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Ellen Przepasniak

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Ellen Przepasniak is a digital content editor. She has previously worked as a writer at The Times, Artvoice and Boston's Weekly Dig and was the features editor at The Post-Journal. She earned a master's degree in journalism at Boston University and a bachelor's degree in English at SUNY Fredonia.

Here are some highlights from The Buffalo Evening News of April 28, 1917: * The House overwhelmingly passed President Woodrow Wilson's conscription plan to boost the U.S. military by 500,000 troops, and the Senate was expected to follow suit. The Allies asked that the U.S. provide food before any other aid as years of fighting World War I had depleted supplies badly. …

Here are some highlights from the Buffalo Evening News of April 27, 1917: * Although World War I – referred to then as the Great War or "the war to end all wars" – had been raging since July 1914, the U.S.'s entrance was still relatively new. President Woodrow Wilson was still considering what role the country would play. He said sending money, food and ships to the…

Here are some highlights from The Buffalo Evening News of April 26, 1917: * In a battle at Guillemont, British troops killed every German soldier on the field, after a bitter fight. An American schooner was also sunk by a German submarine, but the crew was rescued. Over the summer, 50,000 American troops were expected to be sent to the battle lines in Europe. * Four…

Here are some highlights from the Buffalo Evening News of April 25, 1917: * The American steamship Mongolia fired the first gun of the war for the United States and sunk a German submarine, which was poised to attack the U.S. ship. The naval gunners made a clean hit at 1,000 yards, shattered the sub's periscope and the sub disappeared. * Workers at the Larkin Company…

Here are some highlights from the Buffalo Evening News of April 23, 1917: • After ousting five Buffalo School Board members who were unfriendly to his administration, Mayor Louis Fuhrmann was planning to appoint their replacements. The article read: "Public school affairs in this city have been pretty well disorganized and confused during the last 14 months as the re…

Here are some highlights from The Buffalo Evening News of April 21, 1917: * The dismissal of five Buffalo School Board members in a political coup has stirred the city to "indignation." The article reported: "The city has not been stirred in years as it is by the sandbagging of the members of the School Board." The controversy came as a result of a bill that separated …

Here are some highlights from The Buffalo Evening News of April 20, 1917: * Five members of the Buffalo School Board were kicked out of office in a "raw political deal." (School Board members were appointed at the time.) An unnamed political boss engineered the plan after an Albany bill was passed that would give authority in school matters to only the School Board. Th…

Here are some highlights from the Buffalo Evening News of April 19, 1917: * Although the Germans sent nearly 250,000 new troops to the front, they were no match for the French offensive. French armies gained new ground in Champagne and German artillery was captured. * Those hoping to avoid military service by getting married were thwarted when the War Department anno…

Here are some highlights from The Buffalo Evening News of April 18, 1917: * Three Cape Cod Coast Guard stations reported hearing heavy gunfire off the coast, but could not see any naval vessels. Allied ships were on active duty patrolling the coast, but no explanation for the gunfire was immediately available from the Navy. * British and French forces made gains agai…

Here are some highlights from the Buffalo Evening News of April 17, 1917: * French troops took 40 miles of the front from the Germans, but, in the process, 100,000 people were killed, wounded and taken prisoner. * British and French war commissioners were traveling to Washington, D.C., to discuss America's part in World War I. (The U.S. had only entered the war a we…

Here are some highlights from the Buffalo Evening News of April 14, 1917: * The U.S. decided to send aid to Russia in its newly formed democracy as a strategy against Germany. Congress was set to pass a war bill that would allocate funds and supplies to Russia. * The world's food supply was beginning to diminish as the U.S. entered World War I. New York's Governor W…

Here are some highlights from the Buffalo Evening News of April 13, 1917: * President Woodrow Wilson introduced a bill in the House to take control of every railroad, telephone and telegraph company in the United States. No such power has been given a president since Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. * Buffalo women were taking part in a "military census," which …