Wilkinson Scrapbook Article #14

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 Ebenezer Allan. He was a Tory during the Revolutionary war. It is said that he had a white wife and an Indian wife. The mill didn’t have enough customers so Ebenezer moved …

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Wilkinson Scrapbook Article #13

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 Rundel building of the Rochester Public Library. That building houses the Local History and Genealogy Division. The Rundel Memorial building, South Avenue and Court St. houses the Reynold’s Reference Library and …

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Wilkinson Scrapbook Article #12

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 house that is known as “Woodside.” It was donated to the Rochester Historical Society in 1941 and they used it until 2008 when they sold the property because they couldn’t afford …

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Sibley’s History

I uploaded a history of the Sibley, Lindsay & Curr department stores. They started in Rochester in 1868. They suffered a big fire in 1904 but they soon started building the big store in downtown that many remember. They were acquired by Associated Dry Goods Corporation in 1957, who started building suburb stores. That company …

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Wilkinson Scrapbook Article #11

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 Frederick Douglass. He in lived in Rochester for many years. He published an abolitionist newspaper “The North Star” here in Rochester. Frederick was for a couple of years the US ambassador to …

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Wilkinson Scrapbook Article #10

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 Reynolds Arcade. It was the first business building in Rochester and was 4 stories high with a skylight to let the sun in. It housed the post office from 1829 – …

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Wilkinson Scrapbook Article #9

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 Culver family house. This very historic home is currently for sale. The asking price is about $549.000. This web page has great pictures of the interior. This house formerly stood at …

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