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November 23, 2013

Do You Remember Nov. 23?

Tonawanda News — 2003 - 10 years ago

• Spruce Elementary School Kindergartners Stephen Moore, Gregory Stulba, Megan Rooney, Carson Rose-Szabo, Bryan Donahue II and Jacob VanVolkenburg arrived to class to find an enormous dinosaur nest where they had left their hand-made dinosaur eggs just days earlier.

• Tonawanda High School graduate Robert Battig and his wife, Emillie, were married on national TV, being featured on The Learning Channel’s “For Better or For Worse.”

1988 - 25 years ago

Erie Derme, of the Town of Tonawanda, was selected to play the lead character, Victoria, in the children’s play “The Secret of Sneerwall Manor” at AM&A’s downtown Buffalo store for the Christmas season. She also appeared in the store’s Christmas parade.

• U.S. Attorney Dennis Vacco appointed Mark S. Perla of Tonawanda as assistant U.S. Attorney. 

1963 - 50 years ago

• Political misfit and Marine reject Lee Harvey Oswald, an avowed Marxist and a Fidel Castro sympathizer, was charged with the assassination of President Kennedy and was being held in jail without bond.

• Under the coaching of Nelson Broecker and Ron Diermyer, the Browns won the championship of the Tonawandas Football Clinic and were presented trophies at the league’s annual banquet in the Salem Church cafeteria.

1943 - 70 years ago

Gen. George S. Patton, Jr., struck a shell-shocked soldier twice in a civilian hospital tent last August for his conduct when Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower threatened to “break him” unless he made full amends at once. Eisenhower explained in reprimanding Patton that the only reason the chief of the American Seventh Army was not relieved of his command immediately was that army commanders were hard to find and the services Gen. Patton was performing were valuable.

• The dance at the American Legion hall sponsored by the Tonawanda Drivers’ Corp., headed by Mrs. Jacob J. Guzzetta, was a huge success. Proceeds from the sale of tickets amounted to $741 with which to purchase an ambulance chassis for Tonawanda.

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