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