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Looking Back: The Rochester Era newspaper

Rochester Post | Published February 19, 2020


ROCHESTER — Starting in 1873, the Rochester Era newspaper, produced by T.B. Fox and his son, William, informed residents of local, national and international events. In its weekly issues, the newspaper documented the daily life of the greater Rochester area, capturing the triumphs, tragedies and immense growth of this community for 76 years.

From its first issue on May 22, 1873, to its consolidation in 1949, residents could buy a subscription to the paper for $1.50 per year. Growing tired of renting office space, the newspaper’s owners built the Rochester Era building, shown in this photo, in 1885. The building still stands today at 114 W. Third St. The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen

Farm has made its collection of Rochester Era newspapers, dating back to 1873, available online for research. Get started exploring the newspapers at

— The Rochester Hills Museum