Old News – Suffrage Debate

The Chautauqua Institution has been providing talks on religious and political subjects since 1874. They are also a venue for music and theater. During the summer season which this year runs from June 27 – Aug. 30, the community is closed to auto traffic and you park in a lot across Route 394. You can stay in on-site accommodations or from Rochester make it a long day trip.


Thursday, June 3, 1915


Miss Helen Todd and Miss Lucy Price to Clash at Chautauqua.


Lively Time Predicted When Champions of Both Sides of Woman Suffrage Question Line Up For Verbal Battle Under the Big Brown Tent.

1915-06-03-toddIt is quite in Keeping with the progressive spirit of the Chautauqua that it should present a debate on one of the most interesting and most important subjects of the day. The third afternoon of the Chautauqua week will include a debate on “Equal Suffrage” by two of the foremost authorities on the different sides of that question.

For the affirmative Miss Helen Todd of California, known throughout the country for her manifold activities in social welfare movements, will hold forth. Miss Todd is eminently fitted to assume this work. She has been educated in our leading universities and also studied for three years in Berlin, Paris and Dresden.

Miss Lucy Price will represent the anti-suffragists in this debate. Miss Price is a graduate of Vassar, where she majored in philosophy and logic. She is the executive secretary of the Ohio State Anti-Suffrage association and was a large factor in defeating the equal suffrage amendment in the recent election in that state. She has been very prominent in debating the question throughout the country and is considered to be one of the most eloquent, forceful and logical speakers that have appeared on either side.


Top Songs of 1965 – #12

Beach_Boys_-_Help_Me,_RhondaThe Beach Boys are back with only their second number one hit song with “Help Me, Rhonda.” This song was written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love. It is about how a guy was attracted to a girl who then found another guy. He then begs Rhonda to help him with his healing process. There is another version of the song titled “Help Me, Ronda” (note spelling) that is slightly different.

“Help Me, Rhonda” was the top song on Billboard Hot 100 chary for 3 weeks (May 29 – June 5) and on the Cash Box record chart it was the number one for only the week of June 6 – 12).

There is a movie about Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys called “Love & Mercy” that is being released this Friday. It deals with Brian’s psychological problems that inferred with his musical career for many years;. Brian is also touring this summer in support of his new album, “No Pier Pressure.” Visit his website for tour dates. The closest tour date nearest Rochester is in Toronto on July 4th.

Download Beach Boys songs (for a small fee) from Amazon.com.

Short Genealogy Notes

holy-sep-logoHoly Sepulchre Cemetery in Rochester has added death dates to their online records. Previously they had burial dates but no death dates online. Start from their search page and after you find someone, click on “More Information / Condolences” to see the death date.

Mocavo has made U. S. census searches free for everyone. You have to use this special link as I wasn’t able to find a way to get to this search from their main page. Mocavo tries to sell their plus service. You will have to decide for yourself if is something you need to subscribe to.

It appears that Ancestry.com (and their other websites) are for sale. This story on Reutors says that the parent company, Permira Advisers LLC,  has hired investment banks to run an auction. Permira, who is an investment firm, bought Ancestry in 2010 for $1.6 billion and expects to get $2.5 to $3 billion from the sale.

Old News – Baptist Home

The Fairport Baptist Home referred to in this 100 year article is still go strong. It started as a nursing home for elderly people that need assistance and lived on the east side of Monroe County. Today, they also do rehabilitation for people after a hospital stay and also do home visits so the elderly can live in their own home.

The ad shows that Mr. Bown was still doing horse shoeing and fixing wagons. At the same time, he was also prepared for the future by selling autos and repairing them.


Thursday, May 27, 1915


ad-1915-05-27Mrs Bohall, our oldest resident, recently celebrated her ninetieth birthday. The Montgomery class of Lake Avenue church, Rochester, brought a large birthday cake, which was beautifully ornamented, and admired by all; later each had an opportunity to prove its excellency by tasting. Dr. Ricker gave a rare plant in bloom; there were also cut flowers. The class supplied many useful and ornamental articles for her personal use. Mrs. Bohall is remarkably well preserved for one of her years. She walks about, reads, writes, sews, etc., with much of her old-time agility.

May 19th, Miss M. A. Cogswell’s seventy-ninth birthday, was observed by several of the family who gave an impromptu entertainment of readings and recitations. Miss Cogswell herself contributed a recitation, also a beautiful song. She received congratulations and gifts from friends both inside and outside the Home.

Memorial Day – 2015

memorial-dayThe children on this old postcard are going to decorate the graves of our veterans that died during our past wars.

Just a reminder that there lists of veteran burials for some towns on the cemetery page of the GenWeb of Monroe County. Those records came from the Veteran’s Service Agency which at one time tried to flag all veteran graves in the county.


Top Songs of 1965; #11

The Beatles were back on the top of the record charts with “Ticket to Ride.” The writers are listed as Lennon-McCartney but some people say that Paul only wrote a small portion of the song. The song was also released on the album Help! which was released in August to coincide with the release of the film of the same name.

“Ticket to Ride” was on the top of the Billboard Hot 100 record chart for the week of May 16 – 22. Then it was the number one song on the Cash Box record chart for the week of May 23 – 29.

The Beatles’ songs can only legally be downloaded from the iTunes store. There is a version of iTunes for PCs as well as Apple products.

Old News – Arbor and Memorial Days

NYS Historic Newspapers has added old newspapers from Honeoye Falls, NY. Included are The Honeoye Falls Times from 1888 to 1987; The Honeoye Falls Weekly Times from 1987 to 1989 and The Mendon-Honeoye Falls-Lima Sentinel from 1989 to 2015.


Thursday, May 20, 1915

Arbor Day Exercise

ad-1915-05-20The following program was given on Arbor Day by the students of the High School and Grammar Department at the usual morning exercises.

Essay on Sanitation —— Helen Shepard
Essay on Conservation —— Ethyl Goff
Essay, “Organization for Public Health” —— Dorothy Sherman
Practical Talk on The Significance of Arbor Day. ——Prin. Scheck

Programs were given in the grades during the forenoon. In the afternoon the Physical Geography class took a field trip, including a visit to the Lime Kiln, The grades had picnics, some in the woods.

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Plans for Memorial Day

The plans for Memorial Day this year are in the hands of the Sons of Veterans, the members of the Grand Army, many of them having reached the age where they are not so full of activity and initiative as formerly and the work of arranging for the usual observance of the day has been left with the loyal young men of another generation.

As announces elsewhere the Veterans and Sons of Veterans will attend divine service at the Presbyterian church on Sunday, May 30. The formal observance of Memorial Day will be held on Monday. The Post accompanies by the S. O. V., the school children, and civilians and the Band will march to the cemetery in the morning to decorate the graves of their comrades. The customary exercises to follow will be held at 2:30 p. m. in the Village Hall, when F. W. Brown of Newark will deliver the address. M. Brown is a prominent lawyer and comes with the endorsement of Judge Thompson of Canandaigua.

The citizens generally should join with the old soldiers whose ranks are thinning year by year, in helping them honor their departed comrades.

Top Songs of 1965; #10

Herman’s Hermits is on the top spot of the record charts for the second time in 1965. This time the group’s hits is “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter” that was written by British singer-songwriter Trevor Peacock. It song was originally in The Lads, a British TV play of 1963.

“Mrs. Brown…” was the top hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the weeks of April 25th to May 15th (3 weeks). On the Cash Box record chart the song was number one for 4 weeks (April 25 – May 22).

Herman’s Hermits had a good string of hit songs. In fact, they will be back again with another top songs in 1965. The group eventually broke up in 1971. Peter Noone (“Herman”) eventually began touring by himself. See his website  for tour dates up to March 2016. Most concerts are in the US and Canada as Peter lives in California. Peter also has a program on SiriusXM (satellite radio) channel “60s on 6? entitled “Something Good” after Herman’s Hermits’ hit song, “I’m into Something Good.”

Download Herman’s Hermits songs (for a small fee) from Amazon.com.

Scanning System at RPL

scannxIn the Local History and Genealogy Division of the Rochester Public Library is a new scanning system that you may be interested in using. I put the system to the test about a week ago. This system is from Scannx.

Included in this system, on the left of the picture, is a flat bed scanner by Scannx. It is bigger than most home scanners. It has a maximum scan size of 17 x 12 inches. That scanner also has a book edge that you can wrap a book around the edge so you don’t have to try to flatten a book. That saves the spine of a book from being damaged. I took a small book with me and took no time to scan it. I also took a couple of magazines that are 13 by 10 inches that I can’t get on my home scanner.

To the right of the flatbed scanner is the keyboard and touchscreen. To the right of that is a scanner that uses a rotating overhead scanner. That is great for scanning scrapbooks or any irregular shaped items.  That also has a maximum scan size of 17 x 12 inches. I scanned a map on cardboard backing. You could scan a photo that you don’t want to take out of frame as it would cause damage.

The scanner on the right is a Kodak Alaris model PS50 . It is for scanning photos. You can put in a stack of about 50 photos at a time and then add more if you want. As the photos are sent through a roller system, I would suggest not scanning any really old or fragile photos. I had some photos that had some glue residue on the backs from those so called “magnetic” photo albums and I had to try those photos a second time to get them  all scanned. You put the photos in that scanner upside down. Also it is easier if you scan photos that are all the same size at the same time. Then put in another size photo.

The first step is to touch the screen and pick which scanning device you want to use. Then you have many options of where to save your scan. You can print it on either a B&W printer or color printer. You can send scans to a Smartphone or tablet with wi-fi. You can also save to a USB flash drive or email it to any email account. Note that if you email a bunch of scans you may find that it fills up your email account. That is because some of the files are rather larger. The last two options to save your scans are to send them to a Google Drive or Dropbox account. You will have to remember your account name and password to save to either of those two srvices.

You have to pick a resolution, The screen just says low, high and photo sizes. I wouldn’t recommend the low resolution for anything. High resolution appears to be 300dpi (dots per inch) which is good for most general purposes. Then use the photo size (600dpi) for photos; especially if you think you might want to retouch them later.

After you scan something, you can rotate images and/or crop them. I didn’t use either of these. I did find that scanned text was almost always automatically rotated for me.

Then there many file formats that you can save your scans. PDF format is good for saving pages with both text and pictures. You can even have this system make the text searchable. This Scannx system will also take a page of text and do optical character resolution and turn it into a Word document. Then there are three picture formats to pick from; JPEG, TIFF and PNG. A lot of people will tell you not to use JPEg as it is a compressed format. Every time you edit and save a JPEG file it compresses it again. Eventually the resolution of the image gets pretty bad. TIFF And PNG are not compressed but end up way larger. I saved my photos as TIFF files and when I got home I found out that they were in one file with many pages. Out of three programs that I have to edit photos, none can split those photos into separate files. Only Adobe Acrobat is able to split the TIFF file into separate photos and that program isn’t a photo editor.

I found that there is a maximum amount of scans that you can do in a session. It will only save up to 4gb of files. It was easy to get around that. All I had to do was to use a different USB drive. As no one else wanted to use the system, I didn’t have to feel guilty about taking so much time on the system.

I left the best for last. The use of this Scannx system is absolutely free.  What do you have that you want to scan? This system has many options and fairly easy to use. If you run into any problems, the staff is always willing to help you out.

Top Songs of 1965; #9

The next song to go all the way to the top of the record charts in 1965 was. “Game of Love” by Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders. The song was written by Clint Ballard Jr. who also “You’re No Good” that was a hot for Linda Ronstadt in 1975.

The Mindbenders were formed by Wayne Fontana in 1963 and they had some hits in the U.K. before “Game of Love.” Wayne left the band in the middle of a concert in 1965. After that the group was known as just The Mindbender. They appeared in the 1967 movie, To Sir, with Love and were also on the soundtrack. The group finally broke up in 1968. Meanwhile, Wayne released a bunch of new albums but never had any big hits. He currently lives in Spain.

“Game of Love” was the number one song on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Cash Box record charts for just the week of April 18 – 24, 1965.