I almost missed my own anniversary. I started this blog six years ago today. At the time I thought I might run out of ideas after a few months but that hasn’t happened.

On the average. I only have posted a couple of messages a week.  The blog website gets an average of only 30 visits a day. Some of those people are looking at old messages. There was one day in March that the Democrat & Chronicle mentioned the blog and that day there were 167 visits.

I try to put as much local genealogical information as I can find. I will continue posting the “old news” articles. Some of those are major local events and some are just minor news stories. All give the feeling of the past times. I also like adding the top music from 50 years ago. I get to relive some of the great songs of the sixties and I hope you remember most of those old songs. Besides that I can’t speculate. You just never know what is coming.

Talk on Other River Settlements

This Tuesday evening (June 10, 2014) there will a talk by Jeffrey Ludwig about “The Lost History of the Settlements Along the Genesee and the Beginnings of Greece.” It will take place in the Greece Town Hall at 7 p.m.

ludwig-jeffThe story of Rochesterville’s foundation, often told with Colonel Rochester at the forefront, is undoubtedly the most well-known settlement narrative of the early Genesee Valley. Yet Rochester’s rise to dominance was hardly a foregone conclusion. A number of would-be rivals also sprouted up around the region, vying with equal temerity to become successful centers of civilization in a vast frontier territory.  Although they have faded from popular memory, accounts of alternative settlements areas like Frankfort, King’s Landing, McCrackenville, and Deep Hollow are no less meaningful for having been eclipsed by Rochester.

Jeff Ludwig is a PhD candidate in history at the University of Rochester. Jeff works in Rochester’s Office of the City Historian and manages the High Falls Center and Interpretive Museum in Browns Race.

The public is welcome. Reservations are not necessary. Greece Historical Society members free. A $2.00 donation is appreciated from others.

D-Day Anniversary

Photo by Chief Photographer's Mate (CPHoM) Robert F. Sargent

Photo by Chief Photographer’s Mate (CPHoM) Robert F. Sargent

Today is the anniversary of D-Day invasion of Normandy that occurred on June 6, 1944. Approx. 156,000 troops from the U.S., Britain and Canada planned and executed the largest seaborne invasion in history. A fantastic feat of organization of naval, armies and air forces made this invasion succeed.

Nothing that I could write would be enough to tell the story of this turning point of WWII. Instead, if you want to read more, start by reading D-Day article on Wikipedia. On the bottom of that page (and most Wikipedia pages) is a list of books for further reading. Also, tonight there is a 1- hour special on NBC at 8 p.m. and a 2-hour special on the History channel giving more details on D-Day.

Also, let us remember all those that died during the invasion. There were over 4,400 Allied troops that died and at least 8,000 wounded. There isn’t an accurate number of German causalities. The estimates range from 4,000 to 9,000.

WDYTYA – Season 5

who-do-you-think-you-areThe line-up for this season of the genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are? has been announced. The people to be profiled will be: Kelsey Grammer, Valerie Bertinelli, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Lauren Graham, Cynthia Nixon, Rachel McAdams and her sister, Kayleen McAdams. The show begins on Wednesday, July 23 at 9/8c on the channel TLC. will once again serve as a sponsor and partner on the show, providing genealogical research that will help people in their genealogical investigation.

TLC has also acquired 10 episodes from the show’s run on NBC. They will repeat episodes featuring Matthew Broderick, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Lisa Kudrow, Rob Lowe, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Vanessa Williams, Rita Wilson and Brooke Shields.

Old News – Memorial Day Report

More news from the past. This time a report on the Memorial Day festivities in Spencerport, NY.


Thursday, June 4, 1914


Memorial Exercises Interest the Large Number in Attendance

Brockport presented a quiet appearance on Memorial Day as all of our patriotic organizations departed at 11 o’clock for Spencerport where they were the invited guests of J. H. Martindale Post G.A.R. and J. H. Martindale Camp S.O.V. and took part in the old fashioned celebration of the day in charge of those organizations. On leaving the car at Spencerport our organizations, Cady Post G.A.R., Milo Stark Camp S.O.V. and the Brockport Woman’s Relief Corps accompanied by the Brockport band joined in the march to Spencerport high school where the school children were waiting with arms full of flowers. The march was accompanied by martial music and was headed by W. G. Barker, marshall of the day on his spirited horse. The line of march formed was as follows: —— Brockport band, Milo Stark Camp S.O.V., school children, fire companies of Spencerport in uniform, J. H. Martindale Camp S.O.V., Brockport Woman’s Relief Corps, followed by the veterans numbering forty-four. The parade passed from Church street, down Amity and up Union streets to the cemetery where the Woman’s Relief Corps sang a number of songs and the graves were decorated by the children. Rev. F. W. Berlin offered a prayer, Rev. J. W. Starie made a brief address and after the sounding of tap those in the parade marched to Masonic Hall where a sumptuous dinner was served. At 1:30 o’clock the following exercises were held in the Assembly Hall: Selection by Brockport band; singing by assembly; “Welcome to Veterans and Guests”, Prof. F. N. Stroup; recitation, “Our Flag”, Catherine Smith; Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, Mary DeRiddles; selection by band and quartet composed of Mesdames L. Smith and R. Osborn and Messrs. Smith and Webster; recitation, “The Man and the Musket”, Alice Cosgrove; recitation, “The Blue and the Gray”, Mary Barker; address by Hon. Charles E. Ogden of Rochester; singing, “America”; benediction, Rev. J. W. Starie. Great credits due to the people of Spencerport for the royal entertainment of their guests.

New Newspapers added to Fulton History

Fulton History has added even more newspapers to the millions of newspaper pages that were already on the website. Originally all newspapers were from New York State. The new additions are more from other states than from New York State.

If you have visited there before, you can limit the search to only see new “hits.” On the bottom of the search box are selections for dates called “File Creation Date.” I changed the dates to search to January 2014 – June 2014 and found this worked best. To go back to search all newspapers click on “all” and the search dates will disappear.

The next update of Fulton History will probably be in the fall.

The new indexed newspapers added are:

Calera Journal; 1892
Columbana Chronicle; 1890-1904
Montevallo Times; 1935-1949
Shelby Sentinel (Calera); 1895-1905

Chicago Daily Worker; 1924-1926

Bardstown Herald; 1828-1855
Bardstown Standard; 1900-1926
Bardstown Western American; 1805-1808
Bardstown Saturday Gazette; 1856-1857
Louisville Catholic Advocate; 1836-1849
Lexington Gazette; 1787-1841
Lexington Reporter; 1824-1849
Lebanon Weekly Standard; 1871-1876
Nelson County Record (Bardstown); 1877-1901

Galien River Gazette (Three Oaks); 1902-1988
Oswego Free Press; 1830-1834
Three Oaks Acorn; 1900-1929

New York
Alleghany Republican (Friendship); 1901-1903
Canajorarie Courier Standard Enterprise; 1975-1987
Eastern State Journal (White Plains); 1845-1917
Friendship Chronicle; 1880-1881
Friendship Volunteer; 1960-1965
Friendship Weekly Register; 1872-1958
New York Daily Worker; 1919-1928
Vestal News; 1947-1986
Vestal Tempo; 1971-1975
Washington County Post (North White Creek); 1849-1948

Philadelphia Nation Reformer; 1838
Philadelphia Inquirer; 1860-1963

Virginia Beach Virginia Beach Sun; 1952-1988

Top Songs of 1964; #10

The next song on the top of the record charts in 1964 was “Chapel of Love” by The Dixie Cups. The song was written by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich with Phil Spector. It was previously recorded by The Ronettes and The Blossoms, neither of which  group released as a single. The version by The Dixie Cups would become the definitive version. It would stay at the top of both the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the Cash Box chart for 3 weeks (May 31 – June 20).

The Dixie Cups was formed by sisters Barbara Ann and Rosa Lee Hawkins, plus their cousin Joan Marie Johnson; all from New Orleans. “Chapel of Love” was their first release and also their biggest hit. It was also their only number one hit song. Other songs for the group that charted were “People Say” (#12, 1964), “You Should Have Seen the Way He Looked at Me” (#39, 1964), “Iko Iko” (#20, 1965), and “Little Bell” (#51, 1965). Joan Marie Johnson quit the group after a couple of years and the Hawkins sisters now do concerts with Athelgra Neville as the third singer. The group mostly does concerts in the southeast because they are home based in New Orleans but visit their website for tour dates. The website also has videos of the group both old and recent

Download The Dixie Cup songs (for a fee) from


Dionne Quints

dionnequints1Eighty years ago today (May 28, 1934) the Dionne quintuplets were born near the village of Corbeil, Ontario, Canada. Their mother was expecting twins but the five girls were born 2 months premature. The doctor didn’t expect any of the girls to live as there wasn’t an incubator available. Instead, the doctor wrapped the little babies in heated blankets. He, along with two midwives that had helped in the births,  gave them regular massages and fed them a mixture of milk, corn syrup and water.

Other quints had been born before, but these girls were the first to survive infancy. The girls; Yvonne, Annette, Cecile, Emilie and Marie were all later proven to be identical. News of their birth quickly spread. A few months after their birth custody of the girls was taken away from their parents and they were made wards of the provincial Crown. This was in spite of the fact that the parents had 4 other children living at home (and one child that had died in infancy). A compound with a hospital and nursery was built across the road from the Dionne home and Dr. Dafoe, the babies’ doctor, ran the hospital. There was a playground that allowed tourists to view the girls through one-way screens. It became a huge tourist attraction with as many as 6,00 people a day visiting. Outside the compound the father of the quints sold photos, dolls and other souvenirs. Newsreels in movie theaters of the day would mark ever significant event of the quints childhood.

The quints were returned to the custody of their family in 1943. They all left he family home upon turning 18 years old in 1952. Emilie died in 1954 of a seizure. Marie died in 1970 and Yvonne in 2001. Annette and Cecile still survive.

The Dionne family home has been moved to North Bay, Ontario and serves as the Dionne Quint Museum. The is also the Dionne Quints Digitization Project with hundreds of online pictures, articles, etc.


Old News – New Building for Canning Plant

More news from the past. This time on the building of a new Canning plant in Fairport. This firm would later form a separate division called Sanitary Can Co. that would eventually become their sole business. It was later to be known as American Can Company.


Wednesday, May 27, 1914


Modern Sanitary Up-to-date Concrete Building Nearing Completion— A Model of Utility

In line with its settled and well known policy of producing canned goods under the most favorable, up to date and modern sanitary conditions, the Cobb Preserving Co., have well toward completion their new canning plant, which makes a valuable addition to their facilities, and incidentally adds to the importance of Fairport as a center of the canning industry for this section.

The new building, which is one ample story in height, 136 by 66 feet and 8 inches built by the Dollard Construction Co., of Syracuse, who have built some of the recent modern canning plants in the state, is a model of convenience, utility and cleanliness in the preparation of canned goods. The outside is of red brick, and the interior is of white pressed brick, which is absolutely sanitary, perfectly smooth and solid, so that not even red ink can penetrate, but can easily be washed off.

The entire roof is of concrete, laid in several sections, each of which slopes to a trapped sewer outlet, thus allowing for quick drainage of the whole floor after washing with hose.

Ribbed glass windows, set in steel, cover all available space at the sides, making the entire factory practically light as day. Fire danger is reduced to a minimum by the steel and concrete construction, and five-ply roofing, covered with slag construction, covers the entire building. On the main floor are two drinking fountains, one for the women and one for the men, and the factor is supplied with both Fairport and Lake Ontario water. Provision is made for several lines of shafting and automatic conveyors, and the installation of new special machinery, which has already begun to arrive.

The syrup room is located in the upper portion of the south side of the building, and in this, equally as much care has been exercised to have everything perfectly sanitary, and convenient. The syrups are prepared in porcelain tubs, and run to the filling machines by gravity. A steel arch bridge connects the syrup room with the jam manufacturing building in the south.

A concrete loading and unloading platform extends along the entire south side of the building, and this is covered by a steel canopy roof, which extends eight feet over the gravel driveway and the scales. In case of rain, it will afford protection to farmers driving in to unload fruit, etc. The building is also connected with the tin can storage building to the southwest by a covered chute through which the small cars of cans can be run easily/

There is a fire wall at each end and the doors also are fire proof. The ventilation is by means of automatic wind ventilators at the top. The building is to be heated by steam, and the contact guarantees that it will be heated to 70 degrees in zero weather. The level of the new building is considerably higher than the adjoining buildings, and necessitated a little extra construction in the power house to get the shafting at the proper height. It is the plan of the company to replace the next building east with one similar to this one perhaps next year.

The comfort and convenience of the employes are well provided for along with new work. The employees will enter the factory at the west, and as they pass in will “ring in” on time recorders, one for the men and one for the women. Comfortable quarters for the women are being fitted up directly over the offices, whee will be a cloak room, rest room, hospital room, and toilet rooms for the women, all refurbished and fitted with the latest and best conveniences. The women will be given work at the west end of the factory, and the men at the east end. The men’s wash and toilet rooms ate at the southwest corner of the factory. The plant is to be lighted by electricity for evening and night work, current being purchased from the village. A four-foot cement walk will lead from the canal bridge past the sheds and offices to the new factory, and there is being built a new factory, and there is being built a new paymaster’s office close to this walk, and connecting with the main offices. A cross walk across the street from East Church st. to the bridge to connect with this new walk being built seems to be a necessity, and the construction of it being considered by the board of village trustees.

A new walk is being laid by the company from the bridge to the quarters of the Polish employees at the north of the plant, and these quarters have been thoroughly renovated and disinfected and painted to be in readiness for them when they arrive. In these buildings are 40 apartments, two sleeping rooms to each. Considerable filling has been done about the buildings, Lake Ontario water put in, and the company expects to have the entire section well lighted by electricity at night.

The company is looking forward to a good canning season, the first work to be done on strawberries, which are expected soon after the middle of June. This is one of the busy places of Fairport during the season, and the long and honorable career of the Cobb Preserve Co. has placed it among the front ranks of the world’s canners. their reputation for putting out the very best of the canner’s products being second to none. It is a fine opportunity for the farmers in this vicinity that they have right at home a good market for the goods canners can use, with a firm that is as solid as Gibraltar.

The products of the Cobb Preserve Co. find their way all over the United States and to foreign countries, the company now being engaged among other things in filling a large export order. When the Herald reporter visited the plant Monday they were getting ready for shipment several large orders of jams of numerous varieties that are to go in to several states the next two weeks.

Memorial Day 2014

memorial-dayThe children on this old postcard are going to decorate the graves of our veterans that died during our past wars.

The official origin of Decoration Day, as it used to be called, was in Waterloo, NY in 1866. Other places claim to have celebrated before that date but there is no other collaborating evidence. According to legend, in the summer of 1865 a Waterloo druggist, Henry Welles, while talking to friends, suggested that it might be good to remember the soldiers who died during the Civil War. Not much came of it until he mentioned it to General John B. Murray, a Civil War hero from Waterloo, who gathered support from other surviving veterans. On May 5, 1866, they marched to the three local cemeteries and decorated the graves of fallen soldiers.