Old News – Picnics and Anniversaries

More news from the past. This time Rochester Catholic Church events.


Friday, July 24, 1914

City Parish News

ads-1914-07-24Interesting Budget of Happenings Gathered by Our Reporter

St. Boniface

The St. Boniface “Footlight Club” the dramatic organization of this church will hold their first annual outing Sunday, July 26th, at the Silver Lake assembly grounds. A special car will convey them to the lake and will be escorted by the well known “Giv and Ebs” Brass Band, all of whom are members of this club and who were given a big reception at their last public appearance.

A varied and amusing number of sports are on the day’s program as well as a baseball game between the “Juveniles” and the “Characters.” Mr. Edward Hettig will umpire this battle. A chicken dinner will await the actors at the Walker House immediately following the sports and distribution f prizes. A special committee was appointed for this occasion and through their zealous work the outing is sure to be a success.

The sixth annual picnic of the St. Boniface Young Mens club will take place Wednesday, July 29th, at Grand View Beach and the committees are making a special effort to have a program that will tickle the palate of gloom. As usual the “Zips and Peps” will cross bats and a long list of races are also carded. The chartered cars will leave from Cor. Gregory St. and South Ave. at 8 o’clock and the members are urged to be on time.

St. Bridget’s

The young Ladies’ Sociality held a basket picnic at Newport on Tuesday of this week, which proved to be a very enjoyable occasion.

Among the interesting events were a ball game; a fifty yard dash in which Miss Francis Kelly established herself the title of champion sprinter of the organization. The three legged race was won by Misses Molly Kelly and Helena Nelligan. The egg race was awarded to Miss Agnes Thibault and the prize for the broad jump was obtained by Miss Helena Nelligan.

Holy Family

Saturday, July 25th, the feast of St. James, our pastor celebrated the 39th anniversary of his ordination into the priesthood.

Holy Redeemer

Next Tuesday will mark the 26th anniversary of the ordination to the priesthood of Rev. Jacob F. Staub, rector of Holy Redeemer church in Hudson Ave. A religious celebration of the event will be held on Sunday morning, when the rector will conduct solemn high mass at 8:30 o’clock, at which members of the different societies of the church will attend in a body.

On Tuesday and Wednesday evenings receptions will be held in Concordia Hall by the people of the parish, in celebration of the parish, in celebration of the rector’s silver jubilee. Vocal and musical programmes will be given.

1964 Rochester Riot

1965-eiotWe are approaching an anniversary of a sad occasion in Rochester history. On Friday, July 24, 1964 it began when police arrested a 19 year-old intoxicated black man at a block party. When rumors of police brutality began to spread, an angry crowd formed on Joseph Avenue and became violent.It wasn’t until the 26th that peace was restored. In all four were dead (three in a helicopter crash) and 350 injured. Almost a thousand people were arrested and 204 stores were either looted or damaged.

I have no first hand knowledge of the riot as I didn’t move to Rochester until about 10 years later. I have been watching a few features that have been on local TV already. There will be more features over the next few days. They deal not only with the cause of the riot but how far we have come and what still needs to be done in the future to make conditions equal for everyone.

WDYTYA – Returns

WDYTYA-bannerThe genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are? returns for a new season tomorrow (July 23rd) on the TLC channel. The person discovering their ancestry in this new episode is Cynthia Nixon, known primarily as Miranda Hobbes on the show “Sex and the City.” Cynthia discovers a mystery of deceit and murder that involves her great-great-great grandmother. Previews show scenes filmed in a Missouri prison. This episode airs at 9 p.n. in eastern and western time zones.

If you missed last season’s episodes or want to watch them again, they start at 1 p.m. in the afternoon. Then at 8 p.m. TLC is airing the very first WDYTYA episode featuring Sarah Jessica Park from 2010 that originally aired on NBC. My TV guide also shows that at 10 p.m. TLC will show the episode with Matthew Broderick. That episode is also from 2010 and originality aired on NBC.

All together you can see 10 hours of WDYTYA tomorrow.

Click here to see the preview for Wednesday’s episode featuring Cynthia Nixon

Indexing Event

WorldwideIndexingEventFamilySearch is asking for assistance in indexing records this weekend. The previous record was just a little over 49,000 indexers on a day after the 1940 US census was released. They are trying to reach 50,000 volunteer indexer in one day. sHere is their press release:

Join volunteers from around the world on July 20 and 21 for an international history-making event! The goal? For 50,000 indexers and arbitrators to submit at least one batch in a 24-hour period! Do more if you would like, but one batch is all that is required to be counted in the record!

This remarkable goal will require help from every current indexer and arbitrator out there, plus many new volunteers, but it can be achieved if generous volunteers like you commit to participate. So mark your calendar, and spread the word! Share this invitation with your Facebook friends and family now. Everyone is needed. Everyone can make a difference!

No matter where you live or what language you speak, you can participate and add to this historic worldwide achievement.

The event begins at 00:00 coordinated universal time (UTC) on July 21, which is 6:00 p.m. mountain daylight time (MDT or Utah time) on Sunday, July 20. It ends 24 hours later, at 23:59 UTC (or 5:59 p.m. MDT) on Monday, July 21.

One batch is all it takes. Don’t miss your chance on July 20 and 21 to be part of this history-making event! Plan now to get involved and add your name to the record-setting legacy!

New indexers can visit https://familysearch.org/indexing/ to learn more about how to join the FamilySearch indexing effort.

The time for this event translates as from 8 p.m. Saturday to 8 p.m. Sunday in the eastern US time zone or 5 p.m Saturday to 5 p.m. Sunday western US time zone.

You will need to create an account on FamilySearch if you haven’t done that already. There are many indexing projects to pick from. Currently there are some New York City passenger lists (1847–1874) that need indexing. Also some records of the NY National Guard (1906–1954) are only about 25% indexed. FamilySearch also has many obits to  be indexed from many states. Each indexing project comes with it’s own instruction and sample records. Please make sure you read those instructions before you start. Depending on what project you pick, a batch of records takes from 20 minutes to an hour. I’ll bet you have that much time available this weekend.

Also during this indexing event Dear Myrtle is having what she calls a “GeneaSleepOver.” She and others will be broadcasting on Google Plus for the entire 24 hours. You can find out the link to the webcast and more details on this web page.


Erie Canal 2014 Guide

2014-erie-guideA few years ago when I was at a genealogy conference I mentioned to someone that I was from Rochester. They only knew of Rochester as a point on the Erie Canal. But they didn’t know that the canal still existed. To remind people what the canal used to be and what it is now, the National Park Service puts out a guide every year. The guide is 8 pangs (13.5 x 11 inches) with old postcard views and new pictures. The center of the guide has a map that includes not only the Erie Canal but also the other canals that connect to it (Champlain Canal, Oswego Canal and Cayuga-Seneca Canal). The guide is available, while they last, at Rochester Public Library, Rochester Museum & Science Center, Wayne County Office of Tourism, Buffalo Convention & Visitors Bureau and other sites. If you can’t find the guide near you, you can download it from this web page along with other brochures and maps. They are all in PDF format that can be viewed using the free Adobe Reader program available on the web.

The Erie Canal doesn’t have any commercial traffic any more but efforts to clean up along the canal over the last 20 years have made a difference. It is a great place to walk, bicycle and kayak. One of the best things to see is a boat being lifted or lowered in one of the locks. Also watching a lift bridge as it makes way for a boat is amazing. Those old iron bridges creak as they slowly rise and lower. Plus there are numerous tours along the canal. There is even a place near Medina where a road goes under the canal. I have a picture somewhere of me standing under the canal. You just never know what you see along the mighty Erie Canal.

Old News – Tidbits from Brockport

Here is some more news from the past. This time some small items from Brockport, NY.


Thursday, July 16, 1914



Look out for pickpockets who have been operating extensively of late on the trolleys between Rochester and Ontario Beach Park.

From June 25th to August 9th the labor laws of the state will allow women in the canning factories to work 66 hours a week instead of 54. This schedule will be allowed up to Oct 10th if a special permit is obtained.

ad-1914-07-16The ladies of the Woman’s Relief Corps are to be entertained at a Thimble Party at the home of Mrs. Freida Buhl on Spring street Friday afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Buhl expect to remove to Branchford, Canada in the near future.

The Eastern Star picnic for the 34th District will be held at Olcott Beach Wednesday, July 29.

The Active and Dye Hose companies of Albion are planning a carnival to be held the week of July 27 for the benefit of the fire truck.

Batavia is paying the highest tax rate in its history, $18.65 per $1000.

The B. L. & R. road are to put freight package service between Rochester and Buffalo beginning the 1st of August.

Physicians and druggists must now use blanks furnished by the state for prescriptions of habit forming drugs.

The latest pension bill, if it passes will give $20 a month to all soldiers’ widows.

Fifteen counties of the state have now been placed under quarantine by the department of agriculture in the attempt to check the spread of rabies.


Moved by Mr. Gordon that the following ordinance be adopted:

Sec. i. No person shall drive or operate any motorcycle, automobile or other motor vehicle within the limits of the Village of Brockport unless the muffler, so called, shall be securely closed so as to prevent unnecessary noise from the exhaust from the engine of said vehicle.

Sec. 2. Who ever shall violate any provision of this ordnance shall for each offense forfeit and pay the sum of Ten Dollars for the use of said Village.

Top Songs of 1964; #13

The next song to hit the top of the record charts in 1964 was “Rag Doll” by The Four Seasons. It was just another song written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio. According to songwriter Bob Gaudio, the recording was inspired by a dirty-faced girl who cleaned the windshield of his automobile for change. When he reached into his wallet, all he had were bills, none smaller than $20. He gave the girl the twenty dollar bill. (Gaudio has also said it was a $5 or a $10). He and producer Bob Crewe wrote the song the same day. “Rag Doll” was the fourth number one hit song by the group since 1962. Even though the group would have more songs on the charts after that, it would be 1975 before their next number one song (“December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)”).

Roll Doll” was  the top song on the Cash Box record chart for only the weeks of July 5 – 18. It was the number one song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for two weeks (7/12 – – 7/25).

Frankie Valli and The  Four Seasons still tour even though Frankie is the only original member. In fact, they will appear at CMAC in Canandaigua on Saturday (8 p.m.). For shows in other locations, visit the Frankie Valli / Four Seasons website.

Download Four Seasons songs (for a small fee) from Amazon.com.

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.