Top Hit Songs of 1967 – #24

As 1967 is winding down this is the next to the last song to be on the top of the record charts. “Daydream Believer” was written by John Stewart of the Kingston Trio. He had tried to interest Spanky and Our Gang in the song but they turned it down. He showed the song to his friend Chip Douglas who was producing songs for The Monkees. Davy Jones was the lead singer on this one and the rest of The Monkees are doing background parts (unlike earlier recording by the group).

Davy Jones would die at his horse farm in Florida in Feb. 2012.

“Daydream Believer” was on the top of both the Billboard Hot 100 record chart and the Cash Box chart for the weeks of Nov. 26 – Dec. 23. This would be the last song by The Monkees to hit #1 on the Billboard chart. Cash Box will have another Monkees’ song on the top of the charts in March 1968.

More NY Newspapers Online

Back on November 19th MyHeritage announced that had added 1.9 million pages of 56 newspapers published in New York State. I used to have a subscription to that website but let it expire. That is why it has taken me so long to write about this collection. That announcement says that they added “The Rochester Evening Express, Schenectady Gazette, The Newburgh News, Hudson Valley News, and more.”

I went to the local Family History Library and was able to search through the newspapers there as they have a “Library Edition” of MyHeritage. I found that on the library edition that I could view the newspaper page but couldn’t save it to my flash drive.

I thought that I had seen some of these newspapers before. After some digging I found that these newspaper pages came from Google’s Newspaper Archive. That was a project that Google started many years ago but abandoned. If you try to do a search within that collection on Google, it doesn’t return any hits. It’s hard to believe, but Google doesn’t search their own newspaper collection.

I am not sure where Google got their newspaper collection. Some of the pages are not of the best quality. Like the example there are drop-offs where sections of text are missing. That makes it difficult for the pages to be scanned.

I can’t find a list of the newspapers that are in the collection on MyHeritage. There is a series of newspapers from Rochester that are included but many people have not heard about. Rochester Evening Express (1861 – 1882) became the Post-Express (1882 – 1923) which merged with the Rochester Evening Journal (1922 – 1923). From 1923 – 1935 the title was Rochester Journal and Post Express. Then it just became the Rochester Journal until it was discontinued in 1937.

MyHeritage will let you do a free search on the NY Newspapers and show you small images of a newspaper page and the date. Clicking on either will show you subscription prices. I wondered if I could find the same pages over on Google. It took me anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes to find the page. Then I had to read a good share of the newspaper page to find the name I was interested in. It is possible to find the newspaper pages on Google for free but takes a lot of time. You also can’t save a newspaper page on Google. I had to do a “screen shot” to make the partial page image.


Camera Works Bulletins

Corp. Elon Sheppard; died in action

I have scanned three issues of Camera Works Bulletin. These are small magazines for the employees of Kodak’s Camera Works, where Kodak made the cameras. In the early days it was located next to Kodak office on State Street. Later that division built an building behind Kodak office on Verona Street.

It appears that the first issue of this magazine was published in 1910 but no one seems to have any issues before 1914. Volume numbers got mixed up over the years. Vol. 8, no. 10 (Nov. 1918) is followed by vol. 3, no. 9 (Jan. 1919). The last issue was published in May 1920 and then it was merged with Kodak Park Bulletin to form Kodak Magazine that was sent to all Kodak employees in the US.

These three issues have employee suggestions and stress accident prevention and attendance. Two have pictures of sailors and soldiers that have left for military service. One picture is of the “Eastman Camera Club” which is a group for ladies with courses on culture, instruction and recreation and NOT taking photos. Two of the issues are missing pages but they are of such historic value that it was still worth scanning them.

There are only a few libraries that own copies of this magazine. Rochester Public Library and Cornell University library only have two issues each. The library at the George Eastman Museum has about 15 issues. The biggest collection is at Rush Rhees library of the University of Rochester where they have most issues from 1914 to 1920.

These are the issues that I put online:

Feb. 18, 1916; Vol. 6, no. 1.
Nov. 1918; Vol. 8, no. 10.
Jan. 1919; Vol. 3, no. 9.

1960 Monroe HS Yearbook

I uploaded the 1960 yearbook for Monroe High School in Rochester. There were 319 seniors with pictures and 19 without pictures. For the lower classes you need to look at homeroom pictures that toward the rear of the yearbook.

This school had a lot of activities for the students. There is a biology club, a math club and a international relations club. Even the A-V club is large.

The sports teams are all large except for the ski team. You could make three teams out of the girl’s volleyball team.

I have to compliment the yearbook photographer, Shelly Eisenberg. Besides this picture of divers, he also took great group photos. Usually in group photos the people in the back are in a dark area. Not the pictures in this yearbook.

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.

Old News – Sigl Center

The Al Sigl Center is being built but 50 years ago and they still have a shortage of funds. They would open in Feb. 1969 as the main facilitiy for people who were in need of special services.

If you want to read more about the facility and the agencies that have been there then view this issue of Rochester History from 1993.


Thursday, Dec. 7, 1967

Al Sigl Center Drive Raises $1,592,609 Of $2 Million Needed to Finance Building

A total of $1,592,608 has been pledged to date for the Al Sigl Center Building Fund, campaign last Thursday, Nov. 30 at Rochester Chamber of Commerce.

This leaves a balance of $407,392 yet to be raised in order to meet the minimum of #2,000,000 needed to finance the new center for seven Community Chest supported rehabilitation agencies now nearing completion at Elmwood and South Avenues.

Dewitt Pike, Chairman of the Fund, presided at the meeting that was attended by approximately 200 volunteer workers, who represented the more 845 who actually took part in the campaign.

“We’re not finished yet!” This was the theme of the night as Pike emphasized that the goal would be met. “it will take a little more time; but if we finish the cards and assignments still outstanding, the goal is in sight.”

C. David Moriarty speaking for the Board of Trustees of the Al Sigl Center, and the participating health agencies, thanked all those who had worked in the campaign, and hoped they would continue their efforts.

He emphasized that there is no other source of financing for the Center, and the money to pay for the building will have to come from the community.

A highlight of the evening came with the introduction of the family of the late Al Sigl, for whom the center is named. In attendance were Mrs. Owen Rappleye, Miss Claire Sigl, and Paul Sigl, his children, and Mrs Roger Gilman, a goddaughter.

the invocation was given by the Rev. Walter B. Freed, Pastor of the Reformation Lutheran Church. The Rev. Henry Atwell of St. Agnes Parish Church in Avon delivered the Benediction.

Seven Rehabilitation agencies will be used used the roof of of Al Sigl Center shown here in an architect’s drawing showing how the building will look from Elmwood Avenue. Each of the agencies will be in facilities specifically designed to meet the requirements of their programs. Some facilities in the building will be shared. The seven Community Chest supported agencies to be housed in the center are the Association for Retarded Children, Day Care Center for Handicapped Children, Hearing and Speech Center, Medical Motor Service, Rochester Area Multiple Sclerosis, Rochester Rehabilitation Center,  and United Cerebral Palsy Association.