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Front page, March 2, 1917: Buffalo has coldest winter since 1885

Here are some highlights from the Buffalo Evening News of March 2, 1917:

* Congress granted President Woodrow Wilson the power to arm all American ships in an effort to protect lives against German submarine warfare.

* A hearing was held about improvements to the trolley car system, which was the biggest mode of transportation in the area. A citizens group battled the lawyer from the International Railway company, who controlled the street cars, to demand better regulation of the system.

* The winter of 1916-17 was declared the coldest since 1885. During February 1917, the temperature rose above freezing only seven times and the mean monthly temperature was 18 degrees. The lowest temperature was 8 degrees below zero on Feb. 12. The total snowfall was 17.7 inches.

* Two workers at the Buffalo Copper and Brass plant got into a fight; one struck the other on a head with a club. The man was brought to the Homeopathic Hospital (which became Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital) with a severe scalp wound.

Here's the front page of the Buffalo Evening News from March 2, 1917:

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