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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Wilkinson Scrapbook Article #8

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 we now call the Stone-Tolan House. Part of the original structure was built in 1792 and then added on to up to about 1830. It is the oldest structure still …

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Clarkson History

I uploaded an early history of the Town of Clarkson. “History of Clarkson” (1890) was a series of 30 newspaper articles in The Brockport Republic newspaper. Seeing as the Town of Hamlin was part of Clarkson until 1852, this history also contains lots of information on Hamlin. So what is in this history? Short personal …

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Wilkinson Scrapbook Article #7

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 first doctor in Rochester. He moved to Morgan, Ohio about 1828 but came back to Rochester in 1834 where he died in 1879 at age 90. His wife Huldah had died …

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