Top Songs of 1965; #10

Herman’s Hermits is on the top spot of the record charts for the second time in 1965. This time the group’s hits is “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter” that was written by British singer-songwriter Trevor Peacock. It song was originally in The Lads, a British TV play of 1963.

“Mrs. Brown…” was the top hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the weeks of April 25th to May 15th (3 weeks). On the Cash Box record chart the song was number one for 4 weeks (April 25 – May 22).

Herman’s Hermits had a good string of hit songs. In fact, they will be back again with another top songs in 1965. The group eventually broke up in 1971. Peter Noone (“Herman”) eventually began touring by himself. See his website  for tour dates up to March 2016. Most concerts are in the US and Canada as Peter lives in California. Peter also has a program on SiriusXM (satellite radio) channel “60s on 6? entitled “Something Good” after Herman’s Hermits’ hit song, “I’m into Something Good.”

Download Herman’s Hermits songs (for a small fee) from

Scanning System at RPL

scannxIn the Local History and Genealogy Division of the Rochester Public Library is a new scanning system that you may be interested in using. I put the system to the test about a week ago. This system is from Scannx.

Included in this system, on the left of the picture, is a flat bed scanner by Scannx. It is bigger than most home scanners. It has a maximum scan size of 17 x 12 inches. That scanner also has a book edge that you can wrap a book around the edge so you don’t have to try to flatten a book. That saves the spine of a book from being damaged. I took a small book with me and took no time to scan it. I also took a couple of magazines that are 13 by 10 inches that I can’t get on my home scanner.

To the right of the flatbed scanner is the keyboard and touchscreen. To the right of that is a scanner that uses a rotating overhead scanner. That is great for scanning scrapbooks or any irregular shaped items.  That also has a maximum scan size of 17 x 12 inches. I scanned a map on cardboard backing. You could scan a photo that you don’t want to take out of frame as it would cause damage.

The scanner on the right is a Kodak Alaris model PS50 . It is for scanning photos. You can put in a stack of about 50 photos at a time and then add more if you want. As the photos are sent through a roller system, I would suggest not scanning any really old or fragile photos. I had some photos that had some glue residue on the backs from those so called “magnetic” photo albums and I had to try those photos a second time to get them  all scanned. You put the photos in that scanner upside down. Also it is easier if you scan photos that are all the same size at the same time. Then put in another size photo.

The first step is to touch the screen and pick which scanning device you want to use. Then you have many options of where to save your scan. You can print it on either a B&W printer or color printer. You can send scans to a Smartphone or tablet with wi-fi. You can also save to a USB flash drive or email it to any email account. Note that if you email a bunch of scans you may find that it fills up your email account. That is because some of the files are rather larger. The last two options to save your scans are to send them to a Google Drive or Dropbox account. You will have to remember your account name and password to save to either of those two srvices.

You have to pick a resolution, The screen just says low, high and photo sizes. I wouldn’t recommend the low resolution for anything. High resolution appears to be 300dpi (dots per inch) which is good for most general purposes. Then use the photo size (600dpi) for photos; especially if you think you might want to retouch them later.

After you scan something, you can rotate images and/or crop them. I didn’t use either of these. I did find that scanned text was almost always automatically rotated for me.

Then there many file formats that you can save your scans. PDF format is good for saving pages with both text and pictures. You can even have this system make the text searchable. This Scannx system will also take a page of text and do optical character resolution and turn it into a Word document. Then there are three picture formats to pick from; JPEG, TIFF and PNG. A lot of people will tell you not to use JPEg as it is a compressed format. Every time you edit and save a JPEG file it compresses it again. Eventually the resolution of the image gets pretty bad. TIFF And PNG are not compressed but end up way larger. I saved my photos as TIFF files and when I got home I found out that they were in one file with many pages. Out of three programs that I have to edit photos, none can split those photos into separate files. Only Adobe Acrobat is able to split the TIFF file into separate photos and that program isn’t a photo editor.

I found that there is a maximum amount of scans that you can do in a session. It will only save up to 4gb of files. It was easy to get around that. All I had to do was to use a different USB drive. As no one else wanted to use the system, I didn’t have to feel guilty about taking so much time on the system.

I left the best for last. The use of this Scannx system is absolutely free.  What do you have that you want to scan? This system has many options and fairly easy to use. If you run into any problems, the staff is always willing to help you out.

Top Songs of 1965; #9

The next song to go all the way to the top of the record charts in 1965 was. “Game of Love” by Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders. The song was written by Clint Ballard Jr. who also “You’re No Good” that was a hot for Linda Ronstadt in 1975.

The Mindbenders were formed by Wayne Fontana in 1963 and they had some hits in the U.K. before “Game of Love.” Wayne left the band in the middle of a concert in 1965. After that the group was known as just The Mindbender. They appeared in the 1967 movie, To Sir, with Love and were also on the soundtrack. The group finally broke up in 1968. Meanwhile, Wayne released a bunch of new albums but never had any big hits. He currently lives in Spain.

“Game of Love” was the number one song on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Cash Box record charts for just the week of April 18 – 24, 1965.

Old News – Anti-Suffrage


Thursday, May 6, 1915


Fairport Grange Hears Address Against Suffrage—Interesting Program.

ad-1915-05-06Mrs. Henry F. Burton, president of the Rochester Anti-Suffrage Society, addressed Fairport Grange, Saturday evening. Mrs. Burton was a little late, because of having to speak before Penfield Grange before coming to Fairport. She was a most pleasing speaker and was earnestly listened to. She said in part; “About only one woman in ten believes in suffrage and it is undemocratic for a few women to demand the ballot for all. Only about 5,000 woman in New York belong and pay toward the suffrage movement. Should that number be able to demand the vote for the millions of women who are not asking for the franchise? Women have the right to vote at school meeting. In Massachusetts about 2½ per cent of the women use the ballot accorded them.”

Mr. and Mrs Maurice O’Leary, Miss Verna May and Miss Rose Kratzenberg were elected to become members by initiation. Resolutions in memory of Albert L. Palmer, one of the oldest members, were read and the charter ordered draped for thirty days.

Mark Furman, district superintendent of schools, was asked to say something about school matters. especially in view of the nearness of school meeting. He spoke particularly of heating and ventilation in rural schools, and some other sanitary measures.

The next meeting will be held Saturday evening, May 15th, when a memorial program will be given under the auspices of the chaplain, Mrs. Jerome Parker. The meetings of June will be given over to initiatory services.

Kodak History Notes – Reactor

The reactor

The reactor

Eastman Kodak at one time had a refrigerator-sized nuclear reactor in the basement of one of the buildings in Kodak Park.

Kodak first used a university reactor to test chemical materials for impurities. Then in 1974 they acquired their own reactor called a a californium neutron flux multiplier (CFX) that had a core of Califrnium-252 isotope that would emit neutrons that would penetrate materials. Within a short time they realized that they needed a larger amount of neutrons. That is why they wrapped the core with 3½ pounds of uranium plates that would help multiply the neutron flow.

Although the uranium that Kodak had was considered “weapons grade,” the amount was well below the 100 pounds that would be needed to produce a small nuclear bomb. Still, it appears that no one in local law enforcement or the fire department ever knew of the existence of the reactive materials in the reactor.

The reactor was in the basement of building 82 along Lake Avenue. If you have ever gone north on Lake Avenue from Ridge Road West then you know there is a bridge over Lake Avenue between two Kodak buildings. Building 82 is on the west side of Lake Avenue and to the south of the bridge.

The reactor was in a 14 x 12 foot cavity in the basement. The room also had 2 foot thick concrete walls. This was done to protect employees from being harmed by any radiation. Apparently the chemical materials being tested were sent to the reactor via a pneumatic tube system.

The existence of the reactor was hinted to the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (D&C) by a former Kodak employee in 2012. When the D&C started looking into information about the reactor, they found some information had already been declassified. Reporters found that in 2003 Kodak decided that the reactor was no longer needed. The californium was sent to another unnamed facility in 2006. Then in 2007 the uranium was sent to a US government site in South Carolina. A Kodak spokesman says that that the area where the reactor used to be now sits empty.


Glen House

postcard-glen-houseMike Governale of the Rochester Subway blog has written a post about Glen House that used to be by the Genesee River below what is now Maplewood Park. The post includes lots of pictures.

Glen House was built about 1870. When the trolley line on Lake Ave. was extended all the way to Lake Ontario in 1889, business at the restaurant deceased. The final blows were fires in 1894 and 1900. The postcard, on right,  shows the remains of the Glen House and the elevator to get down to it as it looked in about 1910.

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 30,667,000 newspaper pages. Originally all newspapers were from New York State but you will notice that most of the newspapers added in the last four months are from other states.

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.

For those people researching family in the Rochester area, you will see that one of the new newspapers added is the Rochester Daily Democrat for June 1840 to 1857.

Rochester Daily Democrat

Check out these new newspapers and see what you can find:

District of Columbia
The American Spectator; 1812-1831
The National Intelligencer; 1823-1837

Carlinville Conservative; 1868
Carlinville Daily Enquirer; 1871-1918
Carlinville Democrat; 1902-2012
Carlinville Free Democrat; 1856-1902
Carlinville Spectator; 1859-1962
Chicago Tribune; 1860-1921
Macoupin County Herald (Carlinville); 1879
Macoupin County Argus (Carlinville); 1903-1904

Adair County News; 1900-1908
American Baptist (Louisville); 1903-1904
Big Sunday News (Louisa); 1885-1922
Blue Grass Blade (Lexington); 1902-1910
Bourbon News (Paris); 1883
Berea Citizen; 1900-1910
Breckenridge News (Cloverport); 1881-1909
Breathitt County News (Jackson); 1903-1904
Clay City Times; 1902-1910
Earlington Bee; 1902-1903
Frankfort Weekly Roundabout; 1879-1880
Hartford Herald; 1888-1898
Hazel Green Herald; 1885-1894
Hickman Courier; 1880-1908
The Jeffersonian (Jeffersontown); 1907-1974
Lexington Drummer; 1888-1889
Lexington Gazette; 1787-1792
Lexington Reporter; 1824-1849
Maysville Daily Bulletin; 1884-1886
MountainAdvance (Barbourville); 1905-1910
Owingsville Outlook; 1903-1910
Public Ledger (Maysville); 1892-1900
Paducah Sun; 1896-1910
Spoutspring Times; 1889
The True American (Lexington); 1846
Western Citizen (Paris); 1859-1865
Winchester News; 1909-1910

Christian Science Monitor (Boston); 1908-1925
Franklin Herald (Greenfield); 1812-1827
Greenfield Daily Recorder; 1921-1934
Greenfield Gazette; 1853-1820
Greenfield Gazette and Franklyn Democrat; 1827-1859

The Eleven Towns (Goodridge); 1915-1918
Goodridge Banner; 1918-1923
Gully Sunbeam; 1904-1919
Holt Weekly News; 1914-1952
The Northern Light (Holt); 1911-1914
Northern Watch (Thief River Falls); 1991-2008
Plummer Pioneer; 1907-1913
Polk County Journal (Coorkston); 1878-1908
Red Lake Falls Era; 1882-1883
Red Lake Falls Gazette; 1886-1919
Red Lake Falls News; 1890-1906
St. Hilaire Spectator; 1890-1942
Thief River Falls Press; 1892-2002
Thief River Falls Tribune; 1919-1927
Tri County Forum (Thief River Falls); 1936-1943

New York
Hancock Herald; 1878-1975
New York Weekly Anglo African; 1859-1864
Orleans Republican (Albion); 1845-1944
Ossining Citizen Register; 1932-1960
Owego Daily Blade; 1884-1893
Owego Daily Record; 1886-1908
Rochester Daily Democrat; 1840-1857
South New Berlin Bee; 1914-1953
Tarrytown Daily News; 1932-1979

Montrose Democrat; 1860-1900


Old News – Fashions

Here are are some fashion notes for 1915. I must admit that I don’t understand a lot of the descriptive terms for the fashions of those days.


Wednesday, April 29, 1915


Smart New Tennis Coat

Smart New Tennis Coat

The outdoor girl begins to take interest in sports clothes quite early in the season, many of them high away from regions where winter reigns to those where a milder climate prevails. And then all sorts of open air recreations are possible. She may ride or drive or motor or play tennis or golf, as her taste dictates. At the smart resorts modish clothes are important.

Suitable for wear on the tennis court is the sports coat of green eponge here shown. It has large patch pockets and a loose belt tying in front. A wide tie of the green eponge matches the belt. Flare collar and wide cuffs are of natural colored eponge.


Hand bags in small sizes, in fabrics and soft, flexible leathers, are prominently featured says the Dry Goods Economist. Light colored leathers are used in some of the new models.

Hair ornaments are well liked. The high Spanish back comb continues in the lead, principally in jeweled effects in pastel colorings. Casque combs are also much in vogue. The use of matt crystal is one of the new features.

Parasols show quaint shirrings, puffings, cording and pipings. Odd shapes and rich color combinations are the features. Plain, severe styles now prevail for use with military dresses.

Jewelry tendencies, owing to the conditions in Europe, strongly favor the use of jet. Combinations of jet and rhinestones and onyx and rhinestones have chief adoption.

Tulle bands with bows behind are worn for evening and are becoming to the majority of women.

Kodak History Notes – Knocking Down Buildings

kodak-bldg-53Just last Thursday I took the picture on the right of another building being knocked down at Eastman Business Park (formerly Kodak Park). It is building 53 and it is along Eastman Ave. where there is a dead end at an almost empty parking lot. Click on the picture to see a larger version of the picture.

Kodak  had many vacant buildings before they filed for bankruptcy. They sold some buildings but there were many other buildings that no one wanted. It was determined that they could save a lot of money by knocking down unused buildings and save on the lower property taxes. They started in 2003 using traditional methods of destruction and were able to get rid of many old buildings. They even knocked down building 2 which had for many years housed the Kodak Park medical department. It also had a small auditorium which was really nice with great wood paneling.

By 2007 Kodak was getting impatient so they decided to implode three sets of buildings (23, 65 & 67, and 50). The video, below, is the implosion of building 50 that I took on the cold morning of Sept. 15th 2007. It had been raining earlier but had cleared up at the appointed time; 7 a.m. There weren’t very many people to watch this one. There was a man and his son standing next to me. The man told his son that it was originally going to cost $750,000 to knock down with excavating machines and a wrecking ball. Instead Kodak was going to spend $1 million to implode the building. He had to explain to his son that Kodak was willing to spend the extra money to get the job done faster.

WDYTYA – Melissa Etheridge

Melissa-EtheridgeThe episode of Who Do Think You Are? (WDYTYA) that airs on April 26th is the last one of this season. Profiled on this episode is Melissa Etheridge, the singer-songwriter and guitarist.

Melissa goes on a journey to uncover her father’s maternal roots. She finds French Canadian ancestors who were embroiled in a bitter lawsuit against a man who got their teenage daughter pregnant and refused to marry her; but Melissa discovers there’s more to their story than she thought. Then she follows the trail of her 5x great-grandfather to colonial America, where he was a prosperous businessman and navigated the tumultuous times of the Revolutionary War. Melissa visits both Illinois and Missouri in her quest for her ancestors.

Melissa is touring this summer in support of her new album “A Little Bit of Me: Live in L.A.” She will be at a free show at the NY State Fair on Aug. 28th (but you have to pay to get in the Fair). For other show dates visit her website.

The episode air on the TLC channel at 10 pm (eastern and western times). Hopefully TLC will make more than 10 episodes next season.