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

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Faces of American Revolution

Faces of American Revolution

This article is from UK Mail online and shows daguerreotypes of American Revolutionary Veterans.  Thought it was a great article, putting a face on our Fourth of July Holiday.

Take note of George Fishley, he was with General John Sullivan, during Sullivan’s Expedition.  It occurred in 1779, the expedition was throughout New York and Pennsylvania.  As the article states it was a genocidal attack on Indians, specifically the Iroquois. The Iroquois had sided with the British and had led attacks on Patriot settlements.  The frontier settlements had little protection from the Continental Army. The local militias were their sole source of protection. (prior to the Sullivan Clinton Expedition) The Cherry Valley Massacre was the final attack that prompted General Washington to launch the planned offensive towards Fort Niagara, which General Sullivan led.

Friday, July 5, 2013

What goes round -comes round

There is an old saying "What goes round -comes round".  Hopefully,2013 will see the last 4 miles of I 99 completed in NYS. Only 91 years after this article was written for the present U.S.Rt.15( being described in the article).

The scenic route of old Rt.15 will still be there for local traffic.
                                         From an old postcard

Monday, July 1, 2013

Old Rt 15(Lindley Rd.) Business Area -Early 1900's

At the Lindley/Presho Historical Society meeting on Thursday June 27th, there was a discussion about  the history of Lindley Road and some of the businesses located there before the road was re-located in 1953. (Away from the flood plain) The following is a review of information in the historian files.
A newspaper clipping from my grandmother dated 1939 states the Green Shingle Inn burned ,but was rebuilt. It stood at the south end of the old Town Hall until it was moved to its present location on the corner of Watson Creek Road and U.S. Rt.15.
As Town Historian trying to collect almost 200 years of history for the town files, I needed to be able to fit pieces of a puzzle together and to be able to find clues as in a mystery. Such is the case of this picture taken about 1912 (1910) at the corner of Morgan Creek Road and Lindley Road (old U.S. Rt.15).       
 A newspaper clippings of January 4th, 1912 stated the following: “ A.W. Orr the general merchant has sold his residence and store to Lettie C. Wagner and Miss Pearl Dillon possession to be given April 1st.
Charles Harrison has sold his store property to the same parties, possession Jan.15th. The new firm will run under the name of Wagner and Dillon. H.R. Wagner will head the firm. Lettie C. Wagner, Miss Pearl Dillon and F.G. Wagner will be the other members. They will take possession of the Harrison store about January 15th.
                Feb.13th Wagner & Dillon opened the Harrison store .It will be merged with the Orr store in April and will pay the top-notched price for eggs. The new firm will make no active bid for business until it takes over the Orr store, but after that date, they will meet all competition of outside firms as well as home.”
Many older residents were familiar with the location of the Orr store whose history is as follows:
                Archealogical research for the new 2- lane- bridge on County Route 73 at Lindley had revealed that the Orr store stood on corner of Morgan Creek Road and old US. Rt.15 (Lindley Road.)(Picture is shown on Lindleytown blog.) The first owners (1847) were Middlebrook, Moore and Morgan.  Elizabeth Hill bought the property in 1867. In 1883, Charles Hill bought the store from his mother. In 1906, Charles and William Hill –sons of Elizabeth sold to Gertrude Orr.  As mentioned in the clipping, the Wagners, etc obtained the store from Orr in 1912. In 1915, a William Cook became owner through a foreclosure deed and sold it to Maude Cook in 1917. She then sold the property to Amos and Gertrude Orr in 1922. The Orrs sold the store to Merton Manley in 1926. Many of our senior citizens remember it as the” Manley Store.”  In 1945, Doug and Bernice Whitaker purchased the business. To many that corner is still referred to as Whitaker’s store. In the 1972 flood, the building was heavily damaged and demolished. Two mobile homes were placed on the lot. In 2009, the new 2 lane bridge will be constructed across this piece of property.
                Still a mystery is a fact mentioned in Burr’s History of Lindley -1951, which states” the Hill store burned.” The question remains when was it rebuilt and by whom. Pictures from the Whitaker store show it on about the same foundation.
                The above told us where the Orr store was located but where was the Harrison Store?  When Lucia (Loughridge) Huels brought the photo to the Lindley-Presho Historical Society meeting, she, also, brought a narrative from her 90 plus years cousin Dick Riffle who lives in the State of Washington. He named the narrative, People in Lindley as I knew them 1922-1940. In his story, he describes the old Town Hall, the Harrison store and a blacksmith shop as shown in the picture.  He also stated that the store became a residence; then a tavern that burned in the 1930’s. The Tavern called the Green Shingle was rebuilt. His story doesn’t finish the story of the Green Shingle however. In 1953, U.S. Rt. 15 was relocated to its present location. This meant that the Green Shingles Tavern would be by-passed by Rt. 15 traffic- So Mike and Kay Jusick - owners of the tavern negotiated with Clarence Brant who owned property on the corner of Watson Creek Road and the new highway. The Green Shingle building was raised from its foundation , placed on some type of movable vehicle and transported across the fields to its present location.
                There are more stories and questions about Lindley stores and businesses, but they will wait for another time.
Postscript  In March 2009, Judson (Bill) Kennedy identified  the man in the postcard as his Grandfather –Judd(Beckwith) Kennedy . Bill’s grandmother Grace Kennedy had given him a copy of the postcard and identified the man as her husband –Bill’s Grandfather-Judd Kennedy.  (C.M. Pierce  Aug 2009)
7/2013 - Not clear in this photo is the roof of the Harrison House just passed the old Town Hall. Durland Weale and Dick Riffle  have explained that the Blacksmith Shop was in a building just south of the "Green Shingle" -(Harrison House)-(across the road from the De Munn/Westcott homes of today).
At one time, there was a Cheese Factory located where De Munn parks his trucks.  
 Apparently, this was a thriving business area of Lindley in the early 1900's.
Postcard -postmarked 1910