Old News – Ontario Beach Park

An invitation for people from the Towns surrounding Rochester to come to Ontario Beach Park o a special day just for them. THE HONEOYE FALLS TIMES Thursday, July 8, 1915 Community Day At Ontario Beach Park The remarkable progress made by Ontario Beach Park this summer in the way of big features on days and …

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Old News – Role of Women for Independence

This editorial tells how women helped during the Revolutionary War. THE CATHOLIC JOURNAL Friday, July 2, 1915 WOMEN’S PART IN INDEPENDENCE DAY They Had Glorious Share in Winning American Liberty. It has been said that in every woman’s breast there lies the possibility of great heroism. What she can do when put to the test …

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Don’t Do As I Do

I got this photo from my grandmother in the late 1960s, long before I got started in genealogy. The man on the left was related to my grandmother. I also like the photo because he looks similar to me. From what I remembered he was in the Spanish-American War in the Philippines and then stayed …

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Upcoming Genealogy on TV

“Who Do You Think You Are?” will be returning for a short summer season on July 29th on the TLC channel. From press releases these celebrities will be looking for their ancestors: Tom Bergeron, who is aware of his French Canadian roots on his paternal side, but wants to know what brought his ancestors to …

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Old News – Zeppelin Shot Down

This is the story of the first Zeppelin dirigible being shot down. The pilot was actually born in India but his family was living in Canada at the start of WWI. What the news story doesn’t mention is that Warneford died on June 17th, before this story was published. He was ferrying an airplane with …

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Old News – Boy’s Band

The State Industrial School referred in this article dates back to 1846 when it was created as the Western House of Refuge (in Rochester) to house juvenile criminals. Then in 1850 it was decided to also send juveniles to W. H. of R. for crimes as minor as vagrancy. By 1855 there was a capacity …

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Top Songs of 1965 – #14

“I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” by The Four Tops was the next song to go to the top of the record charts in 1965. The group (Levi Stubbs, Abdul “Duke” Fakir, Renaldo “Obie” Benson and Lawrence Payton) had been together since High School but originally had served as a back-up group. In …

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Honor for Eastman House

Today the George Eastman House was recognized by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) as a historic engineering landmark. This honor is in recognition for their  collection of photographic and cinematographic materials. They have a complete set-up from the 1850s featuring a daguerreotype camera that is signed by Louis Daguerre. There is an original …

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