In my position as East Rochester historian, I come across many interesting things, but one in 1922 really caught my eye.
It seems our local grade school held a very interesting and unusual contest. It was a contest to see how many dead flies a student could bring to school. That was unusual enough, but then I read the number of dead flies involved. The winner, fourth grader Frank Rosini, brought in 2,136 flies. Runner up, fourth grader, Mike Lenzi had 1,626 dead fly bodies. A total of 23,139 dead flies were collected. It makes you wonder about how many flies were available for catching. Screens were surely invented by then. It also brought back memories of a strip of tan sticky paper hanging over the table or kitchen sink covered with dead flies.
There were other not so unusual happenings in 1922. Kate Gleason constructed 41 two-story homes in the western end of town giving the name of the area Concrest, as they were located on a hill and were constructed of concrete. Across Roosevelt Road, the former Gaundewah Country Club was being converted into 23 small apartments.
A new bridge over Irondequoit Creek on Linden Avenue was constructed. It was replaced 50 years later by the current bridge.
The local Carshops increased the number of employees from 876 to 1,500. The shops closed for good in 1971.
The final bid was awarded for the construction of the Lois Bird school on East Avenue for $170,000. The first school basketball teams played all their home games there until the Morgan school was built next to it in 1936.
The first official village library was opened on the second floor of the Rialto Theater. A short time later due to increased attendance, it moved to a former voting booth on West Commercial Street. Then to a small white building next to the Parkside Methodist Church. That small white building sold the first lots in the village, it was originally located on the corner of Main and Commercial Streets, the site is now occupied by a block-long building built by Harry Eyer and called locally “The Eyer Block.”
Per the Village Board, Carl Leege, village police chief, was granted an annual salary of $175, Officers Carl Jenkins and George Hayden each earned $150 per year.
Other events taking place in 1922-24 were; The publishing of the first issue of the school newspaper “The Brown and White.” The founding of the Saint Nicholas Society with the construction of a building on the corner of Madison and East Chestnut Streets.