Sunday, May 7, 2017

Happy 95th Birthday May 9,2017

Durland Weale  3-25- 2010

  Program -  Growing up in Lindley in the 1920's

Wishing  this young man of 95 years a Happy Birthday on Tuesday May 9th,2017

Native of Lindley (son of a Lindley farmer and his wife), brother, husband, father, grandfather, last Charter member of Lindley Community Church, tobacco grower,
Cornell graduate, Ag teacher, BOCES Principal and  historian.

Still going strong -raising a garden and restoring antique Ford cars.
Best wishes and hope  the weather is so you can take a ride in the car. .


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Tioga RR

Remnants of Tioga RR 
Apologies to publisher of this article .I neglected to make a note of date and origin.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Easter 2017

From a postcard collection

Happy Easter

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Local Records #4 Conclusion

The word "Post" in naming the township is spelled without beginning with a capital letter, thus bringing a memorable, historian mark to a common level of fence posts. The writing of the petition indicates practiced hand, word applied and the spelling is correct except as to the word "applyd". The signatures are clear and most of them are businesslike. Evidentally, these signers had been taught penmanship.  The ancient town record, nearly eighty years old is well worth preservation in showing the public spirit of the early settlers, and the earnest effort to secure an important public improvement. In those days much of the travel to the new settlements here came by way of Williamsport, the Block House and the Tioga River. The early settlers encountered great hardships ,and were subjected to much expense in keeping passable the lines of travel.   The first road from what is now Blossburg was on the east side of the Tioga River, probably to avoid building bridges over Crooked Creek and the Cowanesque River.
The project for a new road indicates that the valley on the west side of the river north of Lawrenceville had become more  or less cleared of the forest, and improvement demanded an outlet. The first bridge across the mouth of the Canisteo was not built till about 1833. The early inhabitants in all of these river valleys suffered much inconvenience, often serious peril by the spring and fall freshets that rendered fording impossible.

Notes by Kitty .
The road from Williamsport, Pa was called the Williamson Road after the founder of Bath, NY-- Col. Charles Williamson. It was started in 1792 in Nothumberland, Pa.  The Block House is Liberty, Pa  today. There is an annual  Block House celebration there each summer.

    Like most local residents, I was under the impression that the 1792 Road followed the path of old U.S. Rt.15 in Lindley  until I read this article. It may explain why the Corning /Blossburg Railroad-1839/40  is on the east side of the Tioga River, also.

 Thanks to Ellis Grist -(who grew up on the Koplin farm across the tracks from the present Harris Farm ), there is a copy of the deed of the Koplin/Grist farm ( Now in Town of Lindley Historian files at the Lindley Town Hall. ). The deed mentions a ford in the Tioga  River on this property .This would be someplace close to the present Wetlands built during the I 99 highway construction. This  FORD would have provided a crossing to the west side to the Tioga River
It is interesting to note that the designers of the present Interstate I99 -considered some of the same issues that Col. Williamson, Benjamin Patterson  and the German  road builders faced back in 1792..

 The story of the building of the Williamson  Road is a topic for another day. The Joyce Tice website has some of the story..

Kitty ..

Williamson Road Sign        Morris Run-Arnot ,Pa  Exit  I99

Historic Roadside Marker    Williamson Road   1792

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Local Records- #3 Explanations

I have added more explanations in red for those unfamiliar with early local history-Kitty

The old town of Painted Post, then included what is now the territory of six towns,viz.  Lindley, Caton , Corning, Hornby, Erwin and Campbell. The above document evidently originated in Lindley where most of the signatures were procured, but to give it force and ensure compliance , the names of prominent farmers or business men residing in the vicinity of the "Painted post"  were obtained. John Knox was the founder of Knoxville (now called Corning Northside), Capt. Samuel Erwin was the grandfather of Samuel S. Erwin of Corning and was the son of Col. Arthur Erwin who purchased the wilderness (in 1789 )-- which is now the township of Erwin. Frank Erwin was the brother of Capt. Erwin . Rufus Gorton was for the series of years the owner of Mill property below where the village (Corning )now stands. (Gorton Cemetery is on Park Ave-Corning ). Henry Mc Cormick resided east where Gibson now lies. Robert T. Bonham was a farmer in vicinity of Painted Post. These signers were not especially interested as the improved road was to the south (of Corning). It says -it was to run to the "Cansateer" which doubtless meant the junction of the Canisteo River with the Tioga six miles south of the "Painted post. " Of the other signers James Ford was Judge Ford of Lawrenceville,Pa, Eleazer Lindsley was the Judge and Postmaster mentioned. Dr. Ezekiel Mulford was the son-in -law of  Col.Lindsley, the pioneer, and he was the grandfather of William  O. Campbell of Corning, John P.Ryerrs was the owner of the four thousand acre tract east of the Tioga River (-from Erwin town line to Tannery Creek Rd --Tioga  River to Caton town line ----purchased from Col.Lindsley in 1792 --- when Col. Lindsey sold the south end of the 6 square mile tract of land that he  purchased in 1789 ).
Benjamin Patterson was the famous hunter and guide.

 It is noticeable that the petitioners are somewhat peremptory  in their language, as they  not only request but 'enjoin' the Road Commissioners to grant the specified appropriation

. Such a petition now would be regarded as a command, and be for that reason rejected.

Next   Part 4  More explanation for  the readers.

I-99/U.S 15   2016      West side of Tioga River
Can you image what these men would say
 if they saw the road 208 years after their 1809 petition  ????

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Local Records Part 2

"The Commissioners of last year for the town of Painted post ordered or reported for the usual sum of two hundred and fifty dollars to be raised for the use of roads and bridges -and on application being made it was agreed by the Board that part of this sum be applyd in opening a road from Lindsleys to Canasteer on the west side of the Tioga River, and let it be discretionary with their successors in office to appropriate the necessary sum for the said work, when they had opportunity of viewing the ground. ---
We ,therefore, whose names are hereby affixed being fully convinced of the publick utility of that Road do hereby request and enjoin the commissioners  immediately to explore and apply such a sum to said Road as they in their discretion may think proper,
Ebenezer Backus, John P. Ryerrs, John Knox, Henry McCormick, Eleazer Lindsley, Ezekiel Mulford , Peter Campbell, William Lindsley, Lindsley Mulford, John Elliott, James Ford, Isaac Halsey,  Frederick Heckart, Jeremiah Mulford, Robert T. Bonham, Benjamin Patterson, Samuel Erwin, Francis Erwin , Rufus Gorton.
Painted post township July 8th 1809 "

The beginnings of U.S. Rt.15 and now I 99 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Next             Explanation    Place and People.


 OOPs - Looking East from the West Side of Tioga River --2016

Sunday, March 12, 2017


This was found on the Fulton web site (a collection of old newspaper copies )  by Larry Gorges a couple years ago.  From The Corning Journal - April 26,1888.
     Because it is quite long ,I will be posting it in 3-4 segments. The last posting will have a surprise for some.
    The editor of the Journal is indebted to H.M. McCullough, of the Town of Lindley who resides a mile south of the Presho Post Office for several ancient records of local interest and value.
     Mr. McCullough is the son of Rev. Mr. McCullough, deceased of Tioga, Pa. and great, great grandson of Col. Eleazer Lindsley, the pioneer purchaser and settler in what is now the Town of Lindley. Col. L. was an officer in the Revolutionary War from New Jersey. In 1790, he came with a colony of about 40 persons to settle in the wilderness which he had previously purchased. The New York Civil List states that he was a member of the Assembly in 1792 being the sole representative of the County of Ontario ,from which Steuben was subsequently set off. Col. Lindsley died in 1794.  He had a son of the same name who secured the establishment of a Post Office named " Lindsleytown " in 1804. We have before us an official letter from Abraham Bradley, Jun. Assistant Postmaster General dated "Washington City"   Jan. 17,1805 acknowledging receipt of one dollar and twenty-five cents ,being the amount due the Department for the last quarter of the year- 1804.,  as shown by statement accompanying the remittance. Thus  the new Post Office was not doing much business as postage rates were high, ranging on letters from six and a quarter cents to twenty-five cents according to the distance.  There is, also, an Account Current from Jan. 1,1806 to April 1,1806 which gives the amount of postage as $3.95 on letters and 88 cents on newspapers and pamphlets.  The commission of the Postmaster on letters was thirty percent. (The Government thus gave an inducement to Postmasters to urge the circulation of newspapers) Postage was not required in advance,  and probably much loss resulted thereby. We, also, have a copy of a statement of the "Lindsleytown " Post Office accounts with the General Post Office at Washington, the record beginning Oct.1,1804 and ending July 1, 1824 giving the details by quarters of each year.
Next roads and bridges.

        Old Lindley Town Hall- Post Office and Grange   Built Circa 1899

Muriel Cobb Postmistress.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

With Sadness Lest We Forget

Harley W.  Reynolds

Corning Leader  March 8.2017                                                                                          
Harley W. Reynolds, age 83  passed away Monday March 6, 2017 at Fred and Harriet Taylor  Health Center. Family and friends are invited to call Sunday March 12, 2017 from 12:00-2:00 P.M. at the Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 West Pulteney St. Corning, NY 14830. Service immediately following.  Graveside service and burial with full military honors will be held at the Bath National Cemetery, Bath, N.Y. March 17th,  2017 at 10:00 A.M

Thanks to Harley's tireless efforts, the citizens of Lindley, dedicated a monument to area veterans on Sunday  October 21st, 2007. 

Thanks -Harley

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Gardiner Island Home of Dr.Mulford's Ancestors

Plaque for Dr.Ezekiel Mulford
Lindsley Burying Ground

New York Times  1973

Mulford Family Tid-Bits

The Mulford/Lindsley family was in the first group of settlers in Lindley in June 1790.
Dr.Ezekiel Mulford who served in the American Revolutionary War as a surgeon had married the daughter of Col. Eleazer  and  Mrs.Lindsley .

The Mulford Genealogy by Uri Mulford  in 1920 includes the story of the Mulford ancestor Lion Gardiner  purchasing the island off the Long Island Coast from Youawan-a native American Sachem in 1639. The island had  remained in the family until recent years when a member of the family died. (At this time, I have not kept up with the ownership of the island or its future.)  There is ,also, a Mulford Museum on Long Island where some of the family were early settlers .

The advertisement states that the tour would detail the history of the island, describe how the family had preserved its beauty and heritage as well as its historical significance during wars and activities on the  island such as visits from pirate Captain Kidd.
Dr. and Mrs. Mulford are buried in the same grave--dying a day apart during an epidemic that occurred in Lindley in 1813.

Descendants of the Mulford /Lindsley family still reside in the area but those names are no longer found in directories or phone books.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Winter Skies Trivia Question

From Farmer's Almanac  2017 page 100

One reason is that the cold air doesn't have as much moisture as warm air!
Summer skies often appear hazier because actually, they are.
The warm moisture -laden atmosphere of summer is thicker and less transparent, than the crisp, cold winter dome , making it harder to see what lies beyond.


 Any more ,it's hard to tell stars from Satellites

 A Lindley summer day

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

With Sadness

Corning Leader Obituary  Monday February 20,2017

George L.Bronson  94  Died Saturday February 18th,2017 at Soldiers and Sailors Hospital Wellsboro, Pa. There will be no services.

George was the last of the five (5) Bronson brothers who served in WWII. 

Photos courtesy of Janet Warner Miller
The Bronson Family