Old News – Bowling

Bowling teams were spring up all over the area in the early 1900s. At that time they would have boys as pin spotters that would have to set up the pins by hand after each frame. Chances are that this bowling alley in Fairport only had one or two lanes.


Wednesday, Nov. 22, 1916


This evening will mark the opening of the bowling season of the Samitary Can Co. teams on Filkins’ alleys. The first two weeks bowling has been very satisfactory completed. The league was made up of twelve teams of seven men each and from these men who competed, it has been decided to form a permanent league of ten teams with five men on each team and two alternates, bowling Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings of each week.

At the formal opening D. B. De Land, superintendent of the Sanitary Can company, will inaugurate the season by rolling the first ball. The “Menders” of the can making machine shop, headed by Harvey Hart, will bowl the “Pressers” of the press department, guided by “Heine” Fett and the “Rotaries” of the double seamer section of the Lock-seam department will battle under the leadership of “Bean” Lockard against the “Maxams” or the bench men of the D. S. machine shop with Nelson in the lead, who says “Maxams expects every man to do his duty.”

1916-11-22-adAfter tonight two teams will bowl every Wednesday night, and on Thursday and Friday evenings four teams will bowl excepting on the 13th week, when only two teams will bowl. A prize will be given each week for the highest score made by individual bowlers but no one will be allowed to win more than one prize and at the end of the season a suitable prize will be given to the team having the highest average.

The Herald expects to print every week the scores of the various teams and also the name or number of the teams which will bowl that week. Watch this paper for the weekly results.

Top Songs of 1966 – #33

you_keep_me_hangin_on_by_the_supremes_us_vinylThe Supremes are riding a high in 1966. “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” is their 8th number one song on the charts. Still there is some dissension brewing that could not be seen in their many appearances on TV. Florence Ballard doesn’t like that Diana Ross is getting all the attention in the group. She began showing up for shows late and sometimes inebriated. Motown record company would replace Florence in summer of 1967.

“You Keep Me Hangin’ On” was the number one song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the weeks of Nov. 13 – 26. On the Cash Box record chart it was on the top of the chart for the week of Nov. 27 – Dec. 3, 1966.

In 1967 the group Vanilla Fudge would chart with the song but as a slowed down and hard rock version. It would peak on the charts at number 6. Watch that version on YouTube.

Clarkson History

I uploaded an early history of the Town of Clarkson. “History of Clarkson” (1890) was a series of 30 newspaper articles in The Brockport Republic newspaper. Seeing as the Town of Hamlin was part of Clarkson until 1852, this history also contains lots of information on Hamlin.

So what is in this history? Short personal sketches, early land owners, election results, names of pathmasters, early tombstone records, etc.

Wilkinson Scrapbook Article #7

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 the first doctor in Rochester. He moved to Morgan, Ohio about 1828 but came back to Rochester in 1834 where he died in 1879 at age 90. His wife Huldah had died in 1873.

Dr. Jonah Brown was the first practitioner in the Village of Rochesterville. “When he arrived in 1813 he was thankful to find a place to sleep under a canvas-top wagon that stood at the west end of the bridge, with a Indian or two  prowling about begging for whiskey.” He attended Abelard Reynolds who had a bad spell of sickness. Huldah M. Strong, who also taught the first school was Rochester’s first barmaid. She helped in the Post Office in the Reynold’s home near where the Arcade was erected. She also served drinks over the bar at the rear of the Post Office. Dr. Jonah was wont to quench his thirst and then fell in love with beautiful Huldah and they spliced and lived happily ever afterwards. Dr. Brown did not remain a physician for long. Other physicians, better qualified took his place. He went into other businesses and made a lot of dough. They are buried in Mount Hope – side by each with a double headstone. You can see it just above the crematory.

Old News – Thanksgiving Recipes

I haven’t tested these 100 year old recipes. If you want to follow them, please use care.


Friday, Nov. 17, 1916

Good Things For Thanksgiving Dinner


Roast Turkey

To truss the fowl draw the thighs and wings close against the body and fasten securely with skewers or tie with string. Rub the entire surface with salt, brush with soft utter and dredge with flour. Place in a hot oven and when well browned reduce the heat. Baste with the fat in pan and two cupfuls of boiling water, continue basting every twenty minutes until meat is done, which will require about three hours for an eight or ten pound turkey. If roasted in a covered roaster it is not necessary to baste very often, as the steam keeps the roast moist, but it should have the fat and broth dipped over it now and then Turn the turkey occasionally, so that it may brown evenly.

Mashed Turnips

Pare and quarter turnips and boil steadily in unsalted water until tender, drain, mash and season with butter, pepper and a little salt.

Cranberry Frappe

Four cupfuls of cranberries boiled in three cupfuls of water strained through flannel. Take three cupfuls of sugar and three cupfuls of cranberry juice and the juice of one-half lemon and mix all together and freeze. Delicious to serve with roast fowl.

Thanksgiving Apple Cake

Scald a cupful of milk and one-third cupful of butter, one-third cupful of sugar and one-third teaspoonful of salt. When lukewarm add a yeast cake, two eggs and three and a half cupfuls of bread flour. Cover, let rise, beat well and let rise again. Turn into buttered dripping pan. Let rise, brush over with melted butter, cover with sections of apples, brush over with butter, sprinkle with cinnamon, sugar and currents. Bake in a moderate oven and cover with whipped cream.

Top Songs of 1966 – #32

good_vibrations_singleThe next song to hit the top of the record charts in 1966 was “Good Vibrations” by The Beach Boys. The song was composed and produced by Brian Wilson and words by Mike Love. It was recorded over 6 months in pieces and then Brian Wilson spent a lot of time in a studio combining the pieces into a complete composition. Some of the pieces that weren’t used in the original would show up 40 years later on the EP “Good Vibrations: 40th Anniversary Edition.” This was a complete departure for The Beach Boys who up until this time had done many songs about surfing and hot rod autos. There is a very detailed Wikipedia page for the song that tells all the details for each section of the composition.

:Good Vibrations” was the top song on the Cash Box record chart for the week of Nov. 13 – 19, 1966. Then on the Billboard Hot 100 chart it was number one for the week of Dec. 4 – 10.

Although brothers Dennis and Carl Wilson died The Beach Boys still tour Check their website for tour dates. Brian Wilson has his own tour dates that run up through 2017. Check his website for dates.

Guide: Maps and Atlases


Portion of 1858 ownership map

I uploaded a new chapter to the Genealogical Guide on Maps and Atlases on Rochester and Monroe County. I didn’t realize how many maps that the Rochester Public Library has put online in the past 10 years. Their collection includes many old street maps, atlas and those huge volumes of plat maps. There are quite a few of the maps that show where a family lived. The earliest ownership maps just show a little square with the owner’s name. Then some of the plat maps from the 20th century show section of land owned.

If you haven’t looked at maps for your family, then hopefully this chapter will give you some good links to find them.