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Buffalo School Board President (and, later, Erie County Comptroller) Alfreda Slominski was running in a Republican primary for mayor of Buffalo in 1969, and a campaign ad in The News reads, “The best Father’s Day present we can give Buffalo this year …” with a photo of Slominski and her beehive hairdo. While enough Republicans gave their dads the gift of a Slominski vote …

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Until Watergate gave Richard Nixon the title, Herbert Hoover spent 40 years as the most vilified president in American history. The hate was based mostly on his handling of the Great Depression. It’s an odd juxtaposition, since Hoover was greatly responsible for helping bring relief to Europe after World War I, and he served as commerce secretary to presidents Warren Ha…

On this date in 1914, a 26-year-old teacher by the name of Harriet Clark died when the "touring car" in which she was riding overturned. "An automobile traveling at the rate of 40 miles an hour and carrying a party of two young women and two young men from East Aurora to Buffalo upset in the stat road about two miles west of East Aurora at 6:30 o'clock in the morning, kill…

While residents were moved from Niagara Falls’ Love Canal neighborhood when President Jimmy Carter declared a state of emergency in 1978, a year later, the question of remediation remained. The president’s call for cleanup of Love Canal, as well as other toxic sites that the Love Canal saga helped bring to light, marked another step forward in dealing with one of the coun…

Noting falling enrollment and the difficulty of obtaining teaching sisters, the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo announced the closure of schools in Darien Center and Delevan, as well as the merger of schools in Buffalo, Lackawanna and Medina. In South Buffalo, St. Stephen’s School on Elk Street was merged with St. Monica’s School at Seneca and Orlando streets. In Lackawanna, …

Earlier this month, the City of Buffalo cut the ribbon on new apartments at the re-purposed School 60 in Riverside, but in 1959, the school was celebrating 60 years of service by bringing back some of the original 1898 teachers to help hand out diplomas to graduating eighth-graders. “Two retired teachers who taught in School 60 when it opened 60 years ago returned to grad…

The Buffalo Evening News was a growing newspaper in 1924, and to make room for that growth, the paper purchased and tore down Buffalo’s first skyscrapers. Reading this article, you can’t help but feel the author’s and the city’s enthusiasm for the future. If these buildings survived today, they’d be not only Buffalo classics, but American classics.  That might be your tak…

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Thousands of Buffalo’s orphans descended on the Delaware Park Meadow on June 12, 1924, courtesy of the Automobile Club. Among the adults accompanying the children was Father Baker. "4,000 boys and girls enjoy annual outing" “Kids on the street looked up with amazement and envy as the loads of tooting and rooting orphans were whirled by in a tour of the city before be…

It’s a question Buffalo has been asking for at least 35 years, as evidenced by this article: What will become of the city's grain elevators? "Buffalo’s ghostly grain elevators: blight or economic opportunity?" “(James E.) Carr envisions the entire waterfront being put to residential and commercial uses, putting the grain elevators ‘right in the thick of things.’ ” As th…

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The mighty roar of the Niagara was silenced 45 years ago today. Thousands stood and watched an international news story go from rush to trickle. The Army Corps of Engineers diverted the Niagara River to complete a survey of the rock underneath the waterfall to ensure its stability and to “enhance its beauty.” The fragility of the rock formations at the foundation of …

Over two days in 1969, reports from the NHL League meetings in Montreal moved from Vancouver, Baltimore and Cleveland as being in the lead for an NHL club. It was also reported that the men who applied for the Buffalo expansion team had just purchased a minority stake in the NHL Oakland Seals. Seymour and Northrup Knox, however, promised to continue pursuing a club for Buf…

Buffalo’s best-remembered boxing champ, Jimmy “Slats” Slattery, is pictured dropping his opponent at Queensboro Stadium, a once-popular boxing venue located under New York’s 59th Street bridge. "Here’s how Slattery looked in his metropolitan debut" “Jimmy Slattery of Buffalo is pictured above as he dropped Jack Lynch in the sixth round of their sensational battle at Quee…

Dunlop opened its Niagara River plant in Tonawanda in 1920, and it has made tires in Western New York ever since. Today, the only motorcycle tires manufactured in this country are made there. In 1924, the "buy local" cry was loud coming from Dunlop, which then made auto tires in Tonawanda as well. The ad claims that if all the tires bought in Buffalo were made in Buffalo,…