News of the Past – Jan. 17-23, 1909

The Sunday Jan. 17th Democrat & Chronicle has 2 columns of the doings of at least 60 different Pedro clubs of Rochester. (More info. on the card game – Pedro.)

Trolley car #321 struck the lead carriage of a funeral procession at North Street and Central Avenue. The carriage, which was carrying the pall-bearers, was damaged and the driver, Henry Schiffler, was thrown to the ground but not hurt. The funeral was for Mary Wedow, who died Jan. 13th (age 61). The procession did continue on to Mt. Hope Cemetery. It was determined that a motorman trainee was driving the trolley car at the time of the accident.

Rochester Railway Company, Rochester & SodusBay Railway Co and Rochester & Eastern Rapid Railway Co. all voted at board meetings to consolidate into one company called New York State Railways with offices in Rochester. The new trolley line hoped to eventually extend their trolley lines from Buffalo to Albany; but that never happened.

The Italian Civic and Protective organization advised immigrants that there is a man that is soliciting people to become US citizens. He also offers to act as a witness for them in court for $2. The organization says they will help immigrants to become citizens, if they wish, for free.

Deninger’s at 335-345 North Street is having a special on “disk” talking machines. For only $1 down and $1 per week you can have a complete machine. Edison records are 35¢ and Excelsior records are only 15¢ (The ad does not say for how many weeks you have to pay the $1 per week.)

Bishop McQuaid

Bishop McQuaid

Rt. Rev. Bernard J. McQuaid dies on Monday Jan. 18th. He is remembered as the first Bishop of the Rochester Diocese. His body was lying in state in St. Patrick’s Cathedral from Wednesday to early Friday morning. A funeral mass took place on Friday (Jan. 22) conducted by Archbishop Farley from NYC. (For more details on Bishop McQuaid see this biography on Wikipedia.)