Wilkinson Scrapbook Article #26

In this article from William Wilkinson’s scrapbook “One Hundred Great and Near-Great Events, Person and Places in Rochester History” (1947) he writes about early doctors and medical books.

In the early days people had pains same as they do today but more so as doctors were few and in between and everyone knew how to cure everyone else but himself. Medical books were in demand and carefully read. Here are a few that were advertised along about 1830.

  • “Bishat on Life and Death”
  • “Wistars Anatomy”
  • “Murray’s Materia Medica”
  • “Eberles Therapeutics”
  • “Risherand’s Phisology”
  • “Cooke on Nervous Diseases”
  • “Clarke on Females”
  • “Dewee’s Midwifery”
  • “Johnson on the Stomach”

Plus there is this ad that actually relates to the cartoon:

  • COPARTNERSHIP – Having the fullest confidence in the medical skill and integrity of Doct. Philander Tobey, after two years of intimate acquaintance, I have taken him as a partner in the practice of medicine & surgery. I can therefore recommend him to the favorable notice of my patrons. The copartnership will commence on the first of October. — All those indebted to either Dr. Tobey or myself, will see the necessity of making immediate payment of old and long standing accounts. — Dr. J. B. Elwwod.

Old News – Irish Minstrel Show

It is two months passed St. Patrick’s Day but there is going to be an Irish themed show at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Plus the ad reminds you that spring is a great time to but a house.


Friday, May 18, 1917


The tenth annual performance of the Great Irish Minstrels will be given at Cathedral Hall on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings May 21, 23,24, when the glories of Ireland in song and story will touch the heart strings of all lovers of the “Ould Sod.” Several of Rochester’s celebrities will be seen and heard as “end men” and “soloists” and will expect their many friends to be present to give them the “glad hand.” They are Messrs. Roy Miller, Edward Sweeney, Leo Hogan, John J. McManus, Charles Hawken and Ray Golding. The management promises the finest evening’s entertainment on the three nights selected with the following outline of program:

The entertainment will open with a patriotic drill by a Corps of Cathedral Cadets in uniform. This will be followed by a short sketch entitled “Casey—The Piper,” which will bring in the “piper” and the “bag-pipes,” the “Irish jig” and “hornpipe,” the “Irish Colleen,” together with Joe Murphy’s famous tenor solo, “A Handful of Earth,” all grouped around Eddie Moore, the Irish comedian. Between the first and second part selections will be given on the harp by a well known harp soloist. Genuine “turf” will be in evidence on the stage and a piece of it will be passed around the Hall so that the audience may see and touch and handle it for themselves and perhaps “kiss” it.

Popular prices of fifty, thirty-five and twenty-five cents, will prevail as in former years. Tickets are now ready for distribution. Sale opens Saturday, 19th. Phone or write, Cathedral Rectory, 70 Frank St., phones—Bell, Main 2356; Home, Stone 3128, or Gibbons & Stone, 172 Main Street East, phones—Home, 1434; Bell, Main 1204.

NY State Equal Rights Guide

New York State has put out a new travel guide that highlights the State’s equal rights accomplishments and historic places to visit to learn more about them. The guide is separated into these sections:

  1. Abolitionists and African-American History
  2. Suffragists and the Birth of the Women’s Rights Movement
  3. Human Rights Destinations
  4. General Tourist Places

In 1917 New York became one of the first states to grant women the right to vote. The centennial of that event is being celebrated all over the State this year.

So if you are planning a genealogy trip this summer, you can also add some historic destinations to your travel itinerary.

Guide – Military & Veteran’s Records

I uploaded a new chapter to the Genealogical Guide on Military and Veteran’s Records. I cover most of the Wars from the Revolutionary War to the Vietnam War. I left out the Mexican War because very few men from this area would have served in that war. I also left out the Spanish-American War as I couldn’t find much information on New York State soldiers in that war. It also was so short, less than 4 months, that most the soldiers that volunteered never saw any action.

I found that the website that has the best collection of military records is Fold3. All of the commercial websites have times during the year when they offer free access to their military records. With Armed Forces day coming on the May 20th, it is possible that some of those websites may give some free access. Also remember that there is free access in some libraries and LDS Family History Centers.

I added something to the Introduction/Table of Contents page. It is about chapters that have references to books. If the book is online then the title to the book will have a link to the book. For newer books or old books that haven’t been digitized then there is a link to WorldCat. If you put in your zip-code in WorldCat it will show the library with the book that is closest to you.

Wilkinson Scrapbook Article #25

In this article from William Wilkinson’s scrapbook “One Hundred Great and Near-Great Events, Person and Places in Rochester History” (1947) he writes about ads in a newspaper from 1830. I’ve added an insert to his drawing of the actual woodcut that was used in the newspaper.

Back in 1830 all houses looked alike if we can believe the woodcuts used in advertising them. Tavern, warehouse or cottage all used the same cut. Below are a few ads from the files of the Rochester Daily Advertiser and Telegram for the year 1830. This was the first daily between the Hudson River & the Pacific. Luther Tucker was publisher and Henry O’Reilly editor.

  • Houses to Let – The subscriber has several dwelling houses to let, on reasonable terms, in convenient situations – T. H. Rochester.
  • Wanted 100,000 Quills – We will pay the cents per hundred for one hundred thousand common goose quills. – Marshall, Dean & Co.
  • For Sale – 70 barrels mess pork by E. & H. Lyon.
  • More New Calicoes – The subscriber has just received 40 pieces new printed calicoes, from 10 to 20 cts. per yard. Please call at the store of B. Fitch, Buffalo St.
  • For Sale or Exchange – A good second hand cooking stove, Willson’s patent. Also Wanted – A new milch cow. One with a calf by her side would be prepared. Enquire at the bookstore of Marshall, Dean & Co.
  • Butter and Lard – For sale on consignment, a ton of superior butter and 2 tons lard, at the New York and Ohio Line Warehouse – R. Meech & Co.

Free Photo Scanning

A group of professional photo companies will be at the Greece Historical Society on Saturday, May 13 to offer free photo scanning You can take up to 50 photos or slides to be scanned. They will put the scans on your USB drive or memory card that you need to take with you. You can also  have one photo printed as 5×7 inch print on archival paper.

There will also be a free photo booth where you can take one 4×6 inch print.

Lastly you can get a free trial of Vivid-Pix “Restore” software and they will make a donation to the Historical Society if you decide to purchase the software.

This scanning session is at the Greece Historical Society, 595 Long Pond Road, Greece, NY 14612, May 13th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.