Old News – Christmas Program

The City of Rochester presented a Christmas evening program in 1914 with lots of music.


Wednesday, December 23, 1914


All Arrangements Are Completed for the Music at Exposition Park on Friday Evening.

ad-1914-12-23Everything is in readiness for Rochester “People’s Christmas Tree” at Exposition park. Bernard H. Haggarty, secretary to the mayor, this morning announced the programme of arrangements which were finished at a meeting of the principals held in the mayor’s office.

A lofty Christmas tree, towering to a height of 40 feet, and surmounted by an illuminated star, has been erected at the park 35 feet from the roadway in the grass plot opposite building 5, and it is to-day being decorated by the Railway and Light company. The tree was furnished by Calvin C. Laney, superintendent of parks, and is a “home product.”

The programme will begin at 7:45 o’clock Christmas night with carols, solos and music by the Park band. After about a half hour, the music will be resumed in Building 5, which will be comfortably heated, and have seating accommodations for about 6,00 people.

The programme around the tree is announced as follows:

  • Onward Christian Soldiers — Park Band
  • Christmas Carols —
  • O Holy Night — Community Chorus
  • Draw Night — Community Chorus
  • Baritone Solo — Harry Barnhart
  • Christmas Carols —
  • The First Noel – Community Chorus
  • We Three Kings — Community Chorus
  • Pilgrim’s Chorus — Community Chorus

The programme in Building 5 will be as follows:

  • Overture Tone Poem— Finlander Sibelus — Park Band
  • Soprano solo— Night of Nights —Mis Margaret Daignan
  • Hallelujah Chorus (from “The Messiah”) —Park Band
  • Baritone solo— They Were Shepherds — J. Guernsey Curtiss
  • Soprano solo— O Star of Bethlehem — Rae Potter Roberts
  • Parsifal— The Holy Grail (Wagner) — Park Band
  • Tenor solo— Glory to God in the Highest — Charles D. Vickers
  • Cornet solo—Inflamatus (from “Stabat Mater” by Rossini —Ernest F. Pech
  • Soprano solo— For All Eternity — Miss Margaret Daignan
  • Star Spangles Banner — Park Band

Top Songs of 1964: #26

Mr. Lonely” by Bobby Vinton was the next song on the top of the record charts in 1964. The song was written by Bobby Vinton and Gene Allan. The song was recorded in 1962 and released on Vinton’s album Roses Are Red. Then in 1964 it was released as a single. This was the second number one song of the year for Bobby Vinton having “There! I’ve Said It Again” on top in January.

The song describes a soldier who is sent overseas and has no communication with his home. He laments his condition and wishes for someone to talk with.

Bobby still tours. See his official website for tour dates, photos and song lyrics.

Download Bobby Vinton songs (for a small fee) from Amazon.com.

Top Songs of 1964: #25

A unlikely song was the next one to hit the top of the record charts. “Ringo” by Lorne Greene was a spoken story of two men that took different paths in life. In the end Ringo is killed by his friend in a gun fight.

The only word sung is “Ringo.” The song was written by Don Robertson and Hal Blair. On the B side of the single Mr. Greene sings the theme song from “Bonanza”

Ringo” was the number one song on both the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week of Nov, 29 – Dec. 5. It was the number one song on the Cash Box chart for the week of Dec, 6 – 12.

Top Songs of 1964: #24

The next song to go all the way to top of the records charts was “She’s Not There” by The Zombies. The song was written by Rod Argent from an experience he had of a girl friend calling off a wedding weeks before and broke his heart.

The group broke up in 1968 but within the last few years they have been reformed and do some concerts in the US, UK and Netherlands. See the official Zombies website for tour dates and merchandise..

It was the number one song on the Cash Box record chart for the week of Nov. 29 – Dec. 5. The song only made it to the number two spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Download songs of The Zombies (for a small fee) from Amazon.com.

Early Kodak Color Movie Test

Here is a test movie from 1922 of an early Kodak color film. It was filmed at Paragon Studios in Fort Lee, New Jersey. In the movie are movie actresses Mae Murray and Hope Hampton, who is in her costume from the movie “The Light in the Dark” (1922). Also in the movie is Broadway actress Mary Eaton and an unknown woman with a child. This movie used a 2 color process which wasn’t as good as later color films. Still, this is 13 years before the first Hollywood color movie was released (Becky Sharp).

Eastman Kodak donated this test movie and almost everything in their archive to the George Eastman House; International Museum of Photography and Film where it is now preserved.

Cemetery Updates

tombstoneI have two cemeteries that send me updated copies of their burial records every few years and both sent updates within the last couple of weeks. Oakwood Cemetery in Penfield has over 15,600 burials. It is run be an active association.

The other cemetery that sent an update is Lakeview Cemetery. It has slightly over 4500 burials. That cemetery is run by the Town of Sweden. Adjoining that cemetery is an older cemetery called Beach Ridge Cemetery. There are only about 1400 burials in that cemetery. There are less than a dozen burials that have done in Beach Ridge in this century. Check out the updates to these cemeteries for your family names.

Top Songs of 1964: #23

Another teenage tragedy song hit the top of the record charts in the end of 1964.  “Leader of the Pack” by The Shangri-Las was about Betty who is asked by friends to confirm that she is dating Jimmy, the leader of a motorcycle gang. She tells that she “met him at the candy store” and that’s when she “fell for the Leader of the Pack.” Betty’s parents’ disapproval saying that he came from  “the wrong side of town.” At her parent’s urging Betty breaks up with Jimmy. He speeds off on his motorcycle and crashes and dies.

The song was written by George “Shadow” Morton with Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich.

Leader of the Pack” was the number one song for the week of Nov. 22 – 28 on both the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the Cash Box record chart.

Download songs of The Shangri-Las (for a small fee) from Amazon.com.