A freak accident changed the path of John R. Oishei’s career, but his giving nature was a life-long constant, and has left a vibrant philanthropic legacy that continues to impact Western New York in the 21st century.
The Buffalo Automobile Club is pictured here in its first "run," an impromptu afternoon parade that did not include all the members.
Damaged 1924 Cadillac roadster. Photo taken on May 20, 1924 at corner of Bryant Street and Main Street, Buffalo.
Edwin Ross Thomas (1851-1936) was a Buffalonian who began his career as a bicycle manufacturer just as the gasoline-engine era began.
A typical wealthy Buffalo couple might have two automobiles: an electric for the women in the family and a gasoline auto for the men in the family.
The idea of a bridge joining Canada and the United States between Buffalo and Fort Erie was discussed as early as 1853.