CORNING
Steuben County
New York

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1836

(From the N.Y. Commercial Advertiser.)
CORNING.-This is to be the name of one of the new cities that are to grow up upon the line of the New-York and Erie rail-road, and which, owing to its peculiar advantages, and the means now about being used to develope them, cannot fail to be one of the most important. It is situated in the town of Painted Post, Steuben county, at the
termination of the west branch of the Chemung canal, and where the same is intersected by the line of the rail-road. It is near the junction of the Tioga, Canasteo and Conhocton rivers, which form the Chemung, and will receive the produce of all the fertile valleys of these rivers and the surrounding county, for trans-shipment upon the canal and rail-road. The salt, gypsum, and all the merchandize that shall be shipped upon the canal for the northern counties of Pennsylvania and the southwestern
counties of the state of New-York, and the valley of the Allegany and Ohio, will be here transhipped from the rail-road to the canal. Nor is this all; the enterprising proprietors of the property upon which the town is to be built, are now actually construcing a rail-road from the new town to the Pennsylvania lne, a distance of about thirteen miles, which there connects with a rail-road now in progress, to the rich bituminous coal and iron ore region of Tioga county, Pennsylvania, and are making preparations for suppling the western part of this state with the now almost indispensable article of coal. The coal is said to be of superior quality, and to exist in vast abundance. Rich iron ore and fine clay abound in the same hills that contain the coal; and sand of a superior quality for manufacturing glass, exists in great abundance. All these, or the manufactures produced from them, besides vast quantities of lumber, will descend upon the rail-road from Pennsylvania to Corning, and be there transhipped for market upon the N.Y. and Erie rail-road or canal.
     The Chemung river and its tributaries afford fine hydraulic power, considerable of which can be used at and near the site of the new town. Few points in the state derive so many advantages from the connexion of internal improvements; and when the railroad shall be extended to the west branch canal in Pennsylvania to Williamsport
or Jersey shore as is already in contemplation, it will be on two of the greatest thoroughfares in the state; one leading from this city to the great West, and the other from the western part of the state to Harrisburg,  Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington. The property has been purchased within the last year by an association of gentlemen of Washington City, Albany, Geneva and Seneca Falls- men who have witnessed the astonishing growth of cities and villages upon the Erie canal, and who justly appreciate the importance of the N.Y. and Erie rail-road to the section of country through with it passes. Unlike some other associations, they do not seek to realize
an advance upon their property without an expenditure in improvements. They are already expending a large sum in the construction of a railroad to the coal mines, and are commencing extensive and permanent improvements upon the town site. One of the proprietors has removed to the spot, and we have no doubt but that all will be done
by the enterprising proprietors toward promotng the growth of the new town, that liberal expenditures and liberal inducements to persons locating there can effect. The name, we presume, is in honor of the Hon. Erastus Corning, Mayor of Albany, who, we understand, is one of the proprietors.
Albany Argus (Albany, N.Y) Friday, July 22, 1836; pg. 2.

1838
BANK OF CORNING. - Books of subscription will be opened at the village of Corning, (Painted Post, Steuben Co.) from the 17th December to the 11th of January, for the stock of a bank, with this title - capital $300,000.
The articles of association are published in the Steuben Farmer's Advocate.
The Evening Post (New York, NY) Thursday, 6 Dec 1838; pg. 2.
1840
ARRIVAL OF THE FIRST BOAT WITH COAL BY THE CANAL. - The boat Experiment, Capt. Cooper, arrived in this city yesterday, eight days from Corning, Steuben co., with a cargo of Blossburgh coal, consigned to Mr. Wm. Yates, agent. We regard this an era in the history of fuel; since it denotes the "turning of the tables," and the introduction of coal, both for mechanical and family uses, from the west. - We shall take another and early occasion to speak of the coal, its characteristics, &c.
The Albany Argus (Albany, NY) July 31, 1840; pg.2.

1847
Steuben County, ss.
MR. EDITOR, you are hereby commanded to summon all those who are indebted to me, either by Note or Book account, to be, and appear before me, at the Red Store, forthwith, and to bring along the Ready, to pay up, otherwise my office will be assigned over to B. Pew, Esq., whose streams of justical and judgments flow without cessation. B'hoys, do you hear that? I am not in fun. You must attend to this matter, for my creditors are grumbling and my pockets are empty and I shant stand it but a few days, unless I get relief. My case is desperate, and I shall use medicine accordingly.
G. D. WILLIAMS.
Corning, June 28, 1847.
Corning Journal (Corning, NY) Wednesday, July 21, 1847; pg. 4.
FOR SALE.
THE subscriber offers for sale his present dwelling house and lot.
CHARLES CLARK.
Corning, Dec. 1, 1847.
Corning Journal (Corning, NY) Wednesday, December 8, 1847; pg. 4.
1853
Lightning - Two young men of the name of Henry and William Williams, (acting as watchmen, in the village of Corning, Steuben co.) were shocked by lightning on Tuesday evening of last week, but not very seriously injured. The electric fluid, in its freaks, passed down the side of Henry Williams, into his coat pocket, heating a barrel of a revolver, and tearing a hole in the pocket, benumbing the limb to the foot and passing into the earth a few feet distant.
Plattsburgh Republican (Plattsburgh, NY) May 26, 1853; pg. 3.

1875
Canal Investigation.
     At the meeting of the joint legislative committee yesterday afternoon, the only witness called was ex-Canal Commissioner Haight, who testified:
     I reside in Corning, Steuben county; was Canal Commissioner in 1869 and 1870; never had an experience until I was commissioner; was connected with the middle division. [Witness was asked to give his ideas on the question of contractors doing their work properly, and coming up to time, but he manifested a decided haziness relative to contracts and contractors, said he knew very little about canal matters generally, but was of the impression that there was no necessity for so many subordinates; thought that through political influence men were appointed whose services were not really necessary.] The Canal Board has appointed men that were incompetent and who did not have the capacity to do the work; my idea is that the State Engineer and deputy should appoint all under them so that if employees were negligent the responsibility would rest on the Chief Engineer himself; thought it would be better to separate the board, and thought that on man to act as a general superintendent and to have the general supervision of the whole canal would be advantageous to the State; in regard to the Otisco lake division contract on the Jordan level the witness could offer no information further that had previously been given; was commissioner at the time of the Oswego High dam contract; know nothing of the work only of the letting of the contract; my business before I became Canal Commissioner was a lumber merchant.
     The committee, after consultation, concluded to adjourn until Tuesday afternoon.
The Albany Argus (Albany, NY) 26 April 1875; pg. 1.

1876

THE PRESBYTERY OF STEUBEN.
     This Presbytery met at Corning, April 18, 1876. Rev. T. L. Waldo was chosen moderator, and Rev. S. W. Pratt temporary clerk. Rev. George A. Todd was received from the Presbytery of Binghamton, and Rev. George Spalding from the Presbytery of Lackawana, and Rev. T. B. Williams was dismissed to the Presbytery of Champlain.
     A call from the church at Corning was placed in the hands of Rev. M. L. P. Hill. The Assembly's overture was answered unanimously in the negative.
     Rev. T. L. Waldo was elected Commissioner to General Assembly, Rev. M. B. Gelston alternate, H. C. May, M. D., Lay Commissioner, and Justin M. Smith alternate.
     The incorporation of Presbytery, with John N. Hungerfod as President, and F. L. Parker secretary, was completed. The Narrative was encouraging. Fifty-three had been received at Addison, and revivals in Corning, Hammondsport, Bath, and Pultney were worthy of special mention. Normal classes are flourishing in Hornellsville and Prattsburgh. Bath has a young people's meeting of peculiar interest. The state clerk, Rev. J. M. Platt, by his admirable system of blanks, was able to get very complete reports of the benevolent and other work of the churches. Interesting prayer and other public meetings were held in connection with the regular work of Presbytery.
New York Evangelist (New York, NY) May 11, 1876; page 8.


1892
Divide Steuben County.

     CORNING, N.Y., Nov. 28. ? A movement is on foot in and about Hornellsville to have the present County of Steuben divided. It is proposed to take out Corning, Addison, and Canisteo, and the south towns, and form a new county, to be known as Lincoln County . Steuben County would then be Democratic and would gain a Democratic Assemblyman. Lincoln County would be Republican. A bill with these provisions will be introduced in the Legislature.

The New York Times (New York , NY) November 29, 1892.

1897

ML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = ST1 />NOT TEMPTED BY HER GOLD.
An Eastern Man Talks of His Coming Marriage.
DENVER, July 18. - A. H. Olney of Corning, Steuben county, N.Y., has arrived in Denver, but he denies the report that he came to marry Mr. Jane A. Hill because she is the owner of $40,000 and that he became  acquainted with her through a patent medicine advertisement in which his picture was used. Mr. Olney says he knows the persons who started the story and he will settle accounts with them on his return to Corning. He says he became acquainted with Mrs. Hill three years ago in Albany, N.Y.
San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco, CA) Monday, July 19, 1897; pg. 3
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1929
5 DIE IN FIRE FOLLOWING A TRAIN WRECK
Tank Car Leaves its Rails and Falls in Path of Engine.
SIXTH MAN MAY DIE
Locomotives Nearly Abreast When Accident Occurs on Erie Road.
CORNING, N.Y., July 11 (AP) - Five persons were burned to death and a sixth may die as the result of a fire which broke out after the eastbound Cleveland-New York Express on the Erie railroad struck a freight train near here today. The locomotive of the passenger train ploughed into a tank car the contents of which broke into flames, the fire spreading rapidly to the baggage car, two mail cars and a passenger coach which had been derailed by the crash. The dead were identified as Fred E. Blake, of Hornell engineer; W.J. Latonik, of Susquehanna, Pa., fireman; Railway Mail Clerks Hurlburt, of Arkport and Plavin, of Salamaneca, and a wayfarer identified as Swan Berger, 38, of Moline, Ill. Vaughn Rose, of New York City, tentatively identified as a passenger in the derailed coach, was extricated from the wreckage and taken to Corning hospital, so seriously burned that he probably will die, authorities said. The passenger train left Corning at 12:35 a.m., and passed the west-bound freight about three miles east of the city. According to railroad officials, the locomotives of the two trains were nearly abreast when the first tank car in the freight apparenty buckled and left the rails. The passenger locomotive, traveling at a high speed crashed into it and spread the tank car's inflammable contents over a wide area. None of the freight car crew was injured.
Lexington Leader (Lexington, KY) Thursday, July 11, 1929; pg. 1.

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