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Front page Feb. 22, 1915: Secrecy cloaks men behind controversial island deal

Among the top local stories of the day:

'Identity of stockholders in deal to unload islands deep mystery'

"Further efforts to smoke out the stockholders of the Seaboard Elevator company and the Buffalo Creek Realty company, said to include some well-known politicians, have met with the same attitude of profound secrecy that has characterized the whole notice of intention to buy the abandoned and unused islands owned by the company at the foot of Main street was introduced in the board of aldermen.

"Councilman Warwick, president of the Seaboard Elevator company, already had declined to name the stockholders who are going to divide up about half a million dollars of the city's money if the deal goes through.

"John J. Griffin, real estate agent representing both companies, stated positively without a smile or the quiver of an eyelash, that he did not know a single one of the stockholders."

Previous coverage of the controversial land deal:

 

"Honor donors of building for U. of B."

"Teck theater was crowded this forenoon at 11 o'clock when the members of the faculty, the student body and a large number of the alumni of the University of Buffalo entered the auditorium for the annual University Day exercises. There were in attendance also groups of women, including representative officers and a large proportion of those constituting the membership of the Women's Educational and Industrial union.

"The occasion was unusually impressive, as the women for the first time were prominent in the celebration because of the transfer by the union to the university of its building at Niagara Square and Delaware avenue, to be used as the College of Liberal Arts."

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Feb 22 1915

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