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.
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The Erie Canal opened the West-- but getting there could be a deadly gamble, as this 1841 tragedy demonstrated.
When the United States finally entered the First World War, a series of parades for international war commissions showcased one of the region’s most elegant automobiles.
Ignoring the cries for human rights and basic human decency, President Millard Fillmore opted to support the Fugitive Slave Act in an attempt to prevent civil war and preserve the Union.