Tonawanda News — 2003 — 10 years ago
• Former President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter worked with local officials to open the Plains Historic Inn in Georgia. The inn sits atop a 25-booth antiques mall and is a 7-room complex with each room representing a decade of Carter’s life from 1920-80.
• A Washington Post poll indicated that nearly 7 in 10 Americans believed that Saddam Hussein was personally involved in the 9/11 attacks.
1988 — 25 years ago
• Color conversion of vintage black-and-white films and television shows was creating a debate as to whether or not the procedure was a “mutilation of works of art.”
• Signs at Gratwick-Riverside Park warned visitors to steer clear of that section of shoreline where buried waste material had become exposed by erosion.
1963 — 50 years ago
• Mrs. Patrick Gorman of Ohio Avenue took first place in the 5th Annual Colorful Tonawanda Garden Contest.
• John B. Long of Kenmore was sworn in as a member of the first New York State Board of Chiropractic Examiners at the State Office Building in Buffalo.
1943 — 70 years ago
• Prompt action on the part of Tonawanda firemen in responding to an alarm for a fire in the galley of a gasoline tanker prevented what might have proven one of the most disastrous fires of the Tonawandas. An overheated stove was believed to have started the fire.
• One of the warmest and muggiest Labor Days in the history of the Tonawandas occurred when the mercury skidded past the 80 mark on thermometers and combined with high humidity bringing sweltering discomfort to residents.