Remembering a Bad Day at Home Bakery

Monday, January 18, 1965 was supposed to be a big day at the Home Bakery. The store was set to re-open after having been closed two weeks for interior renovations, but events didn’t unfold quite the way the owners had planned.

bakery crash 1965It was a zero-degree day in Rochester, and a patron of Bebout’s Restaurant, up the street, decided to leave his Thunderbird at the curb with the engine running while he popped into Bebout’s for some breakfast. A short time later, witnesses saw the T-bird rolling down Main. They failed to catch up with the car in time, and watched as it dodged a couple of light poles before crashing into the front of the Home Bakery.

In this Clarion photo, bakery owner John McClellan is seen surveying the $2,000 worth of damage to his storefront.  The newspaper reported that there was little damage to the Thunderbird.

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