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The stately mansion that sits atop a small hill at 641 Delaware Ave. has a long, albeit spotty, history that predates its fame as the site of Theodore Roosevelt’s inauguration as the 26th president of the United States at the height of the Pan-American Exposition. Roosevelt, of course, was thrust into the presidency on Sept. 14, 1901, when William McKinley finally su…

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…

In February, C-SPAN released its ranking of the nation’s presidents from first to worst as determined by more than 90 presidential historians. The results of the polling are not entirely surprising, as names such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln top the list — as they would on any list ranking the nation’s leaders. Buffalo’s Millard Fi…

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…

It was a bright, sunny day. Michelle Bulan, the director of marketing for Perry's Ice Cream, saw an Amherst shop showcasing Western New York specialties. She popped in. She asked: Would they consider offering Perry's? The clerk sighed. "We only sell local." "But Perry's IS local! It's made right down the road in Akron." Bulan laughed, telling that stor…

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…

Sandy Starks tells stories about women. Not just any women, but Western New York heroines who shook up the world during their lives. Some created a desire for change. Some were pioneers in newspapers or nursing associations. One brave lady talked a military commander out of burning her home to the ground. "In each of their lives, something happened that stirred them …

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…

Art Deco, the radical, stylized design of the 1920s and 1930s, decorates Buffalo. The ornamentation of Buffalo City Hall and the Central Terminal, two set-back monoliths, are the most well-known examples. But they're hardly alone. There are the downtown Art Deco gems along the Court Street corridor, between City Hall and Lafayette Square. The Industrial Bank Build…