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Front page, April 20, 1917: Five Buffalo School Board members removed in 'raw political deal'

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. The political boss worked with Mayor Louis Fuhrmann to kick off the five members who were not politically friendly to his administration so that the city's administration could still maintain control of the city schools.

  • French troops made further gains against the Germans during a snowy nighttime battle in Champagne.
  • Marcus Colf, a 102-year-old man, was turned away from several recruiting offices after trying to enlist. He claimed to have "plenty of experience" because he served in the Civil War, the Mexican War and "half a dozen Indian wars."
  • Mrs. John Miller Horton of Buffalo lost the presidency of the national Daughters of the American Revolution to a woman from Kansas.

Here's the front page of The Buffalo Evening News from April 20, 1917:

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