Old News – Auto Registrations

Last weeks’  “Old News” was about a horse accident. This week it is about how the automobile is growing in popularity. Then, the ad shows that even on the farm gasoline powered tractors are about to take the work away from the horse. THE BROCKPORT REPUBLIC Thursday, March 2, 1916 Monroe County Automobiles A total …

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Old News – Traffic Accident

Madame Olga Petrova was given her stage name when she made her film debut in a Russian movie in 1912. She was born Muriel Harding in England in 1884. When she came to the US in 1913 she still used her Russian sounding stage name. She gave up her film career in 1918. Horses were …

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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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