Ever once in a while I re-visit Fulton History and search again for my family to see if I missed anyone. I was searching for my great-grandfather, Frank Nicholson, when I saw one article that might be for him. There are a few people with the same name throughout New York State at the time he lived. The article was in the Homer (NY) Republic in 1886. My Frank Nicholson didn’t live any where near there but I noticed that it said he lived in Hunts, NY. That is a tiny hamlet in Livingston County and my Frank Nicholson did live there for about 25 years. The article was about NY State people that were granted patents. My great-grandfather was a carpenter for his whole life so I wondered why he would have a patent.

The US government has a website to search patents but I couldn’t find Frank’s patent on there. A better place to search patents is Google’s Patent Search. When I put his name is the search box, it found 474 hits. I just read through the first couple of pages of hits and decided to add to the search. I added “Hunts” to the search and only got 13 hits. Frank’s patent was the 6th one down on the list of hits. That is his patent below. I don’t know why he would spend money on a patent for a fancy bag holder. I would think that it was the kind of item that wouldn’t need a patent as anyone could make a similar item.

I never suspected that Frank would have had a patent. Maybe some person in your family  might have a patent too.


Wilkinson Scrapbook Article #8

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 house we now call the Stone-Tolan House. Part of the original structure was built in 1792 and then added on to up to about 1830. It is the oldest structure still existing in Monroe County. The property was purchased by the Landmark Society from the last occupant, Miss Ellen A. Tolan. The Society has restored the house and also the barn which now serves as an orientation center. It now is open as a museum.

This old tavern building is still standing at 2370 East Ave. as a private residence. It was built in 1790 by Orringh Stone, a brother of Enos Stone Jr., being the first tavern between Canandaigua and the Genesee Falls. Opposite, across East Avenue, at the corner of present Council Rock Avenue stood the Rock and Old Elm. The rock is still there with a bronze on it. This tavern located on the main trail leading from Canandaigua to the Falls and the west, the tavern and the rock became known to travelers in the Genesee Country. Many noted persons stopped there including Louis Philippe, later King of France, Aaron Burr and Lafayette. You would never guess by looking at this house from the street that it is so old. The one above was started over 20 years before there was any Rochesterville and the marvelous part of it is still being occupied and is good condition.

Old News – Bowling

Bowling teams were spring up all over the area in the early 1900s. At that time they would have boys as pin spotters that would have to set up the pins by hand after each frame. Chances are that this bowling alley in Fairport only had one or two lanes.


Wednesday, Nov. 22, 1916


This evening will mark the opening of the bowling season of the Samitary Can Co. teams on Filkins’ alleys. The first two weeks bowling has been very satisfactory completed. The league was made up of twelve teams of seven men each and from these men who competed, it has been decided to form a permanent league of ten teams with five men on each team and two alternates, bowling Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings of each week.

At the formal opening D. B. De Land, superintendent of the Sanitary Can company, will inaugurate the season by rolling the first ball. The “Menders” of the can making machine shop, headed by Harvey Hart, will bowl the “Pressers” of the press department, guided by “Heine” Fett and the “Rotaries” of the double seamer section of the Lock-seam department will battle under the leadership of “Bean” Lockard against the “Maxams” or the bench men of the D. S. machine shop with Nelson in the lead, who says “Maxams expects every man to do his duty.”

1916-11-22-adAfter tonight two teams will bowl every Wednesday night, and on Thursday and Friday evenings four teams will bowl excepting on the 13th week, when only two teams will bowl. A prize will be given each week for the highest score made by individual bowlers but no one will be allowed to win more than one prize and at the end of the season a suitable prize will be given to the team having the highest average.

The Herald expects to print every week the scores of the various teams and also the name or number of the teams which will bowl that week. Watch this paper for the weekly results.

Top Songs of 1966 – #33

you_keep_me_hangin_on_by_the_supremes_us_vinylThe Supremes are riding a high in 1966. “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” is their 8th number one song on the charts. Still there is some dissension brewing that could not be seen in their many appearances on TV. Florence Ballard doesn’t like that Diana Ross is getting all the attention in the group. She began showing up for shows late and sometimes inebriated. Motown record company would replace Florence in summer of 1967.

“You Keep Me Hangin’ On” was the number one song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the weeks of Nov. 13 – 26. On the Cash Box record chart it was on the top of the chart for the week of Nov. 27 – Dec. 3, 1966.

In 1967 the group Vanilla Fudge would chart with the song but as a slowed down and hard rock version. It would peak on the charts at number 6. Watch that version on YouTube.

Clarkson History

I uploaded an early history of the Town of Clarkson. “History of Clarkson” (1890) was a series of 30 newspaper articles in The Brockport Republic newspaper. Seeing as the Town of Hamlin was part of Clarkson until 1852, this history also contains lots of information on Hamlin.

So what is in this history? Short personal sketches, early land owners, election results, names of pathmasters, early tombstone records, etc.

Wilkinson Scrapbook Article #7

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 doctor in Rochester. He moved to Morgan, Ohio about 1828 but came back to Rochester in 1834 where he died in 1879 at age 90. His wife Huldah had died in 1873.

Dr. Jonah Brown was the first practitioner in the Village of Rochesterville. “When he arrived in 1813 he was thankful to find a place to sleep under a canvas-top wagon that stood at the west end of the bridge, with a Indian or two  prowling about begging for whiskey.” He attended Abelard Reynolds who had a bad spell of sickness. Huldah M. Strong, who also taught the first school was Rochester’s first barmaid. She helped in the Post Office in the Reynold’s home near where the Arcade was erected. She also served drinks over the bar at the rear of the Post Office. Dr. Jonah was wont to quench his thirst and then fell in love with beautiful Huldah and they spliced and lived happily ever afterwards. Dr. Brown did not remain a physician for long. Other physicians, better qualified took his place. He went into other businesses and made a lot of dough. They are buried in Mount Hope – side by each with a double headstone. You can see it just above the crematory.

Old News – Thanksgiving Recipes

I haven’t tested these 100 year old recipes. If you want to follow them, please use care.


Friday, Nov. 17, 1916

Good Things For Thanksgiving Dinner


Roast Turkey

To truss the fowl draw the thighs and wings close against the body and fasten securely with skewers or tie with string. Rub the entire surface with salt, brush with soft utter and dredge with flour. Place in a hot oven and when well browned reduce the heat. Baste with the fat in pan and two cupfuls of boiling water, continue basting every twenty minutes until meat is done, which will require about three hours for an eight or ten pound turkey. If roasted in a covered roaster it is not necessary to baste very often, as the steam keeps the roast moist, but it should have the fat and broth dipped over it now and then Turn the turkey occasionally, so that it may brown evenly.

Mashed Turnips

Pare and quarter turnips and boil steadily in unsalted water until tender, drain, mash and season with butter, pepper and a little salt.

Cranberry Frappe

Four cupfuls of cranberries boiled in three cupfuls of water strained through flannel. Take three cupfuls of sugar and three cupfuls of cranberry juice and the juice of one-half lemon and mix all together and freeze. Delicious to serve with roast fowl.

Thanksgiving Apple Cake

Scald a cupful of milk and one-third cupful of butter, one-third cupful of sugar and one-third teaspoonful of salt. When lukewarm add a yeast cake, two eggs and three and a half cupfuls of bread flour. Cover, let rise, beat well and let rise again. Turn into buttered dripping pan. Let rise, brush over with melted butter, cover with sections of apples, brush over with butter, sprinkle with cinnamon, sugar and currents. Bake in a moderate oven and cover with whipped cream.