December 27, 1887: The blasting powder mill owned by Rand & Co. in Pittsford (near the present day Powder Mill Park) exploded. The blast was felt and heard as far away as Canandaigua and Avon. No workers were injured.
December 22, 1813: News arrives at Reynold's post office that British and Indian forces have taken Fort Niagara and of a massacre at the village of Lewiston. The local militia is dispatched to assist and, shortly thereafter, surviving refugees arrive in Rochester seeking shelter.
December 21, 1888: The Jefferson Flour Mill explodes as naphtha (a flammable liquid hydrocarbon) refined at the Vacuum Oil Works leaks from an underground pipe into a sewer, igniting between State and Mill streets. The fire continued in the sewer, blowing man hole covers skyward and spouting flames for several hours. The accident resulted in five deaths.
December 5, 2005: The "Spirit of Ontario I" fast ferry made its last passenger trip after two seasons in operation. The ferry service was officially discontinued after Mayor Duffy assumed office in 2006.
December 2, 1814: Mortimer F. Reynolds is born in the Reynolds' home, becoming the first childbirth in what was then the new settlement of Rochester.
However, among the early settlers in the area of what would ultimately become the
present Rochester, the first child birth was that of James Stone, son
of Enos Stone, on May 4, 1810. Enos Stone built a house and then saw
mill in 1809 on the east side of the river and would purchase the first
lot of the 100 Acre Tract for $50 from Col. Rochester in 1811 on the
west side of the river to build a log cabin. A bridge crossing the
river and connecting the communities would not be completed until 1812. The first child born on the west side of the river was Benjamin Evans in 1811.