This article is from an obscure Rochester newspaper, The Airscout’s Snapshot. It was issued free to men that at the US Army Aerial School of Photography at Kodak Park. This was the first issue and it only existed until the end of 1918 because the war had ended.
This is just one of the few newspapers that have been digitized by the Rochester Public Library. They also have some newspapers digitized from the 1800s. To see all that they have, visit this web page.
The picture is a couple of the Airscouts selling War bonds on the streets of Rochester.
The Airscout’s Snapshot
Saturday, June 1, 1918
Varied List of Entertainments Keeps Soldiers in Good Humor at Y.M.C.A. – K.C. Recreation Hut
There isn’t a ghost of a show for the blues when once in the “Y.” K. C. hut. If Wells, the smiling secretary of the “Y.” isn’t there to give the airscout a hearty handshake, Brother Newman is there with his usual line of conversation. And many are the good shows that have been “put over” on the stage in the west end of the big auditorium.
But in passing a brief description of the hut, its opening and purposes are interesting. For the first time in the country – and the claim is also undisputed that it was the first time in the world – the “Y.” and the K. of C. “got together,” shook hands and decided to work on double harness for the airscouts. The hut was the answer.
It was on the night of April 8, that the hut was formally opened. Henry D. Shedd, representing the “Y.”, was chairman, and Joseph Fritsch, jr., served as chairman of the reception committee. The building was presented to the airscouts by George T. Roche, grand knight of Rochester Council 178, K. of C., in behalf of the Knights of Columbus, and Louis S. Foulkes, president of the “Y.” Captain Betz, commandant of the school, accepted the hut for the boys.
Then a programme of stunts was put on, and the hut belonged to the airscouts.
Since that day many of the Rochester theaters have sent professional entertainers to the hut to amuse the boys. Among those who appeared during the last few weeks of the winter vaudeville season were Neil Collins and Frances Kennedy from the Temple; Jimmy Shea, Zella Sisters, William Lytell & Company, Jerome and Main, and The Telephone Tangle from Fay’s; Stella Mayhew from the Temple; Adine and Ott, Honeyboy Minstrels, and Burt FitzGibons, from the Temple. The Family Theater also has offered to send acts to the hut. Other entertainers include Fred Wagner’s Merry Minstrels’ Review and the Loyal Order of Moose..