Tonawanda News — 2003 - 10 years ago
• Oliver Street Community Pride – an organization of local businesses and residents – placed the first of 40 carousel ponies along Oliver Street. The first pony was painted by Ohio Elementary School art teacher Mary Ellen Holler and her students.
• Local stores were pulling Michael Jackson CDs from their shelves after the pop icon was booked on suspicion of child molestation.
1988 - 25 years ago
• “Spies, Lies and Naked Thighs” premiered on CBS. The show featured a Manhattan couple whose life is turned upside down after the arrival of an eccentric man claiming to be both a friend and a government agent.
• Town of Tonawanda Democratic chairman, Edward Spector, tapped Tim McCarthy as the chairman for the Village of Kenmore’s March election.
1963 - 50 years ago
• Local streets were almost vacant as residents hovered over radios in stores and restaurants after hearing that President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated while riding in an open car through the streets of Dallas, Texas.
• Marshall DuGuay of Roswell Park Memorial Institute claimed that one out of seven cigarette-smoking children of high school age would become a lung cancer patient in adulthood.
1943 - 70 years ago
• Monday night at the “Y” was “open house” for young women of the Tonawandas in business, the professions and industry. The facilities of the “Y” were available to them, the gym for badminton, volley-ball, basketball or dancing, ping pong, table games, pianos for group singing, the lounge for tea and kitchen for suppers and serving refreshments.
• Francis W. Jung, executive secretary, United Labor Committee of the Tonawandas, stated that the change from a family laundry to an industrial laundry by Protexacar Overall Service, successors to the White Laundry Co., would leave this community of over 45,000 people without a community laundry. It would force a number of women employed in war industries to take time off from their jobs to take care of the laundry needs of their families which meant a considerable loss of man-hours.