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Erie County and Buffalo, NY history

Erie County, NY history and genealogy

Buffalo NY history

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Erie County History: Directory for 1924

History and genealogical material from Erie County, NY -- all of the historical items listed below are included on this our CD-ROM. 

Erie County Directory: history and genealogy

Erie County Directory for 1924.  326 pages.  This directory was one of three directories published for Erie County that year (the other two covered the cities of Buffalo and Tonawanda -- sorry, we don't have these two, but if they come into our possession in the future we'll consider republishing them as well), and we think this one is worthy of republication on its own, simply for the history and the genealogical information it contains.  As far as we have been able to find out, this was the first of a series of directories of Erie County.  All are quite scarce today.  Falling near the middle of a decade, this one provides a convenient checkpoint between the 1920 and 1930 censuses. 

Below is a typical page from the alphabetic list of residents of Erie County as it appears in the Directory.  Click on the image below to see the full-sized page (and click the left arrow in your browser to return to this page):

Erie County Directory -- sample page

We thought that a list of the localities (cities, towns, villages, hamlets, what have you) in the alphabetic section of the directory might be helpful -- so here it is.)

Localities in the alphabetical section of the Erie County Directory (note that some locations are outside the scope of the Directory as they represent home/business addresses of people and entities within the Directory's geographic scope)

Akron

Alden

Amherst

Angola

Athol Springs

Aurora

Blaisdell

Blasdell

Boston

Bowmansville

Brant

Buffalo

Chaffee

Cheektowaga

Clarence

Clarence Center

Colden

Collins

Concord

Cowlesville

Crittenden

Depew

Derby

East Amherst

East Aurora

East Concord

East Hamburg

Ebenezer

Eden

Elma

Evans

Farnham

Forks

Gardenville

Getzville

Glenwood

Gowanda

Grand Island

Hamburg

Holland

Irving

Jewettville

Kenmore

Lackawanna

Lake View

Lancaster

Lawton

Lawtons

Marilla

Martinsville

Mill Grove

Millgrove

Newstead

North Boston

North Collins

North Evans

Orchard Park

Porterville

Protection

Sardinia

Shaleton

Sloan

Snyder

South Wales

Springville

Swormsville

Tonawanda

Town Line

Wales

Wales Center

West Falls

West Seneca

Williamsville

Woodlawn

Woodlawn Beach

Frontier Central Schools' "Gateway"

The 1954 Gateway, yearbook of the Frontier Central Schools.  80 pages.  Here is some interesting history of the mid 20th century.   There's a list of the surnames contained in the Frontier Central Schools class of 1954 in the table below for your convenience.  Meantime, you can take a look at what Frontier Central Schools look like today, in 2005, some 51 years after this class graduated.  Click here to visit the website of today's Frontier Central (located in Hamburg, NY, and one of a rather small number, sadly, of school systems in the nation recognized by Parents Magazine as currently having a true music program.  We always liked music in school, and it's a shame that it's become history most places today.).  At the time of the 1954 yearbook, the schools in the Frontier CSD consisted of Blasdell and Woodlawn High Schools (which share this yearbook), and eight elementary schools (Athol Springs, Big Tree, Blasdell, Wanakah, Woodlawn, Amsdell, Lake View, and Shaleton).  The yearbook notes that January 1954 marked the groundbreaking for a new Frontier Central Junior/Senior High School.  The district currently consists of four K-5 elementary schools (Big Tree, Blasdell, Cloverbank, and Pinehurst); a middle school; and a high school. 

 

Surnames in the Frontier Central School Class of 1954

Bailey

Ballagh

Beals

Bonner

Bouley

Brown

Bus

Cabibi

Carpentier

Cheney

Clark

Clever

Clothier

Cooper

Costello

Crance

Croce

Crusan

DelBello

Eckert

Ernewein

Esch

Figiel

Firth

Floreno

Frisa

Fumerelle

Gilson

Goodheart

Goodrich

Goodwin

Graf

Green

Gretka

Hammond

Henry

Hesslink

Howe

Hunter

Jones

Kast

Kelly

Knight

Krauss

Kubiak

Kusczak

Larson

Lauircella

Lindner

Lotocki

Lovern

McBratnie

McLennan

McLeod

Manley

Marrano

Meyers

Morgan

Nagel

Norton

Nowarkowsi

Palmer

Patterson

Perison

Petersen

Pietrykowski

Plarr

Poecking

Ponivas

Pyne

Reiford

Riffel

Ritter

Rodriguez

Rush

Sattler

Saunders

Schwartzott

Seidleck

Scott

Silvestri

Spencer

Stelmach

Stevanoff

Stiefler

Stopha

Taleff

Thiel

Tilert

Timm

Unger

VanBuskirk

Ward

Warner

Wasmund

Wick

 

Clarence Central School's "Saga"

The 1957 Saga, yearbook of Clarence Central School.  104 pages and more Erie County history from the mid-20th century.  Below is a list of graduating class surnames for this one as well.  Interestingly, 1957 was the first class to complete all the grades from 7 to 12 in the then-new high school building.  We're particularly impressed with the quality (and quantity) of pictures in this yearbook, from a school at the opposite end of Erie County from the Gateway school. 

We located the website of the Clarence Central School District.  Be sure to check it out, and check the Clarence Soccer Club  website as well.  Clarence Central appears to offer first-rate opportunities in athletics, and, like Gateway, in music too.  In fact, Clarence has been ranked among the "Best 100 communities for Music Education" by the American Music Conference. 

The 1957 yearbook doesn't tell us what the schools were that made up the Central School District at that time, but the website (2005) advises us that their 5100 students attend four elementary schools (Clarence Center, Harris Hill, Ledgeview, and Sheridan Hill), one Middle School, and one high school, Clarence High.

This particular yearbook was evidently the property of one Margaret M. Babich, a Phys Ed teacher at the school who also coached the Water Ballet (not many schools have ever had one of these!).  It contains many touching and lively inscriptions to her from her students.

Surnames in the Clarence Central School Class of 1957

Alderman

Andrews

Baker

Barnes

Baxter

Bergstrom

Blackmer

Blake

Blakely

Bonnett

Bordonaro

Borsink

Brauen

Brushaber

Carmer

Casey

Cherry

Christman

Cook

Cory

Culmo

Cunningham

DeMunn

Dugan

Farrell

Flesher

Frank

Geel

Goodman

Green

Grytten

Haberer

Hamann

Hatling

Helms

Hurd

Jacobs

Kamper

Kelly

Larkin

Larson

Lawton

Lenz

Lewis

Lex

Luebbert

Maddock

Martin

Marzolf

Mattison

Maybach

McLarin

McLaughlin

Mergenhagen

Metzger

Muchow

Munschauer

Norris

O’Leary

Osborn

Post

Raypach

Reich

Rhodes

Richelt

Richey

Robinson

Roneker

Ryan

Schifferle

Schomber

Sciandra

Smith

Snyder

Stark

Stevens

St. Mary

Sukman

Taylor

Torrey

Wade

Webster

Weseman

Wilson

Windnagle

Wolfe

Yockey

Also on the CD-ROM are various old Erie County (and Buffalo) post cards from our collection, and old topographic maps of the county.

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Erie County chapter of French's Gazetteer

The Erie County chapter of French's Gazetteer of the State of New York (1860).  This download includes the sub-chapter on the City of Buffalo and a woodcut of the Buffalo Harbor.  French's Gazetteer was for many years the "go-to" source for capsule -- yet complete -- information about the counties and towns of New York State on the eve of the Civil War.  The following Erie County localities that do not appear in the Erie County Directory are mentioned in this chapter:  Wende, Eggertsville, Westwood, Willink, Griffins Mills, Mill Branch, Saw Mill Station,  Chictawauga, Four Mile Creek, Harris Hill, North Clarence, Collins Center,  Mortons Corners, Woodwards Hollow, Ellicott, Eden Valley, Clarksburgh, East Eden, Spring Brook, Upper Ebenezer, East Evans, Pontiac, Whites Corners, Water Valley, Abbotts Corners, Big Tree Corners, Hamburgh-on-the-Lake, Winspear, Looneyville, Falkirk, Langford, New Oregon, Marshfield, Middle Ebenezer, Lower Ebenezer, New Ebenezer, and Reserve.   18+ pages, PDF format, $1.75

 Erie County: French's Gazetteer  

History of Kenmore

We were very happy to locate a copy of Frederick S. Parkhurst's scarce 1926 History of Kenmore.  Since the community actually began only in 1888, it may seem a bit ambitious to publish a history of it only 38 years later, but, as the author points out, virtually no one in 1926 remembered the community's beginnings.  In addition to its 96 pages of text there are several photos.  If Erie County, or the growth of American suburbs, is an interest of yours, you will probably want this in your collection.  96++ pages, PDF format, $4.00

 History of Kenmore, Erie County, NY   

 


Erie County in Mather & Brockett's Geographical History of the State of New York (1848)

 

Only a dozen years before French's Gazetteer, but a world of difference!  We think that six pages is a bit skimpy for both Erie County and the City (then the town) of Buffalo, but it is still generous for these authors dealing with an upstate county.  Regardless of its brevity, this is an important part of the historical record.   We also include the two page summary of New York State land grants for background in this download.  6++ pages, PDF format, download now for $2.25.

 Erie County, NY from Mather & Brockett (1848)

Erie County Charities in 1906

We are in the process of republishing sections of volume II of the Annual Report of the State Board of Charities for the year 1906.  The material will be of interest to local historians who want a better picture of charitable institutions in their locale a century ago, to genealogists and family historians interested in the people who administered charity back then as well as how any unfortunates housed in these facilities may have lived, and to those who have questions about the now-politicized "safety net" for the unfortunates in our society back in those years.  This section addresses the public and private charities in Erie County (including the City of Buffalo) in 1906 that were registered with the State Board of Charities.  (The one state charity in Erie County at the time, the Thomas Indian School, is in a separate chapter -- see below for information on that institution.) 43+ pages, in PDF format, download now for $3.00.

 Erie County, NY Charities in 1906

Charity in New York State in 1906: State Institutions.  This chapter from volume II of the Annual Report of the State Board of Charities for the year 1906 contains a section about the New York State government's Thomas Indian School, located in Iroquois, Erie County.   See our New York State Miscellany page for more information about this chapter.

 


The 1968 Wildcat, the yearbook of the East Seneca Junior High School. We've published quite a few high school yearbooks, but this is the first junior high yearbook we've done. 56 pages (plus covers), lots of names and photos of the seventh, eighth, and ninth grades, lots of autographs as well. Even if you have no connection to this community, you'll appreciate it as a period piece of a time when everything seemed to be changing.  Middle school kids, however, seem to have remained middle school kids.   59+ pages, in PDF format, download now for $3.00.

 The Wildcat, yearbook of East Seneca Jr HS for 1968


 

Erie County was separated from Niagara County in 1821.  You may also want to consult our Niagara County page for locations that may have been affected by this transaction.

See also: Hotchkin's History of Western New York State, available on CD-ROM.

See also:  relevant material in the NYS Canal Commissioners Report for 1878 available for download on our New York State Miscellany page.


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