Welcome To The East Rochester Borough Website

A brief Historical Timeline

1901 - 1910

In 1901 the Rochester Tumbler Works which had half-mile long works along the Ohio River and located within what is now East Rochester Borough, burned. At the time, the fire was the worst in county history, with an estimated loss of over $1 million.

Our community of East Rochester was incorporated in 1908 from Rochester Township. The town used to be called “Seldom Seen” since residential areas were separated from the main road by the railroad.

1910 - 1950

The community grew  during the decades leading up to and after the world wars, peaking at 1025 in 1960,  with various businesses and warehouses being located in the borough. These included what is today part of the Valvoline Oil company

Our community of East Rochester was incorporated in 1908 from Rochester Township. The town used to be called “Seldom Seen” since residential areas were separated from the main road by the railroad.

1950 - Present

The Monaca–East Rochester Bridge opened in 1959. It is a steel through continuous truss bridge which crosses the Ohio River between Monaca, Pennsylvania and East Rochester, Pennsylvania. It  was tolled until 1973.

The K-Mart Shopping Plaza opened on March 2nd, 1967. K-Mart closed on November 10, 1988. The Plaza is still located there and has among other stores a  Shop N Save and Big Lots.

The borough continues to look for ways to better serve its residents and has attracted several new businesses that provide services to the community

Interesting Historical Facts

Notable Historical Facts & People

Brigadier General Abner Lacock

Brigadier General Abner Lacock, born July 9, 1770, Alexandria, Alexandria City, Virginia; moved with his parents to Washington County, Pennsylvania, as a youth; moved to Beaver (then Allegheny County) County, Pennsylvania, 1796; justice of the peace, 1796; innkeeper; elected, Democratic Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1801-1803; associate judge, Beaver County Court, 1803-1804; elected, Democratic Republican, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1804-1805; elected Conventionalist, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1805-1807; member, brigadier general, Pennsylvania Militia, 1807; elected, Democratic-Republicans, Pennsylvania State Senate 1808-1811; elected, Democratic Republican, United States House of Representatives, Twelfth Congress, 1811-1813; reelected, Thirteenth Congress but resigned before it commenced, having been elected Senator; elected, Democratic Republican, United States Senate, 1813-1819; chairman, Committee on Pensions (Fifteenth Congress);

The East Rochester-Monaca Bridge

The Rochester–Monaca Bridge/Monaca–Rochester Bridge is a steel through continuous truss bridge which crosses the Ohio River between Monaca, Pennsylvania and Rochester, Pennsylvania. It opened in 1986 and is the third bridge to occupy the site. It replaced a 1930 steel truss cantilever bridge which itself replaced a suspension bridge built in 1896. Naming tradition 1914 postcard photo of the original Monaca-Rochester suspension bridge The Rochester approach to the bridge From 1987 to 2009, the bridge was named each year in honor of the winner of the Rochester vs. Monaca high school football game.[1] In 1988, the Rochester Manager Ed Piroli and Monaca Manager Tom Stoner made a bet signed with a handshake that gave the naming rights of the bridge to the winning team of that year.[2] With Monaca High School's merger into Central Valley High School, the 2009 game was the final game to determine naming rights. By winning the 2009 game, the bridge became known as the Rochester–Monaca Bridge through the end of the 2009 school year. Since then it has been called the Rochester–Monaca Bridge on the Rochester side, and the Monaca-Rochester Bridge on the Monaca side.[1] Both towns' police departments respond to incidents on the bridge, with the incident location on the bridge deciding which town takes charge of the incident.

Rochester Tumbler Works

Henry C. Fry, the founder of the company and a sharp businessman, was involved in the glassware industry from the age of sixteen, when he was a shipping clerk for the William Phillips Glass Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa. In 1862 Henry left the Phillips Co. to enlist as a private in the Penna. Cavalry, 15th Regiment. In 1864 he left the cavalry and became part of the management of the Lippencott, Fry, and Co. glass house. In the Spring of 1872 Mr. Fry left the Lippencott Co. in order to manage a new glasshouse, The Rochester Tumbler Co. This company, located on the bank of the Ohio River close to rail lines, was noted for advancements that it made in glass production. It was the first glass manufacturer to foresee the value of using natural gas for heating operations as well as being one of the first companies to specialize in the manufacture of one item, tumblers. On February 12, 1901, the world renowned Rochester Tumbler Co. was destroyed by fire. Mr. Fry had earlier seen his company plagued by floods because of its proximity to the river and so decided to rebuild on a high spot. He purchased twelve acres of land in North Rochester and began construction of the Fry Glass Company. Source: Cynthia Freehauf Milestones Vol. 5, No. 2--Spring 1979

Brigadier General Abner Lacock

Birth 07/09/1770 - Death 04/12/1837

Biography

Brigadier General Abner Lacock, born July 9, 1770, Alexandria, Alexandria City, Virginia; moved with his parents to Washington County, Pennsylvania, as a youth; moved to Beaver (then Allegheny County) County, Pennsylvania, 1796; justice of the peace, 1796; innkeeper; elected, Democratic Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1801-1803; associate judge, Beaver County Court, 1803-1804; elected, Democratic Republican, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1804-1805; elected Conventionalist, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1805-1807; member, brigadier general, Pennsylvania Militia, 1807; elected, Democratic-Republicans, Pennsylvania State Senate 1808-1811; elected, Democratic Republican, United States House of Representatives, Twelfth Congress, 1811-1813; reelected, Thirteenth Congress but resigned before it commenced, having been elected Senator; elected, Democratic Republican, United States Senate, 1813-1819; chairman, Committee on Pensions (Fifteenth Congress);
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The East Rochester-Monaca Bridge

Postcard circa 1914 of the first bridge

History

The Rochester–Monaca Bridge/Monaca–Rochester Bridge is a steel through continuous truss bridge which crosses the Ohio River between Monaca, Pennsylvania and Rochester, Pennsylvania. It opened in 1986 and is the third bridge to occupy the site. It replaced a 1930 steel truss cantilever bridge which itself replaced a suspension bridge built in 1896. Naming tradition 1914 postcard photo of the original Monaca-Rochester suspension bridge The Rochester approach to the bridge From 1987 to 2009, the bridge was named each year in honor of the winner of the Rochester vs. Monaca high school football game.[1] In 1988, the Rochester Manager Ed Piroli and Monaca Manager Tom Stoner made a bet signed with a handshake that gave the naming rights of the bridge to the winning team of that year.[2] With Monaca High School's merger into Central Valley High School, the 2009 game was the final game to determine naming rights. By winning the 2009 game, the bridge became known as the Rochester–Monaca Bridge through the end of the 2009 school year. Since then it has been called the Rochester–Monaca Bridge on the Rochester side, and the Monaca-Rochester Bridge on the Monaca side.[1] Both towns' police departments respond to incidents on the bridge, with the incident location on the bridge deciding which town takes charge of the incident.
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Rochester Tumbler Works

Photo Circa 1900

History

Henry C. Fry, the founder of the company and a sharp businessman, was involved in the glassware industry from the age of sixteen, when he was a shipping clerk for the William Phillips Glass Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa. In 1862 Henry left the Phillips Co. to enlist as a private in the Penna. Cavalry, 15th Regiment. In 1864 he left the cavalry and became part of the management of the Lippencott, Fry, and Co. glass house. In the Spring of 1872 Mr. Fry left the Lippencott Co. in order to manage a new glasshouse, The Rochester Tumbler Co. This company, located on the bank of the Ohio River close to rail lines, was noted for advancements that it made in glass production. It was the first glass manufacturer to foresee the value of using natural gas for heating operations as well as being one of the first companies to specialize in the manufacture of one item, tumblers. On February 12, 1901, the world renowned Rochester Tumbler Co. was destroyed by fire. Mr. Fry had earlier seen his company plagued by floods because of its proximity to the river and so decided to rebuild on a high spot. He purchased twelve acres of land in North Rochester and began construction of the Fry Glass Company. Source: Cynthia Freehauf Milestones Vol. 5, No. 2--Spring 1979
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Brigadier General Abner Lacock

Birth 07/09/1770 - Death 04/12/1837

Biography

Brigadier General Abner Lacock, born July 9, 1770, Alexandria, Alexandria City, Virginia; moved with his parents to Washington County, Pennsylvania, as a youth; moved to Beaver (then Allegheny County) County, Pennsylvania, 1796; justice of the peace, 1796; innkeeper; elected, Democratic Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1801-1803; associate judge, Beaver County Court, 1803-1804; elected, Democratic Republican, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1804-1805; elected Conventionalist, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1805-1807; member, brigadier general, Pennsylvania Militia, 1807; elected, Democratic-Republicans, Pennsylvania State Senate 1808-1811; elected, Democratic Republican, United States House of Representatives, Twelfth Congress, 1811-1813; reelected, Thirteenth Congress but resigned before it commenced, having been elected Senator; elected, Democratic Republican, United States Senate, 1813-1819; chairman, Committee on Pensions (Fifteenth Congress);
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The East Rochester-Monaca Bridge

Postcard circa 1914 of the first bridge

History

The Rochester–Monaca Bridge/Monaca–Rochester Bridge is a steel through continuous truss bridge which crosses the Ohio River between Monaca, Pennsylvania and Rochester, Pennsylvania. It opened in 1986 and is the third bridge to occupy the site. It replaced a 1930 steel truss cantilever bridge which itself replaced a suspension bridge built in 1896. Naming tradition 1914 postcard photo of the original Monaca-Rochester suspension bridge The Rochester approach to the bridge From 1987 to 2009, the bridge was named each year in honor of the winner of the Rochester vs. Monaca high school football game.[1] In 1988, the Rochester Manager Ed Piroli and Monaca Manager Tom Stoner made a bet signed with a handshake that gave the naming rights of the bridge to the winning team of that year.[2] With Monaca High School's merger into Central Valley High School, the 2009 game was the final game to determine naming rights. By winning the 2009 game, the bridge became known as the Rochester–Monaca Bridge through the end of the 2009 school year. Since then it has been called the Rochester–Monaca Bridge on the Rochester side, and the Monaca-Rochester Bridge on the Monaca side.[1] Both towns' police departments respond to incidents on the bridge, with the incident location on the bridge deciding which town takes charge of incident.
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Rochester Tumbler Works

Photo Circa 1900

History

Henry C. Fry, the founder of the company and a sharp businessman, was involved in the glassware industry from the age of sixteen, when he was a shipping clerk for the William Phillips Glass Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa. In 1862 Henry left the Phillips Co. to enlist as a private in the Penna. Cavalry, 15th Regiment. In 1864 he left the cavalry and became part of the management of the Lippencott, Fry, and Co. glass house. In the Spring of 1872 Mr. Fry left the Lippencott Co. in order to manage a new glasshouse, The Rochester Tumbler Co. This company, located on the bank of the Ohio River close to rail lines, was noted for advancements that it made in glass production. It was the first glass manufacturer to foresee the value of using natural gas for heating operations as well as being one of the first companies to specialize in the manufacture of one item, tumblers. On February 12, 1901, the world renowned Rochester Tumbler Co. was destroyed by fire. Mr. Fry had earlier seen his company plagued by floods because of its proximity to the river and so decided to rebuild on a high spot. He purchased twelve acres of land in North Rochester and began construction of the Fry Glass Company. Source: Cynthia Freehauf Milestones Vol. 5, No. 2--Spring 1979
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