Old News – First Woman in Congress

Jeanette Rankin was elected to the US House of Representatives in 1916. She had a career before being elected as a social worker. In 1917 she was one of the few in the House to vote against going to war against Germany. Maybe because of that, she was not reelected in 1918. She did end …

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1925 Webster HS Yearbook

I uploaded the 1925 Reveille yearbook for Webster High School. In that year there were 36 seniors graduating.; up from 21 the preceding year. This issue includes pictures of all grades from Kindergarten to 11th but those pictures don’t have any names of the students listed. There are pictures of all the usual activities and …

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Top Songs of 1966 – #34

The next song to hit the top of the record charts in 1966 was definitely the strangest song of that year. “Winchester Cathedral” was a song written by Geoff Stephens from Britain. It was intended to sound like a vaudeville song from the 1920s. Rudy Vallee was famous in the 20s for doing his vocals …

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Genealogy for Christmas

If you are thinking of buying genealogy gifts for this Christmas, then there are many kinds of items on sale this weekend. There are deals on software, hard drives and online storage, DNA test kits, books, etc. I have found that the best place to find the most bargains at GeneaBloggers. Thomas MacEntee updates his …

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Wilkinson Scrapbook Article #8

In this article from William Wilkinson’s scrapbook “One Hundred Great and Near-Great Events, Person and Places in Rochester History” (1947) he writes about the house we now call the Stone-Tolan House. Part of the original structure was built in 1792 and then added on to up to about 1830. It is the oldest structure still …

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Old News – Bowling

Bowling teams were spring up all over the area in the early 1900s. At that time they would have boys as pin spotters that would have to set up the pins by hand after each frame. Chances are that this bowling alley in Fairport only had one or two lanes. THE FAIRPORT HERALD Wednesday, Nov. …

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