Sesquicentennial Afternoon Tea Pictures
3 generations – Grandpa Poffenbarger in wagon with Elmer Huffman & his mother, Stella Huffman, in buggy
1920 School facing Walnut Rd.
Across from funeral home – was once a candy shop – early to mid 1950’s
Ann Pickett in her home ready for a Thanksgiving of the past
B & O Depot
Built in 1959… 1962 Aerial view of the new HS
Cafeteria built in 1967
Cascade School Memory
Cascade School 2
Collage of Bob Waldmire’s art work
Cornerstone from 1920 school
Cornerstone from 1920 school
From inside – East door of 1920 school facing N. Walnut- Housed all 11 grades (only 3 years of high school was offered)
Grandpa Millers home
Main Street looking west
Memorial Day 1969 – Mark Estrop from Rochester HS gave Gettysburg Address- Paul Findley guest speaker – Wayne Beck’s father raised the flag
Memorial Day 1969
New Cafeteria built in 1967, seen here May 1967
New HS in 1963 became known as the “J” wing
Old Masonic Temple
Old Railroad Trestle- mid 1980’s at West Main and Rt. 29.
Old Rochester Ball park on E. Main
old town hall
Original 1920 School facing N. Walnut.
Original 1937 School
outside view. East Door of 1920
Poffenbarger School 1940-41
Left row-back to front: Joyce Skinner, Don Taft, Kelton Catron, Cavitt Hollis.
Middle row : Nova Nell Blankenship-teacher, Arthur Catron, Carlos Catron, Eileen Heissinger, Velma Caton, Jack davison
Right Row: Jeananne Skinner, Lawrence Catron, Wayne Taft, Arlyce Catron
poffenbarger schools names
Rochester IL Postcard
Rochester Band 1907
Rochester School 1881 on Main St.
Rochester Schools Past – The 5th student in the first row is Hugh Campbell. This picture is from about 1920.
RUMC 1st Building
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Hazel J Park on the left in the black hat. Grace Martin on the right. This is the year of the first flood in Rochester, IL. Hazel and Grace wanted to check it out.
This day house* was located on Charlie Canfield property. He and his wife would drive out from Springfield to check on the farm and spend time at this house.
*(so called because it was not a permanent residence, but used just to “spend the day”)
B & O Train In Twelve-Foot Snowdrift Near Rochester, ILL.
If you think this winter has been tough, take a look at what it was like 100 years ago. The above picture and headline appeared on the front page of the Daily Illinois State Register, Friday, February 27, 1914. Following is the story that appeared along with the picture.
How The Snow Stopped Railroad Traffic
J.E. Coe of Rochester supplies us with the photograph from which the above cut is made, showing a Baltimore & Ohio train battling with a twelve-foot snowdrift. Only the upper part of the engine is seen protruding through the snow. It was impossible to move either way until relief squads with shovels cleared the track.
Similar photographs have been received from C.H. Burghart, photographer of Greenfield, ILL., showing the C. & A. right of way banked high with snow and trains stalled. A special message from Greenfield follows:
“The Springfield-Eldred train, which left Springfield at 5 o’clock Sunday evening and was in charge of Robert Shekelton, veteran engineer for the Chicago & Alton railroad. An extra engine was coupled on at Carlinville. At 8:30 o’clock Sunday evening it plunged in the snow about four miles west of this city. It was not able to turn a wheel either way.”
The origional picture was from the Pauline Watkins collection and is dated January 24, 1914. The location of the snowbound train was just across from where the library is today.
This is a picture taken in 1969 at the Rochester Centennial of Florence Norman and Richard Eyer (4 years old), Carolyn Wanless’s mother and son.
Enjoying the Rochester Centennial in 1969 is Ralph and Mae Leach with granddaughter Leslie Leach Preuss.