Top Songs of 1966 – #21

The next song that ended up on the top of the record charts in 1966 was “Lil’ Red Riding Hood” by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs. Sam, whose real name is Domingo Samudio, got his start singing in a school radio broadcast when in second grade. He formed the Pharaohs in 1961. The group …

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Old News – Robbery

Was there a professional criminal traveling around western Monroe County in 1916? This robbery makes it seems as though there was. Also look at the prices of homes in Brockport. I think that for those days the prices were rather high. The house for rent seems a better deal at $2.50 per week. THE BROCKPORT …

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Guide: Some Chapters Written

I uploaded 9 chapters to the revised Genealogical Guide to Monroe County. A couple of the chapters ended up being major re-writes. A lot of genealogy sources have been put on the web in the last ten years since I wrote the last last paper edition. This online edition has the chapters as PDF files …

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Old News – Buffalo Bill

Buffalo Bill Cody has a unique connection to Rochester. He had residence here for about three years while he was touring in his first stage show. His wife did not tour with him in those days. They also have two children buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Kit Carson Cody died of scarlet fever in 1876 …

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Top Songs of 1966 – #20

I said it back in January that the record charts in 1966 had some pretty odd hit songs. The strangest song of the year was the novelty song “They’re Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!” by Napoleon XIV. That, of course, was a stage name for the artist who was found out to be Jerry …

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Old News – Church Fire

The original East Penfield Baptist Church was of brick. After the fire described in this 1916 newspaper article, they rebuilt but that church was made of wood. The picture is an old photo of the church after 1916. The church still looks the same except that there is a large steeple added at an unknown …

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