1945 Monroe HS Yearbook

I uploaded the 1945 yearbook for Monroe High School in Rochester. There were pictures for 264 seniors and then another 9 seniors that did not have a picture (one of those has an autograph).

This school had a lot of activities like a band, an orchestra, Latin club, Spanish club, etc.

The boys sports teams are all large. The girls basketball team (right) is very small. There was also girls bowling had a much larger membership.

Lots of autographs in this issue.

I also created a separate web page for school yearbooks. Besides yearbooks that I have scanned, there are links to other collections on the internet. These are all free yearbooks. If you know of any other Monroe County yearbooks, then send me a message and I will add them. No subscription websites (Ancestry, MyHeritage, Classmates, etc.).

Included are all the Rochester school yearbook that were scanned by Rochester Public Library. Also there are links to big collections for the University of Rochester, R.I.T. and Hilton H.S.

Old News – Soldier’s Newspaper

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..

Ontario Beach Park – #2

Spencer House

Martin McIntyre would sell his property at the beach that included his hotel called Beach House. Sources say that he sold the land to John Burns and in 1872 or 1873. He would built the Spencer House on that lot. The 1874 Rochester directory (page 587) says that the proprietor of the hotel  was Thomas Veazie. Spencer House had 76 sleeping rooms, parlors, dressing rooms and dining facilities. There was also a barn that could accommodate 100 horses (reference: Rochester History, July 1946, page 13).

At the opening of the season in late May 1876 there was an unnamed band playing at the hotel. In July 1880 twenty kegs of beer were stolen from the hotel. Main suspects were a crew from a Canadian schooner.

The hotel would burn to the ground in Jan. 1882. A bootblack named Matthew Henion was charged with setting the fire. In a court statement he said he was assisted by James McGuinn. They had been hired by Dennis Leary who wanted the hotel burned down for the insurance money.

Cottage Hotel; early 1900s

In 1874 another hotel was built. It would be on west side of a northerly extension of what is now Lake Avenue and named the Cottage Hotel. The 1874 Rochester directory says that the proprietor is H. S. Moody & Son.

In April 1885 Cottage Hotel was bought by Henry Bartholomay. He owned one of the largest breweries in Rochester. Mr. Bartholomay started quickly to update the hotel. By July of 1885 there was a large bathhouse with 70 “apartments.” He had added electric lights to each of the hotel rooms. He also appointed Edward P. Olmstead as manager of the hotel. Mr. Olmstead started a plan that would lease small lots for cottages. The people would have to eat all their meals at the hotel.

Dining room at Cottage Hotel

There had been a barn associated with the hotel from the earliest day which could hold 200 horses. Then in 1886 the Cottage Hotel would add a 99 x 102 feet enclosed pavilion. The pavilion featured a band with singing, dancing, vaudeville and refreshments (usually beer). One of the bands in June 1888 was Professor Morgan and the Celebrated Academy of Music Orchestra.

On Memorial Day 1892 President Benjamin Harrison came to Rochester for the dedication of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Washington Square Park. He, NY Governor Flower and a large party made a train trip to Charlotte and had a sumptuous breakfast at the Cottage Hotel. Besides strawberries with sugar the group was also served fish and chicken.

The Cottage Hotel fared the same demise as Spencer House. Both the hotel and pavilion were destroyed by fire on the night of Sept. 14, 1914. At least this wasn’t burned intentionally.

Hit Songs of 1968 – #18

“A Beautiful Morning” was a hit for The Rascals. Preciously they had been The Young Rascals but with release they were no longer young. The song was written by Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati.

The group had been together since 1965 but Eddie Brigati, Felix Cavaliere, and Gene Cornish had previously been members of Joey Dee and the Starliters (“Peppermint Twist”). In 1970 members started dropping out. The group occasionally has gotten back together for reunions. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. About ten years ago there were two groups touring at the same time with former members. One group was called The New Rascals and the other was called Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals.

“A Beautiful Morning” made up to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the weeks of May 19 – June 1, 1968. On the pop chart of Record World the song was at #2 for those two same weeks.