Tonawanda News — 2003 — 10 years ago
• The ceremonial dress sword of Col. Peter A. Porter, presented to him by his officers on Christmas Day 1863, was ceremonially returned to the people of Niagara Falls after a four-year fight to return it to the Falls after it appeared in the hands of an Ohio auction house.
• Luna Lee, 22, the youngest member of the YWCA of the Tonawandas Board of Directors was selected as a delegate to the World YWCA meeting in Brisbane, Australia.
1988 — 25 years ago
• The former Roblin Steel Co. plant on Oliver Street, vacant since November 1986, was sold to a group from Taiwan, Republic of China, and was to be developed into an industrial park.
• George Maziarz, Canal Fest chairman, announced that the world-famous and much-in-demand Budweiser Clydesdales were to appear at Canal Fest ‘88.
1963 — 50 years ago
• No paper published.
1943 — 70 years ago
• A two-man Japanese submarine which was found caught on a reef after the sneak attack at Pearl Harbor was scheduled to visit the two Tonawandas as part of a statewide tour to stimulate Bond drives. It was to anchor for a half hour at the Circle. It was brought here because of the local War Bond which on a per capita basis topped scores of larger cities throughout the state.
• North Tonawanda’s unique War Nursery and After School program was held up as a model for the entire Western New York area, and Superintendent of Schools BA Leonard was named permanent chairman at the first working conference of school administrators of Extended School (War) Services held in the Hotel Buffalo.