Old News – Dog Law

The Town of Perinton passed a new set of laws for dog owners in 1917. It seems quite harsh to have the dog killed if the owner fails to register their dog.

Then the local Red Cross is looking for people to help with the effort during World War I.


Thursday, May 31, 1917


The new law which is intended to eliminate the nuisance of the sheep killing dog or to prevent dogs from roaming at large who may thus become sheep killers, contains the following provisions and it takes effect June 1, 1917.

Every person owning or harboring a dog shall before July 1st secure a license and numbered metal tag from the town clerk, to be worn by the dog. He must pay $3 license for one male or spayed female dog, and $3 for each additional; for an unspayed female $5 and $10 each additional.

The assessors shall report all dogs to the town clerk, who shall keep a public record. Any person disposing of or acquiring a dog must report it within ten days. Any person misrepresenting ownership or harboring a dog is liable to a fine of from $10 to $59.

Any person who neglects to report ownership or harboring of a dog must be reported by the town clerk to a magistrate, who will issue an order to constable or police to kill the dog. Such officer can enter any premises to find the animal. He must execute his order and report in twenty-four hours. He is entitled to $3 fee and 18 cents per mile traveled, not to exceed $2 expense. The town clerk gets a fee of 25 cents and the magistrate a fee of $1.

Between May 1st and November 1st, any owner or harborer of a dog must not allow the dog off his premises unless under his control and within call at any time between sunset and one hour after sunrise. Any person may kill any dog he sees worrying animals or fowls. On complaint to a magistrate that a dog has been worrying animals or fowls or has been allowed at large at night, the owner must answer summons from the magistrate and on hearing if the case be proven, the dog shall be order killed and the owner be subject to the penalty.

Provisions made for the payment for animals killed, on hearing by the assessors, is substantially the same as in the old law.

Some of the most drastic features of this bill as originally introduced were out of demands of farmers and dog owners—such as the one that dogs should be kept under confinement or control at day as well as at night.

Rochester General Hospital – History

Drawing of Rochester City Hospital in the 1870s

I scanned the book, A Century of Service: Rochester General Hospital, 1847 – 1947 and uploaded it to the Internet Archive (archive.org). I uploaded the book as a PDF file and within a few minutes they added other formats including Kindle, ePub and even a text version. That website is one of my favorites because everything on there is available for free use.

There are two other books about the Hospital that because of copyright restrictions can’t be scanned. In 1974 the Hospital published A Hospital Grows: Rochester General Hospital by Sue-Jane K. Evans. Then in 1997 they published To Serve the Community: A Celebration of Rochester General Hospital, 1847-1997 by Teresa K Lehr and Philip G Maples. That has many pictures of the hospital over the years.

Wilkinson Scrapbook Article #27

In this article from William Wilkinson’s scrapbook “One Hundred Great and Near-Great Events, Person and Places in Rochester History” (1947) he writes about the first marriage in Rochester in 1815.

Jehiel Barnart, Rochester’s first tailor, wooed and wed Miss Delia Scrantom. She sang in the choir at meetings held in Barnard’s tailor shop and Jehiel decided (so he thought) that he would like to have her near him the rest of his life. The wedding was at the residence of the bride’s father on Oct. 8, 1815. Ira West with his intended Miss Eliza Stone was there. he was a good friend of the bridegroom and an agreement had been made that the first one married should be furnished by the other with the needed wine for the marriage celebration. Ir was therefore on hand with 4 gallons of the best Madeira at 4 bucks a gallon. The ceremonies took place on the evening of the Sabbath. They could not find a preacher to tie the knot so John Mastick, Rochester’s first lawyer, did the trick. The Barnards lived long and prospered and on their golden wedding day they were photographed with their 4 sons and 2 daughters. The photo is preserved by the Rochester Historical Society..

Sibley’s Ad from 1955

In 2015 I bought a small collection of original art used in ads for Sibley’s department stores. They were done by a lady artist that had come to the US from Germany to draw for Sibley’s. Unfortunately the person that I bought these from didn’t know her name as he had bought the collection from an estate sale. Some of these art works have dates when they were drawn and when they were used in newspaper ads. This one was drawn May 26, 1955 and used in the Times-Union on Monday, June 6th.

After I scanned all the drawings in the collection I gave them to the Local History Department of the Rochester Public Library.

Kodak News

Kodak announced that Kodak Ektra camera/phone is now available in the US. It has been available in Europe since Dec. 2016. The camera is made by Bullitt Group of the UK. They say that it is a camera with a phone not a smartphone with a camera. That is because the main camera is a 21 megapixel camera. Then there is a front-facing (selfie) camera that is 13 megapixels. There are many automatic modes to get the image you want. In manual mode you can adjust exposure, ISO, focus, white balance and shutter speed. The camera also takes 4K video. It features 32gb of memory and a microSD card slot so you can store many photos. There have been many software updates since it was released in Europe. It now can save pictures in the RAW format or JPEG. There is a good review on Digital Trends where they don’t like everything about the Ektra.

This camera/phone uses Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system and is open for use on either AT&T or T-Mobile.

The Kodak Ektra is priced at $399.99. You can buy directly from Kodak, Amazon, Best Buy and other places.