Old News – Submarine

German U-boats (submarines) started being used as weapons of war during World War I. On 7 Oct. 1916 U-53 stopped at Newport, RI and visited with a couple of US Admirals. As that the US had nor entered the war, the sub was to peacefully leave. The very next day the sub sank 5 ships …

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Old News – Brockport Enrollment

The current College at Brockport was originally called Brockport Normal School. That is an old term for a college that taught people to be teachers at elementary schools. The college was begun in 1835. In 1916 it was only a two year program to become a teacher. Now a four year college; it has an …

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Old News – Rescue

Ever since the Erie Canal (later called the Barge Canal) came through the area, people have died in it from drowning. Many of the victims did not know how to swim. Also the Canal is not easy to get out of because the walls are steep.  There are signs near accessible areas that say that …

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Old News – Early RV

This early add-on for an auto makes it into an early version of a recreational vehicle. The only problem is that it uses the exhaust to heat it. That could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning and possibly death. THE HONEOYE FALLS TIMES Thursday, Sept. 14, 1916 ALL HOME COMFORTS LUXURIOUS EQUIPMENT OF TRAVELING AUTOMOBILE The …

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Old News – Rules of the Road

You probably don’t think about it now but there was a time when drivers didn’t always drive on the right. Early autos had a tiller to steer the auto and it was usually in the center of the front seat. Then when they started putting a steering wheel in cars, some had it on the …

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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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