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If there had never been a Mang, there might never have been a Kenmore.

But because there was the former, the latter remains, and members of the Erie County Legislature paid tribute Thursday to a family whose surname has become almost synonymous with the village its patriarchal ancestor founded and helped build.

Frank Mang sold part of his farm as the site for the village, but then his family remained as first citizens, helping to establish the Fire Department and serving among the first police officers. Mangs gave land for St. Paul's Catholic Church and helped build it. Teresa Mang, who was known as Tillie, was a founder and fund-raiser for Kenmore Mercy Hospital in the Town of Tonawanda.

The village fairly teems with reminders of what the family has done. Residents can relax in Mang Park, swim in Mang Pool and socialize in Mang Cultural Center without ever leaving the village.

Other vestiges also can be seen, as the Legislature resolution states: "The original Mang family farmhouse, built before 1860, remains structurally upright and is owned by the Mang family even now."

The house is located -- where else -- on Mang Avenue.

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