Old News – Telephone Upgrade

Some technology news from the past. This story tells of having dials added to a telephone so that a person could connect to another without the use of an operator. THE MONROE COUNTY MAIL Thursday, November 5, 1914 AUTOMATIC TELEPHONE TREMENDOUS SUCCESS IN BUFFALO. Federal Telephone Traffic More Than Doubled by Use of New Wonder …

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Old News – Bicycles at Night

More news from the past. Hard to believe that bicycles were such a problem 100 years ago. THE MONROE COUNTY MAIL Thursday, October 29, 1914 TRIALS OF NIGHT DRIVING. Bicyclists Should Carry Tail Light at Night for Self Protection. “Ever motorists,” says Mitchell May, secretary of state, “is painfully aware of the fact that the …

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Old News – Monroe Co. Fair

More news from the past. This one is a story about the upcoming Monroe County Fair that at that time was in Brockport THE BROCKPORT REPUBLIC Thursday, September 3, 1914 GOV. GLYNN TO BE AT FAIR ALL OF THE DEPARTMENTS CROWDED WITH EXHIBITS Monroe County Fair Some Fast Race Horses in Abundance The mobilizing of …

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Old News – Red Cross & Students

Time again for news from the past. Two stories; one of an appeal from the Red Cross and the other about new students at Mechanics Institute (now Rochester Institute of Technology). THE POST EXPRESS Rochester, NY Tuesday, August 25, 1914 American Red Cross Sends Out Second Appeal for Relief Funds Mayor Hiram H. Edgerton this …

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Old News – 2 Water Deaths

More news from the past. This time are two local deaths in area waters. THE MONROE COUNTY MAIL Fairport, NY Thursday, August 20, 1914 BOY DROWNED IN THE CANAL AT BUSHNELL’S BASIN FLUME Charles Warren Forbes of Pittsford Sinks in Canal Waters and is Drowned Before Assistance Could Reach Him. Pittsford, August 17.—Charles Warren Forbes …

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Old News – Opening of the Panama Canal

More news from the past. This time about the opening of the Panama Canal from the same day. THE POST-EXPRESS Rochester, NY Saturday, August 15, 1914 OPENING OF CANAL; ZONE CELEBRATES Steamship Ancon Making Passage of Isthmian Waterway To-day. DECKS CROWDED WITH DISTINGUISHED GUESTS Band Plays “Star Spangled Banner”—Crowds Line Banks. Panama, Aug. 15,–The United …

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Old News – Accidental Death

This news from the past is about an accident in Fairport THE MONROE COUNTY MAIL Fairport, NY Thursday, August 6, 1914 KIRKWOOD HOTEL CHEF MEETS HORRIBLE DEATH Edward Patterson Killed Thursday–Victim’s Mangled Remains Scattered for Yards Along Railroad Tracks. “Edward Patterson, who had recently taken a position as chef at the Kirkwood Hotel, was struck …

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Old News – World War I Begins

Major news from the past. After a month of negotiations had broken down, on July 28th 1914 Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Russia mobilized on the 30th. Germany declared war on Russia on August 1st. Here some reports from the first couple of days when everyone thought that it might be possible to …

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Old News – Picnics and Anniversaries

More news from the past. This time Rochester Catholic Church events. THE CATHOLIC COURIER Friday, July 24, 1914 City Parish News Interesting Budget of Happenings Gathered by Our Reporter St. Boniface The St. Boniface “Footlight Club” the dramatic organization of this church will hold their first annual outing Sunday, July 26th, at the Silver Lake …

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Old News – Tidbits from Brockport

Here is some more news from the past. This time some small items from Brockport, NY. THE BROCKPORT REPUBLIC Thursday, July 16, 1914 LOCAL AND VICINITY NOTES IN NEIGHBORING TOWNS AND VILLAGES Look out for pickpockets who have been operating extensively of late on the trolleys between Rochester and Ontario Beach Park. From June 25th …

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