Old News – Fire Dept.

This article tells that one of the four fire companies in the Village of Brockport is to get a motorized fire truck. The motor, frame and cab of the truck is to be built by the Selden Truck Co. Then the back part of the truck will be equipped by a company from Utica. See some pictures of Selden trucks over on the GenWeb pictures pages.

Notice in the ad that the Indian motorcycle will go up to 70 mph. That in spite of the fact that only about 10% of the roads were paved in those days


April 13, 1916


Silsby Hose Orders Selden Truck and Full Equipment

ad-1916-04-13Delegates from the five hose companies of the villages met last Thursday and chose the following officers to be recommended to the Village Board: Chief, George B. Benedict of Silsby Hose; first assistant, George F. Guelf, of the Protectives; second assistant, Fred Gillespie of Capen Hose; treasurer, John Kinsella, of Harrison Hose.

Mr. Benedict will replace Chief Fred Schlosser, who for over twenty years has been active as chief of Brockport’s department. He has been interested in volunteer firemen during that time and is well known by fire fighters throughout the western part of the state.

Mr. Benedict has been one of the most active members of Silsby Hose and will make an efficient chief. His friends serenaded him after his election with the fife and drum corps.

At a meeting of Silsby Hose Company held that evening it was decided to purchase a motor fire truck for which the Silsby Company would be personally responsible. On Monday of this week, representatives of the company went to Rochester and selected a Seldon, two ton truck. The body of the truck is to be of special make and built and equipped by the Childs Co., of Utica, N. Y., who build practically all the truck bodies for the fire trucks of New York City. Among the equipment will be one 35 gallon chemical tank; one 24 foot ladder; one 24 foot extension ladder; four large size hand chemicals; axe; crowbar; special shut off nozzle; acetylene head lights; combination side and tail lights; one 10 inch search light; large siren horn; one 12 inch locomotive bell, and single wheel solid tires. The Company is promised its delivery in time for the annual inspection..

Plans are also being made for the re-decoration and re-furbishing of the Silsby rooms. The boys are also to come out in new uniforms this year..

Top Songs of 1966 – #9

Lovin_Spoonful_1965The next song to be on the top of the record charts in 1966 was “Daydream” by The Lovin’ Spoonful. In 1965 the group released “Do You believe in Magic” which made to the number 9 spot on the charts and also “You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice” which it up to #10. “Daydream” would be their first number one and they will have another #1 later in 1966. After that the group would slowly fade away until they broke up in 1969. In the early 1990s the group got back together again but without front man John Sebastian. Both the group and Sebastian still tour. Check The Lovin’ Spoonful website and John Sebastian’s website for each of their tour dates.

“Daydream” was written by John Sebastian and it was the number one song on the Cash Box record chart for the week of April 3 – 9, 1966. On the Billboard Hot 100 chart it only made it to the #2 spot for the weeks of April 3 – 16.

WDYTYA – Scott Foley

WDYTYA-bannerActor, director and screenwriter Scott Foley will investigate his ancestor on tonight’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? He finds that his 5th great grandfather, Simon Wardwell, was one of George Washington’s “Life Guards” (AKA security) during the Revolutionary War. Scott also finds that he has a connection to the Salem witch trials (1692-3).

Scot visits the Daughters of the American Revolution Library (DAR) in Washington, D.C. and also the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston for his information.

WDYTYA airs at 9 p.m. (eastern and western times) on TLC.

Old News – New Church

This article is about a new church being built for the Holy Rosary parish on Lexington Avenue in Rochester. The church didn’t make it to one hundred years. The church was closed in March 2008 as most members had moved to the suburbs. The church was re-purposed as a community center. The rectory, convent, and school were all converted to low priced apartments. The article New Life for Holy Rosary Church & Neighborhood (from 2014) has both an account of the renovation and some great pictures of the church and other buildings.


April 7, 1916


Ground will be broken in a few days at Lexington avenue and Finch street for the new church and rectory for Holy Rosary parish, of which Rev. A. A. Hughes is pastor.

The illustration shows the church and rectory connected by a cloister. they will be of Spanish mission design, constructed to harmonize with modern conditions, built of warm, gray rough-texture brick and trimmed with a red Spanish tile roof.

The church will have the customary mission bell tower over the rear cloister. The chief features of the front are its mission rose window and triple entrance, embellished with faience tile and stone carving, with niches with statues at either side of the main entrance.

The church can be described as having a large vestibule with circular ends, one for the baptistry and the other with stairs running to choir gallery. The nave is of great width, with ambulatory aisles separated by brick piers, which support the clear story walls above. The pews are placed in the nave between the piers, thereby giving an unobstructive view of services. Side chapels are situated each side of the triumphal arch. The sanctuary has ambulatory passages on both sides, and next to these on either side are the vestry and sacristy. The main ceiling is vaulted, of wood and plaster, with ornamental wood brackets.

The aisles, vestibules and sanctuary are of marble and tile. The walls will be decorated in a scheme to harmonize. The windows will be of stained glass. The seating capacity will be between 750 and 800.

There is a side entrance from Finch street; also a side front entrance to the church office at the church end of the front cloister. The rear cloister connects the sacristy to the rear entrance hall of rectory.

The rectory is of sixteen rooms. It has large living rooms, reception rooms, etc., on first floor, with studies and sleeping rooms on the second floor. The third floor is given over to servants quarters.

The buildings will be built after plans prepared by Cornes, Kauzor & Eldridge, architects of this city, at a cost of $60,000, exclusive of furnishings.

Kodak Potpourri

kodak-mag-1930-01I uploaded nine new Kodak items. Three are magazines for US employees. Four are magazines for Kodak Canada employees. Then there are two magazines for people that used Kodakchrone film in the 1940s.

The Jan. 1930 issue of the The Kodak Magazine you may find has some objectionable content. That issue reports on a minstrel show that was held over 4 nights in December. It featured singing, dancing and corny jokes. Most of the cast was in black-face makeup. At that time, it was common to have minstrel shows and some vaudeville acts in black-face. We all know now that those kind of shows are no longer appropriate.

These are the titles of the new Kodak items and links:


monroe-hs-1927I have it under good authority that the Rochester Public Library is scanning more of their school yearbooks. It is the second most used collection of the library (the city directories are first). The way this works is that the actual scanning is the least time consuming to make the digital images. It takes much longer to edit the images and make a completed PDF file. So it may be takes month before they post the yearbooks to their website.

RPL does already have some old yearbooks online. Currently they have Charlotte High School (1919 & 1922 – 1940), East H. S. (1909 – 1930), Kodak H. S. (1923-5), Monroe H. S. (1927-40), West H. S. (1906 -1940). The earliest yearbooks don’t have pictures of the seniors. Note also that some of the schools graduated a class in January and another in June. Visit this web page to see their current collection of yearbooks and other books related to area schools and some pictures of schools.

Top Songs of 1966 – #8

Nervouss-breakdownThe next song that ended up on the top of record charts in 1966 was “19th Nervous Breakdown” by The Roiling Stones. The title came first to Mick Jagger and the he and Keith Richards wrote the song around the title. It was recorded in December 1965 in Hollywood after a tour of North America.

“19th Nervous Breakdown” was the number one song on the Cash Box record chart for just the week of march 27 – April 2. It never was able to push “Ballad of the Green Berets” out of the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 110 chart. It did remain at number two for three weeks (March 13 – April 3) before beginning to fall back down that chart.

The Rollings Stones played in Havana, Cuba on March 25th to approximately 1.3 million people. That wrapped up their tour of Central and South America. The best place to find when they will tour again or get other news of the group is on their official website. Or if you want, for a small fee, you can download individual songs on Amazon.com.