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Rochester, Monroe, New York, USA

"Rochester, a city, capital of Monroe co, N.Y., and a port of entry, is situated on both sides of the Genesee River, 7 miles above its mouth in Lake Ontario (where is Charlotte, its lake-port), 360 miles by rail N.W. of New York and 76 miles E. of Suspension Bridge. Lat: 45° 8' 17" N.; lon. 77° 51" W. The city is divided in almost equal parts by the Genesee, which here descends 300 feet within 3 miles and has 3 perpendicular falls of 96,28, and 84 feet respectively. The first of these is located in the heart of the city and affords immense water-power. The second and third occur in a deep ravine a couple of miles farther down the river, the power being largely utilised in varied industries and manufactories. From the upper falls almost to the lake the river flows between precipitous walls of rock ranging from 100 to 300 feet high, presenting some extremely picturesque views.

Rochester covers an area of 20 square miles. The site is quite elevated, the tracks of the New York Central * Hudson River Railroad crossing the city at a height of 280 feet above lake-level, and from this the altitude ranges to 440 feet, the highest points being in Mount Hope Cemetery...

One of the chief industries of Rochester, and for which it is noted the world over, is its nurseries. It has an immense trade in garden-seeds, fruits, plants, and trees...

...in 1817, Rochesterville was incorporated, and the city of Rochester in 1834, since which time it has steadily prospered and grown in population, wealth, and importance. Pop. in 1815, 331; in 1820, 1502; in 1830, 9207; in 1840, 20,191; in 1850, 36,403; in 1860, 48,204; in 1870, 62,386; in 1875, 81,813; in 1880, 89,366; in 1890, 133,896; in 1892 (state census), 144,834."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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  • News 1812 - June 1 - Snow whitened the ground in Rochester NY

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    June 1, 1812

  • News 1836 - Greatest Flour Manufactory
    Rochester, New York, is said to be the greatest flour manufactory in the world. There are 21 mills, which require 20,000 bushels of wheat daily to...Read MORE...


  • News 1846 - DESTRUCTIVE CONFLAGRATION AT ROCHESTER.
    A fire broke out at Rochester, N.Y., on Saturday morning in the billiard room of Geo. W. Hall, adjoining the office of the Democrat, and in a short...Read MORE...


  • News 1847 - VIOLENT THUNDER STORM - THREE PERSONS KILLED BY LIGHTNING.
    This city was visited soon after midnight, Tuesday morning, with a thunder storm of unusual violence.

    Several of the shocks were so heavy as to...Read MORE...


  • News 1848 - Arose from the Dead
    At Rochester, New York, on Thursday, a man was taken from the canal who was thought to be drowned. The coroner was sent for, who proceeded to call a...Read MORE...


  • News 1851 - Musings
    Certain ingenious and enterprising physicians in Rochester, New York, have discovered that the succubes, or female spirits, that have caused the...Read MORE...


  • 1852 - July 5 – Frederick Douglass delivered his famous speech "What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?" in Rochester, New York.

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    July 5, 1852

  • News 1858 - Breakfast Divorce
    A suit for divorce is pending in Rochester, New York, which originated in a dispute between Mr. B. and his wife as to whether they should have...Read MORE...


  • News 1869 - A Mrs. Knight, of Rochester, N.Y., a few days ago, procured a boat and went to the rescue of a man who was struggling in the water about three hundred yards from the shore.
    She grasped him by the hair of the head and managed with one hand to paddle the boat ashore. Mrs. Knight is a woman of a slight frame, and the man...Read MORE...


  • News 1871 - November 18 - American suffragette Susan B Anthony arrested after voting on the 5th November in Rochester NY

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    November 18, 1871

  • Rochester, New York, USA
    Rochester from Mount Hope Cemetery
    Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
    New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.
  • Rochester, New York, USA
    The Folding Pocket Kodak
    Loads in Daylight
    Eastman Kodak Co., Rochester, N.Y.

    Ladies' Home Journal
    February 1898
  • Rochester, New York, USA
    Curtice Brothers Blue Label Soups
    Curtice Bothers Co., Rochester, N.Y.

    The Ladies' Home Journal
    April 1898
  • Rochester, New York, USA
    Sen-Sen
    Throat Ease
    Breath Perfume

    Sen-Sen Co., Rochester, N.Y.

    The Ladies' Home Journal
    May 1898
  • News February 28, 1900 - A massive storm spreads record snows from Kansas to New York State. Snowfall totals ranged up to 43 inches at Rochester NY.

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    February 28, 1900

  • Rochester, New York, USA
    Northeast corner of Main and State Street, Rochester, N.Y.
  • Rochester, New York, USA
    Four Corners - Rochester, N.Y.
  • Rochester, New York, USA
    School No. 6
  • Rochester, New York, USA
    Crescent Beach Hotel, Duck Pond, Lake Ontario
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    Boardwalk, Ontario Beach
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    Mid-Summer Scene, Seneca Park
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    Public Market, Rochester, N.Y.
  • News 1901 - ROCHESTER'S HORROR. TOTAL DEATHS IN THE ORPHAN ASYLUM DISASTER NUMBER TWENTY-EIGHT.
    TWENTY-SIX OF THEM CHILDREN.

    FRIGHTFUL SCENE WHEN THE FIREMEN ARRIVED - WINDOWS FULL OF SHRIEKING LITTLE ONES - DEATH ROLL.

    Rochester, N. Y.,...Read MORE...


  • News 1904 - COSTLY FIRE.
    ROCHESTER, N. Y., July 6 - Fire started in the picture frame gallery of H. E. Hugus at noon, and the loss is estimated at $100,000.
    Wilkes-Barre Times
    Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
    July 6, 1904

  • Rochester, New York, USA
    East Avenue, Corner Main Street
  • Rochester, New York, USA
    East Side High School, 1905
  • Rochester, New York, USA
    New First M.E. Church
  • 1906
    Rochester, a city, capital of Monroe co., N.Y., is situated on both sides of the Genesee River, 7 miles above its mouth in Lake Ontario (where is...Read MORE...


  • Rochester, New York, USA
    A Summer Afternoon at Ontario Beach Park, 1906
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    Aqueduct carrying Erie Canal over Genesee River, 1907
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    Hahnemann Hospital, 1907
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    Powers Building, Hotel and Duffy-McInnerney Co.'s Store
  • Rochester, New York, USA
    Duffy-McInnerney Co., 1909
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    Hotel Rochester, 1909
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    Post Office, 1909
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    New York Central Station
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    Elks New Home
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    At the "Four Corners", looking West on Main Street
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    Lower Falls
  • Rochester, New York, USA
    Powers Hotel
  • Rochester, New York, USA
    Sibley, Lindsay & Curr Co.
  • Rochester, New York, USA
    A view of South Ave., showing Y.M.C.A. & Osburn House
  • Rochester, New York, USA
    St. Bernard's Seminary
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    Whitcomb House
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    Virginia Reel, Ontario Beach Park, 1912
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    Magnolias in Bloom, Oxford Street
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    Broad Street, Over New Subway
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    Court House
  • Rochester, New York, USA
    Hotel Cadillac
    Chestnut at Elm Street
  • Rochester, New York, USA
    St. Mary's Hospital
  • Rochester, New York, USA
    Kodak Park, Entrance to Works at Eastman Kodak Co., 1921
  • Rochester, New York, USA
    Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester Herald, Rochester, N.Y., Friday, December 3, 1926.
  • Rochester, New York, USA
    Armory
  • News 1932 - March 14 – George Eastman, founder of Kodak, commits suicide.

    www.wikipedia.org
    March 14, 1932



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