Stumbled across your web site while searching the internet. My uncle, William Fries, worked for the railroad for many years and helped write several books; "Iron Rails in Seneca Land" and "Baltimore and Ohio Railroad" and "Erie Railroad". Very interesting site.
I graduated from No. Tonawanda Sr. High in '68 and moved to San Diego in '72. We are now looking into relocating back to the area. Many fond memories are still here!! Great people, food, and mostly memories of Pine Woods Pk, Ellicot Creek Park picnics, Crystal Beach, every summer, the rich colors of Fall, the trains, old theatres, the history, old departmt. stores, fish fries and more! I want to come home!! Hi to the class of '68!! : )
As a Deco fan while growing up in the 50's.....can't find anything as good....
January 30, 2001
Hamb., NY USA
My Great,Great, Grand Father who came to W.N.Y.from Ireland, opened the first soft drink shop.His name was John Mullins I have one of the blue glass bottles from 1886.Info on Mullins Pop would be great.
Great site! "City of Light" by Lauren Belfer - The Dial Press - got me thinking of home, and searching the web for the Pan American Exposition. How fortunate to grow up in Buffalo and to have absorbed a little of the progressive Buffalo attitude. Stick with it!
Hello to all readers.I love this site,especially the old photos of the city. I was born in the WCA Hospital in Jamestown. I lived in and around Jamestown all my life, until the early 90s,when I moved to Buffalo.I moved to the lower east side, off of Broadway. Ashley and Person St.For the next ten years, I lived in North Buffalo and West Seneca.I was fascinated with the city, and the architecture that Buffalo held. So when I found this site,I was happy to see the things that are not there anymore. This part of my little note, is to the people that are looking for the things that are not there anymore. While living in West Seneca I came across newspapers from March to July of 1945. I have some thirty to forty papers that I am able to scan for you if you would like a copy of any of the articles. Please contact me via email. I will reply to you asap. I hope that someone else will share,old things about our beloved city of Buffalo?
Great site! However one small correction. The the US Life-Saving Station crew is not firing a floation device. They are firing a Lyle gun projectile, which weights roughly 19 lbs. It is pulling a shotline and if the skill of the crew is good, that line will fall across the spar of the wreck pole in the background. Once the shotline is in place the shipwrecked crew (or since this is a practice shot) one of the station's crew, will use it to haul a whipline out followed by a hawser. Eventually a breeches buoy will be rigged and the shipwrecked crew rescued. All of this should be finished in 3 minutes or so. Note the overturned "X" of the sand anchor. It is a good photo.
Former resident of Lackawanna,worked for the Bank of Buffalo & Bank of New York before moving to Sarasota,Fl. in 1976.Retired now and living 40 miles south of Sarasota,Fl.In my 49 years in the Buffalo area, I had eaten many times in DECO REST. before they all closed.South Park and Harding Rd.,and Seneca and Elk St. at I believe was Buffalo Creek.BYE!!
I lived in Tonawanda for eight out of 10 yearsin the late 40s and early 50s. I left for California when I was ten. I still have relatives living there. Tell Mary North "Hello" for me. Karen Hennigen might be there,too! I imagine things have changed quite a bit since I was there when I was nineteen. Tonawanda was a great little town. See ya, JA
Hello. I'm an artist and plan on painting my kitchen. I want to make it a 50's - diner - kitch - art deco - Florida kind of thing.... Any suggestions of where I can see some pictures of Florida restaurants of the 50's?
My Mother, Margaret (Rautenstrauch) Pause was the manager of the Deco Restaurant on Seneca & Emslie for many years in the 1950's & 60's. I also worked there while attending Bishop Quigley H.S. I personally served both Joseph & Gregory Deck. My husband's Aunt Grace O'Shei also worked as a manager at the Niagara Street location for over ten years. Bye
Thanks for the memories. When I was a child, I lived in a small town to the south west of London. There were three mainlines through town in the 1940's, NYC, C&O and CN. I sat for hours near the tracks listening to all those steam trains whistling at three different crossings. Those whistles still make the hair on the back of my neck stand up. Thanks again.
Very well done, though the photos appeared on my monitor a little bit dark. I understand that you have a semi-official list of Fresnel lenses used in the US. Why don't you publish this list together with photos ?
Started my RR career with the Buffalo Creek in the mid-60's. Later an EL, NYC, PC, and CR man. Since late 80's with Ohio Central system. Our experience in bring dead and dying railroads back to life in Ohio and other states argues that Buffalo's railroad malaise in greatly self-induced. Researching the history of the Erie (DL&W and EL) Buffalo Division, the Buffalo Creek Railroad, and the Buffalo & Susquehanna Railway System. Contacts and data sources would be appreciated.
Wonderful site. My grandfather was a scooper for 45yrs-my father was a scooper for 40yrs & I'm the last of a dying breed - 30yrs a scooper. Scooping is on it's last legs - a far cry from it's days of importance.
Can anyone help me with the 1935-1940 history of the Buffalo State Hospital, from the perspective of an employee? I have purchased the book "Proud Vision", but I would love to hear from anyone with knowledge of what is was like to work at the hospital as an 'attendent' during the late 1930s. I can be reached at [email protected]. Thank you for this great site!
THis is a fantastic site. I have been looking for pictures that I can use in a document that I'm constructing that will tell the story of my parents lives. I was born and raised in Buffalo but moved away because of my career. I am trying to reconstruct their world vrom the 40's when they met. Is it possible to obtain copies of pictures. I was looking for pictures of the Town Casino and the Chez Ami, two places they went to dance. I would appreciate any suggestions Thanks Larry Bauer
Great site for Buffalo native! Mt St Joseph School for Boys, PS 17, Tech HS, State Teachers College at Bflo, UB School of Engineering, Curtiss Wright, Cornell Aeronautical Lab & Engineering /Architectural Practice.
A very nice site! I was born in Buffalo; raised in N. Tonawanda, and left for Florida at age 20. Twenty-eight years later, I'm still here but I did visit this past June. Fascinated by the Falls (always), the wonderful food, and the amazingly low prices. All Buffalo buffs should read City of Light by Lauren Belfer, set in the Buffalo of 1900. Stay warm this winter!
I was born in Buffalo-lived in the Black Rock Section. Then moved to Town of Tonawanda in the early 70's. I went to PS 79, PS 81, Kenmore Jr High & Kenmore West HS. Left New York & moved to South Dakota. Only been back to Buffalo one time since, in 1981. This was a great site to bring back memories. Sorry to read that the Colvin Theatre was tore down. Use to go there on Saturdays and watch movies for $.25.
I LIVED IN THE TOWN OF TONAWANDA. (1958-1970) AS A KID ON WOODMERE DRIVE, WE HAD GREAT TIMES TOGETHER. GREG RIDGE, TONY PELLARITE, STEVE REMSON, MICHAEL BATH, TRACY CONSIDINE AND MARK GEGINO. BRIGHTON POOL IN THE SUMMER; PEE WEE CREEK; P/U FOOTBALL GAMES AT OUR SCHOOL- GLENDALE ELEMENTARY; SNOW FROM OCTOBER TO SOMETIMES APRIL; MAKING SNOWMEN; SNOWBALL FIGHTS; CAMPING OUT IN BACKYARDS; PLAYING "KICK THE CAN" THROUGHOUT THE NEIGHBORHOOD; RIDING OUR BIKES TO WOODELL DRUGS TO BUY CANDY, GUM, AND TEN CENT KITES. STAYING OUTSIDE TO PLAY ALL DAY, UNTIL SUNDOWN. WAITING TO HEAR MY FATHER WHISTLE FOR ME TO COME HOME, BECAUSE IT WAS TIME TO EAT OR COME IN FOR THE EVENING.THE 60'S, TURBULENT TIMES FOR A NATION, BUT TO A GROUP OF KIDS GROWING UP IN A MIDDLE CLASS SUBURB, LIFE SEEMED MUCH SIMPLER THEN. EVERY KID SHOULD BE FORTUNATE TO LIVE IN A NEIGHBORHOOD LIKE THIS. GREAT MEMORIES-I THINK ABOUT THOSE TIMES QUITE OFTEN- I MISS THEM.
Hi, I grew up in South Buffalo, attended P.S. #29 and South Park H.S.; graduated 1969 and am wondering if anyone knows if there will be another SPHS reunion I missed the 25th and never heard of a 30th. I love your site, it brings back alot of memories but do you have any pictures of S. Buffalo? It was a wonderful place to grow up. Thanks.
My brother and I both recall a Deco restaurant being located on Genessee St at the city line. The restaurant was located in the center of the IRC/NFT bus loop just west of Pine Ridge Road. Does anyone else remember that location?
I love the feeling of being a tourist in my own home town! And since the city's past is clearly larger than its present, I eagerly await each new old discovery! Then again, if I could peer 100 years into the future, what would I see?
I enjoyed visiting your site. I have never fully appreciated the beauty of Buffalo. Your pictures are great. I learned a lot about the history of the city. Many people think that this is a dying city but I think the best is yet to come.
What a GREAT Buffalo history site! Keep up the good work. I would very much like to receive e-mail from anyone with memories or knowledge of: The 'Wood and Brooks' piano key manufacturing company in Riverside; The 1940s Thompson or Guernsey Street neighborhood in Black Rock; Attendants at Buffalo State Hospital on Forest Avenue in the 1930s; PS #51 on Hertle Avenue in 1949; The Baynes Street neighborhood in the 1940s (Matthews Confectionary -1945-46, at 129 Baynes - across from Lafayette HS or PS #45). Thanks to all for remembering!
I have a desk that was given to me by my mother-in-law. It has a metal stamp in the drawer. I am trying to find out about it. What i can read of the stamp is Remington (Pano or rano) Tonowanda, NY. I am looking to find out how old the desk is and its origin. If you can help me I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you
As a long time resident, and 3rd generation italian, its touching to view the grain elevators my grandfather helped erect as a young man settling in buffalo at the begining of the 20th century. thankyou
I'm trying to find information about a grandfather who lived in North Tonawanda and then Buffalo, NY. His name was Charles Marky. He married Maud Cutway. I have been told that her family lived in North Tonawanda at one time, also. This would be prior to 1922.
Another one born in the old first ward,,Elk St..Now S.Park I think.. Left in 41 CCC,,WW11 USMC..Looking for any one with Info.on the family,,,Woodside,,Eden,,Sage,,all former Street addresses Thanks,, Excellent site..
Just came upon this site while looking up information on the buffalos around Buffalo to benefit Roswell Park Hospital. Great idea and very innovative. Buffalo holds fond memories from childhood on. Keep on improving but don't lose the "home town" atmosphere that is unique to Western NY.
A great page, breaks my heart to see the deteioration of what was once a great city that had everything, I grew up in Buffalo, attented Burgard High, entered the US Navy in 1949 where I stayed for some 26 years, however I never returned to live in Buffalo, but always make the yearly visit to see family and the Historical sites you have preserved in this most memorable page. Thank you so much.
Being from buffalo, I like the history and am trying to find any Wickwire Spencer Steel worker. I worked 17 years on the railroad -started in the track gang then they closed the plant. Plant was located on River Road, Tonwanada, N.Y.
I visted the light with my folks in the forties. In the fifties I kept a sailing dinghy at Sandy Banister's, down the way. At least once a season all our boats blew ashore. For fifteen years or so now, our crew has sailed J24 Coyote back to her, after the race, every summer Wednesday . She's a sight.
I am retired from Conagra & Lake and rail elevator. My father worked on building the mill,at that time it was International Milling and Robin Hood flour. When the mill started up he was hired to work there. I was hired in 1957 and worked ther till I r etired in 1966.
Very interesting. Hope you can help us find some info regarding a company named Wood & Brooks. They were located in Buffalo during WWII and used to make ivory piano keys. My father was employed by them.
I was born in Buffalo in 1929 and was delighted when I found this website. It's fun to look back. I feel that I had the best years in Buffalo during the 20 years I lived there. After I married, I moved to Eden, NY. The politicans have ruined downto wn and it will never be the way it was in my early years. What wonderful department stores and the theatres that were available to us. At least, I have good memories.