Old News – Gas

Natural gas lines were just coming to Fairport a hundred years ago. THE FAIRPORT HERALD Wednesday, March 21, 1917 Information Given at Chamber of Commerce Meeting Held On Monday Evening Now aren’t you sorry you were not at the Chamber of Commerce meeting in the town hall Monday night? Some of your neighbors were there, …

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Old News – Theaters

There were a lot of theaters in Rochester in 1917. Some have live acts and others are playing movies. It is said that at least 90% of silent films have been lost forever. In part it was because no one thought that they would have any interest in them after films added sound. Another part …

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Old News – Fire Bugs Sentenced

These boys were lucky to get away from a charge of setting a fire with only a sentence of probation. If you look at the ad, you would think that the movie serial was named “In Underground Paris” but it is really named “The Purple Mask.” It was a 16 part serial that would get …

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Old News Special – Geo. Washington’s Birthday

George Washington was born 285 years ago, today. Delegate to the Second Continental Congress from Virginia (1775), Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army (1775 – 1783) and President of the US  (1789 – 1797). He retired to his home at Mount Vernon. The sculpture discussed in the old article is in the Virginia State Capitol in …

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Old News – Odd Fire

One of the advantages of the new compact florescent light bulbs is that they are not as hot as old style light bulbs. THE FAIRPORT HERALD Wednesday, Feb. 21, 1917 BAD BURNS DUE TO CELLULOID COMB Mrs. Ellen O’Ray of West avenue had an experience Monday evening that might have cost her her life or …

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Old News – Women of NY Ready for War

President Woodrow Wilson won reelection in 1916 in part because he wanted to keep the US out of the war in Europe. Then on Feb. 3, 1917 President Wilson went before Congress to announce that the US was breaking relations with Germany. Congress would declare war on Germany on April 6th. New York State voted …

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Old News – Water for Rochester

Rochester has been getting water from Hemlock Lake since about 1876. You might ask why they didn’t first get water from Lake Ontario. That water would have to be pumped uphill and the water from Hemlock Lake and later Canadice Lake is uphill so it didn’t need to be pumped. This article says that at …

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