Last post told of all the new attractions in 1905. There was a lot going on that year. There were 2,000 lights added to the boardwalk for nighttime. The postcard view is from 1905 and I see a problem. The boardwalk is right up to the edge of the lake. Storms off Lake Ontario must have battered it. Plus during winter it would have ice building up on top of it.
Before the Park opened it was announced that the fight between the NY Central Railroad and trolley line was over. You can buy a ticket and take either to or from the beach.
It was decided that beginning with the 1905 season that no beer would be sold in the Auditorium to make it family friendly. It would still be easy to get a beer at Hotel Ontario, the Cottage Hotel and a smaller hotel in the Park. Plus there were many small hotels near the corner of Lake and Beach Avenues to get a beer at. Then beginning June 26th was the first dance party in the Auditorium. Dancing would be a regular feature on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights from 8:30 to 11:00.
Opening of the Park was Sunday May 29th and they had a troupe of Japanese at the Park for a month.
The first band of the season was the Fifty-Fourth Regiment Band. Beginning June 8th was Nellie B. Chandler’s famous Ladies’ Orchestra of Boston with 20 pieces. They were girls between 14 and 17 years of age and they also sang and whistled. Starting July 13th the German Marine Band played for two weeks. A tragedy occurred when Coner Kinderman, 3 year old fell off the balcony of the Hotel Ontario to the floor below. He was the son of Prof. Louis Kinderman, leader and director of the German Marine Band, The boy ended up at Homeopathic Hospital with a fractured skull.
Other bands playing at the Park in 1905 were: Garramone’s Band of Rochester, The Royal Hungarian Band (late July), Seneff’s Ladies’ Military Band, Royal Hungarian Boys’ Band, Conway’s Famous Ithaca Band and Hebing’s Band finished the season.
One of the acts outside was Johnson, the high wire performer. He rode a bicycle across a high wire. He also carried out a table and chair and sat and ate a meal on the wire. He hung by his toes from the wire and finally went up a ladder balanced on the wire. In mid August was Winscherman’s acrobatic bears and monkeys. He had four Tibetan bears, five monkeys and 3 people. The bears walked on globes and a tight wire and juggled.
Attendance to the Park was large all season. There were 10,000 people on Sunday, May 29th, 17,000 people though the gate on Sunday, July 16th and an excursion from Watertown and Potsdam brought 2,000 people in late July. When the Park closed for the season on Sept. 10th paid admission for the season was over 400,000.
Then in November 1905, Albert E. Harris as trustee for bond holders started a foreclosure on a mortgage of $100,000 against Ontario Beach Improvement Company (the company that owned the Park). This legal action went to NY State Supreme where it was decided that the Park would be sold. It was sold March 5, 1906 on the Monroe County Court House steps for $61,000 to Charles H. Palmer. This included the lease of Park land owned by the NY Central Railroad. Thus the Ontario Beach Improvement Company that started in 1883 goes out of existence and an new era begins for the Park.