( Updated 8 / 22 / 2004 )

The Albany Office of Price Administration catches a number of butchers engaged in the black market. ** Historian Doris Kearns (Goodwin) is born in Rockville Center, Long Island, to bank examiner Michael Kearns and his wife Helen.

Jan 2
Rochester newspaperman Lloyd Klos receives his DDS form 150 (draft notice).

Jan 11
New York City mobster Carmine Galante, under contract to Vito Genovese, a friend of Benito Mussolini's, kills Carlo Tresca, editor of the anti-Communist newspaper Il Martello.

Jan 12
Alfred Hitchcock's film Shadow of a Doubt has its world premiere at New York's Rivoli Theatre, along with a star-studded stage revue called "Women Can Take It", as a benefit for the Citizens' Committee for the Army and Navy, Inc. Regional Council. ** Rochester newspaperman Lloyd Klos is ordered to report for induction into the U. S. Army.

Jan 21
Klos has his physical and mental exams at the Federal Building induction center (now City Hall) along with other young men from the city and Irondequoit. They are sworn in.

Jan 23
Author-critic Alexander Woollcott suffers a fatal heart attack while appearing on the radio program The People's Forum in New York City, at the age of 56.

Jan 28
Klos and his fellow inductees travel by train to Buffalo, then by bus for Fort Niagara, for basic training.

Feb 15
Temperatures in New York City drop to 8 degrees below 0 F, lowest here for this date.

Feb 25
Aircraft recognition classes are announced for the Lake Pleasant school gym.

Alexander Douglas Hume (Ralph Marshall Wilby), accountant for New York's William T. Knott management company, opens an account under the firm name of Avon Mills, at New Jersey's Trenton Banking Company, deposits $67, 857.90. Wilby later transfers the money to his own account (under Hume) in National City Bank of New York.

Apr 8
Stage musicals director Michael Bennett is born in Buffalo.

Apr 15
Temperatures in New York City drop to 28 degrees F, lowest here for he date.

A ban on pleasure driving prevents Adirondack summer cottage owners from visiting their vacation homes in the months ahead.

May 8
Syrian-born Brooklyn physician-poet-lecturer Rizq (George) Haddad dies, at the age of 69. The Haddad Foundation for Children will be established later in the year, to benefit Syrian-Lebanese children.

Jun 30
Confusion over blackout warning signals in Ticonderoga results in air raid wardens, auxiliary firemen and police officers being called out in error.

Jul 8
Since March 20th Wilby has embezzled $275,984.48 from his employer.

As a civil defense exercise two squadrons of planes release 400 paper "bombs" over Warrensburg

Aug 1
A riot in West Harlem, sparked by the arrest of a black woman in the Hotel Braddock and fanned by rumors, leaves five blacks dead and 500 arrested.

The quality of deer hunting ammunition falls off. New York conservation officials worry that hunters will fail to kill the animals, needed to supplement the food supply.

Oct 13
A plaque is erected on the grounds of Mercy High School in Rochester, commemorating the Jesuit missionaries who found their way to the area in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Funds for the monument are provided by Herman G. Hetzler.

Nov 14
New York Philharmonic conductor Bruno Walter is taken ill. His assistant Leonard Bernstein fills in for him.

Nov 22
Lyricist Lorenz Milton Hart dies in New York City at the age of 60.

Dec 30
Temperatures in New York City drop to 3 degrees F, lowest here for this date.

Dec 31
Crooner Frank Sinatra performs at the Paramount Theater in New York's Times Square.


Mayor LaGuardia asks Roosevelt to commission him a brigadier general. ** The demolition of the Sixth Avenue elevated line is completed. ** Frank Lloyd Wright is commissioned to design the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum ** Kurt Weill and Ogden Nash's One Touch of Venus opens on Broadway. Baltimore-based Nash visits the city. ** New Yorker cartoonist Charles Addams marries Barbara Day. ** Author Pietro di Donato marries Helen Dean. The ceremony is performed by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia. ** New York Times military analyst Hanson Baldwin wins the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting from the war in the Pacific. ** The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) sells its Blue Network to Edward J. Noble, to avoid antitrust problems. Noble changes the name of the flagship station WJZ to ABC, which will become the American Broadcasting Company (ABC). ** Baseball pitcher Rex Barney joins the Brooklyn Dodgers. ** Alexander Douglas Hume (Ralph Marshall Wilby) is given a $500 bonus for the second time in a row. ** The Empire Diner opens, at Tenth Avenue and 22nd Street.

The Randall Mansion in Cortland is demolished. ** The Caledonia State Fair skips the season because of gasoline rationing. ** Civil engineer Henry Druding is assigned to Sampson Naval Training Center as a lieutenant commander, serving as public works officer. ** The Catholic League for Assistance to Poland is organized in Buffalo. ** Due to a shortage of heating fuel some plane-spotter towers are shut down, early in the year. ** The state Division of Commerce reports that, in spite of a ban on pleasure driving, guest attendance at resort hotels in the Adirondacks has gained 22% over last year because people are doing much less traveling around from place to place, taking buses to the resorts. ** To ease food shortages the state lifts restrictions on trapping beaver in 13 northern counties. ** Lumber production has declined 50% in the past two years, due to wage competition from other industries. ** Because of a wartime shortage of trucks in the Adirondack region old-fashioned river drives are held this spring and next on the Boreas, Cedar, Hudson, Jessup and Moose rivers and on West Canada Creek. ** U. S. Senator James M. Mead of New York announces plans for a four-lane superhighway through the Adirondacks to access the region's mines.

A 30-acre estate adjoining Glenwood Cemetery is donated to William Smith College by Mabelle Houghton Plum, John H., William R., and David F. Harris. Named Houghton House it will be used as a residence and dining facility, later as an art center. ** Hobart College contracts with the U. S. Navy to establish a unit of the V-12 program on campus, ensuring sufficient enrollments throughout the war.

Future Buffalo minister and photographer Willie B. Seals marries Clara Ellis in Alexandria.



(Updated May 29, 2003)

Batavia restaurant owners Mr. and Mrs. Harry Neumeister move The Dagwood from 48 Main Street to 112 Main.

Feb 1
Dutch painter Pieter Mondrian, 71, dies in New York City.

Feb 17
Get-A-Way Gertie, a B-24 on a training mission out of Westover Army Base in Massachusetts, crashes into Lake Ontario at Mexico Bay. All eight crew members aboard drown. The wreck is not recovered.

Feb 23
A wing of Get-A-Way Gertie washes ashore.

Apr 7
Jazz tenor saxophone player Pat Pascel LaBarbera is born in Warsaw, New York.

Apr 29
The U. S. Socialist Labor Party meets for two days in New York City, nominates Edward A. Teichert of Pennsylvania and Ohio's Alva A. Albaugh.

May 8
The first eye bank is established, in New York City.

May 19
The U. S. Communist Party, meeting in New York City for two days, endorses Franklin D. Roosevelt's candidacy.

May 28
New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is born in Brooklyn.

May 29
After being closed during the war because of travel restrictions the Batavia Downs harness racing track reopens to a record crowd of 5,000.

Jun 27
The Republicans meet for three days in Chicago, Illinois, nominate New York governor Thomas E. Dewey and Ohio governor John Bricker.

Jul 19
Black Broadway composer Will Marion Cook dies at the age of 75.

Jul 20
Katherine Hepburn opens on Broadway in Dragon Seed.

Aug 1
Exiled Filipino president Manuel Quezon, 65, die in Saranac Lake. Sergio Osmena is sworn in, the new president-in-exile.

Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis enrolls in the Juilliard School of Music.

Sep 5
An earthquake measuring the equivalent of 5.8 on today's Richter Scale strikes the Massena area.

Sep 18
A one-room cement block building is added to the rear of Batavia's Holland Land Office.

Oct 4
Politician Alfred E. Smith, 70, dies in New York City.

Oct 19
Actor Marlon Brando makes his Broadway debut in John Van Druten's I Remember Mama, with Peggy Wood.

The city of Rochester uses imported German prisoners of war to shovel snow.

Dec 16
Composer, guitarist and bass player John Abercrombie is born in Port Chester.

Dec 17
The Green Bay Packers defeat the New York Giants for the football championship.

Dec 27
Composer Amy Marcy Cheyney Beach (Mrs. H. H. A. Beach) dies in New York City at the age of 77.

Dec 29
Temperatures in New York City drop to 3 degrees F, lowest here for this date.


Frieda Schiff Warburg donates her family mansion on Fifth Avenue to the Jewish Theological Seminary to house their art collection - the beginning of the Jewish Museum. ** Writer-producer Cy Howard appears in Maxwell Anderson's play Storm Operation. ** Aaron Copland's ballet Appalachian Spring, choreographed by Martha Graham, debuts. ** 18-year-old trumpeter Miles Davis sits in with Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker when they appear in St. Louis. When they've gone he comes here and seeks them out. ** Pearl Bailey begins n eight-month booking at the Blue Angel supper club. ** Composer-troubadour Richard Dyer-Bennet becomes the first folk performer to give a major solo concert, selling out Town Hall. Impresario Sol Hurok hears him perform at Carnegie Hall and signs him on as a client. ** Columbia University physics professor Isidor Isaacs Rabi wins the Nobel Prize for his work on atomic magnetic measurement. ** Jerome Robbins expands his ballet Fancy Free into On the Town. ** Writer Richard H. Rovere goes to work for The New Yorker. ** The play Anna Lucasta moves from Harlem to Broadway, the first non-racial black play performed there. ** Italian-born actor-director Mario Badolati directs plays at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Herrick's Castle (Ericstan) in Tarrytown is demolished. ** The Pickle Boat, having made twice-daily voyages between Old Forge and Inlet for 44 years, is retired. ** Samuel Hopkins Adams' Canal Town is published. ** Rosie Carnemolla is born in Poughkeepsie. She will attain a peak weight of 840 pounds. ** The Polish American Congress is organized, in Buffalo. ** Canandaigua's 1870 Alexander MacKechnie home at 454 North Main Street is sold to the American Legion. ** The General Hutchinson House on Onondaga County's West Seneca Turnpike, passes out of the Downer family after 102 years, when it's sold to John Reinhardt. ** Adirondacks lumber camps are using chainsaws and other machines to compensate for a lack of wartime manpower.

Joseph Fratterigo buys a luncheonette on Jackson Street from co-worker William Rippey. He will move the restaurant across the street. ** A one-story cement block addition is built onto the back of the Holland Land Office building. ** Robert McBride buys horse sheds on the west side of State Street and replaces them with the McBride Boiler Works. ** The Batavia Hospital has grown to 85 beds. A Building Campaign Fund is launched, to build a new facility. Le Royan Elbert Townsend announces his village will pledge $100,000 if the rest of the county will raise $250,000. When the sum is exceeded, Le Roy donates $150,000.

Jean Walrath becomes the city's first female political candidate. ** The Italian Culture Club helps establish the Il Scolo Italian language summer school. ** The East Side Savings Bank becomes the Community Savings Bank.

Buffalo writer Barbara A. Seals (Nevergold) is born to minister and future photographer Willie B. Seals and his wife Clara, in Alexandria.



(Updated May 29, 2003)

Batavia's Holland Land Office Museum is turned over to the Red Cross. The collections are stored in two upstairs rooms.

Jan 6
Future U. S. president George Walker Bush marries Barbara Pierce, in Rye.

Jan 25
Temperatures in New York City drop to 2 degrees F, lowest here for this date.

Mar 1
The Adirondack Record reports that Gerard M. Boyea of Malone has been arraigned in Federal court in Albany for food smuggling and fined $400 for bringing 800 pounds of butter across the Canadian border. A Boyea clerk and two lookouts are placed on probation. Another man is fined $300 for smuggling in 48 bags of potatoes.

Mar 12
The state legislature enacts a anti-discrimination law.

Mar 17
Japanese-American physician Toyohiko Campbell Takami dies in Brooklyn. ** Temperatures in New York City rise to 75 degrees F, highest here for this date.

Mar 20
Temperatures in New York City rise to 83 degrees F, highest here for this date.

Mar 28
Temperatures in New York City rise to 84 degrees F, highest here for this date.

Mar 29
Temperatures in New York climb to 86 degrees F, setting another daily record.

Apr 12
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt dies in Warm Springs, Georgia.

Apr 15
Roosevelt is buried at the family home in Hyde Park.

The Joseph Perillo & Sons Travel Agency opens on Third Avenue in the Bronx.

May 7
German Chief of Staff General Alfred Jodl, representing the Germans, signs the surrender at Reims.

May 24
Actress Priscilla Ann Beaulieu (Presley) is born in Brooklyn.

The attack transport USS Bronx is launched at Portland, Oregon.

Jul 1
The state forms the first state anti-discrimination agency.

Jul 9
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright displays his plans for the Guggenheim Museum.

Jul 28
A B-25 crashes into the Empire State Building, at the 79th floor.

The USS Bronx is commissioned. She never sees East Coast service.

Aug 16
Truman announcs the upcoming Japanese surrender on the radio. Au Sable Forks celebrates by dancing in the street to a juke box hauled outside, then dancing most of the night to a string band.

Sep 2
The Japanese surrender is signed on the decks of the USS. Missouri in Tokyo Bay - Truman proclaims the day VJ (Victory over Japan) Day.

Sep 26
Hungarian-born composer Béla Bartok dies in New York City at the age of 64.

Oct 3
35,000 members of the International Longshoreman's Association (ILA) walk off the job.

Oct 19
The longshoremen return to work, having gained wage increases and improved working conditions.

Oct 27
Truman announces twelve fundamentals of U. S. foreign policy, during a New York City address.

Miles Davis participates in his first be-bop session, recording "Now's the Time" and "Koko" with the Charlie Parker quintet. He has just dropped out of Julliard.

Nov 10
Jazz trumpet player and arranger John LaBarbera is born in Mount Morris.

Nov 25
Elie Siegmeister's "Western Suite" is premiered by Arturo Toscanini and the NBC Orchestra.

Dec 6
Art treasures rescued from the Germans arrive in New York City.

Dec 28
Temperatures in New York City drop to 3 degrees below 0, lowest here for this date.

Dec 31
Father Dumas, writing in the Tupper Lake, New York, volunteer newsletter for servicemen, The Moaner, reports the town currently has 914 people in the service, with 74 casualties, 14 killed, 5 MIA, 8 POWs and 47 wounded. The newsletter is putting out 500 copies a week, at a total cost of $1,008.38.


Mayor La Guardia declines to run for a forth term. Brooklyn District Attorney and Democrat-American Labor candidate William O' Dwyer defeats Republican-Liberal Fusion candidate Jonah J. Goldstein and No Deal candidate Newbold Morris, to become mayor, serving through 1950. ** Historian Dumas Malone becomes a professor of history at Columbia University. ** Actors Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall marry, settle here. ** The Herald-Tribune begins publishing the "Matter of Fact" column by Joseph and Stewart Alsop. ** The Army-Navy football game is transmitted from Philadelphia to New York City - the first commercial intercity event to be televised. ** Bella Savitzky earns her LL.B. from Columbia University Law School. She marries Martin Abzug. ** The stage spectacle Passione e Morte di Nostre Signore Gesu Cristo (Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ) featuring actress Diana Baldi, is presented at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Chili's Chesbrough Seminary becomes a junior college and changes its name to Roberts Junior College, honoring founder Bishop Benjamin Titus Roberts. ** C. Arthur Niver is named chairman of the Hammondsport Village Youth Committee. ** P and C Markets opens a store in Batavia. ** Governor George E. Pataki is born in Peekskill. ** Westchester County Airport opens. ** Heavy snows strike the western end of the state. ** Carrie Stewart, owner of Corning's Patterson Inn, dies. The building will be converted to apartments for a while, then fall into neglect. ** The New York Folklore Society begins publishing New York Folklore Quarterly magazine, under the editorship of Dr. Louis Jones. ** Batavia Downs is declared the second busiest harness racing track in the state, right behind Long Island's Roosevelt Raceway. ** Canandaigua's American Legion post moves from the Red Jacket Building to the McKechnie House on North Main Street. ** John Reinhardt, recent purchaser of the General Hutchinson House, sells the house itself to Syracuse druggist Alfred S. Wright. Reinhardt retains most of the surrounding farm land. ** Buffalo black woman Alice Seals Jones returns to her former home in Alexandria, Louisiana, packs up her mother (and minister Willie B. Seals's) Irene Lair Quinney, and returns.

The Federal government assumes control of the Port of Rochester's ferry harbor dredging and the payment of west pier repairs. ** A plaque is dedicated at St. Stanislaus Church in honor of Polish parishioners who died in the war. ** Brothers Russ and Vick Palumbo, returning from the war, start the LDR Char Pit restaurant in Charlotte. ** Genesee Hospital inaugurates a teaching partnership with the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, its first such affiliation. ** The Rochester Trust and Safe Deposit Company is merged with the Lincoln Rochester Bank.



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