In 1918 the US is fully involved in the War in Europe. This was creating some shortages in food in the US. Even more threatening was a worldwide outbreak of influenza, generally known as the Spanish flu, even though it did not originate in Spain.
There are two new attractions for 1918. First was a “mammoth Ferris wheel” run by Brown & Hegenham. It was adjacent to the Auditorium. The other new attraction is “The Mechanical Wonder’ under direction of J. A. Ashworth and Sons. It has over 200 miniature moving figures each of which is carved out of wood. It is a scene with mechanics, tradesmen, and factories all in a bustling town.
In relation to the War, the former German Village is now called the Village Hotel but is still run by Louis Englert who has run it for years. For the entire season, all uniformed soldiers and sailors were admitted free to the Park.
The Japanese Bazaar and restaurant has a new operator in Otto Hashimoto. It was noted in one newspaper article that John H. Tamblen will operate the automobile garage and parking spaces. Still most people would take the trolley to the Park as the cost of most automobiles were very large.
As in the previous years, on Sundays they had to have musical entertainment on the Bandstand. The first Sunday was favorite Margaret Heveron, soprano soloist, along with Charles D. Vickers, tenor soloist. Starting the next day on the outdoor stage were Four Flying DuValls (aerialists) and Dare-Devil Oliver. Oliver jumps from 104 feet into 5½ feet of water. Oliver also has his dog, Uno, do a high dive but only from 50 feet. Uno is a King Charles Spaniel.
Alfred Monk’s Band played all season on the bandstand. They usually played light classical music and some popular songs. The ad, below, from June 15th says that they were going to be playing jazz. A small want ad in one newspaper says Hotel Ontario has Fagan’s Orchestra every afternoon and evening. The Democrat & Chronicle of June 2nd said that many couples danced on the Hotel Ontario veranda on Sunday.
The NY State Sportsmen’s Association returned to the Park for a trap shooting contest June 17 – 20. The contest was won by H. J. Pendergast, of Phoenix, NY who had also won the 3 previous years.
Lew Baker who was at the Park 2 years before came back for a series of performances. He was known as “the minstrel singer.”
Acts for the July 4th were the Six Flying La Vans (6 members of trapeze artists), and the Cycling Jacksons; one of which did tricks on a tall unicycle.
Sunday, July 14th on the bandstand was Italian tenor Mario Cappalli, who in the fall would be in the (NY) Metropolitan Opera House. Also in her third appearance at the Park this summer was Marian Tucker who sang patriotic songs.
Power’s elephants returned this season for another week of performances. On Sunday when they weren’t allowed to perform they did take a bath in Lake Ontario.
In late July, three children bathing at the Park found an oar-less rowboat and got in. Then an off shore breeze took them out into the lake. Verna Lawrence, aged 9, Cornelius Lawrence, aged 8, and Virginia Wozen, aged 6 were rescued by Park life guards.
A newspaper article said that closing day on Sept. 3rd was well attended.
The Democrat & Chronicle of Sept. 20the tells that
Lloyd O’Laughlin who previously ran the carousel is training to be a pilot in the Army.
World War I ends on Nov. 11, 1918. If there had been any lower attendance at the Park because of the War, then the next season should be better.