Webster Museum

A hundred years ago - 1918

Magazine Covers from 1918

Though known as the Rochester Hustlers in 1918, Rochester's baseball franchise is one of America's oldest and has been operating continuously since 1899. Pictured background left: an unknown Hustler's player in the spring of 1918; background right: The Rochester Hustler's 1918 team; Foreground left: an American League baseball from 1918; Foreground right: Babe Ruth who was a member of the Boston Red Sox in 1918 and played in an exhibition game in Rochester in 1921.

Foxy IrwinAmerica's Pastime

The Rochester Hustlers played at the Bay Street Ball Grounds, a stadium that stood near the corner of Bay St. and Webster Ave. in Rochester. Their coach for the 1918 season was Arthur "Foxy" Irwin, an experienced player and manager who had years earlier helped popularize the use of baseball gloves. Despite the Hustler's best efforts, they finished the season in 5th place with a record of 60 wins and 61 losses. With disappointing seasons in 1919 and 1920 to follow, Irwin was sent packing and the team soon changed its name to the Rochester Colts.

U.S. Coinage

The "Standing Liberty quarter" (25 cents) came in to circulation in 1916 and was in production through 1930 when it was replaced with the familiar Washington Quarter in 1932. The "Buffalo nickel" or "Indian Head nickel" (5 cents) was minted between 1913 and 1938, until it was replaced by the Jefferson nickel. The "Mercury dime" or "Winged Liberty dime" (1916–1945, 10 cents) preceded today's Roosevelt dime and the Lincoln cent or penny (1 cent) has been in use since 1909.

1918 U.S. Circulation coinage

Almon Brown Strowger (left), Western Electric model 50AL (introduced in 1919, right)

"Number Please?"

Throughout most of the country until the late teens and early twenties, it was not possible to dial a telephone call without the assistance of a telephone operator. Penfield native Almon Strowger was working as an undertaker in Kansas in the late 1880s. Convinced the local telephone operator who was the wife of a competitor was diverting his calls, Strowger set out to create a means of bypassing the operator....and in 1891 he patented "the automatic telephone exchange". A system that would become used throughout the world into the 1970s. Learn More

Votes for Women

In February of 1918, the long fought campaign for women's right to vote in the UK culminated in passage of the "Representation of the People Act". The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution which prevents federal, state, and local governments from denying women the opportunity to vote, occurred 2 years later in August of 1920.

Dame Millicent Fawcett leader of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies, the main suffragist organization in Britain (right)

The Romanov family who were executed by the Bolsheviks in July of 1918 (left), Manfred von Richthofen, known as "The Red Baron" was killed in action in April of 1918 (center), Walter Tull, the first black professional English football player and first black British Army officer was killed in action in March of 1918 (right).

Our current exhibit explores what life was like 100 years ago.

1918 saw the end of World War I, an influenza epidemic and the first days of prohibition.

Check back soon as we will be adding further information and photos depicting life in 1918.

1918 beginnings

Robert Wegman Wegman's website

Inspiration Point opens to the public D&C article

Schutt's Cider Mill Schutt's website

Nick Tahou's Restaurant Wikipedia

Popular Films and Music of 1918

Morning at the Museum

Experience days gone by!

Explore Webster's past! Participate in diary writing, scavenger hunts, colonial games and activities with Museum staff and Shana Lynott from the Webster Public Library.

July 10, 2018 9 am - 11am ~ at the Museum

Children ages 8 to 10 years, Limit 15 children, $5 per child

Register at the Webster Public Library or print our registration form

Program flyer

Puttin' On the Ritz

Webster Museum Case at the Webster Public Library

The height of fashion...circa 1929. Perfect for a night out on the town.

Visit our display at the Webster Public Library to learn more.

A small glance at the Civil War

New to the Webster Museum

Thanks to the many talents of Tom Pellett, the museum now has a miniature diorama portraying a battle during the American Civil War.

Richard Brookins: American St. Nick

December 9, 2017

It was truly an honor to have Richard Brookins and his family at the museum. Though Mr. Brookins didn't arrive by army jeep or wear the vestments of St. Nickolas, his appearance brought a lot of joy to those in attendance (and maybe even a tear or too).

The simple desire to bring joy into the lives of children during a horrific war, became something far more.

A few photos from the afternoon are now online.

Doolittle's Raid

November 11, 2017

Many thanks to Jack Kowiak for sharing his presentation on Doolittle's Raid.

A few photos from the afternoon are now online.

Raising Monarchs

The story of Webster extends beyond its businesses, homes and roadways. One of the things that makes Webster the place "where life is worth living" is its nature and the many parks, woods and trails that are open to explore.

With that in mind, here is a small look into the world of another kind of Webster resident, the Monarch butterfly.

History and a Cup

Thank you!

We are thankful to have had the opportunity to hear Barry Martin share his memories of growing up in Webster.

Barry was in Scout troup 108. Barry started the Junior History Club at Spry and the group was responsible for putting the first State marker up in fron of Dr. Holt's home on Holt Rd.

Barry a retired Judge, has written a book about Bob Davies a renowned Basketball player of the Rochester Royals.

A few photos from Barry's visit are now online.

Gary Morgan

Many thanks to Gary Morgan for coming out to the Webster Museum and sharing so many delightful stories from his days behind the wheel. We are happy so many of Gary's friends (old and new) could attend.

A few photos from the afternoon are now online.

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