Old News – Rochester Statistics

This issue of The Catholic Journal was 16 pages instead of the usual 8. I’m not sure why they had this special issue. It did have some extra advertising and also had some scenes of Rochester which were terrible looking in the online versions. There was this column that gave statistics of Rochester and the …

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More Rochester School Yearbooks

The Rochester Public Library added more yearbooks to their online collection. These new yearbooks are mostly from the 1930s. It appears that most of the High Schools in Rochester at that time had two graduating classes per year; January and June. Some years there are two separate yearbooks and other years the two classes are …

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Guide: Surrogate Court Records

I uploaded a chapter to the Genealogical Guide on Surrogate Court Records. The local office has about 75% of the files on their computer. You can take a USB flash drive and download the entire contents of a file. One estate file for a possible ancestor of mine is 185 pages. I also tried to …

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Strand Theater – 100 years

The Strand Theater in Brockport opened Aug. 19th 1916. The building that houses the theater was built in 1907 as stores. Then in 1908 the Lyric Theater opened on the first floor. It was in 1916 that the Strand replaced the Lyric as it appears that the Lyric merged with another theater (The Globe) in …

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Oscar V. Babcock

The postcard, above.,started me on a search to see if I could find out who the performer was. I used the description “Death Trap Loop” to search on online newspaper websites. That quickly lead to the name of Oscar V. Babcock. Further investigation in newspapers told me that he performed his bicycle act at Ontario …

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