1927 Webster HS Yearbook

Agricultural Judging Team

I uploaded the 1927 Reveille yearbook for Webster High School. This class saw 29 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.

Most of the photos in the yearbook were by Moser Studio of Rochester. Their class photos are not very good. They are too dark and don’t have good contrast.

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

Where NOT to Backup Your Photos

Facebook. I check out Facebook at least once a day and there are distant family members that I only communicate on there. It appears that a lot of people are putting their digital camera and cellphone pictures there because it stores all their photos. The only problem is that I found out that they shrink the photos before they are stored. I upload this picture of my dog (right). It was originally 4285 x 2658 pixels and was a 1.69mb file. Then I downloaded the same picture from Facebook. What I got back was a 302kb file that was 2648 x 1270 pixels.

I tried again with a much smaller picture. This one was only 1600 x 1179 pixels and amounted to a file size of 189kb. Downloaded the same picture. The pixel dimensions were not changed but the file size was down to 146kb. That means that they compressed the picture file.

So don’t think that Facebook is a place for permanent storage of photos. There are many online storage sites that will store photos (or documents) and not compress them. Some sites give a certain amount of storage for free like; GoogleDrive, OneNote, iCloud, Dropbox. Then if you need more storage, you pay a monthly fee. This web page on Wikipedia compares all the web storage sites.

I use Carbonite as online backup for the whole computer. Then I have a second hard drive for backup of important files and put them on GoogleDrive. Plus I also put photos on DVDs. Make sure you have a good backup plan.

Wilkinson Scrapbook Article #10

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 the Reynolds Arcade. It was the first business building in Rochester and was 4 stories high with a skylight to let the sun in. It housed the post office from 1829 – 1891. It was the first home of the Reynolds Library. The Western Union Telegraph Company started there. Bausch & Lomb, began in a small shop in the Arcade. A modern Art Deco style office building was built in the old Arcade’s place in 1932/33.

In the absence of letter carriers each man was his own purveyor of mail matter back in the early days of Rochesterville. The government did not issue stamps till along in the 40s. Mail was carried by horse back riders and by stages. The rate per letter was sometimes as high as 30¢ but the people  congregated in the old Arcade at mail time. There were not more than two daily mails, only one of importance and when this was expected a crowd would gather awaiting the event. There was a very small force in the office and so upon the arrival of a mail the whole squad was employed in sorting and the window was closed as no other business could be done. Patiently and long would the crowd wait for the conclusion of the job and thus the Arcade became the exchange place where much business was transected during the waiting time and the mail arrival was the event of the day. Everyone met and knew every other one. Even as late as the 90s Rochesterians were wont to go to the Arcade Post Office on Sundays to get their mail – but – it was a different group than the above. They wore derbies in the 90s.

Old News – Christmas Giving

As you can see, a hundred years ago people were thinking of those less fortunate at Christmas time.


Wednesday, Dec. 14, 1916


The Sunday school board, at its last meeting, decided to have a giving instead of a receiving Christmas, this year. Gifts will be sent to the children in the Methodist Home in Buffalo, some to the Italian Mission in Rochester, some to the Colored Home in Forest Lawn. Old or new toys, and clothing, or anything you care to donate will be thankfully received. Gifts should be sent to the church, Friday evening, December 22nd, where it will be collected after the entertainment.

The annual Christmas sale and supper of the Ladies’ Aid Society will be held at their parlors in Assembly hall, on the afternoon and evening of December 14th. Supper will be served from 5 until 8 o’clock..

Guide: Religious Records

I uploaded a new chapter to the Genealogical Guide on religious records of Monroe County. This chapter ended up being 11 pages long. There are somewhere between 200 and 250 external links. Some of those links go to digitized original records, some to transcriptions and some only go to pages on FamilySearch with microfilm that you would have to order. Most of the records are for the 1800s and early 1900s.


First two baptisms from St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Rochester

I said that when I started re-writing the guide that I hoped to be done by the end of the year. If you look at the Guide’s Table of Contents, you can that there is no way that I can finish by Dec. 31st.

As always, if you see any errors in this or other chapters, send me an email and I will make corrections.

Wilkinson Scrapbook Article #9

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 the Culver family house. This very historic home is currently for sale. The asking price is about $549.000. This web page has great pictures of the interior.


This house formerly stood at the northwest corner of Culver Road and East Avenue from which it was moved in 1906 to its present position at 70 East Boulard. In the early days it was a tavern. It is now a private residence. The rear was built in 1805 and the front was completed in 1818. Oliver Culver married Alice ray of Pittsford in 1805. In December of that year they occupied the original house where, on Dec/ 4, 1806, their son Henry Culver was born, being the first child born in that vicinity. The main entrance is one of th best examples of post-colonial architecture in the Genesee Valley and one of the best to be found in any of the American Colonies. Surely this house is one of Rochester’s ancient landmarks. The Town of Brighton rightfully claims the Stone Tavern as it is still outside the city limits but this Culver house is well within the city limits and is Rochester sacred relic as far as old houses are concerned. The first house in the 100 acres tract was the Scrantom log cabin at the 4 corners. Enos Stone Jr. had one shortly before that on the east bank of the river but it is no more.

Old News – 1916 Movie

The short article is about the movie “Snow White” coming to the movie theater in Honeoye Falls. It isn’t the Walt Disney movie but it is said that this movie inspired him to make his animated classic. The star, Marguerite Clark, was aged 33 when this movie was released. She had starred in the play “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” that opened in New York City in 1912 and ran for 72 performances.

This film has a connection to Rochester. An original nitrate print was discovered in the Dutch film Archive and acquired by George Eastman House, who have preserved it. They restored the English titles to their print and repaired some defects. If you would like to see the restored film, it is below. It runs just a little over an hour.


Thursday, Dec. 7, 1916

“Snow White” is to be Shown at Gen Theatre


“Snow White: the best known of all fairy tales, which has been made into the most interesting and beautiful motion picture play of its kind will be shown at the Gem Theatre on Monday evening, December 11th.

This play has been made especially for the children and the schools in this vicinity should take advantage of this opportunity to show the smaller children a story reproduced on the canvas.

The same play was shown at Convention Hall recently and was witnessed by thousands of enthusiast children. It is produced for the Educational Films Corporation of America.

Don’t forget the date, Monday evening, December 11th. Admission 10¢ and 15¢.