January 6, 1936, rear of Le Couteulx Street in the Canal district. A New Year's Day blast destroyed the building that formerly occupied the vacant plot in the foreground, killing 5 persons.
Touring the American wilderness required an adventurous spirit in the early-19th century. Polish noblemen, poet and politician Julian Ursyn Niemcewicz had just that in 1805 when he visited Western New York, highlighting Niagara Falls and Buffalo in his journal. Niemcewicz's account provides valuable insight into the area more than 200 years ago.
Louis Le Couteulx stood out among the early settlers. The adventurous representative of a famed French family was the first Catholic to settle in Buffalo. He was also the first philanthropist.
But then, in 1924, Frederick Maier moved to Buffalo and made a success of the doughnut-making business, first on West Ferry and then on Main Street near Michigan.
One man follows his family roots back to Ireland, Germany and Spain, to discover that we all have complex, interwoven strands extending back in time and space.
Memories of growing up on Buffalo's East Side in the 1940s-50s.
From Ireland to Buffalo, Julia Hogan never let life's troubles keep her from carrying on.