Looking Back: Rochester YMCA

Rochester Post | Published December 5, 2018


ROCHESTER — This photo from the archives of the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm shows Rochester YMCA members on the steps of the Masonic Temple building at 318 Walnut Blvd.

The names of those pictured were written on the back: “First row: Ira Brownell, M. McCreedy, Howard Wilcox. Second row: Emory Mead, Red Wyythe, Milo Howell, Harold Weaver, Wilbur Walker. Third row: Micky Beckett, Lester Brownell, Earl Seed, Harold Harrison.”

With these names and a little research, museum officials said, a simple photograph can come to life. A Rochester ERA newspaper article from Dec. 12, 1913, announced the YMCA’s new officers, who are all in this photograph: President Emory Mead, far left, second row; Vice President Wilbur Walker, far right, second row; Secretary Ira Brownell, far left, first row; and Treasurer Earl Seed, second from right, third row.

The article also mentions that their next meeting was to be held at McCreedy’s store, which was likely referring to the hardware store called McCreedy & Myers at 336 S. Main St., currently Desert Oasis Coffee Roasters, in what was known as the Frank Burr Block.
— Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm