More on the 1964 Rochester Riot

The Rochester Public Library has released a new collection dealing with the Rochester riot of July 1964. Rochester Riots of 1964, Vol. 1 (157 pages) is a scrapbook of newspaper clippings for the days during the riot (July 25 – Aug. 3). Then Volume 2 (168 pages) has newspaper articles on the aftermath of the …

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1964 Rochester Riot

We are approaching an anniversary of a sad occasion in Rochester history. On Friday, July 24, 1964 it began when police arrested a 19 year-old intoxicated black man at a block party. When rumors of police brutality began to spread, an angry crowd formed on Joseph Avenue and became violent.It wasn’t until the 26th that …

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New Online Book of Early Rochester Marriages

The Rochester Public Library has added “Early Marriages in Rochester, Monroe Co. and Vicinity” to their online collection of books. It appears to have marriages between 1818 and 1850. It is a typed collection of marriages from early church and newspaper records. This collection was compiled by Myrte Rice Haynes and Mary T. Douglas. There …

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Rochester Society Blue Books

The Rochester Public Library has added a collection of 16  “Blue Books” for the years of 1901 to 1940. In this case, these directories are a listing of the Society people of Rochester and surrounding area.People are listed alphabetically with married women’s maiden name shown in some of the volumes. Then is listed the address …

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Kodak Archives

Eastman Kodak has a long history in both Rochester and the rest of the world. They maintained a library and archives here in Rochester that no one I know of has ever seen.  As Kodak is going through a bankruptcy, I wondered what would happen to Kodak archival materials. After some digging, I found that …

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Kodak News; Feb. 27 – March 2, 2012

It has been a busy week of news from Eastman Kodak. On Monday Kodak announced that they will be asking the bankruptcy court to discontinue insurance payments for retirees over the age of 65. That will affect 16,030 current retirees. Kodak says the retirees wouldn’t lose “core health coverage” because they are Medicare eligible and …

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Talk on Civil War Unit, 140th Vol. Infantry; Feb. 14

The Greece Historical Society presents: “Sons of Old Monroe: The 140th N.Y. Volunteer Infantry.” Tuesday, Feb. 14th, 7:00 p.m. – Greece Town Hall, by Brian Bennett. Recruited in 1862 and composed of men from across Monroe County,the 140th Vol. Inf. is at the same time typical and unique among Northern regiments. By war’s end, the …

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Missing Burial Records; part 3

I’ve been seeing if the records of the Rochester sexton from the early 1800s still exist.  I made a couple of phone calls to the Rochester City Archives. Finally got to talk to the director of the Archives. She said that the only early records that they have are the “Proceedings of the Trustees of …

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Missing Burial Records; part 2

I was at the Rochester Public Library yesterday to look at a few things and I asked the librarian if they had the old Sexton records of burials in Rochester’s earliest cemeteries. First thing he did was check the manuscript collection on his computer. It appears that the index to the manuscript collection is not …

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Missing Burial Records

I recently created a web page of marriages and deaths extracted from newspapers from the first half of 1830 (see that web page). In an article on page 15 of the 22 Feb. 1830 issue of the Rochester Observer is an article titled “Health of Rochester.” It notes that the Recorder of Burials (AKA Sexton) …

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