Kodak News

Kodak announced that Kodak Ektra camera/phone is now available in the US. It has been available in Europe since Dec. 2016. The camera is made by Bullitt Group of the UK. They say that it is a camera with a phone not a smartphone with a camera. That is because the main camera is a 21 megapixel camera. Then there is a front-facing (selfie) camera that is 13 megapixels. There are many automatic modes to get the image you want. In manual mode you can adjust exposure, ISO, focus, white balance and shutter speed. The camera also takes 4K video. It features 32gb of memory and a microSD card slot so you can store many photos. There have been many software updates since it was released in Europe. It now can save pictures in the RAW format or JPEG. There is a good review on Digital Trends where they don’t like everything about the Ektra.

This camera/phone uses Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system and is open for use on either AT&T or T-Mobile.

The Kodak Ektra is priced at $399.99. You can buy directly from Kodak, Amazon, Best Buy and other places.

Old News – Civil War Boys

The numbers of young men in Civil War don’t add up to me. Just the same, it shows that there many young men that served in that war. The last Civil War veteran was Albert Woolson who died in 1956. This same article also  appeared in The Catholic Journal the same week.

It is said that during the Vietnam War that average age of those that served was as rather low. My research shows that the average age of those that went to Vietnam was 22.

The prices in the ad are really from 1917 even though I “colorized” it. I’m amazed that the most expensive vehicle is the tractor.


Thursday, May 24, 1917

Boys of ’61 Were Real Boys

Surprise is often expressed that there are so many veterans of the Civil War still living. The fact is that the war was fought, at least on the northern side, by boys. Of the 2,158,798 enlisted there were only 46,626 who were over twenty-five years old. The official figures of the age at enlistment in the Civil War were read on the House of Representatives by Joseph G. Cannon, and they are as follows:

  • Those 10 years and under – 25
  • Those 11 years and under – 38
  • Those 12 years and under – 225
  • Those 13 years and under – 300
  • Those 14 years and under – 1,523
  • Those 15 years and under – 104,987
  • Those 16 years and under – 231,651
  • Those 17 years and under – 844,891
  • Those 18 years and under – 1,151,438
  • Those 21 years and under – 2,159,798
  • Those 22 years and over – 618,511
  • Those 25 years and over – 46, 626

It will be noticed from this statement that the greatest number of enlistments were of boys eighteen and under. In a number of cases these boys became officers before they were twenty, some of them even reaching the rank of Captain. The methods of war have so changed that in future armies there must be a far greater portion of mature men. There must be a large number who can handle the intricate, complex and death dealing machinery and engines of destruction.

But as far as the Civil War was concerned the fighting was done by boys, and the phrase “boys of ’61” is a literal expression of truth and not metaphorical. There are still 400,000 of them alive.

Top Hit Songs of 1967 – #10

The Young Rascals were “Groovin'” in 1967. This was the groups second number one, with “Good Lovin'” hitting the number one spot in 1966. They had a good string of hits until a couple members left in 1970. About ten years ago there were two groups touring at the same time with former members. One group was called The New Rascals and the other was called Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals.

“Groovin'” was the number one song on both Billboard Hot 100 and Cash Box record charts for the weeks of May 14 – 27. Then it would return to the top spot on the Billboard chart for the weeks of June 11 – 24 while it returned to the top spot on the Cash Box chart for just the week of June 18 -24.

Rochesterville 1817

The above is the top of the first page of the records for the Village of Rochesterville. It is dated May 20th 1817. Four of the Trustees (one from each Ward) were present; Francis Brown, William Cobb, Everard Peck and Jehiel Barnard. Missing from this meeting is the other Trustee, Daniel Mack. At this meeting other people were appointed to village positions. Hastings R. Bender was appointed Clerk so that is his writing. Frederick F. Backus (a doctor) is appointed Treasurer and Israel Scrantom is appointed Poundkeeper. That position would keep stray horses and cattle until their owners could be found.

Farther down the page it is recorded that the first meeting of the Board of Trustees was on May 7th. At that they didn’t have a Clerk appointed so it is recorded after the second meeting. At the first meeting the only official task was to elect a President of the Trustees. Francis Brown was elected. He and his brother Matthew owned a mill on what is now named Brown’s Race next to the Upper Falls of the Genesee River.

Want to see the rest of the first page? Visit this web page from the City of Rochester to view the records of the Village of Rochesterville (1817 – 1834) the records of the Common Council of the City (1834 – 1900).

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.