Old News – Why We Have 911

This article is about calling the police or an ambulance in an emergency. Remember when we had stickers on or near the phone? That’s because the numbers were hard to remember. It is much easier now to just call 911 in an emergency.

There was a new problem when cell phones started to take over. Emergency responders in the 911 system weren’t able to locate where a cell call was coming from if the person wasn’t able to speak. In most communities in the US they now can figure out a location but there are some small communities that are not yet able to locate a cell signal.

There is one other suggestion that I have that is not mentioned in the article. Make sure you have a house number on your mailbox or on the house. The bigger the numbers the better so the emergency vehicle is able to find you.

I cheated on the ad. It came from the Greater Greece Press. Good price for a turkey dinner in 1968..

The Honeoye Falls Times

Thursday, Nov. 21, 1968

Use of Computer to Be Added to HF High School Curriculum

Stickers bearing the number to call the Monroe County Sheriff may be picked up at the Honeoye Falls Village Office by any resident. They are designed to be stuck to a telephone and can be put next to the ambulance stickers which were available some time back.

People who call the sheriff ot those who call for an ambulance should be sure to give the name of the community as well as the street and number, for example, “This is John Doe, we’d like a police officer at 999 Noth Main Street, Honeoye Falls.”

At night it’s a good idea to have a light on and have somebody at the roadside to flag down the patrol or ambulance.

The sheriff’s office gets calls from 19 towns and 10 villages, and since the same street name may be used in several communities the name of the community should be included to identify the location where the police officer or the ambulance is wanted.

The sheriff’s number is 232-1414, the ambulance is 232-2121.

3 More Photo Spotlight

I uploaded three more issues of Photo Spotlight. It is a magazine for professional photographers that was published by Eastman Kodak Stores (warehouse) in New York City. There are some articles for the photographer but it also includes advertisements for products that only a professional would use. Kodak sold almost anything the professional would use, including; lamps, light bulbs, file cabinets, envelopes, filters enlargers, etc.

Available now are:

There are many other Kodak publications on the Kodak Magazines, Newspapers, and Magazine page. Some of those are publications were for Kodak employees.



1932 Orient Yearbook

I uploaded The 1932 Orient, the June 1932 yearbook of East High School in Rochester. At that time the school graduated one class in January and another in June.

This yearbook is only 60 pages. There are pictures of 195 seniors and lots of autographs. There aren’t pictures of underclassmen unless they might have been in an activity. Lots of sports for the boys but only these few girls in the basketball team.

I have a few East High on my Yearbooks web page. The Rochester Public Library has many early yearbook of East High on their web page. One that they don’t own is this one for June 1932. I will be donating it to them to add to their collection.

Ontario Beach Park – #39

Buildings torn down – from Rochester Herald, March 4, 1921

In 1921 the City of Rochester owns (but hasn’t yet paid for) 26 acres with 1,746 feet of beach front. In March of 1921 the City bought a block of buildings (see picture) on the south side of Beach Ave. and tore them all down to use as a parking lot. One of those buildings had been in the past a livery stable for the former Bartholomay Cottage Hotel. That lot is behind present day Abbott’s Custard.

The City leased out the Hotel Ontario to Kenealy’s (see opening ad below). That company owned a few small restaurants in downtown Rochester. A want ad in the June 24th Democrat & Chronicle has Kenealey’s looking for a waitress working from 6 to 10 p.m. It said that they were paying 50 cents per hour which was a good wage for those days. Kenealey’s would run that restaurant only until the 1924 season.

The Monday after Decoration Day (Memorial Day) the City opened the former Auditorium (and former Hilarity Hall) for evening dancing for the season. One newspaper article said that there was a 6 piece orchestra and another article said that it was a 10 piece orchestra. Cost was 10 cents per dance or 75 cents for all 17 dances per evening. Spectators could watch the dancers from the balcony of the dance hall.

By July 4th the City has added a float out in the lake with a lifesaving tower (see picture). That picture is another one taken by Albert R. Stone for the Rochester Herald. It appeared in that newspaper dated August first. The white line didn’t appear in the picture in the newspaper. It probably came from being in contact with another glass negative over many years.

An article in the Democrat & Chronicle of Aug 29th complained that ladies’ bathing suits were getting smaller. Some ladies’ one piece suits only have ruffles instead of a skirt. Men’s trunks were also getting shorter.

Most histories say that less people were heading to the Park. Figures in newspaper articles don’t make it seem that way. The City reported that for the summer of 1921, 170,341 people used the bath house at the beach. The biggest day was July 7th when 8,233 used the bath house. Those figures only are people that rented lockers. Many people went to the beach to cool off without going into the lake. Good figures continued over the next few years. For instance, on June 22, 1924 the estimated crowd was 50,000 even though the water was so cold that the bath house wasn’t open.

A lot of people still to the the Park for picnics by themselves or with a group. There were three picnic grounds so many groups could have picnics at the same time. One of the largest was a group of 15,000 from the Knights of Columbusthat  picnicked at the Park on Aug. 22, 1923.

In mid July 1924, 131 boys from St. Mary’s Orphan Asylum were at the beach for a picnic. Joseph Agrie, aged 12, was struck by a large wave and then taken farther out in the lake by an undertow. Louis Pickens, aged 22, a farmer from Latta Road tried to rescue him but was drown. Agries was saved by Alfred Schwaise of First Street and taken to St. Mary’s Hospital.

Next: The end of the Hotel Ontario