On this Groundhog Day, the nation looked to Pennsylvania, where Punxsutawney Phil for guidance on when spring would arrive. (He did not see his shadow. Yay!)
Apparently, Rochester used to have its own version of Phil. Not content to only use a groundhog, the locals also enlisted bears. At times the animals didn’t want to cooperate with tradition. See the photographs below:
Photo printed in Rochester Herald in 1918. Caption read, “”Ground hog refuses to tell if spring will arrive early or late.”
Photo printed in Rochester Herald in 1923. Local history archive says, “This is the zoo at Edgerton Park. Buster the bear smiles for the camera. Caption states that he and the groundhog saw their shadows.”
Photo printed in the Rochester Herald in 1925. The local history archive says, ” This is the zoo at Edgerton Park. Bess the bear relaxes in the straw in her cage. She refused to leave her den when the photographer tried to get her to go outside to see her shadow for Groundhog Day.”
Photo printed in the Democrat & Chronicle in 1936. The caption was, “Winter’s over, ground hog missed his shadow.”
Links of the Day:
– Buffalo’s mayor won’t say if he supports the state’s new gun law.
– Stadiums and Super Bowls don’t provide much financial benefit for cities.
– Tiny libraries are popping up in Rochester.
– Stunning photographs capture the lives of ordinary Americans during segregation in the Jim Crow south.