Valley View Cemetery, Rush, NY

graveyardBack in August of last year i wrote this blog post about Valley View Cemetery in Rush. That cemetery was used by the School of Industry which was a school for delinquent boys. Yesterday, the Democrat and Chronicle ran a long story titled “Neglected in life, abandoned in death” by David Andreatta that gives a lot of detail about the cemetery. Best of all, for the first time, David gives the names of all the boys and as much information on them as he could find.

The information that I got about the cemetery came from someone at the school that had facts about the cemetery. She led me to believe that the cemetery was behind the barbed wire fence. It is not She also told me that there were 13 burials. There are 14. I also stated that the earliest burial was 1903 when in fact the the first burial is dated 1909.

The State sold the land including the cemetery in 1993 and stopped maintaining it. I would think that the State should still be responsible for the maintenance of this little cemetery.

The boys buried in the cemetery are: Samuel Broughton (1916 – 1933), Verne Cardinal (1908 – 1924), Vincent Celano (1911 – 1927), Wesley Brummagyn (1910 – 1926), Lawrence Chenofsky (1906 – 1923), Julius Crawford (1910 – 1926), Richard Dawley (1926 – 1940), Wesley Ball ( 1895 – 1909), William Mason (1896 – 1915), Steven Metski (1909 – 1926), Frank Smith (1913 – 1930) Oliver Watson (1916 – 1930), Earl Wessing ( 1902 – 1919) and Norman Young (1905 – 1919) who the D&C reporter thinks may be actually named Forrest Warner Young.


WDYTYA – Nomination and Return

WDYTYA-bannerThe genealogy TV show “Who Do You Think You Are?” has been nominated for an Emmy Award as Outstanding Structured Reality Program for the 2013 season. The show had been nominated before in 2012 which then was the the category Outstanding Reality Program. This time it is up against “Antiques Roadshow” (PBS), “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” (Food Network), “MythBusters” (Discovery Channel), “Shark Tank” (ABC) and “Undercover Boss” (CBS). The Emmy Awards are to be given out on August 25th.

“Who Do You Think You Are?” will return for a new season on July 23rd on the TLC channel at 9p.m 98 central).  People being profiled this season are Cynthia Nixon, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Rachel McAdams, Lauren Graham, Valerie Bertinelli and Kelsey Grammer. It appears that the first episode will be with Cynthia Nixon but TLC isn’t confirming the guest.

FSFT – Hints

The online family database FamilySearch Family Tree (FSFT) added record hints about a month ago but I only recently began seeing the hints for members of my family. The record below is for my granduncle, Milo Halsey. He was born in Steuben County, NY but moved to Wisconsin before 1900. I already had six sources attached to him in FSFT but the program found three more that I forgot to add. Those are in the box to the right of his data page (click for a larger view of the graphic).


When I clicked on the hint for the 1920 US census it opened the web page to attach the record to Milo’s record (below). Then after I add the source to Milo I can also attach that census record to the rest of his family. I wrote about adding sources for the whole family in FSFT in this post on the blog.


FamilySearch is making it easy to find and add new sources to their gigantic tree database. It is great to have many sources that prove the data that I added to FSFT are correct. In some cases it finds new sources that I haven’t seen before. As I have said before, FSFT will be around long after commercial websites have disappeared so it will benefit those doing genealogical research in the future.


Old News – Recipes

There has always been more than just news in newspapers. Newspapers realized that they should put some items in to attract women. These recipes gave housewives some ideas for new things to serve to their families.


Rochester, NY
Friday, July 10, 1914


Piquant Salad in Tomato Cups.

One small cucumber, one teaspoonful of onion juice, one-half of seeded green pepper, five ripe medium sized tomatoes, one tablespoonful of olive oil, three tablespoonfuls of vinegar, one teaspoonful of sugar, malt and pepper to taste, a few drops of tobasco sauce. Cut a thin slice from top of tomato and scoop out the pulp so as to form a cup. Now mince the pepper, grate the pared cucumber on a vegetable grater, not using the very center on account of the seeds. Add all this to the tomatoes pulp, which has been drained after being taken out. Add all the seasoning and toss together, then fill the tomato cups and serve on lettuce leaves.

Pineapple Fluff.

Pare a ripe pineapple, cut into small pieces, sugar well, put in a glass dish and set in the refrigerator. Mix two tablespoonfuls of cornstarch and three of grated chocolate to a smooth paste with a little cold milk; stir into one quart of boiling milk and beaten yolks of two eggs. Cook until it begins to thicken–in a double boiler is best way. Remove from fire, and when cold pour over fruit. Beat whites of eggs with a tablespoonful of granulated sugar and put on the top of the dish. A few good sized strawberries may be used as a garnish around the edge and will add to the toothsomeness of the combination.

Freshening Stale Biscuit.

If you have biscuits or rolls left from one day to the next and want to warm them up, place in a pan and cover tightly. Two puns the same size do beautifully. They can then be placed in a hot oven for a few minutes, just long enough t heat them thoroughly, and when taken out they will be like fresh baked ones, much more delicious than when dampened before putting into the oven. Bread and cake that have become dry can be freshened up the same way.

Rice With Butter and Cheese.

Take one-half cupful of rice. Boil in salted water. After twenty minutes of boiling take off the fire and drain. Then put the rice back into a saucepan with three tablespoonfuls of grated cheese (Parmesan) and three tablespoonfuls of butter. Mix well and serve as an entree or around a plate of meat.

Green Bean Salad.

Remove strings and slice the beans on slanting slivers, boil until tender, then drain. Season with a little onion juice, salt and pepper, pour on a little melted butter of oil and vinegar to taste, adding a very little sugar if liked.

Creamed Carrots.

Boil young carrots until tender. Pour off all but a little of the water in which they were cooked and thicken this with flour and milk. Add a large lump of butter, pepper and salt and chopped parsley.

Histroy Detectives – Tonight

glenn-millerTonight (June 8th) on the TV series, History Detectives the team will see if they can figure out what happened to the bandleader Glenn Miller during World War II.

Glenn Miller had a very popular band in the 1930s and early 1940s. He even had a radio show that aired three times a week. Glenn joined the Army in 1942 to direct an Army band that would help to entertain the troops. In December 1944 he was flying from England to Paris, France when his airplane disappeared in bad weather. The HD team will try to determine what happened to the airplane.

History Detectives airs on most PBS stations at 9 p.m. (eastern and western) including WXXI here in Rochester. You should always check your local listings.


Beatles Film

A_Hard_Days_night_movieposterI’m a day late! Fifty years and a day ago (July 6, 1964) the Beatles film, A Hard Day’s Night was released. It was made in a hurry with production beginning on March 2nd and ending on April 23rd. That is because the production company (United Artists) weren’t sure that the Beatles would still be popular by the end of 1964.

The film  has the Beatles on a train trip to a concert often being perused by screaming girls. In fact, in one of the first scenes George falls down on a sidewalk and is barely able to get up in time before teenagers catch up to him. George Harrison met his wife-to-be, Patricia Boyd, on the set when she made a brief appearance as one of the schoolgirls on the train. Ringo also decides to take a walk and the others have to find him before the concert.

The film was written by Alun Owen who spent some time with the group before filming to get a feel for the guys in the group. The dialog is so good that you would think that it was all ad-lib.

Some say that the style of the film would spawn future music videos and also the TV series The Monkees. There is no doubt about the Monkees whose producer admits he copied the style. There had been music videos around since the 1940s, sometimes as shorts in theaters and also on a machine that would show music films for pay.

The film also had 6 new songs by the Beatles. A soundtrack album was released in conjunction with the film and became one of the best selling album of 1964.

Scanning Old Family Photos

One of my big projects for this year is to scan old family photos. In the last couple of months I only managed to scan about 450 photos. I have another 5,000 to 6,000 more to do. I have lots experience scanning pictures through the years but never have taken on this big of project.

I have read what other people suggest on scanning old photos. They usually say that 300dpi (dots per inch) is good enough for most purposes. I think that 300dpi might sound good now but in the years to come that won’t be good enough so I am scanning at 600dpi.

The popular picture format JPEG will compress the file and you will lose some of the fine detail. I am saving the photos as TIFF files. TIFF is one of those formats that is not compressed. That also means that the completed files end up large. A 9×7 inch photo ended up being about 35 mb (megabytes). That size might have seemed to be large even a few years ago but now you can get extra computer storage for pretty cheap. A 2tb (terabyte) internal hard drive costs about $75 and that will hold at least 60,000 9×7 photos. Average size photos are smaller, probably closer to the 5×3.5 inch size. Those scans come out to be about 7mb each.

Ruth (Wilklow) HalseyMy family’s old photos are not stored in optimum conditions. Some are in those old albums with black pages. The paper in those have a high acid content and should be moved to acid-free pages. Problem is that a good share are also glued unto the black pages. There is a nice small photo of my mother (right) that for some reason she or someone tried to remove. It ended up getting ripped. I decided to leave all those photos in the album and scan them in the album.

I have a few albums of photos that are described as “magnetic.” They really use plastic sheets over a paper backing with strips of glue. Everything about those albums are bad. The PVC plastic is not good for photos. The paper and the glue aren’t acid-free. Those photos I am moving to loose albums with photo pages made of polypropylene plastic. Those photo friendly pages are available everywhere on the internet and office supply stores in various sizes.

For some reason I found that some of the old photos have been cut. I can tell that they were cut by scissors because the sides don’t end up straight.

Then there are those few photos that have multiple problems. Some were glued in black pages, cut out and put in a “magnetic” album.

Arch Halsey at workAfter I scan a photo, I open it in PhotoShop Elements 11 but you can do most of the editing tasks in just about any photo editor including some available for free on the web. The first thing to do is straighten it. Then I crop the photo to get rid of the border. I probably should just save the photo after that but I don’t. Instead, I fix some minor problems. One small photo that was too dark I lighten up to find out it was a picture of my grandfather (right). He is at work and it is probably from the 1920s or 30s. I never would been able to figure out he was in the photo without lightening it. On other photos I fix minor scratches. If you haven’t had a lot of experience editing, save the photo before editing.

After saving the photo to a computer file, I right click on the file. That opens a box where I describe who is in the photo and sometimes an approximate date and/or location. I always put in both the maiden name and married name for women. That way I can search for either family and they show in the search results. There are those photos that have people that I can’t identify. I save those as “unknown.” Some of those unknowns already have become known as I scanned more photos. The hardest people to identify are babies.

I save the completed photos on my main hard drive and also a back-up drive. I also have “cloud back-up” that automatically uploads my new scans. I already have shared some of the photos by putting them on Google Drive and giving relatives the link to the photos. Google Drive lets you share with the world, a group or just a single person. Other web based hosting sites are Dropbox, iCloud, (Microsoft) OneDrive, Amazon Cloud Drive, etc. Visit this web page for a comparison of all cloud based sites. Eventually I will send a DVD with photos to relatives. That won’t be until 2015 the way I am going. I have a lot more of photos to scan.

Old News – Start of WWI

More news from the past. This time about the assassination that started World War I. It was within weeks after the assassination that most of Europe became involved in the War. Note that the assassin’s name is usually spelled Gavrilo Princip in English.


Thursday, July 2, 1914


Heir to Austrian Throne and Morganatic Wife Killed.

Anarchist Uses Pistol With Deadly Effect After Bomb Failed to Kill Royal Pair, Who Were Attending a Reception in Their Honor in Sarajevo, Capital of Bosnia.

Archduke Franz Ferdinand

Archduke Franz Ferdinand

Archduke Francis Joseph, nephew of Emporer Francis Joseph and heir to the Austrian throne, and the Duchess of Hohenberg, his morganatic wife, were assassinated Sunday at Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia. Two attempts were made on the lives of the royal party.

A bomb was thrown at their motor car which was warded off by the archduke and his car passed before it exploded under the next car which contained two of his aides who were slightly injured.

Later on a man, said to be a young Serbian student, fired two shots at the royal car and the archduke and the duchess were killed. This adds another sad chapter to the life of the aged Emporer Francis Joseph during whose reign many grim tragedies have occurred.

The Archduke Francis Ferdinand and the Duchess of Hohenberg, started out in the morning in their automobile to attend a reception in their honor at the town hall. Suddenly a man named Cabrinvitch, from Trebinje, who was standing among the crowd on the sidewalk, threw a bomb at the royal car with good aim. The archduke saw it coming and warded it off with his arm and the bomb fell to the street and did not explode until after the archduke’s car had passed.

When the explosion occurred it resulted in the wounding of Morizzi, aide de camp to the archduke, and Count Boss Waldeck, who occupied the car immediately behind that of the archduke, Six persons among the spectators were more or less seriously injured.

As the royal car reached the coroner of Rudolf street a man named Gavro Prinzip, who was on the sidewalk, fired two pistol shots in quick succession at the archduke and the duchess. The man who was only a short distance from the car, was a good marksman, The first shot struck the Duchess of Hohenberg down on the right side while the second ballet hit the archduke in the neck near the throat and pierced the jugular vein.

The duchess became unconscious immediately and fell across the knees of her husband. The archduke lost consciousness in a few seconds after he was hot. The chauffeur put on full speed and rushed straight to the palace where an army nurse vainly tried first aid to the injured.

Neither the archduke nor the duchess gave any sign of life and the only thing the head of the hospital could do was to certify that both were dead.


History Detectives Returns

history-dectectivesThe PBS series “History Detectives” returns for a short season tomorrow (on most PBS stations). The series has some changes for this season. First the title has been changed to “History Detectives; Special Investigations.” In the past, there would be three mysteries solved in each episode. This season there is only one mystery in the episode. Hosts Wes Cowan and Tikufi Zubari are back and they are now joined by Kaiama Glover, a professor at Barnard College, Columbia University. Worse of all is that will be only 4 episodes.

The first episode, tomorrow, (July 1) airs on most PBS stations at 9:00 p.m. (eastern & western time) including WXXI here in Rochester. PBS stations can air the program at any time so check your local listings for the day and time if out of Rochester.

The episode tomorrow deals the sinking of the SS Sultana at the end of the American Civil War. It was one of the worst maritime disasters in American history with more than 1,800 lives lost.

The July 8th episode tries to solve who killed union leader Jimmy Hoffa and why. That is one of the most famous unsolved cases of the twentieth century.

Other episodes this this season’s series try to explain what happened to the famous big bandleader Glenn Miller, who vanished during a flight across the English Channel during World War II and the mystery of the Austin Servant Girl Murders of the 1880s. That was one of the first recorded instances of serial murder in US History.

Top Songs of 1964; #12

The next song to go to the top of the record charts in 1964 was “I Get Around” by the Beach Boys. Although the Beach Boys had a string of hit songs in 1962 and 1963, this was their first song to hit number one. The song features Mike Love on lead vocal for the verse, and Brian Wilson for the chorus plus the rest of the group on back-up vocals. The song was originally listed as being written solely by Brian Wilson but in 1992 Mike Love sued saying that he also contributed to writing the song and his name was then added as an author.

“I Get Around” was top song on the Billboard Hot 100 record chart for 2 weeks (June 28 – July 11) but only for the week of June 28 – July 4 on the Cash Box chart.

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