Old News – Tin for Household Use

It appears that from this articles that tin was just beginning to be used in the making of household items. It is very possible that these aren’t tin at all. Tin cans are actually made from rolled steel..


Thursday, July 16, 1915


Articles Which Contribute a Gay Note in Outdoor Life.

ads-1915--07-16Among the tin novelties which some ingenious brain has evolved is the door knocker into which the guest’s name or car may be slipped and save confusion in a home of many visitors. And now that the door-stop door porters are so in vogue, bricks are being decorated in gay flowers for the purpose of holding back doors when strong breezes blow.

A charming idea is that of the painted tin cluster of flowers forming the old time curtain knob or rosette, as it was called. These are only effective on a plain curtain and not on flowered drapery.

Sure to be popular is a practical ornamental painted tin pail in which ice can be packed about any bottled drinks and be carried out to the tennis courts or for a garden tea, Popular, too, are the long tin horns which are meant to summon guests at the tea hour for the meals. The convenient tin newspaper rack will no doubt figure conspicuously on the up to date veranda.

The bird houses of the painted tin if they are put up in a more or less sheltered place, promise to be a decorative note of color on the lawn. Painted tin has been introduced into garden novelties. Watering pots of different sizes for my lady who does the sprinkling of her choice blossoms cannot but appeal to the fair gardener. The garden sticks come both in the painted tin and wood, as do the weather vanes.

Little Doors

I’ve been dog-sitting lately. Walking the dog I have seen more of my neighborhood in the past couple of weeks than I have in the past 25 years.

Down the street there is a row of houses that have a little door next to their back door. The door is about a foot wide and a foot and a half tall and it is situated at waist height. These houses were built in the 1930s and that little door was for the milkman. He would put the milk inside and you were able to open the door from the inside the house without having to go outside. This was an inventive design as most houses just had a box that would sit outside on the front porch.

In many cases the milkman used to bring butter, cheese and eggs. For the most part, most home milk deliveries faded away by the 1960s. There are just a few places in the US where there still is a milkman making morning rounds.

Top Songs of 1965 – #16

Satisfaction-usThe next song to go to the top of the record charts in 1965 was “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones. The song was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. It would be their first number one song in the US.  “Satisfaction” was the number one song on both the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the Cash Box chart for the weeks July 4 – 31 (4 weeks).

The Rolling Stones started out playing blues songs by other artists. You can still the blues influence in their music. The group was considered by many to be the bad boys from Britain. They appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in October 1964 and caused so much panic that Sullivan banned the group from his show. Sullivan changed his mind later when they became more popular. In January 1967 when the group appeared on the Sullivan show they were going to sing “Let’s Spend the Night Together” but Sullivan asked them to change the lyrics to “let’s spend some time together.” They rehearsed the song with the new lyrics but on the live show used the original lyrics. That was the last time they were on Sullivan.

The Rolling Stones started calling themselves “The World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band” about  1972.

The group is doing a limited tour again. They will be at Ralph Wilson Stadium tomorrow. Ticket prices were running $85 to $3000 each. The show is mostly sold out except the highest price tickets.

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Visit the official Rolling Stones website.

Top Songs of 1965 – #15

The next song to go all the way to the top of the record charts was “Mr. Tambourine Man” performed by The Byrds. The song was written by Bob Dylan who released his original version of it on his 1965 album Bringing It All Back Home. His rendition was more of a folk song than the one that was recorded by The Byrds which included electric guitars..

The Byrds formed in early 1964, when Jim (later Roger) McGuinn, Gene Clark, and David Crosby came together as a trio. They all had a background in folk music and had worked on the coffeehouse circuit. Then drummer Michael Clarke and bass player Chris Hillman were added to the group. “Mr. Tambourine Man” was the first song released by the group and it also became the title of their first album.

“Mr. Tambourine Man”was the top song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week of June 20 – 26. It was on the top of the Cash Box record chart for the week of June 27 – July 3.

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Old News – Ontario Beach Park

An invitation for people from the Towns surrounding Rochester to come to Ontario Beach Park o a special day just for them.


Thursday, July 8, 1915

Community Day At Ontario Beach Park

ad-1915-07-08The remarkable progress made by Ontario Beach Park this summer in the way of big features on days and nights has caused the management of that popular amusement resort, situated on Lake Ontario to come forward with another new idea.

Ontario Beach Park this summer has had its New York State Sportsmen’s Association shoot, United Commercial Travelers Day, All Children’s Day, Carnival Masquerades, Country Dances, Big Noise Night and Country Store Night. All of these special events have been attractive to all classes of Amusement lovers in the city, but on Saturday, July 24th Ontario Beach Park will put on what is known as Community Day. On this day people from all surrounding towns are requested to join hands and enter into a spirit of revelry in a manner that will make Community an annual event in the future. To be explicit in the description of Ontario Beach Park’s Community Day, the whole affair will be in the nature of a township picnic.

It will not be necessary to bring lunch as food at all prices may be obtained in the grounds, but a huge picnic pavilion with tables, dishes, gas range, ice boxes, etc. with attendants supplied by the park, is available for the use of those who prefer bringing their lunch baskets.

This is a movement in which every granger in this vicinity should take some part. It is to be a good fellowship gathering of people living within a radius of fifty miles of the Port of Rochester. There is a baseball ground in connection with Ontario Beach Park and the lawn on the picnic grounds will permit of all sorts of games and contests that can be arranged for. This excellent resort is populated by Monk’s Temple Theatre Orchestra, hippodrome vaudeville, shows and rides of every description. The bathing pavilion offers a magnificent beach and a toboggan slide and a country dance will be given on grounds on the night of Community Day, where all lads and lassies can join in the old fashioned dances. The grounds of Ontario Beach Park can take care of 24,000 people and for this reason this particular amusement resort and picnic playground is well adapted for such an event as is planned for Saturday, July 24th.

In another column of this issue will be found a coupon good for free gate admission to Ontario Beach Park on Community Day.

Old News – Role of Women for Independence

This editorial tells how women helped during the Revolutionary War.


Friday, July 2, 1915


They Had Glorious Share in Winning American Liberty.

ads-1915-07-02It has been said that in every woman’s breast there lies the possibility of great heroism. What she can do when put to the test is amply illustrated by the events of history, not alone in our own country, but in all others.

Anecdotes of women of the Revolution, showing what they did and what they suffered in so doing, happy in the thought that they were serving the country they loved, are positively thrilling.

One wonders how many young women of today would offer themselves to carry a message from one army to an other across a country fairly bristling with hostile troops when not a man could be found intrepid enough to take a letter from General Greene to General Sumter. Emily Geiger, a frail young girl, undertook the task and set out on horseback on a sidesaddle. She was intercepted on the second day of her journey by Lord Rawdon, who had her locked up until a Tory matron could be found to search her person. By this unusual Lord Rawdon lost his coveted information, for as soon as back was turned she ate the the letter, bit by bit. When eventually released she succeeded in reaching her destination, where she was able to give her message orally, if not in true military and documentary style in consequence Sumter soon joined Greene’s army. Emily later married a wealthy planter.

The fascinations of women have seldom been used in better advantage than upon a certain afternoon shortly after the retreat from New York, when a troop of British soldiers were detained at the house of Mrs. Murray, who gave them cake and wine and such sprightly talk that they remained two hours just long enough to allow General Putnam, the last to leave the city, to make retreat across the dangerous highroad on which the British were loitering. Think of the excitement of this little Quaker when she realized that by her subterfuge she had saved a part of the American army.

There is no doubt that we owe our present wealth and ease to the courage and resourcefulness of the early America women quite as much as to the efforts of the men. She was the mother of those great men whose intellects were the backbone of the American nation. It was her sacrifice and nobility that made it possible for them to be what they were. Their lives are her eternal panegyric their works the undying proclamation of her power.

Don’t Do As I Do

lason-henry-pI got this photo from my grandmother in the late 1960s, long before I got started in genealogy. The man on the left was related to my grandmother. I also like the photo because he looks similar to me. From what I remembered he was in the Spanish-American War in the Philippines and then stayed on to be a policeman for a while there in the Philippines.

The picture sat in an envelope in the bottom of a file drawer all these years. I thought that he was my grandmother brother, George Buell, as he would be about the right age. In the past few years, at times I would try on various websites to find if my remembrances were correct. I kept looking for George Buell but couldn’t find anyone by that name in the Spanish-American War. That made me think that maybe he didn’t serve in the military.

Just a couple of weeks ago I was searching for something else in that file drawer and on the bottom was that envelope with the picture. I finally looked at the picture for the first time in many years. More important, is that there were two letters also in the envelope. They told me that the man on the left isn’t my grandmother’s brother but it is her cousin, Henry P. Lason.

I quickly found Henry’s military record online. He enlisted April 3, 1901 at Seattle, Washington at aged 21 into Co. F. 2nd Battalion Engineers that went to the Philippines. He was discharged Nov. 13, 1903 at Manila, Philippines. One letter states that he is on his way back to the U.S. in May 1904. That means he was only on the police force for about six months.

Yesterday, when I went to scan this photo I had to pull it out of the frame that it has been in for over a hundred years. On the back of the photo are the names of the other two policeman. In the center is Martin V. Morgo and on the right is Albert Nautz. They are part of the 3rd precinct of the Manila police department.

Sadly, Henry Lason died May 15, 1905 at age 23 in Tompkins County, NY. His mother filed for a survivor pension and I have ordered that from the National Archives. Maybe that will give some more information on Henry.

The point of this story is that neither I (or you) should let all the things just sit in a file. Every once in a while go back and look at old documents, photos. etc. If you can safely take pictures out of a frame (never open daguerreotypes), see if there is any identifications on them.


Upcoming Genealogy on TV

WDYTYA-banner“Who Do You Think You Are?” will be returning for a short summer season on July 29th on the TLC channel. From press releases these celebrities will be looking for their ancestors:

  • Tom Bergeron, who is aware of his French Canadian roots on his paternal side, but wants to know what brought his ancestors to North America. He goes as far back as his 10x great grandmother to find the answer.
  • Bryan Cranston, who comes to discover an unfortunate pattern amongst the men in his family.
  • Ginnifer Goodwin, who sets out to learn about her mysterious paternal great grandparents, whom her father, regretfully, does not know much about either.
  • Alfre Woodard, who strives to find out more about the paternal side of her family, and explores how her surname came to be.
  • J.K. Rowling, who sets off to uncover her maternal French roots and discovers a surprising twist in an old family war story. (This episode has previously aired in the UK.)

The third season of the PBS series “Finding Your Roots” will be delayed. This is due to an episode on last season featuring Ben Affleck.  He asked that the fact that an ancestor had been a slave owner be omitted from the episode. The producers got in trouble when PBS concluded they violated network standards by allowing Affleck to have “improper influence” and “by failing to inform PBS of Mr. Affleck’s efforts to affect program content.” The upcoming season will be first checked by an independent genealogist before being aired. A fourth season of “Finding Your Roots” is on hold and probably new producers will be hired before being filmed.

Markers and More

greece-henpeckBack in 2001 I went around Monroe County and took photos of Historic Highway Markers. They tell the history of a building or an area in a town. I thought it was time to update the photos. In 2001 I was using a digital camera that took photos that were only a total of 300 kilobytes and that’s why those old photos are so small. Recently I had to buy a new digital camera when my last Kodak camera wouldn’t charge any more. My new Sony camera takes photos that are 20 megabytes. I am putting the photos in this new album in the pictures section of the GenWeb of Monroe County website.

I have made it about half way around the county so far having completed the towns on the west side of the county. I have been amazed how many of the Highway Markers have been painted in the last 14 years. Nobody can decide what colors the markers should be so colors have changed for many. I found a couple of markers that I wasn’t able to find in 2001. So far only one marker that I found in 2001 is now missing. There was just an empty pole. I wonder if it is out being repaired or painted or is now permanently gone.

I thought that seeing as I am touring the county that I would also take photos of churches; both old and new. I found that in the Town of Greece there about 50 churches. Other Towns have a lot less . So far, I also have added a photo of one Synagogue and one Buddhist Temple. All of those photos are on the picture pages under each Town and also under “religious.” I think I will take photos of churches in the rest of the Towns but skip churches in Rochester as there are just way too many. Besides, there are old postcard pictures posted of the older churches in Rochester.

Old News – Zeppelin Shot Down

This is the story of the first Zeppelin dirigible being shot down. The pilot was actually born in India but his family was living in Canada at the start of WWI. What the news story doesn’t mention is that Warneford died on June 17th, before this story was published. He was ferrying an airplane with American journalist, Henry Newman, as a passenger. A wing on the airplane collapsed and the journalist was killed instantly. Warneford was taken to a hospital but died soon after. He was buried in London with his ceremony attended by thousands of mourners..


Fairport, NY
Wednesday, June 23, 1915


Warneford Gets Victoria Cross For Exploit In Air.


The_Great_Aerial_Exploit_of_Lieut_WarnefordIn Great Battle In Skies Youthful British Aviator Destroys Huge German Dirigible–His Machine Turns Somersault and Falls Within Foe’s Lines, but He Escapes.

Surpassing in his exploit all the imageries of Jules Verne or H. G. Wells and providing one of the real romances of the war, Sublieutenant Reginald Alexander John Warneford, a Canadian, is the first man to destroy a Zeppelin in flight. And the feat is regarded as all the remarkable, since the aviator less than four months ago made his first voyage into the air.

For all time Warneford has become a national hero and his lone battle in the skies will take a place alongside the most brilliant tales in British military history. His V. C. was the first ever given for the conquest of one of the monster air craft which are throwing the women and children of London and the eastern coast of England into panic.

It was about half past 2 o’clock in the morning when Warneford was returning from a raid over German supply depots north of Brussels that he descried far off to the west, between Brussels and Ghent, what seemed to him to be an airship flying low over the ground.

Swift Race Upward.

Swiftly shifting his elevating planes, the young officer fed more fuel to his motors and began a rapid upward spiral. It was only a few minutes before the great Dreadnought of the skies loomed large below him, and its crew at the same time sighted him. Then began a struggle for positions.

It was a battle of a David and a Goliath, or, to make a more apt simile, a wasp and an eagle, with victory for the little, buzzing, quick darting destroyer of the air.

As the dirigible’s stern was lowered she shot as though from a giant catapult almost perpendicularly into the air. Her engines, aided by her buoyancy, made her ascent much more rapid than that of the tiny aeroplane, but Sublieutenant Warneford had the advantage of time, and at the end of twenty minutes he had maneuvered to a point almost directly above the Zeppelin and to a height of more than 6,000 feet.

While still climbing to a good tactical position the young aviator saw the puff-puff of the machine gun mounted atop the dirigible, and above the droning of his motor he heard the whir of the bullets singing past his ears. Then glancing earthward at the vast bulk of his antagonist directly below him, he released the trigger holding a bomb. It tore through the Zeppelin’s envelope. Only a wisp of smoke followed.

Won With Last Bomb.

The aviator released bomb after bomb. Only minor explosions resulted. But with the last missile in his rack he reached his target.

When this bomb was dropped Sublieutenant Warneford was only a few hundred feet above the dirigible. A terrific explosion followed and a burst of flame spread instantly from bow to stern of the Zeppelin.

Caught in the whirlpool of air currents caused by the explosion, the aeroplane turned completely over and started a dash to earth. Hanging head downward, with his flaming victim crashing earthward below him, the aviator fought for control of his machine. After a drop of 2,000 feet he succeeded in swinging the machine into a loop and then to an even keel. But he had to descend, and he landed in an open field within the German lines.

After a moment’s pause to obtain his bearings and before a German detachment half a mile off could train their rifles on him. Warneford had recovered his breath. Hr set his propeller in motion again and was winging his way swiftly to the British headquarters.

Fall a Tangled Mass.

The Zeppelin fell a tangle mass of ruins across an orphanage near Ghent, its frame blackened and twisted, its crew of twenty-eight men dead beneath it, together with two nuns, two children and a man dead wher they were crushed in the orphanage, the Grand Beguinage de St. Elisabeth, one of the best known convents in Belgium. The burning mass set fire to the buildings which were inhabited not only by nuns but by a large number of Belgium women and children refugees. Terrible scenes followed. The man who was killed lost his life attempting to rescue his child, who also was killed.

It is beloved in London that the Zeppelin was returning from the east coast of England, where it had killed five and wounded forty persons.

Sublieutenant Warneford learned to fly last winter at the royal naval air station at Hendon, near London, under Commander John Cyril Porte, formerly of the Wanamaker transatlantic expedition. He took his certificate from the Royal Aero club as a pilot on Feb 15 last.