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 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
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)
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
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
School District. Be sure to check it out, and check the
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,
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
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
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