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"Grand Island Pictures from the Past"
Volume 14

by Teddy Linenfelser

Previous Pictures From The Past

Teddy's Islettes Photos (webpage)

East Park Garden Club - 1957

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   "Beautifying Town Hall" was the caption for this picture when it was published in 1957. Pictured are members of the East Park Garden Club working on the grounds of the old town hall. From left are Lucy Stephenson, Ann Dunn, Adele Adams and Barbara Study.

Truck House Dedication - 1978

   The Grand Island Fire Company's new truck house at Baseline near Fix Road was dedicated in 1978. Shown left are Fire Chief Gary Roesch (receiving the truck house key), and Board members Cy Diebold and Norm Mrkall. Shown between Gary and Cy are Herb Kranzmann and Jim Linenfelser.

Del & Herb's - 1980s

   This photo of Del & Herb's restaurant was probably taken around 1988. The Haller family ran the place far longer than any of the other owners. It was originally built as Maccabee Hall and opened around 1890 by the Maccabee Life Insurance Policy Holders. The building belonged to members of the Maccabees, the Fraternal & Benevolent Policy Holders in the Maccabees Life Insurance of America, a farmers' alliance of insurance that was started on Grand Island at that time. Its original location was on Baseline Road, midway between Love and Staley roads. When that area was claimed for the proposed New York Central switching yards in the 1920s, the building was moved closer to Love Road. According to an old-timer who remembers the second move, Maccabee Hall was moved to the corner in the 1930s when Clem Scheuerman took it over and eventually opened it as a restaurant in 1936. The longtime favorite eating place had a total of four owners over the years, including Siegried "Ziggy" Gromm ("Ziggy's"), Del and Herb Haller ("Del & Herb's Grand Island Grille"), and successful real estate broker Ilona Lang ("Cathy & Jim's Del & Herb's"). "Dick & Jenny's Bake & Brew," opened in February 2008 in the former Maccabee Hall, and is a dream come true for Island residents, Dick and Jenny Benz. For a more complete story about the building, see Feature Story

DeMolay Award - 1978

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   The Isle Chapter, Order of DeMolay won the New YorkState Chapter of the Year Award in 1978. Members of the Isle Chapter in the picture (not in order) were Anthony Baldi, Eric Barclay, David Stafford, Steve Morgan, Ed Chase, MikeZich, Keith Walker, Mark Powers, Glen Ginsburg, Gregg Kammerer, Chuck Baldi, Tom Ackerman and Steve Chase.

Susie and Marion Staley - Christmas 1943

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   Ollie Howard, the founder of the Island Dispatch in 1944, was also a photographer. He stopped at the Staley home on Orchard Road during the Christmas season in 1943 and got this shot of Grand Island's two telephone operators along with their constant companion, "Woofie." Seated is the late Susie (Mrs. Edward) Staley with her daughter, Marion. The Grand Island telephone exchange was located in the Staley home until the mid 1950s.

Historical Society's Hanging of the Greens - 1983

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   Shown are (top left) Don Kutzbach, Rita DeGlopper, Maisie Dommell, Kay Long, and Scott Koblich (in front) during the annual "Hanging of the Greens" celebration at River Lea on Sunday, December 4, 1983. The Hanging of the Greens event saw members and guests trimming all the rooms with pine boughs. This Sunday, December 5th the Historical Society members will hold open house at River Lea. See Historical Society Christmas Open House for more information.

Miniature Pax Farm - 1990

John and Beatrice Pax are shown presenting a wooden replica of the old Pax farm to Maisie Dommell and Marion Klingel, co-presidents of the Historical Society in 1990. Councilman Jim Pax, son of John and Beatrice Pax, joined the group for the presentation.

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October 1990 - Island Dispatch story
   According to an Island Dispatch story: "A replica of a farm house, barn and chicken coop, part of a West River Road farm in the 1800s, was the latest addition to historical items that are part of a permanent collection in River Lea in Beaver Island State.
   The miniatures were the gift of Mr. and Mrs. John Pax, parents of Jim Pax, town councilman at the time. The display was built by Jim's grandfather, Henry Pax, around the turn of the century. Also presented to the Historical Society by the Pax family was a 100-year-old 16-gauge double barrel shotgun.
   The little house, as well as its accompanying miniature farm facilities, is board-and-batten in design. It was modeled after a home on the farm purchased by John Pax in 1892. Moved to the 2800 block of Fix Road when the West River Parkway was being constructed in 1950, it has been remodeled almost beyond recognition.
    The Grand Island Historical Society Christmas open house 2010 will be held on Sunday, November 28 and Sunday, December 5 from 1-4 p.m. at River Lea in Beaver Island State Park. The Society's headquarters, Lewis F. Allen's 1873 farm house, is all decorated for Christmas and a country store will be featured and refreshments will be served. There is no charge.

Ron Miller & Friends - 1979

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   Ron Miller who submitted this 1979 photo lived on Grand Island from 1975 through 1981, and graduated from Grand Island High School in 1977. The picture includes Danny Hayes, Ron and Mike Reiter and was taken in front of one of Mike's dad's trucks (Ferguson Electric).


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   (left) Marie and Walter Mayday are shown dancing in the Buffalo Launch Club sometime in the 1940s or 1950s. (right) Bernie and Muffy King were attending a Castaways party at the Launch Club. No other information is available. Email to teddy@giecom.net if you can add to the story!

Huth 5th Graders - 1963

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    Shown above is Mrs. Kay Strickland's 5th Grade Class at Huth Road Elementary. Click the photo for a larger view that includes all of the students' names.

Sidway Field Day - 1955

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    Sidway School field days were held on the school grounds in June each year. Grades 5 through 9 took part in all kinds of competitions. Shown in these 1955 photos are (left) JoAnn Radius Vanderheite, Sharon Bauer and Elizabeth Glor Allen - Liz Glor Allen and Sharon Bauer ready for the three-legged race - Sylvia Strother, Jack Cormick and Doug Bauer with teacher Mrs. Corry. If you look closely at the third photo, you can see the kids are wearing their "booster tags" that the students sold for 10 cents each and each grade had a different color tag.

Jack Kennell - 1979

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   John E. Kennell Jr. was named youth coordinator for the Committee to Keep Kennell Councilman in 1979. Council candidate Jack Kennell is shown standing behind the group. From left are Joe Fischer, John Kennell Jr., Dave Doebert and Greg Lewis who were filling out registrations so they would be eligible to vote in the 1979 primary election.

Sidway 4th Grade - 1980

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   Mr. Terry Swartz was the teacher of this Sidway School 4th grade class in 1980. Shown front are Merritt Vossler, John Clayton, Kevin Gaska, Scott Folts, Matt Moscotti, Julie Linenfelser Dee, Debbie Greatrix; (middle) Karen Kopacz, Marcy Torrence, Tamara Haag, Jill Clinkhammer, Patty Corcoran, Corinna Meizner, Jean Willer Pecoraro, Cindy Coffee; (top) Mr. Swartz, Guy Loubert, Andrew Beyer, Tracy O'Connor Goc, Trish ?, Jamie Rogge and Amberine Alam. Email to teddy@giecom.net if you can identify the others.

Middle School Science Fair - 1976

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   Pictured above are the blue ribbon winners from Grade 6 in the 1976 Grand Island Middle School Science Fair. (left top row) Paul Meosky, Jeff Loliger, Brent Patmos, Michael Wohlfeil; (bottom) Wayne Sharpe, Douglas Ford and Laura Myers.

Sidway Hoedown - 1977

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    This photo was taken while these moms were working on crafty pumpkins for the annual Sidway School Hoedown in October 1977. From left are unknown, Sally Tsikalas, Cheryl Laible, Donna Williams, Janet Badame, and Mary Adams.

GIHS Golf - 1991

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   The 1991 GIHS Viking golf team won the NFL Tournament at Beaver Island defeating 11 teams, and ended their season with six wins, three losses, and one tie. Outstanding players were Joe Verciglio and Jim Andrews. Team members shown are (front) M. Dunlop, J. Verciglio, A. Gibson, D. Dussault, D. Amato; (middle) R. Soluri, S. Arsenault, R. Kopf, D. Zebker, Coach Blaszak; (back) J. Mezhir, M. Miller, J. Suszczynski, J. Andrews. Email to teddy@giecom.net if you can help with first names.

Sidway Choir - 1953

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   This is Charlotte Sidway School's 1953 Middle Grade Girls Choir, organized that year by Mrs. Carol Thompson. The forty members were chosen from the fifth and sixth grade girls and met twice a week. Shown are (front left) Gail Kirby, Judy Downing, Rosemary Loth, Shirley Benton, Alice Hau, Barbara Beck, JoAnn Radius, Noreen Miller; (2nd row) Annette Boehm, Maryanne Esack, Kathy McCarthy, Marilyn Harper, Shirley Smith, Margaret Lapine, Mary Ellen Hau and Barbara Roeder; (3rd row) Judy Campbell, Rosalyn Boothby, Pat Kendall, Carol McMahon, Elizabeth Glor, Marilyn Ford, Mary Ellen Milner and Betsy Kinsey; (top) Sally Fleischmann, Carol Roberts, Wendy Holden, Margaret Linten, Betty Jane Gardner, Barbara Klocke, Melissa Sims, Betty Smith and Jackie Carlson. Email to teddy@giecom.net if you can identify the others.

Playgrounds - 1973

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    This photo of kids attending one of the town sponsor playground programs was taken in the summer of 1973. Recreation Department playgrounds afforded children in attendance a crack at Arts and Crafts that included painting plaster molds and coppersmith tooling. There was no charge to the youngsters and and the program got started daily at 10 a.m. The girl in front, far right is Laurie Rafe. Email to teddy@giecom.net if you can identify anyone.

GIHS Girls Field Hockey - 1969

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   Shown above is the Grand Island High School Field Hockey Honor Team in 1969. From left front are Andrea Leeds, Debbie Collins, K. Jarron, Gwen Grosenbaugh, Denise Altschaft, Nancy Mondich; (back) Louise Varga, Robin Albing, Nancy Boettcher, Shelly Lutz, Kathie Young. Pat Rumrich, Jilie Nowicki, Jan Gburek, Debbie Gietz, Susan Soares, Pam Bartholomew, M. Laugeman, Judy Bower, P. Fitzgerald, and Linda Deeter (Tufillaro). Email to teddy@giecom.net if you can help with the missing first names.

GIHS Baseball - 1980

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   The 1980 Grand Island High School Varsity Baseball Team was awarded trophies for winning the sectionals. Bob Beauregard, Brad Shoemaker and John Sullivan received trophies for RBI, home run and batting champs, respectively. From (left top) T. Dworak, Coach Gene Masters, J. Webb, K. Kippley, T. Rodriguez, C. Robinson, A Prusak, L. Klock, J. Cacciatore and P. Pitts; (bottom) J. Sullivan and B. Beauregard.

GIHS Class Day - 1967

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   Shown in this Grand Island High School Class Day 1967 photo are (left) JoAnne Hugill, Jill Roth, Peggy?, Bonnie Mielke, Linda Costello Braddell, unknown, Pat McMahon, and Colleen Kilpatrick. The picture was submitted by Lynda Schnitzer Jamieson.

High Schoolers Pay Back - 1977

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   This photo was taken in 1977 and shows Grand Island High School class representatives presenting checks to help cover the expense caused by recent vandalism that I'm sure they were in no way involved in. From left are Peter Sham, Dale Sandish, Science Teacher Tom Houlihan, Sally Merritt Kaiser, Joe Caffery (head of maintainance for the GICSD), Principal Jim Walline, Kate Crowe and Debbie Guidone. Email to teddy@giecom.net

Dinsmores, Bartrams and Van Sons - 1922

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   A family reunion of the Dinsmores, Bartrams and Van Sons at the home of George Dinsmore on Love Road, Grand Island in 1922 brought together, L to R, front: Roy Dinsmore, Theodore Van Son, Mary Dinsmore (Martin), Lois Bartram, Ada Van Son, Donald Dinsmore, John Bartram; second row: Gerald and Melville Dinsmore, Margaret Dinsmore (DeGlopper), Clara Piechowiak, holding Ann Marie and Jean Bartram; Margaret Dinsmore (Roberts), holding Cory Van Son; and Mildred Bartram. Standing are Selby Landel and George, John and Daniel Dinsmore.

Giants Majors Win Season - 1990

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   The Grand Island Little League Giants Major National Division finished first in regular 1990 season play. Team members shown are (kneeling) Assistant Coach Bob Brick, Danny Brick, Jim Massaro, Vinnie Nicolleti, Danny Harding, Assistant Coach Tony Cuccaro; (standing) Coach Doug Harding, Albert Lee, Mike Mann, Jonathan Monti, Jim Havens, Billy Taglis and Eric Casciano. Not shown are Mitch Bojarski and Doug Dodge.

Huth Road 3rd Graders - 1963/1964

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   Pictured are students of Mrs. Gossard's third grade class at Huth Road School in 1963. Another welcome submission from Tom Burke who again named almost all of his classmates. Shown front left are Lynn Daigler, Linda Skotnicki, Linda Baker, Debbie Kutzbach, Paula Lydle, Joan Morrisson (dec.), Kathy Minton, (?), a LaFronica twin?, Laurie Henderson and Heidi Doermer (dec.); (back) Chuck Livingston, Timothy Heyden, Robert Padlog, Mark Stessing, Pat O'Dea (dec.), Joe Pelletieri, Joy Hartman, Cheryl Stickle, Donna Cylor, Mark Lesinski, Gary Lew, Tom Burke, Terry Posluzny Fraser, Danny Gavrila, Bob Brown, Paul Lorimer, Dennis Dettman and Mrs. Gossard.
Note from Tom Burke: "If any of these kids want a copy, they can give me a call or find my email on Isledegrande guestbook."

Mrs. Fontana's 6th Grade - 1964

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   This photo of Mary Fontana's 6th grade class at Huth Road Elementary School in 1964 was submitted by Mary McNulty, shown front left. From left front are Mary, Edna Braddell, Linda Stickle, Judy Perkovich, unknown, Marilyn Killian, Kathy Sciandra, Linda Remmes, Lorraine Trautman, Lynda Juen and Peter Fadum; (back) Merrit Baker, unknown, Colin Hawkes, unknown, John Papai, Diane Thompson, Roberta Gasbarre, unknown, unknown, Harry Proper, Richie Bedell and twin (?) Baker. Teacher Mary Fontana is shown on the right.

Pee Wee Champs - 1990

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   The New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 24-17 on July 21, 1990 in the GI Little League Pee Wee Division. Team members pictured are (front) Steven Lew, Anthony DeAlmeida, Jordan Lucsok, Jamin Cope and Steven Rumsey; (back) Coach Dan Shea, Tim Shea, Steven Ackendorf, Kris Bennett, Alex Rumsey, Matthew Schumacher and Assistant Coach Paul Ackendorf. Missing from the picture are Stephen Giddings, Keith Krantz and Giorgio Panepinto.

Sidway 8th Grade - 1940

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   The Charlotte Sidway School's 8th grade graduating class posed in front of the school in 1940. In front (left) are Alma Ziehm, Dorothy Phillips, Betty Lyden (McNamee), Marion Yensan, Vera Torre, Lois Kingston; (middle) Nan Killian (Nesbitt), Betty Ackerman (Stecklin), Doris Fleischmann (Moran), Marion Webb (Eastman), Donald Kaiser, Howard Kaiser; (back) LaVern Stenis, Henry Ehde, Robert Gravener, Robert Schutt and LaVern Webb. Missing from the photo was Norma Senn. The Class of 1940 moved from their one-room school into the new Sidway School as fifth graders in February 1937. The class of 18 students traveled to Lyons Tea Room in Buffalo for a banquet and graduation ceremonies took place in the school gym.

Huth Road 5th Graders - 1962

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   This photo was submitted by Jo Ann Lozo and Diane Hassan. The teacher is Mrs. Flynn and those in her 5th Grade Class at Huth Road School are:
Row 1 top (l-r) Merrilyn Hagan, Patty (McDonnell) Colosi, Mary (Striker) McGarvey, Joan Cornwell, Mrs. Flynn, Susan (Carline) Bulinski, Carol (Martin) Neil, Gayle (Depew) Kuusisto, Judy (Morgan) Lieby
Row 2 (l-r) Jeffrey Cady, Chris Beyer, Chris Ciszek, Cathy (Parisi) Thomas, Jo Ann (Lozo) Holmes, Edna Braddell, Eddie Matthews, James Miller
Row 3 (l-r) Earl DeGlopper, Norman Stessing, Mike Sutter, Mark Flash, Billy Brobeil
Bottom Row (l-r) Chraig Pitre, James Barth, Bob Lindsey, Steven Manson

Mrs. Cromwell's Kindergarten - 1971

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   Mrs. Carol Cromwell is shown right with her kindergarten class at Sidway School in 1971. Identified so far are the following. Front row: Annette Skalski, Sherrie Bauer, Sharon Pearson, Dana Hayes, Cindy Racz, Susan Rurkowski, Lisa Biondo; Second Row: Jimmy Maul, Eric Ackerman, ?Donna Fritz, Janice Lundsford, Lisa DeValentino, Kathy Jordan, Wendy Fetzer, Robert Nichols, ?John Mazuer; Third Row: Teacher?, Peter Walker, ?, ?Paul Turley, Steven Shields, ?John Gullo, John Graesser, Mrs. Cromwell. Email to teddy@giecom.net if you can identify the others. Thanks to Lisa DeValentino for sharing this photo with our Isledegrande.com readers and also to John Graesser for providing some of the names.

Huth Road 2nd Graders - 1962/1963

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   Pictured are students of Mrs. Young's second grade class at Huth Road School in 1962. Tom Burke passed along the photo and named all but two classmates. How's that for a good memory! Shown front left are Michael Costello, Donald Swain, Steven Nardini, Reid Gibson, Jimmy Kaiser, Tom Burke and Neil Tetkowski; (middle) Marvin DuBeque, Jimmy Ward, Robert Holsteiner, Charles Wohlfert, Elaine Stewart, Lorraine Wilson, Mark Kingston, Bobby Sepanski, Raymond Hy, Jonathan Lamb; (back) Joe Pelletieri, Linda Skotnicki, Marlene Morgan, Susan Radder, Debbie Liuppold, Susan Miles, Barbara Forde, Mrs. Young, Gail Hollinger, either Katie or Amy Steward (twins), Beverly Bell, Winanne Whiting?, ?, Billy Brice
Note from Tom Burke: "If any of these kids want a copy, they can give me a call or find my email on the Isledegrande guestbook".

Whitford Kids - 1963

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   The Whitford kids from left are Billy, Cameron, Bruce and Holly. The photo was taken at Christmas time 1963. Note the television, very modern at the time!

Jack & Jill Nursery School - 1990

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   Among the students of Jack & Jill Nursery School who performed for the senior citizens at the Golden Age Center on May 17, 1990 were (left) Brad Wood, Nicholas Lou, Heidi Pitcher and Kevin Hall. Their singing, dancing and handshakes for everyone brought smiles to all the faces in the audience. The "show" was in honor of May, Older Americans Month.

GIHS Guys & Dolls - 1985

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   The Grand Island High School music department's production of "Guys and Dolls" was presented in May 1985 in the school auditorium. Kirsten Cooke had the lead and may be on the far left. Standing in back left is Patrick McMahon, Alaina Roswell, Jim Kendall, Rossano Galante (kneeling), Linda Beck, Kirsten Cooke, Phil Buchanan, Tina Grimes, and Maria DelSignore. Heidi Sue Mumm is sitting on the lap of Jerry Crawford. And far left is Shirley Tokash. Email to teddy@giecom.net if you can identify the "unknown." Thanks to Jon Cinelli, Crew Chief in charge of production for this musical, for names.

Andrew Savoy - Grand Island High School - 1975

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    Andrew Savoy, a member of the Grand Island High School hockey team, is shown above in 1975 sitting on the bench at the La Salle game where he got the winning goal. Also shown is the 1975 team at GIHS. "Thank you for even considering these pictures:) We both love your website, and since we now live in Colorado, it's a treasure to have part of GI in our minds all the time." The photos were submitted by Andy's wife, Suzanne Savoy.

High School Girls Track - 1980

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   1800 athletes from high schools and colleges across the Niagara Frontier competed in the Big E relays at Buffalo State College in April 1980. Coaches Dick Bessel and Tim Toy took Grand Island's girls to the competition where they won one event and placed in two more. Sue Black (bottom right), Lorraine Hausler, Theresa Taylor and Marj Bessel (top left) made up the winning sprint medley team. The relay consisted of a 440, 220, 220 and 880 run in that order respectively by the above girls. GIs time was 4:29.3 and this was the second year in a row that Grand Island won that event.

Kaegebein 3rd Graders - 1955

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   Pictured are the members of Mrs. Violet Harding's third grade at the William Kaegebein School in 1955. Shown in the back row from the left are George Marin, D. Church, Peter Mazenauer, Jerry Kustich, Dawn Merrill, Arthur Rindone, Barbara Kaiser, Gary Larsen and Robert Kaiser; (middle row) Karen Vanthoff, Diane Beck, B. Flint, W. Miller, J. Lindsey, P. Killian, Donald Dlugosz, J. Manning, R. Nestar, John Esack; (front) Janet Wilkialis, Mary Fahrer, K. Davis, B. Ashley and Karen Dilliot.

Girls Having Fun - 1957

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   These girls seem to be playing some kind of a game with pop bottles and straws though we don't know where. They are (back left) Sharon Lafferty (Thompson) (leaning down), Pattie Williams (Meyer) and Penny Pedlow (Fisher). Front left is Karen Fitzsimmons (Fuller) and to the right Maury McFee (Davidson) and possible Ann Burns (Dlugokinski). The girls were probably 9th graders at Sidway Jr. High in 1957-1958 when the photo was taken by classmate Bonnie Taylor (Ford).

Rambling Lou - Smitty's Lunch - 1952

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   Not sure of the occasion but the year was 1952 and Ramblin' Lou was on stage with his guitar. From left are Donald Fancher and Karen Anderson (Webb). Seated left are Ruth Landell (back to camera) and Hazel Fancher (Rowe). The musical performance took place in front of Smitty's Grand Island Quick Lunch in the building to the right of Fantasy Island on Grand Island Blvd. The Quick Lunch had a long counter with stools where everything from chocolate sodas to a hot lunch were served. If you look closely you can see the juke box inside the restaurant, which was run by Glenn Smith. The building was shared with Dan Linenfelser's Wayside Furniture Company. Dan eventually took over the entire building where he sold furniture, bedding, accesories and carpet.

Sidway Home Economics - 1955

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   These Sidway Junior High girls posed during a Home Economics project in Mrs. Velma Harding's class in 1955. They are from left, Janice Olsen, Barbara Wilson (Kennedy), Diane Sharpe, Billie Ruth Hayes, Sharon Lafferty (Thompson), Carole Radder (Murphy) and Carole Darby (Buffano). Skirts and blouses as well as silk scarves were oh so popular in the 1950s.

St. Stephen's Cheerleaders - 1980

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   The girls in the St. Stephen's Cheerleading and Pep Squads in 1980 were under the under the leadership of Gail Argy from Grand Island High School. Cheerleaders participating that year were Becky Gratto, Shelly Mills, Kelly Argy, Jackie Goris, Wendy Menter, Mary DeLaura, Amy Meyers, Mary Thompson, Laurie Bauman, Carol Anderson, Ruth Bennet, Kathy Frank, Delores Casey and Kerry Fisher. Pep Squad members were Paula Friona, Patricia Taylor, Kristen Mauer and Teresa Sander.

Kaegebein 6th Grade - 1964

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   This photo of Mr. Cardinali's 6th grade class at Kaegebein Elementary School in 1963-1964 was submitted by Kathy Welsch. "Below is a list of the people I remember," Kathy wrote.
   (top row left) Mr. Cardinali, unknown, Gary ?, unknown, unknown, Victor Cap, unknown, Mark Murrany, Larry LaSalle, Robert Savoy; (middle row) Louis Martini, unknown, Diane Merritt, Judy McCrone, Cathy Gaston (Welsch), Jimmy Frampton, unknown; (front row) Gail Hoag, Jeanne Wozniak, Shari VanHattum, Nancy Burns, Frances Kearney and Connie Manuse.

St Stephen's Basketball Team - 1980

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The St. Stephen School Boys Basketball Team, under the direction of Coach Sam Torcario, completed a very successful season, finishing in second place in the Duffy Division of the Catholic Grammar School Basketball League. The Eagles team members shown are (front) Captain Jim Menna, Mike Dennis; (2nd row) Steve Dietrich, John Menna, Glen Wirth, Tom Pacioni, Dale Franklin; (3rd row) Mark Dzielski, Joe Osinski, James Corao, Tim Cummings; (4th row) Paul Gorman.

Sidway Service Club - 1963

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This is a photo of the Sidway Jr. High Service Club in 1962-1963. Shown front, far left are Frank Budwey, Bob Buzydlowski, Dave Miller and Jeff Lesinski and on the far right is Jeff Carr. In the middle row are unidentified, Marion Guz, Peggy Webber Suzanne Somer, JoAnn Clarke (Linenfelser), Sandy Greathouse and Diane Daniels. Shown in the back, left are Bridget Holzer, Dave Schaefer, Jim Hill, unknown, Mary Braidich, Mrs. Dorothy Dillemuth, Dan Walgate, Shirley McNulty, unknown, unknown, Chris Glover Nagao, and Brenda Atkinson. . Email to teddy@giecom.net if you can identify the others.

Mike Steffan's Egg and I - 1951

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   The "Egg and I" was owned and driven by Mike Steffan, who is accompanied by his wife, Marion, in the photos. The photograph was no doubt taken after Mike won the Class D Service Runabout race in 1951 at the Buffalo Launch Club where they were members.
   See Buffalo Launch Club's International Speedboat Regatta - 1949 for a good story on the "Egg and I."

Firemen - 1948

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These 1948 photos are from Bonnie Taylor Ford's collection. Top photo - shown left are Elmer Fleischmann, John Dilliot and Chief Henry Ehde. The men were charter members, joining the Fire Company in 1938. The second photo (1948) shows: Jack Nutall bending over the generator; George Darby (2nd from left in back), Ford Cowden (elbow resting on fire truck), and Bonnie Taylor (Ford).
The third photo (1948) shows (front left) John Dilliot, Hank Ehde, Don Hawley, unknown, unknown; (second row) unknown, unknown, unknown, Elmer Fleischmann, unknown, George Darby and Alan Taylor; (third row) third from left is Tom McMahon; (top) 2nd from left is Ted Klingel and on far right is Jack Nuttall. On the far left, between the third and back rows is Firefighter Ford Cowden. It's quite possible that the unidentified men were visiting the Island's truck house and were from the Sheridan Park Volunteer Fire Company. The bottom photo shows Fire Chief Hank Ehde and Bonnie Taylor (Ford).

DeMolay Installation - 1973

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This 1973 photo was taken in the Fire Hall during the DeMolay installation of officers. From left are George "Cam" Overs, John "JB" Davis, John Posluszny, Mike Walker, Jeff Stone and Tom Walker

Cook Kids & Friends - 1960s

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This photo is from the Ed and Jane Cook collection. From left are Wade Cook, Paul Cook, Mark Cook and Randy Cook, Tom Ryan (from NYC), Ike Trautman, Bonnie Cook, Mike McNulty, and George and Pat Ryan (from NYC).

Island Kids Enjoy Pony Cart - 1950s

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   Former resident Dave Saunders sent this photo of a pony cart taken in Tim Gross' driveway on West River Road sometime in the 1950s. On the right is Lydia Todd (Long) as the lead horse and Donna Pollock (Johnson) is behind her. The girl sitting in the pony cart is Nancy Miller. Far left could be Karen Anderson (Webb) and the little guy is Gary Saunders.

Sidway School 6th Grade Girls - 1955

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   This photo is from the collection of Bonnie Taylor Ford, and shows the girls in her 6th grade class at Sidway School in 1955. Their teacher was Mrs. Louise Rybak. Shown are (back left) Francis Hedstrom, Cynthia Hughes, Carole Darby, Marilyn Kuhn, Barbara Luippold, Kathy Brobeil, Johanna Johnson; (front) Marilyn Maurer, Margaret Dunbar, Penny Pedlow and Maureen Rindone.

Poster Boy Eddie Burrows - 1970

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   Eddie Burrows, 3, son of (left) Don and Fran Burrows, was Erie County's March of Dimes Poster Boy in 1970, and pictured in the local paper with OJ Simpson and former Bills and Redskins defensive lineman Ron McDole. McDole is also pictured in the second shot, along with the man on the far right, former Bills defensive lineman Tom Day. Email to teddy@giecom.net if you can identify the others.

Cancer Drive - 1977

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Shown in this February 1977 photo are Jeanette Ray (left) and Grace Jasper. Jeanette and Grace were in charge of the American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days on Grand Island for many years.

High School Blood Drive - 1984

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These boys participated in a Grand Island High School blood drive on June 1, 1984. Shown from left are Dave Wylke, Jim Kendall, Ed Prusak, Mike Clark, and Matt Coughlin and Doug Gress on the right. Email to teddy@giecom.net if you can identify the "unknowns."

Christian School - December 1984

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Kindergarten classmates at the Christian School on Love Road in December 1984 presented "One Wonderful Night at the Innkeeper's Stable." Shown seated left are Wayne Galbreath, Olivia Fick, Jeff Robinson, Kelly Burke and Mark Lester. Courtney Buttermark is standing on the right.

Mrs. Booker's Kindergarten, Kaegebein School - 1989

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Mrs. Cyndi Booker's kindergarten class at Kaegebein School posed for this picture in December 1989 when they created this impressive doorway to their classroom. Mary Stewart was the photographer.

Varsity Cheerleaders - 1969

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The 1969 photo is of the Varsity cheerleading squad. From left are Louise Varga, Mary Jo Gill, Patty Wiedimer, Joyce Brion, Patty Costello, Sharon Kelley, Cheryl Ferro, Kathy Biafora, Sandy Huer and Cindy Funk.

Pilgrims, Indians At Huth Road School - 1984

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This photo was taken by Barbi Lare in November 1984 when Linda Harbison's kindergarten students at Huth Road School were studying Pilgrims and Indians at the first Thanksgiving. Mrs. Harbison brought in a 15-foot teepee she and her family made about 10 years before when her son was in Cub Scouts. The structure was muslin, a substitute for the animal skins Indians used. The youngsters, who were able to spend some time inside the tent, made their own Pilgrim hats and collars, and Indian headdresses and vests. Email to teddy@giecom.net if you recognize anyone.