3 More Photo Spotlight

I uploaded the last three issues that I have of Photo Spotlight. It was a magazine for professional photographers that was published by Eastman Kodak Stores (warehouse) in New York City. There are some articles for the photographer but it also includes advertisements for products that only a professional would use. Kodak sold almost anything the professional would use, including; lamps, light bulbs, file cabinets, envelopes, filters enlargers, etc.

Available now are:

There are many other Kodak publications on the Kodak Magazines, Newspapers, and Magazine page. Some of those are publications were for Kodak employees.

Old News – Mott’s Fire

Probably because of this fire in the old newspaper article, Duffy-Mott Company ran the ad at the bottom. It was their way of saying that they would still remain in the area. They had plants in the area for many years. They did eventually move out. If you know when they left Hamlin or Holley, leave a comment. The area Mott’s plant is now in Williamson. In mid 2018 the company was merged into a larger corporation now named Keurig Dr. Pepper.

Brockport, NY

Thursday, Jan. 9, 1969

Seven Fire Departments Battle Duffy Mott Co. Blaze at Hamlin, Sunday

Two aerial ladders, 20 pumpers, and about 200 men from seven fire departments converged on Hamlin Sunday afternoon, Jan. 5, when fire badly damaged a warehouse at the Duffy-Mott plant in Hamlin. Known as building 24, it was located at the end of Orchard St., some distance from the main plant on Lake Rd., and was one of several connected warehouses. The buildings are separated by fore walls and the blaze was confined to the one building.

The large one-story wooden structure was filled with canned applesauce and canned apple juice, in cartons. It was estimated that half of the contents was damaged by either fire or water.

Discovered about 2:30 p.m., the fire raged out of control for nearly three hours. It was reported under control soon after five o’clock, although there were still many pockets of fire inside the building in the merchandise.

The blaze was believed to have started in the southwest corner of the building where the heaviest damage occurred. The roof caved in there but was held up by the cases of canned goods which were piled to the rafters.

Hamlin fire chief Milton Koss was in charge of the firefighters which included men and equipment from Walker, Morton, Brockport, Spencerport, North Greece, and Hilton, in addition to Hamlin. One truck remained at the scene all night, to guard against any outbreak from the still smoldering debris.

Lawrence Merritt, supervisor of the Town of Hamlin, is office manager.


Finding Your Roots

“Finding Your Roots” with Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is back tonight for a fifth season of 10 episodes on PBS.

In this first episode Dr Gates helps actor Andy Samberg and author George R. R. Martin (“Games of Thrones”) answer some family mysteries when DNA detective work uncovers new branches of their family trees. The DNA analysis upends family history and reveals new relatives.

In Rochester the episode is on channel WXXI at 8 p.m. In other areas check your local listing as PBS don’t have to follow the PBS schedule.


Lovina (Travis) Morgan is my great great grandmother. I found her maiden name on the death certificate of her daughter. Many years ago I found the tombstone for her and her husband (John Morgan) in the Arkport Cemetery. It gave her birth year as 1825 and death year as 1898.  She married John about 1848 and they had 4 children. Seeing as she was already married in the 1850 census, there weren’t any parent’s listed.

The 1855 census said that Lovina was born in Steuben County. I have a list that I made of the early census records for all the Travis families in Steuben County. Eliminated a bunch except for two; Ira  and John B. Travis. Ira was born in 1772 and would have been 53 when Lovina was born. John didn’t have any young girls on the 1840 census.

I tried to find  death certificate for Lovina many years ago. Arkport is a village in the Town of Hornellsville, Steuben County. I contacted the Town Clerk and she said that she didn’t have any record. I also tried the City of Hornell which is next to the Town of Hornellsville.  Again, no record.

When the NY death index came online in 2018 one of the first that I looked for was Lovina. She wasn’t listed in there either. Her husband John Morgan had died in 1882 and he wasn’t in the death index either. I knew that vital record for 1882 were not always recorded but by the time that Lovina died in 1898; there should be a record. Maybe the the problem was the early Clerk of Hornellsville not recording all the records.

In December I was on Ancestry.com and one person had Lovina married a Asa Razey. At first I thought that it must be wrong. But then again, Lovina is not a common name. I checked the NY marriage index and there was Lovina Morgan marrying Asa Razey on March 7, 1886 and in Hornellsville. That led me back to the death index. There she was. She died March 6. 1898 in the Town of Fremont. That is the town to the east of Hornellsville.

I made a trip at the end of December. First stop was to the Town Clerk of Fremont. She was busy but said she would send me the information on the death certificate. Next stop was to the Steuben County Surrogate Court to look at Lovina’s estate papers. They ended up making me copies from their computer system. Those records only listed her 2nd husband and her children. There wasn’t any clue as to any relatives named Travis.

The Fremont Town Clerk had a hard reading the death record so she took cell phone pictures and emailed them to me. The column in the picture on the right is labeled “Father’s Name and Birth Place.” All it says is Traves, VT.” Let down again! Then the column for mother’s name is blank. That’s because her second husband didn’t know her parents. If she had died before her first husband, I would bet that he would have known her parent’s names.

I had so many hopes that I was making progress but so far I’m still stuck. I wonder if I will ever be able to figure out who Lovina’s parents are.