Top Songs of 1965 – #22

The next song to go to the top of the record charts in 1965 was one of those songs that is kind of a mystery. “Hang on Sloopy” was written by Wes Farrell and Bert Russell Berns. It is about a girl named Sloopy but no one is sure where that name came from.

The McCoys was the name of the group that recorded the hit version of the song. It featured brothers Randy (on drums) and Richard (on guitar) Zehringer. Richard would later change his name to Rick Derringer and back-up Edgar and Johnny Winter and then released some songs on his own in the 1970s.

The song gained an association with Ohio State University after its marching band began playing it at football games in 1965. In 1985 the song became the official rock song of the State of Ohio. “Hang On Sloopy” is now also the official song of the Cleveland Indians.

“Hang on Sloopy” was at the number one spot on both the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the Cash Box record chart for just the week of Sept. 26 – Oct. 2, 1965.

Old News – Harvest Time

At one time there were many apples grown in Monroe County, especially near Lake Ontario. Expansion of the suburbs has pushed out most of the old orchards except for those in the northwestern part of the county. Meanwhile, places like Wayne County grow more apples because the new varieties of trees have more apples on each tree than in the past.


Wednesday, Oct. 6, 1915


Apple Day Scheduled for October 19th. Only Good Apples Are Wanted.

This is the slogan of the Apple Day Committee of the Chamber of Commerce and the Farm Bureau, who are promoting Apple Day for October 19th. It is planned to increase the consumption of apples in Rochester and vicinity, and everything possible is being done to advertise the apple and to advertise this day. The Committee are getting in touch with growers in Monroe County who have good quality fall fruit, and getting the growers to hold them for “Apple Day.” Many of the large grocers, department stores, restaurants and hotels are planning to make special sales or to give apples away on the 19th. Last year Duffy’s alone sold over 225 barrels. Fruit growers who have good quality apples such as 20 oz., Gravenstein, McIntosh, etc., should communicate with A. E. Crockett, the Farm Bureau Manager, or directly with some of the grocery or department stores of the city. This is a good opportunity to establish a trade in Rochester for good quality fruit.

The Rex Company offer a $10.00 cash prize for the best window display made by any grocery in Rochester. The Upton Cold Storage Co. offer a second prize of $7.50 and a third of $5.00 The latter company will store any apples donated for charitable purposes free of charge.

Cabbage Fields Inspected

Professor S. R. Jones, Wisconsin Agricultural College, L. L. Harter, of the U. S. Department of Agriculture, Dr. Donald Reddick, Professor H. H. Whetzel, Cornell, Professor Ivan C. Jagger, University of Rochester, accompanied the Farm Bureau Manager on an inspecting trip of cabbage fields in the vicinity of Rochester. both Dr. Jones and Mr. Harter are making a cabbage disease survey in the cabbage sections from Iowa to Long Island. They reported the fields between Rochester and Geneva to be quite free from disease..

The yellows disease, which they found destructive in many sections, was very rare in this region, probably due to our climatic conditions. The inspectors found occasionally plants affected by club root, which apparently was held in check by crop rotation. In a few fields considerable black leg and black rock were found. This was probably introduced by infected seed.


 Front row; L–R: Annette Funicello, Karen Pendleton, Cubby O'Brien, Sherry Alberoni, Dennis Day. Row two: Charley Laney, Sharon Baird, Darlene Gillespie, Jay-Jay Solari. Row three: Tommy Cole, Cheryl Holdridge, Larry Larsen, Eileen Diamond. Row four: Lonnie Burr, Margene Storey, Doreen Tracey. Back row: Jimmie Dodd, Bobby Burgess

Front row; L–R: Annette Funicello, Karen Pendleton, Cubby O’Brien, Sherry Alberoni, Dennis Day. Row two: Charley Laney, Sharon Baird, Darlene Gillespie, Jay-Jay Solari. Row three: Tommy Cole, Cheryl Holdridge, Larry Larsen, Eileen Diamond. Row four: Lonnie Burr, Margene Storey, Doreen Tracey. Back row: Jimmie Dodd, Bobby Burgess

This is the 60th anniversary of the original Mickey Mouse Club. Broadcast at 5 p.n. on ABC, Monday thru Friday. For the first two years of the show it was an hour long. Then the third year and abbreviated fourth year were only a half an hour. Disney said he wanted the Mousketeers to be average kids but they ended up with 24 kids that could either sing or dance or both. Some kids were let go with a few weeks and by the second year Disney realized they didn’t need as many Mouseketeers. By the end of the series there had been 39 kids serving as Mousketeers. One of the big Mousketeers was Jimmie Dodd who not only served as a host but also wrote most of the songs for the show.

Each day of the show had a different theme. Monday –  “Fun with Music Day,” Tuesday – “Guest Star Day,” Wednesday – “Anything Can Happen Day,” Thursday – “Circus Day,” Friday – “Talent Round-up Day.”

Throughout the run of the show were some serials like, Spin and Marty, Corky and White Shadow and the Hardy Boys. One series that I didn’t remember seeing was Annette starring Annette Funicello that I bought on DVD when it was released in 2008.

The last portion of the show usually an old Disney cartoon. This was the first time many of these cartoons had been seen in years as they had been made for theaters.

The closing of the show was the song, formally called, the Mickey Mouse Club Alma Mater. This chant “M-i-c, See you real soon, k-e-y, Why? Because we like you! M-o-u-s-e,” was delivered by Jimmie Dodd with responses from the Mouseketeers.  Then Mickey would tell what the theme for the next show would be.

These original shows were last seen in the middle of the night on the Disney Channel in 2002. They have released the first week of the show on DVD on Walt Disney Treasures – Mickey Mouse Club which was a limited issue and the price of available copies keep going up. The also relapsed The Best of the Original Mickey Mouse Club but it is only 90 minutes long. Also available are the serials of Spin and Marty the Hardy Boys and Annette. You would think that Disney would release more from the show. All us old people would buy the DVDs.

I found a very good website; The Original Mickey Mouse Club Show that has lots of details on the show and the Mouseketeers. I spent a few hours there because there is so much to read and see.

Below is the opening, Mickey Mouse March. It was only ever shown in black &  white but Disney had it filmed in color. This version was used the first two seasons and then was cut down for the last seasons and for syndication.

Genesee River Romance Weekend Events

This is the weekend that many people in this area wait for all year. That’s because some places along the Genesee River are open for tours just once each year. Here are some of the highlights:

Saturday, October 3

  • 9 am to 3 pm: Guided Tours of RG&E Hydroelectric Facility
    Learn how renewable electric energy is produced along the Genesee River. Tour the RG&E Hydroelectric facility located along Middle Falls – including the dam and spill gates operation, river intake/rackhouse and upper level of gate control house. Please note that these are guided tours conducted by RG&E staff and are subject to cancellation should unplanned issues arise. Tours will start at the Middle Falls dam located at the south east end of Lower Falls Park. Free.
  • 10 am to 3 pm: Tours of the Lower Falls and Gorge
    Docents from the Maplewood Neighborhood Association will treat visitors to the beauty and history of the Lower Falls of the Genesee. Learn about the five bridges over the gorge, the rivalry between Carthage and Rochester and the river’s transformation from a place of industry to recreation. Tours are about 45 minutes long with the last tour starting about 3 pm. Free.
  • 10:30 am to 2:30 pm: Rundel Building – River to Roof Tour
    Meet in the lobby of the Rundel Memorial Building of the Rochester Public Library, 115 South Ave. Led by the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library. Tours leave at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm. Free tickets are required and will be handed out at the door on a first-come, first-served basis starting when the library opens at 10 am, and until the day’s spaces are filled. No advance registration. Space is limited. Tours will visit the Lower Stacks, where a trap door to the old millrace will be opened for viewing and participants can learn how the river is a natural air conditioner for the building. The tours will also visit the Upper Stacks, where participants may hear about various ghostly experiences staff have had in the building. Tours will stop in the Local History & Genealogy Division to learn about some special items in the library’s collection. A stop on the roof will reveal a spectacular view of the Genesee River and the city.
  • 12 Noon to 3 pm: Historic Aqueduct Open
    Enter from South Ave, behind the Dinosaur Barbeque. Get a glimpse of Rochester’s historic underbelly and hear about proposals for future development. Volunteers from the Canal Society of New York State will be strategically placed in the Aqueduct to provide history and insights about this unique Downtown Aqueduct. Free.
  • 7:45 pm Fireworks in the Lower Falls Gorge

Sunday, October 4

  • Tombstone restoration

    Tombstone restoration

    1 to 2 pm: Charlotte Cemetery Tour
    Meet tour guide Jack Kemp on Lake Avenue at River Street for a guided tour of the old Village Cemetery to view pioneer graves and the restoration work done by the Navy Seabee Veterans of America, Island X-12, to reset and repair damaged headstones. Sponsored by the Charlotte High School Archives and the Charlotte Community Association. Additional parking is available at the Ira Jacobson Post Home parking lot on St. John’s Park. Free.

  • 2 to 2:30 pm: WPA Murals of Charlotte High School
    Join Charlotte High School archivist Marie Poinan in the auditorium for a talk on the installation of eight murals by Carl Peters in 1942 and hear the story of money raised for the 2009 restoration. Commemorative mural poster and note cards will be available. Event sponsored by the Charlotte High School Archivists and the Class of 1945. Free.
  • 3 to 3:30 pm: Tour of Charlotte High School campus
    Meet at the front door to take a guided tour of the remodeled building which is now home to the RCSD’s Leadership Academy for Young Men. Visit the Charlotte High archives in the 5th floor rotunda. Commemorative books on the school history will be available. Charlotte was one of twelve schools remodeled in the School Modernization Program, receiving recognition from the Rochester chapter of the AIA in the Interior Design category. Not recommended for children under 10. Free.
Nurals in Charlotte High School

Murals in Charlotte High School

I left out regular scheduled tours and some other events that are happening this weekend. To see a complete list of events, view the Genesee River Romance page from the City of Rochester. Dress for the weather this weekend.


NY Family History Conference, 2016

NYS-fam-hist-confThe date in the subject is correct. If you can plan ahead of time, you can save a lot of money on next year’s NY Family History Conference in Syracuse, NY sponsored by The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society and Central NY Genealogical Society. The dates of the conference are September 15 – 17, 2016. The conference will run concurrently with the annual conference of the Association for Public Historians of New York State.

Rates through November 30. 2015 are $105  (or $80 for NYG&B and CNYGS members). Rates from December 1, 2015 – May 30, 2016 are $125 (or $100 for NYG&B and CNYGS members). If you wait until after May 30th the rates are $150 (or $125 for NYG&B and CNYGS members.

You can also individually purchase breakfast for Friday and Saturday ($25 each), and lunch and lectures for Friday and Saturday ($32 each), and Friday dinner and lecture ($45).

To register go to the Conference Registration page or print the registration form to register by US mail.


NY Family History Conference, 2015 – #10

NYS-fam-hist-confJames D. Folts, Ph.D., is head of research services for the New York State Archives in Albany. His knowledge of the resources of the Archives is encyclopedic, with specialties in land and court records. He is an expert on New York state and local history and government, is widely published, and has contributed to the Encyclopedia of New York State (2005) and the Oxford Handbook of New York State Government and Politics (2012). Mr. Folts’ talk at the NY Family History Conference was “Overlooked Genealogical Sources: Civil and Criminal Court Records in New York.”

He said that NY State has the most complex court system of any the states. The early court system came from English common law. From 1691 to 1847 the Court of Common Pleas handled both criminal and civil cases. Those records are all in New York City. It was replaced in 1847 by a County Court in each county.It is the main court for felonies.

Some of the records that can be found in County Court records are:

  • Nationalizations (especially before 1906).
  • Matrimonial (divorces and separations) which are more common after 1962.
  • Name changes.
  • Mortgage insolvency.
  • Contracts
  • Torts (civil wrongs)
  • Commitments to mental hospital.

New York State also has its own court system the lowest of which is called Supreme Court. That began began 1691, was reorganized 1847 and again in 1896. Upstate records (non-NYC) 1797 – 1847 are at NY State Archives. There is also a Court of Appeals which began in 1847.

NY Family History Conference, 2015 – #9

NYS-fam-hist-confAt the recent NY Family History Conference (Sept. 17 – 19) Eric G. Grundset gave the talk “The Revolution in New York: Advice on Finding and Using Lesser-used Sources.” Eric has been Library Director at the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Library in Washington, D. C. since 1983. He is the author of the DAR’s series of research volumes on the 13 original states that began in 2011 with New York in the American Revolution: A Source Guide for Genealogists and Historians. That book is over 700 pages of detailed information on the availability of manuscript and archival material for NY in the Revolution. It s available in printed version or as a PDF download through the DAR online store.

Mr. Grundset suggests starting with New York in the Revolution as Colony and State (1898) which can be download from this web page on

Contrary to what a lot of people say, not all Revolutionary records in New York State were destroyed in a 1911 fire. Most things dealing with the Revolutionary War are in the NY State Archives. For descriptions on some of the available records see these web pages from the Archives:

  • Tax records for 1779 that exist for most counties (see: Series A3210).
  • Revolutionary War Accounts Audited (see Series A0870) which are available online.
  • Revolutionary War Accounts and Claims, 1775-1808 see Series A0200).

Also there are random Revolutionary War items in the series of books on the records of George Clinton, the first Governor of New York State. You can view or download all ten volumes from this web page on the Hathi Trust Digital Library.


New TV Shows of Fall 1965 – NBC

NBC-logoNBC had 15 new shows in the fall 1965 schedule. Most of them would only last one season. Still. NBC ended up the the number one TV show of the year with Bonanza.

  • Branded; Sunday at 8:30. Chuch Connors stars as a disgraced Army Captain that was unjustly accused of cowardice. The series had started in January 1965 and the last episode aired in Sept. 1966. The opening is on YouTube as are many full episodes
  • The Wackiest Ship in the Army; Sunday at 10:00. This series was based on a 1960 movie by the same name. A story of an old wooden hulled ship cruising the Pacific that they found could evade radar. That made it perfect ship for secret missions. Based on a real ship in the early days of WWII. Starred Jack Warden and Gary Collins. Only made it through one season with 29 episodes being produced. Opening credits are on YouTube.
  • Hullabaloo; Monday at 7:30. A music show showcasing current pop songs played by the groups that made them famous. This show actually began in January 1965 and was taken off in August 1966.
  • The John Forsythe Show; Monday at 8:00. This show started out as a situation comedy taking place at a girl’s school. At mid season it changed to a spy drama. Somehow the show remained on the air for the whole season. The opening and closing credits are on YouTube for the first format.
  • Run for Your Life; Monday at 10:00.  Paul Bryan (Ben Gazzara) is given only two years to live so he tries to do everything he evr wanted to do before he dies. Only thing is that the series lasted 3 years (85 episodes). The opening and closing credits are on YouTube.
  • My Mother the Car; Tuesday at 7:30. One of dumbest ideas ever for a TV series. Jerry Van Dyke gets advice from his mother who has been reincarnated as a 1928 “Porter.” The voice of the mother was played by Ann Sothern. Somehow managed to last a whole season. The opening and closing credits are on YouTube.
  • Please Don’t Eat the Daisies; Tuesday at 8:00. A sitcom based on a 1957 book by Jean Kerr and 1960 film starring Doris Day. The family had four boys and a big sheep dog. Made it through two seasons with 58 episodes being produced. The opening credits are on YouTube.
  • I Spy; Wednesday at 10:00.  Robert Culp and Bill Cosby play spies that travel the world in disguise as a tennis pro and his trainer. Many episodes filmed overseas. This series was on for three seasons with 82 episodes being filmed. The opening credits are on YouTube.
  • Laredo; Thursday at 8:30. Stories of three Texas Rangers. and their commanding officer. The series last 2 seasons with 56 episodes total. Most episodes are on YouTube.
  • Mona McCluskey; Thursday at 9:30. Mona (Juliet Prowse) gave up a Hollywood career to marry a Sergent in the Air Force. Another one season series (26 episodes). View the short opening credits on YouTube.
  • The Dean Martin Show; Thursday at 10:00. This variety show ended up being the one out of the new shows on NBC that lasted the longest. It ran until 1974 with 264 episodes being filmed. After that Dean did The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast. People always thought that Dean was drinking during the show. It wasn’t really alcohol. The guests rehearsed their segments without Dean who would only come in to film the show.
  • Camp Runamuck; Friday at 7:30. Camp Runamuck was a boy’s summer camp where everything went wrong. It was across a lake from a girl’s camp. There are people that liked this series. I wasn’t one of them. Another one season show. The opening credits are on YouTube.
  • Hank; Friday at 8:00. A sitcom about a boy trying to get a college education after his parents have died. Just one forget-able season with 26 episodes. Opening credits are on YouTube.
  • Convoy; Friday at 8:30. A World War II drama about a convoy crossing the Atlantic. Used a lot of stock footage. Lasted just 13 episodes.
  • Mr. Roberts; Friday at 9:30. Comedy-drama about life on a cargo ship of the US Navy during WWII. Roger Smith played the titlle character. Opening credits are on YouTube.
  • Get Smart; Saturday at 8:30. A comedy spy show. Don Adams played the title character with Barbara Feldon playing Agent 99 who towards the end of the series would be his wife. Series created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry. This would last 5 season with 138 episodes total. Opening sequence on YouTube.

Below is the NBC fall TV preview hosted by Don Adams

Sources used in this series of articles:

  1. The Complete Encyclopedia of Television Programs; 1947-1979 (1979) by Vincent Terrace.
  2. The Complete Directory to Prime Time and Network and Cable TV Shows; 1946-Present (1995) by Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh
  3. Wikipedia

NY Family History Conference, 2015 – #8

NYS-fam-hist-confAt the recent NY Family History Conference in Syracuse Laura Murphy DeGrazia gave the talk “To You I Leave My Fortune: Probate Records in New York.” She is past president of Board for Certification of Genealogists; author of NGS’s Research in the States: New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County; and former editor of the NYG&B Record.

Ms. DeGrazia noted that probate records filed before 1787 were all filed in New York City. Abstract published by BY Historical Society are digitized on Ancestry and American Ancestors.The date of 1787 was when a Surrogate Court was set up each county. Beginning in 1830 estates required the filing of a petition for probate which is often the best document in the estate file because it lists all heirs.

She recommended starting in Gordon Remington’s New York State Probate Records: A Genealogist’s Guide to Testate and Intestate Records. (2nd ed. 2011). Gordon is from the Rochester area and now works in Salt Lake City doing genealogical research. Also Ms. DeGrazia mentioned that members of The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society have access to two research guides by Harry Macy, Jr. One is New York Probate Records Before 1787 and the other is Library Resources for Research in New York Probate Records Since 1787.

Ms. DeGrazia recommended two references for abstracts of early probate records:

  1. Calendar of Wills on File and Recorded in the Offices of the Clerk of the Court of Appeals of the County Clerk at Albany, and of the Secretary of State, 1626–1836 (1896 and reprints) by Berthold Fernow.
  2. “Early Original New York Wills [1658–1738]” in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, volume 51 (June 1963), pages 90–99, 174–78, 185.

NY Family History Conference, 2015 – #7

NYS-fam-hist-confHenry Hoff was talking again at the NY Family History Conference last week in Syracuse. This time his topic was “Research Strategies for Upstate New York.” Mr. Hoff is editor of the New England Historical and Genealogical Register and former trustee editor of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. His genealogical interests include New York and the West Indies.

Mr. Hoff said that are key dates to remember when researching in New York State:

  • 1787 – Surrogate courts are organized
  • 1825 – First state census
  • 1830 – Probate petitions are required for estates
  • 1855 – First state census requiring all names being listed.
  • 1880  – Statewide vital records begin&

Consider what might make your family unique: geography, religious groups, occupations, college attendance or military service.

Some places you should investigate: websites, local historians, local genealogical periodicals, tax lists, old newspapers and DAR transcriptions.