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 full article is available in the Summer 2016 Issue.
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 onset of the First World War brought Glenn Curtiss’ quest to send an aircraft across the Atlantic to a temporary halt. But it also brought incredible changes to his small-town aeroplane and motor business.