Saved from the dustpan
Rochester librarian Cheri Crist tells of a recent great save. It’s a tale that reminds us of the old saw about not judging a book by its cover.
Cheri recently received “quite a gem” from Warren Guyon, who works with the city of Rochester’s Environmental Services Department.
“Warren rescued a copy of the ‘Rochester Song Book’ from disposal and brought it to Local History. I was on the fence about adding it to the collection; Central already holds five copies, all in better shape than this one,” explains Cheri, who works in the Local History Division.
She notes that as much as she would like to keep multiple copies of every title in its collection, there is not the space nor the staff to do so.
“However, when I opened the book I discovered that not only was it inscribed by author/compiler Kendrick P. Shedd, it also features a picture of him adhered to the front endpaper. Shedd was a beloved language professor at the U of R who was asked to leave in 1912 following his public remarks in support of socialism.”
The book was published in 1910. The forward explains it was the result of a plan to assemble for Rochester a collection that would serve as a “nucleus for a permanent body of city songs. We believe this to be the first considerable attempt of its kind for any American city.”
The songs include “Put Me Down at Kodak Town,” “Sam Patch” and “Jenny-See.”
According to UR, Shedd was a member of the Class of 1889. In 1890, he was an instructor of modern languages, and became professor of German in 1906. After being forced out, he became principal of a school in Forestport, a teacher in Geneva High School, and from 1920 to 1925 the principal of Naples High School. He died in 1953.
Siri roots for Bona
If you don’t have any tie to St. Bonaventure University, this might strike you as interesting but not a big deal. It may help if you know the Southern Tier school has roughly 1,700 students, making it the third-smallest Division I school.
Late last week, if someone with an iPhone asked Siri, the personal assistant found on Apple gear, who her favorite college basketball team was, they got an interesting answer: “I always like to root for the underdog. I guess that makes me a fan of St. Bonaventure right now.”
She also provided the ranking of 39 basketball teams from the AP Top 25 poll of Jan. 11 that had Kansas No. 1 and St. Bonaventure at No. 39. The Bonnies received one vote, which landed the school, alphabetically, at the bottom of the ranking—and thus became Siri’s favorite.
The team is slated to play in Rochester on March 2 at Blue Cross Arena against Atlantic 10 rival St. Joseph’s University in the Lightower Conference Classic.
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