Lakes Country – Arch Merrill

I scanned Arch Merrill’s book “The Lakes Country” from 1944. In this, his third book, he tours around most of the Finger Lakes here in NY State. He visits Conesus Lake, Hemlock Lake, Canadice Lake, Honeoye Lake, Canandaigua Lake, Seneca Lake and Keuka Lake. He also writes about Canandaigua, Watkins Glen, Geneva and even Sampson …

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Old News – Editorials

The Erie Canal is opening for the season. It has been expanded and the new name is the Barge Canal but most everyone still referred to as the Erie. THE FAIRPORT HERALD Wednesday, April 21, 1915 EDITORIAL COMMENT The “Raging Erie,” according to the official announcement of Superintendent of Public Works Wotherspoon, will be in …

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NY State Historical Newspapers Website

The NY State Historical Newspapers is  a website that  contains about 3,700,000 newspaper pages scanned by libraries throughout the state. At one time each region in NY State had their own website but now they all have been combined. Best of all it is absolutely free. From the main page you can click on a …

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Kodak History Notes – Velox Paper

Velox photographic paper was the first to require a chemical solution to develop the prints. It was invented by Leo Baekeland in 1893. He is better known for his invention in 1907 of Bakelite plastic. In 1899 Baekeland and his business partners sold their company that produced the paper to Eastman Kodak for $750,000. Velox …

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WDYTYA – Bill Paxton

Actor Bill Paxton will be searching his paternal line on the next episode of Who Do Think You Are? (WDYTYA). He begins by solving a long-standing mystery by determining that he is related to Texas hero Sam Houston. What is amazing is that Bill is portraying him in a mini-series (Texas Rising) starting out late …

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Old News – Brockport Bridge

A long article about the lift bridge over the Erie Canal being built on Main Street in Brockport. Although the bridge has had some re-builds over the years, it basically looks the same as it was 100 years ago when it was finished. THE BROCKPORT REPUBLIC Thursday, April 15, 1915 THE NEW MAIN STREET BRIDGE …

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Talk on George Eastman

This Tuesday night there is a talk at a meeting of the Greece Historical Society titled “Philanthropy With a Purpose – a Look at What George Eastman Supported” by Kathy Connor. This will deal with George Eastman’s philosophy of giving and how it changed and evolved over his lifetime.  It will highlight the way he …

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WDYTYA – America Ferrera

On the next episode of  “Who Do You Think You Are?” (WDYTYA) America Ferrera sets out to search for a connection to her father, who left his family when she was just seven years old. America’s family came from Honduras in the mid 1970s and her father went back to Honduras. So the first time, …

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Old News – Ladies

A couple of articles relating to women’s rights and opinions on the War in Europe. THE MONROE COUNTY MAIL Fairport, NY Thursday, April 8, 1915 FOUR STATES VOTE ON SUFFRAGE THIS YEAR Victory in New York Encourages Its Advocates. Throughout the Union wherever women have not the right to the vote the present year is …

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