Old News – Women’s Stories

Some stories of working women. Also another story that asks if women get the vote will they also be put on juries. The Catholic Journal always had at least a full page of women’s stories.

Notice in both of the ads that they say are on “Both Phones.” At that time both Rochester Telephone and New York Telephone (a Bell Company) are competing in the Rochester telephone business. We were one of the few areas where Bell eventually lost out.

The Catholic Journal

Friday, Sept. 3, 1915


ads-1915-09-03Margaret Hill at ninety-three supports herself in Wilmington, Del. by keeping a notion business.

D. S. Josephine Baker, director of the department of child hygiene of the New York board of health, has under her over 300 nurses and 100 doctors.

Mrs. Isabella N. Goodwin, a police matron of New York city, has been placed in the honor regiment of the New York police force because of conspicuous bravery in the performance of duty.

Mrs.Thomas S Robie of New York went to work at the age of sixty-eight as shoppers’ guide for a monthly magazine. At twenty-seven she started on business for herself as corresponding home decorator.

Dr. Marjorie Kilulau of San Francisco is said to be the youngest woman dentist in America the second Chinese woman to be graduated from the San Francisco College  of Physicians and Surgeons. Although she is a native of the United States, her parents are both Chinese.

Concerning Women on Juries

“Do women have to sit on juries if they vote?” Dr. Anna Howard Shaw, president of the National American Woman Suffrage association, was recently asked.

“Not necessarily,: said Dr. Shaw; “but I have sen a lot of juries which needed to have some one sit on them, and I have known women who have had to stand up at most difficult and disagreeable employments who would be glad to sit on juries and receive about double the price they can get by standing. And these men and women who pray upon the virtue of girlhood and boyhood would rather face Satan himself than a jury of mothers. Yes, we need women on some juries.”

WDYTYA – Tom Bergeron

bergeron-tomTom Bergeron is investigating his paternal roots on the next episode of Who Do You Think You Are? (WDYTYA). Thst part of Tom’s family is French-Canadian. Whereas some of the celebrities on WDYTYA have been going back only a few generations, Tom is able to go back to his 10x great-grandparents in France. They faced religious persecution and starvation in France. They left an orphaned teenage daughter, Marguerite Ardion, who left France in 1663 and went to Quebec, Canada as a “fille du roi” (daughter of the king). I’ll let the expert on WDYTYA explain what that term means.

Tom says that: “Someone dead for over 300 years, if you’re willing to listen, can teach you things about what you are doing now.”

Tom’s episode airs tonight (Aug. 30) at 9 p.m. (eastern and western time zones) on TLC. This is also the last episode of this short season. TLC has been giving us two short seasons per year so expect new episodes in about 6 months.

Top Songs of 1965 – #18

I_got_you_babeWhat was to become a signature song, “I Got You Babe,” was the next song to climb to the top of the record charts in 1965. Sonny (Salvatore Bono) and Cher (Cherilyn Sarkisian) had both been in the music business for a while. Sonny started as a record promoter for Phil Spector. Eventually Sonny would start writing songs that Spector recorded with other artists. Sonny met Cher in 1962 and he got her a job as a background singer on songs produced by Spector. In 1964 Sonny and Cher released a couple of records under a pseudonym. Do you know the name they used? The answer is below the video.

“I Got You Babe” was written by Sonny. It would sell over 1 million copies in the US in 1965. It was the number song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for three weeks (Aug. 8 – 28). It was the number one song on the Cash Box record chart for just two weeks (Aug. 8 – 21). Sonny and Cher were on numerous TV shows that year performing the song.

After a few years their career slowed down but they would do a nightclub act where between songs the couple would do put-downs. This act would become The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour as a summer replacement show  in 1971. The show would be cancelled in 1974 when the couple’s marriage fell apart. Each would have their own TV show (Sonny’s only lasted 6 episodes). Then in 1976 they would come together for The Sonny and Cher Show. Partial because of the tension of being a divorced couple, that show would only last a year.

Each would go on to marry someone else and go a separate career path. Cher would have a highly successful career as a solo singer and actress. In November 1987 they reunited on Late Night with David Letterman where they performed their signature song “I Got You Babe.” Sonny entered politics and was first Mayor of Palm Springs, CA (1988 – 1992). In 1994 he was elected to the US House of Representatives. Sonny died in 1998 when he hit a tree while skiing. During Cher’s 2014 “Dressed to Kill Tour” Cher performed “I Got You Babe” with Sonny by using a projected video of him.

Download (for a small fee) songs by Sonny and Cher.

In 1964 Sonny and Cher released “The Letter” and “Love Is Strange”under the pseudonym of “Caesar and Cleo.”

Old News – Exposition

Here are articles from two different newspapers talking about the upcoming Rochester Exposition. It sounds like it would be a great event to go to. It was held at Exposition Park which is now Edgerton Park on Dewey Avenue. That park doesn’t look like there would be enough room for all the attractions.

The Honeoye Falls Times

Thursday, Aug. 26, 1915



Rochester will be the mecca towards which all eyes in Western and Central New York will turn from August 30 to September 11. In this two weeks’ period it is expected that 300,000 people will pass to witness the eighth annual Rochester Exposition.

When the big show opens on August 30, with the whirr and clatter of hundreds of wheels, with the operation of wheels, with the operation of massive machinery, with the demonstration of scores of Manufacturing processes that have made Rochester the great city of diversified industrials on the continent, it will start this year under the most favoring auspices that have environed it since its inception.

As the center of the greatest farming and fruit growing section of the east, the factors that have sided so materially in the growth of the city and that contribute so much at this juncture to its continued prosperity, have been fostered. The most notable improvement in the new program will be the greatly enlarged space to be devoted to the agricultural exhibits.

The horse show, now in its fourth year, will be one of the prominent features of the program of the largest open air show in the United States, as the classes have been increased and the entries doubled and trebled year after year.

The band concerts are features that have contributed much to the popularity of the big show. Here opportunity is offered to hear the finest musical organizations in the country. This year another complete new program is presented, Francesco Ferullo’s band of Chicago will be heard during the first week and the famous Old Guard band of Philadelphia, of which Frank D. Moran is the leader, will be the feature of the second week.

The “Better Babies” contest will be featured again, having passed the experimental stage. This is a scientific exhibition&Mdash;not a “beauty” show.

There will be numerous special exhibits by the State Department that merit attention by reason of their educational value. There will also be a fine arts display, now shown in an adequate fireproof art gallery. There is a dog show that brings together some of the best bred nannies of the country. There is a bee exhibit, unique of its kind. There is a poultry show, ranking high in merit with the big poultry shows of the country, The cattle exhibit will show some of the finest specimens of the best known breeds. There will be hippodrome and circus acts, fireworks, races and amusements attractions that have always featured at the exposition. Auto polo, the sport of thrills, will again be soon.


Thursday, Aug. 26, 1915


Hurricane, the fastest trotting ostrich in the world, claimed to be the fleeted-footed bird in Existence, will be one of the feature acts at the Rochester Exposition that opens August 30th for two weeks. The bird weighs 400 pounds, stands ten feet high and has a stride from 12 to 15 feet. It can trot half a mile in 1:07, almost squalling the records of the best trotting horses in training. Attached to a sulky plow, the trotting bird seems to lose its natural awkwardness and transforms itself into a speed machine of high power.

With all its oddities and contrariness, it possesses one unique and somewhat strange characteristic. When an ostrich mates, it is for life; in the event of the death or removal of either bird, the other never remates. Hurricane is a widower, his mate, Edna May, having met a fatal accident three years ago. Although the animal is in his prime, he will never again have another mate, but will remain to the end a disconsolate widower.


Auto polo was introduced upstate, three years ago when contests between four teams were first staged at the Rochester Exposition. The first introduction presented a thrill, which spectators at the exposition never forgot. The auto polo contests were continued last year and they occupy again a prominent place on the program of the exposition, which opens August 30, Auto road races and speed contests on a straightaway track have lost their novelty, but auto polo is a diversion of which the spectator is never sated. The contests are so spectacular, hair-raising and obviously dangerous that the thrill always comes back at each exhibition.


carrolsWhen I got out of college I left without a job offer. So I had to look for some employment. I ended up as a manager trainee at Carrols Restaurants. It was a chain that at their peak only had about 150 restaurants. The picture is the early model of the restaurants. They later built some restaurants with more seating. They tried to sell franchises but only sold one and that was in Batavia, NY. The chain’s claim to fame was the “Club Burger” which was a double hamburger with lettuce and Royal Dressing. That dressing was very similar to Thousand Island dressing. In 1975 Carrols decided that they couldn’t compete with the big chains so they got a franchise from Burger King and changed many of the restaurants over. Some of the restaurants that were near existing Burger Kings were closed. Carrols still exists but as one of the largest franchisees of Burger King restaurants.

I found an old tape with a Carrols commercial. I downloaded the free Audacity audio editing program to transfer the the tape to digital. This is my first time using the program to record and clean up an audio file. Along with the tape was a listings that I recorded the commercial on May 3rd 1972.

Top Songs of 1965 – #17

hermans-hermits-henry-viiiIt is Herman’s Hermits that is back on the top of the record charts in 1965. This time it is “I’m Henry the VIII, I Am” that has put the group in the number one spot. The song is a 1910 British music hall song by Fred Murray and R. P. Weston. “Henry” is usually pronounced “‘Enery” in the Cockney style. People in the UK would have already been familiar with the song long before the Herman’s Hermits version.

“I’m Henry the VIII, I Am” was the number one song on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Cash Box records charts for only the week of Aug. 1 – 7, 1965.

The group eventually broke up in 1971. Peter Noone (“Herman”) eventually began touring by himself. He is busier now than ever. See his website  for tour dates and locations. 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.” I saw him in concert a few years ago here in Rochester and “I’m Henry the VIII, I Am” was one of the songs he performed. He sounded the same as 50 years ago.

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

eBay for Genealogy

ebay-logoHave you ever thought of using eBay for finding genealogy sources? Although eBay was started in 1995 as an auction website, just as many items are “buy it now.” You can find many things for your genealogy including Town & County histories, family histories, city directories, high school & college yearbooks, maps & atlases, newspapers, postcards and more. There is a catagory for genealogy which has over 20,000 items but that won’t find all the things you may want. The best way to find something that you are interested is to search. Then, once you are a member, right below the search bar you can save that search and then matching items will automatically show up when you return to eBay.

When you search for something eBay usually gives you the “best match.” Near the top right of the search results you can change the way of the results. If there is a lot of something available, I usually change the sort to “Price + Shipping: lowest first.” I did a search for books by Arch Merrill and saw prices (including shipping) ranging from $5.25 to $59. In this case, some of the price variation could be due to the fact that the books were reprinted a few times. Also price might reflect the quality of  the book for sale.

Don’t be in a hurry to buy something. Most everything is not one of a kind and will become available later. I wanted an issue of a national newspaper that one of my ancestors mentioned in a letter from 1862. Every once in a while that issue would come up for auction and I would bid on it. It would sell for $20 to $25. After a little over two years I finally got that issue of the newspaper for $9.

To pay for most items, sellers want to use PayPal. PayPal used to be owned by eBay but they recently split it off. PayPal can take money from a registered credit card or check account.

There are some things to watch out for on eBay. Search for a County history and there will be people selling old ones on a CD. Chances are that they got the digital copy off Archive.org, Digital Public Library of America or Google Books which you can download from for free. There is also another person that will send you a printed copy of a County history but if you read his description he is printing a digital copy (probably from one of the sources mentioned). Another person is selling old photos that came, for free, from the Library of Congress website. Then there are those people that describe an item as “rare” except that there are 10 of the same thing for sale. Make sure that you read the condition and description and know what the price, including shipping, is before you buy.

I have some things for sale on eBay. I don’t make very much money as I end up spending it to buy more things to put on the GenWeb of Monroe County website. If you are local to Rochester, then you can save the postage cost by picking up any item. You may also want to sell some things that you no longer need. Pricing something to sell is a guessing game. Just make sure that you don’t lose money by putting shipping costs too low.

WDYTYA – Bryan Cranston

bryan-cranstonBryan Cranston has won many acting awards but he still wants to know who he is. Bryan’s father left the family when Bryan was only 11. Bryan and a brother found the father 11 years later and Bryan did have a relationship with him until his death in 2014. Still, Bryan is investigating his father’s roots on the next episode of Who Do You Think You Are? (WDYTYA). Along the way Bryan finds a troubling pattern of desertion, a man of honor and an aunt he never even knew existed.

My sources tell me that Bryan visits Springfield, Ohio and Northeastern Illinois University where he looks at their archives of material of Cook County. He also visits the Dayton (Ohio) VA Medical Center in search of an ancestor who was a Union Army soldier. The Civil War veteran spent time at the Dayton Soldiers Home, the forerunner to the VA Med. Center.

This episode of WDYTYA airs at 9 p.m. (eastern & western time zones) on TLC.

Old News – Horse Show

In appears from this article that as people are moving to buy autos in 1915 that horse shows started being a big thing in Rochester. The former Exposition  Park on Dewey Avenue is now known as Edgerton Park.

The Honeoye Falls Times

Thursday, Aug. 19, 1915


Annual Horse Show Brings Together Best Horses in the Country–Embargo on Export Mares Proposed


Major General High L. Scott, chief of staff of the United States Army, is seriously alarmed because of the large shipments of high-bred American mares to the Continent for war purposes. He has sent a recommendation to the Secretary of War urging that Congress place an embargo on the shipment of mares of the type required fro cavalry purposes in this country.

This timely warning presents in a forceful way the importance of the pure bred horse at this juncture. Despite the encroachments of the automobile, there was never a time in the history of this country when blooded stock was more valuable, when the prospective demand was greater and when the prospective supply was more threatened.

Nor is general interest in the horse diminishing on the part of farmers, urbanites or breeders. A most notable illustration of the continued supremacy of the horse in the public mind is the remarkable success that has been achieved by the open air hose show that was started three years ago at the Rochester Exposition. The Rochester Horse Show leaped into such popularity from the start that it has become the biggest exhibit in the United States. The fourth annual show will be the important feature of the first week of the Exposition, which opens August 30.

Last year there were 700 entries from a dozen states and prizes aggregating $12,00 were offered. There will meet again this year, in competition, the most famous and best bred horses from the big stables of the West and South, as well as from the East.Blue ribbon winners from the Madison Square Garden show will be entered against the best blooded horses from the West and from Canada. In the hunt events the bright costumes of the riders ass a highly picturesque touch to the scene, while the handsome saddle horses, the smart harness entries, the showy fours-in-hand, the dashing tandems, the pony classes, the fashionable wagons, carts and up-to-date equipment make up a five-day program that never fails to arouse the enthusiasm of thousands of spectators.