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 USĀ  (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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Old News – Ladies’ Fashions

No news story this week; just an interesting ad. Fashion of the day for ladies dictated that they wear those awful tight corsets The corset could be pulled in to create what people thought would be the ideal shape. The ad says that the lady should select her frame to get In the proper fit. …

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Old News – 1917 Auto Show

With news that an auto show was coming, I wanted to see what brand of autos were sold in Rochester in 1917. I checked the 1917 Rochester City directory and found dealers for these cars: Cadillac, Cole, Ford, Hudson, Maxwell, Moline-Knight, Nash, Oldsmobile, Packard, Pierce-Arrow, Reo, Saxon and Studebaker. Out of all of those brands …

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