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October 20, 2013

Do You Remember Oct. 20?

Tonawanda News — 2003 — 10 years ago

Kirk Jones, 40, plunged over the Niagara Falls with only the clothes on his back to protect him and survived. He was believed to be the first person to do so.

• Three cemeteries in Tonawanda — City Cemetery, Salem Cemetery and St. Francis Cemetery — were having trees trimmed and planted, stones straightened, and fences installed as the result of a grant received through the office of Assemblyman Robin Schimminger.

1988 — 25 years ago

• The NYS DEC collected fly ash samples from three Town of Tonawanda industries determined if these companies were responsible for polluting the Riverview section of the City of Tonawanda.

• A multi-million dollar fire destroyed a North Tonawanda warehouse at 665 River Road that was battled by firefighters from North Tonawanda, the City of Tonawanda and Wheatfield. All that remained standing of the 100,000-square-foot structure that housed stored boats and articles for sale at a weekly flea market were steel beams that were bent from extreme heat. 

1963 — 50 years ago

• No paper published.

1943 — 70 years ago

• The Army and Navy of the United States bestowed their highest industrial award, the “E” for war production, on the Rudolph Wurlitzer Company’s local plant in stirring ceremonies held on the Wurlitzer Company grounds.

• Further extension of bus service in the Tonawandas was claimed impossible by Norman Carpenter of the Carpenter Bus Lines who advised the North Tonawanda Common Council that due to the labor shortage he is barely able to operate. He said it is almost impossible for the company to get drivers. He was advised to employ women drivers.

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