Wilkinson Scrapbook Article #34

In this article from William Wilkinson’s scrapbook “One Hundred Great and Near-Great Events, Person and Places in Rochester History” (1947) he takes an ad for a dentist from an old newspaper and adds one of his cartoons to show what it probably was like to visit a dentist at that time.

“The subscriber respectfully informs the ladies and gentlemen of Rochester and vicinity that he will be happy to wait on them in the line of his profession at his room at the Eagle Tavern or, if requested, he will call at their dwellings. He has an entire new and easy method of inserting TEETH which method has given universal satisfaction to the subjects of its operation. He will insert any number from one to a full set and in most cases make them permanent and useful as natural teet, for mastication, and attended with little or no pain. He can also stop the decay of carious teeth and make them useful again for mastication and in almost every case remedy the trouble arising from the toothache without extracting or injuring the teeth in the least. He will likewise remove the tartar and all extraneous substances and restore the teeth to their native whiteness. If those who need any repairs of teeth as above stated will call on him, he will convince them or make no charge for his services.”
E. A. Bigelow – Dentist

Kodak Center

A couple of weeks ago Kodak added a big marquee to their theater that is on Ridge Road. Previously it was known as Theater on the Ridge but now is known as Kodak Center. Besides the large marquee there is a digital sign that tells about upcoming shows that can be seen by people traveling Ridge Road.

Many years ago this theater in Kodak’s building 28 was used only for their activities. At one time there would be family movies for children and other shows for the employees.

Last year there were shows of The Beach Boys and Vicki Lawrence that weren’t able to sell out the 1,968 seat theater. The reason is that there wasn’t hardly any advertising of the shows. Now Kodak is having SMG manage the venue. They are also the company that manages Blue Cross Arena and CMAC in Canandaigua. SMG also gets to rent out the ballroom, conference rooms, classrooms, and dining rooms in the building. There also are 1,047 parking spaces just across Ridge Road.

The next big show at Kodak Center is Tim Allen on Dec. 2nd and it is almost sold out. Some of the plays coming have many available seats. Visit the Kodak Center website to see shows that are coming to the theater.

4 Theatre Programs

I added 4 theatre programs to the GenWeb website.

“The Lion in Winter” starring Walter Slezak; Auditorium Theatre; Jan. 19 – 20, 1968.
“1776” (musical) at Auditorium Theatre; April 26 – May 1, 1971.
Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Ballet;” at Eastman Theatre; Dec. 27, 1968.
“The Merry Widow;” at Eastman Theatre; Jan.. 18, 1968.

The programs from the Auditorium Theatre are each 16 pages while the Eastman Theatre ones are just 4 pages. There is an an for RG&E on page 12 of “1776” that I thought was interesting. It tells how you get visit an information center at the Ginna Nuclear Power Station. Not sure how long that was there.

The “Nutcracker Ballet” had students from the Mercury Ballet Company in Rochester. Maybe there is someone you know.

1953 Yearbook for Columbia School

I uploaded the 1953 yearbook for Columbia School in Rochester. This school was founded in 1890. At this time it was a private girl’s school. Today they are Allendale Columbia School and are co-ed. The graduating class only had 23 seniors that year. There are large pictures of each of the young ladies and a page that has a small baby picture of each.

The yearbook has pictures of school activities but no pictures of any sports except this one of a basketball game on the right.

The are pictures of every class and all the students are named. The nursery school class and Kindergarten have some boys but none of the other classes

This yearbook is 84 pages in total and 30 pages are ads.

Old News – Two Trolley Stories

The Rochester trolley had been losing money and in 1917 they were reformed into a new corporation. That corporation only lasted until the early 1930s when it finally closed down and buses replaced all the trolleys in Rochester.

The ad says that Sibley’s has the largest amount of records for sale in Rochester. 18,000 is a lot of titles for that early day of records. Plus they had many records in other languages. I’m not sure if those were imports or records recorded in the US.


Thursday, Sept. 20, 1917

Trolley Traffic Held Up When a Car is Derailed

A stub car was derailed on the Rochester, Syracuse & Eastern road, shortly after noon, Saturday, just east of the Lincoln road crossing and as a result, traffic was tied up for over two hours. Eight cars were held up before the track was cleared, one being a limited train from Syracuse with close to 200 passengers.

It is said that mischievous boys had driven spikes in the ties in such a way as to cause derailment of the car. Had a fast car struck the obstruction, the result migh have been more serious.

Trolley Reorganization

Incorporation papers of the reorganized Rochester, Syracuse & Eastern Railway Company, which in the future is to be known as the Rochester & Syracuse Railway Company, Inc., and which will be capitalized at between $6,500,000 and $7,00,000, were filed in Albany and Syracuse, Monday..

The new board of control will assume charge on October 31st with $250,000 in cash in the treasury.