Within a month virtually every military document providing the history of the Ruptured Duck virtually disappeared. Within a year the common statement as to the origin of the Ruptured Duck was replied with "nobody knows".
    It would be another fifty-one years (during the massive declassification of wartime records ordered by President Bill Clinton for POW research) before declassified reports revealed the reason for General Marshall's well-founded reason for killing off the history of the Ruptured Duck since he realized it was impossible to eradicate its name, for fear that "...possible serious and severe reduction in troop morale"... could result if it were disclosed that the top Secret code name of one the highest United States military officers was "Duckpin". The codename "Duckpin" was assigned to the four star, soon five star, general whose singular being required the highest level of confidence of all those he commanded. The General codenamed "Duckpin" (in 1942) was Dwight David Eisenhower.
    NOTE: Codenames for others were: Chiang kai-Chek, "Peanut"; Josef Stalin, "Glyptic"; FD Roosevelt, "Victor"; Winston Churchill, "Former Naval Person".

  7. Only Honorable Discharge personnel can own the RD.
    Not true. Individuals who received an Honorable Discharge during a previous enlistment cylce, but later received a less than Honorable Discharge after a subsequent cycle are still permitted to possess their original Ruptured Duck eligibility for that previous cyle only, and are prohibited by law from disguising, misrepresenting or assert Honorable Discharge as their final discharge status.

  8. A serviceperson may acquire and wear or display as many RD's as the number of Honorable Dscharge's he received for each re-enlistment period.
    Not true. An recipient is eligible for only one Ruptured Duck regardless of the number of times he received an Honorable Discharge upon re-enlistment.
Additional myth corrections will be added as they are received.


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Happy Birthday -Mike

Loren ( Mike) Morse
90 years young on November 9th, 2013
Let's all wish Mike -Lindley resident -World War II Veteran
A Very Happy Birthday
We hope you have a wonderful day with all your family .

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Lindley-Presho Fire Department Members

1963  Members- Front Row
Glenn Terwilliger, Elmer Huels, Dale Drake, Richard Pierce, Mike Morse 

2013 & 1963  Members-Back Row
Terry Hill, Curt Drake, Gary Kollhoff, Alonzo Toby, Bradley Drake, Blaine Toby, Harry Pierce (1963), Mary Jane Semple, Harold Semple, Randy Hill, Ed Parish, Sheldon Ward (1963), Howard McFall, Dylan Hill, Ed Hawkins  

Thanks to all the past and present members of the Department for all their volunteer services to the Lindley Community for the past 50 years. 
 Thank You to all the members of the Department and to the Lindley  residents  who attended the 50th Anniversary Party for the Fire Department on Sunday October 27th. It was great to see so many in attendance.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Town of Lindley Events Updates

November 5th Election Ballot available for viewing
The ballots are now available for viewing on the Board of Elections website.  You can go to and click on 2013 General Election Ballots.   Each ballot is listed by town and district (if applicable).  The ballots are 2 sided as there are state, county and some local propositions on the back of the ballot.

Steuben County Board of Election
(P)  607-664-2261
(F)  607-664-2376  (new)

50th Anniversary Party for the Fire Department

The Lindley-Presho Historical Society is hosting a 50th Anniversary Party for the Lindley-Presho Volunteer Fire Department at the Lindley Town Hall, 637 US 15, Lindley, NY 14858, on Sunday, October 27th from 2:00-4:00pm.  Past, present and future Volunteer Fire Fighters will be honored, and refreshments will be served.  All are welcome!!

Hoping the Lindley Community will take a few minutes to thank the Fire Department Members for all their volunteer services to the town.

                  Lindley -Presho Fire Department Members 1963 and 2011

Front Row -Elmer Huels, Francis Toby, Renee' Toby, Anthony Van Gordon
Back Row- Mike Morse,Harry Pierce, Blaine Toby, Alonzo Toby, Dick Pierce, Terry Hill, Bradley Drake, Ed Hawkins 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Vacancy on Lindley Town Board

Letters of Interest being accepted to fill vacant Town Board seat
The Lindley Town Board is accepting letters of interest to fill a position on the Lindley Town Board due to an early vacancy.  This position is for the remainder of 2013.  Applicants should include why they would like to enter into public service.  Letters of interest will be accepted through Friday, October 18th.  The Town Board will review and appoint a qualified applicant Wednesday, October 23rd at 7:00 pm at the Lindley Town Hall.  Please mail or submit letters to the Lindley Town Clerk's office, Lindley Town Hall, 637 US 15, PO Box 62, Lindley NY  14858.
By order of the Lindley Town Board

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

A Great Day in the Town of Lindley,N.Y.

Dignitaries at Rt.15  Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
A view of Lindley,New York  from the new 4 lane Route U.S.15
(Note no exit at Lindley hamlet)
Ribbon cutting ceremony October 8,2013  -11A.M on Northbound Lane of  Route 15  (Town Of Lindley) -(someday to be I 99
Today was a beautiful day for the long awaited opening of 4 lanes of traffic through the Town of Lindley N.Y
        This project has been discussed since plans were made to extend the 4 lane highway to Presho, N.Y. from Painted Post. (That section of the project was completed in 1970- if I recall correctly.) 
         In 1997, Pennsylvania and New York authorities started discussions to continue the 4 lane highway from Presho all the way to Williamsport, Pa. and beyond.
 Today -marked the end of 16 years of planning and  construction.
Lindley residents and travelers along the 5 miles of 2 lanes of traffic from Presho to Lawrenceville can all gave a collective sigh of relief that this 5 miles is finally completed.
On a historical note- In the Wellsboro newspaper archives on line from the Wellsboro, Penna. Green Library is an article stating in 1923, the last 5 miles of concrete to be finished from Presho, Lawrenceville, Penna. was finally completed. This was the last 5 miles to be finished on the north/south route from Buffalo, N.Y. to Washington, D.C.   Today - history was repeated with the completion of these same 5 miles.
Photo credits to Fran Temple   -Thank You 
And a thank you to Bill Canfield and Fran Woodring for attending the Rt. 15 project meetings for 16 years and attempting to  keep the Lindley residents informed.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Save the Date

Lindley Fire Station  October 1963

Lindley Fire Station  2002

Sunday October 27
2-4 P. M.
Lindley Town Hall

Plans are underway to honor former and present Volunteer members of the Lindley-Presho Fire Department for 50 years of service to the Lindley community.

 Lindley Residents, friends, neighbors and the public are invited to attend and share in recognizing the Fire Department  members for their contributions to the community.
Please check back for more details.   

Saturday, September 28, 2013

More Lumber City School Photos

An early photo of students
Photos  of other Lindley Schools and students are on display in the Lindley Town Hall. When known, names of the  students are attached.
The Birth of Education in One Room Country Schools December 2005 by Ian G. Mackenzie states" the former schoolhouse( Lumber City School) was built about 1865 on the Ryers Creek Road. The property was bought by Percy King (***after CPP Consolidation) who sold the building which was moved to Thurston and used as a garage. The school name was chosen because in the 1800's a small community existed at that location, -known as Lumbertown-so named because of the intense activity in the area."
The lumber company of Fox-Weston-Bronson is shown next to the school  on the 1873 map of Lindley. More on this topic later. 
If you have a photo of old Lindley schools or student groups not on display, I would be happy to add them to the Historian files.  Copies of the original photos are acceptable or I can scan and return the original.
*** my notation  -Kitty

Friday, September 13, 2013

    The Lindley-Presho  Historical Society will meet on Thursday September 26th, 2013  7 P.M. at the Lindley Town Hall.
The program will be Fox-Weston-Bronson Lumber Company and the Connection to the John P. Ryers’ Estate map. (John P. Ryers died in 1839). The area shown on the map is one fourth of the Town of Lindley (the Northeast Section) which Colonel Lindsley had sold to John Ryers of Staten Island,N.Y. in 1792. 
     Included in the holdings of the lumber company was Lumber City on Ryers Creek .  Can you find a relative in this photo??

Thursday, August 29, 2013

NYC&H Postcards

The NYC & H RR is shown going from Corning, NY.  to Wellsboro to Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania on the previous blog. At the present time, the rails have been removed from Wellsboro to Jersey Shore.  The roadbed along Pine Creek and Pennsylvania Grand Canyon is a hiking and biking trail. Another less known attraction is the Ole Covered Wagon that is a guided tour along the route.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Lindley's RR History

Corning Blossburg RR and the Erie RR Connection 
1988 -and Harris Barns.
The Corning -Blossburg Railroad (now Corning -Wellsboro ) was one of the first rail systems in this area-1839 .
I have been corresponding with a descendant of John Magee (who was heavily involved in the early CBRR.) From its early beginnings to the present, this little RR has had a fascinating history. Rather than try to tell the story here, check out a website maintained by the descendant at .
And thanks Dan for alerting me to your website and the story, photos,etc of one of the earliest and still running railroads in this region.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

       Section of I 99 to Open

I99 Updates and traffic flow changes as of August 21, 2013

Please note that there is now a stop sign at the end of the Presho Bridge onto Indian Hills Road.  

Also, Southbound Traffic onto I99 is scheduled to begin Thursday, August 22nd, barring any delays.

Local Southbound Traffic onto old Route 15 will be diverted from the Presho overpass onto Indian Hills road,  past the Presho Cemetery and along onto Hovey Road (formerly a dead end road). This will open onto Northbound Old Rt 15.  Please stop at the stop sign before crossing and continuing southbound on Old Rt 15. 

Thank you and use caution as you adjust to these traffic flow changes
As taken           looking   South   March 9th, 2013               
Before Bridge was completed   ( 3/9/2013)
Looking North
Photos by Dennis Abbey
Note the new Toby's curve -I-99 as travelers will see it traveling South starting  August 22nd, 2013

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Newtown Battlefield Event

Washington Monument

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Public Hearing Notice August 26,2013 7 P.M.

Lindsley Coat of Arms

The Town of Lindley Planning Board will hold an informational meeting
August 26th -7 P.M. at the Lindley-Presho  Fire Hall

This is an opportunity for Lindley residents to meet members of the  Planning Board and learn about their work.   

Please see the Town of Lindley Blog for more information under
Town of Lindley
in the column on the right side of this blog
 or google

Hope to see you there

Kitty-Town of Lindley Historian

Monday, August 5, 2013

The Old Country School

Stowell Hill  Lindley District 6
  *  Today's educators may look with scorn on the old country school, but there a lot of us today's Sr. citizen group who got their first introduction to the 3R's in just such a place. 
       They called our neighborhood school the Willowdale school, and it had been there a long time when I ventured through the front door at the age of 5 and left at the age of 11 for high school.
 It had none of the comforts of today's overdone classrooms-it was the typical one room school; no insulation, no store windows, tall windows on three sides of the room, a heatrola stove sat in the middle with its stovepipe stretched clear to the back of the room into the outside chimney. It was a nice looking stove, but its heating ability left much to be desired. I wonder how we kept from freezing, then I remember the long winter underwear, the
flannel petticoats, the woolen stockings, the heavy sweaters . On bad days,  we huddled close to the stove. Teacher would usually try to make hot cocoa for lunch; sometimes the mothers got together and brought a hot meal.There were no school buses, and I guess having to buck the fierce west wind on our way to school helped toughen us up for life ahead.
    We walked around snowdrifts, took along a stick of wood to protect us from the neighbors geese and seldom missed a day of school.
    Our school was quite modern by the standards of those days in that we had chemical toilets. There was an outside privy, but we did not have to cope with snowdrifts in the winter and yellow jackets in the summer.
       A pail of drinking water was fetched each morning from the closest farm and placed on a shelf in the entry way.  We were supposed to have our own cup, but most drank from the dipper. One of the older kids would have the honor of hanging out the flag each morning and bringing it in at night. We were taught never to let it touch the ground and we treated it with great respect.
 Without a doubt, some of our Senior Citizens will be reminded of their School Days and their experiences as students. Some of these stories have been shared at Lindley-Presho Historical Society meetings.
I neglected to mention
The photo of this Lindley Schoolhouse and photos of most of the other 1 room Lindley Schools are on display in the lobby of the Lindley, NY. Town Hall.
There is, also, a collection of photos of students and teachers from these schools on display in the lobby.
 Stop by and find a picture of your ancestor.
*Another old clipping from the files. Author unknown

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Joshua Mersereau buried in Presho Cemetery-Lindley,NY

(A clipping from a Staten Island newspaper)

This is just one of the Revolutionary soldiers buried in the Town of Lindley Cemeteries. In the Lindsley Burying Ground are Col.Eleazer Lindsley-(founder of the town ) and 2 of his son-in-laws who also served.
Dr.Ezekiel Mulford and Captain John Seelye. (The exact location of  Col. Lindsley or Captain Seelye graves are not known.)
 A new marker for Col.Lindsley was placed in the cemetery in 1990 Lindley Bicentennial celebration by the Heritage Days Committee.
Both Col. Lindsley and Joshua Mersereau have been inducted into the Steuben County Hall of Fame.
Joshua's portrait is on display in the Military Room in the Tioga County,Penna. Museum in Wellsboro,Pennsylvania  

Monday, July 22, 2013

1889 Flood Article Along Old Rt15

Photo from William Burr's  Lindley History 1951
The road on the south close to the white building (Hill's Store) is Morgan Creek Road. The arrow is pointing to Mr.Burr's home -in vicinity of Caroline Drive.
+Although article is dated 1949, it is  describing much of  the area around the Lindley bridge in 1889.  It ,also, mentions how many of Lindley's old records were lost.
Until the Corp of Engineer Dams were built in 1975/6 (after the 1972 flood), flooding was a common occurrance in this area.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

A Short History of the Lindley Town Halls

This present building on U.S. Rt.15 opened following 1972  Flood
(1970 Newspaper Clipping )
Building was on present Lindley Road
(Flooded in 1972)
*Note the old iron bridge
Photo Circa 1900
Following the disasterous flood of 1889,the iron bridge was built in 1898. (replaced in 1989 and again in 2009.)
The first Town Hall/Grange and Post Office building was, also, constructed about 1898. The Post Office was on north end of first floor,Town Hall on south end of 1st floor and Grange upstairs. (There was an indoor/outdoor
bathroom facility on the back of first floor). For a short time, the upstairs was used as a church. There were plays and events like Minstrel shows held there,also. In the late 1940's-early 1950's, some local teenagers were given permission by the Grange to use the upstairs for Square Dances
on Saturday evenings.  They were chaparoned by Mrs. Loughridge, Mrs. Pierce, Mrs.Brant and other mothers. There even was a wedding reception in 1954 because the Lindley Community Church basement had flooded several days before the wedding.    

Monday, July 8, 2013

Titled "Forty Years Ago"

 I have no idea where I found this newspaper clipping or its age, but it is very old and very yellow. Since it mentions airplanes , I am guessing it was written about 1910.
Nobody swatted a fly.
Nobody wore a wrist watch.
Nobody had appendicitis.
Nobody knew about radios.
Most young men had" livery bills".  
Farmers came to town for their mail.
Most people read by candle or kerosene light.
The heavens were not full of manbirds.
The hired girl drew $1.50 a week and was happy.
Young men learned trades at $5 a week.
 The butcher " threw in " a chunk of liver.
The merchant " threw in " a pair of suspenders with every suit.
Nobody listened in on the telephone line.
There were no electric meters.
There were no bolshevists, no "isms"
"Equipped with gas" was a prominent line of house -to -let advertisements.
Office folks didn't know about a fan in the summertime and ice water was a treat.
Most folks retired at 9 p.m. and rose at 5 in the morning.  
Times have changed.
Enjoy --Kitty