TOWN OF TONAWANDA —
“Photographs taken by Life magazine in 1941 or ’42 show aircraft being screwed together in the parking lot, that’s how busy the place was,” Adamczyk said.
Tuesday’s presentation is free and open to the public and is one in a series of talks the historical society has planned focusing on industry in the area.
At the beginning of the century, “Buffalo was one of the largest cities in the country. There was great transport in the Erie Canal, railroads and lakes. It had banking, a skilled labor force supplied from the bike and auto industries and electric power from the Niagara Falls,” Percy said. “It all filtered together in the Buffalo area.”
Adamczyk, who, together with Percy and the historical society, is working to produce these talks, said those they’ve already held have proven successful. In the future he said they plan to take a look at companies like General Motors and Dupont.
“People are connected to these industries whether they know it or not. These were and are huge industries in the Town of Tonawanda, and people used to work there. Those that are still running, people still work there. Everybody seems to have members in the fmaily who used to work there,” Adamczyk said.
“Everybody out here seems to be connected and I think that’s pretty cool,” said Adamczyk, himself a former GM worker. “We all have oil and blood and steel going through our veins whether we know it not.”
IF YOU GO • WHAT: Curtiss-Wright Plant presentation by Town of Tonawanda Historian John Percy • WHEN: 7:15 p.m. Tuesday • WHERE: The Tonawanda-Kenmore Historical Society, 100 Knoche Road, Town of Tonawanda • COST: Free • MORE INFORMATION: Call 873-5774.
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