Tonawanda News — 2004 — 10 years ago
• Lt. Richard Graf retired from the Tonawanda Police Department after 29 years of service.
• Ann Marie Moscovic was promoted to co-director of admissions at Canisius College.
1989 — 25 years ago
• The Franciscan Friars left Cardinal O’Hara because of a lack of personnel. The Franciscans taught at the school since it opened in 1961.
• The Tonawanda Merchants Association sponsored an “Old Fashion County Jamboree” in downtown Tonawanda.
1964 — 50 years ago
• Patricia Scott and Carlene Hintz were the first graduates of the DeGraff Memorial Hospital School of Medical Technology.
• Frank Sinatra had been cast in the leading role of “Von Ryan’s Express,” a movie based on a novel about the escape of American and British POWs from a prison camp during World War II.
1944 — 70 years ago
• The American Legion Auxiliary Tonawandas Unit No. 264 passed out its annual Americanism Awards. The recipients were the outstanding history students of all the local public and parochial schools.
• A NEWS item noted: “The James E. Strates Carnival Show forgot its monkeys and 3 simians reported to be roaming in the Nash Road/high-speed line area.” It turned out to be only a rumor that launched an ill-conceived monkey hunt.