Brighton History

Brighton SchoolhouseI scanned and uploaded a history of the Town of Brighton with the very long title of Sesquicentennial History of the Town of Brighton, Monroe County, New York, 1814-1964. It is a small booklet that is only 56 pages. About half of the booklet is a history and the other half is homes that were on a house tour in 1964.

Over the years the City of Rochester took a lot of the land that was originally in the Town of Brighton. Brighton used to have a Village that was centered on East Ave. and Winton Road but that was annexed by Rochester.

Old News – Another Hospital?

Back in 1969 there was a move to get a hospital built on the east side of Monroe County. It didn’t happen. Instead the hospital was built in Greece and called Park Ridge Hospital (now Unity Hospital). Also since that time three hospitals have closed; Genesee, St. Mary’s and Brockport. All three of those are still medical offices but not a full hospital. We still have more hospitals than other cities in the US; some of which only have one hospital.


The Fairport Herald-Mail

Wednesday, April 23, 1969

Kiwanis Back Hospital Effort

New support for the drive to locate a hospital complex in Eastern Monroe County came April 15 when the Penfield-Perinton Kiwanis Club formally joined the current efforts of the Eastside Hospital Development Committee as the major club activity during 1969.

The 50 member Kiwantis organization, which served Penfield, East Rochester and Fairport, gave its full support to the community effort during a formal ceremony at 6:30 this evening at the Island Valley Country Club on Fairport Road. A resolution approved unanimously by the membership was presented to Douglas Whitney, Chairman of the Eastside Hospital Committee.

In the resolution the Penfield-Perinton Club cites the membership’s determination to bring the hospital project to reality pointing out that such a facility is critically needed with the projected population on the Eastern suburban area now well over 100 thousand and projected figures calling for a population of nearly 200 thousand by the mid 1970’s.

The Hospital Committee is currently in negotiations with the Rochester Regional Hospital Council and is also considering possible locations for a 150 – 200 bed facility.

Hit Songs of 1969 – #11

It was The Cowsills that made the song “Hair” popular in 1969. The Broadway cast album was already out but The Cowsills version of the song was the one that the radio stations were playing. It became the biggest hit for the group and also their last hit.

The group consisted of a mother, her 5 sons, and a daughter. About 1972 the group started splitting up. They would get back together in 1990 for some concerts and then again go their separate ways. The last few years Bob, Paul and Susan would do some shows as The Cowsills and they would also preform with the “Happy Together” tour with other oldies acts. In fact the “Happy Together” tour is coming to the Erie County Fair on August 14th and The Cowsills will be one of the acts. Each group only get to preform three songs and I will tell exactly what song The Cowsills will do:

  1. “The Rain, The Park and Other Things” (that is the song that many think is “I Love the Flower Girl.”)
  2. “Indian Lake”
  3. “Hair”

There are lots of videos on YouTube of the group doing “Hair.” This one has the best sound but no real video. There are many live performances of them doing “Hair” live from the “Happy Together” tour over the last few years.

Wilkinson Scrapbook Article – #51

In this article from William Wilkinson’s scrapbook “One Hundred Great and Near-Great Events, Person and Places in Rochester History” (1947) he writes about the time of the bicycle craze in the 1890s. They were building paths along side of roads just for bicycles. He also mentions that to use the bicycle paths you had to have a bicycle license plate. When I attended Clarkson College in the early 1970s, the Town of Potsdam required that all bicycles were registered. That is because there so many bicycles in that town. It was much easier getting around the town on a bicycle than it was to drive and find a place to park.


A Sunday Century Run (100 miles) in the Gay 90’s

Bicycle sidepaths were a “scorching” question back in 1896. The bicycle had been ruled from the sidewalks, and bicyclists found the roads very poor riding. Sidepath Associations were organized \, not only in Rochester, but in adjacent towons, and through their cooperation cinder paths were built between various points affording excellent facilities for traveling. The first one wa built on th east side of Culver Road and was completed June 10, 1896. The Scottsville Road sidepath was opened Sept. 12, 1896 and one thousand Rochester bicyclists joined in the first run over the road to help mark the occasion. On Sept. 26, 1896 a delegation of Rochester riders went to Fairport to assist in the formal opening of the Rochester-Fairport sidepath. Bicyclists were mot allowed to use the sidepaths unless they had attached to their handlebars the little metal license showing that they had paid the annual license fee of 25 cents, which went into the fund to keep the paths in repair, and to build new ones. New tags were issued each year. Persons found without tags usually paid a fine of $5 which also went to swell the sidepath fund.