Old News – Anti-Suffrage


Thursday, May 6, 1915


Fairport Grange Hears Address Against Suffrage—Interesting Program.

ad-1915-05-06Mrs. Henry F. Burton, president of the Rochester Anti-Suffrage Society, addressed Fairport Grange, Saturday evening. Mrs. Burton was a little late, because of having to speak before Penfield Grange before coming to Fairport. She was a most pleasing speaker and was earnestly listened to. She said in part; “About only one woman in ten believes in suffrage and it is undemocratic for a few women to demand the ballot for all. Only about 5,000 woman in New York belong and pay toward the suffrage movement. Should that number be able to demand the vote for the millions of women who are not asking for the franchise? Women have the right to vote at school meeting. In Massachusetts about 2½ per cent of the women use the ballot accorded them.”

Mr. and Mrs Maurice O’Leary, Miss Verna May and Miss Rose Kratzenberg were elected to become members by initiation. Resolutions in memory of Albert L. Palmer, one of the oldest members, were read and the charter ordered draped for thirty days.

Mark Furman, district superintendent of schools, was asked to say something about school matters. especially in view of the nearness of school meeting. He spoke particularly of heating and ventilation in rural schools, and some other sanitary measures.

The next meeting will be held Saturday evening, May 15th, when a memorial program will be given under the auspices of the chaplain, Mrs. Jerome Parker. The meetings of June will be given over to initiatory services.

Kodak History Notes – Reactor

The reactor

The reactor

Eastman Kodak at one time had a refrigerator-sized nuclear reactor in the basement of one of the buildings in Kodak Park.

Kodak first used a university reactor to test chemical materials for impurities. Then in 1974 they acquired their own reactor called a a californium neutron flux multiplier (CFX) that had a core of Califrnium-252 isotope that would emit neutrons that would penetrate materials. Within a short time they realized that they needed a larger amount of neutrons. That is why they wrapped the core with 3½ pounds of uranium plates that would help multiply the neutron flow.

Although the uranium that Kodak had was considered “weapons grade,” the amount was well below the 100 pounds that would be needed to produce a small nuclear bomb. Still, it appears that no one in local law enforcement or the fire department ever knew of the existence of the reactive materials in the reactor.

The reactor was in the basement of building 82 along Lake Avenue. If you have ever gone north on Lake Avenue from Ridge Road West then you know there is a bridge over Lake Avenue between two Kodak buildings. Building 82 is on the west side of Lake Avenue and to the south of the bridge.

The reactor was in a 14 x 12 foot cavity in the basement. The room also had 2 foot thick concrete walls. This was done to protect employees from being harmed by any radiation. Apparently the chemical materials being tested were sent to the reactor via a pneumatic tube system.

The existence of the reactor was hinted to the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (D&C) by a former Kodak employee in 2012. When the D&C started looking into information about the reactor, they found some information had already been declassified. Reporters found that in 2003 Kodak decided that the reactor was no longer needed. The californium was sent to another unnamed facility in 2006. Then in 2007 the uranium was sent to a US government site in South Carolina. A Kodak spokesman says that that the area where the reactor used to be now sits empty.


Glen House

postcard-glen-houseMike Governale of the Rochester Subway blog has written a post about Glen House that used to be by the Genesee River below what is now Maplewood Park. The post includes lots of pictures.

Glen House was built about 1870. When the trolley line on Lake Ave. was extended all the way to Lake Ontario in 1889, business at the restaurant deceased. The final blows were fires in 1894 and 1900. The postcard, on right,  shows the remains of the Glen House and the elevator to get down to it as it looked in about 1910.

New Newspapers Added to Fulton History

Fulton History has added more newspapers to the millions of newspaper pages that were already on the website. Now there are over 30,667,000 newspaper pages. Originally all newspapers were from New York State but you will notice that most of the newspapers added in the last four months are from other states.

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.” Change the beginning date to a month or two before your last visit and and the end date can be set to Dec. 2015. Then search. To go back to search all dates, click on “all” and the search dates will disappear.

For those people researching family in the Rochester area, you will see that one of the new newspapers added is the Rochester Daily Democrat for June 1840 to 1857.

Rochester Daily Democrat

Check out these new newspapers and see what you can find:

District of Columbia
The American Spectator; 1812-1831
The National Intelligencer; 1823-1837

Carlinville Conservative; 1868
Carlinville Daily Enquirer; 1871-1918
Carlinville Democrat; 1902-2012
Carlinville Free Democrat; 1856-1902
Carlinville Spectator; 1859-1962
Chicago Tribune; 1860-1921
Macoupin County Herald (Carlinville); 1879
Macoupin County Argus (Carlinville); 1903-1904

Adair County News; 1900-1908
American Baptist (Louisville); 1903-1904
Big Sunday News (Louisa); 1885-1922
Blue Grass Blade (Lexington); 1902-1910
Bourbon News (Paris); 1883
Berea Citizen; 1900-1910
Breckenridge News (Cloverport); 1881-1909
Breathitt County News (Jackson); 1903-1904
Clay City Times; 1902-1910
Earlington Bee; 1902-1903
Frankfort Weekly Roundabout; 1879-1880
Hartford Herald; 1888-1898
Hazel Green Herald; 1885-1894
Hickman Courier; 1880-1908
The Jeffersonian (Jeffersontown); 1907-1974
Lexington Drummer; 1888-1889
Lexington Gazette; 1787-1792
Lexington Reporter; 1824-1849
Maysville Daily Bulletin; 1884-1886
MountainAdvance (Barbourville); 1905-1910
Owingsville Outlook; 1903-1910
Public Ledger (Maysville); 1892-1900
Paducah Sun; 1896-1910
Spoutspring Times; 1889
The True American (Lexington); 1846
Western Citizen (Paris); 1859-1865
Winchester News; 1909-1910

Christian Science Monitor (Boston); 1908-1925
Franklin Herald (Greenfield); 1812-1827
Greenfield Daily Recorder; 1921-1934
Greenfield Gazette; 1853-1820
Greenfield Gazette and Franklyn Democrat; 1827-1859

The Eleven Towns (Goodridge); 1915-1918
Goodridge Banner; 1918-1923
Gully Sunbeam; 1904-1919
Holt Weekly News; 1914-1952
The Northern Light (Holt); 1911-1914
Northern Watch (Thief River Falls); 1991-2008
Plummer Pioneer; 1907-1913
Polk County Journal (Coorkston); 1878-1908
Red Lake Falls Era; 1882-1883
Red Lake Falls Gazette; 1886-1919
Red Lake Falls News; 1890-1906
St. Hilaire Spectator; 1890-1942
Thief River Falls Press; 1892-2002
Thief River Falls Tribune; 1919-1927
Tri County Forum (Thief River Falls); 1936-1943

New York
Hancock Herald; 1878-1975
New York Weekly Anglo African; 1859-1864
Orleans Republican (Albion); 1845-1944
Ossining Citizen Register; 1932-1960
Owego Daily Blade; 1884-1893
Owego Daily Record; 1886-1908
Rochester Daily Democrat; 1840-1857
South New Berlin Bee; 1914-1953
Tarrytown Daily News; 1932-1979

Montrose Democrat; 1860-1900


Old News – Fashions

Here are are some fashion notes for 1915. I must admit that I don’t understand a lot of the descriptive terms for the fashions of those days.


Wednesday, April 29, 1915


Smart New Tennis Coat

Smart New Tennis Coat

The outdoor girl begins to take interest in sports clothes quite early in the season, many of them high away from regions where winter reigns to those where a milder climate prevails. And then all sorts of open air recreations are possible. She may ride or drive or motor or play tennis or golf, as her taste dictates. At the smart resorts modish clothes are important.

Suitable for wear on the tennis court is the sports coat of green eponge here shown. It has large patch pockets and a loose belt tying in front. A wide tie of the green eponge matches the belt. Flare collar and wide cuffs are of natural colored eponge.


Hand bags in small sizes, in fabrics and soft, flexible leathers, are prominently featured says the Dry Goods Economist. Light colored leathers are used in some of the new models.

Hair ornaments are well liked. The high Spanish back comb continues in the lead, principally in jeweled effects in pastel colorings. Casque combs are also much in vogue. The use of matt crystal is one of the new features.

Parasols show quaint shirrings, puffings, cording and pipings. Odd shapes and rich color combinations are the features. Plain, severe styles now prevail for use with military dresses.

Jewelry tendencies, owing to the conditions in Europe, strongly favor the use of jet. Combinations of jet and rhinestones and onyx and rhinestones have chief adoption.

Tulle bands with bows behind are worn for evening and are becoming to the majority of women.

Kodak History Notes – Knocking Down Buildings

kodak-bldg-53Just last Thursday I took the picture on the right of another building being knocked down at Eastman Business Park (formerly Kodak Park). It is building 53 and it is along Eastman Ave. where there is a dead end at an almost empty parking lot. Click on the picture to see a larger version of the picture.

Kodak  had many vacant buildings before they filed for bankruptcy. They sold some buildings but there were many other buildings that no one wanted. It was determined that they could save a lot of money by knocking down unused buildings and save on the lower property taxes. They started in 2003 using traditional methods of destruction and were able to get rid of many old buildings. They even knocked down building 2 which had for many years housed the Kodak Park medical department. It also had a small auditorium which was really nice with great wood paneling.

By 2007 Kodak was getting impatient so they decided to implode three sets of buildings (23, 65 & 67, and 50). The video, below, is the implosion of building 50 that I took on the cold morning of Sept. 15th 2007. It had been raining earlier but had cleared up at the appointed time; 7 a.m. There weren’t very many people to watch this one. There was a man and his son standing next to me. The man told his son that it was originally going to cost $750,000 to knock down with excavating machines and a wrecking ball. Instead Kodak was going to spend $1 million to implode the building. He had to explain to his son that Kodak was willing to spend the extra money to get the job done faster.

WDYTYA – Melissa Etheridge

Melissa-EtheridgeThe episode of Who Do Think You Are? (WDYTYA) that airs on April 26th is the last one of this season. Profiled on this episode is Melissa Etheridge, the singer-songwriter and guitarist.

Melissa goes on a journey to uncover her father’s maternal roots. She finds French Canadian ancestors who were embroiled in a bitter lawsuit against a man who got their teenage daughter pregnant and refused to marry her; but Melissa discovers there’s more to their story than she thought. Then she follows the trail of her 5x great-grandfather to colonial America, where he was a prosperous businessman and navigated the tumultuous times of the Revolutionary War. Melissa visits both Illinois and Missouri in her quest for her ancestors.

Melissa is touring this summer in support of her new album “A Little Bit of Me: Live in L.A.” She will be at a free show at the NY State Fair on Aug. 28th (but you have to pay to get in the Fair). For other show dates visit her website.

The episode air on the TLC channel at 10 pm (eastern and western times). Hopefully TLC will make more than 10 episodes next season.

Lakes Country – Arch Merrill

lakes-countryI scanned Arch Merrill’s book “The Lakes Country” from 1944. In this, his third book, he tours around most of the Finger Lakes here in NY State. He visits Conesus Lake, Hemlock Lake, Canadice Lake, Honeoye Lake, Canandaigua Lake, Seneca Lake and Keuka Lake. He also writes about Canandaigua, Watkins Glen, Geneva and even Sampson Naval Base as this was still the time of WWII when Sampson was very active.

This book wasn’t ever reprinted as far as I can tell. Instead in  1951, the chapters were reordered and chapters on Cayuga Lake, Owasco Lake and Skaneateles Lake were added and the new book was titled “Slim Fingers Beckon.”

I did something different this time. Instead of putting the book on the GenWeb website, I put it on Archive.org. I uploaded it in PDF format and they were able to add other formats like for Kindle, ePub and even a fairly good text version that you can download to whatever device you have. Check out The Lakes Country and find out the history of the Finger Lakes region.

Old News – Editorials

The Erie Canal is opening for the season. It has been expanded and the new name is the Barge Canal but most everyone still referred to as the Erie.


Wednesday, April 21, 1915


ads-1915-04-21The “Raging Erie,” according to the official announcement of Superintendent of Public Works Wotherspoon, will be in open to traffic on May 15. 160 miles of the new Barge Canal will be in operation. This will include 20 miles in Wayne county and a greater portion of the length between Rochester and Tonawanda. Fairport residents are always glad when the “Bog Ditch” is annually filled. It means a chance to fish, a place to motor and canoe, but the canal is never looked upon as a means of transportation for freight or produce that materially affects Fairport one way or another. If the dreams of the promoters of the Barge Canal are realized it may be that in the future the opening the canal, annually, may mean an increase of business for out village.

“Men may come and men may go,” but it looks as if the men who tinker with the laws at Albany have sufficient gray matter to realize that a goodly number of the men who operate the Jitneys and a large portion of the patrons of the quicker transportation facilities afforded by the operation of the Jitneys are voters.

NY State Historical Newspapers Website

The NY State Historical Newspapers is  a website that  contains about 3,700,000 newspaper pages scanned by libraries throughout the state. At one time each region in NY State had their own website but now they all have been combined. Best of all it is absolutely free.

From the main page you can click on a county to see what newspaper and dates are available. This is the website that I use each week to select the “Old News” postings. The reason I use this website is that you can search by a date range. Then I can save a page either as a PDF or PNG picture file that I can save to my computer and edit as I do with the old ads.

The video, below, explains how to do a search  on the website.