Front page, May 18, 1917: Explosion in Niagara Falls plant sets milling district ablaze - The Buffalo News
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Front page, May 18, 1917: Explosion in Niagara Falls plant sets milling district ablaze

Here are some highlights from the Buffalo Evening News of May 18, 1917:

* A series of explosions at the Niagara-Electro Chemical plant led to a large fire that spread rapidly, destroying the plant and spreading to the nearby Cliff Paper Co. Both factories were destroyed at an estimated loss of $300,000 and other nearby buildings were slated to be dynamited. Twenty-five employees of the chemical plant got out in time.

* Laurence Rumsey, a Buffalo aviator and a member of the French Corps, returned home to Buffalo for a three-week visit. He spent the past 2 1/2 years on the front. When asked about his service abroad, Rumsey simply said: "You just try to get them before they get you."

* When L. Edward Haulton, a yard conductor on the South Buffalo railway, walked down Main Street wearing a straw hat, it was seen as a sign of summer beginning. "The straw hat sign never fails," said a "portly matron." Haulton was described as "a positive sort of person, with ideas of his own as to the proprieties and he does not in the least mind being stared at by Main Street. When asked about his hat by the News, he said: "Somebody has to start it off."

Here's the front page of the Buffalo Evening News from May 18, 1917:

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