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February 1, 2013

Do You Remember Feb. 1?

Tonawanda News — 2003 — 10 years ago

• Technae Ventures, a redevelopment firm specializing in brownfield development, “likely doesn’t have the ability or willingness to close the transaction” to purchase Spaulding Composites Inc. Spaulding was in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

Dr. Debra Silkes was the first woman general surgeon in the Northtowns, coming on staff at DeGraff Memorial Hospital. She said surgeons must be sure they want this field, work very hard and be able to produce.

1988 — 25 years ago

• Despite the lack of snow, North Tonawanda’s annual Winterfest held at the Col. Payne Community Center on Wheatfield Street proved to be a success.

• North Tonawanda Mayor Betty Hoffman was scheduled to meet with the state Department of Environmental Conservation to determine responsibility for the cleanup of the former Booth Oil Co. site off Robinson Street.

1963 — 50 years ago

• Bell Aerosystems Co planned to build a major addition to its administration building on Niagara Falls Boulevard to accommodate expanded engineering operations required for a number of space-age programs.

• At a meeting in the Suburban Lanes, the Eleanor Roosevelt Women’s Democratic Club was organized with Mrs. John F. Flood acting as temporary president.

1943 — 70 years ago

• During a high wind storm one of the big plate glass windows in the front of the Fishman store on Main Street, Tonawanda, fell out and crashed on the sidewalk. None of several pedestrian witnesses were hurt.

• A jury in Hollywood, consisting mostly of bored-looking women, hoped to discover today what scratches on the lock of a bedroom door had to do with the statutory rape charges against Errol Flynn.

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