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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Old News – Buffalo Bill

Buffalo Bill Cody has a unique connection to Rochester. He had residence here for about three years while he was touring in his first stage show. His wife did not tour with him in those days. They also have two children buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Kit Carson Cody died of scarlet fever in 1876 …

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Old News – Church Fire

The original East Penfield Baptist Church was of brick. After the fire described in this 1916 newspaper article, they rebuilt but that church was made of wood. The picture is an old photo of the church after 1916. The church still looks the same except that there is a large steeple added at an unknown …

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Old News – New Stamping Plant

This is a follow-up on this post from last November. The buildings were originally a piano factory from 1892 to 1914. The factory buildings were sold to James E. McLaughlin who would manufacture wash tubs, fuel cans, flour sifters and other galvanized steel products. That company would close when Mr. McLaughlin died. The building would …

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Old News – New Bank

Fairport, NY gets a new bank 100 years ago. Fairport National Bank first rented space and then in 1924 they would build their own building at 36 South Main Street which is still a bank. The Fairport National Bank would only last until 1944 when it was acquired by Security Trust of Rochester. THE FAIRORT …

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Old News – Chautauqua

Chautauqua Meetings started Chautauqua, NY as an adult education movement. They eventually spread across the US. The Chautauqua meetings would have teachers, musicians, entertainers, preachers and speakers of every kind. Though the movement would fade in the 1920s and 1930, the original in Chautauqua, NY is still going on and is very popular. THE HONEOYE …

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