Tonawanda News — 2003 — 10 years ago
• After 47 years at Niagara-Wheatfield High School, the last 25 as athletics director, Bill Ross retired.
• The Dow Jones Average was hovering around 8,600, the NASDAQ around 1,500, and the S&P 500 around 933.
1988 — 25 years ago
• The Tonawanda Senior Center hosted a dinner to honor 58 seniors who had attained the age of 80 years of age or older. Ina Schimpf was the oldest honoree at 96 years old.
• Strong public opposition killed the proposal to locate campsites at Niawanda Park.
1963 — 50 years ago
• The new $260,000 sancturay of the First Presbyterian Church was dedicated to coincide with the 111th anniversary of the church.
• During its 50th anniversary celebration, the YWCA of the Tonawandas recounted the generosity of John Sweeney, Jr. who donated the Foster House on Tremont Street as the organization’s home.
1943 — 75 years ago
• The arrival of a 25-carload lot of potatoes eased the shortage that had prevailed in the Tonawandas for several weeks.
• Miss Janet Browning and Sgt. Lloyd Long were married at St. Francis Rectory. Sgt. Long was returning to his station at Sioux City, Iowa upon completion of his furlough.