Old News – Entertainment in Fairport

A hundred years ago you could attend a movie six nights out of the week and then in summer go to a free concert by the Village band.


Wednesday, Aug. 22, 1917

Keep Band Going

Saturday, Aug. 26, 1917, being the last open air concert this summer, it is the desire of the management of the Fairport Chamber of Commerce band to keep the band together and hold rehearsals through the winter, which means there must be financial support. Arrangements have been made with the editors of both Fairport papers to accept any donations to be used for maintenance of the band, and publish names of donors each week.

The closing concert of the series will be given Saturday night with the following excellent

  • America — All sing
  • March, Exposition — Lampham
  • Overture, Poet and Peasant — Suppe
  • Waltz, Evening Star — Tobani
  • Quartet, Carry Me Back to Old Virginny; Mrs. C. J. Winagle, Mrs. Warren Ellsworth, Geo. F. Clarke, Harold Parce
  • Tone Poem, La Carina — Young
  • Trombone Solo, The Rosary; John Pickett — Nevin
  • Fantasie, Hungarian — Theo. Moses
  • Sextet, Lucia — Dannezetta
  • Soprano Solo; Miss Virginia Reed
  • Gems from High Jinks – Friend
  • Cornet Solo, Columbia; F. Clayton Lampham — Chambers
  • Finale, The Liberty Bell — Sousa
  • Star Spangled Banner

Top Hit Songs of 1967 – #16

The Beatles were once again on the top of the record charts with “All You Need Is Love.” The song was preformed live via a worldwide satellite broadcast on June 25th 1967. They recorded some backing tracks in the weeks before the broadcast. On that backing, John is playing the harpsichord, Paul is playing the double bass, George the violin and Ringo some drums. Then on the broadcast they added new vocals and also had a small orchestra in the studio with them. The broadcast was originally in black and white and the video below was colorized in 2015. See if you can spot some of their friends sitting around the room like Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Marianne Faithfull, Keith Moon and Graham Nash.

“All You Need Is Love” was the number one song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for just the week of Aug. 13 – 19th. On the Cash Box record chart it was at number for two weeks, Aug. 6 – 19th.

1949 Monroe HS Yearbook

Senior Dance Band

I uploaded the 1949 yearbook for Monroe High School in Rochester. There were pictures for 275 seniors and 3 seniors that did not have a picture in the yearbook. This is the 25th class to graduate from the school.

This school had a lot of activities for the students  including a group for students interested in working on radio plays. The senior choir is huge.

The sports teams are all large except for the men’s bowling and tennis team.

There are 3 pages that have a mix of baby pictures and candid photos.

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 #31

In this article from William Wilkinson’s scrapbook “One Hundred Great and Near-Great Events, Person and Places in Rochester History” (1947) he writes about the former Reynolds Library. All of the collection that they had ended up at the Rochester Public Library. People still go there to read the local newspaper and magazines bu more people are sitting at computers reading news online.

The Reynolds Reference Library was charted in 1884 by Mortimer F. Reynolds (1814 – 1892), one of the claimants to the title of first white child born within the village limits of Rochester. He named the library in memory of his father, Abelard Reynolds and housed it in the old Reynolds Arcade. In 1896 the library was moved to the Reynolds home on Spring Street. Upon the completion of the Rundel Memorial building, the Reynolds Reference Library, containing 90,000 volumes, was consolidated with the Rochester Public Library and given a prominent position on the main floor of the building. After the Reynolds Library was moved to Spring Street, a reading room with local and out of town newspapers continued to be maintained in the old Arcade. The writer (Mr. Wilkinson) was been a steady patron of this reading room since 1900 and is one of a few Rochesterians who can make this claim. This reading room is now housed in elegant quarters on the second floor of the present Arcade and we hope to be able to continue to enjoy its pleasant hospitality for years to come.

Building Set

When I was a kid I didn’t have a Lego kit. I did have an Erector set but my favorite construction set was the “Girder and Panel Building Set” by Kenner. You used plastic girders to build a building  and snapped on window or door panels. The way that the girders connected you could make a building with a cantilever section; that is an upper floor that juts out of the main floor. There were also blue plastic roof panels. Using the road sections you could make bridges or even roads that went through the second story of a building.

After making many buildings and tearing them down again the connectors on the ends of the gilders would break off making them unusable. The panels would also tear next to the hole where they would snap onto the girders. Still, I got many hours of constructing buildings and roads.

Another toy company has started making these sets again. You can tell the originals from the newer ones. The old sets have red girders and the newer ones have blue girders.