Old News – Even Older News

When you are searching old newspapers online you should remember that many newspapers had columns that told what happened in their area in the past. Some small town newspapers still have these kinds of columns. I found a record for my great-grandfather returning from living out west 25 years after it happened. The original newspaper …

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Old News – Oil in Penfield?

Let me tell you that there wasn’t any oil in struck in this area. There was some oil in the southwest part of NY State but it played out many years ago. THE MONROE COUNTY MAIL Thursday, Feb. 10, 1916 WILL BORE SOON. Preparations Almost Ready to Sink Well for Oil or Gas. Within the …

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Old News – Old Auto Driver

NY State first made people have a license plate on their auto in 1910. In the early days the only place to get the plate was from Albany.. THE CATHOLIC COURIER Friday, Feb. 4, 1916 THE OLDEST AUTOMOBILIST. Henry Spicer Ninety-six Years Old, Drops Horse For Machine. Lacking but four years of rounding out an …

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Old News – WWI Update

I haven’t posted anything about World War I in a while. A hundred years ago it was still going strong but no one was make any significant progress in defeating the other side. Nieuport (now spelled Niewupoort) is a small port city in Belgium on the North Sea. Monastir is a city in Macedonian now …

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Old News – Courtesy on the Road

In spite of what this article states, a TV program that I saw last month said that early auto manufactures pushed for laws like jay-walking to make it seem that a pedestrian was responsible for being hit by an auto. This would end up giving dominance of the road to the auto. Also the last …

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Old News – Transcontinental Telephone

This articles tells of people in NY City being able to hear voices and music from San Francisco. The telephone was patented in 1876 but it took a long time to connect the US. Also in the article, it mentions that people saw a movie with Thomas Watson (Dr. Bell’s assistant) that had sound. This …

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Old News – Indians ?

The Improved Order of Red Men is a fraternal organization established in 1834 that has rituals and regalia modeled after Native Americans. The organization had a membership of about half a million in 1935, but now has less than 38,000 members. About 15 years ago I saw some of the costumes of the Rochester organization. …

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