More Mt. Hope Cem. Tombstones

A few days ago I uploaded three web pages that are the tombstone inscriptions of Range 9 of Mt. Hope Cemetery, Rochester. These tombstones were copied by Karen Dau who has spent years copying the tombstones in the newer portion of Mt. Hope.

Range 9 is one of the largest of the Ranges in Mt. Hope Cemetery. About a third of the burials in Range 9 are from Congregation Beth El, a Jewish synagogue. These are the direct links to the web pages for Range 9:

Surnames starting with A – G
Surnames starting with H – P.
Surnames starting with Q – Z.

Wilkinson Scrapbook Article #2

In this article from William Wilkinson’s scrapbook “One Great and Near-Great Events, Person and Places in Rochester History” (1947)  he quotes the first part from Rochester; A Story Historical by Jenny Marsh Parker. Mr. Wilkinson also uses “We remember” as his method of saying what he remembers in 1947 from his visit to the gallery many years before. The color cartoon is his drawing and the black and white cartoon is an unknown magazine.


“One of the objects proposed by D. W. powers in the establishment of his famous gallery was to show and explain the noted paintings of the great artists known as the ‘OLD MASTERS.’ In this collection will also be found the best examples of recent art – pictures of home life, views of the beautiful and sublime in nature. A large number of modern original painting from the studios of the most noted artists of Europe have been imported and added to this collection and it is no presumption to claim that this Art Gallery is second to none in the country for the number and value of its works of art” –  Jenny Marsh Parker – 1884.

We remember having visited this art gallery along about 1894. It was worth a visit. We remember looking at the steropticon views. These same views are now in the possession of the Rochester Historical Society. A few of the old paintings can still be seen in the fifth floor corridor of the Powers Building and perhaps a statue or two. There is a statue in the Powers Hotel that came from this famous gallery.

Old News – Submarine

German U-boats (submarines) started being used as weapons of war during World War I. On 7 Oct. 1916 U-53 stopped at Newport, RI and visited with a couple of US Admirals. As that the US had nor entered the war, the sub was to peacefully leave. The very next day the sub sank 5 ships that it said were carrying contraband but not before allowing the crew of the ships to abandon the ships. The sub also did allow a couple of passenger ships to pass without incident. This same sub sank many more ships the next year. It was eventually captured in December 1918.


Thursday, Oct. 12, 1916


U-Boat Was Very Fast and Was Cleverly Handled.


The wholesale raid on foreign shipping south of Nantucket lightship on Sunday was the work of one submarine, according to reports of American naval officers.

Rear Admiral Albert Gleaves, commanding the torpedo-boat destroyer flotilla, which did such remarkably speedy rescue work on Sunday, said that the reports of all officers agreed that one raider only was concerned.

Admiral Gleaves said he could easily understand the positive statements of the captain of the Nantucket lightship and of sailors of the torpedoed vessels that more than one submarine was concerned. The U-boat, he said, was very fast and appeared to have been handled cleverly.

It was easy, he pointed out, for her to disappear on one side of a ship and then show up unexpectedly at another spot.

Doubtless, he believed, she had submerged and reappeared often enough to mislead any but a keen professional observer and to create the impression that more than one sea terror was operating.

This opinion would seem to be borne out by the statements of many of the refugees that the submarine had more business on hand than she could take care of at once and was obliged to request one steamer, to wait her turn while another was being put out of commission.

Later news from Newport says that the German commerce raiders that bore down on shipping off the New England coast on Sunday, sending six vessels to the bottom, are believe to have made a clean escape.

British warships from the American coast patrol and from Canadian ports are still scoring the Atlantic far out at sea in hopes of overtaking the Germans.

Wilkinson Scrapbook Article #1

William Wilkinson has many of his old scrapbooks in the Local History Division of the Rochester Public Library. In one scrapbook, which he titled “One Hundred Great and Near-Great Events, Person and Places in Rochester History” (1947) he draw cartoons and wrote a description. Some of the drawings also have newspaper drawings glued to them; like this one of Daisy from the “Blondie” comic strip. He says in the forward of the scrapbook that he “snitched” the descriptions from other sources. Come to think of it, I am doing the same things.


Jenny Lind sang in Corinthian Hall on the evenings of July 22 and July 24, 1851. Tickets for her second concert were sold at auction, so great had been the demand for those of the first. The excess over the regular price of five dollars was donated by the generous singer to a local charity. This was a gala event in Rochester. During her stay in Rochester, she stopped at the Eagle Hotel, which stood on the 4 corners where Powers Block now stands, and, out of the goodness of her heart, voluntarily gave a private concert in a room of that famous hostelry for the entertainment of a small group including four Indian Chiefs, of whom Ely S. Parker was the most important. As a child, she was trained for the stage and appeared as an opera singer at 16. Her soprano voice was of brilliant, sympathetic quality with an unrivaled mastery of colorature. No other artist has ever been so popular throughout the world for her personal qualities. She was a model of rectitude, generosity and straight forwardness. She was in her 31st year. Born 1820 – died 1887.

Old News – R.R. Crossings

Can you imagine crossing a railroad track without knowing if a train is coming or not? In the old days you were just supposed to stop at every track and decide if it is safe to cross. This new invention of 1916 at least told that a train was coming. It still didn’t block autos from crossing. That kind of signal with gates were still to come as auto traffic got faster.


Thursday, Oct. 5, 1916



In these days of automobiles and motorcycles, something more than the old-fashioned “Stop, look, listen” sign is necessary at railroad crossings. Such signs are entirely too unobtrusive to attract the attention of a motor car driver going at 60 miles an hour. At night they are practically worthless.

A striking experiment has resulted in the invention of the “automatic flagman.” At the approach of a train it rings a loud gong, and waves a bright red disk by day and a red lamp by night. So sensitive is the human eye to red and to motion that such a warning can hardly escape notice.

The electric consists of a weather-proof case containing the operating mechanism and a signal disk upon which are mounted standard ruby=red switch lances with an incandescent lamp between. Energy is supplied by a small electric motor, which operates the mechanism that rings the gong and waves the disk.

The motor receives its energy from storage batteries, lighting circuits or trolley circuits, depending on the character of the installation. On steam roads the track is insulated and bonded for the desired distance away from the signal and is charged with current from a small battery. On entering this block the train completes the circuit and operates a relay, which connects the motor with the power circuit.

Old News – Brockport Enrollment

The current College at Brockport was originally called Brockport Normal School. That is an old term for a college that taught people to be teachers at elementary schools. The college was begun in 1835. In 1916 it was only a two year program to become a teacher. Now a four year college; it has an approximate enrollment of 7000. Plus they have a lot more majors, even though the education curriculum is the most popular.

The ad also uses an old term. “Waist” is a very outdated term for a blouse. B. Forman & Co. started in 1913. They grew to 12 stores at one time. The last store in Midtown Plaza closed in 1994.


Thursday, Sept. 28, 1916


Largest Entering Class in History of Normal.


The Normal school has been peculiarly fortunate. While some schools delayed in opening on account of the infantile paralysis epidemic, the normal school was able to start on time. The period of incubation of the disease has passed and the danger of an epidemic seems to have been averted here. It has been decided to keep the normal students away from the training department another week, so that every precaution may be employed.

Mr. Cooper, superintendent of the training department, who was appointed by the State Education Department chairman of the Geography syllabus committee, met his committee last Saturday in Syracuse. At this meeting a tentative syllabus in the subject, emphasizing new features growing out of the great European war, and dealing with new problems of commerce and other relations of the subject to human life, was decided upon.

The school bank will be started again in the training department. During the three weeks in which the bank was in aeration last year, over $100 was deposited. It is believed that this will encourage habits of thrift.

The domestic science department has begun to make use of the products of the school garden. The classes are now canning tomatoes, preserving pears, and later the grapes will furnish material for lessons in preserving.

The faculty reception last Thursday evening was attended by about three hundred members of the normal and high school departments. On the receiving line were Miss Edwards, Mrs. Thomas H. Dobson, Dr. and Mrs. Thompson. Guests were received from eight to nine.

After the program there was dancing until eleven and light refreshments were served. Moll’s orchestra furnished the music.

Ninety-five new members have entered the normal department to date. This is the largest entering class in one semester that the normal department has had in its entire history. These new students come from forty-two different villages and cities.

Presidential Debate

kennedy-nixon-debateOn this date (Sept. 26) in 1960 was the first televised debate between candidates for President of the United States. U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy, the Democratic nominee, and Vice President Richard Nixon, the Republican nominee, met in Chicago for the first of four debates that year. Nixon refused to wear makeup and was seen to sweat. He also had some visible beard stubble and wasn’t dressed as neatly as Kennedy. The majority of people that watched the debate on TV thought that Kennedy had won. The majority of people that only heard the debate on radio thought that Nixon came out the winner. That first debate drew over 66 million viewers out of a population of 179 million, making it one of the most-watched broadcasts in US television history. On election day Kennedy won with 49.7 percent of the popular vote and Nixon getting 49.6 percent.

Tonight the first debate of the 2016 presidential election. Do you think that it will get as large a rating as the 1960 debate?