Tonawanda News — 2003 — 10 years ago
• Tim Tielman, executive director of the Campaign for Buffalo History, Architecture & Culture, was in town stating that he saw a huge potential for North Tonawanda’s boathouses, which he called a rich part of the city’s history.
• Niagara Mohawk removed the 25-cycle power pole and transformer from the Riviera Theatre. The power pole had been installed in 1924, just prior to the theater’s being built.
1988 — 25 years ago
• Three goats and two raccoons were the only animals left as the Oppenheim Zoo closed its doors. All of the other animals were picked-up by an Indiana animal broker.
Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Ron Moline sent a letter to Assemblyman Robin Schimminger and Senator Walter Floss seeking state monies to assist the town of the cleanup of radioactive waste left by EAD Metallurgical Company.
1963 — 50 years ago
• Operation Survival, an exercise sponsored by the North Tonawanda Civil Defense Office, had 32 individuals living in a simulated fallout shelter to test how people would behave in case of a nuclear attack.
• Tonawanda’s Dr. Jennie Harris was named Medical Woman of the Year by the Medical Society of the State of New York. The 76 year old physician, a 1910 graduate of the UB Medical School, was one of the first local physicians to specialize in obstetrics and gynecology. She delivered more than 6,000 babies during her 50 years of practice.
1943 — 70 years ago
• Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Weidner of Niagara Street entertained at their home in honor of Corp. Donald Holdaway who was home on a ten days’ furlough from his post in Colorado.
• The world-famous Dionne quintuplets christened five sturdy cargo vessels at Superior, WI by shattering five pint-size bottles of Niagara River water against the ships.