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...]

Remembering Rochester: 543 North Main Street

543 North Main Street then and now. 
Photo credit Rochester Avon History

Main Street in Downtown Rochester has gone through quite a few changes over the years. Did you know that 543 North Main Street was once the home of the Dillman & Upton lumber yard? The company dates back to 1910 and the location was an ideal spot for a lumber business in the days when the Michigan Central Railroad tracks ran along the northern edge of the property. Read the full story on Rochester Avon History … [Read more...]

Remembering Rochester: The Rochester Symphony Orchestra

Back in 2011, May was a 'golden' month in Rochester history as the Rochester Symphony Orchestra (RSO) marked a musical milestone by celebrating its 50th anniversary. On May 11, 1961, the Rochester Clarion announced to its readers that the organizational meeting of the new Rochester Civic Orchestra had taken place. The fledgling orchestra, 38 members strong, offered its first public concert at Rochester High School on May 18 of that year, under the baton of Frederic Johnson. Read the full … [Read more...]

What Will Happen to the Rochester Elevator?

What Will Happen to the Rochester Elevator - Rumors Continue - photo by Michael Dwyer

Will the Rochester Elevator be Sold? Rumors continue to circulate around town that the historic Rochester Elevator will be sold. If that happens, more than likely the building would come down, or be moved. Rochester Media visited the bright red landmark this week. The helpful staff said "an offer is always on the table" when it comes to selling. However, "we"re not going anywhere anytime soon," said the gentleman working the counter. One-Hundred and Thirty-five Years The Rochester Elevator has … [Read more...]

This Month in Rochester History

Clarion photo of the school bus yard after the big snow of '65

Not to jinx us, but this month's post is about a weather event.  Fifty years ago this month, Rochester residents were busy digging out from the Blizzard of 1965.  A foot of snow was dropped on the area, carried by 50-mile-an-hour winds.  According to the Rochester Clarion's report, schools, factories and most downtown businesses were closed for two days.  The snow removal cost the village of Rochester $4455 and 742 man hours. This story originally appeared on … [Read more...]

Parallel Lives: The Hamlins and the Woodwards

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If you live in the greater Rochester area, you are invited to the next public meeting of the Rochester Avon Historical Society on Thursday, February 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Rochester Hills Public Library. Your blog author will present "Parallel Lives: the Hamlins and the Woodwards," an best online casino illustrated program that will examine the lives and legacies of two of the Rochester area"s pioneer families. The program is free and open to the public and anyone … [Read more...]

Remembering a Bad Day at Home Bakery

bakery crash 1965

Monday, January 18, 1965 was supposed to be a big day at the Home Bakery. The store was set to re-open after having been closed two weeks for interior renovations, but events didn't unfold quite the way the owners had planned. It was a zero-degree day in Rochester, and a patron of Bebout's Restaurant, up the street, decided to leave his Thunderbird at the curb with the engine running while he popped into Bebout's for some breakfast. A short time later, witnesses saw the T-bird rolling down … [Read more...]