Children’s History Book

rochester-areaI upload a history book of this region that was used by children in school. The Rochester Area (1955) was one of a series of regional histories of New York State. It is only 36 pages and only 14 of the pages have text, as there are some large illustrations. The book mostly covers Monroe County but also mentions historical events and people of Wayne, Seneca, Yates, Ontario, Livingston, Orleans, Genesee and Wyoming counties. The next to last page in the book is a map of the region with historic events drawn around the outer edged.

Although intended for children, this book is a good review for everyone. You may just relearn something that you may have forgotten.

Old News

Margaret Wilson’s mother died in 1914 while her father was President of the United States. Margaret took over the social duties as First Lady until her father remarried in Dec. 1915. About 1940 Margaret traveled to India where she decided to stay and would become a Buddhist nun. She died in 1944 and is buried in India.


Friday, March 24, 1916

Woman’s World

The President’s Daughter is an Advocate of Suffrage.

Margaret_Woodrow_Wilson_1912Miss Wilson always has been a suffragist at heart, but it was not until last year, after her father had announced his own views on the question of votes for women, that she permitted herself to come out and work for the enfranchisement of her sex. She had for several years attended as a silent spectator all the mass meetings of the suffrage societies. Even now she seldom makes speeches, since she needs to save her voice for her chosen career as a vocal artist.

Recently Miss Wilson was one of the hostesses at a suffrage tea given in New York, where Miss Julia Lathrop, head of the national children’s bureau, spoke about the relation of suffrage to child welfare. The children’s bureau is another one of the humanitarian interests of Miss Wilson, whose unaffected love of humanity has led her to ally herself with many philanthropic movements.

It is said that she always gives the proceeds of her concert money to the work for the blind, for, while she is an enthusiastic lover of her work, she does not sing to enrich herself, but to help mankind.

Old News – St. Patrick’s Day

Today is St. Patrick’s Day. A local Society was planning to have a dinner to celebrate the day in 1916.


Friday, March 17, 1916


st-pat-1916The Gaelic Society of Rochester has announced that more than five hundred tickets have been sold for the fifth annual banquet to be held at the Powers Hotel on Friday evening at 6:30 o’clock.

The speakers at Friday night’s dinner will be Francis Cullen, of Watertown, and Thomas A Kirby of Albion. President Love will be toastmaster. there will be plenty of entertainment, among the numbers being the following: E. J. Ryan, of Victor, songs; Walter Herring, songs; Roy Miller, stories; Walter Edward Burke, songs; Mary Sullivan and Jack O’Brien, child entertainers in costume, several stunts and other features.

The following Reception Committee were named: John Curtin, Maurice J. Murphy, James C. Quinn, Anthony McGreal, William T. Farrell, F. L. O’Laughlin, Charles Howe, James E. Ryan, L. A. MacSweeney, C. E. Callahan and B. F. Dunn.

Good Roads Booklet

I uploaded a 20 page booklet titled “Good Roads; Monroe County, N.Y. and Federal Highways, 1918.” It was put out by the Good Roads Committee of the Rochester Auto Association which even in 1918 was affiliated with the national Automobile Association of America (AAA). The Committee was pushing to have roads improved for use of automobiles. According to the booklet, only about a mile of roads were paved with macadam (asphalt pavement) in each town in the County in 1917. Other roads had tarvia applied. I had to look that term up and found it was a thick coal tar. That is the same stuff that they use now to seal driveways.

The booklet has a picture and description of the Stutson Street bridge which had just recently opened. That bridge has been replaced. They also mention some concrete road bridges built around the county.

Maple Sugar Candy

maple-candyThe sap is running. Maple trees are tapped in early spring to get sap that is boiled down to make real maple syrup. That imitation syrup that is sold in grocery stores only taste similar to the real maple syrup. There are some places that this time of year will serve pancakes with the real stuff.

From 1952 to 1964 my parents owned a fruit and vegetable market in Horseheads, NY. My mother used to make maple sugar candies to sell. She started with a pan that probably held five gallons of syrup. Then it would have to be boiled down even further. Our house smelled great during that time. It would take 5 or 6 hours to get down to the right consistency. How she knew when it was ready I don’t know. Then after it cooled some, she poured it into molds. There were two sizes molds. One was a leaf shape about an inch across. The larger one was about 2.5 inches round and with a leaf impression.I wish I could remember what we charged for the candies. I know they were expensive even in those days. I used to get some pieces that came out of the molds broken. If many came out broken, mom would put them in the pot and melt them down again, to be reformed.

Maple sugar candies are full of calories but just one won’t hurt. And they they taste so good.

Two Solutions for FTM

ftmIt was announced at the end of last year that would stop selling Family Tree Maker (FTM) software. That sent some people into a panic as it is the only genealogy software that they have ever used. Then it was announced that FTM was sold to MacKiev who had  been writing the MAC version of the software for MacKiev said that they will be also working on the Windows version of FTM. MacKiev has now released their versions with some minor updates. The full version is $69.95 (2014 edition). They will be giving a discounted price of $29.95 for those who want to upgrade from FTM (Windows) 2012 or Mac 2 or any earlier version. Current owners of FTM 2014 or Mac 3 will be getting a free update. Those versions MAY tell you when the update is available. The best way to make sure that you get the notice of the updated version is to sign up on this page for notices. The updates should be available within a few days.

RootsMagic genealogy software now has an updated version (7.1) that does a direct import of FTM data. This update only took the RootsMagic team a month to complete. Soon RootsMagic will be able to do a search on within their program and also to sync with data on Ancestry. They have this special web page for FTM users that includes training videos, testimonials, and more. Plus, for a limited time, they will give FTM users the full-version of RootsMagic for the low price of only $20. If you choose the download option, they also include the PDF book, “Getting the Most out of RootsMagic” absolutely free (a 14.95 value).

More Kodak Employee Magazines

kodak-magazineI uploaded 5 more Kodak magazines. These are magazines that were issued to employees in the US from 1920 to at least 1943. In 1943 Kodak then started Kodakery which was in newspaper format. That was sent to employees until 2005 when they started just sending employees emails. The issues that I uploaded are:

I also scan some things that aren’t related to the Rochester area. One of the things that I scanned recently is American Women at War by The National Association of Manufacturers (1942). It is a 39 page booklet that tells how women were helping the war effort during World War II. It was written by several women newspaper columnists. I looked on WorldCat and this booklet is only in 14 libraries and they are all University libraries. Now you can view or download it on