1957 Monroe HS Yearbook

I uploaded the 1957 yearbook for Monroe High School in Rochester. There were pictures for 223 seniors. There aren’t any lower class photos but some are seen in homeroom pictures that scattered among the ads.

This school had a lot of activities for the students. There are even a science club, a photography club and a greenhouse club The senior and junior choirs are huge.

The sports teams are all large. There are three soccer teams; a first, second and junior teams.

I had a little trouble with scans of the pictures. I blame it on the paper that was used. It was buff colored and textured. So some people ended up with washed out foreheads.

The Rochester Public Library has yearbooks online for Monroe HS for the years 1927 (first graduating class) to 1940. Go to their School Heritage Collection web page to see all that they have available.

Wilkinson Scrapbook Article #35

In this article from William Wilkinson’s scrapbook “One Hundred Great and Near-Great Events, Person and Places in Rochester History” (1947) he takes an ad from the 1840s for a store specializing in ladies’ wear from an old newspaper and adds one of his cartoons to show what it probably was like in that store.

A few definitions of old terms used in the article:
Habit = a dress
Pelisse = a long cloak with slits for the arms
Mantua = a loose gown worn as a robe or overdress

Miss E. Kinney & Co. Fashionable  Millinery
respectfully inform the fashionable community that they have taken the well known millinery establishment heretofore owned by Mrs. Langworthy, in which they will be happy at all times to wait on Mrs. L’s old customers in the above line of business.

have been received this day for ladies winter hats and hoods. Also, latest style for Habits and Pelisses. All kinds of millinery and Manuamaking done in the best manner, as usual.

I take great pleasure in stating to my former friends and patrons that the above mentioned young ladies (miss E. Kinney & Co.) have been in my employ some two or three years, and I have full confidence in recommending them to the public as being well qualified for carrying on millinery and mantuamaking business in all its branches.
Mrs. S. Langworthy

Old News – Liberty Bonds

In order to help finance World War I, the US government sold Liberty Bonds. This was the second major campaign during the War. A person would not only help the war effort by buying bonds but they would also get 4% interest when the bonds matured in 10 years.


Wednesday, Oct. 17, 1917

Liberty Loan Drive Now In Full Swing

The teams of men who are making the Liberty Loan drive in Fairport and the town of Perinton are having excellent results, and while they expect to make the local quota, $30,000, with ease, they are bound to go far ahead of that figure. At another meeting of the committee Monday night the situation was canvasses, and it was observed that the men are making good progress in covering the territory. While the village people are reported as subscribing quit generally, the men all had to take off their hats to committeemen from the northeast part of the town and East Penfield, which territory is coming across handsomely. The other parts of the town did not get organized quite as soon as did these men, but the outlook is that they will be heard from before the subscription closes on Oct. 26..

The Reds are ahead so far in the contest, but the Blues are chasing them hard and fast filling the gap which showed when the thermometers were first shown Saturday night on the West avenue side of Bramer’s drug store. The standing will be registered daily the remainder of the campaign.

Watch it. Arrangements have been made for a speaker to be at the plant of the Sanitary Can Co. either Friday or Monday noon, and also at the meeting of the Grange Saturday night.

On Sunday night at the union mass meeting in the Congregational church, some of the facts told by Dr. Newell Dwight Hillis wil be read, particularly in respect to the awful atrocities of the Germans.

The big day of the drive will be next Wednesday, following the suggestion of President Wilson. It is the plan to make the afternoon and evening one big demonstration in boosting the sale of bonds. There will be an automobile parade at 3 o’clock, which will cover the outlaying territory, and in the evening at the town hall a big mass meeting with several good speakers from out of town. The Chamber of Commerce band will be in attendance. Let everybody plan to have some part in this big rally, afternoon or evening or both.

Top Hit Songs of 1967 – #20

Lulu on Dutch TV in 1965

It was a song from a hit movie that would be the next top hit in 1967. “To Sir, With Love” was the title song to the movie of the same name. Besides singing the title song, Lulu also acted in the movie. She was backed up on the song by the group The Mindbenders. This may have been was her first acting role but she had already had a hit song in Britain. She was also a host of a TV show in Britain in 1965.

Lulu was born Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie in 1948 in Scotland. “To Sir, With Love” was the only number one song for Lulu but she recorded many more albums that did much better in Britain than the US. She also has been a staple on British TV programs over the years acting, singing and appearing on talk shows. In Aug. 2017 she had her family researched on the British version of Who Do You Think You Are?. On that show Lulu found out that her grandfather was in a gang and had been in and out of prison .

“To Sir, With Love” stayed at the number one position on the Cash Box record chart for 3 weeks (Oct. 15 – Nov. 4). It held on to the top position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 5 weeks (Oct. 15 – Nov. 18). The song was also the top song on the Billboard chart for top songs of 1967.

This time I have two versions of the song attached. The first is the original recording without any video. The second video is Lulu singing the song live in 1967 to show just how good of a singer she was. Not sure what TV show it is from.

Visit Lulu’s web page and play the videos there. She still is as good as she was 50 years ago.

4 More Theater Programs

I uploaded 4 more theater programs:

“The Magic Ring” starring Mitzi; at Lyceum Theatre; Sept. 24 – 29, 1923.
A concert by Misha Dichter at Eastman Theatre; Nov. 13, 1967.
The “Romanian Folk Ballet” at Eastman Theatre; Oct. 22, 1968.
“The Glass Menagerie” starring Robert Forster at Theater at the Tracks, Pittsford, NY; fall 1971.

I also moved all the theater programs that I have scanned to the new Theatre Programs web page.

I have a personal connection to “The Magic Ring.” The manager of that show was my grandmother’s brother (my grand uncle), Frank T. Buell. This wasn’t the first traveling show that he managed. When he first moved to New York City, he was an advance man. That is the person that travels ahead of the show making sure that all the newspapers get a briefing on the show. About 1915 he moved up to managing a musical show. In 1921 he started managing shows starring Mitzi Hajos (usually just billed as Mitzi). Mitzi was a performer that was born in Hungary and came to the US about 1911. From then until 1942 she would star in musical theater productions that traveled all across the country.

Frank Buell’s wife, Estella Birney, was also performing in Mitzi’s show “Lady Billy” where she would sing, dance and act. I wrote this blog post about Estella. Estella was also in “The Magic Ring.” The program is for a 6 day run at the Lyceum Theatre in Rochester. That happened the week before the show would head to Broadway to be in the Liberty Theatre for 12 weeks. After that the show would tour the US until the end of May 1925.

The picture is from the opening on Broadway. Frank Buell is on the right. That is Sydney Greenstreet on the left. He was in “The Magic Ring” and would in 1941 end up in his first movie. I am not sure who the man in the middle is. It could be the show producer, James Savage, or it could be Boyd Marshall. Boyd was also in the show and just happened to be the husband of Mitzi.

This would be the last traveling show for Estella. Frank would manage other traveling shows up until about 1930.