Tonawanda News — 2003 —10 years ago
• Residents of Tonawanda’s River Edge condos objected to Tops putting a gas station in the Niagara Street Tops. Representatives presented a plan at a public hearing to rezone a parcel of land for eight pumps on four islands.
• Winter weather exposed problems with leaking roofs at North Tonawanda schools. Leaks dripped in the high school cafeteria, where garbage cans caught water and also at Gilmore Elementary School and Board of Education offices.
1988 — 25 years ago
• L&M TV on Webster Street was advertising Nintendo Decks in stock for $99.95. They also had Nintendo cartridges available for rent.
• The Winter Olympic Games opened in Calgary, Alberta.
1963 — 50 years ago
• Pope John XXIII named James A. McNulty Bishop of Buffalo, succeeding the late Bishop Burke.
• Long lines had formed in Atlanta in anticipation of viewing the celebrated painting, “The Whistler’s Mother,” which was on loan from France.
1943 — 70 years ago
• War rationing of electric service to farmers was based on the unit of one milk cow which would entitle the owner to 100 feet of electrical service. Equivalent to one milk cow were, for example, 30 breeding ewes, or 3 brood sows, or 75 laying hens, or 600 broilers.
• Mrs. Harry Houdini, widow of the magician, died on a train en route to New York City. After trying to communicate with her deceased husband yearly on the anniversary of his death, she died convinced that the dead cannot communicate with the living.