Old News – Brockport Enrollment

The current College at Brockport was originally called Brockport Normal School. That is an old term for a college that taught people to be teachers at elementary schools. The college was begun in 1835. In 1916 it was only a two year program to become a teacher. Now a four year college; it has an …

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Old News – Rescue

Ever since the Erie Canal (later called the Barge Canal) came through the area, people have died in it from drowning. Many of the victims did not know how to swim. Also the Canal is not easy to get out of because the walls are steep.  There are signs near accessible areas that say that …

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Old News – Early RV

This early add-on for an auto makes it into an early version of a recreational vehicle. The only problem is that it uses the exhaust to heat it. That could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning and possibly death. THE HONEOYE FALLS TIMES Thursday, Sept. 14, 1916 ALL HOME COMFORTS LUXURIOUS EQUIPMENT OF TRAVELING AUTOMOBILE The …

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Old News – Rules of the Road

You probably don’t think about it now but there was a time when drivers didn’t always drive on the right. Early autos had a tiller to steer the auto and it was usually in the center of the front seat. Then when they started putting a steering wheel in cars, some had it on the …

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Old News – Rochester Statistics

This issue of The Catholic Journal was 16 pages instead of the usual 8. I’m not sure why they had this special issue. It did have some extra advertising and also had some scenes of Rochester which were terrible looking in the online versions. There was this column that gave statistics of Rochester and the …

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Strand Theater – 100 years

The Strand Theater in Brockport opened Aug. 19th 1916. The building that houses the theater was built in 1907 as stores. Then in 1908 the Lyric Theater opened on the first floor. It was in 1916 that the Strand replaced the Lyric as it appears that the Lyric merged with another theater (The Globe) in …

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Old News – Robbery

Was there a professional criminal traveling around western Monroe County in 1916? This robbery makes it seems as though there was. Also look at the prices of homes in Brockport. I think that for those days the prices were rather high. The house for rent seems a better deal at $2.50 per week. THE BROCKPORT …

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