Top Songs of 1965 – #23

Beatles-yesterday“Yesterday” by The Beatles was the next song to go all the way to the top of the record charts in 1965. The song was written by Paul McCartney but by legal contract it is credited to “Lennon-McCartney.” The working title for the song was “Scrambled Eggs” until Paul came up with the now familiar lyrics. Paul is the only one of the Beatles to perform on the song and he sang played his acoustic guitar together. The string quartet heard on the song was added at a later date.

“Yesterday” is the most recorded song in music history with it being recorded by at least 2200 artists. It is said that it is the song that has been preformed live the most times over the last fifty years.

The song was the number songs on the Billboard Hot 100 record chart for 4 weeks (Oct. 3 – 30). On the Cash Box chart it was number one for the weeks of Oct. 3 – 16 and then another song was number one and then “Yesterday” regained the top spot for the week of Oct 24 – 30.

As I mentioned before, the Beatles can only be downloaded on iTunes. You can listen to Beatles songs on their website.

Discovering Your Roots

div-roots-poster-15Tomorrow (Oct. 24) there are free genealogy sessions at “Discovering Your Roots; International Edition.”  This series will be held at the Rochester Public Library in the Rundel Building (115 South Avenue ) in the auditorium on the third floor. It features three “Break-out” sessions. Those are small groups devoted to research in a single European country. During the break-out sessions you can pick from research in Germany, England, Ireland, Poland, France or Italy.

The schedule for these sessions:

  • 10:00 – Library opens
  • 10:15 – Welcome and Introduction
  • 10:30 – “Gateway to America; The History of Immigration” by Roscoe Hastings
  • 11:30 – Break-out sessions #1
  • 12:15 – Lunch (bring your own)
  • 1:00 –  Break-out session #2
  • 1:45 – Break-out session #3
  • 2:30 – “The History and Evolution of Names; A Look at How Surnames Changed” by Steve Clarke
  • 3:30 –  Open Forum

Another Former Kodak Complex Being Refurbished

kodak-mecThe Eastman Kodak complex called the Marketing Education Center (MEC) (also called Riverwood) has been sold to the Rainaldi family of Rochester. They are known for refurbishing the Culver Road Armory in Rochester and two 19th century cobblestone houses into stores in Victor.

The 360,000 complex of buildings on East River Road in the Town of Henrietta were built by Kodak in the 1960s. Kodak at one time used the complex to train copier repair personnel. In the 1990s the Rochester Genealogical Society held a meeting there where we given a demonstration on photo editing at a time when few people had a digital camera. I went there to Haznat training classes in the auditorium in the 1990s while working at Kodak. Kodak sold the complex sometime around 2000 but that buyer never did anything with the property. It is said that the main problem was that the complex has asbestos throughout.

The Rainaldi family will create modern space for as many as 20 high technology companies. They will replace all the windows with energy efficient glass, upgrade the electric, HVAC and data services. The first space will be available in spring 2016  and the whole complex should be filled by 2017.

As you can see on the photo, the complex sits on the Genesee River. Plans are to add hiking trails and possibly a boat launch.

National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair

poster-2015Got some free time Wednesday and Thursday to attend some genealogy classes? The US National Archives is holding a Virtual Genealogy Fair. The best part is that you don’t have to leave home as the classes will be held online on YouTube. The “handouts” for the classes are already online on this web page. That same page has long class descriptions. These are the classes that will held (all times Eastern Time).

Wednesday, October 21 (link to Wednesday YouTube sessions)

  • Session 1 (10 a.m.) – Introduction to Genealogy at the National Archives by Claire Kluskens.
  • Session 2 (11 a.m.) – Preserving Your Family Records:  Conversation and Questions by Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler.
  • Session 3 (12 p.m. ) – Personnel Records of the National Archives– St. Louis. By Bryan K. McGraw.
  • Session 4 (1 p.m.) – It’s in the Cards: Finding Family Members in National Archives–St. Louis’ Card Series by Daria Labinsky & David Hardin.
  • Session 5 (2 p.m.) – Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Personnel Records by Ashley Mattingly.

Thursday, October 22 (link to Thursday YouTube sessions)

  • Session 6 (10 a.m.) – Where’d They Go?  Finding Ancestral Migration Routes by Jean Nudd.
  • Session 7 (11 a.m.) – Access to Archival Databases (AAD): Looking Down, From Above, to Look it Up! by John LeGloahec.
  • Session 8 (12 p.m.) – Finding Your World War I Veteran at the National Archives at St. Louis by Theresa Fitzgerald.
  • Session 9 (1 p.m.) – Women in War Time Civilian Government Employment by Cara Moore.
  • Session 10 (2 p.m.) – Broke, But Not Out of Luck: Exploring Bankruptcy Records for Genealogy Research by Jessica Hopkins.

New Newspapers Added to Fulton History

Fulton History has added more newspapers to the millions of newspaper pages that were already on the website. Now there are over 33,100,000 newspaper pages. Originally all newspapers were from New York State but you will notice that a lot of the newspapers added in the last four months are from other states. Also added are one newspaper from Australia, one from the Bahamas and one from Canada.

If you have visited there before, you can limit the search to only see new “hits.” On the bottom of the search box are selections for dates called “File Creation Date.” Change the beginning date to a month or two before your last visit and and the end date can be set to Dec. 2015. Then search. To go back to search all dates, click on “all” and the search dates will disappear.

This is the list of the new newspapers added since May first:

Sydney Morning Herald; 1842-1918

Nassau Gazette; 1784-1786

Voice of the Fugitive (Sandwich, Ontario); 1851-1852

Connecticut Courant (Hartford); 1788-1820

American Watchman (Wilmington); 1809-1817

Walker County Messenger (Lafayette); 1880-1968

Twin Falls Times News; 1942-1984

Chatham Clarion; 1962-2012

Adair County News (Columbia); 1900-1922
Central Record (Lancaster); 1898-1913
Cynthiana News; 1855-1857
Frankfort Tri-Weekly Commonwealth; 1854-1864
Greenville Record; 1899-1920
Henderson Weekly Reporter; 1863-1864
Semi-Weekly South Kentuckian (Hopkinsville); 1883-1889
South Kentuckian (Hopkinsville); 1880-1919
The Sunday Chat (Paducah); 1901
Tri-Weekly Kentucky Yeoman (Frankfort); 1854-1882
Weekly Kentucky Tribune (Danville); 1851-1864

Greenfield Recorder; 1900-2015

New Jersey
Little Falls Herald; 1927-1960
Little Falls Reporter; 1919-1929
Little Falls Times Herald; 1960-1973
The Morning Call (Paterson); 1885
Passaic Valley Journal (Little Falls); 1975-1982
Passaic Valley Today (Wayne); 1986-1989
Paterson Evening News; 1895-WIP
The Sunday Call (Paterson); 1885-1888

New York
Albany Morning Express; 1857-1898
Albany Times Union; 1891-1970
Central City Courier (Syracuse); 1858-1860
Irish American Advocate (New York); 1911-1988
Irish Times (Buffalo); 1991-2001
Madison County Abolitionist (Cazenovia); 1841-1842
New York Family Herald; 1858-1862
New York Phoenix; 1859-1861
New York Statesman; 1829-1830
Onondaga Gazette (Syracuse); 1823-1825
Onondaga Register; 1814-1831
Slowo Polskie (The Polish Word) (Utica); 1913
Syracuse Daily Courier; 1857-1859
Syracuse Daily Standard; 1875-1899
Tri-States Union (Port Jervis); 1856-1912

Harrsburg Morning Harald; 1854-1858
Montrose Democrat; 1896-1899
Pennsylvania Telegraph (Harrisburg); 1840-1855

South Carolina
American General Gazette (Charlestown); 1764-1782

Old News – Cleaning

After you are done cleaning your house this fall, then you can listen to some music that you got from Sibley’s. Although Edison invented the phonograph, his Amberola used cylinders that originally were coated with wax. Over time his cylinders started using hard plastic so they could be played more times. Then the Victor Company came out with flat records and they eventually took over the music market.


Friday, Oct. 15, 1915


Suggestions That Will Make This Nightmare a Little Easier.

ad-2015-10-15To clean wicker chairs wash with salt and water, then rub as dry as possible and place in the open air to finish drying.

To clean enameled bathtubs rub with salt moistened with lemon juice. Then wash with hot water and soapsuds.

To clean marble basin, make a paste of whiting and soft soap and apply it with a soft cloth. Rinse with cold water and rub dry.

To polish steel fenders, etc., after cleaning with emery paper sprinkle powdered bath brick on the surface and polish with a chamois leather.

To clean white paint a cloth out in hot water then dip it in bran and gently rub the paint. Sponge off with cold water and polish with a white rag dipped in whiting.

To destroy moths in carpets or curtains spread a damp cloth over the part and iron til dry with a hot iron. The steam will destroy any eggs, and the moths will not attack the place again.

To clean brass cut a lemon in half dip it in kitchen salt and rub over the brass till the stains disappear. Then rinse in warm water and polish with a duster dipped in powdered whiting.

Cloudy decanters can be cleaned with vinegar and salt. Put a handful of salt and half a cupful of vinegar in the decanter and shake well, then empty and rinse with warm water.

To clean oriental rugs first beat the rug thoroughly, then brush to remove all dirt. Rub over with a stiff brush dipped in warm soapsuds to which a little ammonia has been added and rub dry with a soft rag.

To clean linoleum rub well with soap. then wipe off with a flannel wrung out in hot water. Allow to get quite dry, then polish with any floor polish. After this treatment the linoleum will keep clean and bright for quite a long time.

Grandma’s Tombstone

Grandma's tombstone

Grandma’s tombstone

Back in this posting from almost two years ago I told about getting a tombstone for my grandmother, Jocelia (Buell) Halsey, eleven years after she died. I bought a tombstone online and had it sent via UPS to the cemetery. The picture on right was from the company that carved the tombstone before they shipped it.

My grandmother is buried in Dunkirk, NY which is about a two hour drive from Rochester. I haven’t been able to get to the cemetery until a couple of weeks ago when I was headed to Erie, PA. I stopped at the cemetery to get an updated photo of the tombstone. I quickly found my grandmother’s sister and my aunt and from what I remember my grandmother was buried next to them. I didn’t find her tombstone. I started thinking that maybe the tombstone never got placed by the cemetery. I also didn’t have a lot of time to look around.

When I got home I wrote to the cemetery. I got a reply back this week from the cemetery sexton and come to find out I was looking in the wrong row. Hopefully, it won’t be another couple of years before I get back to Dunkirk.

Top Songs of 1965 – #22

The next song to go to the top of the record charts in 1965 was one of those songs that is kind of a mystery. “Hang on Sloopy” was written by Wes Farrell and Bert Russell Berns. It is about a girl named Sloopy but no one is sure where that name came from.

The McCoys was the name of the group that recorded the hit version of the song. It featured brothers Randy (on drums) and Richard (on guitar) Zehringer. Richard would later change his name to Rick Derringer and back-up Edgar and Johnny Winter and then released some songs on his own in the 1970s.

The song gained an association with Ohio State University after its marching band began playing it at football games in 1965. In 1985 the song became the official rock song of the State of Ohio. “Hang On Sloopy” is now also the official song of the Cleveland Indians.

“Hang on Sloopy” was at the number one spot on both the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the Cash Box record chart for just the week of Sept. 26 – Oct. 2, 1965.

Old News – Harvest Time

At one time there were many apples grown in Monroe County, especially near Lake Ontario. Expansion of the suburbs has pushed out most of the old orchards except for those in the northwestern part of the county. Meanwhile, places like Wayne County grow more apples because the new varieties of trees have more apples on each tree than in the past.


Wednesday, Oct. 6, 1915


Apple Day Scheduled for October 19th. Only Good Apples Are Wanted.

This is the slogan of the Apple Day Committee of the Chamber of Commerce and the Farm Bureau, who are promoting Apple Day for October 19th. It is planned to increase the consumption of apples in Rochester and vicinity, and everything possible is being done to advertise the apple and to advertise this day. The Committee are getting in touch with growers in Monroe County who have good quality fall fruit, and getting the growers to hold them for “Apple Day.” Many of the large grocers, department stores, restaurants and hotels are planning to make special sales or to give apples away on the 19th. Last year Duffy’s alone sold over 225 barrels. Fruit growers who have good quality apples such as 20 oz., Gravenstein, McIntosh, etc., should communicate with A. E. Crockett, the Farm Bureau Manager, or directly with some of the grocery or department stores of the city. This is a good opportunity to establish a trade in Rochester for good quality fruit.

The Rex Company offer a $10.00 cash prize for the best window display made by any grocery in Rochester. The Upton Cold Storage Co. offer a second prize of $7.50 and a third of $5.00 The latter company will store any apples donated for charitable purposes free of charge.

Cabbage Fields Inspected

Professor S. R. Jones, Wisconsin Agricultural College, L. L. Harter, of the U. S. Department of Agriculture, Dr. Donald Reddick, Professor H. H. Whetzel, Cornell, Professor Ivan C. Jagger, University of Rochester, accompanied the Farm Bureau Manager on an inspecting trip of cabbage fields in the vicinity of Rochester. both Dr. Jones and Mr. Harter are making a cabbage disease survey in the cabbage sections from Iowa to Long Island. They reported the fields between Rochester and Geneva to be quite free from disease..

The yellows disease, which they found destructive in many sections, was very rare in this region, probably due to our climatic conditions. The inspectors found occasionally plants affected by club root, which apparently was held in check by crop rotation. In a few fields considerable black leg and black rock were found. This was probably introduced by infected seed.