Tonawanda News — Ever wonder what to do with paper grocery bags that accumulate in your cupboard?
If you want to get rid of them and help out a cause, drop them off at the Brighton Place Library on Brighton Road in the Town of Tonawanda. The library is having a book sale July 17 and it’s looking for grocery bags.
Great fun hearing from someone from the past.
This week, Jim Williams, an old Cardinal O’Hara High School colleague wrote that after he left his teaching position at O’Hara, he went to St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute.
“I’m starting my 20th school year at St. Joe’s,” Jim wrote. His email referred to last week’s mention of the cemeteries in the City of Tonawanda and how well cared for they are. The question was raised about who took care of them before modern day mowers and trimmers.
Jim gave the following update: “When I was in high school in the late 1970s, I was the Salem Cemetery caretaker — cutting, trimming, and general maintenance. My great-grandmother, Eleanora Andres Mileham, and her brother, William Andres, told me how the cemetery was cared for when they were young. Uncle Bill was born in 1889 on William Street, but Great-Grandma Mileham was born at 18 Nowak — the only house on the street in 1897. They grew up on Nowak and had a daily view of the cemetery. Their father bought one of the last Salem Cemetery lots available. I have the original deed, written in German. Uncle Bill said that it was expected that each family would take care of its own plot at that time. He and Gramma said that on summer nights it often ‘looked like a parade’ as families walked by Nowak Street with their watering cans, hand trimmers and at times even push mowers on the way to the cemetery. When their mother, Marie Andres, died in 1915, Gramma and her brothers and sisters joined ‘the parade.’ Eventually, some families died out, moved away, or were too removed in time from their family buried in the cemetery that the church took over full care for the cemetery.”