Friday, March 27, 2015

WHAT'S NEW IN TOWN " Village of Lindley Post Office "

Copied From Star Gazette Article March 25,2015

Pick up stamps with your pizza at Brownies in Lindley

Brownies Mini Mart in Lindley sells stamps, flat-rate materials as supplement to local post office

Add stamps and pre-paid priority mail flat-rate envelopes and boxes to the items you can buy at Brownies Mini Mart, 21 Steuben County Route 115 in the Town of Lindley.
Among the latest to become a Village Post Office site, the business also offers a mail collection box.
The Lindley Post Office that is located about two miles up the road will continue to remain open, said Karen Mazurkiewicz, U.S. Postal Service spokesperson for the Western New York District that includes Lindley.
"It's not a replacement but it's really a supplement of what the post office is trying to do, which is grow, increase convenience and be accessible to customers," she said. "It's just trying to put our products and services in places where customers are going anyway and make use of the mail just that much more convenient."
The Village Post Office in Brownies has been operating for a while, but a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Tuesday, Mazurkiewicz said. "We just wanted to make it official."
Earlier, the postal service had planned to close 3,700 post offices across the country but then decided to explore keeping existing facilities in place with modified retail window hours. Community meetings were held nationwide from October 2012 through November 2014 regarding the window hours at 13,000 rural post offices.
The postal service modified the hours of some post offices in an effort to be fiscally responsible but also to meet customers' needs by preserving the local post office and zip code, Mazurkiewicz said.
The Lindley Post Office's community meeting was held in July. Window hours were subsequently reduced from eight hours to four hours weekdays. Window hours are now 8 a.m. to noon weekdays and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays. The lobby is open from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Village Post Office will be open at Brownies during its normal business hours from 6 a.m. to midnight seven days a week.
"I think it's going to drive traffic to the store and it'll make it a destination point for people that want to buy stamps or flat-rate priority boxes," store owner Robert Brown said. "We're hoping that, along with those stamps and some of those other products that they're buying through the Village Post Office, they'll also purchase other items in the store,"
It was very easy to work the sale of stamps and flat-rate priority boxes into the business, he said.
"We didn't have to do anything special," Brown said. "It's no different than selling a candy bar or a bottle of soda."
Village Post Offices are located in a variety of locations, including convenience stores, local businesses, retailers, government agencies and libraries, Mazurkiewicz said, citing a library located in Allentown, N.Y. They are operated by the management of those locations.
The first Village Post Office opened in Malone, Wash., in August 2011, and there are currently 856, according to the postal service.
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How to apply
Businesses, retailers, government agencies and libraries interested in applying for a contract with the U.S. Postal Service to start a Village Post Office in their community can send an email to


Monday, March 23, 2015

Another old Lindley Business

State Line Restaurant 1961
Photo courtesy of Steuben County Historian-Eleanor Silliman

This was located where the present Brownie's Mini Mart is located in New York close to the New York - Pennsylvania State line. 

Check out those cars of yesterday!!!!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Atwell's Store and Old Home Days Parade Presho,NY

                                     Donated by Marion (Adsit) Brion  
                                             ( Daughter of John and Bessie Adsit.)

This would be across from the Presho Church . Looking at the trees, I wonder if it could be near  the parking area across from the  present Church. This would have been close to the approach to the old Presho bridge that was destroyed in the 1946 flood.

If anyone can help with a more specific location or date of the Old Home Days, please call or send me an e-mail. The cars look like the 1920'-30s period.

Old photos like this for the files are always welcomed. They help tell the town's history.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Learn something new every day-forget two!!!!

From an old postcard
Article copied from an on-line genealogy site - written by Dick Eastman

Genealogy Newsletter
The Daily Online Genealogy Newsletter

"The Myths of St. Patrick’s Day

Many people of Irish ancestry love to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. After all, it is a great way to celebrate one’s Irish heritage. However, some of the celebrations are a bit questionable. In fact, many of the commonly-held beliefs about St. Patrick are wrong. Before making plans, you might want to consider a few facts:
St. Patrick wasn’t Irish
Patrick was probably born in what is now England, Scotland or Wales around A.D. 390. Different historians have different beliefs about his place of birth. After all, the borders moved a bit over the years as well. Most agree that St. Patrick’s parents were Roman citizens living in the British Isles. Therefore, Patrick himself was a Roman citizen even though he was born somewhere in what is now Great Britain.
At the age of 16 he was enslaved by Irish raiders who attacked his home. He was held in captivity in Ireland for six years. Patrick later fled to England, where he received religious instruction before returning to Ireland to serve as a missionary.
St. Patrick did not bring Christianity to Ireland
Christianity was introduced into Ireland by a bishop known as Palladius before Patrick began preaching in Ireland. However, St. Patrick apparently had more success at converting the Irish to Christianity than did Palladius.
St. Patrick did not banish snakes from the Emerald Isle
Legend has it that Patrick stood on an Irish hillside and delivered a sermon that drove the island’s serpents into the sea. While it’s true that the Emerald Isle is snake-free, it appears that had been true for thousands of years. Nobody has ever found even a fossil of a snake in Ireland. The assumption is that the waters surrounding the Irish isle are much too cold for cold-blooded snakes to survive the long swim.
Green historically is not associated with St. Patrick’s Day
The Irish countryside may be many shades of green, but knights in the Order of St. Patrick wore a color known as St. Patrick’s blue.
Green has been used by supporters of Irish independence who used the color to represent their cause in the 18th century and later. Indeed, green is often used to denote Ireland today but that has nothing to do with St. Patrick.
The Irish shamrock has THREE leaves, not four.
The original shamrock was used by St. Patrick to explain the Holy Trinity was probably hop clover (trifolium minus), white clover (trifolium repens), wood sorrel (oxalis acetosella) or the black medic (medicago lupulina). All of those plants have three leaves. The plant commonly sold nowadays as shamrock is usually trifolium minus, a small yellow-flowered clover with four leaves.
St. Patrick’s Day is not a time for festivities
Until the 1700s, St. Patrick’s Day was a Roman Catholic feast only observed in Ireland. The faithful spent the relatively somber occasion in quiet prayer at church or at home. The custom of revelry, wearing green and even of drinking green beer was first introduced by Irish immigrants and descendants living in the United States. The customs were later exported to Ireland and to many other counties. In the last few decades, Irish tourist boards have heavily publicized March 17 as a day for festivities.
Corned beef is not a classic St. Patrick’s Day dish nor even an Irish dish.
In Ireland, corned beef has always been a rarity. Instead, a type of bacon similar to ham is more common. According to Irish Cultures and Customs at, “The truth is, that for many Irish people, Corned Beef is too ‘poor’ or plain to eat on a holiday: they’d sooner make something more festive.”
In the late 19th century, Irish immigrants in New York City’s Lower East Side supposedly substituted corned beef, which they bought from their Jewish neighbors, in order to save money. However, cabbage is certainly a common Irish ingredient in many meals.
The traditional St. Patrick’s day parade is not traditional, at least not in Ireland.
The first documented St. Patrick’s Day parade was held in New York City, not in Ireland. Eighteenth-century Irish soldiers fighting with the British in the U.S. Revolutionary War held the first St. Patrick’s Day parades. Some soldiers, for example, marched through New York City in 1762 to reconnect with their Irish roots.
Other parades followed in the years and decades after, including well-known celebrations in Boston, Philadelphia, and Chicago, primarily in flourishing Irish immigrant communities.
And then there is the green beer…
No, it isn’t Irish either.""

  Regardless       Happy  St. Patrick's Day      Kitty

Thursday, March 12, 2015

1928 Car Repair Postcard


This only 87 years ago

1914 Model T Ford Station


May 31, 1927, the last Ford Model T rolled off the assembly line. It was the first affordable automobile, due in part to the assembly line process developed by Henry Ford. It had a 2.9-liter, 20-horsepower engine and could travel at speeds up to 45 miles per hour. It had a 10-gallon fuel tank and could run on kerosene, petrol, or ethanol, but it couldn't drive uphill if the tank was low, because there was no fuel pump; people got around this design flaw by driving up hills in reverse. 
Ford believed that "the man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed." The Model T cost $850 in 1909, and as efficiency in production increased, the price dropped. By 1927, you could get a Model T for $290. 

"I will build a car for the great multitude," said Ford. "It will be large enough for the family, but small enough for the individual to run and care for. It will be constructed of the best materials, by the best men to be hired, after the simplest designs that modern engineering can devise. But it will be low in price that no man making a good salary will be unable to own one — and enjoy with his family

For the antique car people

I received this in an e-mail several years ago.
 Enjoy  and think of the difference in today's prices.. (" Smile-"-)    Kitty-












Sunday, March 8, 2015

Lindley-Presho Historical Society Meeting March 11, 2015

Durland Weale  - giving a program -  "Growing Up in Lindley "
 The Lindley- Presho Historical Society will come out of hibernation on
  Wednesday March 11,2015   7 P.M  at the Middletown (Addison ) Museum at 41
 Main Street---Addison,N.Y.
 The meeting is free and open to the public.

     The guest speaker will be Lindley’s own native son –Durland Weale.
 Durland who grew up in Lindley is a member of the LPHS. He has donated
 several items to the Lindley Historian files and has presented several
 interesting programs at our meetings.  As one of our few remaining
 “youngsters of his generation”, he has been very helpful in adding to the
 Lindley History files.

    The topic of his program on the 11th will the Depression Years in
 Addison. (*the Great depression occurred after the collapse of the stock
 market on October 29th,1929 and was known as” Black Tuesday “. It affected
 the United States and the World Economy.) (*Ref. announcement in Addison
  Post February 28, 2015.)

 If you haven’t visited the Middletown Museum ( in Addison ) and enjoyed
 their exhibits, this will be a great opportunity to see it and to hear
Durland’s   memories of Depression Days.  Without a doubt , the effects in
 Addison were, also, felt by  Lindley residents.
                                     Hope to see you there .  Kitty

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A Short History of Milvau ** Inn-Lindley,N.Y.


July 2001
February 2015
 An obituary found in my mother's newspaper clippings :     ?-?- 1941

                                                          Arlus W. Carpenter
"Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania
             Arlus Wesley Carpenter 72 ,died suddenly Saturday afternoon at his home Milvan Inn, Lindley.
              He was born in New Hudson, Allegheny County, November 20, 1869, the son of Willis and Harriet (Vaughn ) Carpenter.
              Mr. Carpenter's early life was spent near Cuba, New York where he acquired several farms and which he has always been interested in.
             For a time, he was engaged in shipping race horses and with his brother was engaged in the cheese business in Allegheny and Steuben Counties.
             Mr. Carpenter came to Lawrenceville in1898 and established a cheese factory over the line in Lindley which he operated several years; Later reconstructing the building into the hotel Milvan Inn, named for his two children. He has conducted the inn together with a filling station for many years.
              Mr. Carpenter was married  in Wellsville to Miss Velma L. Dexter and soon after took up their residence in Lawrenceville. They have lived in Lindley Township for 30 years.
               Survivors include his widow, one son Vaughn D. Carpenter and one daughter Mildred N. Carpenter both at home.  The undertaker in charge, Mr. Pettit is a grandnephew.
                The funeral will be held from the late home Tuesday morning at !! o'clock. Dr. Chester A. Feig ,pastor of the Lawrenceville,Presbyterian Church will officiate. 
burial was to be at Black Creek, Allegheny County."
    ***I have always heard the hotel called Milvau  and the sign on the old postcard is definitely Milvau  which it would be if  named after the children  Mildred and Vaughn as stated in the obituary. Kitty

In 2000, the hotel was named Cowanesque Hotel and was owned by Howard C.  Cushman. (Attached article )

In recent years, the name was changed to Lindville.  In February, 2015, a real estate  for sale sign can be seen.