Top Songs of 1966 – #23

Sunny_-_bobby_hebb_singleBobby Hebb had a hit with “Sunny” in 1966. It was a song that he both wrote and performed. Bobby said that his “intentions were just to think of happier times – basically looking for a brighter day – because times were at a low tide.” Because “Sunny” was such a big hit in 1966, Bobby was an opening act for The Beatles during their tour of the US. In 1976 he also recorded a disco version of his song. This was to be his only hit song. Bobby continued to live in his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee, until his death on August 3, 2010. He is buried in at Nashville’s Spring Hill Cemetery.

“Sunny” was the number one song on the Cash Box record chart for the week of Aug. 21 – 27, 1966. Then on the Billboard Hot 100 chart it made it up to #2 for the weeks of Aug. 14 – 27.


coroner.pdfThe new web page that I uploaded is not for everyone. it is  Inquests Held by the Coroners of the Monroe County, NY; Nov. 1885 – Sept. 1901. These names of people that the coroner investigated were found in “Proceedings of the Board of Supervisors of the County of Monroe.” That was a yearly volume of everything that the Legislature did at their meetings. For some reason they also printed the inquests by the coroners for those years. There were two coroners at a time. Each of their reports had differing amounts of data about the deaths they investigated.

It appears that the most common cause of death investigated were railroad and trolley accidents. Second most common was death by drowning; sometime as an accident and sometime as a suicide. There was one death of a man that died from falling off a toboggan slide. That was in August 1900; not winter time. At that time there was a toboggan slide at Ontario Beach Park that would end by going into the lake.

This is the third set of records that I got out of the Supervisor’s records. The other two were deaths at the insane asylum and deaths at the Almshouse (Poor House). I found all three records from a tip by Karen Mauer Jones who gave a talk last year at the NY State Family History Conference (see the blog post from last year). There is another NY State Family History Conference next month from Sept. 15 – 17.

Old News – Rochester Statistics

This issue of The Catholic Journal was 16 pages instead of the usual 8. I’m not sure why they had this special issue. It did have some extra advertising and also had some scenes of Rochester which were terrible looking in the online versions. There was this column that gave statistics of Rochester and the area  at that time.

It is interesting to note that the current population of Rochester is just over 210,000.


Friday, Aug. 25, 1916

Facts About Greater Rochester in 1916


  • Population 260,000, including Charlotte annexed. 23 Wards.
  • Live Chamber of Commerce, 2,100 members.
  • Pure water by gravity from City-owned lakes 30 miles distant.
  • Lake Ontario 7 miles from City center.
  • Genesee River drops 267 feet in city, developing 50,000 horsepower.
  • Capital investment, $96,000,000.
  • Total employees, over 75,000.
  • Salaries and wages paid annually, $30,000,000.
  • Assessed valuation (1915), $226,200,260.
  • Valuation in building permit issue (1915), $9,108,333.
  • Total enrollment in public and parochial schools (1915), 58,714
  • Tax levy in 1915, %,457,946.16.
  • Tax rate, $19.73.
  • Theaters, 6.
  • Fire companies, 34; firemen, 360; policeman, 371.
  • New State Armory.
  • Hotels, 57.
  • Hospitals, 9.
  • Libraries, 6.
  • Churches, 133.
  • Large Convention and Exposition Hall.
  • Value of woodworking output over $6,000,000 annually.
  • Large and spend idly equipped public market.
  • Largest preserving establishment in the world.
  • Seven steam railroads and seven trolley roads enter the city.
  • Erie Canal transportation facilities.
  • Over 149 miles of trolley road inside city.
  • Annual output of beer and ale, 250,000 barrels.
  • 2 Car ferries making round trips daily the entire year between the port of Rochester and Cobourg, Canada.
  • Manufacturing establishments over 1,400.
  • Over 325 distinct commodities manufactured.
  • Rochester is the world’s headquarters for photographic goods and supplies.
  • Rochester is one of the largest shoe centers of the United States.
  • Forty-six boot and shoe manufactories.
  • Total output, $17,000,000.
  • Total output of leather and leather goods, $25,000,000.
  • Total output of high-grade men’s clothing, $23,000,000.
  • Increase of $775,000 per year during the last ten years.
  • Largest manufacturers of filing devices and office systems.
  • Largest custom fur tanning establishment in the United States.
  • Largest thermometer plant in the world.
  • largest optical works in the world.
  • Sixty percent of the carbon paper and typewriter ribbon made in United States is made in Rochester.
  • Rochester produces more high class ivory buttons than any other city in the Uited States.
  • Rochester and its immediate vicinity are the headquarters of the nursery business in the United States.
  • Total area, 16,000 acres; five large and twenty-five small parks containing 1,603 acres; lake park area, 502 acres.
  • Exposition Park (now Edgerton Park), area 42 acres; buildings 8, including auditorium, exposition building, zoo, aquarium, shop school, band stand, etc.
  • Estimated value of property, $600,000.
  • Bank deposits in 15 banks (1915), $185,000,000.

More Rochester School Yearbooks

1932_January.pdfThe Rochester Public Library added more yearbooks to their online collection. These new yearbooks are mostly from the 1930s. It appears that most of the High Schools in Rochester at that time had two graduating classes per year; January and June. Some years there are two separate yearbooks and other years the two classes are in one yearbook.

Added to the existing collection for East High School were; 1931, Jan. 1932, Jan. 1933, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1940.

New to their collection are yearbooks for Benjamin Franklin H. S. for Jan. 1933, June 1933, Jan. 1934, June 1934, Jan. 1939, June 1939 and 1940. Then for Jefferson H. S. they have one for 1924 when in was a Jr. High and 1935 and 1936 when it became a Senior High.

Madison started out as a Junior-Senior High School. They have a publication called “Madigraph” that was a literary magazine from Jan. 1929 – April 1933. Then in the June 1933 book it also had pictures of the seniors. Starting with the 1934 yearbook, the name changed to “Madisonian” and it became a full fledged yearbook. Besides 1934, RPL has 1936 – 1940.

All these new yearbooks and earlier yearbooks are linked to on the School Heritage Collection web page.

If you have any yearbooks that RPL is missing they would appreciate donations.

Top Songs of 1966 – #22

Lovin_Spoonful_1965The next song on the top of the record charts in 1966 was “Summer in the City” by The Lovin’ Spoonful. In 1965 the group released “Do You believe in Magic” which made it to the number 9 spot on the charts and also “You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice” which made it up to #10. Earlier in 1966 they had a hit with “Daydream” which was their first number one hit song. After that the group would slowly fade away until they broke up in 1969. In the early 1990s the group got back together again but without front man John Sebastian. Both the group and Sebastian still tour. Check The Lovin’ Spoonful website and John Sebastian’s website for each of their tour dates.

“Summer in the City” was written by John Sebastian, Mark Sebastian (John’s brother) and Steve Boone (bassist). t was the number one song on the Cash Box record chart for two weeks (Aug. 7 – 20). On the Billboard Hot 100 chart it was number one for three weeks (Aug. 7 – 27).

Guide: Surrogate Court Records

courthouses-seventh-monroeI uploaded a chapter to the Genealogical Guide on Surrogate Court Records. The local office has about 75% of the files on their computer. You can take a USB flash drive and download the entire contents of a file. One estate file for a possible ancestor of mine is 185 pages.

I also tried to explain how to find some of the records online at FamilySearch. They filmed record volumes not entire estate files. That makes it complicated to find a person’s records. It is a three step process looking in an alphabetical index, a secondary index and then finally record volumes.One downside is that wills in the Will Books are transcriptions while if you can go to the Surrogate Court office what you download off their computer is an original will with a person’s signature.

Strand Theater – 100 years

ad-1916-08-17The Strand Theater in Brockport opened Aug. 19th 1916. The building that houses the theater was built in 1907 as stores. Then in 1908 the Lyric Theater opened on the first floor. It was in 1916 that the Strand replaced the Lyric as it appears that the Lyric merged with another theater (The Globe) in Brockport. It has had the same name since then. In 1946 the theater was completely re-furbished inside and out with an art moderne design by architect Michael J. DeAngelis. In recent years the theater was split into 3 screens.

A larger ad in the Brockport Republic of Aug. 17, 1916 says that:

The Strand Theater will open on Saturday evening August 19th, 7:30 P. M., with a week of Paramount Pictures. We feel that in giving the people of Brockport and vicinity the best in Motion pictures that the Strand will become a popular and permanent place of amusement.
There will be a new feature at the Strand every night. Nothing but the best, and most refined attractions will be booked. There will be Matinee performances for ladies and children, which will include the same beautiful attractions as in the evening. The famous Bray Cartoons. Pictographs, Burton Holmes Travel pictures, Pathe Weekly (two absolutely new weekly’s a week showing the news of the world in pictures from 5 to 10 days after the happenings) and many other clever features to delight the young and old. Our reel of fashions “A day with Betty Young” will be of special attraction to ladies.

Mary Pickford was known as “America’s Sweetheart.” Her co-star in “Cinderella” was Owen Moore who she was married to at that time. In 1919, Mary, along with D. W. Griffith, Charlie Chaplin, and Douglas Fairbanks formed United Artists pictures. She would marry Douglas Fairbanks in 1920.

Programs for the next week were:

  • Monday – Marguerite Clark in “The Pretty Sister of Jose.” Also Paramount Pictographs.
  • Tuesday – Sessue Hayakawa in “The Typhoon.” Also Pathe Weekly.
  • Wednesday – Edgar Selwyn in “The Arab.” Also Bray Cartoons.
  • Thursday – John mason in “Jim the Penman.” Also Burton Holmes Travel Pictures.
  • Friday – Marguerite Clark in “The Pretty Sister of Jose.”
Strand Theater in 2015.

Strand Theater in 2015.