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Saturday, May 20, 2006

Thank You

I would like to say thank you to all the blog readers and others who attended the program on the Civil War at the Lindley Town Hall on Thurs. evening. It was gratifying to see such an interest in our local history. Hopefully, more such programs can be presented.
A special thanks to the people who brought their children and grandchildren.I was pleased to see that many there. I am a firm believer in this type of exposure to history. As a mother of four -all who are "history buffs" of some sort, I can't help but feel that the vacation time we spent going to historical places and events has had an influence on their interests and lives. It trickles down to the next generation,also. Our oldest grandson has his Masters in History and starts Arizona State this fall on his PHD in History. As historians like to quote " We have to know where we have been to know where we are going. "
Will probably miss someone, but a special thanks to Dee Hill for always being such a great helper, to Mary Lentzen for borrowing the projector and getting people seated, for Sally Orr for her support and encouragement and everyone else who helped things move along so smoothly. You are a great bunch of people and the program went well thanks to all of you. Shouldn't forget my most valued helper-my husband ,Dick. Thank you all. Doug and Terri were impressed and have offered to come back again with another topic.

While I have your attention - a quick report on the Veteran's Project.. With feedback from the blogger poll, it was decided at Town Board meeting to go with option #3( the shaft type marker). Paul M. is working on specifications that will be used to obtain bids from monument dealers. Donations given at Thurs. night's meeting totaled $131 and Dee has collected over $500 so far and will continue to accept donations due to the interest and support that has been expressed.
Lindley's veterans have served their country well and it is is only fitting that we recognize their efforts.
Thanks everyone.
Kitty .

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Answering The Call-Town Hall Presentation

Answering the Call 1861-1865

A program Answering the Call 1861 –1865 will be presented at the Lindley Town Hall at 7 P.M. on

May 18th by Doug and Terri Oakes. The presentation will discuss Lindley’s contribution to the American

Civil War, including how volunteers were recruited, the regiments they joined, and a display of uniforms

and equipment used by the soldiers. Many soldiers from Lindley served in Co. F of the 86th Regiment

which Doug and Terri are currently researching. The Oakes from Wellsburg have been presenting programs

on the Civil War for several years and have extensive knowledge about local participation. The public is

invited to hear how men from Lindley answered the call.

Names of men from Lindley and the Regiments in which they served will be available that evening.

For more information, contact Catherine Pierce Town of Lindley Historian at 523-8851.

Catherine M. Pierce
9755 Steamtown Road
Lindley, New York 14858

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Opening Day for the LPC Boys of Summer

Boys of Summer
Originally uploaded by Sally Ann.

Giving speeches or facing a left handed pitcher with a wicked fast ball is all about testing your grit. And the great game of baseball has tested many.

Each of you in the coming weeks will discover that Little League baseball is a bigger than life drama. One game you'll be a hero and the next game you'll be a goat. But that is the lesson of baseball. And that is the lesson of life.

Some will tell you it's all about winning. And some will say it's how you play the game. Both are right. Baseball is a game of competition. The ultimate goal is to beat the other team. But it's also a game of individual successes and failures.

When you miss the big play or sit the bench. Shake it off. Losing builds character. Learn how to fail with dignity and know that another chance to come thru in the clutch or hit the big home run is jut but a game away. It is your destiny.

Learn how to win with integrity and never forget that you are a member of a team. A part of something bigger than yourselves.

Listen to your coaches and let them teach you. Practice and learn the skills of baseball well. Play hard and play fair. Seek the glory as a team. Seek the glory as a lone player. But most of all play for the pure joy of playing the great American pastime.

Good luck and may you all have stories of an impossible catch or the run that broke the tie to win the game to tell your children from the days you played on this Field of Dreams.

Speech given by your Supervisor on Opening Day.

Click on photo to view more pictures of the LPC Little League Opening Day Ceremony.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

John Ryerss

Hi Sally- Thought your readers might find this of interest.
It explains the origin of the name Ryers in Lindley.

After 43 years , we finally located the grave of John Ryerss in Corning's Hope Cemetery.
It all goes back to an article on Lindley's history that Dick sent to the Leader in 1963 and was published. As a result ,we received a letter from a man who owned a lot in Hope next to the Ryerss stone and he was concerned because the shaft was leaning way back then. Occasionally, we would drive through looking with no luck. On Tues, we saw some caretakers working there and asked them. Fortunately-because one of the men remembered Lindleytown on the inscription-we were able to go right to the stone. This is a long impressive stone, flat on the ground now ,but lies so we could copy the inscription. " Sacred to the memory of John Ryerss(note spelling) who was born on Staten Island March 13, 1772. Died at Campbelltown April 24, 1839. He was one of the first settlers of Lindleytown to which place he came in 1797."

John was the son of the Ryerss who with a Garretson(Garrison) purchased the northern half of Lindley from Col. Lindsley about 1792. (11,520 acres)
Garretson received 1/2 (5,760 Acres) of this on the West side of the Tioga River . This would eventually be deeded to his son-in-law Joshua Mersereau -the Revolutionary War soldier and spy buried in Presho Cemetery. Some old Presho deeds refer to this as the Mersereau Tract) Ryerss received his 1/2 of the land on the East side of the Tioga. One old history mentions that John Ryerss had a store .All these men were engaged in the lumber industry so we can only speculate that this is what took John to Campbelltown where he died. .