Wilkinson Scrapbook Article #24

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 Hamlet Scrantom. Also included is a poem written by his son, Edwin. For more information on the Scrantom family see page 42 of biographies.

The first dwelling erected on the One Hundred Acre Tract has the log cabin built by Henry Skinner for Hamlet Scrantom. It stood on Lot Number One, The cabin was completed in June 1812 and on July 4th the Scrantom family moved in, leaving the Enos Stone home across the river where they had made their home 2 months before. when they arrived at the Genesee Falls. Edwin Scrantom, a mere lad at the time, well remembered it all. He wrote many letters to the newspapers about early Rochester.  He wrote this poem:

“In Memory’s flickering light,
I see the scenes of other says,
Like meteors in the night.
The garden, with its low-built fence,
With stakes and withes to tie it;
The rude log-house, my early home,
And one wild maple by it.” (by Edwin Scranton)


1960 East High Yearbook

I uploaded the Orient 1960. That is the yearbook for East High School in Rochester. There were 317 seniors that graduated in 1960 with pictures for 307 of them. Besides the pictures of the seniors, there are the standard pictures of school activities and sports. Then there are 9 pictures of homeroom classes like the one to the right.

This was the first year that East High was in their new building on East Main Street. The building must have not been completely finished as the “doodles” throughout the yearbook are drawings of construction workers. Also in the picture of the flag raising, you can see tire prints running across the lawn.

This yearbook has some writing in it. In one case I had to erase some of the writing as it was a little too personal.

Rochester Public Library has yearbooks for East High from 1904 to 1940 on their “School Heritage Collection” web page.

Spammers !!!!

It is said that 80% or more of the emails sent are spam. A good share of those are caught by your Internet Service Provider (ISP). Still the spammers keep trying to get through and a very small percentage will find there way to your email in-box. Be very wary of any email from someone you don’t know, especially if there are attachments. Also if they have links, don’t click on them. If it appears to be from someplace like you bank, instead, go directly to your bank’s website and see if they actually sent you a message.

I also get spam comments on this blog. Everyday it runs between 10 to 20 comments that I have to delete. A good share of the spam comments are ones pointing to foreign websites that sell prescription drugs. Then there are comments that are selling SEO services. SEO is an abbreviation for “Search Engine Optimization, which means that they will try to get your website to the top of search results. Google says that these kind of services don’t work because their criterion changes often. The third kind of spam comment is one that is complimentary on a post or the blog in general. Those usually have a link to malicious foreign website.

There doesn’t seem to be any way to stop spam comments. Spam emails are illegal but that sure hasn’t stopped those either.

Top Hit Songs of 1967 – #8

The Monkees were back again with another hit with “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You.” The song was written by Neil Diamond as he was just beginning his singing career. Music producer Don Kirshner had Davy Jones record the song with a group of studio musicians and none of the rest of The Monkees were involved in the recording. Some people say that one of the people in the background singers is Neil Diamond, but no proof has ever been found.

“A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You” was the top song on the Cash Box record chart for the weeks of April 16 – 29. On the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the song only made it up to the #2 spot for the week of April 23 – 29.

WDYTYA – Liv Tyler

Liv Tyler will be the last person to search for ancestors on this season of Who Do You Thin You Are? (WDYTYA). Don’t look for this episode in the usual Sunday night time slot. TLC is putting this episode on Monday night at 8 p.m. (eastern and western times). Sunday night at 9 p.m. is an episode of Long Lost Family; followed by This is Life Live. Then after WDYTYA on Monday night there is another episode of Long Lost Family.

Liv Tyler started out her life as Liv Rundgren and thought that she was the daughter of rock musician Todd Rundgren. She was eight years old before her mother told her that she was actually the daughter of Steven Tyler, the lead singer of the group Aerosmith.

Liv wants to uncover the mystery of her paternal grandmother Susan Blancha’s maternal line.We know from previews that she finds a brave Civil War ancestor. She also pays a visit to the Clinton County Courthouse in Plattsburgh, NY. Then Liv and her father visit the grave of Eliza Elliott, who died in 1916.

Note: Broadcast times edited after I found out that two programs guides that I referred to were wrong.

Wilkinson Scrapbook Article #23

In this article from William Wilkinson’s scrapbook “One Hundred Great and Near-Great Events, Person and Places in Rochester History” (1947) he describes Henry O’Reilly. He was the author of Sketches of Rochester (1838), the very first history of Rochester. On my Online Books page are links to that book that is available in at least 3 places online.

Perhaps no one individual has made a deeper and more lasting impression upon the early history of Rochester than Henry O’Reilly, one of our first newspaper editors and our first historian. He had much to do with all our important pioneer enterprises. He is buried in Mount Hope, a spot better loved by him than any other on earth. The great schemes of his life had disappointed him. His old age found him a poor man but this can be said of Henry O’Reilly – he never disappointed his friends, he never failed in being the true Irish gentleman. In 1826 Luther Tucker & Co. established the Rochester Daily Advertiser, the first daily paper published between the Hudson River and the Pacific Ocean. Young O’Reilly, then not 21, was chosen editor. He retired in 4 years and returned in 1832. He was postmaster of Rochester in 1838. He had many friends. He knew Edgar Allan Poe whom he often entertained at his home in Washington Heights, New York City. O’Reilly was born in Carrickma Cross, in 1830, he married Marcia Brooks. He died in St. Mary’s Hospital, Aug. 17, 1886 and received unction, according to Catholic ritual altho he had lapsed from the faith, .

Old News – Auto Identification

Do you know your kind of old cars? After reading this article you will be able to better identify what style a cars is.


Thursday, April 19, 1917


One of the objects of the standardization work now being carried on by the Society of Automobile Engineers is the establishment within the motor-car field of a precise and complete language.

There are many advantages in having uniform names of car parts. The automobile user finds it much easier to make replacements. Than manufacturer benefits for the same reasons. The entire industry will welcome any list of names that will remedy the present condition, in which makers use different terminologies.

A striking exception to popular usage is the name “engine,” which is recommended rather than “motor,” to avoid confusion with electric motors used for starting the engine installed on the automobile. Definitions have been included for axles, brakes and bodies for which usage varies. The names and description of bodies as adopted by the society are:

Roadster – An open car seating two or three. A fourth seat facing backward is sometimes added.

Convertible coupe – A roadster provided with a detachable coupe top.

Clover leaf – An open car seating three or for. The rear seat is close to the divided front seat and entrance is only through doors in front of the front seat.

Touring car – An open car seating four or more with direct entrance to tonneau.

Salon touring car – A touring car with passage between front seats, with or without separate entrance to front seats.

Sedan – A closed car seating four or more all in one compartment.

Convertible sedan – A salon touring car provided with a detachable sedan top.

Open sedan – A sedan so constructed that the sides can be removed or stowed so as to use the space entirely clear from the glass front to the back.

Limousine – A closed car seating three to five inside, with driver’s seat outside, but all covered with a roof.

Open limousine – A touring car with permanent standing top and disappearing or removable glass sides.

Berline – A limousine having the driver’s seat entirely inclosed.

Brougham – A limousine with no roof over the driver’s seat.

Landaulet – A closed car with folding top, seats for three or more inside and the driver’s seat outside.