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