Old News – Rescue

Ever since the Erie Canal (later called the Barge Canal) came through the area, people have died in it from drowning. Many of the victims did not know how to swim. Also the Canal is not easy to get out of because the walls are steep.  There are signs near accessible areas that say that there is no swimming but every year there seems to still be drownings.

In the ad, the Robert Sayles store in Fairport is selling Adler suits made in Rochester.  The L. Adler Brothers & Co. was established in 1883 by brothers Levi, Simon, and Abram Adler. The family business lasted until 1951 when it was bought by the Michaels Stern & Co.


Thursday, Sept. 21, 1916


Mrs. Isabel Chambers Dives into Barge Canal and Saves Her Four-year-old Son from Drowning, Thursday.


Mrs. Isabel Chambers, who conducts a boarding house at No. 43 West avenue, proved herself a woman of unusual bravery and self-reliance, Thursday afternoon, by rescuing her four-year-old son Robert, from death by drowning, when the youngster fell into the Barge canal from the landing near the Dr. Weare Medicine Company’s building at the east end of North street.

The boy had been playing on the canal bank about 2:30 o’clock, with Gordon Williams, aged five years, and Viola Oestrike, a few year older. The children were throwing small sticks into the water near the bank to “see the circles,” as one of them explained, when Robert lost his balance and fell into the deep water.

There were no grown people near at the time the accident happened, but as the children ran crying in their homes, Mrs. Chambers heard them and ran to see what was the matter. By the time she had reached the place where the boy had fallen in, he had sunk from sight and did not reappear, so the brave mother dove into the water after her little son. She failed in her first attempt, but on the the second trial she managed to find the boy, who was lying on the bottom in about twelve feet of water.

In the meantime several men had arrived at the scene, attracted by the children’s cries. Among these were Glen S. Lord, Ray Woolsey and Joe Baranea. Fred Dayton, a conductor on the R. S. & E. road, had also seen the accident. He stepped his car, and came by the way of Main street bridge and down the Schummers alley to assist the others.

Although Mrs. Chambers was a good swimmer, she had difficulty in keeping herself afloat with the additional weight of the boy’s body. The men on the bank made unsuccessful until Baranca tore off his shoemaker’s apron and threw one end to the woman in the water. She held on ntil dragged to a place of safety.

The boy was then given first aid treatment by Mr. Lord. In the meantime Mrs. R. L. Williams had summoned a physician, but the little fellow had recovered before the doctor arrived. Mr. Woolsey carried the exhausted child to his home where he attended later and pronounced in no immediate danger of illness on account of his mishap.

Mrs. Chambers was voted a heroine by all who knew her brave act and it was suggested that steps might be taken to see that she be presented with a Carnegie medal.


wham-1974I uploaded a program for a tribute to former dick jockey Bill Givens of radio station WHAM. He died in 1974 and one of his interests was the big bands of the 1930 and 1940s. So they had some big band music at his tribute which was held at the War Memorial auditorium. Bill also had an extensive record collection of big bands which was given to Lavery Library at St John Fisher College. That helped to form Givens multimedia center at the library.

The program also had a page which showed all the disk jockeys at WHAM in 1974.

This program had covers that were printed on ugly orange colored paper.


Top Songs of 1966 – #26

supremes_you_cant_hurry_loveThe Supremes are back on the top of the record charts in 1966 with You Can’t Hurry Love. This is the group’s seventh number one song. At this time the ladies were on the top of the Motown label and they had multiple appearances on national TV shows. They will be back on the top of the charts later in 1966.

The song was written and produced by Motown’s main production team of Holland–Dozier–Holland, The Supremes version was the number one song on the Cash Box record chart for the week of Sept. 11 – 17, 1966. It was the number one song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for two weeks (Sept. 4 – 17). You Can’t Hurry Love would also be a hit for Phil Collins in 1983.

Museums Funding Grants

Museum main hallway

George Eastman Museum main hallway

This week three Rochester Museums received funding through grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). That organization is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums.

The Strong Museum of Play has been awarded $149,994 to produce and install “Pretend Playscape: Building Strong Minds.” The exhibit will focus on the importance of playing pretend with both children and their caregivers.

The George Eastman Museum has been awarded $148,079 to catalog, digitize, and provide free public online access to the Gabriel Cromer collection of early photography. This includes photographs, prints, albums, books, cameras, lenses and early motion picture studies.

Memorial Art Gallery will get a grant of $119,208 for a detailed conservation survey of 600 textiles in the gallery’s permanent collection. All the objects will also be upgraded to environmentally safe storage materials.


Old News – Early RV

This early add-on for an auto makes it into an early version of a recreational vehicle. The only problem is that it uses the exhaust to heat it. That could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning and possibly death.


Thursday, Sept. 14, 1916




The latest improvement in the automobile deluxe is the telescope apartment. We have heard much of late of the palatial equipment of apartments on wheels, costing thousands of dollars each, and the means of a man of ordinary circumstances. The most modern hotel on wheels is so light that one man can lift it easily, can be attached or detached in 15 minutes, is but three or four inches in length when telescoped, can can be elongated to the dimensions of a very comfortable room, having as its appurtenance a very comfortable bed with springs and mattresses, and attached in such a way, that when opened they are convenience for you, and when packed together for traveling fit in a very small space. Also there are such conveniences as gasoline stove, many drawers for packing, racks for suitcases, clothing compartments, shower bath and dressing room equipment, cooking utensils, and commissary space. In short, the apartment is all that the name implies, and when equipped for travel provides all and more of the comforts that are found in the Pullman car. The attachment is heated by the exhaust from the engine, and can be lighted by electricity supplied by the motor. It cost but $100 and is attachable to any car.

New TV Shows of Fall 1966 – ABC

ABC-color-logoBeginning Sept. 12th 1966 ABC added 15 new shows. That was the largest number of new shows of any of the networks. Most of the new series were only on for a single season.

See how many of these shows from the fall 1966 schedule that you remember from that time or have seen in syndication (all times Eastern Time Zone). The links in the titles are to Wikipedia where can find more information on each show.

      • Iron Horse; Monday at 7:30. Dale Robertson starred as a gambler who wins a small railroad line that is not complete. Watch the opening credits on YouTube.
      • The Rat Patrol; Monday at 8:30. ABC had a success with Combat! so why not try another show about WWII combat. This time four Allied troops battle Field Marshal Rommel’s troops in Africa. Lasted two years with 58 episodes being made. Watch the opening credits on YouTube.
      • Felony Squad; A half hour police drama starring Howard Duff. Got respectable ratings for two years and then was switched to a bad time slot and only made it half way through that season. Currently running on cable channel GetTV on Saturday mornings. The opening sequence is on YouTube.
      • The Rounders; Tuesday at 8:30. A half hour comedy western set in present day Texas. One of the co-stars was John Wayne’s son, Patrick. Only made it through 17 episodes before being cancelled.
      • The Pruitts of Southampton; Tuesday at 9:00. Phyllis Diller got her own half hour comedy.  She is the matriarch of a family living in a mansion even though they owed millions to the IRS. As time went on the family had to take in boarders. The ratings were dismal. In January 1967 the title of the show changed to The Phyllis Diller Show but it didn’t help. It was cancelled after one year. The opening may have been the best part of this show.
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        Pete Deuel (upper left) & Judy Carne (upper right).

        Love on a Rooftop; Tuesday at 9:30. A half hour comedy about a newlywed couple. It starred Rochester’s own Pete Duel (real name Peter Deuel) and Judy Carne before she was in the cast of Rowen & Martin’s Laugh-In. Up against stiff competition, the series last one year. The opening is on YouTube.

      • The Monroes (titled Wild Country in the promo film below); Wednesday at 8:00. A western about five orphans trying to survive in the wild area of Wyoming. Twenty six episodes were produced.
      • The Man Who Never Was; Wednesday at 9:00. Robert Lansing plays a playboy who has to impersonate a spy that was killed and happens to be his exact double. Filmed in Europe. The opening of this show is on YouTube.
      • ABC Stage 67; Wednesday at 10:00. This was a different kind of show each week. Sometimes it was drama, sometimes a comedy and other times a documentary. That doomed to program to be on just one season.
      • The Tammy Grimes Show; Thursday at 8:30. Tammy starred in a half hour comedy about a spendthrift heiress that is restricted by her stingy uncle. Had the distinction of being cancelled after just four episodes. Amazingly, the series opening is on YouTube.
      • That Girl; Thursday at 9:30. Marlo Thomas brought a fresh face to this half hour comedy. She was portraying a young girl trying to start an acting career. This series ran for five years and then was repeated on daytime TV. Then it went into syndication. The opening always started different with someone pointing out “That Girl” and it would then go into the theme.
      • Hawk; Thursday at 10:00. This is the first starring role for Burt Reynolds. He played a full-blooded Iroquois that was a police detective in New York City. The show only lasted 18 episodes but it would be repeated a few years later as Burt’s career became greater. The opening is on YouTube.
      • The Green Hornet; Friday at 7:30. The Green Hornet was first a radio show that ran from 1936 to 1952. With the popularity of Batman, it was thought that another comic book style series would be a hit. But the series only ran one season. It did make a star out of Bruce Lee as Kato. The opening theme is played by trumpeter Al Hirt doing “Flight of the Bumblebee.”
      • The Time Tunnel; Friday at 8:00. Two scientists are traveling to random times in the past and the future. Another series created and produced by Irwin Allen. The show is on this fall’s schedule of MeTV (Rochester channel 10.2) but is on in the middle of the night on the weekend. The unique theme song is by John Williams.
      • Shane; Saturday at 7:30. a western series based on the 1953 movie of the same name. It starred David Carradine in his first starring role. There were only 17 episodes produced..

Below is a promo for the ABC fall season featuring Adam West and Burt Ward as their characters of Batman and Robin:

Sources used in this series of articles:

    1. The Complete Encyclopedia of Television Programs; 1947-1979 (1979) by Vincent Terrace.
    2. The Complete Directory to Prime Time and Network and Cable TV Shows; 1946-Present (1995) by Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh
    3. Wikipedia
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New TV Shows of Fall 1966 – CBS

CBS had good ratings for the previous year. They only had 9 new shows in their prime-time line up.

The links in the titles are to Wikipedia where you can find more information on each show.

These were the new shows that aired on CBS in fall 1966 (All times Eastern Time Zone):

  • It’s About Time; Sunday at 7:30. This comedy was about two astronauts that went way off coarse. They ended up in prehistoric times and had to live with a cave family led by Shad (Imogene Coca) and Gronk (Joe E. Ross). Ratings quickly declined and after 18 episodes the format changed with the astronauts and the cave family returning to the 1960s. There the cave family had to learn to live with modern conveyances.  The new format only lasted for another 8 episodes. This series was created by Sherwood Schwartz who at that time had a hit with Gilligan’s Island.
    This series is currently on Antenna TV (channel 31.2 in Rochester) on Sunday mornings. The opening is on YouTube.
  • The Garry Moore Show; Sunday at 9:00. Garry Moore had other variety series that had been popular before this show. He had taken off two years and tried to make a comeback. The new show followed the old format and maybe that is why it failed. The series only ran until January. It was replaced by a hipper-fresher variety show, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. That show pushed the limits of comedy and also had rock bands as guests.
  • Run, Buddy, Run; Monday at 8:00. A half hour comedy about a man being chased by the mob. Starred Jack Sheldon, as Buddy. Jack was known as the trumpet player and comedian on shows of Merv Griffin. He was also the voice on some of the Schoolhouse Rock! segments. The opening is on YouTube.
  • Family_affair_1967Family Affair; Monday at 9:30. A wealthy bachelor takes in his brother’s three children after his and his wife’s death. To complicate things is a butler who at first is not sure he wants children in the house. It got the highest ratings of any new show on CBS that year, placing 15th. Got even better ratings the next three years. Ended up running 5 years (138 episodes). The opening credits don’t even mention the kid’s names.
  • The Jean Arthur Show; Monday at 10:00. A half hour comedy about the investigations and courtroom trials of  mother and son lawyers. This only lasted 12 episodes.Watch a whole episode on YouTube.
  • Jericho Thursday at 7:30. During WWII three allied agents infiltrate enemy lines and sabotage the German troops. Only lasted 16 episodes.
  • The CBS Friday Night Movies; CBS already had a Thursday movie and now this year they added another movie night.
  • Pistols ‘n’ Petticoats; Saturday at 8:30. A half hour western comedy. A family of women try to tame the lawless town of Wretched, Colorado. Managed to last one season. The opening credits are on YouTube.
  • Mission: Impossible; A team of extraordinary agents that take on tasks to topple dictators or evil organizations. In the first year the team was led by Dan Briggs (Steven Hill) to be replaced by Jim Phelps (Peter Graves ) for the rest of the run of the series. It was notable for having long sequences with no dialog as the team was doing their set-up. The opening sequence of the tape recorder self destructing was fodder for many comedy shows. The show ran 7 seasons with 171 episodes being produced. Inspired the 5 movies (so far) starring Tom Cruise. This is the opening from the first season.

Below is the half hour CBS preview show. It was hosted by Garry Moore.

Sources used in this series of articles:

  1. The Complete Encyclopedia of Television Programs; 1947-1979 (1979) by Vincent Terrace.
  2. The Complete Directory to Prime Time and Network and Cable TV Shows; 1946-Present (1995) by Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh
  3. Wikipedia