Tonawanda News — 2002 — 10 years ago
• Thousands of shoppers lined up at Prime Outlets Niagara on Black Friday for the 5 a.m. opening.
• Tony from Tonawanda arrived at St. Brigid Outreach with 100 turkeys to reach a goal of 15,000 turkeys needed for local Thanksgiving dinners.
1987 — 25 years ago
• Ads for Christmas gifts included a Viewmaster Set for $4.47, a Barbie Workout Center for $9.98 and a remote control tractor trailer for $7.79.
• An international team of researchers and archeologists arrived in Fort Erie to exhume 25 skeletons believed to be soldiers who died during the War of 1812. The remains were found during the construction of a house on the lakeshore.
1962 — 50 years ago
• A delay until next summer in the opening of the first section of the Elmer G. H. Youngmann Expressway, from Military Road to Millersport Highway, meant that the entire $20-million super-highway would not be in operation until 1965 at the earliest.
• “Requiem for a Heavyweight,” starring Anthony Quinn, Jackie Gleason, Mickey Rooney and Julie Harris, was showing at Dipson’s Star. Across the canal at the Riviera, there was only one day left to see MGM’s latest musical “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” in CinemaScope and blushing color.
1942 — 70 years ago
• A new cornerstone was laid at the historic First Methodist Church in North Tonawanda. The original stone, laid when the edifice was built in 1880, had weathered to the point where the inscription could not be read.
• Blondie, Dagwood and Baby Dumpling were being featured in “Blondie’s Blessed Event” showing at North Tonawanda’s Avondale Theater.