Old News – Baptist Home

The Fairport Baptist Home referred to in this 100 year article is still go strong. It started as a nursing home for elderly people that need assistance and lived on the east side of Monroe County. Today, they also do rehabilitation for people after a hospital stay and also do home visits so the elderly can live in their own home.

The ad shows that Mr. Bown was still doing horse shoeing and fixing wagons. At the same time, he was also prepared for the future by selling autos and repairing them.


Thursday, May 27, 1915


ad-1915-05-27Mrs Bohall, our oldest resident, recently celebrated her ninetieth birthday. The Montgomery class of Lake Avenue church, Rochester, brought a large birthday cake, which was beautifully ornamented, and admired by all; later each had an opportunity to prove its excellency by tasting. Dr. Ricker gave a rare plant in bloom; there were also cut flowers. The class supplied many useful and ornamental articles for her personal use. Mrs. Bohall is remarkably well preserved for one of her years. She walks about, reads, writes, sews, etc., with much of her old-time agility.

May 19th, Miss M. A. Cogswell’s seventy-ninth birthday, was observed by several of the family who gave an impromptu entertainment of readings and recitations. Miss Cogswell herself contributed a recitation, also a beautiful song. She received congratulations and gifts from friends both inside and outside the Home.

Memorial Day – 2015

memorial-dayThe children on this old postcard are going to decorate the graves of our veterans that died during our past wars.

Just a reminder that there lists of veteran burials for some towns on the cemetery page of the GenWeb of Monroe County. Those records came from the Veteran’s Service Agency which at one time tried to flag all veteran graves in the county.


Top Songs of 1965; #11

The Beatles were back on the top of the record charts with “Ticket to Ride.” The writers are listed as Lennon-McCartney but some people say that Paul only wrote a small portion of the song. The song was also released on the album Help! which was released in August to coincide with the release of the film of the same name.

“Ticket to Ride” was on the top of the Billboard Hot 100 record chart for the week of May 16 – 22. Then it was the number one song on the Cash Box record chart for the week of May 23 – 29.

The Beatles’ songs can only legally be downloaded from the iTunes store. There is a version of iTunes for PCs as well as Apple products.

Old News – Arbor and Memorial Days

NYS Historic Newspapers has added old newspapers from Honeoye Falls, NY. Included are The Honeoye Falls Times from 1888 to 1987; The Honeoye Falls Weekly Times from 1987 to 1989 and The Mendon-Honeoye Falls-Lima Sentinel from 1989 to 2015.


Thursday, May 20, 1915

Arbor Day Exercise

ad-1915-05-20The following program was given on Arbor Day by the students of the High School and Grammar Department at the usual morning exercises.

Essay on Sanitation —— Helen Shepard
Essay on Conservation —— Ethyl Goff
Essay, “Organization for Public Health” —— Dorothy Sherman
Practical Talk on The Significance of Arbor Day. ——Prin. Scheck

Programs were given in the grades during the forenoon. In the afternoon the Physical Geography class took a field trip, including a visit to the Lime Kiln, The grades had picnics, some in the woods.

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Plans for Memorial Day

The plans for Memorial Day this year are in the hands of the Sons of Veterans, the members of the Grand Army, many of them having reached the age where they are not so full of activity and initiative as formerly and the work of arranging for the usual observance of the day has been left with the loyal young men of another generation.

As announces elsewhere the Veterans and Sons of Veterans will attend divine service at the Presbyterian church on Sunday, May 30. The formal observance of Memorial Day will be held on Monday. The Post accompanies by the S. O. V., the school children, and civilians and the Band will march to the cemetery in the morning to decorate the graves of their comrades. The customary exercises to follow will be held at 2:30 p. m. in the Village Hall, when F. W. Brown of Newark will deliver the address. M. Brown is a prominent lawyer and comes with the endorsement of Judge Thompson of Canandaigua.

The citizens generally should join with the old soldiers whose ranks are thinning year by year, in helping them honor their departed comrades.

Top Songs of 1965; #10

Herman’s Hermits is on the top spot of the record charts for the second time in 1965. This time the group’s hits is “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter” that was written by British singer-songwriter Trevor Peacock. It song was originally in The Lads, a British TV play of 1963.

“Mrs. Brown…” was the top hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the weeks of April 25th to May 15th (3 weeks). On the Cash Box record chart the song was number one for 4 weeks (April 25 – May 22).

Herman’s Hermits had a good string of hit songs. In fact, they will be back again with another top songs in 1965. The group eventually broke up in 1971. Peter Noone (“Herman”) eventually began touring by himself. See his website  for tour dates up to March 2016. Most concerts are in the US and Canada as Peter lives in California. Peter also has a program on SiriusXM (satellite radio) channel “60s on 6? entitled “Something Good” after Herman’s Hermits’ hit song, “I’m into Something Good.”

Download Herman’s Hermits songs (for a small fee) from Amazon.com.

Scanning System at RPL

scannxIn the Local History and Genealogy Division of the Rochester Public Library is a new scanning system that you may be interested in using. I put the system to the test about a week ago. This system is from Scannx.

Included in this system, on the left of the picture, is a flat bed scanner by Scannx. It is bigger than most home scanners. It has a maximum scan size of 17 x 12 inches. That scanner also has a book edge that you can wrap a book around the edge so you don’t have to try to flatten a book. That saves the spine of a book from being damaged. I took a small book with me and took no time to scan it. I also took a couple of magazines that are 13 by 10 inches that I can’t get on my home scanner.

To the right of the flatbed scanner is the keyboard and touchscreen. To the right of that is a scanner that uses a rotating overhead scanner. That is great for scanning scrapbooks or any irregular shaped items.  That also has a maximum scan size of 17 x 12 inches. I scanned a map on cardboard backing. You could scan a photo that you don’t want to take out of frame as it would cause damage.

The scanner on the right is a Kodak Alaris model PS50 . It is for scanning photos. You can put in a stack of about 50 photos at a time and then add more if you want. As the photos are sent through a roller system, I would suggest not scanning any really old or fragile photos. I had some photos that had some glue residue on the backs from those so called “magnetic” photo albums and I had to try those photos a second time to get them  all scanned. You put the photos in that scanner upside down. Also it is easier if you scan photos that are all the same size at the same time. Then put in another size photo.

The first step is to touch the screen and pick which scanning device you want to use. Then you have many options of where to save your scan. You can print it on either a B&W printer or color printer. You can send scans to a Smartphone or tablet with wi-fi. You can also save to a USB flash drive or email it to any email account. Note that if you email a bunch of scans you may find that it fills up your email account. That is because some of the files are rather larger. The last two options to save your scans are to send them to a Google Drive or Dropbox account. You will have to remember your account name and password to save to either of those two srvices.

You have to pick a resolution, The screen just says low, high and photo sizes. I wouldn’t recommend the low resolution for anything. High resolution appears to be 300dpi (dots per inch) which is good for most general purposes. Then use the photo size (600dpi) for photos; especially if you think you might want to retouch them later.

After you scan something, you can rotate images and/or crop them. I didn’t use either of these. I did find that scanned text was almost always automatically rotated for me.

Then there many file formats that you can save your scans. PDF format is good for saving pages with both text and pictures. You can even have this system make the text searchable. This Scannx system will also take a page of text and do optical character resolution and turn it into a Word document. Then there are three picture formats to pick from; JPEG, TIFF and PNG. A lot of people will tell you not to use JPEg as it is a compressed format. Every time you edit and save a JPEG file it compresses it again. Eventually the resolution of the image gets pretty bad. TIFF And PNG are not compressed but end up way larger. I saved my photos as TIFF files and when I got home I found out that they were in one file with many pages. Out of three programs that I have to edit photos, none can split those photos into separate files. Only Adobe Acrobat is able to split the TIFF file into separate photos and that program isn’t a photo editor.

I found that there is a maximum amount of scans that you can do in a session. It will only save up to 4gb of files. It was easy to get around that. All I had to do was to use a different USB drive. As no one else wanted to use the system, I didn’t have to feel guilty about taking so much time on the system.

I left the best for last. The use of this Scannx system is absolutely free.  What do you have that you want to scan? This system has many options and fairly easy to use. If you run into any problems, the staff is always willing to help you out.

Top Songs of 1965; #9

The next song to go all the way to the top of the record charts in 1965 was. “Game of Love” by Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders. The song was written by Clint Ballard Jr. who also “You’re No Good” that was a hot for Linda Ronstadt in 1975.

The Mindbenders were formed by Wayne Fontana in 1963 and they had some hits in the U.K. before “Game of Love.” Wayne left the band in the middle of a concert in 1965. After that the group was known as just The Mindbender. They appeared in the 1967 movie, To Sir, with Love and were also on the soundtrack. The group finally broke up in 1968. Meanwhile, Wayne released a bunch of new albums but never had any big hits. He currently lives in Spain.

“Game of Love” was the number one song on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Cash Box record charts for just the week of April 18 – 24, 1965.

Old News – Anti-Suffrage


Thursday, May 6, 1915


Fairport Grange Hears Address Against Suffrage—Interesting Program.

ad-1915-05-06Mrs. Henry F. Burton, president of the Rochester Anti-Suffrage Society, addressed Fairport Grange, Saturday evening. Mrs. Burton was a little late, because of having to speak before Penfield Grange before coming to Fairport. She was a most pleasing speaker and was earnestly listened to. She said in part; “About only one woman in ten believes in suffrage and it is undemocratic for a few women to demand the ballot for all. Only about 5,000 woman in New York belong and pay toward the suffrage movement. Should that number be able to demand the vote for the millions of women who are not asking for the franchise? Women have the right to vote at school meeting. In Massachusetts about 2½ per cent of the women use the ballot accorded them.”

Mr. and Mrs Maurice O’Leary, Miss Verna May and Miss Rose Kratzenberg were elected to become members by initiation. Resolutions in memory of Albert L. Palmer, one of the oldest members, were read and the charter ordered draped for thirty days.

Mark Furman, district superintendent of schools, was asked to say something about school matters. especially in view of the nearness of school meeting. He spoke particularly of heating and ventilation in rural schools, and some other sanitary measures.

The next meeting will be held Saturday evening, May 15th, when a memorial program will be given under the auspices of the chaplain, Mrs. Jerome Parker. The meetings of June will be given over to initiatory services.

Kodak History Notes – Reactor

The reactor

The reactor

Eastman Kodak at one time had a refrigerator-sized nuclear reactor in the basement of one of the buildings in Kodak Park.

Kodak first used a university reactor to test chemical materials for impurities. Then in 1974 they acquired their own reactor called a a californium neutron flux multiplier (CFX) that had a core of Califrnium-252 isotope that would emit neutrons that would penetrate materials. Within a short time they realized that they needed a larger amount of neutrons. That is why they wrapped the core with 3½ pounds of uranium plates that would help multiply the neutron flow.

Although the uranium that Kodak had was considered “weapons grade,” the amount was well below the 100 pounds that would be needed to produce a small nuclear bomb. Still, it appears that no one in local law enforcement or the fire department ever knew of the existence of the reactive materials in the reactor.

The reactor was in the basement of building 82 along Lake Avenue. If you have ever gone north on Lake Avenue from Ridge Road West then you know there is a bridge over Lake Avenue between two Kodak buildings. Building 82 is on the west side of Lake Avenue and to the south of the bridge.

The reactor was in a 14 x 12 foot cavity in the basement. The room also had 2 foot thick concrete walls. This was done to protect employees from being harmed by any radiation. Apparently the chemical materials being tested were sent to the reactor via a pneumatic tube system.

The existence of the reactor was hinted to the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (D&C) by a former Kodak employee in 2012. When the D&C started looking into information about the reactor, they found some information had already been declassified. Reporters found that in 2003 Kodak decided that the reactor was no longer needed. The californium was sent to another unnamed facility in 2006. Then in 2007 the uranium was sent to a US government site in South Carolina. A Kodak spokesman says that that the area where the reactor used to be now sits empty.


Glen House

postcard-glen-houseMike Governale of the Rochester Subway blog has written a post about Glen House that used to be by the Genesee River below what is now Maplewood Park. The post includes lots of pictures.

Glen House was built about 1870. When the trolley line on Lake Ave. was extended all the way to Lake Ontario in 1889, business at the restaurant deceased. The final blows were fires in 1894 and 1900. The postcard, on right,  shows the remains of the Glen House and the elevator to get down to it as it looked in about 1910.