75th Anniversary of “War of the Worlds” Radio Broadcast

On Oct. 30, 1938 many people in the US heard on the radio what they thought was an invasion from Mars. What they were hearing was a radio dramatization of H. G. Welles The War of the Worlds (1898). In this radio version, the Martians landed in Grover’s Mill, NJ. Orson Welles was both director …

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Blanche Stuart Scott

There are those times when one simple thing leads to much more. That’s how it was when 2+ months ago I saw that the Rochester Public Library had the new digital book “5000 Miles Oakland; Wonderful Performance of a Wonderful Car; The Story of Miss Scott’s Journey Overland.” It is the story of Blanche Stuart …

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Anniversary of first person over Niagara Falls

On this day (October 24th) in 1901 Annie (Edson) Taylor became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel and live. Annie was born on October 24, 1838 in Auburn, NY. She married David Taylor while training to be a teacher. They had a son who died in infancy and her husband …

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New Online Book of Early Rochester Marriages

The Rochester Public Library has added “Early Marriages in Rochester, Monroe Co. and Vicinity” to their online collection of books. It appears to have marriages between 1818 and 1850. It is a typed collection of marriages from early church and newspaper records. This collection was compiled by Myrte Rice Haynes and Mary T. Douglas. There …

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Black Sheep Sunday; Dr. Similis F. Wilklow

Black sheep is the genealogy term for those people that sometimes we would sometimes like to forget that they are related to us. Dr. Similis Fowler Wilklow is my first cousin, three times removed so he is not a real close relative. But you may ask; what could be unsavory about Dr. Wilklow? It appears …

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