Monday, April 28, 2014

Lindley School District #8 Pettigrove

  This school stood at  the intersection of Ryers Creek/ (Pettigrove /Mulholland) and Welty Hill Roads. The foundation among some trees and brush is all that remains.
In a conversation with the late Doris Warner, she stated that when the  Schoonover home not far from the school house burned, she and Mabel Porter hung sheets on wires inside the school building and found furniture so that the Schoonover family had a place to live. She did not mention a date, but apparently the school had been closed by this time.
In looking for information on this school in the files, I located names of the students shown in the photo of the Stowell Hill School -
(Post 4-13-2014 ) and have added them to that Post.
I,also, found a photo of some East Lindley school students. The picture is fuzzy, but names are legible. (Post 3-24-2014)
Both of these photos are in the Town Hall School Display.
Copies or original photos of students from the Lindley Schools are always welcome.  IF indicated -the original will be scanned and returned to the owner.( Please include name and return address ). 
 Photos can be sent to the Town of Lindley Historian at 
Lindley Town Hall
637 US 15, PO Box 62
Lindley, NY  14858
Town of Lindley Historian
Catherine M. Pierce

Thursday, April 24, 2014

LP Historical Society Meeting

Do you have an unique item in your possessions
Bring them to the meeting
Enjoy a fun afternoon with Historical Society

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Watson Creek School #7 (Kittel) and Former Students

Reunion -1941

From Brenda Criss-(Her Mother's Classmates )

Elaine Kittel Toby attended here from 1922 to 1930.
 Her mother Ruby (Cole) Kittel (originally from Caton) was an early teacher.
Elaine  listed other teachers as Ethel Thomas, Elizabeth Vose,
 Leah Brown ,Merle Smith, Albert Hovey, Margaret Casson,
Norma O' Dell, and Madeline Stickler.
Now only a few stones of the foundation identify the location.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Happy Easter 2014

From An old Postcard
(with a 1 cent stamp )

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Stowell Hill -District #6

Class  of 1947-1948
*****From  the Historian's School Files
April 28-2014 
 I located the original photo with names that was donated by Sandy Gorges Watson . There is, also, a copy of the photo with the names in the Town Hall Lobby.  
Row 1 –David Wilson, ,Larry Gorges, Raymond Ball, Carolee Catchpole, Laura Buman, Sharon Brennan
Row 2-Beulah Ball, Sandra Gorges, James Deming , R. Hickey, Virginia Buman , Will Hickey
Row 3 James Buman, Anna Mae Ball, Alfred Blencowe, Frank Ball    

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

Are We Really Better Off than Our Ancestors?   by Dick Eastman

(I borrowed this from a genealogy website as a "Food for Thought"------- post as Adrian Austin  -Lindley businessman is remembered for often saying..   Kitty)
OldTrainMy grandfather owned a horse and a farm wagon, roughly the 1890s equivalent of the pickup truck of today. He traveled around the farming village where he lived at 3 or 4 miles per hour. When he needed to travel a longer distance, such as to the nearby city, he rode a train that reached speeds as high as 35 mph. Granddad never bought one of those new-fangled automobiles.
My father was of “the modern generation.” His first car was a well-used Model A Ford, and he went on to own an assortment of Fords, Plymouths, DeSotos, and Dodges over the years. Oh yes, one year when he worked a lot of overtime in the local factory, he bought a Cadillac. He drove most everywhere he wanted to go. He drove 50 or 60 miles an hour most everywhere. I don’t remember him ever taking a train.

Of course, I am of a still more “modern age,” and I love sports cars. I have owned a number of them, and I presently own a Corvette that is fast. Very fast. I am told it will travel 160 miles per hour although I cannot vouch for that from experience. Prior to that automobile, I owned others capable of similar speeds.
I used to commute to the city every day and sometimes drove a very powerful and very fast sports car to work every day, traveling down the local superhighway during the height of the rush hour. Many times I averaged 3 or 4 miles an hour for extended periods of time. The traffic into and out of the city often crawls at that speed for hours.
NewTrainDriving a 6-speed manual transmission isn't much fun in stop-and-go traffic. I eventually gave up on driving the car to work. I started taking the train. The local commuter rail averages 35 mph on a daily commute.
I am more like my grandfather than I want to be.
Recently a researcher compared the travel times in the city of London through the years. He noticed that the amount of time it took to go from point A to point B in horse-and-buggy days was the same as it was after automobiles became common. Then he noticed that the time required today to travel the same routes is actually worse during rush hour than it was in horse-and-buggy days.
Newer and more efficient mechanisms attract throngs of people who then clog the system. The results nullify the improvements. The large amount of horse manure in the streets has been replaced by airborne hydrocarbons; both are unwanted byproducts of our transportation systems of the day.
Are we really better off?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

District #5 Lumber City

There is another school photo of Lumber City students before WWII on display in the Lindley Town Hall Lobby. Two young boys standing next to each other were both causalities of WWII. Donald Walch -a glider pilot was killed in Germany. The historian files currently does not have any information on Robert Blackman's military service.
Did you ever wonder how Lumber City School  received it's name?
  A short history to explain how this occurred.
           A deed in the Steuben County Clerk's Office states that on April 12, 1792, Col. Lindsley sold the northern half of the Town of Lindley to  Hermanus Garrison and Gozen(John)Ryers. Garrison was the grandfather of the members of the Harrower and Mersereau families who were to become active locally in the lumbering business. Garrison acquired about 3,000 acres or 1/4th  of the land  on the West side of the Tioga River-extending from about the present Stowell Hill north to the Erwin town line and west from the river to the Tuscarora town line.  Many old deeds refer to this as the Mersereau Tract since Joshua Mersereau who was the son -in law of Garrison ended up owning much of the property.  
           John Ryers acquired the eastern 1/4th about 3000 acres which went east from the river to the present Caton line, north from the present Tannery Creek Road to the Erwin town line. His son John P. Ryers came to Lindley in 1797 and died in Campbell in 1839. There is a large grave stone (now fallen) on his grave in Hope Cemetery in Corning,  N.Y.  Ryers  Creek Road is named for this family.
           On the 1793 map , the name Fox, Weston-Bronson  is found close to a schoolhouse on Ryers Creek Road just off from the present River Road. A research of this business turned up all sorts of interesting information. (The name appears on many deeds for that area. These deeds ,also, mention a Ryers map which is on file in the  Steuben County Clerk's office. The map which  covers the entire 3000 acres owned by Ryers is divided into 39 lots.)
            .In the early 1800's,Weston was a business man in Painted Post. In 1846, a man by the name of Fox purchased much of the Erwin estate from the Erwin heirs and began a lumbering business with a sawmill in the present Gang Mills with Weston as a partner. The sawmill would have been about where the railroad yard is today -(there used to be a street called Mill Street there) Later a Bronson joined the company. Sometime after John Ryers' death, The Fox Weston, Bronson company acquired most of the Ryers property as well as land on the west side of the Tioga River in Presho and began an extensive lumbering business in the area. Early records mention the area on Ryers Creek as Lumber City which one would guess is why the company name appears on the 1873 map. And so we have Lumber City School.
          As an added note, the Young family who still own much of the land in that area often mentioned finding rails for a railroad back on the hill. In doing the research, I found that the FWB Company  operated a steam locomotive in the Town of Lindley-Steuben in 1860 .It disputes a statement by William Freeman Fox  in A History of the Lumber Industry in New York  " The first railroad for hauling logs was built in 1852 by Fox-Weston-Bronson in the Town of Lindley,Steuben County, New York. It was constructed of wooden rails and was equipped with platform cars and a locomotive which bore on its cab the name" BULL OF THE WOODS". The railroad was not used as a substitute for log driving ,but for hauling logs to the bank of the Tioga River whence they were driven to the large Gang Mills at Painted Post." The article goes on to say that this idea was soon copied in the Adirondacks and other timber localities.
          About 1876, when most of  the Lindley hills were bare (denuded) due to the trees being removed, the Fox-Weston-Bronson Company now one the largest lumbering companies in the United States and Canada  moved their operation to Michigan with many local families going with them.(Many Michigan families trace their roots back to Steuben County, N.Y.) It was at this time that the FWB company began selling off the land  shown on the Ryers Estate map.
            Since My Gt. Grandparent's deed of the 40 acres that they purchased in 1878 from Fox-Weston-Bronson mentioned the Ryers map, and another old deed of 40 acres, also, mentioned the map, we made the trip to the County Clerk's Office. It was exciting to find the map and it is informative about Lindley  history.
               Lumbering was the first major business in Lindley and the information that I found by using Google and the Internet provided some interesting reading.
             Things we would never know about our community if someone hadn't taken time to record the facts.
P.S. Weston was ,also important in Ingersoll-Rand history.
Who says history is boring..