NY State Equal Rights Guide

New York State has put out a new travel guide that highlights the State’s equal rights accomplishments and historic places to visit to learn more about them. The guide is separated into these sections:

  1. Abolitionists and African-American History
  2. Suffragists and the Birth of the Women’s Rights Movement
  3. Human Rights Destinations
  4. General Tourist Places

In 1917 New York became one of the first states to grant women the right to vote. The centennial of that event is being celebrated all over the State this year.

So if you are planning a genealogy trip this summer, you can also add some historic destinations to your travel itinerary.

Guide – Military & Veteran’s Records

I uploaded a new chapter to the Genealogical Guide on Military and Veteran’s Records. I cover most of the Wars from the Revolutionary War to the Vietnam War. I left out the Mexican War because very few men from this area would have served in that war. I also left out the Spanish-American War as I couldn’t find much information on New York State soldiers in that war. It also was so short, less than 4 months, that most the soldiers that volunteered never saw any action.

I found that the website that has the best collection of military records is Fold3. All of the commercial websites have times during the year when they offer free access to their military records. With Armed Forces day coming on the May 20th, it is possible that some of those websites may give some free access. Also remember that there is free access in some libraries and LDS Family History Centers.

I added something to the Introduction/Table of Contents page. It is about chapters that have references to books. If the book is online then the title to the book will have a link to the book. For newer books or old books that haven’t been digitized then there is a link to WorldCat. If you put in your zip-code in WorldCat it will show the library with the book that is closest to you.

Wilkinson Scrapbook Article #25

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 ads in a newspaper from 1830. I’ve added an insert to his drawing of the actual woodcut that was used in the newspaper.

Back in 1830 all houses looked alike if we can believe the woodcuts used in advertising them. Tavern, warehouse or cottage all used the same cut. Below are a few ads from the files of the Rochester Daily Advertiser and Telegram for the year 1830. This was the first daily between the Hudson River & the Pacific. Luther Tucker was publisher and Henry O’Reilly editor.

  • Houses to Let – The subscriber has several dwelling houses to let, on reasonable terms, in convenient situations – T. H. Rochester.
  • Wanted 100,000 Quills – We will pay the cents per hundred for one hundred thousand common goose quills. – Marshall, Dean & Co.
  • For Sale – 70 barrels mess pork by E. & H. Lyon.
  • More New Calicoes – The subscriber has just received 40 pieces new printed calicoes, from 10 to 20 cts. per yard. Please call at the store of B. Fitch, Buffalo St.
  • For Sale or Exchange – A good second hand cooking stove, Willson’s patent. Also Wanted – A new milch cow. One with a calf by her side would be prepared. Enquire at the bookstore of Marshall, Dean & Co.
  • Butter and Lard – For sale on consignment, a ton of superior butter and 2 tons lard, at the New York and Ohio Line Warehouse – R. Meech & Co.

Free Photo Scanning

A group of professional photo companies will be at the Greece Historical Society on Saturday, May 13 to offer free photo scanning You can take up to 50 photos or slides to be scanned. They will put the scans on your USB drive or memory card that you need to take with you. You can also  have one photo printed as 5×7 inch print on archival paper.

There will also be a free photo booth where you can take one 4×6 inch print.

Lastly you can get a free trial of Vivid-Pix “Restore” software and they will make a donation to the Historical Society if you decide to purchase the software.

This scanning session is at the Greece Historical Society, 595 Long Pond Road, Greece, NY 14612, May 13th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Old News – Dental Dispensary

The Rochester Dental Dispensary opened 100 years ago. Besides repairing teeth, the dispensary also was a leader in dental hygiene and educating dentists. It is said that it was the first place in the US licensed to train dental hygienists.

The name was changed to Eastman Dental Center in 1965. It remained at 800 East Main Street until 1978 when it moved next to Strong Memorial Hospital. The old building was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. That building opened last year as senior residences.

The two articles are only partially reproduced. They are much longer, even giving parts of the speeches giving at the dedication. To see the whole articles, this link will take you to page 6 of the newspaper on Google. Both stories continue on page 9.


Wednesday, May 9, 1917

Million-dollar Gift Becomes Permanent City Institution

The new Rochester Dental Dispensary, the million-dollar gift of George Eastman to the children of his native city no longer is a dream of the men who for years have labored in the interests of the coming generation. This afternoon in the presence of dentists from all parts of the country, city and county officials and others who have been active in the work of public benefactions, & became one of the permanent institutions of the community and stands as a lasting monument to its builder. Mr. Eastman because of his reticence about appearing in public, was not present at the dedication.

In prominence of this new institution in the dental and public health world was signified today through the character of the great representative body of men who were present at 2 o’clock, when Bishop Thomas Hickey opened the dedication ceremonies with prayer. Not a dental society in the country was unrepresented in the vast vast throng that gathered in and about the building and wards of praise for the magnificence and the scope of work that is to be carried on through this institution were heard on every side.

Immediately after the opening prayer, Dr. Harvey J. Burkhart, who is to direct the activities of the new institution, paid a glowing tribute to its founder, in which he acknowledge the many donations made toward the equipment of parts of the building, to the fourteen members of board of directors who announced contributions of $1,000 yearly for six years toward the operating expenses of the institution and to the late Rudolph H. Hofheinz, whose activities in the work before his untimely death are not to be forgotten.

Prominent men who are taking part in the dispensary dedication exercises today, and George Eastman, the founder. Mr. Eastman is in the middle. Others are, top, let to right: Dr. Lafayette Barber, Toledo, O.; Dr Robert Murray, Buffalo; Mayor Hiram H. Edgerton; Dr Harvey J. Burkhart; Dr. T. W. Brophy, Chicago; Dr. Augustus S. Downing, Albany. Bottom, left to right: Dr. William W. Smith; Dr. Rush Rhees; Bishop Thomas P. Hickey; Dr. William R. Taylor and Harper F. Sibley.


The Rochester Dental Dispensary of which Dr. Harvey J. Burkhart is director is the second of its kind to be established in the United Sates, the other being in Boston, Mass. Other dental dispensaries are connected with colleges or hospitals. While the building is opened here, the scope of the work will be almost limitless and will undoubtedly attract the attention of odontologists throughout the country.

The dispensary is composed of a main building and two wings and has a frontage of 153 feet and a depth of 95 feet and is set well back on a slight elevation on the north side of Main street east. The exterior of the building is in the Italian Renaissance style of architecture, all carving being the handwork on white marble.

The carved panels on the front of the building and the lunettes in the arches which mark the entrance to the portico are said to be exceptionally attractive. The portico is ninety feet long and ten feet wide and from this entrances to the building are effected.

At this entrance is found the general information bureau. so arranged that the clerk in charge can also watch over the children’s room at the left of the entrance. The wing at the right of the portico houses the research laboratory, museum, study and directors’ room and large library. The west wing contains a lecture room arranged to seat 250 persons, in which has been installed motion picture and stereeopticon apparatus. Both wings have been so arranged that either can be shut off and used exclusively by itself.

Top Hit Songs of 1967 – #9

The Supremes were back on the top of both the Billboard Hot 100 and Cash Box record charts for the week of May 6 – 13, 1967. This time their number one was “The Happening.” It was the title song of a very poor movie by the same name. Although it wasn’t well received, it had a good cast. That movie is about a group of hippies that kidnap a wealthy businessman just for kicks and demand a ransom.

The music for the song was written by Frank De Vol (musical director for the movie) with lyrics by the Motown team of Holland–Dozier–Holland. This would turn out to be the last single with the group as “The Supremes.” After this the group would be called “Diana Ross and The Supremes.”

Old News – Accident

In this accident, the car that they refer to is a trolley car. The hospital that the little girl was taken to later became Highland Hospital Genesee Hospital.


Wednesday, May 2, 1917


Catherine Corso, the ten year old daughter of Joseph Corso of Water street, was struck by a westbound limited R. S. & E. car at Main street shortly after 5 o’clock Friday afternoon and narrowly escaped death as a result of the accident.

It is said that the little one was standing opposite the Sugar Bowl as the car approached slowly from the east, and just as it reached the west side of the street the girl ran suddenly in front of it. The motorman in charge applied the brakes instantly but the car struck the child and her body rolled under the fender and was caught by the front wheel just as the car came to a stop.

The little girl was taken from beneath the car and carried to the office of Dr. G. S. Price, where she was given first aid. It was found that she had a fracture of the left leg above the knee and cuts and bruises about the face and head. Later in the evening she was taken to the Homeopathic hospital in Rochester, where it is expected that she will recover, as her injuries are not considered very serious.