Dillman & Upton: A Centennial Business

The Dillman and Upton building on Main Street as it looked in 1984 before the company moved to Woodward Street - Photo Courtesy of Harold L. Mowat

Dillman & Upton, one of Rochester’s oldest businesses, is a company that was made in a marriage – sort of. The story starts in the late 1890s, when auctioneer Charles W. Upton came to Rochester just as the village was beginning to boom with the arrival of the interurban line. After spending a few years selling windmills and wire fencing to farmers, Upton started a coal and wood business in a former wagon shop on the corner of what is today West University Drive and Oak Street. Upton … [Read more...]

Who Was Red Knapp?

Lyle “Red” Knapp, his wife, Cecelia (far right) and the staff of Red Knapp’s Dairy Bar pose behind the counter with Claire Elias, the reigning “Mrs. Michigan” of 1953, during her goodwill tour of local businesses – Photo Courtesy of Roger Knapp

Red Knapp is something of a household name in the Rochester area. After all, local residents have been enjoying hamburgers at Red Knapp’s Dairy Bar on Main Street for the past 66 years. But who exactly was the man whose name blazes in neon over the front door of Rochester’s iconic burger spot? Long-time restaurateur Lyle “Red” Knapp was born on a Sanilac County farm in 1910. He came to Rochester to find work in 1926 and landed a job pouring concrete for the foundations of Meadow Brook … [Read more...]

This Month in Rochester History

Crittenton Hospital Opened in 1967

Courtesy of Remembering Rochester In June 1966, leaders of the Rochester community gathered to celebrate the cornerstone laying for the suburban unit of Crittenton Hospital on University Drive. The first full-service hospital to serve the area was welcomed and eagerly anticipated by citizens who were accustomed to traveling to Pontiac, Mount Clemens or Detroit for their acute health care needs. Thus, when Crittenton Hospital of Detroit announced plans to build a suburban unit, village and … [Read more...]

Brooklands School Will Be Demolished this Summer

Brookland School 2016 - photo by Deborah J. Larsen

Requiem for Brooklands School By Deborah J. Larsen Eighty-eight years after it welcomed its first students, the old Brooklands School on Auburn Road sits boarded up and quietly awaits a date with the wrecking ball. Rochester Community Schools officials have determined that the building has reached the end of its useful life and have slated it for demolition this summer. The school was born in controversy. In 1927, the voters of Avon Township School District #3 – a rural district … [Read more...]

Rochester-Avon Historical Society Hosts Downtown Rochester Walking Tours

Rochester Avon Historical Society’s annual walking tours of historic downtown Rochester start May 16 - photo by Michael Dwyer

Rochester-Avon Historical Society’s 2016 Downtown Rochester Walking Tour Schedule The weather is improving and that means it's time once again for the Rochester Avon Historical Society’s annual walking tours of historic downtown Rochester. These popular tours are free to RAHS members and just $5 per person under the age of 55 and $3 per seniors (55+) and students. Bring your friends for what is sure to be an eye-opening and exciting adventure in Downtown Rochester. Each tour meets on … [Read more...]

How The Old Stone Store became The Home Bakery

The Ole Stone Store from 1877 - photo courtesy of the Janet and Melanie Swords Family Archive

The Old Stone Store: A Remnant of Rochester’s Pioneer Era By Deborah J. Larsen Few Rochester residents remember a time when the venerable stone store at the corner of Third and Main streets was not a bakery. History reveals, however, that the iconic building has served a wide variety of tenants in its 167 years. Rochester’s oldest commercial structure, known to us as the Home Bakery building, was called “The Old Stone Store” by generations of earlier residents. It was built in … [Read more...]

Rochester’s South Hill Bridge Opens in early 1900’s

Rochester South Hill Bridge Opening 1900

The best we can tell this is a film that someone found from the opening of the Rochester's South Hill Bridge. It appears to be early 1900's.  It was said to be the largest structure of it's kind in that day!  If you have more information on this please forward it to our editor at Editor@rochestermedia.com     … [Read more...]

Remembering Rochester with Rochester Bar-B-Q & Pizza

Rochester Bar-B-Q & Pizza

Courtesy of Remembering Rochester Bygone Business: Rochester Bar-B-Q & Pizza Anyone who lived at the north end of Rochester during the 1960s and early 1970s probably remembers a small take-out store called Rochester Bar-B-Q & Pizza.  James and Lorraine Schultz opened the establishment in a small, one-story building at 812 N. Main Street  (just north of the Romeo and Main intersection) under the name Bar-B-Q Kitchen, in March 1963.  The Rochester store was a franchise of a … [Read more...]

Time to Celebrate George Washington

George Washington

By Michael Warren If images of wooden teeth, cherry trees, dollar bills, and carpet sales popped into your mind, I suspect you would be in very large company. Do these images accurately reflect his importance to America? Not so much. His contributions to the American experiment in self-government are unparalleled: Virginian legislator and revolutionary; Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army; President of the Constitutional Convention; and first President of the United States of … [Read more...]

A Year in Review for Rochester Media 2015

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Twenty-fifteen was filled with many highlights in the Rochester area.  We had elections, added parking garages, had lots of road construction, and many other news highlights that people saw here on Rochester Media and The Community Edge - Please enjoy a look back with some of these fan favorites. Remembering Rochester: 543 North Main Street May 6, 2015 Main Street in Downtown Rochester has gone through quite a few changes over the years. Did you know that 543 North Main Street was … [Read more...]