Old News – Spring Flooding

Spring flooding is always a problem. The Erie Canal, which by this time was being called the Barge Canal, uses feeders from creeks to fill it each year. It is emptied each fall and the same system can be used if the canal gets too high from spring floods. But if the creeks are also too high, it is difficult to release water from the canal.


Thursday, May 18, 1916


Rainfall Floods Streets, Gardens, Fields Doing Much Damage

ad-1916-05-18Up until six o’clock Tuesday evening Brockport had experienced in twenty-four hours 2.32 inches, the heaviest rainfall registered here in sixteen tears. Streets were running rivers, gardens were isolated lakes and several different places about the village six inches of water was running over the sidewalks. On Monday evening the lightning struck in two different places in the northern part of the village, it is reported. At the Bort property on Fayette street, occupied by Mrs. Mabel Allen, the lightning struck the ridge pole of the barn tearing off tearing off the shingles and the back of the barn was splintered. Some of the splinters were carried nearly eighty feet away and lodged in the top of a beach tree. The same night an apple tree in front of the Pitts residence on East avenue was shattered. the shock also broke one of the windows of the house near which a member of the family was standing..

Early Tuesday afternoon Barge Canal Division Sperintendent H. A. Kuntze was notified of a leak in the canal near the East Lake bridge. He soon had a force of men on the scene and the danger was averted A cloudburst at Brockville, near Holley caused the canal to overflow and a large territory was flooded and the culvert near there injured. Men were sen out to ope every waste weir between Lockport and Holley. but because almost every creek was filled with surface water, it was difficult to spill any great quantity, without flooding the surrounding country.

There was from sixteen to twenty feet of water in Holley Glen last night which under normal conditions is only a few inches deep.

Yesterday morning it was reported that Brockport’s auxiliary sewage disposal plant, in the process of construction was partially destroyed by the rains of Tuesday night. A considerable portion of the wall of the big vat caved in carrying with it tons of cement work only recently completed by the contractors. This is a serious set back for the village as the old plant is entirely inadequate and it was hoped to have the new work soon in readiness for use.

Fixing Relationships in FSFT

fam-tree-childrenMonths ago I notice a problem with an ancestor in the FamilySearch Family Tree (FSFT). Jeremiah Halsey showed with two wives with the same children listed. The big problem was that one of his wives was really his mother. At that time I couldn’t figure out how to fix the situation. Then last week I decided to look at the problem again. I was afraid I might make a mistake but FSFT does let you reverse changes if you make an incorrect change. It took a while to figure out how to straighten out the family.

What I found out was that I had to make changes to the children, not the parents. Notice in the list of children is a small box on the right of the name. When you click on that, it pops up a box where you can make changes. For the first child, I clicked on “Remove or Replace” to remove the relationship to the grandmother who was listed as the mother. That ended up creating another problem. It still had the father with that child but without any mother’s name. So I reversed that change. Instead, I found that I wanted to click on “Remove or Replace” on the child in the pop-up. That allowed me to remove both parents. That worked. When I did that for all the children that had been listed with their father and grandmother, those relationship were deleted and just the true father and mother were retained.

Top Songs of 1966 – #12

MondayMondayThe next song to hit the top of the record charts in 1966 was “Monday, Monday” by The Mamas and Papas. The group was formed in 1965. Both John Phillips and Denny Doherty had been in folk groups before getting together with John’s wife Michelle and Cass Elliot who had also been with Doherty in a folk group. They released “California Dreamin'” in 1965 and it made it up to #4 on the US record charts.

John Philips said that he wrote “Monday, Monday” in about 20 minutes. It is hard to believe but this was the only song by the group to reach the number one spot on both the Billboard Hot 100 and cash Box record charts (May 1 -21). It is also the only song by the group to win a Grammy Award.

The group only released five albums including one of which was released a few years after the group had split up in 1968.

Only Michelle Phillips is still living. Cass died in 1974 from heart failure. John died in 2001 and Denny in 2007.

Download songs of The Mamas and Papas (for a small fee) from Amazon.com.

College Catalog

rit-1943I uploaded a catalog for the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute for the years 1943 to 1944. In 1945 the college changed it’s name to Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). This was during World War II and the college described this catalog as the “Wartime Program.” They still offered most of the same curriculum as from before the War but attendance for men was probably down significantly. Tuition was from $200 to $250 per year. Housing expenses, textbooks and supplies for the year were double the tuition costs.

Most of the curriculum offered by the school were on the co-operative program. That is you went to school for a while and then worked somewhere getting on the job training. RIT still has many programs that are the same way.

Also in the catalog was an application to attend. It is only a single page. I don’t think that very many people would have been refused admittance unless your grades in high school were very poor. The cost of going to college was a much bigger consideration for a student.

I have previously scanned the college catalog from 1923 – 1924, that is also available.

Top Songs of 1966 – #11

The Rascals in 1969

The Rascals in 1969

“Good Lovin'” was the next song to go all the way up to the top of the record charts in 1966. The Young Rascals had only been together for about a year but they all had previous experience.Eddie Brigati, Felix Cavaliere, and Gene Cornish had previously been members of Joey Dee and the Starliters (“Peppermint Twist”).

“Good Lovin'” had been previously recorded in 1965 by another group who only got up to 81 on the Billboard chart. The Young Rascals heard the song and decided it would be a great song for concerts. They then recorded the song and it was the number one song on both the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the Cash Box record chart for the week of April 24 – 30, 1966.

The group became The Rascals in 1968. Then in 1970 members started dropping out. The group occasionally has gotten back together for reunions. There was a time about 10 years ago that there were two Rascals groups touring with each only having one or two members of the original group.

More Kodak Employee Magazines

kodak-1942--09Last night I uploaded 8 more old magazines for Eastman Kodak employees in the US. The magazine was published from 1920 to about 1944. It was originally titled The Kodak Magazine but in 1932 it was shortened to just Kodak. There are entire collections of the magazine at both the libraries at the University of Rochester and the George Eastman House and Museum. Neither of those libraries has scanned any of the issues.

This ends scanning of collection of issues that I have obtained over the last few years. The newly scanned issues include:

The entire issue in the picture (Sept. 1942) deals with the presentation of an Award of Excellence from US Army and Navy for War production. The presentation was done at the baseball stadium and from the pictures it looks as every Kodak employee and their family were in attendance.

Old News – Irish Show

It looks like this Irish show was full of great entertainment. Not only is this a review but it also tells that another show would be performed so people could possibly attend. If you couldn’t make it to the show then maybe you might want to go roller skating.


Friday, May 5, 1916

Irish Minstrels Please

Performance to be Repeated at Cathedral Hall.

ad--1916-05-05The tenth annual show of the great Irish Minstrels was presented at Cathedral Hall on Monday, and Wednesday evenings before capacity houses. The minstrels were far more elaborate than the stage offerings usually attempted by amateurs, in costume, settings and scope. The show proper was preceded by an olio of eight numbers, which gave gave the school children an opportunity for some excellent folk songs and dances.

The prologue opened with a chorus and an incidental solo by Donald J. York. An Irish “lilt,” by the girls of the school followed, and Harold B. Turpin sang tenor songs pleasingly.

Considerable amusement was afforded by an Iris jig by John McMahon, Patrick O’Hara and John Howe. Miss Amy LaVigne showed skill as an elocutionist in a recital of “Drimin Donn Dihs” by Thomas Walsh, a soliloquy of the famine. then there was another “lilt” by the boys of the school. Harold Biock sang a soprano solo.

The minstrel show was different from the usual thing, for one of its characteristics was an absence of burnt cork. All costumes and make-ups were of and from the Emerald Isle. The end men, Leo Hogan, Edward Feinin, Edward Sweeney and Charles Hawken, were in green coats and white knickerbockers, stockings and hats. The chorus members wore the long cloaks, ruffles and “pot” hats of Irish gentlemen. Daniel T. Roach, interlocutor, framed his deep voice in a black silk costume and white wig.

Solos, all strictly Irish were sung by the end men and by Ray J. Golding, William Doyle, Chas. J. Sullivan, John Curran and Lawrence Weber. Miss May Frawley won a warm place in the hearts of her hearers with two contralto ballads, “The Pretty Maid Milking Her Cow” and “My Wild Irish Rose.” The last number of the closing chorus medley was “America, I Love You.” with the singers in military formation, presumably to illustrate the idea of preparedness.

As the orchestra struck up “When First I Saw Sweet Peggy,” at one point in the performance, a genuine Irish jaunting cart, drawn by men and occupied by Miss Frawley, added to the picturesqueness of the setting. the car, one of the few in the country, was brought here about three years ago by Michael Miller, who lent it for the minstrels.

The performance will be repeated next Monday night, May 8th. Reserved seats can be had at Gibbons & Stone’s, 172 Main St. east, Saturday and Monday from 2 to 6 p.m.