More on the 1964 Rochester Riot

The Rochester Public Library has released a new collection dealing with the Rochester riot of July 1964. Rochester Riots of 1964, Vol. 1 (157 pages) is a scrapbook of newspaper clippings for the days during the riot (July 25 – Aug. 3). Then Volume 2 (168 pages) has newspaper articles on the aftermath of the …

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Super Market from 1942

My dad, Lawrence Halsey, started working for the grocery store chain, Market Basket, after he graduated from high school in 1933. He started as a clerk, then got promoted to assistant manager and then manager, Even as a manager, they would transfer him every couple of years to a bigger store.The picture has dad standing …

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1964 Rochester Riot

We are approaching an anniversary of a sad occasion in Rochester history. On Friday, July 24, 1964 it began when police arrested a 19 year-old intoxicated black man at a block party. When rumors of police brutality began to spread, an angry crowd formed on Joseph Avenue and became violent.It wasn’t until the 26th that …

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Histroy Detectives – Tonight

Tonight (June 8th) on the TV series, History Detectives the team will see if they can figure out what happened to the bandleader Glenn Miller during World War II. Glenn Miller had a very popular band in the 1930s and early 1940s. He even had a radio show that aired three times a week. Glenn …

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History Detectives Returns

The PBS series “History Detectives” returns for a short season tomorrow (on most PBS stations). The series has some changes for this season. First the title has been changed to “History Detectives; Special Investigations.” In the past, there would be three mysteries solved in each episode. This season there is only one mystery in the …

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Veterans Day

Today is Veterans Day (Remembrance Day in Canada). In the US it was first celebrated in 1919 as Armistice Day to remember all who served during World War I. Expanded to include all veterans in the 1950s. Military jobs are difficult and often dangerous. That’s we salute all those that have served in all the branches …

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Anniversary of first person over Niagara Falls

On this day (October 24th) in 1901 Annie (Edson) Taylor became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel and live. Annie was born on October 24, 1838 in Auburn, NY. She married David Taylor while training to be a teacher. They had a son who died in infancy and her husband …

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2 Monroe Co. Nominations for Historic Preservation

The New York State Board for Historic Preservation has recommended the addition of 2 properties in Monroe County to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. “Survival of these noteworthy places is crucial in preserving the great diversity of New York’s communities,” said Rose Harvey, Commissioner of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic …

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