This Week in Lower Falls History

(a monthly view)

JANUARY

A UNIVERSAL MESSAGE
1 – 7 January
Sixteen years ago, this week, the site was selected for the signature sculpture of the Lower Falls Gorge area. During the first week of January, 2001, Adriana Slutzky, the sculptor visited the… Read more

PATENT REVERSAL
8 – 14 January
On January 10, 1911, George Selden lost his 8-year legal battle brought by Henry Ford and four other car producers, which contended that they were not obligated to pay Selden royalties when… Read more

KING’S LANDING
15 – 21 January
Gideon King bought 3000 acres west of the Genesee River on January 13, 1797, for $10,000 paid to Oliver Phelps. 220 years ago, the land that is now Rochester was beginning to be… Read more

NAME CHANGE
22 – 28 January
On January 28, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued an Executive Order abolishing “the port of entry of Charlotte, NY, in District No. 8, headquarters port, Rochester, NY.” The order… Read more

FEBRUARY

UP IN THE AIR
29 January – 4 February
The Eastman Kodak Co. was instrumental in furthering aerial photography to aid the military efforts during World War I. When the United States entered the fighting in April, 1917, Kodak… Read more

NO COMPROMISE IN ROCHESTER
5 – 11 February
Frederick Douglass was a realist. In The North Star Newspaper, February 8, 1850, he wrote an attack on Henry Clay’s series of eight resolutions to amend the Missouri Compromise of 1820… Read more

THE WRONG YEAR, 1917
12 – 18 February
Frederick Douglass cared about where and when he was born. As an adult, he was on a “lifelong quest for information about his birth.” (William S. McFeely, Frederick Douglass). Douglass… Read more

A NEW COUNTY
19 – 25 February
In 1817, when Rochesterville became a village, it was in Genesee County. Monroe County, which took portions of Genesee and Ontario counties, was not created until February 23… Read more

MARCH

DOUGLASS FUNERAL
26 February – 4 March
Frederick Douglass died in Washington, DC, but wanted to be buried in Rochester because of his love for the city where he had lived for 25 years—longer than any other place in his life. He… Read more

A WORLD FAMOUS BUSINESS
5 – 11 March
On March 5, 1864, Margaret Fee mortgaged her house to enable her son, James, age 25, to open a grocery/liquor store at 5 St. Paul Street, on the corner of Main Street, in Rochester. It was… Read more

ONE CUBIC FOOT
12 – 18 March
Dr. David Liittschwager, a contributing photographer to National Geographic, and his team implemented the One Cubic Foot concept in the Genesee River near Turning Point Park… Read more

SETH GREEN’S BIRTHDAY
19 – 25 March
Two hundred years ago, Seth Green was born on March 19, 1817, near the current intersection of Culver Road and Empire Boulevard. His parents moved to Carthage, NY, when he was very… Read more

APRIL