Top Songs of 1965; #5

eightdaysaweekThe Beatles are again back on the top of the record charts in 1965 with “Eight Days a Week.” The title is attributed to two sources. One is Ringo who often said odd phrases. The title may also be from an over worked chauffeur that once ferried The Beatles while on tour. Both explinations have been given by Paul McCartney. The song was first released as a single in the US (see picture) on Feb. 15th. It was later on the album “Beatles VI” that was released on June 14th.

Eight Days a Week” was the number one song on the Cash Box record chart for 3 weeks (Feb. 28 – March 20). It was on the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the weeks of March 7 – 20.

The Beatles’ songs can only be downloaded from iTunes. There is a link on The Beatles official website.

WDYTYA – Angie Harmon

Angie Harmon and her daughters. (TLC)

Angie Harmon and her daughters. (TLC)

Angie Harmon is the next celebrity to investigate her roots on Who Do You Think You Are” (WDYTYA). Angie was on the TV series Baywatch Nights from 1995 – 1998. She then played Abbie Carmichael on Law & Order from 1998-2001. Since July 2010, she has been on the TNT crime-drama Rizzoli & Isles, playing police detective Jane Rizzoli.

On this episode, Angie discovers her 5th great grandfather, Michael Harmon, came to America from Germany as an indentured servant. Michael ended up fighting in the Revolutionary War after completing his servitude. He was one of the soldiers that was stationed at Valley Forge, PA during a very cold winter. Michael got involved in a protest for basic rights for soldiers of food, clothing and shelter. Angie visits Philadelphia’s Free Library, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the park at Valley Forge to get more information. She also visits Kentucky where Michael went on to become a well to do land owner. That land is still owned by a member of the Harmon family.

WDYTYA airs Sunday, March 22nd on the TLC channel at 10p.m. (eastern).

Old News – Charlotte Annexation

A couple of articles about the City of Rochester absorbing the Village of Charlotte which was originally in the Town of Greece.


Rochester, NY
Tuesday, March 16, 1915


This is election day in Charlotte, its last election day as a separate municipality if the newest annexation bill becomes law. It is not different in all respects from preceding elections at the Port of Rochester.

Two propositions are being voted on. One relates to the construction of a sewer and laterals in Chestnut street. The other caries with it permission for the Guilford Bluff section to use the new Beach avenue sewer by paying 25 per cent, of the cost of enlarging it. It is though both propositions will be carried.

All was quiet at Charlotte according to an up-to-the-minute bulletin at 2:45 o’clock. It is probable that one of the biggest votes ever polled in the lake port will be cast. The total enrollment is 675, at 2:30 o’clock 398 had voted.




Will Not Become Effective Until Next Year, But School Obligations Will Be Assumed.

>ad-1915-03-16Contrary to a published account of the Charlotte annexation bill introduced in the senate last night by George F. Argetsinger, which intimated that that the bill did not emanate from administrative sources. Mayor Edgerton said this morning that the bill was purely an administrative measure. Although Mr. Edgerton was evasive and non-committal on the existence of the measure when asked about it yesterday, he was quite ready to admit its origin this morning, after it had become a matter of public record in the senate.

Besides providing for the annexing of the entire village of Charlotte, and the Charlotte harbor, the bill takes in the river from bank to bank including 150 feet on the east side to the R. W. and O. and including the boulevard. The portion on the east side of the river is to be added to the Seventeenth ward, while Charlotte is to be constituted the twenty-third ward.

Effective Next Year.

According to the terms of the measure, the annexation will not be effective until January 1, 1916, but the bill provides that the taking over of the school property and obligations in districts 4 and 10 shall be effective immediately and stipulates that after the enactment of the law no assessments for these shall be levied by the town or school districts, no bonds issued except through the authority of the mayor, no indebtedness in excess of $500 contacted, no conveying or transferring of the property by the town, and no contracts let for after January 1st.

In other words, the city if the law passes, will immediately assume all the authority in the school districts of Greece, which are affected by the annexation, although the new territory will not pass within the city boundaries until after January.

A specific provision on the bill is that no street car corporation shall charge more than 5 cents for a continuous ride within the limits of the city of Rochester, Inasmuch as the Charlotte cars run over the Charlotte boulevard, this provides for five cent fares to the lakeside, as the bill further specifically provides that transfers must be issued from all lines to the Charlotte cars.

City to Assume Debt.

The enactment of the law will mean that the city of Rochester will assume all contracts and all indebtedness of the village of Charlotte and the annexed school districts in Greece, which will amount to about $62,000, with means for paying off $21,500 of that amount. This does not include a $35,000 bond issue for the paving of Beach avenue, which is to be assessed against the abutting owners.

The Kodak Park district, St. Barnard’s seminary, Holy Sepulchre and Riverside cemeteries, St. Ann’s Home for the Aged and all other property on either side of the Charlotte boulevard from the present city line to the Charlotte line will remain in the town of Greece.

American Pickers Coming to NY State

american-pickersThe History Channel series American Pickers, about two guys traveling around the country is looking for “rusty gold” in New York State in April.  Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz are interested in leads to people with a large collection of what some call junk and others others call collectables. They are on the hunt for interesting characters with interesting and unique items. Some of what they look for: vintage bicycles, toys, unusual radios, movie memorabilia, advertising, military items, folk art, vintage musical equipment, vintage automotive items, early firefighting equipment, vintage clothing, pre-’50s Western gear. They’re not on the looking for agricultural items, tools, glasswear or country primitives.

The production company for the series has sent press releases to local newspapers in Canandaigua, Utica, Lake George, Poughkeepsie and Riverhead on Long Island asking for names of people with a large collection to be explored. They are not interested in retail establishments nor flea markets.

If you have any of the above item or want to refer someone to Mike and Frank, e-mail your name, number, address and description of the collection and photos to:, or call 1-855-old-rust.

WDYTYA – Josh Groban

josh-grobanThis Sunday (March 15th) on Who Do You Think You Are? (WDYTYA) musician Josh Groban is searching for information on his ancestors. He ends up going to Germany to find out why his 8th great-grandfather, Johann Zimmerman, left Germany. Zimmerman was a singing teacher and a Deacon of his local church. At the same time he was authoring under a pseudo-name books on mathematics and astronomy that ran counter to church teachings of that time. This episode airs at 10 p.m. (eastern time) on the TLC channel.

Josh’s new album “Stages” will be released on April 28th. It features songs from famous movies and musical theater shows. Josh is also the only artist who has had two albums appear on the Billboard top 20 best selling albums list in the past decade.

Old News – St. Patrick’s Day (2 of 2)

This set of articles about St. Patrick’s Day includes an article about the British royals handing out shamrocks on the day in 1915. They still do this. In 2014 Princess Kate was the member of the family giving out shamrocks as shown in the picture..


Friday, March 12, 1915

The Wearing of the Green

Irish Guards Are Decorated With the Shamrock on St. Patrick’s Day.

Princess Kate in 2014

Princess Kate in 2014

With the improvements in the relations of Irishmen and Englishmen, due to the enactment of the home rule law. the unifying influences of the fighting side by side in the Boar war and the great European struggle and other causes, the Irish shamrock is in a fair way to take its place with the English rose in the esteem of men and women on the eastern shore of the Irish channel. No longer is the shamrock “forbid by law to grow on Irish ground.” And it displays its pleasant green now on Patrick’s day in London and Liverpool and Edinburgh as bravely as in Dublin and Cork.

On March 17 the Irishmen in the British army ass sprigs and bunches of shamrock to their customary badges. The men of the Irish guards, one of the crack regiments of the army, are especially distinguished, for they wear shamrocks presented to them by members of the royal family. For many years Dowager Queen Alexandra, widow of King Edward VII and mother of King George V, has presented specimens of Ireland’s floral emblem to the officers and men of the Irish guards. There is n fear that the guardsmen. although serving in the British army, will ever forget their national festival. St. Patrick’s day fro them begins with a church parade and distribution of the queen’s shamrocks. Shortly after midday they sit down to a substantial dinner, and the afternoon is devoted to a Gaelic football match–this in time of peace. War, however, works many changes.

Of course everything connected intimately with the regiment must be adorned with the trefoil. The flags are decorated, the drums ring out more clearly because they wear the green, and the regimental mascot, a noble Irish wolfhound, bears proudly in his collar a generous bunch of shamrock.

Ireland’s Stirring Song.

The origin of the unofficial anthem of Ireland, “St. Patrick’s Day in the Morning,” is most obscure. The earliest known copy appears in Rutherford’s “Country Dances.” published in 1749, but it is said to have been played by the Iris pipers at the battle of Fontenoy in 1745 and was probably current for some time before this. The tune is found attached to various rollicking old English songs.

St. Patrick an American Money.

Very few people know that for a long time copper pennies bearing the effigy of St. Patrick circulated and were legal tender in the land that is now the United States of America.

At the time the Confederation of Kilkenny levied troops and sent out ambassadors it also coined money, and some of the subsidiary coins found there way into the colony of New Jersey.

Mark Newby took to that colony a large quantity of Patrick’s halfpense, as they were called, and they were made legal tender in 1682.

Some specimens of these coins are preserved by the Kilkenny Archaeological society. On one side of them St. Patrick, wearing a miter and carrying the crozier, is represented as holding up the “seamrog” as the emblem of the Trinity. On the other side is a representation of a king playing a harp.

Old News – St. Patrick’s Day (1 of 2)

There were so many articles about St. Patrick’s Day in this issue of the newspaper that I am making two posts. First is an editorial about St. Patrick and then how to make a special green cake for the day.


Friday, March 12, 1915

St. Patrick
Written for the Catholic Journal by M. K. Fenelen.

ad-1915-03-12The Epic Drama that is called Ireland, is the story of the Shamrock, and the story story of the Shamrock is the story of St. Patrick. He is the greatest and most significant figure on the stage of Irish history. He stands out against the background of the centuries with the simple majestic history. the faint beginnings of the Ireland that we know. Behind him is a wilderness of myth and legend, a twilight of pagan gods, a wasteland in which the explorer stumbles along a narrowed paths leading to no sure highways. After him Ireland issues into the broad noonday sunlight, her face eager with a new indomitable purpose, armed with a message to a humanity that has no vision to light its way through life.

St. Patrick’s gift to Ireland was the gift of the Shamrock and all that it symbolized–the gift of faith, the gift of love, the gift of patience, the gift of constancy, the gift of suffering, in which the soul is burned to whiteness. In a word, the gift of a lofty ideal not to be surrendered to any conceivable combination of forces St. Patrick indeed has become for Ireland, the very incarnation of her idealism, her guiding star, her spiritual Tara.

St. Patrick’s message to Ireland, was not merely an appeal to the soul of the individual Irishman, it was an appeal to the souls of Ireland as a nation. The Shamrock that confounded the priests of paganism at Tara, was a symbol of the Trinity; which the pagans found hard to believe. It was also a symbol of the dream that is called Ireland, for the little trefoil had for centuries before his coming, been an object of reverence on the part of pagan Irish, and in using the plant so dear to their hearts and so characteristic of the soil of Ireland, St. Patrick consummated that intense and intimate union between Faith and Fatherland which has never ceased to be the dominant feature of the story of Ireland.

Had she chosen the lower road of spiritual compromise, Ireland might long ago have reached material greatness but she chose the higher and harder way and at the cost of her material prosperity she “plucked the flower of victory in the kingdom of the soul.”

It has been given to no other nation to achieve a dream, an ideal so high as that which Patrick gave to Ireland; and no other nation has been given such suffering in its pursuit. From the centuries of material and spiritual martyrdom she has not emerged unscathed; she has retained the faith which Patrick preached but she has lost some of the vestments of that nationality which he so loved and honored. and she will not have regained the shamrock crown with which he dowered her, in all its freshness, until she is mistress of her own destinies, living her life according to her own philosophy and evolving from herself the very best that she can give to the sum total of human achievement.

How to Make Emerald Cake.

To make a cake that is especially fine on St. Patrick’s day cream one cupful butter, add two cupfuls fine granulated sugar and cream again. Add one-half cupfuls sweet milk, three and one-half cupfuls of flour, in which sift four level teaspoonfuls baking powder. Lastly, fold in whites of seven eggs beaten stiff and dry, enough green vegetable coloring to tint a delicate green and one teaspoonful almond extract. Bake in layers. When cool put together with a boiled white icing filled with chopped raisins, currants and nut meats. Cover the outside with icing tinted green. Place a wreath of chopped pistachio nuts on the top and sides. With a cornucopia trace a shamrock vine around it.

Monroe Co. GenWeb and Google

google-logoGoogle is the most popular search site in the US and many other countries. I get spam messages every day that tell me that they can move the Monroe County GenWeb up in search results. The truth is that nobody knows the formula that Google uses to determine ranking. The ranking isn’t that important for me. I’m happy that it comes out about the 700,000th most popular website in the US.

Google does provide me, as the webmaster, some tools to help improve the website. It tells me that when I duplicate titles on pictures. It tells me the top search terms that people who come to the website have searched for. It even tells me that Ancestry has 451 links to my web pages.

A couple of weeks ago Google sent me and lots of other websites an email. That email said that we should make the website more friendly for mobile devices. They also mentioned that if that I don’t fix the web pages the website would end up lower in search results. Lots of other webmasters are complaining that Google is putting pressure on them to fix their websites. I don’t look at it that way. I think that the website should be able to be read on any device; whether it be a 4 inch phone or a 60 inch TV.

Google sent me a link to a video that tried to explained the steps to make the website more friendly for mobile devices. They said I only had to add one line of code to each of my 535 web pages that had errors. I started to fix those web pages last week and quickly found that it wasn’t as simple as Google said. Any of the web pages with pictures needed extra coding to make the pictures fit smaller screens. I still haven’t figured out what to do with web pages that have a table of data that are full width of page. They just won’t fit small screens. The amount of time to fix each each page varies greatly. I have some that  only took a couple of minutes to fix. One page took 45 minutes to fix. I completed about 45 web pages so far. If I am doing this right, you shouldn’t see anything different on your computer but should better on smart phones.

This blog uses WordPress software for the display. WordPress is updated quite often and I found that it is very mobile friendly. That means I don’t have to make any changes here.

Talk on Orphans

abandonedThis Tuesday at 7 p.m. is a talk by Michael Keene titled “Abandoned: The Untold Story of Orphan Asylums.” Mr. Keene presents eye-opening, true-to-life tales of the Five Points area of New York City and the desperation of a million Irish immigrants who hoped to find better conditions in New York after leaving behind the famine they experienced in their homeland in 1848. Unfortunately, after arriving in Lower Manhattan, they found squalor, gang violence, and disease. As a result of this crisis, the Age of Orphan Asylums began, culminating in one of the most improbable and audacious episodes in American history, known as the orphan train movement.

Michael Keene is the author of “Folklore and Legends of Rochester,” “Murder, Mayhem and Madness,” “Mad House” and “Abandoned: The Untold Story of Orphan Asylums” that was published in 2014. He has combined his interests in local history, writing and film making in order to explore unique and fascinating chapters of 19th century Western New York folklore and legend.

The talk is presented by Greece Historical Society at the Greece Public Library, 2 Vince Tofany Blvd, Greece, NY.  The public is welcome, reservations are not necessary, Greece Historical Society members FREE.  A $2.00 donation is appreciated  from others.



WDYTYA – Julie Chen

Julie Chen

Julie Chen

Who Do You Think You Are? returns to the TLC channel on Sunday, March 8th at 10pm (EST). The first person to look for ancestors this season is TV celebrity Julie Chen. She revealed on The Talk last year that her grandfather, Lou Gaw Tong, was a polygamist with 9 wives and eleven children. On WDYTYA she finds her grandfather started a school in his village in China after his mother was kidnapped and killed by a group of bandits. Julie also takes a trip to China and where she finds some new cousins.