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Celebrated for its ethnic riches, Western New York may have another heritage – the astonishing survival of ancient supernatural tradition from across the globe. The Rose Witch is Mason Winfield’s groundbreaking survey of lore and legends from Western New York’s diverse cultures.
Western New Yorkers love to talk about, read about and reminisce about the region’s rich history. The good ol’ days are a regular topic of conversation at family affairs, favorite watering holes, coffee shops, luncheons and reunions. Daniel P. Starr’s engaging work is a great opportunity to add to these conversations.
From Niagara Falls to the Niagara Peninsula and the eight counties of Western New York, colorful stories and portraits spring to life.
Born at 13 Clinton Street in Buffalo in 1845, John D. Larkin went on to become one of the most successful businessmen in Buffalo history. Developing from his experience in the soap industry with his brother-in-law Justus Weller in Buffalo and Chicago, the Larkin Company, established in 1875, became one of the dominant mail-order businesses in America. In 1885, Larkin and his wife’s brother, Elbert Hubbard, promoted “The Larkin Idea,” which brought the business a national customer base through “Factory to Family” direct sales. At the height of the company, 90,000 “Larkin Secretaries” established clubs to bring Larkin soap and other products to women in their neighborhoods. This system of secretaries and clubs created an external promotional engine unlike any other previously known. The company closed in 1967, leaving its mammoth footprint in Buffalo’s Hydraulic neighborhood, now aptly called Larkinville.
If you think you've done everything there is to do in Western New York, think again!
It's time to discover Buffalo, a city that combines the sophistication of the Northeast with the affability of the Midwest. From world-class modern art to the world's best chicken wings, Buffalo offers visitors a rich banquet of intriguing history, iconic architecture, abundant recreation, lush scenery, fun food, and relentless nightlife.
Since the time of the Civil War, baseball has played an important role in Buffalo, New York. Though most of the area's baseball pioneers, including Ollie Carnegie and Luke Easter, are gone, they live on in the memories of fans, and some of their names have even graced the facades of facilities, like Offermann Stadium. In this book, Paul Langendorfer and the Buffalo History Museum have included each inning of the Queen City's rich baseball heritage, from the 19th-century Niagaras and the 1913-1915 Federal League to the Buffalo Bisons.
The Blizzard of 1977 is still remembered in Western New York, especially in Buffalo, which received the brunt of the storm. The blizzard occurred during the most extreme cold the area had ever seen, accompanied by some of the largest winter snowfalls on record. The blizzard struck with little warning on Friday morning, January 28, 1977, and the blowing snow and extreme cold paralyzed the Buffalo area until the first week of February. The storm made travel impossible and stranded thousands of people across the region, while snowdrifts buried houses up to the second story. This is a story not only of survival, but also of community. Neighbors helped neighbors, radio stations relayed messages and provided crucial information, and countless individuals donated their time and equipment to bring needed medicine or food to shut-ins across the region.
Spotlight on: The Elemental Conflict Between Fire and Water
Canalside. Buffalo's rediscovered waterfront, now a place for relaxation and play. But through the years, the Buffalo Harbor and surrounding waterfront have been the site for terrifying and deadly conflagrations. Fire and Water tells the tales of more than 45 catastrophic and near-catastrophic events and fires on the Buffalo shore, including mill fires that hit General Mills and Pillsbury, The Gale of 1921, and the 1900 Minnesota Ore Dock Disaster.
Buffalo once was a shopper's paradise, and those fond memories live on today for generational of locals. Well-recognized national chains, like the A&P, and local department stores like AM&A's and Sattler's were among the great retailers that dotted the main streets of the Queen City. In this updated version, Buffalo native Michael Rizzo revisits the days when the city's streets were lined with stores, and its sidewalks crowded with shoppers.
Buffalo and the surrounding area was the turf run by a powerful crime family headed by local boss Stefano Maggadino. Beginning in the 1920s, Maggadino and his Mafiosi maintained a stranglehold on the city until his death in 1974. Local mob historian Michael Rizzo leads you through everything from these brutal gangsters' favorite hangouts to secret underground tunnels to murder.
There has never been a book about Western New York's sports history quite like this one. Today In Buffalo Sports History covers the region's rich legacy ... one day a time! Based on the popular Buffalo News feature, the book reviews the biggest sports events ever to take place in the area. It covers everything from a world record back in 1862 to all the milestones involving the Bills, Sabres, Bisons, Bandits and Braves.
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