My Parent’s Wedding

My parent’s were married on New Year’s Day 1937. It was an unconventional wedding. First, it took place at 11 in the morning. My mother was dressed in a green silk crepe dress with white lace and black trim. The wedding took place at my mother’s home and all of her family was in attendance. Nobody from my father’s family was there even though his brother only lived 6 or 7 miles away. His parents had been divorced and both lived about 50 miles away. For me, the worse thing was that nobody thought of taking any photos of the wedding.

The wedding was on a Friday and my dad had to be back to work on Monday as a clerk in the Market Basket grocery store. That means the honeymoon was only a couple of days. I think that they visited my father’s father and mother in those two days but I am not really positive of that. Strangely, my mother’s older brother and his wife accompanied them on the honeymoon. That is because my parents didn’t own a car at that time. The two pictures, below, were taken on that short honeymoon.

My mother said that when they got married, my father was making $22 per week. That was for working 8 hours per day and 6 days per week.

Ruth and Lawrence – 1937

Additions to Monroe Co. GenWeb in 2016

Added all kinds of things to the GenWeb website this year. Karen Dau sent tombstone inscriptions for Range 9 of Mt. Hope Cemetery. That means there is only Range 10 that has not had the tombstones copied in that cemetery. On the Vital Records page new additions are Marriages and Deaths from Rochester newspapers for the year 1832. Marriages from Moore’s Rural New Yorker newspaper from 1854 and Monroe County inquests for the years 1885 to 1901.

Started scanning high school yearbooks and completed 10 issues so far. Those are on the Books Page. That same web page has these new books:

Then there are a few other smaller booklets that have been added to the Books Page and 14 new theater programs. Those programs have local advertising that includes many small businesses which no longer exist.

I also scanned a lot of Kodak items which are on this Kodak index page. The best are the issues of Kodak Magazine which was the employee magazine. I ended up scanning 25 issues for US employees between 1925 and 1943. Also four issues for Canadian employees from 1946.Then there are 13 new issues of various Kodak photography magazines.

Lastly, I started writing my Genealogical Guide to Monroe County. My first print edition was in 186 and this will be the first online edition when I get it finished.

Over the last six months my pile of items to be scanned has doubled instead of going down. So there will be lots of new stuff coming in 2017.

1928 Webster HS Yearbook

I uploaded the 1928 Reveille yearbook for Webster High School. This class saw 39 seniors graduating. The yearbook also has pictures of every classes from kindergarten to 11th. Standard sports pictures and some activities and a bunch of ads in the back. The group in this picture wrote a school column for the local newspaper.

There are also pages that tell what has happened to alumni from the classes of 1918 to 1927.

The pictures are much better in this yearbook than the one for the previous year. They were taken by the same studio (Moser Studio of Rochester) but it appears that they picked a day with better light than they dd for the 1927 yearbook.

I still have a few more yearbooks from Webster to scan and then a few from Rochester high schools.

Wilkinson Scrapbook Article #11

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 Frederick Douglass. He in lived in Rochester for many years. He published an abolitionist newspaper “The North Star” here in Rochester. Frederick was for a couple of years the US ambassador to Haiti. He died in Washington, DC but is buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery next to his two wives..

We usually think of Frederick Douglass as an old man with white hair and whiskers. This picture shows how he looked as a young man. He was the son of an unknown white father and a slave mother who was part black with Indian blood. This is a rare combination but nevertheless a good one. The statue in Highland park is “the first monument ever to be erected in the U.S. to a member of the African race.” It was unveiled by Gertrude A. Thompson, a great-granddaughter. The following is an extract from a speech by Douglass on the “Dread Scott Decision” delivered in New York, May 1837. “I know of no soil better adapted to the growth of reform than American soil. I know of no country where the conditions for effecting great changes in the settled order of things for the development of right ideas of liberty and humanity are more favorable than here in these United States.” This is from the monument in Highland Park. His first wife was black. He married his white secretary Miss Helen Pitts after the death of wife number one.

Top 10 Songs of 1966

According to Billboard magazine these were the top 10 songs of 1966. Each of the first none titles link to the blog post for that song which also has a video of the song. The exception is “California Dreamin'” which was not a number one song on the weekly charts. It only made it up to the #4 slot in March 1966.

  1. Ballad of the Green Berets” by SSgt Barry Sadler.
  2. Cherish” by The Association.
  3. (You’re My) Soul  and Inspiration” by The Righteous Brothers./li>
  4. Reach Out I’ll Be There” by The Four Tops.
  5. 96 Tears” by ? & The Mysterians.
  6. Last Train to Clarksville” by The Monkees.
  7. Monday, Monday” by The Mamas & The Papas.
  8. You Can’t Hurry Love” by The Sipremes.
  9. Poor Side of Town” by Johnny Rivers.
  10. California Dreamin” by The Mamas & The Papas.

Old News – Highlights of 1916

The Honeoye Falls Times dated Dec. 28th 1916 had a full page of news items that happened in that year. I’ve selected just some of them for this blog post. You can see the full page and see all the events that I skipped.

Included are a couple of death notices for authors that you may or may not know, James Whitcomb Riley was a favorite author of my grandmother and both she and my mother knew some of his stories by heart. The other author that died in 1916 is John T. Trowbridge who was born in 1827 in Ogden, NY. He wrote short stories for children for many magazines and newspapers of the day. He also wrote novels but is also remembered for The South: A Tour of Its Battlefields and Ruined Cities (1866) which described the state of the southern states after the Civil War.


Thursday, Dec. 28, 1916

Events of the Year 1916

  • Jan. 7 – Germany agreed that survivors on liners torpedoed would not be sent adrift on open boats
  • Jan. 10 – Germany disavowed the sinking of the Lusitania and promised reparation for American lives lost.
  • Feb 11 – John Townsend Trowbridge, poet and story writer, died at Arlington, Mass; aged 89.
  • March 10 – Francisco “Pancho” Villa, outlawed Mexican, raided  Columbus, N. M., set fire and killed 18 Americans; finally driven back to Mexico by US Cavalry; upward of 103 Villistas killed.
  • March 15 – Col. G. A. Dodd and Gen. Pershing led two columns of cavalry into Mexico to pursue Villa’s bands.
  • March 31 – Lieut. Shackleton cabled from the Falkland Islands that his exploring ship Endurance was crushed Oct. 27, 1915. and that 23 survivors were icebound on Elephant Island.
  • April 25 – Irish Sinn Fein patriots rebelled in Dublin, seized the post-office and other points in the city.
  • April 27 – British troops recaptured points in Dublin, Martial law declared for Ireland.
    May 1 – Sinn Feiners throughout Ireland surrendered.
  • May 20 – Col. John Singleton Mosby, noted Confederate cavalry leader in the Civil War died at Washington, aged 82.
  • June 10 – Charles E. Hughes nominated for President by the Republican convention and Charles Warren Fairbanks for Vice President.
  • June 10 – The Progressives named Theodore Roosevelt and John M. Parker of Louisiana.
  • June 15 – President Woodrow Wilson and Vice President Thomas R. Marshall nominated at St. Louis.
  • June 18 – President Wilson called out the organized militia of the whole country for service on the Mexican border.
  • June 17 – Syracuse University won the varsity 4 miles at Poughkeepsie. Time 20:15.
  • June 30 – Charles “Chick” Evans won the national open golf championship; the third amateur to win the title. His total score was 286 strokes for 72 holes, a record.
  • July 20 – Paralysis cases (from polio) in New York City totaled 2,500; 467 deaths.
  • July 22 – James Whitcomb Riley, popular poet, died at Indianapolis, aged 68 (about).
  • Aug. 4 – US and Denmark signed treaty for cession of the Danish West Indian Islands (now US Virgin Islands) to US; price $25,000,000.
  • Aug. 29 – 50th national encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic opened at Kansas City, Mo.
  • Sept. 8 – Lieut. Shackleton, antarctic explorer, landed in Chile with 22 survivors of marooned Elephant Island party.
  • Oct. 8 – Submarine U-53 sank three British, one Danish and one Norwegian ships off Nantucket shoals. All on board were saved.
  • Oct. 12 – Red Sox defeated Brooklyn in the 5th and deciding game of the World Series, winning the championship.
  • Oct. 26 – Danube bridge at Cernavoda was blown up to check invading army.
  • Nov. 19 – Ruth Law landed at New York after a record nonstop flight from Chicago of 668 miles.
  • Nov. 21 – Franz Joseph, emperor of Austria and King of Hungary, died aged 86.