(navigation image)
Home American Libraries | Canadian Libraries | Universal Library | Community Texts | Project Gutenberg | Children's Library | Biodiversity Heritage Library | Additional Collections
Search: Advanced Search
Anonymous User (login or join us)
Upload
See other formats

Full text of "History of Kenmore. Erie County, New York"

F 




/ 




I^JlAyvuri' /Hy^^r^ 



/f Srr 



frj f/^ray; ///f>fiue 




I 



^>1 4i£0^€ 



J 



/^K/ /^// 



(Jc,^^<.^,j /f /9?/ 



/ 






D =D 



History of Kenmore 

Erie County, New York 



1926 



risEALf: 



Frederick S. Parkhurst, Pfi. D. 
Local Historian 



D =D 



t-% 



^0^«l Pi.' 



&» 

^ 



%, Hi 



w> 



o^ 







Home of L. P. A. Eberhardt, Kenmore pioneer, at 
Delaware and West Hazeltine Avenues, now home of 
Y. W. C. A. Duplicate of this, built by F. B. Eberhardt, 
now occupied by Wheel Chair Home, at Delaware and 
Kenmore Avenues. 



INTRODUCTION 



The importance of recording events that take place in the 
-v/orld cannot be overestimated. Whether these events are of 
interest to the world at large, or to a particular country or 
community matters not. As time goes by such chronicles be- 
come increasingly valuable. 

Although the United States is comparatively a new coun- 
try, the veil of obscurity still covers many events that took 
place even less than a hundred years ago, because there was 
no local historian at hand to record them, or their passing 
character was considered insignificant. The biographical, his- 
torical, and geographical sections of our public libraries are 
being increasingly patronized as our nation grows older. Priv- 
ate libraries and correspondence often yield rich nuggets of 
fact; and no sooner does an octogenarian pass away, than 
newspapers, magazines, and historians bid high for the treas- 
ure of even a diary, if one has been kept, of passing events, or 
recollections of noted people. Thus local chronicles ofttimes 
become of world wide interest. 

The placing of memorial tablets, markers, and monuments 
is no less important. "Remove not the ancient landmark", 
advised the wise man of old; but "Place a Marker" is equally 
wise advice in our own times, as the old gives place to the new. 
We stand with head uncovered at Lincoln's birthplace; yet 
who, at the time of his appearing would have forecast its later 
momentous interest to the world. A visitor from the far west 
stood enchanted as he read the inscription on the marker placed 
on the wall of a high business block at the corner of Pearl 
Street and W. Swan Street, which indicates the spot where 
stood the first school house in Buffalo, built in 1807 — 1808, 
and destroyed December 30th, 1813, at the burning of the vil- 
lage by the British. His grandfather attended the school. 

Monuments erected to the memory of those who fell in the 
world war will a hundred years from now, fascinate the on- 
looker, as do those erected by our forefathers of Revolutionary 
times entrance us. 

The village of Kenmore is of recent growth ; yet it is aston- 
ishing how few persons now living can recall its earliest settle- 



ment. We are dependent upon scrap books, the files of Buffalo 
newspapers, and the uncertain memory of a small number yet 
living who built their homes in "the new suburb on the north", 
as Kenmore was called by Buffalonians in 1889. 

There was little or no pioneering connected with the found- 
ing of Kenmore in the strict sense of the word; although incon- 
venience and hardship were not wanting in many instances, 
w^hile homes were being built and public utilities introduced. 
A large city was near at hand, and farm houses within sight 
relieving a sense of isolation. And yet, many things were en- 
dured and experienced that would seem like great deprivation 
to the younger generation, so rapid has been our growth and 
progress in modern advantages. 

Kenmore is now assuming the proportions of a small city. 
Our population is increasing rapidly. Recent years have 
brought phenomenal changes. Very few new residents know 
anything about the early days in Kenmore, and those who have 
lived through the development of the village will be equally 
interested in the story of Buffalo's most beautiful and progres- 
sive suburb. 

Fred'k S. Parkhurst, Ph. D. 
Local Historian appointed by The University 
of the State of New York, September 1st, 1919 







VILLAGE OF KENMORE 

VILLAGE OFFICERS— 1926. 

PRESIDENT— Roy R. Brockett. 
TRUSTEE— Charles J. J. Seaman. 
TRUSTEE— Herman C. Jordan. 
TRUSTEE— Justin Trabert. 
TRUSTEE— Willis H. Hall. 
CLERK— Walter Ducker. 
RECEIVER OF TAXES— Charles L. Lowell. 
ATTORNEYS— Blackmon & Moore. 
ENGINEER— Vernon Eager. 
SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC WORKS— Henry Schunk. 

VILLAGE GOVERNMENT 

Kenmore is a village incorporated under the general village 
lav7 of the state. Its law-making body is a board of trustees, 
consisting of a president elected for one year and four trustees 
elected for two years. Two trustees are chosen each year with 
the president. The annual election is the third Tuesday in 
March. The board is empowered to pass ordinances and en- 
force them, but its general powers are prescribed by the State 
law. It appoints police officers, superintendent of public works, 
clerk, attorney, engineer, building and plumbing inspector and 
other employes. It acts as a board of assessors and as a board 
of election inspectors. 

Under a special act of the Legislature in 1917, the office of 
receiver of taxes and assessments was created, to take the place 
of the village treasurer. This officer collects all taxes and gas 
and water bills, and pays out moneys on warrant of the village 
board. 

POLICE PROTECTION 

Patrolmen on duty at all hours, covering all streets of village 
on motorcycles. Special officer stationed at school house cross- 
sing at Delaware and Knowlton avenues for protection of chil- 
dren. Police force comprises: Clarence E. Yochum, chief; 
Harry Brounshidle, Thomas DeGuehrey, desk lieutenants; 
Alfred Bleyle, Edward Schultz, Miner F. Wildey, Frank V. 
Schultz, Carlyle Johnston, Archibald Kirkwood, patrolmen; 
constables and special officers appointed by village board. 



s. 



FIRE ALARM SYSTEM 

Paid fire department, with three motor trucks and men on 
duty at all hours. Volunteer department, members of which 
respond to alarms. Siren blows and bell in fire hall rings in re- 
sponse to alarms sent in from street boxes. Officers of volunteer 
department for 1926: Chief, Fred Spear; first assistant chief, 
Ray Kirsch; second assistant chief, Bruce Miller; Walter 
Ducker, secretary-treasurer; wardens, Henry Schunk, Charles 
Weiss, Thomas Costello, Charles Michaels, Roscoe L. Rosser. 
Fire hall Delaware Avenue between Warren and Euclid. 

POSTAL SERVICE 



^ Two carrier deliveries a day from the Hertel Station, 

Buffalo. Two collections daily from street boxes. Sub-station 
for for sale of stamps, registering and recieving parcel post 
matter, 2809 Delaware avenue, Mary D. Connolly, agent. 

PUBLIC HEALTH 

Village board is the board of health, with a appointed 
registrar. Roscoe L. Rosser, registrar. Dr. E. R. Linklater, 
health officer, residence 2770 Delaware avenue. 

SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION 

The public schools are a charge upon the school district. 
No. 1, which comprises all the village of Kenmore and 
part of the town of Tonawanda. The school board of five 
members is elected by the people of the district at the 
annual meeting. The taxes are levied annually upon the 
property in the district, based upon the assessed valuations as 
fixed by the town board of assessors. The board chooses its 
secretary and treasurer and it has full powers in the conduct of 
the schools, under supervision of the State Department of Edu- 
cation. The budget is submitted to the people at the annual 
meeting. Bond issues must be approved by the people. 

The school board of District No. 1 comprises: Frank C. 
Greutker, president; Willis E. Elliott, Mrs. E. R. Linklater, 
William W. Whitelock and Frederick Whelpley. Kenneth 
O. Irvin is secretary-treasurer. Frank C. Densberger is super- 
intendent of schools, Roy G. Freeman principal of the high 
school and C. M. Gould principal of Washington grammar 
school, Mrs. Tillie W. Hausauer, Lincoln Elementary School. 

By order of the State commissioner of education, issued in 

8 



November, 1925, school districts Nos. 1, 3 and 4 were consoli- 
dated, effective August 1, 1926. 

SCHOOL STATISTICS JUNE 1ST, 1926 

Washington Elem. Echool 

Teachers 30 Pupils 927 

Lincoln Elem. School 

Teachers 10 Pupils 251 

Elhvood Elem, School 

Teachers 1 Pupils 27 

Junior-Senior High School 

Teachers 35 Pupils 582 

Total 1787 



9 



"The ISlew Suburb on the North" 

History of Kenmore 

1889 ' 1899 

CHAPTEPw ONE 

Settlement and Early History 
SETTLEMENT 

The Village of Kenmore, in the Town of Tonawanda, Erie 
County, N. Y., "the fastest growing residential community in 
the country", and "The center of the Niagara Frontier Indus- 
trial District", was first settled in the spring of 1889. 

Louis P. A. Eberhardt, who is fondly called "Daddy Eber- 
hardt", was the original pioneer and realtor. He built the 
first house during the winter of 1888-9 on the site now occu- 
pied by his real estate office No. 2749 Delaware Avenue; it was 
burned down in March 1894. 
FIRST HOUSE 

The next house built by Mr. Eberhardt was the brown stone 
house on Delaware Avenue now occupied, with the frame on 
W. Hazeltine Avenue by the Y. W. C. A. The other brown 
stone house at the corner of Delaware and Kenmore Avenues 
was built at the same time by Fred B. Eberhardt and is now 
occupied by the Wheel Chair Home. These durable and hand- 
some twin structures have long stood as sentinels at the ap- 
proach to our village from Buffalo, admired by all and pro- 
phetic of Kenmore's stability and future prosperity. The second 
house built in Kenmore was the residence of Myron A. Phelps, 
still standing on the original site at 2798 Delaware Avenue 
corner of Tremaine, now owned and occupied by Harrison 
H. Bury. Other houses were soon built, and the foresight and 
enterprise of the first settlers was readily admitted. In 1890 
nearly three hundred people lived in the village. It requires 
some stretch of the imagination to visualize the awful roads, 
absence of sidewalks, lack of lighting, dearth of potable water, 
and other inconveniences in the newly settled village. The 
beautiful and busy thoroughfare which is now, next to Main 
Street, Buffalo, the main artery of traffic north and south was, 
at that time, an ordinary dirt road. All around Kenmore were 
fields of clay soil, none too fertile for farming, with a few scat- 
tered farm houses in the Township of Tonawanda in which the 
growing village is situated. 

10 



"^ ~o«sSSE^*^ 








First home built in Kenmore, at Delaware and 
Tremaine Avenues, by Myron A. Phelps, first village 
president. 



NAME 

It was proposed calling the village "Eberhardt" ; but firmly 
and modestly Mr. Eberhardt said, "No, they might nickname it 
'Dutchtown'." But the real reason was Mr. Eberhardt's aver- 
sion to personal publicity and display. The Erie Railroad was 
building a station at this time in the north-east section of 
Buffalo near Main Street and had chosen the name "Kenmore", 
but the alert Mr. Eberhardt with an ear for euphony, appro- 
priated the name for the fast growing community and the name 
"Kensington" was attached to the Erie Station. A sign bearing 
the name "KENMORE" was placed at the intersection of Dela- 
ware and Kenmore Avenues, where all who ran might read. 
There are several places called Kenmore in the United States, 
notably Kenmore in Fairfax County, Va., the home of Wash- 
ington's sister, and a village in Ohio. Probably both these 
places, our own village, and other places so named, took their 
name from a small island on the south-west coast of Ireland; 
or from a village in Scotland, each of which bears the name 
of Kenmore. 

EARLY SETTLERS 

Among those who were first attracted to Kenmore as a 
desirable place of residence and the location for a village were 
Louis P. A. Eberhardt, Fred B. Eberhardt, Myron A. Phelps, 
A. B. Crary, O. K. Horning, A. W. Olmstead, A. B. Floyd, G. 
W. Peck, John A. Miller, F. W. Drake, L. L. Briggs, Ephraim 
Funk, Frank Stillwell, John J. Bernd, Virgil M. Hunter, Henry 
Tremaine, C. M. Aiken, Arthur Hall, Andrew Frank, Jabesh 
Harris, J. B. Zimmerman, and others. Among those living in 
the town of Tonawanda at the time Kenmore was founded, 
and not far from the Buffalo city line, were John Winter, 
Henry Winter, Jacob Busch, John Bleyle, Fred Bleyle, Fred 
Ebling, Isadore Keller, Frank Mang, Isadore Mang, and others. 

TRANSPORTATION 

Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, was paved as far north as Forest 
Avenue. From that point to Kenmore there was an ordinary 
country road which was badly drifted with snow in winter, 
and covered with alternate dust and mud in summer. The peo- 
ple who ride through the well paved streets of our village, or 
walk along our shady avenues little realize the problems of 
transportation in the village in 1889. 

The Kenmore omnibus line started in December making 
regular trips between Belt Line station on Delaware Avenue 

11 



and Kenmore. Passengers were carried free of charge as an 
inducement to home-seekers, and fifty or more people made 
the trip daily. There was no shelter in inclement weather at 
the Buffalo end of the line. A petition signed by eighty men 
and women residents of Kenmore was sent to the Sup't of the 
N. Y. Central Railroad asking for a station, if nothing but an 
old box car. 

THE WHITE HOUSE 

The "White House" familiar to the early settlers in Ken- 
more was the Ackerman farm house situated on the north-east 
corner of Delaware and Kenmore Avenues on a seventy-four 
acre farm. Near the house was a fine well of water sixty feet 
deep. This was the "Village Pump"; and from it the residents 
secured plenty of clear, cold water. The "White House" was 
later removed giving place to a more modern dwelling. A part 
of it was moved so as to face East Hazeitine Avenue and was 
made over into a two family flat by William Rowland, and is 
still standing at 17 East Hazeitine Avenue. The "White House" 
served a beneficent purpose in its day. It was the only hostelry 
where transients could find a night's lodging, and those wait- 
ing for houses to be built could find accommodation. It was 
also used for the first social, and religious meetings in the new 
village. 

STORES 

The first store to supply the people of Kenmore with gro- 
ceries and "Yankee Notions" was opened in the building now 
standing on the south-east corner of Kenmore Avenue (No. 
1412-1420) and Toledo Place, on the Buffalo side of the line. It 
has been used for mercantile purposes as late as 1916, and is. 
now a two family flat. The first drug store to meet the needs 
of Kenmore residents was commenced in April and opened for 
business in June 1894. The building still remains on the south- 
east corner of Delaware Avenue (No. 2660) and Sessions Street 
Buffalo, and is used as a store and residence. Dr. R. S. Ham- 
bleton was the proprietor. The first store within the present 
village limits was kept by John Johnson, and afterwards by 
F. B. Fulton, in 1897 ; and still later by D. A. Phelps. It is now 
occupied by H. H. Bury, Furniture and Undertaking, No. 2838 
Delaware Avenue. Mr. Bury has the double distinction of living 
in the oldest house and trading in the oldest store in Kenmore. 

"TOWN MEETINGS" 

The first joint meetings of the Town Board of Tonawanda. 

12 



and the officials of the village were held in the rear of the old 
Presbyterian Church which stood on the site of the present new 
structure. On the south-east corner of Delaware and Hertel 
Avenues stood an old log house in which a Sunday School 
was conducted by the Westminster Presbyterian Church of 
Buffalo. Both children and "grown ups" attended religious 
services there before there were any churches in Kenmore. 

POST OFFICE 

As late as 1918 Kenmore was facetiously described as, "A 
place of 5000 population, without a Post Office, Railway Sta- 
tion, Hotel, or Express Office". Many a 'Tour Corners" of 300 
people in the rural districts have these advantages, and al- 
though the proximity of Buffalo supplies all these needs, yet 
the name of "Kenmore" N. Y. does not appear in the U. S. '^"^ ^ 
Postal guide. That it is due our large and busy village none y/^i'^^ 
can deny. The conditions required by the proper authorities z^ //f. 
will soon be met however. Kenmore had a Post Office for a y^»^/ 
number of years. It was first established February 28th, 1891. -'^^^-^ 
L. P. A. Eberhardt received the appointment as Post Master, ur^/^ao 
The salary was $200 a year. Dreams of a Federal Building r^^----^ 
were dreamed in those by-gone days. All dreams do not come dj.rr / 
to pass; and many come true long years afterward. The vision /j- ^ 
may yet be fulfilled. Mr. Eberhardt's successors in office were^^^^ 
as follows — 

Wellington B. Tanner, May 25th, 1896 ^^ 

Francis B. Fulton, Jan. 17th, 1898 -r^^'^'^^ 

Aaron Lamont, July 30th, 1907 

Henry Tremaine, July 26th, 1910 ' "• 

Stephen R. Williams, July 25th, 1913 ": 

Henry J. Ebling, (Acting) Nov. 23rd, 1917 

Discontinuance effective, March 31st, 1918 
After the latter date Kenmore's mail was delivered by car- 
riers from Station H., Buffalo, and later from Hertel Station, 
Buffalo. Sub-station No. 12 is maintained for the sale of 
stamps, registration and parcel post at 2809 Delaware Avenue. 

LAND VALUES 

In striking contrast with the prevailing prices of real estate 
in 1924-1926 were those of 1888. In the latter year "West 
Bros, of Syracuse, N.Y. sold to Eberhardt and Sanborn through 
Phelps & Barnes, twenty-five acres on the west side of Dela- 
ware Avenue for $300 an acre." Eight acres located 800 
feet east of Delaware Avenue on Villa Avenue sold for 

13 



$21,700. The Myron A. Phelps residence on the corner of 
Delaware and Tremaine Avenue cost $4500. The Herbert 
A. Zimmerman house No. 2808 Delaware Avenue, cost about 
$8000. The estimated cost of the Fred B. Eberhardt Medina 
sandstone residence erected in 1893 was $15,000. Very desir- 
able lots just off Delaware Avenue on any of the side streets 
could be bought for $250. 

GAS WELL 

In 1890 the "Kenmore Oil, Natural Gas, and Fuel Com- 
pany, Limited" was organized. Capitalization $2500 to be 
increased if the venture was successful. A test well was drilled 
on the Park Land Company property on Kenmore Avenue near 
Myron Avenue At a depth of 736 feet a rich vein of gas was 
struck at 500 lbs pressure. Such was the force of the escaping 
gas that it could be heard a mile or more away. The gas was 
piped to several dwellings for fuel. To properly finish the 
well as a producer it was "Shot" with Nitro-Glycerine. Many 
were of the opinion that it was "Overshot" as the flow there- 
after greatly diminished. A. B. Crary, now living at No. 1337 
Kenmore Avenue bought the lot on which the well was located 
for $500. After all the years since this venture was made, the 
well is still producing gas which is used by Mr. Crary in his 
kitchen stove. The well may still be seen, covered by a small 
shanty, padlocked, in the rear of 1303 Kenmore Avenue and 
rear of Mr. William Dicks residence 10 Myron Avenue. The 
officers of the Company were M. A. Phelps, Pres; S. J. Dark, 
Vice Pres; W. F. Strasmere, Sec'y; L. P. A. Eberhardt, Treas. 
The geologists were right. While there can be no doubt that 
natural gas exists in Kenmore and Tonawanda, the quantity is 
not enough to pay for development. 

THE OMNIBUS 

During the fall of 1891 the first trip of the new omnibus 
was made to Buffalo, when about a dozen people went to a re- 
vival meeting at the Emanuel Baptist Church in Rhode Island 
Street. Building lots advanced $2 and $3 a front foot and the 
village took on a lively aspect. A. B. Crary broke ground for 
his new house on Kenmore Avenue, and O. K. Horning moved 
into his new house on the same street. A building boom was 
now on. Among the interesting events of the winter "Mr. L. 
P. A. Eberhardt gave a Euchre Party in honor of his brother 
Fred." 
CHURCH BUILDING 

The religious and social life of the village kept pace with 

14 



the building development. On September 22nd, 1892 the cor- 
ner stone of the Methodist Episcopal Church was laid with in- 
teresting ceremonies. Ground was broken for the Jabesh 
Harris residence still standing at 2771 Delaware Avenue and 
occupied as the Kenmore Tea Roorn^ Mr. Harris died soon /^ 
after moving into his new home. The Rev. George Marsh one ' 
of Kenmore's earliest and most influential ministers delivered 
a temperance lecture illustrated with stereopticon views. Rev. 
Mr. Marsh was the pastor of the Presbyterian congregation. 
Mrs. A. Frank sold her house on Sanborn Avenue (now LaSalie 
Ave) to the Westminister Presbyterian Church of Buffalo, 
which stood sponsor for the local society, for a parsonage, and 
a box social was held for the benefit of the organ fund. A 
petition was circulated to pave Delaware Avenue with asphalt. 

ELECTRIC RAILWAY 

Prospects of an electric railway enlivened the village as 
carloads of material were unloaded at the Lackawanna switch 
on Delaware Avenue in the spring of 1893. The streets pre- 
sented a lively appearance during the summer. More than a 
hundred workmen were engaged in laying the tracks of the 
Kenmore & Tonawanda Electric Railway through the village. 
The track was laid before Delaware Avenue was paved, at the 
rate of 500 feet a day. The route to Buffalo was by way of 
West Kenmore Avenue on the Kenmore side of the city line to 
Military Road, and Grant Street. The service was every twenty 
minutes. After the line was completed, Delaware Avenue was 
paved with vitrified brick through the village and town to city 
of Tonawanda. This outlet for traffic to and from Buffalo was a 
great promoter and speeded up the building of more houses. 

A subscription was circulated to connect the village with 
Buffalo by telephone. A sewer was laid for a distance of one 
mile north of the Buffalo city line. The crying need at this 
time was for a water system. The Buffalo water mains in Dela- 
ware Avenue were completed to the City Line in September. 
The people of Kenmore said, "Why not extend a six inch main 
1000 feet further north and give us service?" it was an easy 
thing to ask questions, but to obtain service from a separate 
municipality was a difficult matter. 

TELEPHONE OFFICE 

Telephones had been in common use for many years before 
Kenmore enjoyed the advantage. Enough subscribers were 

15 



secured however in 1894 and an office was opened for public 
use and came at once into general use by the business men. The 
village was now growing so rapidly that eight families lived in 
four houses waiting for new homes to be finished. Evidently 
the "Speed Mania" existed even at this seemingly distant day. 
Senator Coggeshall introduced a bill in the State Legislature 
limiting the speed of trolley cars to "six miles an hour". The 
Kenmore Business Men's Association held a special meeting 
and adopted strong resolutions opposing the measure. It was 
too slow for Kenmore. 

THE FIRST FIRE 

The burning of Kenmore's first house, that of L. P. A. Eber- 
hardt in March 1894, and the lack of water to subdue the 
flames, brought up the subject of annexation to Buffalo. The 
sentiment w^as almost unanimously favorable, as reported by a 
canvassing committee to the Business Men's Association. The 
question of annexation to Buffalo has been a perennial dispute 
in Kenmore. Like the flowers, it blossoms every year. Some 
day the fact will no doubt surprise us, like the Night Blooming 
Cereus which expands in a few hours — but not to fade. In re- 
sponding to the alarm the Buffalo Fire Dep't had to abandon 
their apparatus on account of sewer pits near the city line. By 
means of blankets, and water carried by a "bucket brigade" 
from a hydrant at the city line, the barn was saved, but the 
house was a total loss. Neighbors passed water into the attic 
of the house with pails and dishes, but were forced by smoke 
and flames to discontinue their efforts; however, most of the 
contents of the house were saved. The Buffalo Express com- 
menting on the fire said, "The only real remedy for Kenmore is 
to come into the city and get an engine and hook and ladder 
of her own. There is a limit to fighting fire with soup tureens 
and platters." 

SEWERAGE FIGHT 

The Buffalo sewer from Hertel Avenue north to the city line 
was completed during the summer of 1894, and Kenmore had 
built a sewer to the Buffalo line, so that about twenty-five feet 
only separated the connection. But politicians were in the way 
and no contract for connections could be made. It was deter- 
mined to brush this hindrance aside. About a hundred deter- 
mined "Kenmorites" armed with pick and shovel, having cut 
the telephone line, attempted to make the connection during 
the midnight hours. But they were forestalled. "A man on 

16 



horseback", an enemy, a la Paul Revere, alarmed the Buffalo 
Police Dep't, and a wagon load of policemen descended upon 
the crowd who were trying to cut the Gordian Knot of Ken- 
more's sewerage question, and officially broke the connection. 
This lively skirmish however, had the desired effect and soon 
brought relief. A contract was made for sewage disposal 
through the Buffalo sewer in June 1895. The completion of 
the Hertel Avenue electric line during the year greatly facili- 
tated access to Buffalo by way of Main Street. The outstanding 
event of the year was the completion of the asphalt pavement 
on Delaware Avenue from the Belt Line, Buffalo, to Kenmore, 
and was celebrated with a general jollification and fireworks 
in the evening. 

THE SEWERAGE PROBLEM 

Again the sewerage problem came up in 1895. In locating 
a village, water supply, sewerage, transportation, and fire pro- 
tection are among the first essentials. The problem must be 
met and solved sooner or later, and to keep pace with house 
erection and street building should receive first attention re- 
gardless of taxation. The problem still remains as our village 
expands on account of the level area surrounding us. Happily 
this important matter is being solved by skilled engineers. This 
time the cry came from residents in the north part of the vil- 
lage. The Business Men's Association petitioned the Town 
Board of Tonawanda to establish a sewer district for the relief 
of the situation. The Kenmore sewers were connected with the 
Buffalo System in January, and a bill was drawn by Cuneen & 
Coatsworth under direction of the Town Board of Tonawanda 
for the north district and presented at Albany. A delegation 
of men and women from Kenmore paid a visit to the Buffalo 
City Clerk's office during the spring to face the aldermen with 
their troubles, just as they do now at the Kenmore village 
hall. No quorum being present City Engineer Fields had to 
face the music. Said one woman, "If you don't think we need 
relief, I wish you'd come out to Kenmore and pay us a visit. 
You can have the use of my cellar for a few hours, and I 
think that will be enough for you; you can realize in that time 
what we are suffering. If you can stay in any one of the 
cellars ten minutes we wont say another word." With storm 
sewers in the village and a system now being perfected in 
the township, which is rapidly becoming a part of "Greater 
Kenmore," these long suffered troubles will be a thing of 
the past. 

17 



BUILT A BARN 

In these days when a garage is considered an essential 
part of a home, and public garages are so numerous, it seems 
strange to know that, in December, 1896, the Methodist 
Episcopal Church built a barn, in which to shelter the horses 
of the members during service who came from a distance. 
Ofttimes the sermon was so lengthy that whinneys from the 
restless steeds, and vicious kicks against the stalls resounded 
within the sanctuary, and brought the sexton out to quiet the 
disturbance. 

The building of four houses at one time was spoken of as 
"great activit3\" Improvement in the business section of the 
village was noticeable during the year; yet it became neces- 
sary to inform the reading public through the press that 
Kenmore was separated from Buffalo on the north by a fifty 
foot street, and was not near the city of Tonawanda as many 
supposed. Houses for rent were scarce; it being the plan of 
the village leaders to make Kenmore a place of home owners. 

MOONLIGHT VS GASLIGHT 

For nearly ten years the people of Kenmore had rather 
a "spookey" time of it at night, depending on the moon for 
the illumination of the streets, and doing without it when the 
moon was "dark." One public spirited man maintained, at 
some personal expense, a kerosene lamp in front of his house, 
his neighbors occasionally contributing a new wick for 
encouragement. What an opportunity for some enterprising 
parson, to take for a timely topic in the pulpit, the text of 
Isaiah 60;19. "Neither for brightness shall the moon give 
light unto thee." Perhaps this was what happened; for at a 
special meeting called for the purpose in the Presbyterian 
Church there were two propositions submitted. First, to lay 
pipes and provide lamp posts and burners at a cost of $5,000. 
Second, to bond the village for $5,000 to provide the money. 
The fear that some hold-up man would happen to come Ken- 
more way and part people from their valuables some dark 
evening was dismissed as idle talk. Fiat Lux. 
TRANSPORTATION 

In 1898 transportation loomed prominently into view 
again. Regular trips between Kenmore and the N. Y. C. R'y- 
belt line were made by a bus driven by Frank C. Stillwell, in 
whose memory Stillwell Avenue is named. From sixty to 
seventy-five persons made the trip each day. A 6 x 6 flag- 
man's shanty was the only accommodation provided for 

18 



passengers during stormy weather. Twenty-one persons were 
seen at one time waiting in the rain. The Business Men's 
Association took up the grievance with the Superintendent. 
The Buffalo and Lockport Railway Co., purchased a private 
right of way from the Kenmore village line through Virgil 
avenue, to Hertel avenue, and thus shortened and made more 
direct the trip to Buffalo; but they charged an extra fare over 
this short stretch of track. Many people walked to Hertel 
avenue, or the belt line in fair weather rather than pay this 
excess. Again the Kenmore Business Men's Association 
showed its merit by taking up the matter with the company, 
and presented the case before the Buffalo Aldermanic Council 
receiving plenty of applause. No other section of the city was 
discriminated against in this w^ay. Why should "Kenmorites" 
pay an extra fare for riding a distance of three-quarters of 
a mile on Buffalo territory? Mr. Carl Ely, President of the 
Buffalo & Lockport electric line said that, the strip of track 
on Virgil Avenue was on private property (which is the case 
today) and if necessary to preserve their legal standing, they 
could stop running their cars at Hertel avenue instead of 
running them through to Main Street over the Buffalo Rail- 
way's tracks. The Lockport Company however, had no 
charter to run cars in the city. The threat was therefore idle 
talk. To cease to run only to Hertel Avenue, would be to 
surrender the right to operate at all. The five hundred people 
of a growing village had outgrown the stage coach and the 
belt line route and w^ere insistent on fair play. By fhe end of 
the year Kenmore was smiling and jubilant. The Buffalo & 
Lockport Railway Company lost its case, and under the Buffalo 
Railway Company the extra fare was abolished. 

Kenmore being just over the line from Buffalo, the village 
became somewhat of a rival for real estate deals and home 
finders as incorporation began to be discussed. The attitude 
of the big city was that Kenmore should "Blow its own horn," 
a privilege which it was not slow to accept. The first decade 
of her history was now about completed. Progress was 
assured. Modern houses all occupied were reaching out on 
the newly paved streets. A lighting system was to be 
installed. The boycott against the trolley road was called off. 
Everybody took a ride on one fare. "Boost Kenmore" was the 
slogan. Everybody was smiling. "Incorporation" was now 
the watchword. So closed the year 1898. 



19 



CHAPTER TWO 

Social and Religious Life Before Incorporation 

The early settlers in Kenmore were fully alive to the 
necessity of providing social, religious, literary, and musical 
requirements and diversions for the growing community. 
There were but few aged people among the inhabitants. The 
great majority were young married folks and children. 
Located five miles from the amusement places of Buffalo, and 
lack of transportation facilities, necessitated the development 
of home talent and a neighborly spirit. "Surprise parties" 
were of frequent occurrence. With well filled baskets of eat- 
ables the people invaded each orther's homes with the slightest 
excuse, or none at all, simply to enjoy themselves, encourage 
sociability, and get acquainted. All were enthusiastic for the 
growth and well being of the village, it was the common topic 
of conversation. No more hospitable people ever lived than 
the people of Kenmore. 

A "C. L. S. C." — Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle, 
and not "Come love sit closer," as it was called by the profane, 
was organized. Miss Kate Kimball secretary of the parent 
Chautauqua was present to assist with advice, experience, and 
inspiration of those at the world famous Chautauqua Institu- 
tion near Jamestown, N. Y. Mr. George E. Vincent of the 
Rockefeller Foundation, son of the distinguished Bishop John 
H. Vincent, the founder of Chautauqua, lectured in the 
Methodist Episcopal Church during the winter of 1892 on 
"Rambles in Spain and Morocco." The Kenmore Cornet Band, 
and the Kenmore Orchestra were organized, the later com- 
posed of six pieces: two violins, cornet, clarinet, trombone, 
and piano. These musical organizations provided music for 
local functions and were in great demand in the surrounding 
community for dances and parties. Kenmore had a "Standing 
Army" known as Junior Cadets, commanded and drilled by 
Ralph Harris. During the winter of 1892 a branch of the 
Y. M. C. A. was formed. The officers were: President, F. 
Babbington; Vice Presidents, Rev, G. H. Marsh, Jabesh Harris, 
and L. P. A. Eberhardt; Secretary, M. A. Phelps; Correspond- 
ing secretary, A. W. Olmstead; Treasurer Ralph Harris. 
Rooms were opened in the "White House" and supplied with 
reading matter and games. A Ladies Auxiliary with Mrs. 

20 



Babbington, President; Mrs. A. W. Olmstead, Secretary, and 
Emily Eberhardt, Treasurer, rendered efficient aid, meetings 
being held in the Presbyterian Church. 

A radical temperance sentiment prevailed in Kenmore 
from the beginning. A Council of Royal Templars was 
instituted in 1891 by the grand officers of the society. At the 
initial meeting twenty-two persons were initiated and formed 
Kenmore Council No. 248 R. T. of T. On the occasion of the 
first anniversary the membership was increased to seventy 
five and Cyrus K. Porter, the originator of the Order was 
present to confer the degree. A saloon located at the corner 
of Delaware Avenue and Kenmore Avenue, was bought out 
by the citizens and converted into a drug store and residence 
occupied by Dr. J. J. Drake. The building was later removed 
and now stands at No. 12 Warren Avenue. The noted Rev. 
Father George Zurcher of the Roman Catholic Church, well 
known throughout western New York in the 80's lectured in 
Kenmore. Many other eminent advocates of total abstinence, 
local option, and prohibition kept the temperance question 
alive, blazing the way as pioneers for the Volstead Act. Ken- 
more was known far and wide as a "Dry" town, and all efforts 
to open a saloon met with decided opposition. One of the 
provisions in the movement for annexation to Buffalo, which 
was so vigorously advocated in 1894 was the privilege of sub- 
mitting the question of Local Option to a vote of the citizens of 
the village, it begin a foregone conclusion that the vote would 
be "Dry." The action of Hyde Park, when it became a part of 
Chicago, was cited in evidence, on suit and appeal by a liquor 
dealer who was refused a license by the Supreme Court of 
Illinois- 

An Athletic Association whose object was to better the 
vim, vigor, and vitality of Kenmore's young men and boys was 
formed in 1892 which proved to be very popular. 

Kenmore has had from the beginning "An eye for busi- 
ness." A type of men schooled in old and tried methods of 
square dealing settled in the village. With a large and grow- 
ing city across the line and reaching out toward the north the 
"course of empire" naturally took its way out Delaware 
Avenue and the foresight of the realtors in founding a village 
five miles from the city hall in Buffalo, looked upon with doubt 
by many, was more than justified within three years. Young 
men of ability and skill were soon attracted to the growing 
suburb. In July, 1893 the Kenmore Business Men's Associa- 

21 



tion was organized with the following officers: James B. 
Zimmerman, President; George H. Marsh, Vice President; 
Myron A. Phelps, Secretary; Albert B. Crary Treasurer. 
Among the first questions taken up was "Better care of the 
side streets, the extension of the Boulevard, a system of water 
works, and the organization of a Fire Department." Annexa- 
tion to Buffalo was one of the leading question of discussion in 
1894, nearly all the members favoring the plan. Joint meet- 
ings were held with the Town Board of Tonawanda occa- 
sionally, at which sewerage, water supply, fire protection, 
lighting, and all questions relating to the growth and welfare 
of the village were taken up and acted upon. It was a matter 
of vigilence, sacrifice, caution and hard work on the part of a 
few determined men, but they were cheered by the steady 
growth of the village. The question of annexation to Buffalo 
was discussed by the Buffalo newspapers at some length. 
"Wants to marry Buffalo and be in the municipal family," said 
one. "Kenmore should be a part of Buffalo. The result is 
inevitable," said another. Money, brains, and labor had been 
expended in beautifying Kenmore, but water, lighting, better 
transportation, sewerage, and other extensive improvements 
were needed and many thought that annexation would end the 
trouble. Kenmore's business men did not wish to antagonize 
their neighbors by pushing their ideas to the exclusion of other 
townships, but a committee wa^s appointed to draft a bill to be 
presented to the Legislature authorizing the annexation of 
Kenmore to the City of Buffalo. Some of the Erie County 
members of the state Legislature were in favor of taking in 
Cheektowaga, Amherst, West Seneca, and Grand Island. The 
plan to take in Kenmore only was called the "Bay Window" 
scheme. The Buffalo Express favored the "wholesale plan 
of annexation." "The result is inevitable, gravitation is not 
more certain." 

Many years ago a pessimist said, "The country is going to 
the dogs," an optimist replied, "The dogs are still hungry." 
The situation had its amusing side also. In the Buffalo News 
of February 8th, 1896 a cartoon appeared showing Tona- 
wanda's idea of annexation. It represented a Russian sled 
driven through a forest in winter, pursued by a pack of hungry 
wolves, the driver whipping the horses frantically trying to 
escape. A woman in the sleigh named "Tonawanda" was in 
the act of throwing a baby named "Kenmore" to the hungry 
pack, while they made a "get away." 

22 



In June 1894 Alderman Bradish sang out/'All aboard for 
Kenmore," from the City Hall steps in Buffalo. At 2:30 P. M. 
the Council started out for the village in carriages. On arriv- 
ing they found Kenmore in gala attire. The residents vied 
with each other in showing off the beauty and advantages of 
the village. The aldermen were escorted to the parlors of 
the Methodist Episcopal Church were a demonstration of how 
much chicken an alderman could eat took place. President 
Franklin, feeling a generous impulse after eating the second 
piece of pie, promised to annex Kenmore right away. A joke- 
smith of the opposition cruelly said, "An attack of indigestion 
made him recall his promise." 

The taxable value of Kenmore at this time was §4,000,000, 
and a large amount of building was in progress. The village 
now had over 300 population, 4 miles of water mains, 1200 
feet of gas mains, 60 dwellings, 3 churches, 2 schools, and 3 
general stores. Improved street car service was obtained and 
"Kenmorites" as Buffalo delighted to call them, had access 
to the city for one fare, with service every fifteen minutes. As 
early training, advantages, and environment show themselves 
in growing boys and girls, so the social, religious and early 
business experiences of Kenmore's people had left its indelible 
impress, showing a healthy, progressive, growing village ready 
to enter a new stage of incorporated existence. 



"TKe Fastest Groiving Community in the Country" 

CHAPTER THREE 

The Decade of Groivth and Incorporation 
1899 ' 1909 

Ten years had now passed by since the settlement of the 
village, and it was known that the population met the legal 
requirements for incorporation. The real object of this action 
was to secure the advantages of water, sewers, lighting and 
other necessary improvements which could not be otherwise 
obtained. There was no discord whatever between the village, 
and the Township of Tonawanda, but the town authorities had 
not the power that a village board would have. 

On July 14th, a list of 313 names were secured — "Names 
of the inhabitants of the territory in the Township of Tona- 
wanda and described in the proposition for the Incorporation 
of the Village of Kenmore hereto attached." 

PROPOSITION FOR THE INCORPORATION OF THE 
VILLAGE OF KENMORE 

"The undersigned adult residents freeholders of the terri- 
tory hereinafter described propose the incorporation thereof 
by the name of the Village of Kenmore." 

"The territory proposed to be incorporated does not exceed 
one square mile and is bounded and described as follows: 

"Beginning at a point in the Easterly line of Delaware 
Avenue at its intersection with the southerly line of lot thirty- 
two (32) in the Twelfth (12) Township and Eighth (8) range 
of the Holland Land Company's Survey, running thence 
Easterly along said Southerly line of lot Thirty-two (32) being 
also the north line of the City of Buffalo Two Thousand nine 
hundred thirty-one and 7-10 (2931.7) feet to the center of the 
Niagara Falls Boulevard. 

"Thence North Easterly along said line of the Niagara Falls 
Boulevard Two Thousand Thirteen and 4-10 (2013.4) feet to 
an iron post. Thence North Easterly along said center line of 
the Niagara Falls Boulevard One Thousand five hurwlred 
thirty-eight and 25-100 (1538.25) feet to an iron post. 

"Thence Westerly at an angle of Ninety-one degrees and 
forty-four minutes (91.44) with said center line of the Niagara 
Falls Boulevard Two Thousand and four hundred sixty and 

24 



36-100 (2460.36) feet to an iron post in the center of the old 
Delaware Road. 

"Thence North Easterly along said center line of Old Dela- 
ware Road Four Hundred Forty and 9-10 (440.9) feet to the 
intersection of the center line of Old Delaware Road with the 
Northerly line of said lot thirty-two (32). Thence Westerly 
along said Northerly line of lot Thirty-seven (37) at an angle of 
seventy-five degrees and Twenty-four (75° 24") with the 
center line of Old Delaware Road Three Thousand eighty-five 
(3085) feet to the center line of Elmwood Avenue. 

"Thence Southerly along said centerline of Elmwood Av- 
enue Three Thousand Nine Hundred Sixty-Eight and 5-10 
(3968.5) feet to the Southerly line of lot Thirty-seven (37). 

"Thence Easterly along said line to lots Thirty-seven and 
Thirty-two (37 and 32) Two Thousand four hundred eighty-six 
and 5-10 (2486.5) feet to the point of beginning. Such terri- 
tory containing a population of Three Hundred Thirteen (313) 
as appears from the enumeration hereto attached. 

Dated July 14th, 1899." 

The following notice was then issued from the Supervisor's 
office — 

NOTICE 

To all whom it may concern 

Take Notice 

That a proposition for the incorporation of the Village of 
Kenmore has been received by the undersigned John K. Patton, 
as Supervisor of the Town of Tonawanda, that at the Public 
School House situated at the junction of Delaware Avenue and 
Old Delaware Road in such territory and on the 28th day of 
July 1899 at 10 o'clock in the forenoon of the said day, a hear- 
ing will be had upon such proposition and that such a proposi- 
tion will be open for public inspection at the store of Francis B. 
Fulton situate on the west side of Delaware Avenue in such 
territory, until the day of such hearing. 

Dated July 17, 1899 

John K. Patton, 
Supervisor of the Town of Tonawanda. 

The minutes taken at this meeting are filed with the decision 
of the Supervisor, in the Town Clerk's Office (Vault of the Vil- 
lage Hall, 1926) and also the original petition and a copy of 
the above notice and Mr. Bryant's (Town Clerk) aflSdavit. 

"Calvin E. Bryant on the 17th day of July 1889 and ten 

25 



days prior to the hearing posted a copy of the notice: One, 
Front door of Public School House, Delaware Avenue and 
Delaware Road; One, Front of store of Francis B. Fulton, West 
side of Delaware Avenue; One, between telephone Pole East 
side of Delaware Avenue and city line. These were posted "con- 
spicuously" and in a "substantial" manner." 

This was sworn to before Howard Winship 

Notary Public 
NOTICE OF ELECTION 

"To be held in the Public School House 5th day of Septem- 
ber 1889 between the hours of 1 P. M. and sunset of said day 
for the purpose of determining the question of incorporation 
upon such proposition. 

John C. Webb, Town Clerk 

of the Town of Tonawanda." 

The notice was posted in eleven conspicuous places ten 
days before the date fixed for the election. The whole number 
of ballots cast was 32: for incorporation 31 ; against incorpora- 
tion 1. Frank E. Hall was appointed Village Clerk September 
16th, 1889 by John C. Webb, Town Clerk of Tonawanda until 
his successor was chosen. 

So one-sided was the election that there was no excitement 
whatever. The fact that only 32 votes were cast not mean that 
only that number of people were interested in the proposition, 
for not all who are entitled to vote at regular County, State 
and National elections can vote on the question of incorpora- 
tion. The Crystal Springs Water Co., anticipating favorable 
action on incorporation, had already made application for the 
privilege of supplying Kenmore residents with water. 

FIRST VILLAGE ELECTION 

Notice of the election of village officers was called for the 
third day of October from 10 A. M. to 4 P. M. at the Public 
School House by Frank E. Hall, acting Village Clerk. The total 
number of votes cast for the office of President was 30; of 
which, Myron A. Phelps received 29, and Jacob Heimiller 1. 
The Trustees, long term, 31 votes were cast; of which Welling- 
ton B. Tanner received 24, George A. Besch 3, Calvin E. Bryant 
2, Frank Mang 1, Fred Ebling 1. For Trustees, short term; 
Calvin E. Bryant received 16 votes, George A. Besch 11, Well- 
ington B. Tanner 2. Francis B. Fulton was elected Treasurer 
receiving 27 votes. Frank C. Stillwell was elected Collector, 
Virgil M. Hunter, Harvey Sperry, and George A. Besch were 
chosen Inspectors of Election. 

2G 



FIRST BOARD MEETING 

The first meeting of the Village Board was held at the 
home of the President, Myron A. Phelps, October 4, 1899. 
Frank E. Hall was appointed Village Clerk, George A. Besch, 
Street Commissioner. A village seal and stationery were or- 
dered. The City National Bank of Buffalo was named as de- 
pository for village funds. George H. Frost was appointed Vil- 
lage Attorney. The Board was authorized to borrow "upon the 
credit of the village not to exceed $500 for the purpose of 
raising funds to defray the expenses of incorporation". 

Such were the small beginnings of the political life of Ken- 
more. The first "Village Fathers" were men of upright char- 
acter, breadth of vision, and deeply interested in the welfare 
of the growing community. Encouragement was given to every- 
thing that would build up the village on a substantial basis and 
make it attractive to home seekers. Anything likely to debase 
the moral and social life was vigilantly excluded. 

NAMES AND TERMS OF VILLAGE PRESIDENTS 

Myron A. Phelps, 1899-1901 
Fred B. Eberhardt, 1901-1902 
George A Besch, 1902-1904 
Myron A. Phelps, 1904-1906 
R. D. C. Rudhard, 1906-1910 
Robert L. Kimberley, 1910-1911 
R. D. C. Rudhard, 1911-Resigned 
E. B. Olmstead, Vacancy-1912 
Matthew D. Young, 1912-1919 
A. R. Atkinson, 1919-1921 
Walter Ducker, 1921-1924 
R. R. Brockett, 1924-1926 

THE INFANT VILLAGE 

Incorporation having been secured the village entered upon 
a new life. It felt like a boy wearing his first pair of long 
trousers, or better let us say, like a young man who has reached 
his majority. The new born village gave a note to W. Harris 
Day, of Batavia, N. Y. for eight months in the amount of $500, 
October 20, 1899, and thus secured funds for running expenses 
until taxes could be levied. 

Village Treasurer, F. B. Fulton was bonded in the amount 
of $1000. Immediate attention was given to sidewalks, water, 
lighting, and sewerage. The Village Board voted unanimously 
for a system of water supply from Buffalo, giving bonds for 

27 



$6000 to pay for the same. 

Thirty street signs were placed for $9.45. Property owners 
on Hazeltine Ave were notified to lay board sidewalks, the 
cost to be 16 cents per lineal foot. How very small these ex- 
penses seem, and how low the cost as compared with the sums 
that are now annually expended for the up-keep of the village. 
The Tonawanda News carried all printed proposals, bids, and 
notices, as no newspaper was then printed in the village. 

SPEED LIMITS 

In May 1900 an ordinance was passed forbidding any 
"horse, or mechanical device" to travel "faster than at a pace 
of eight miles an hour" within the village limits. Bicycles were 
placed under similar restraint, under "penalty of a $5 or $25 
fine", and the village was not considered "slow" either, as 
might appear in contrast with the speed limits of today which 
seem slow at twenty miles an hour to the man driving a six- 
cylinder car. The total valuation of resident property holders 
at this time was $279,361. A resident of E. Hazeltine Avenue 
was notified not to let his horses run at large on that street. As 
this was in the month of June 1902, it is presumed that there 
was pretty good picking for the "Spark Plugs" on what is now 
a busy street with concrete pavement. 

SPECIAL ELECTIONS 

A special election was held May 14, 1902, at which the 
question of establishing a water system was submitted, at an 
estimated cost of $20,000. Forty-seven votes were cast all of 
which were in the affirmative. The bonds were bought by 
O'Connor & Kahler, 49 Wall Street, New York at 5%. Simi- 
lar proceedings were taken August 5, 1902 to secure a lighting 
system for $5000, a unanimous vote of twenty-one ballots 
being cast. While the vote was light it was unanimous, and 
compares favorably with special elections held even twenty 
years later. 

MR. SQUIRE AND THE "KIDDIES" 

That the residents of Kenmore were alive to the needs of 
the children at the time of incorporation is evident from an 
item in the Buffalo News of October 16, 1899, which refers to 
Mr. W. F, Squire as the "gentleman with spectacles, plaintive 
voice, and courteous but determined never-to-let-go persever- 
ance". Mr. Squire secured for that part of Buffalo which the 
genial "Al" Lockwood calls "South Kenmore" a two-room 
school house on Ramsdell Ave, to accommodate the forty or 

28 



more children in and about Villa Ave, who were obliged to 
trudge to School No. 21 on Hertel Avenue, in all sorts of wea- 
ther. The school house was afterwards used by the Baptist 
congregation of Kenmore, and a larger school house was built 
on Sessions Street. The original school house was partially de- 
stroyed by fire and rebuilt as a residence. No. 29 Ramsdell 
Avenue. 

BUILDING BOOM AND JOLLIFICATION 

The year 1903 witnessed a new impetus in building. Hun- 
dreds of people were seeking houses. Rents were $15 and $20 
a month, but few were to be had. From the beginning Ken- 
more has been a village of home owners. This has been a fac- 
tor in the trim neatness of the lawns, variety of shrubbery and 
shade trees which has gained for the village the title of "Buf- 
falo's most beautiful suburb". The night of January 21, 1903 
was a "Jollification". Kenmore was illuminated with gas for 
the first time. The Niagara Light, Heat, and Power Co. com- 
pleted connections with the local system and piping of houses 
for light and cooking went on with a rush. On March 26, 1903 
the first steps were taken toward the erection of a Village ani 
Pire Hall. Five notices were posted for a public hearing to be 
held on March 30, "for the purpose of deciding on either rent- 
ing or building a Fire Hall". The decision was for "building". 
A special election was held May 1, at which the village voted to 
issue bonds for $4000 for the purpose. Bids were opened June 
1, and J. B. Rickert was awarded the contract. The building 
was formally accepted December 12, 1903, situate No. 2831 
Delaware Avenue. May 16, 1904, the Village Trustees auth- 
orized the purchase of a 500 pound bell for the Fire Hall from 
•the Meneely Bell Company of Troy, N. Y. for $235. The bell 
was suitably inscribed with the names of: 

"Myron A, Phelps, President; 

R. D. C. Rudhard, Trustee; 

John L Keller, Trustee; 

George H. Pirson, Clerk; 

Frank C. Stillwell, Chief." 
After the installation of the Siren alarm the bell was placed in 
a concrete kiosk on the village green. 

AN OLD TIME BRIDGE 

When Kenmore was first settled a stream of water had its 
source in the north-eastern section of the village near McKin- 
ley Avenue and Colvin Boulevard. It flowed down Myron 

29 



Avenue, across Delaware Avenue into the Scajacquada Creek, 
Buffalo. The stream was known as Cornelius Creek. A bridge 
spanned the stream, which in the spring of the year was a wide 
creek at Kenmore Avenue and Myron Avenue. The former 
bed of the stream may still be traced in the alluvial soil of 
Kenmore Avenue and Villa Avenue. 

On July 11, 1904, the Town of Tonawanda was notified to 
either repair the bridge, or build a new structure. The resi- 
dents of Myron Avenue found it necessary to make a deep 
ditch by the roadside to carry the surplus water to the bridge. 
Nearly all traces of this creek have disappeared; a small via- 
duct on Delaware Avenue near the ball grounds remained for 
many years after the water was drained into the sewer systems. 

SNOW STORMS AND STRAY DOGS 

The snow fall during the winter of 1905 was so heavy that 
traffic was "completely closed" on Delaware Avenue. "The 
deplorable condition making it physically impossible for chil- 
dren to go to school". The situation was aggravated by the 
use of a rotary snow plow on the trolley line, which piled the 
snow on the walks as fast as it was removed. A remonstrance 
was made, and snow fences w^ere placed in the fields on the 
west side side of Delaware Avenue. The drifts in some places 
reached nearly to the top of the telephone poles. The village 
had to deal with many "ancient wrongs" during the spring. 
The primitive custom of allowing chickens, cows, and horses 
to "run at large" became a nuisance. Crowing cocks disturbed 
the slumbers of late sleepers. On April 1, a resident being 
"greatly annoyed" complained to the Village Board. The date 
of the petition being taken into consideration, it was consid- 
ered as an "April Fool" joke. Being assured to the contrary 
action was taken by the Board to "keep the chickens within 
the bounds of her own property", and notice was sent to the 
transgressor. "Stray" and "Biting" dogs, boys "meddling with 
street lamps," "pilfering books" from the school house, "driv- 
ing on the sidewalks," "defacing signs," and other less weighty 
matters received attention during the meetings of the Village 
Board, as well as selling lots and issuing building permits. 
History always has and always will record the faults and foi- 
ables of the people; civilization will never outgrow them. The 
Village, itself, was like an irrepressible boy; as to its age, it 
was but six years old. 

SO 



EXTENSION AND POLITICS 

The watchword of 1906 was "Extension." At a special 
election on June 25, a proposition was carried by a majority of 
25 votes, ten voting against it, to take in a large section on the 
north, from the Niagara Falls Boulevard to Military Road. 
$31,000 covered by bonds was expended in extending sewers 
and pavements. Men with vision saw that the trend of popu- 
lation was toward the north, and later years have proved the 
clearness of their vision. During this period of Kenmore's 
political history, continuing down to 1912 and beyond two 
organizations were striving for mastery; the "Greater Ken- 
more," and the "Good Government" parties; the latter nick- 
named the "Goo Goos." The contention became so hot that 
newspapers throughout western New York carried stirring 
comments which put Kenmore "on the map." 

NIGHT POLICEMEN AND SKATING RINK 

On March 20, 1908 the Village Board appointed Charles 
Stephen Sr. "Night Policeman" at a salary of $600 a year. He 
was instructed to "wear proper and necessary uniform." Sta- 
tioned at Delaware Avenue and Kemore Avenue during the 
late hours of the night and early hours of the morning, as the 
trolley cars reached the terminal, all suspicious characters who 
could not give a satisfactory account of their business were 
turned back to Buffalo or sent on to Tonawanada. The resi- 
dents rested more peacefully because of this vigilant and faith- 
ful officer of the law. Situated midway between Buffalo and 
the Tonawandas, crooks of all kinds have been given through 
passage either way, so that the peace and quietness of the 
Village has rarely been disturbed during the night. During the 
year a license was granted the Palace Roller Rink Co., to oper- 
ate in "Kenmore Convention Hall" for a fee of $10. This hall 
with so pretentious a name, rented to a company with so aspir- 
ing a name, was really a political "Wigwam," and was located 
on Delaware Avenue near the corner of Wabash Avenue, the 
site now occupied by E. R. Ashbery, No. 2968 Delaware Av- 
enue. For many years previously the "craze" of roller skating 
had swept the country. Roller Skating Rinks could be found 
in every village and hamlet throughout the land. As this form 
of amusement became stabilized and occupied better buildings, 
these Rinks were used for Gospel and Temperance meetings 
accommodating large crowds. One fervent Prohibitionist com- 
paring the two different uses made of these temporary struc- 
tures was heard to exclaim, "How the devil must be gnashing 

31 



his teeth." And no wonder, for the Village Board had to take 
action, after investigation of the conduct in the Rink, and im- 
pose strict rules and regulations as to opening and closing 
hours. 

The first decade of incorporate life closed with a rapidly 
growing population. Farm lands were being subdivided into 
village lots. A bill was passed permitting the Village to col- 
lect taxes from delinquents who were non-residents. Many 
shade trees were planted. Streets were extended and paved. 
New business houses and offices were opened to take care of 
increased business. 



32 



"The Center of the Niagara Frontier Industrial District'^ 

CHAPTER FOUR 

Development and the World War 
1909 ' 1918 

NEW FIRE ENGINE AND VILLAGE HALL 

Sometimes a mother is heard to sa^, "My daughter is grow- 
ing so fast that it keeps me busy lengthening her dresses", but 
that was before the days of "Bobbing" either hair or skirts. 
So rapid was the development of the village that the adminis- 
tration was extremely busy. Permits to erect new homes, and 
an increasing number of bills to audit each week marked the 
proceedings. New streets were laid out and old ones length- 
ened. A special election was held in November 1909 on the 
question of spending $1700 for an automatic fire alarm system, 
$400 for a chemical fire engine, and $100 for an extension lad- 
der. Each proposition was carried at the polls. On April 18, 
1910, the Board took a recess to witness a demonstration of the 
chemical fire extinguisher purchased from the La France 
Chemical Fire Extinguisher at a cost of $425. The exhibition 
and the engine both proved to be a great success. 

At a special election held July 16, a proposition to pur- 
chase the vacated Union School Building for $9500 to be used 
as a Village Hall was unanimously carried. The building is 
still in use and marks the civic center of the Village. Up to 
this time the Board meetings were held in the Fire Hall. It 
was felt that a long step had been taken in advance. On Nov- 
ember 25, 1910, Myron A. Phelps, the first Village President, 
and one of the original settlers and most influential citizens, 
died and was buried in Elmlawn Cemetery. For seven years 
previous to his demise he occupied the position of Sergeant-at- 
arms in the State Capital, Albany. 

DANGEROUS GRADE CROSSING 

One of the first actions taken by the newly organized Vil- 
lage Board on March 27, 1911, was in reference to the frequent 
accidents occurring at the double grade crossing on Delaware 
Avenue over the tracks of the D. L. &. W. R. R. and Erie Rail- 
road. The death of a young lad at that place had recently oc- 
curred. In the strongest language possible the matter was laid 
before the Public Service Commission. Two years later (1913) 
the present subways were completed and, as is always the case, 

33 



the public wondered how the old order of things was endured 
so long. It is to Kenmore that the credit belongs for the im- 
provement. 

ELECTRICITY AND POLITICS 

On June 3, 1912, the Buffalo General Electric Company- 
was granted permission to operate for distribution of electricity 
for light, heat, and power in Kenmore. Its use soon became 
general and "gas mantles" became obsolete. There was how- 
ever, another kind of "gas" that oame into general use at this 
time, and people began to "step on it". Repeated warnings 
vrere issued against "speeding" through the village. 

The great American amusement of politics was carried on 
with much zeal by rival factions at this time, and the Village 
Hail was freely granted both sides for "Rallies" which drew 
capacity crowds. Whatever the result of the election the Vil- 
lage continued to grow. The differences more particularly 
concerned administrative policy than anything else. It is to 
Kenmore's credit that the people were deeply interested in the 
problems of self-government. They got out to vote and kept 
posted in civic affairs. 

THE "KENMORE ECHO" 

The "Greater Kenmore" party which had been in power 
for several years made a great effort to retain leadership, prid- 
ing themselves on the condition of the village under their ad- 
ministration. For two years the "Kenmore Echo", the organ 
of the party, was published by W. G. Ruddle at the "The 
Printery" on West Hazeltine Avenue. With the victory rest- 
ing upon the "Good Government" banners the paper ceased 
publication. 

THE TRIANGLE 

It does not seem credible that in the year 1913 a proposi- 
tion was carried at the polls to purchase the triangle plot of 
land in front of the Village Hall for the paltry sum of $55. 
Or at least that portion of it which was not included in the 
original site of the Public School Building, now the Village 
Hall, and lying between Old Delaware Road and Delaware 
Avenue. This beautiful plot of land now adorned with the 
captured cannon, old fire bell in its kiosk, and World War 
Memorial could not be purchased now for a hundred times 
that sum. It is comparable only to the purchase of Manhattan 
Island by the Dutch from the Indians for "The value of sixty 
guilders", about twenty-four dollars gold. 

34 



KENMORE CIVIC ASSOCIATION 

For several years the Kenmore Civic Association was very 
active in village improvement. "Civic Week" was celebrated 
each year with a program of events intended to advertise, ad- 
vance, and improve the Village as a desirable place for homes. 
The churches, schools, fire department and other organiza- 
tions were all enlisted to provide entertainment and public 
exercises. The celebration was always a success. Buttons 
with "K. C. A. — Boost, Build, Boom Kenmore" were v/orn. 
^'Stickers" for the backs of letters, and an illustrated booklet 
"Kenmore, Buffalo's Home Suburb" were distributed and mail- 
ed to other places, 

THE "KENMORE NEWS" 

The "Kenmore News" owned and edited by Ray D. French, 
was the official paper of the village, and Town of Tonawanda 
in 1912, and was published on the first Thursday of each 
month. Mr. French was the cashier of the State Bank of Ken- 
more at the opening of that institution. The "News" was 
bought by the "Kenmore Record". Mr. French moved to Cali- 
fornia and died in Los Angeles, November 27, 1922. His life 
motto was "For Others". 

PRE-VOLSTEAD PRICES 

In the "Kenmore Echo" of March 17, 1913 (note the date) 
appeared an advertisement of a "Family Liquor Store, W. W. 
Mang, Proprietor", in which was offered "Meadville Rye, 25 
cents per bottle"; "California Port Wine, 25 cents per bottle"; 
"Duffy's Malt Whiskey, 85 cents per bottle"; "Delivered at 
your Door". S. Varga charged 85 cents for "Men's Sewed 
Soles"; Haircuts were 25 cents, and shaving 10 cents. Such 
were pre-war prices. 

Toward the close of the year 1916 an appeal was made to 
the U. S. Post Office authorities for the free delivery of mail 
in the village which was granted a few months later, the car- 
riers starting from Station H, Main Street, Buffalo. 

VILLAGE GOVERNMENT 

The estimated village tax in 1915 was $25,761.09. The pro- 
position for removal of ashes, garbage and rubbish $1200. The 
Village Board was composed of Matthew D. Young, President; 
Trustees, F. D. Booth, W. B. Smith, A. E. Seipp, C. J. J. Sea- 
man; Treasurer, R. A. Toms; Collector, Andrew S. Walker; 
Sup't Public Works, Fred Ebling; Chief of Police, Albert F. 
Pallovv-; Clerk, E, W. Johnson. As a study in comparative 

85 



prices, "bids for 25 tons of coal delivered at the Fire Hall were 
received at $6.25 and $6.30 per ton". 

THE "KENMORE RECORD" 

The first issue of the "Kenmore Record" appeared as a four 
page weekly on February 3, 1916, A. L. Brainard editor and 
proprietor. Mr. Brainard was considered one of the best news- 
paper reporters in Buffalo. The "Record" filled the want of 
the growing Kenmore field at once and soon outgrew its in- 
fant clothes appearing in larger form. In size it has kept pace 
with the growth of the village. In politics it is independent. 
In the year 1922, William B. Smith bought a half interest in 
the Kenmore Record which was incorporated in the same 
year. W. B. Smith was elected president and A. L. Brainard 
treasurer. The first issue in the new plant was an eight page 
paper with a circulation of one thousand; it is now printing 
a sixteen page paper and has a circulation of twenty-seven 
hundred. The special features are of great interest to ail 
classes of readers. It is now printed in its own plant at 11 
LaSalle Avenue. 

SILVER JUBILEE 

The Silver Jubilee of the Methodist Episcopal Church was 
celebrated in February 1916 while the Rev. Fred'k S. Park- 
hurst Ph.D. was pastor. Extensive interior improvements were 
made during the summer. Dr. Parkhurst retired from the ac- 
tive ministry in October 1916, having served the church four 
years, and became a permanent resident in the Village taking 
up general insurance work and writing. He was appointed 
Local Historian of Kenmore and Tonawanda by the State Univ- 
ersity in 1919. 

PUBLIC LIBRARY 

One of the last, and perhaps the greatest achievements of 
the Kenmore Civic Association was the founding of the Ken- 
more Public Library. It was a noteworthy achievement and a 
lasting monument of what can be accomplished by united, per- 
severing effort. The Library was opened on July 4, 1916 in 
the Village Hall with public exercises. Eleven hundred books 
donated at the start. On April 7, 1924, after being a depend- 
ent tenant in the Village Hall, with the exception of a year in 
the "Y. W.", the Trustees purchased the property in Mang 
Avenue, which was opened for library purposes on May 17. At 

36 



a special taxpayers vote on July 7, the sum of $6000 was ap- 
propriated and the library became the property of the Village. 
The transfer was signed by the Village authorities on January 
3, 1925. An inventory included 2659 books valued at $1,315, 
furmture $500, building $8000, cash in bank $578.30, Total 
^10.393.30, for which the taxpayers paid $6000. The Library 
is now in a growing and flourishing condition. 

NO "EAST SIDE, WEST SIDE" 

In order that there should be no "East" and "West" side 
in Kenmore, the streets so designated were re-named. On the 
east side of Delaware Avenue; East Tremaine Avenue, and 
East LaSalle Avenue, were re-named respectively Parkwood 
Avenue, and Euclid Avenue. There are no "Streets" in Ken- 
more. All thoroughfares are either Avenues, Roads, or Boule- 
vards. Thus we escape being a "Main Street" town. 

Mr. J. B. Rickert long identified as a prominent citizen and 
builder, died February 12, 1916. 

During the summer an addition of twelve rooms was made 
to the High School at a cost of $46,000. 

Rev. C. W. Winchester, D, D., a retired Methodist Episco- 
pal clergyman died March 24, 1916. He was distinguished as 
an author and lecturer, and was a property owner in the Vil- 
lage for many years. 

Village President Young appointed April 8 as "Tag Day" 
to raise funds for the destitute in the War Zone. The Fred 
B. Eberhardt home on Delaware Avenue was sold to the Wheel 
Chair Home for $17,400 and was occupied on May 1. 

Mrs. Frances E. A. Zimmerman, widow of James B. Zim- 
merman, one of Erie County's most popular residents and Su- 
pervisor of Tonawanda, died on May 13. Mrs, Zimmerman 
was an old resident and greatly beloved by a wide circle of 
friends. She was active in church and temperance work. Both 
at this time, and at the death of Mr. Zimmerman which oc- 
curred May 18, 1894, a gloom of sadness was thrown over the 
entire village. Mr. Zimmerman was an ardent Democrat in 
politics, and during his lifetime held various official positions 
in Erie County. He was a Free Mason, and an ardent worker 
and liberal supporter of the Methodist Episcopal Church. 



37 



CHAPTER FIVE 
Kenmore In The World War 

HOME DEFENSE RESERVE 

April 6, 1917, The American Congress declared the exis- 
tence of a state of war with Germany. In common with all parts 
of our country the village was already aroused with interest 
in the struggle going on overseas. A number of our men were 
in the National Guard and Regular U. S. Forces. Kenmore 
had a number of recruits on the Mexican border in Texas. 
Corporal Gordon P. Gilbert, 3rd Artillery, Lieut. Harry Crosby, 
Lieut. Lyman Shaw, and Privates Peel, Raeder, Yochum, 
Bleyle, Davis, Westfield, Warren and Berger were with the 
colors before war was declared. 

On June 12, in response to the call of the Governor for a 
reserve National Guard, the 195th Company, 4th Brigade, 
Home Defense Reserve was organized in Kenmore at the Vil- 
lage Hall. A firing squad from the 74th Regiment, Buffalo, 
demonstrated a Lewis Machine Gun. General Edgar B. Jewett 
spoke on the aims of the organization. Captain Meier of the 
Buffalo Mounted Police formed and drilled a company of 87 
men who signed the roll. The Company marched up Delaware 
Avenue to the city line and w^ere dismissed. On August 21, 
the Company was mustered in by Major H. W. Brendel. Fifty 
men took the oath of service. September 4, the Company elected 
the following officers: Albert C. Towne, Captain; Robert L. 
Kimberley, 1st Lieut.; Fred C. Post, 2nd Lieut. Uniforms were 
provided by Erie County, and the men were armed with Marlin 
Rifles. Meetings of the Company were held in the Village Hall, 
and drill took place every Tuesday night. Frederick S. Park- 
hurst was appointed Sergeant, Company Clerk, and Chaplain, 
"Detached Service". On July 18, Captain A. C. Towne re- 
signed and Lieut. Roy E. Perrigo succeeded in command. Frank 
C. Densberger was elected Second Lieut, in place of Fred C. 
Post, who entered the regular service and went overseas. Paul 
Condrell presented the Company with a silk flag 6x9 fringed 
with gold. The Company went into camp over Labor Day at 
Wheatfield Farm, on the banks of the Niagara River near 
LaSalle. Sunday September 1, Field Day services were held by 
Chaplain Parkhurst who led thjs singing and delivered an ad- 
dress. 

38 



Mr. Condrell who came from Greece when fifteen years of 
age and was exempt from the draft, having only taken out his 
first citizenship papers waived his claim saying, "I am glad to 
recognize the United States as my country, and am willing to 
do anything that Uncle Sam may want me to do." Three bar- 
rels of fruit pits used for making carbon gas masks were col- 
lected in September 1918. The Company took an active part 
in the several Liberty Loan drives and Red Cross work. The 
Kenmore Fife and Drum Corps was an outgrowth of Mr. Con- 
drell's work in the Company. On February 25, 1919 the Com- 
pany was mustered out by Major Fowler of Buffalo, 31 re- 
ceived honorable discharges, many others having entered the 
regular mxilitary service. The total number belonging to the 
Company was 96. The "Armory" was in the Tower Room of 
the Village Hall. No ammunition was ever distributed, not a 
shot was fired. Registration for the Selective Draft in Ken- 
more took place on Tuesday, June 5, in the Village Hall. 

LIBERTY LOANS 

Kenmore went "Over the Top" in the several Liberty Loan 
drives. In the First Liberty Loan, $17,000 was subscribed be- 
ing led by Matthew D. Young, Chairman; Clarence C. Miller, 
Sec'y; Otto Bleyle, A. L. Brainard, F. T. Hall, Andrew Steen 
and F. J. Wheeler. In the Second Liberty Loan $33,100 was 
subscribed led by J. M. Campion, Mrs. F. D. Booth, Chairman 
of the Women's Committee. In the Third Liberty Loan $58,150 
was subscribed. In the Fourth Liberty Loan $93,400 was sub- 
scribed by the entire township of Tonawanda. In the Victory 
Liberty Loan floated in the summer of 1918 $71,100 was sub- 
scribed, an excess of $21,100. Mrs. C. L. Titus was Chairman 
of the Woman's Committee. 

RED CROSS WORK 

The Tuesday Culture Club was the first organization to 
take up Red Cross work in Kenmore. The club gave up their 
annual banquet in May 1917 using $50 to purchase a Base 
Hospital Bed in Buffalo No. 23, also a one man outfit $15. In 
June a gift of $10 was made to the Fruit Fund. In October a 
$6.45 welfare gift was made to the Kenmore boys in the U. S, 
Service. A total of 446 garments and pieces were made and 
given between May 4, and October 2, and for the 74th Regi- 
ment 113 pieces, a grand total of 559 pieces. 

S9 



KENMORE BRANCH OF RED CROSS 

The Kenmore Branch of the American Red Cross was or- 
ganized in the Village Hall April 20, 1917 : Dr. W. J. M. Wurtz, 
Chairman; Mrs. C. L. Titus, Vice Chairman; Mrs. H. Haas, 
Recording Sec'y. ; Miss B. A. Myers, Cor. Sec'y- > Mrs. Louis 
Neustadter, Treas. ; Committees on Ways and Means, Program, 
Press, Work, Membership, Amusements, Clubs, and Churches 
were appointed. The workroom was in the Kenmore High 
School, excepting six weeks in the winter of 1917-1918, when 
three meetings a week were held in the home of Dr. H. T. Gal- 
lager on account of coal shortage. 

During the first year the following output was made: Sur- 
gical Dressings, 23,760; Knitting, 757; Garments, 1556; 
Money raised, $1251.91; Extras, $326.89; Total, $1578.80. All 
materials were supplied by the Buffalo Chapter. During 1918 
the same officers served with the exception that Miss B. A. 
Myers was elected Vice President. $3128.11 was contributed to 
the Second Red Cross War Fund, the quota being $2000. 138 
meetings were held. The following work was done: Gar- 
ments, 2383; Surgical Dressings, 14,708; Knitting, 782; 196 
magazines and books were sent to the Soldiers' Camp in Elm- 
wood Avenue, Buffalo. 2250 pounds of clothing for refugees 
in Europe. Money received, $1049.13 which was paid to Civi- 
lian Relief; Regular Funds $326.18. 

After the armistice the Kenmore Branch continued to 
"carry on" during 1919 sewing for the refugees, peace pro- 
grams, and home nursing. Kenmore was one of the first in 
Erie County to engage a Red Cross Public Health Nurse, This 
wonderful record does not cover all the work done and money 
spent by the organization. Many of our citizens worked and 
subscribed through the Buffalo Chapter. This was true also 
in a general way during the war. The majority of our people 
work in Buffalo and belong to various social, fraternal, and 
benevolent organizations in that city, and also patronize 
Buffalo banks, and places of amusements. The Buffalo record 
shows that subscriptions and work were given that did not 
pass through the Kenmore organizations. Kenmore "carried 
on" up to the limit and beyond during the war. 

IN U. S. SERVICE 

Capt. Henry A. Brown reported for duty at the Rock 
Island, ni., Arsenal on June 12th. Henry Hider a yeoman in 
the navy was appointed Stenographer on the staff of Admiral 
Sims. Howard Dobson received the appointment of radio 

40 



operator, and Willard Dobson to hospital service. Capt, D. W. 
Bailey, a pioneer citizen and member of the G. A. R. died 
July 15th, 1918, aged 82. The new fire alarm system for the 
village was completed and in use September 25th, 1918. 

PEACE AND WAR 

The first mail delivered by carriers went into effect April 
1st, 1918 from Station H. Buflfalo. Rev. Dr. C. H. Norris died 
May 3rd, 1918. Dr. Norris was a prominent member of the 
Genesee Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church for 
36 years. His seven years of retirement from effective service 
were spent in Kenmore. The L. P. A. Eberhardt property at 
Delaware Avenue and West Hazeltine Avenue was purchased 
by the War Council of the Y. W. C. A. and an addition built 
for a Cafeteria, The institution housed twenty-five girls 
engaged in war work. Thus passed into semi-public use the 
two brown stone residences at the entrance to Kenmore from 
the south, built in 1893-4. The fire-proof vault addition was 
built adjoining the village hall in November at a cost of $4000. 

CURTISS AEROPLANE COMPANY 

During the war Kenmore felt the benefit of the Curtiss 
Aeroplane Company, which operated the world's largest 
aeroplane factory. The testing grounds occupied thirty acres 
on Elmwood Avenue and Military Road, partly within the 
village limits. Kenmore provided homes for many of the 
workmen. 

On May 29th, Milton Brounshidle and Irwin Brounshidle, 
Romaine Heald, Fred C. Post, and William F. Thorn left for 
Camp Dix. 

THE HONORED DEAD 

Lieutenant Harry E. Crosby, formerly of the 74th Regiment 
and later of company K, 108th Regiment was killed going 
"over the top" at the head of his men in Bony, France, on 
Setember 29th, 1918. Milton J. Brounshidle made the 
"supreme sacrifice" at St. Mihiel, France, September 28th, 
1918. Lambert J. Keller laid down his life for his country in 
the Argonne drive, October 2nd, 1918. Wmfield B. Kimmins 
fell at Champagne, France, October 6th, 1918. Frederick B. 
Eberhardt Jr., died at the Great Lakes Naval Training 
Station January 20th, 1919. Joseph Leo Byrnes died at Tours, 
France, February 5th, 1919. J. Owen Fisher died at Coblenz, 
Germany, March 1st, 1919. 

41 



THE MEMORIAL TABLET 

"In memory of those who gave their lives in the great 
world war," a Memorial Tablet in memory of those who fell 
in the great struggle was unveiled on Memorial Day May 30th, 
1920 on the lawn in front of the village hall, one of the most 
conspicuous locations in Kenmore. The ceremony was of a 
military character in charge of Brounshidle Post No. 205. 
City Judge Patrick J. Keeler of Buffalo who served as Captain 
in the 106th Artillery in France delivered the address. Rev. 
Dr. F. Hyatt Smith, of the Presbyterian Church made the in- 
vocation. Dr. Walter J. M. Wurtz, Chairman of the com- 
mittee to procure funds and erect the tablet made the presen- 
tation. Arthur R. Atkinson, President of the Village accepted 
the tablet in behalf of the Town of Tonawanda. Captain 
Henry A. Brown, U. S. Engineers, of the American Legion 
removed the flag which covered the bronze tablet. The Rev. 
Arthur Partington of the Methodist Episcopal Church offered 
a prayer for the repose of the dead. The Rev. Father Bank 
of St. Paul's Parish offered the closing prayer. 

The monument is of solid rough-faced granite, six feet in 
height, three feet nine inches in width, and two feet eight 
inches in depth, a lasting memorial to the boys who never re- 
turned from the war. 
AFTER THE WORLD STRUGGLE 

Similar psychological effects followed the great world war 
that were experienced in common with the rest of the country 
and the world. A reaction followed the strain under which 
the people had been working. A letting loose of pent-up 
feelings; a freedom from restraint, a prodigality of spending, 
a questioning of old accepted standards in ethics and religion, 
a larger independence in the attitude of women in regard to 
dress, industrial life and politics. The propinquity of Buffalo 
to Kenmore naturally aft'ected the daily life of our village in 
all the expressions of thought and action. Yet during the 
progress of the war the affairs of the village under the adminis- 
tration of Matthew D. Young, and Arthur R. Aatkinson went 
on, so far as improvement and orderliness were concerr>ed, 
with regularity and tranquility. 
THE VILLAGE LOCKUP ^ 

In July 1919 the Commissioner of Prisons ordered the 
village lockup closed Vv'ithin ninety days, because it was below 
the required standard fixed by the State. In September an 
extension of time was asked by the village until January 1st, 

42 



1920. Meanwhile it was decided to remove the "Cages" from 
the Fire Hall and turn the matter of incarceration of prisoners 
over to the town authorities. Thereafter those under detention 
were kept in the Tonawanda Police Headquarters in the old 
Laundry Building which was purchased, located on Delaware 
Avenue at Norway Street. 

RE-PAVING DELAWARE AVENUE 

The brick pavement on Delaware Avenue went to pieces 
under the heavy truck traffic and a new pavement of concrete 
was laid during the summer of 1919. Bonds were issued in 
the amount of $8500.00 to meet the expense apportioned to 
the Village. Transfers were given on No. 9 Street Cars to our 
residents and the public who lived on Delaware Avenue and 
streets adjacent thereto as far as the north village line. 

SHELTER WANTED 

The outskirts of any city are always the last to receive the 
improvements accorded the thickly populated sections. This 
is naturally the case. Witness the fact in the condition of 
South Eugene Avenue at the Buffalo city line, also Virgil 
Avenue and Kenmore Avenue, both east and west. Attention 
was called by the Village to the Buffalo International Railway 
terminus at Elmwood Avenue and Hinman Street where 
passengers must wait in all kinds of weather without shelter. 
Like conditions have existed at other points since the founding 
of the village. The people of our progressive village have 
certainly been numbered among the "long suffering public" 
in matters of public transportation. 

COAL SHORTAGE 

The coal situation was very acute in 1920. A committee 
was appointed by the Village Board to try and regulate the 
supply and demand. Two cars of forty-five tons each w^ere 
secured by Mang & Ebling, and L. Spring & Sons. One ton 
lots were sold to a customer, after inspection of the coal bin, 
and on order of the Coal Committee. Nor were these periodic 
privations to see an end at the close of this struggle in our 
economic life. "The worst was yet to come" during the winter 
of 1925-1926. Kenmore co-operated with the Bureau of Fuel 
Administration. 

Arthur R. Atkinson retired as President of the Village on 
March 21st, 1921. On surrendering the position to Walter 
Ducker, President elect, he gave a resume of his experiences 
thanking his co-laborers and the public for their co-operation 

43 



and congratulating Mr, Ducker on his incumbency. Frank C. 
Moore was re-appointed Village Clerk. 

ZONING ORDINANCE 

With the rapid growth of the Village the question of re- 
striction in the location and kind of buildings erected was 
inevitable. This became necessary in order to prevent deter- 
ioration of property values, the invasion of purely residential 
sections by business concerns, and the erection of cheap and 
unsightly dwellings. In 1922 a committee was appointed by 
the Village Board. Henry C. Premus and the Village Attorney 
Fred J. Blackmon, and later Frank C. Moore rendered invalu- 
able aid in this direction. "The Village Beautiful" must be 
watched with eternal vigilance in order to retain its beauty. 
Unsightly bill boards, "hot dog" stands, uneven sidewalks, 
accumulation of rubbish left by careless contractors, the 
erection of signs, placing of telephone poles, unnecessary re- 
moval of shade trees, as well as parking of automobiles, street 
names and numbers must be carefully watched in order to 
preserve the neatness and ornamental appearance of the 
Village. The intrusion and carelessness of a few should not 
destroy the caution and artistic taste of the many. 

STREET NAMES 

It was learned in 1923 that twenty-eight streets in Ken- 
more duplicated the names of streets in Buffalo and as Ken- 
more's mail is delivered from Buffalo numerous complaints of 
mail delivery were made. This would be provided against if 
Kenmore had a postofRce, which it should have. However, 
to conform to the wishes of the postoffice department, the 
names of several streets were changed on suggestion of Presi- 
dent Walter Ducker of the Village and in naming new streets 
the custom of choosing the names of prominent deceased 
citizens is commendable. The community spirit is alive in our 
village. A common interest is recognized by our citizens. 
This is necessary for orderly government and invaluable as an 
asset. 

"STEP ON IT" 

In the Revolutionary War John Marshall led a company 
of soldiers armed with flintlock guns, and Franklin worked at 
night by the light of tallow "dips." Our grandfathers used 
ox teams for farm work and road travel. Even when horses 
superseded as a means of rapid transit six miles an hour, or 
fifty miles a day was "going some." But in the year of grace 

44 



1921 the speed limit for motor vehicles passing through our 
village was limited to "twenty miles an hour." Infractions of 
the law led to a fine of $50. Kenmore became a "Speed Trap," 
so motorists said. How to safe-guard pedestrians and at the 
same time prevent traffic congestion on Delaware Avenue is a 
problem that may be partly solved by widening our main 
artery of travel. 

ECHOES OF THE WAR 

In 1922 the American Legion having acquired a naval gun 
which did service on the Von Steuben in the German navy 
during the world war, permission was asked to place it on 
the triangle village green which was granted. The trophy is 
not only an interesting relic, but provides any amount of 
amusement to school boys who take a sight along the barrel, 
manipulate the gears and shoot down imaginary enemies. 

The street connecting Elmwood Avenue and Military Road 
near the west end of LaSalle Avenue, was designated "Keller 
Avenue," in honor of Lambert Keller who made the "supreme 
sacrifice" in France during the world war. 

On March 6th, 1922 the Village Tax Budget was $68,676.34 



46 



*'A Village of Attractive Homes" 

CHAPTER SIX 
Progress and Silver Jubilee 

Kenmore's progress in 1924 surpassed any other year since 
the founding of the village. 787 building permits were issued 
involving an estimated cost of $3,007,962. Bonds were issued 
for $150,000 for water extension, and $126,000 for gas mains. 
Kenmore at this time was one of the most rapidly growing 
villages in the country. The population touched the 6500 
mark. Mail was now received from Hertel Station, Buffalo, 
and distributed in the village by seven carriers. The demand 
for a Post Office in Kenmore was revived. The Delaware 
Avenue motor bus service to Buffalo with an eight minute 
schedule was started on November 27th. A seven year con- 
tract was made between the Village and the Republic Light, 
Heat, and Power Company for gas supply. Large mains from 
Tonawanda with feed lines east and west from the Village 
Hall were laid. 

SILVER JUBILEE 

The outstanding event of 1924 was the Silver Jubilee 

Celebration commemorating the quarter century from the in- 
corporation of the Village, which took place August 3rd — 9th. 
Sunday was called "Church Day." Special services were held 
in all the churches during the morning. In the evening Hon. 
Daniel A. Reed of Dunkirk, N. Y. addressed a mass meeting 
in the spacious auditorium of the new High School. 

Monday was "Rotary Day" and "Boy Scout Day" and was 
ushered in with aerial bombs and siren whistle and closed 
with a fine display of fireworks. A program of sports and 
events by the Boy Scouts took place in the afternoon. The 
streets and business places were gaily decorated. Bolton's 
Band of 35 pieces played every afternoon on the village green 
and for dancing at the large pavilion corner of Delaware 
Avenue and Westgate Avenue where now stands the artistic 
"Circle Building" containing ten stores. Tuesday was "Ladies 
Day." A luncheon was served under the auspices of the 
League of Women Voters with a program and noted women 
speakers from the county and state. Wednesday was "Fire- 
men's Day." A parade in which the several organizations of 

46 



lire-fighters, with the village apparatus took part, and of which 
the village has always been justly proud, called forth exclama- 
tions of pleasure and rounds of applause. The Village officials 
and celebration committees took part in the imposing parade. 
Athletic events occupied the afternoon, dancing and the "Mid- 
way" the evening. Thursday, "Children's Day" was marked 
with a unique event — a "Baby Contest." The first prize was 
awarded baby William Hutchison the 10 month and one week 
old son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hutchison of Kinsey Avenue, 
weight 20 pounds five ounces, general appearance and health 
100%. Kenmore, unlike many older villages in Western New 
York which have "gone to seed," is blessed with many child- 
ren, being populated with young married folks owning their 
own homes. A free Baby Clinic is held every week in the 
Y. W. C. A. and baby carriages have the right of way on the 
sidewalks. Friday was given over to the politicians, "Politi- 
cians' Day." On such an occasion Kenmore is right at home. 
A large crowd of people were drawn from all over the county. 
District Attorney Guy B. Moore, and Hon. James M. Mead, 
Member of Congress were the speakers of the day. 

Saturday, the closing day, brought the celebration to a 
grand climax. A wonderful pageant "The Past, Present, and 
Future of Kenmore" in which was featured the history and 
community spirit with elaborate floats, together with various 
societies and organizations made a sight well worth the time, 
effort and money expended. 

The celebration drew wide attention to the growth and 
advantages of Kenmore as a desirable residential section. It 
was a big success from every standpoint and reflected great 
credit on the various committees as a reward for their arduous 
work. "Kenmore, Let's Go" was the slogan. The Village 
appropriated ^1000 for advertising. 20,000 copies of an 
elaborate and artistic booklet were distributed. Frank C. 
Moore was the chairman of the general committee; Walter 
Ducker, vice chairman; J. Fred Moore, finance; A. R. Atkin- 
son, speakers; Clare Rickert, athletics; E. J. W. Baldwin, con- 
cessions and Mrs. Jessie E. Webster, chairman ladies' day. 

KENMORE'S GROWTH 

In April, 1924, 225 dwellings were under construction, and 
79 families moved into new homes. During the year 348 
permits for new dwellings were issued; 263 gas meters were 
installed. A total of 514 dwellings were completed in 1924. 

47 



The assessed valuation of village property was $7,800,00, and 
in 1925 had increased to $10,000,000. Robert M. Cramer one 
of Kenmore's pioneer home builders and an active leader in 
the Good Government party died in Penn Yan, N. Y., June 2nd, 
1924. The village budget for 1924 was $137,060.88. 



48 



"Kenmore, Northivard the Course of Progress Takes its Way" 

CHAPTER SEVEN 

The Present Outlook 
1925 - 1926 

One year from the time when the "Midway" was held on 
Westgate Avenue, during "Jubilee" week, and the street did 
not have a house built upon it, there were forty completed, 
up-to-date dwellings. The northwest corner lot on Delaware 
Avenue, which at one time was sold for $5000, now had a 
valuation of $30,000. During April 103 families moved into 
the village. 

DELAWARE AVENUE TO BE WIDENED 

During December the Village and Town Boards united 
under the State Boulevard Act to widen Delaware Avenue, 
inside the village five feet on each side, and outside the village 
ten feet on each side. The low bidder for the improvement 
was Fred W. Knickenburg of Buffalo, at $195,800. It is 
estimated that 9,000 automobiles and trucks pass on Delaware 
Avenue every day. Uniform spun concrete lamp posts and 
pre-cast curbing will be included. When completed Delaware 
Avenue will be one of the finest streets in any village in the 
state. 

THE KENMORE THEATRE 

The Kenmore Theatre was built during the year 1925 and 
opened January 30th, 1926. The building fronts on Delaware 
Avenue, from Landers Road to Chapel Road. It contains 16 
stores, a large hall, and bowling alleys. The theatre proper 
seats 1600 people and is owned and controlled by Kenmore 
men, costing $300,000. The people of Kenmore now have 
one of the finest motion picture palaces in the state. 

POPULATION 

Careful computation at the close of 1925 showed that Ken- 
more had a population of 8,500 people, and was the largest 
village in Western New York. The population doubled in 
five years, 1920-1925. The growth in population since 1900- 
is as follows: 1905 — 506, 1910 — 1020, 1915 — 1700, 1920 — 
3160, 1925—8,500. 

49 



BUILDING RECORD 

Eight hundred sixteen new families moved into Kenmore 
in 1925, The total number of building permits issued during 
the year was 991, including 760 dwellings, 209 garages, ten 
stores, five stores and apartments, one bank, two churches, two 
apartment houses, and one laundry. The total increased 
valuation will be $3,306,720. Only 26 families moved out of 
the village. 

THE WATER PROBLEM 

"No question is ever settled until it is settled right" is an 
old time saying. In Kenmore it harks back to the "Village 
Pump" in 1889. The latest solution to the vexing question was 
suggested by H. F. Huy, general manager of the Western New 
York Water Company which supplies Kenmore and the Town 
of Tonawanda. "What the Village of Kenmore needs, and 
needs badly," says Mr. Huy, "is a storage tank of half a million 
gallons capacity, to store water for emergency use at fires and 
during the lawn sprinkling hours during the summer." 
Such a tank is now being erected. This company obtains its 
water supply from Lake Erie, at Woodlawn, N. Y., about eight 
miles south of the pumping station of the City of Buffalo. Its 
two intake mains extend out into the lake about one mile, 
where a bountiful supply of pure and wholesome water is 
obtained. From Woodlawn the water supply is pumped to a 
10,000,000 gallon, concrete lined reservoir in the Hamburg 
hills, from which point it is distributed by gravity throughout 
the entire territory supplied by the water company, through 
a piping system consisting of approximately two hundred 
miles of mains, 66% of which are 8-inch or larger in diameter. 
At Depew, N. Y., a second pumping station is maintained, with 
a reservoir in connection therewith to increase the pressure 
to supply Kenmore and other villages in the Company's terri- 
tory. A contract was let in February 1926 by the Company 
for the construction of a million-gallon storage tank at Cheek- 
towaga, N, Y., which will be completed about July 1st, 1926. 
It is quite probable that this will solve Kenmore's water 
problem for many years to come. 

KENMORE RECORD 

With the issue of February 6, 1926, the Kenmore Record 
began its eleventh year of publication. 

The paper was first issued in four-page, five column form. 
Ten weeks later the size was enlarged to six column, and later 

60 



to eight pages, then to a seven column page, its present form. 
Regular editions of the paper now contain 16 pages. The 
circulation each week rea-ches nearly 3000 copies. 

The policy of the paper as the exponent of village and 
town news accounts for the rapid growth of the paper. The 
special features of school news, church, and society doings, 
arnd independent political attitude commend it to our citizenry. 

DEATH OF PROMINENT PEOPLE 

Lewis E. Burritt, one of Kenmore's best known and estim- 
able citizens died on February 8th, 1925. Mr. Burritt was the 
receiver of taxes and assessments. He was also a prominent 
Freemason, and Christian Scientist. Clarence H. Arnold died 
November 22nd, 1925, which sad event was followed by the 
death of his wife on January 11th, 1926. Mr. Arnold was 
connected with the New York Telephone Company. In politics 
he was a Democrat. Mrs. Arnold was a member of the D. A. 
R. also active in church work, and was for a time connected 
with the Kenmore Public Library. The community suffered 
a distinct loss in the departure of these well known people 
who identified themselves with the welfare of Kenmore. 

The First National Bank building at the corner of Dela- 
ware Avenue and Lincoln Boulevard was erected during the 
year 1925. 

Dr. Jesse R. Harris, heretofore referred to as "Ralph 
Harris" who drilled the "Kenmore Cadets" in 1892, died in 
Niagara Falls, N. Y., February 6th. He was a retired colonel 
of the United States army. His mother Mrs. Alice M. Harris 
still lives among us, one of the earliest pioneers in Kenmore. 

REALTORS' DAY 

Wednesday, February 10th, 1926, was "Kenmore Day" 
for the Buffalo Real Estate Board at a luncheon held in the 
Y. W. C. A. "Know your Kenmore, for it offers sound and 
constantly increasing real estate investments." 

PARACHUTE INVENTOR 

Leslie L. Irvin a Kenmore parachute inventor whose aero- 
plane gracefully flies over our village and has grown familiar 
to our citizens, sailed for England the last of January on a 
mission to establish factories in England for the manufacture 
of 'chutes. His program will keep him abroad during a part 
of several years. 

61 



MASONIC LODGE 

On Sunday morning February 14th, 1926, sod was turned 
for the new Masonic Temple on Delaware road, just north of 
the High School. Willard O. Tower, Master of the Master 
Builder Lodge No. 911 F, & A. M. presided and turned the first 
spade of earth. Frederick W. Claus, president of the temple 
association presented the spade to Mr. Tower. The emblem 
will undoubtedly become a valued souvenir. Chaplain Fred'k 
S. Parkhurst offered the prayer. Each one of the directors 
and members of the building committee turned a spadeful of 
earth. The temple will face Delaware avenue through Chapel 
Road having a fine location. The building will cost about 
$70,444 and will be of light buff brick with stone trimming 
and will be fire proof. In dimension it will be 95 feet front 
and 155 feet long containing rooms for all lodge purposes and 
will be an ornament to the village. The corner stone was laid 
with impressive ceremonies by the Grand Lodge of the State 
of New York on Saturday, April 10th, William A. Rowan of 
Nyack, N. Y., Grand Master. 

NEW PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 

An important event in the history of our village took place 
on Sunday, February 14th, 1926, when the new Presbyterian 
Church was dedicated. Probably the largest assembly of 
people ever gathered together in our village for a special 
occasion thronged the auditorium and balcony which together 
seat 1100 people, chairs also were requisite to seat all who 
came. The Rev. Arnold W. Fismer, Ph. D., D. D., professor 
of church history in the Bloomfield Theological Seminary, 
Bloomfield, N. J. delivered the dedicatory sermon. The Rev. 
Dr. F. Hyatt Smith a former pastor, now retired and living in 
Williamsville, N. Y., gave the address in the evening. On 
Washington's Birthday the spacious edifice was again thronged 
at 3 P. M. and 8 P. M. to hear the famous evangelist ''Billy'* 
Sunday. At the same hour in the evening about 900 people 
attended a play given under the auspices of the Brounshidle 
Post, American Legion, in the high school auditorium and a 
large attendance was enjoyed at the Kenmore Theatre 
impressing our citizens with Kenmore's rapid growth in 
population. 

REPUBLICAN CAUCUS 

A caucus of the afiiliated Republican voters of the village 
was called by John C. Hider general committeeman for Feb- 

52 



ruary 20th, at which nominations were made for the offices of 
village president, two trustees, and police justice. Following 
the caucus the executive committee designated for these offices 
Boy R. Brockett, president; Charles M. Epes and Albert A. 
Beutter, trustees; Charles L. Titus, judge. Trustees Willis 
H. Hall and Charles J. J. Seaman who were denied re-nomina- 
tion by the committee announced themselves candidates for 
nomination before the caucus and were supported by a large 
number of persons. Following this announcement and getting 
the drift of public sentiment Mr. Epes and Mr. Bearing with- 
drew from the contest before the caucus. The result of the 
caucus was as follows: Roy R. Brockett, president; Willis 
H. Hall, trustee; Charles J. J. Seaman, trustee; Charles L. 
Titus, justice of the peace. The vote was as follows: For 
president, Brockett 509, Charles C. Bearing 2; for trustee, 
Hall 458, Seaman 400, Beutter 209; for justice, Titus 470, 
Charles H. Pratt 1, William Loncto 1. The result was a re- 
nomination of Brockett, Hall, Seaman and Titus, Harry A. 
Epsten circulated a petition and placed his name before the 
people for justice at the election held March 16th and later 
withdrew from the field. Mr. Beutter remained as a candidate 
for trustee supported by the Civic Committee. 

NEW TOWN HALL 

The proposition made by the Milton J. Brounshidle Post of 
the American Legion during the year 1925, to build a town 
memorial hall to combine public offices and a meeting place 
for the Post was again revived and favored by the town and 
village officials. The suggestion was made that the village 
sell the present fire hall property and use the proceeds to help 
defray the cost of the building. The General Municipal law 
authorizes the issue of bonds for such purposes. 

ANNEXATION 

The annexation question like Banquo's ghost in Macbeth 
will not "down." In 1894 annexation was one of the live 
questions in Kenmore and had the support of the Kenmore 
Business Mens' Association. At that time a Buffalo newspaper 
said "Kenmore should be a part of Buffalo. The result is 
inevitable." Now, thirty-two years later, both the village 
board and the town board are emphatically opposed to the 
project, a bill having recently been introduced in the legisla- 
ture by a Buffalo member of that body. The reasons favoring 
annexation in 1894 were the likelihood of getting better sewer- 

63 



age, water, light, fire protection, and pavements which the 
infant village badly needed at that time and did not have the 
taxable property to pay for them. Now the village has these 
advantages and considers itself in a better condition financially 
and politically than Buffalo; better able to manage its own 
affairs as a rapidly growing community of eight thousand 
souls. It may be "inevitable" that some day we will become 
a part of greater Buffalo, nevertheless all forces are united 
to prevent such a consummation at this time. The community 
spirit has been strong from the beginning in Kenmore and 
would be destroyed by annexation. 

VILLAGE BUDGET 

As an interesting comparison in growth, Kenmore budget 
in 1915 was $25,761.09, in 1926 $258,061.63 and the tax rate 
a little over $16.00 per thousand. The monies received and 
disbursed during 1925 by the receiver of taxes and assessments 
was $2,131,924.75. The tentative village budget for the year 
1926 was $258,061.63, or $50,000.00 greater than in 1925. 
Eighty-four new families moved into Kenmore during January 
and February 1926 and building permits keep up a steady 
advance. 

VILLAGE ELECTION 

The second largest vote in the history of the village was 
cast at the village election held March 16th, 1926, at which 
1196 people voted. The entire republican ticket was re- 
elected. Roy R. Brockett, President; Willis H. Hall and 
Charles J. J. Seaman, Trustees; Charles L. Titus, Police 
Justice. On March 22nd the following officials were re- 
appointed: Village Clerk, Walter Ducker; Village Engineer, 
Vernon Eager; Village Attorneys, Blackmon & Moore; Super- 
intendent Public Works, Henry Schunk; Electrical Engineer, 
Arthur P. H. Saul; Chief of Police, Clarence Yochum; Police 
Officers, Alfred W. Bleyle, Harry D. Brounshidle, Miner 
Wildey, P'rank V. Schultz, Thomas DeGuehrey, Edward 
Schultz, Archie B. Kirkwood, W. Carlysle Johnson. Special 
Officers: Arthur Burke, Thomas Costello, Bruce Miller, Victor 
F. Moreland Charles Weiss, Walter Ducker. Constables: 
John Yochum, Henry Schunk, Albert Drews. Special Fire 
Police: (Members of the American Legion, Brounshidle Post) 
Robert K. House, Leonard Sipperiey, Ray Grant, O. C. Keener, 
W. T. Burlingame, Dr. Richard R. Holbrook. 

54 



POST OFFICE 

In response to local agitation, particularly through the tax- 
payers association, the Department at Washingtoii considered 
the proposal and decided to establish a station to be known 
as the Kenmore Station. Sealed proposals for suitable quarters 
were called for up to April 3rd, the lease to be for five to 
ten years and floor space to be 800 square feet. Carrier service 
will still be from Hertel Station, Buffalo, but the increasing 
population and expanding territory occupied by homes and 
business concerns will undoubtedly bring carrier service from 
our own Station. 

WORLD FAMOUS VISITOR 

Tuesday, March, 30th, the world famous, deaf-blind 
woman Helen Keller, addressed a large audience in the Ken- 
more High School auditorium. She was accompanied and 
assisted by her life-long friend and teacher Anne Sullivan 
Macy, and Edwin Grasse, the eminent blind violinist. Mr. 
Frank C. Densberger, Superintendent of Schools presided and 
Miss Katherine L. Busch at the piano. The arrangements were 
under the supervision of the Kenmore Committee of the Ameri- 
can Foundation for the Blind. 

BASKETBALL 

The Kenmore High School basketball team came within 
two points of winning the State Championship in the elimina- 
tion contest at Syracuse, N. Y., March 25th — 27#th. Of the 
final game, Carl Burkhardt, physical director of the Buffalo 
Public Schools said, "The most wonderful basketball ever 
played by a High School team in a state tournament." Several 
hundred citizens went to see the contest and cheer on the com- 
batants. No event of recent years so stirred the village which 
was advertised by this competition in athletics. The team was 
honored by the State Athletic Association with a silver cup 
inscribed "Runner-up, Public High School Basketball Champ- 
ionship 1926." 

NECROLOGY 

The Rev. Charles L. Rhoades died March 31st. Born May 
13th, 1849, he was a practicing lawyer before entering the 
ministry. During his later years he lived a retired life in Ken- 
more. Mrs. Emily M. Russell, wife of Alfred Russell, vice 
president of the Rowland Corporation, died on March 26th, 
Mrs. Russell had lived in Kenmore for many years and was a 

55 



prominent member of the Eastern Star Lodge. Mrs. Louis 
Myers who had lived in Kenmore for 18 years died on March 
26th. Mrs. Emma C. McClelland, wife of Dr. F. E. McClelland 
died March 26th, after a brief illness leaving four small child- 
ren. M. Frank Anderson, a resident of Kenmore for 16 years 
died on March 27th, aged 79 years. Mr. Anderson was at one 
time special police officer but was living a retired life. 

TAX RATE FOR 1926 

The village tax rate officially adopted for the year 1926 
was fixed at $16.87 per thousand, a reduction of $2.13 per 
thousand from the 1925 rate. This was brought about by the 
adoption of the Town assessment roll, the increased valuation 
of new buildings constructed in 1925, and the increased valua- 
tion of vacant property on vacant streets. The budget for the 
year 1926 totals $258,061.62. It is thought that the peak of 
expenditures in the village has been reached, and that from 
now on the tax rate should grow less, as the improved streets 
are built up. 

CONTINUED GROWTH 

During March, 1926, fifty-one new families moved into the 
village and only two families moved out, a gain of forty-nine 
families, which means a gain of about two hundred in popula- 
tion. Two hundred and fifty houses are in course of 
construction. 

GOLDEN WEDDING 

Mr. and Mrs. James M. Love celebrated the fiftieth anni- 
versary of their marriage on Saturday, April 24. Mr. Love is 
living in retirement after serving fifty-one years as a machinist. 
He came to Kenmore in the late 90's and has seen the growth 
of the village since it was but a small hamlet. 

Kenmore's quota in the Community Fund Drive was $3,806. 
Kenmore Y. W. C. A. will receive $6,000 of the fund and the 
Wheel Chair Home $26,261. 

BOYS' WEEK 

Harking back to the early 90's when First Lieutenant Jesse 
R. Harris, Assistant Surgeon, U. S. A., organized and drilled 
the "Kenmore Cadets," the people of Kenmore have believed 
that the formation of character in youth is the most important, 
valuable, and lasting work that can be done for the upbuilding 
of a community. During our entire history we have devoted 

66 



much time and thought to this end. 

One of the notable events of the year was the observance 
of Boys' Week May 2nd — 9th. The local observance was 
sponsored by the Kenmore Rotary Club in co-operation with 
the churches, schools, and various civic organizations. Each 
day of the week was filled with exercises and entertainments 
calculated to inform, instruct and entertain the large number 
of boys in the community. Frank C. Moore, chairman, William 
Harper, Judge E. A. Jones andDr. W. H. Jones arranged for 
the celebration. Boys took charge of the service in the Church 
of the Advent, Episcopal, in everything but the sermon. They 
presided at the regular Rotary Club, Village Board, Board of 
Education and Town Board, astonishing their elders with 
ability and expression of ideas on matters of public interest. 
It was valuable training in citizenship. 

KENMORE'S GROWTH 

During April 118 new families moved into the village 
which is an advance over the same period in 1925. Many 
houses are in process of erection showing that there will be 
no diminishing in the rapid growth of the village. 

DEATH OF OLD RESIDENT 

Frank A. Bussey who had been in the employ of the Ameri- 
can Radiator Company for 32 years and a resident of Ken- 
more for 19 years died on May 5th. With his wife Mrs. Grace 
G. S. Bussey, they were prominent in church work and social 
functions. 

The issue of the Kenmore Record for Thursday, April 29th 
was 2600 copies of 16 pages showing a remarkable growth in 
circulation in the past few years and warrants a semi-weekly 
edition. The Record serves the town of Tonawanda, Kenil- 
worth, Ellwood, Riverside besides the village of Kenmore 
featuring the schools and various organizations in the territory, 
also officially represents the village and town administration. 

FIRST NATIONAL BANK 

Early in the spring of 1922 Matthew D. Young, C. D. Blair, 
Edward T. Danahy, Harold V. Cook and Charles D. Warren 
conceived the idea of organizing a National Bank in Kenmore. 
The prepared plans were approved by the Comptroller of 
Currency at Washington. The original capital was $65,000. 
Business was first transacted in the brick block corner of 
Delaware Avenue and Warren Avenue, in what was formerly 

57 



a grocery store. The doors were opened May 27th, 1922. In 
the fall of 1924 the bank took over the entire ground floor of 
the building, so rapidly did the business increase. Plans for 
a new bank building were drawn up in 1925. On Saturday, 
May 15th, the new edifice was ready for occupancy and form- 
ally opened to the public. Situate at the corner of Delaware 
Avenue and Lincoln Boulevard, and in architectural design 
and interior finish nothing was left to be desired. In location 
and appearance any city might be proud of such a financial 
institution which demonstrates the ability and spirit of Ken- 
more men. 

FOR CHARITY 

The annual drive for the United Charities subscription 
during the first week in May went over the quota of $3,311. 
Pledges amounting to $3,695 were received. While this was 
properly a city of Buffalo .movement, yet the Wheel Chair 
Home, Y. W. C. A. and Boy Scouts of Kenmore will receive 
more than this amount from the total fund. 

AUTOMOBILE TRAGEDY 

The very unusual occurrence of two double funerals on 
following days, May 26th and 27th greatly impressed the 
people with the dangers of automobile travel. The instant 
death of Mr. and Mrs. Edward H. Moffett and Mr. and Mrs. 
Willis G. Osmansky was the result of a grade crossing accident 
on Sunday May 23rd as they were turning from the River 
Road into the Ward Road at the New York Central Railroad 
crossing. Only the daughter Miss Kathryn Moffett who was 
one of the party returning from Niagara Falls survived the 
crash, being seriously injured. A fifth resident of the village 
Miss Kathleen Fairbank was killed in an automobile accident 
while returning from Lockport on May 21st. Two young men 
were also killed in the same accident. The danger of sudden 
death, unless extreme caution is exercised, is apparent to all 
who use the streets. 

MEMORIAL DAY 

The observance of Memorial Day on Monday May 31st was 
on a larger scale than ever before in Kenmore. As the fleeting 
years remove us farther away from the great World War it is 
evident that "Lest We Forget" is sinking deeper and deeper 
into the consciousness of the people. The American Legion 
Post had charge of the parade and public exercises which in 

58 



every way reflected the patriotism and unselfishness of its 
members as they honored the memory of the American soldiers 
and sailors. 

EDUCATIONAL PROGRESS 

At the close of the school year tabulated reports are pub- 
lished showing that it costs about $70 annually for each child 
receiving an education in our village. A steadily increasing 
enrollment marks the increasing population. High standards 
and efficient administration of schools is an attraction to those 
with children seeking homes in Kenmore. Admirable location, 
school advantages, church influence, enterprising realtors and 
builders, and clean village government all insure a wonderful 
future growth of our coming city. 

The remarkable growth of the Kenmore Public Library is 
also a striking evidence of far reaching import in the character 
of our citizenship. A gain of 200 borrowers during the year 
and the class of books borrowed indicates a healthy discern- 
ment on the part of the inhabitants. A good library benefits 
all the people of the community. 

With all these good influences which promote intelligence 
and enrich life, the social, business, religious and educational 
life of our village is a credit and example. A people who care 
nothing for these things will never prosper, but with them 
intelligent progress and prosperity is assured. 

This brings us to the close of the 37th year of Kenmore's 
settlement, and the 27th year of incorporated existence. The 
year 1926 marks the 150th anniversary of the adoption of the 
Declaration of Independence, by which the Province of New 
York became a free state. We are a constituent part of the 
great commonwealth, which on July 9th, 1776, in Provincial 
Convention assembled in New York city unanimously approved 
the Declaration. Kenmore at that time, like nearly all western 
New York, was uninhabited, save by Indian tribes roaming the 
forests and walking the trails along the Niagara frontier, dis- 
puting the advance of the white man. A few descendents of 
these aborigines remain within our state and have appeared 
in Kenmore on different occasions, clad in native costume and 
reciting in song and story the manners and customs of their 
ancestors, thus linking the past with the present. History is 
obscured by time. We are fortunate in being able to record 
the settlement, growth and progress of our village, which, in 
another 150 years, A. D. 2076, will convey to the readers of 

59 



that future day, events and conditions which took place and 
existed in what is now a modern village in the Empire State at 
the beginning of the 20th century. It requires neither a 
prophet nor the son of a prophet to forecast the future of Ken- 
more. It will become a part of a great municipality reaching 
from Buffalo to Niagara Falls. Probably a "Tube" will convey 
travelers between these points in thirty minutes, while those 
who prefer the air route will make the trip in half that time. 
The few remaining farm lands in the Tonawandas that are 
not already sub-divided will be covered with homes, places of 
business, and industrial plants. Broad avenues and beautiful 
parks will adorn all this section. Let us hope that the sun will 
then shine on a united nation, a peace-loving people, righteous, 
just, loyal and true, 

METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, REV. C. H. GALL, 
PASTOR 

The Kenmore Methodist Episcopal Church was organized 
February 13th, 1891 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Myron A. 
Phelps, corner of Delaware Avenue and Tremaine Avenue. 
About 50 people formed the first society. Services were held 
in the homes of the people until June of the same year, when 
through the kindness of George A. Sanborn a good sized room 
was provided in a store on West Kenmore Avenue. This place 
proving too small, the congregation moved into the old "White 
House" on East Kenmore Avenue, where the society remained 
until the basement of the present church was ready for 
occupancy. The first pastor was Frederick Dark, a young 
student who had charge of the services during the summer of 
1891. On the 13th day of June 1892 ground was broken for 
the new edifice. The corner stone was laid by the Rev. J. E. 
Williams, Presiding Elder of Buffalo District. On June 4th, 
1893, the church was dedicated by the Rev. Dr. Sanford Hunt 
of New York. The following pastors succeeded Mr. Dark: 
Rev. Earl D. Shepard, 1892. Rev. Joseph Duxbury, 1893. In 
October 1893 Rev. Phineas T. Lynn took charge and remained 
for five years. Rev, E, C, Swartz was then appointed and 
remained until 1901, He was followed by Rev, Peter A. 
McDonald, who accepted a call to the Park Presbyterian 
Church, Buffalo, in January 1902 and was followed by Rev. 
Dr. T. H. Orme. Rev. H. H. Downey was pastor from October 
1905 to October 1907, Rev, W. R, Brown took charge in 1908 
and remained until 1912. The Rev. Dr. Fred'k S. Parkhurst 

60 



was appointed in October 1912 and closed his pastorate tak- 
ing a "Retired Relation" in October 1916. Rev. H. A. Reed 
had charge from 1916 to 1918. Rev. A. Partington was the 
pastor from 1918 to 1922. The Rev. W. Mortimer Heisler was 
appointed in October 1922 remaining until 1924. The Rev. 
C. H. Gall became the pastor in October 1924 and is the 
present incumbent. The society has purchased a site on Old 
Delaware Road and expect soon to erect a larger and more 
modem structure, /r A ^ f . 

KENMORE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 

The history of the Kenmore Presbyterian Church is closely 
linked with the growth and life of Kenmore. In 1889 the 
Westminster Presbyterian Church of Buffalo was supporting 
a mission at the corner of Delaware Avenue and Hertel 
Avenue, Buffalo, which was attended by the few Presbyterians 
then living in Kenmore. Mr. L. P. A. Eberhardt gave the site 
and old church building which cost $2000 and $11,000 respec- 
tively to the Westminster society on condition that they would 
contribute one-half of the cost of maintenance which v/as 
accepted. Rev. George H. Marsh was the first regular pastor 
and served the church from December 4th, 1894 to February 
2nd, 1897. Rev. L. Hamilton was the next pastor and died in 
1899. Following his decease a call was extended to his son 
Rev. Charles Hamilton who was preaching in Manchester, 
Iowa who accepted and served the society for eight years and 
then went as a missionary to the Philippines. In 1907 the Rev. 
W. S. Carter was called to the pastorate from Rochester, N. Y., 
Mr. Carter resigned in November, 1912. The "Gym" hall was 
built by Mr. Eberhardt in 1907 at a cost of $26,000. In 1911 
the church was raised off its stone piers and a basement con- 
taining dining rooms, kitchen, primary and kindergarten rooms 
were added. The main auditorium was improved and a new 
organ installed, also choir loft and balcony. The Rev. F. Hyatt 
Smith assumed charge in 1912 and remained ten years and 
retired to live in Williamsville, N. Y. During his pastorate 
the membership doubled and numbered 473. The Rev. John 
Richelsen of Niagara Falls, N. Y. was called in September, 
1923. A campaign for mem.bers brought the membership to 
562 in January, 1924. Plans were adopted in March 1924 for 
the present structure at an estimated cost of $65,000 and has 
sittings for 2000., The membership is 1,126. 

61 



SAINT PAUL'S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH 
AND PARISH 

The first priest who said Mass in what is now called Ken- 
more was the Venerable John Nepomucene Neumann, who 
died as Bishop of Philadelphia, Pa., in 1860. After Venerable 
Neumann had been ordained a priest by Bishop Dubois of New 
York, he came to this territory in 1836. He built a log chapel 
in 1836 on the same spot where the Chapel of St. John the 
Baptist now stands, commonly called North Bush Chapel. 
From here he took care of many surrounding missions, above 
all, of the few scattered Catholic families in our territory. 
Later on, priests from Williamsville and Tonawanda took care 
of these families. About 1868, the present St. John's Chapel 
was erected and Mass celebrated there. A cemetery was also 
founded there. For many years subsequently the Catholic 
families attended St. Joseph's Church, Main Street, Buffalo, 
also St. Francis Xavier's Church, Black Rock. 

St. Paul's Parish proper was established in 1897 by Bishop 
J. E. Quigley. In 1897 the two dozen Catholic families had 
obtained permission from Bishop Quigley to build a Church 
of their own, the late Frank Mang donating a building lot on 
Delaware Avenue. Soon after the Jesuit Fathers in charge of 
St. Michael's Church, Buffalo, took charge of St. Paul's, Rev. 
Fathers Nelles, Pfeil, Sturm, Miller, Leonard and Gisler acting 
as pastors successively. 

January 6, 1899, a two story building of modest dimensions 
was completed and dedicated as St. Paul's Parochial School. 
It first stood on the spot of the present garage and being of 
frame construction was later on moved to the rear of the 
Church and connected with it. In 1900 the Franciscan Sisters 
from Sacred Heart Academy, Buffalo, took charge as teachers. 
They lived in a room in the school building and in the church 
basement. 

The history of St. Paul's Church as a regular diocesan 
parish opens in April 1909, when Bishop Charles Henry Colton 
appointed the Rev. Henry B. Laudenbach as the first resident 
pastor of St. Paul's. New building lots were purchased by 
Father Laudenbach. In 1909-1910, he built the present brick 
rectory. At that time the parish comprised about 60 families. 
In April, 1914, Bishop Colton appointed the Rev. Adam 
Scheidel to succeed Father Laudenbach. A steady growth of 
the parish commenced about that time. When the next pastor. 
Rev. Ferdinand A. Bank was appointed by Rt. Rev. Bishop 

62 



Turner, in May, 1920, the parish numbered about 130 families. 
Meanwhile the Franciscan Sisters had left and Father Scheidel 
had secured lay teachers for the school but had made arrange- 
ments with the Sisters of St. Mary of Namour, of St. Mary's 
Seminary, Buffalo, to take charge of the school in the fall 
of 1920. 

Since August 1920 a third Mass was added to the regular 
Sunday services, one of the Rev. Jesuit Fathers of Canisius 
College officiating. When the Sisters of St. Mary, two Sisters 
and a lay teacher, took charge of the school, there were about 
60 children attending. 

In the fall of 1921 the interior of the Church was newly 
frescoed and the seating capacity of the church pews was 
nearly doubled by adding new pews. Three new building lots 
were purchased in the fall of 1922, rounding out the church 
property to 452 feet by 143 feet. In 1923, especially, new- 
families began to move into the parish and in May of the same 
year Rev. Francis Schubert was appointed as first assistant 
pastor and a fourth Mass was added to the regular Sunday 
services. On June 17, 1923, the Parish celebrated its 25th 
anniversary. Meanwhile the erection of a suitable new 
parochiel school became a necessity. Three Sisters were teach- 
ing about 110 pupils in the little frame school. With the 
approval of the Bishop in the spring of 1924, the architects 
Bley and Lyman were authorized to draw plans for a school. 
On July 26th ground was broken, on October 5, the corner 
stone was laid by the pastor Father Bank, assisted by Rev. 
E. M. Deck and Rev. F. Schubert. In October 1924 Bishop 
Turner appointed Rev. Eugene H. Selbert as assistant in the 
place of Father Schubert. In December of the same year, two 
more building lots, adjacent to the school site on Victoria 
Boulevard were purchased together with a frame house with 
lot making the present premises all in all about 600 by 150 feet. 

On Sunday, September 13th, Rt. Rev. Bishop Turner 
dedicated the new school, many priests being present and the 
Knights of St. John turned out for the occasion. The 
following day, September 14th, school studies commenced, 5 
class rooms had to be used for 190 pupils. On the same day, 
the Sisters of St. Mary began to use the house at 55 Victoria 
Boulevard, purchased last winter, as a convent. On December 
28th, Bishop Turner transferred Rev. E. Selbert to the New 
Cathedral and appointed Rev. Joseph A. Bach of St. Mary's, 

63 



Olean, N. Y., assistant at St. Paul's Church. 

In the new St. Paul's school, Kenmore has an edifice 
which is an architectural object of beauty being of Gothic- 
English architecture and constructed of rough textured gray- 
brick with stone strimmings . The building is fire proofed 
throughout. 

HISTORY OF KENMORE BAPTIST CHURCH 

In the fall of 1910 a few Baptists living in this vicinity met, 
discussed, planned and finally organized the Kenmore Baptist 
Church. For several weeks meetings were held in the home 
of Mr. E. W. Anderson in Villa Avenue. Then a building, 
which had been a school was bought, remodeled and furnished 
and there the church endeavored for six years to do the Lord's 
work. This first building was on Ramsdell Street, (now a 
dwelling. No. 29, remodeled after a fire.) 

For about one year the church was a mission church, dur- 
ing which time Buffalo and Tonawanda pastors helped in its 
maintenance. In the fall of 1911 it was thought advisable to 
organize a regular church. An organization council was 
called and under the leadership of Rev. R. J. Roberts were 
duly organized into the Kenmore Baptist Church with a 
membership of 26. 

In the next few years growth was slow but steady. It was 
soon found that it would be necessary to find larger and more 
favorably located quarters. The trustees after careful con- 
sideration recommended the purchase of the lot at the corner 
of Delaware Road and Cornell Avenue. At once plans were 
drawn for a building. In June 1916 the corner stone was laid 
and in April 1917 the church was dedicated. 

Never has the growth been spectacular, but always con- 
stant. Consequently in 1925 it was found necessary to remodel 
and enlarge the building. With a membership of 227 and a 
Sunday school of 359 the new building was begun in May 1925 
and it was dedicated on November 8, 1925. The new 
building will seat about 500 and has modern Sunday school 
equipment. A new Viner pipe organ has been installed. Rev. 
R. J. Roberts served as pastor for seven years. After his 
resignation the church had several supplies, among them Rev. 
A. R. Spencer, for about a year. Rev. Carl Rasmus- 
sen was called as pastor October, 1919, and died in the early 
spring of 1920. Rev. Spencer again supplied until September 
1920, when Rev. R. A. Fuller assumed the pastoral duties. 

64 



He has served now for over five years. 

From the very beginning Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Dixon of 
Buffalo have been very helpful in financial and other ways. 

CHURCH OF THE ADVENT, EPISCOPAL 

During the month of September 1904 the Brotherhood of 
St. Andrew of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Buffalo, N. Y. 
under Rev. Thomas B. Berry, D. D.; began holding services 
of the Episcopal Church in Kenmore. On November 6th, 
1904, the Rt. Rev. W. D. Walker, D. D.; visited the Mission 
with twenty communicants in attendance. In December, 1904^ 
the Mission was organized under the direction of Dr. Berry. 
The following officers were appointed: Warden, W. H. Beck; 
Treasurer, Bertram Ralph; Secretary, Fred J. Lynch; welfare 
helpers, G. W. Keese, R. A. Toms, G. W. Warren, C. B. Brooks, 
J. C. Hider. The corporate name "Mission of the Advent" 
was adopted. Services were first held in the homes of the 
members. A church school was organized with Mr. F. Lynchr 
Superintendent. 

On June 24th, 1906, the village board gave free use of 
the Village Hall for church services. The organization, 
advanced and a gift of sacred vessels was made by the 
Woman's Guild of the Church of the Good Shepherd as a 
memorial for Mrs. William Beck. 

The Bishop of the Diocese, the Rt. Rev. W. D. Walker, D, 
D. ; confirmed the first class of five on June 28th, 1906. 

The Rev. H. W. Caviller of All Saints Church, Buffalo, was 
made the Missionary-in-Charge in 1908, spending much time 
in developing the Mission. Title to a lot was secured at the 
corner of LaSalle Avenue and Eugene Avenue. A building 
was erected and formally opened by Bishop Walker on Sunday 
June 18th, 1911. 

The Mission grew rapidly and the Rev. Jerome Kates was 
called in the spring of 1914. Mr. Kates broadened and 
strengthed the work of the church in Kenmore. In 1916 he 
resigned to take up labor in a large field. 

The Rev. Edward Cosbey filled the vacancy and greatly 
developed the organizations of the church during a pastorate 
of three years. Rev. Cosbey resigned in 1919 seeking a 
larger field of labor. 

In 1920 the society purchased a rectory at No. 70 Tremaine 
Avenue and the Vestry called the Rev. J. E. Darling to the 
vacant charge. Rev. Mr. Darling came in 1920 and the church 

65 



was incorporated in July. The property at LaSalle Avenue 
and Eugene Avenue was sold and a site purchased on Dela- 
ware Road on which a Parish House was erected and opened 
in December 1923, being the first unit of a splendid plant 
which when completed will have also a church and rectory. 
The church is centrally located as to population, commodious, 
and ornamental. With the increasing number of people who 
are coming to the parish and a splendid church school, com- 
bined with strong organizations, the church bids fair to hold 
a worthy place in the community. The present Rector is the 
Rev, John L. Short. 

PILGRIM LUTHERAN CHAPEL, DELAWARE AND 
CHAPEL ROADS 

In the fall of 1920 the Reverend H. Plehn of Nazareth 
Lutheran Church, Skillen and Wiley Streets, Buffalo, began 
holding services in Village Hall. The following October the 
Reverend F. J. Muhlhauser, who is in charge at present, was 
called to take over the work. A congregation was organized. 
Services were continued in Village Hall. In the fall of 1922 
the present church site, on the north-west corner of Delaware 
and Chapel roads (the latter was then known as Jefferson 
Street) was purchased for $7,382. In June, 1924, ground was 
broken for the Chapel in which the congregation is now 
worshiping, and the building was completed and dedicated in 
February, 1925. The cost of the same was $27,000. The con- 
gregation, which is prospering with Kenmore, is affiliated with 
the Synodical Conference of the Lutheran Church of America. 

KENMORE EVANGELICAL CHURCH, REV. R. H. ROSCHE, 
PASTOR 

Services in the Village Hall. 

Sunday school 9:00 A. M. 

Preaching service 10:30 A. M. 

After meeting as a Sunday school for a few months in the 
Village Hall, a survey of the village was made and it was 
decided to begin meetings as a congregation. The first meet- 
ing held September 13th, 1925, was attended by fifty people. 
The work was begun by the Evangelical Union of Buffalo and 
was taken over by the Board of Home Missions of the Evan- 
gelical Church. On Thursday evening December 10th, 1925, 
the church was organized in response to a petition signed by 
27 men and women of Kenmore. A constitution was adopted 
and a church council elected to take effect January 1st, 1926, 

66 



composed of the following members: Frank Briggs, Mrs. 
George Brunner, George FornofF, Edward JIuebner, Mrs. 
George Norwig and Fred Zaehringer. The church proposes 
to build a church edifice in the near future. 

FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST, MYRON AND 
EAST HAZELTINE AVENUES 

Services Sunday 10:30 A. M. and 3 P. M. 

Testimonial meeting, Wednesday 8:00 P. M. 

Reading room open Monday and Friday 7 — 9 P. M. Tues- 
day and Thursday 8 — 5 P. M. 

Through the efforts of a few residents of the village, 
Christian Science services were first held regularly in Ken- 
more in the spring of 1919. These were conducted by Chris- 
tian Science Society in Kenmore, which had been organized a 
little while previously. The large room on the second floor 
of the Village Hall was made available for the services 
through the courtesy of the Village Board. 

Within the next two years the attendance grew to such an 
extent that the members of the Society felt the time had come 
to erect a suitable church edifice to accommodate the con- 
stantly increasing body of students of Christian Science. 
Accordingly, the site at the northeast corner of East Hazel- 
tine and Myron Avenues was chosen and purchased early in 
1921. 

Plans for the building having been prepared by Harold 
J. Cook, Architect, ground was broken in October, 1921. The 
cornerstone was laid shortly thereafter in the presence of the 
two Readers, the Board of Trustees and the Building 
Committee. 

On Easter Sunday, 1922, the building was ready for occu- 
pancy. A morning, afternoon and evening service were held, 
at each of which the auditorium seating 400 was well filled. 
Since then there has been no interruption in the services on 
Sunday or Wednesday evening. 

The affairs of the Church are managed by a Board of six 
Trustees, two of whom are elected annually for a term of 
three years. The First and Second Readers (who must be 
members of The Mother Church), are also elected by the 
membership, and serve a term of three years. Under the By- 
Laws of the Church, a Reader who has served a full term is 
not eligible for re-election. . 

67 



KENMORE PUBLIC SCHOOLS 

When Kenmore was first settled in 1889 there was a small 
district school in what was called the Burlington district on 
Englewood Road in the township of Tonawanda which accom- 
modated the children of that vicinity and a few from what is 
now Kenmore; others were obliged to walk or take the bus 
to No. 21 school on Hertel Avenue, Buffalo, which was over- 
crowded. In 1890 the number of children of school age in 
Kenmore numbered about 50. A meeting was held in the 
Burlington school house to discuss the question of a separate 
school for Kenmore at which 21 voters were present. Eleven 
voted in favor of the movement and ten against it. Meanwhile 
a school was held in the Sunday school room.s of the Presby- 
terian Church. Desks were provided and the pupils were 
instructed by Miss Frank Wilder of Pike, N. Y., Mr. William 
F. Squire circulated a petition for a separate building and 40 
signed the same. In 1891 a public hearing was held in the 
office of Superintendent Emerson on this petition and the right 
was granted to build a school house in Kenmore. In 1892 a 
lot was purchased from L. P. A. Eberhardt for $1,500 on 
Delaware Avenue and the Union Free School (afterward 
bought for the present Village Hall) was built. The first 
accident of any note in the newly settled village took place 
during its construction. Charles Hutt a carpenter fell from 
a scaffold breaking his right leg at the ankle. Mrs. Celia 
W. Marsh, wife of the pastor of the Presbyterian Church was 
the first principal of the new school in 1892. Mrs. Marsh 
was a college graduate and an inspiring teacher with high 
ideals. In changing from a district school to a Union Free 
School there was a long debate. The vote was 56 in favor 
of the motion, and 46 against. Five trustees were elected 
to form a Board of Education: For one year George H. J.Ieyer, 
two years Hugo Westphal and A. H. Stephenson, three years 
Mrs. F. E. A. Zimmerman and John I. Keller. Mr. W. R. 
Atkinson was the sole trustee of the old district school. Several 
students of the new union school took the Regents' Examina- 
tion in January 1893 at the Buffalo High School. Mrs. Marsh 
continued her services as Principal until 1895 when R. M. 
Baraces, a Buffalo lawyer and formerly a principal in Wyom- 
ing County took charge of the school. In 1896 the annual 
school meeting registered 88 voters. W. R. Atkinson was 
elected Trustee in 1896 and was instructed to open the school 
for a term of 40 weeks with one teacher. The amount of 

68 



t3 



O 



n 

o 
o 



O 






o 

ft 
ET 

•-: 

c 

o 




money to be raised by taxation was $1,700. Mr. Atkinson 
was elected to the office of Trustee without opposition from 
1896 to 1901. 

In March 1899 Mr. Baraces resigned and Miss Cora Phelps 

(now Mrs. A. M. Hall) filled the vacancy for some time when 

Mr. B. X. Shields was engaged as Principal. In 1902 William 

C. Uhrhan took charge of the rapidly growing school, holding 

the position until 1915. The school became overcrowded in 

1909 and a new building became necessary. The corner stone 

was laid for what is now the old High School in 1910 and it 

was completed and occupied in 1911 for the Fall Term. The 

building cost $50,000. In the Fall of 1915 Frank C. Dens- 

berger was chosen Principal. Enlargement was found 

necessary and in February 1916 additions were built on the 

north and south sides at an expense of $46,000. The work was 

completed in 1917. There were now 30 teachers with an 

enrollment of 110 in the Senior High School, 110 Junior High, 

443 1st and 6th grades, 100 Kindergarten, total enrollment 763 

The new Junior-Senior High School on Delaware Road was 

erected by the Board of Education in 1924. Eugene Crow, 

President; William W. Whitelock, Frederick W. Kester, 

Emilie A. Linklater, Harold V. Cook, Andrew M. Carnes, 

Katherine B. Pinch; Charles D. Warren, Secretary; Frank 

C. Densberger, Superintendent of Schools; F. J. and W. A. 

Kidd, Architects. 

The erection of the school was favorably voted on in 1922. 
Work was started July 27th, 1923. The building was com- 
pleted November 1st, 1924, at a cost of $495,000. The struc- 
ture is of warm buff colored tapestry brick with grey stone 
trim and in architectural beauty equal to that found in any 
•city. The auditorium seats over eleven hundred people. The 
school contains departments of Homemaking, Manual Train- 
ing, Mechanical Drawing, Cafeteria, Gymnasium, Swimming, 
Library, Conservatory and Laboratories. A large athletic 
field with football, baseball, tennis courts and quarter-mile 
track is located back of the building. In no better way can 
the growth of Kenmore be expressed than by this large, 
modern school. Without doubt there is no single factor that 
has contributed to the growth of Kenmore more than its educa- 
tional facilities. 



69 



STATE BANK OF KENMORE 

The Story of Eleven Years' Business 

Granted its charter by State of New York December 
11th, 1914. 

Opened for business December 18th, 1914. 

Original paid-in Capital and Surplus $30,000.00 

Five of the original Board of Directors (which was seven 
in number) Messrs. Raymond E. Winfield, Chairman; Clarence 
C. Miller, President; Freelon Hunter, L. P. A. Eberhardt and 
Charles J. J. Seaman, are still serving as Directors. 

Other members of the present board are: 

Charles A. Scheeler, added in 1915. 

Milton C. Guggenheimer, Frank X. Renter and George F. 
Wallace, added in 1916. 

J. Fred Moore, added in 1919. 

William W. Whitelock, added in 1921. 

Henry J. Ebling, John B. Scheidemantel, Charles Stephen 
and Arthur R. Atkinson, added in 1922. 

Oth€r active officers arc- 
Howard A. Inskip, who came to the bank as cashier in 1918 
and assistant cashiers, Albert A. McMullen and John D. 
Hamilton, both of whom have been with the bank since 1923. 

Working force has grown from two in 1914 to eighteen 
in 1926. 

Capital, Surplus and Profits have increased from $30,000 
to nearly $300,000.00 — Deposits to over $2,000,000.00 and 
Total Resources to about $3,000,000.00. 

Banking quarters have grown from one small room in 1914 
to present spacious quarters. 

January 1st, 1926 open accounts, 4137; deposits 
$2,451,471.80; interest paid, $232,328.14; Resources, 
$3,415,491.33; net earnings, $169,047.70; dividens paid 
$94,875.00. 

FIRST NATIONAL BANK 

Organized and opened for business May 27, 1922, occupy- 
ing part of lower floor of building at 2833 Delaware Avenue. 
In fall of 1924, quarters enlarged by adding space in same 
building occupied by Kenmore Grocery. June 1925 began 
construction of modern, fire-proof banking house at corner 
Delaware Avenue and Lincoln Boulevard at cost of $90,000.00. 
Occupied new building May 15, 1926. 

70 



Deposits Assets 

May 27, 1922 $ 96,176.87 $ 177,426.87 

May 27, 1923 387,789.01 576,652.81 

May 27, 1924 667,075.98 807,641.84 

May 27, 1925 922,690.72 1,139,741.33 

April 12, 1926 1,730,833.13 1,957,854.94 

OFFICERS 

Matthew D. Young President 

Charles D. Warren Vice President 

Arthur R. Catlin Cashier 

Vernon L, Young Assistant Cashier 

Harold V. Cook Counsel 

DIRECTORS 
Cecil D. Blair, Edward H. Boehringer, Harold V. Cook, 
Eugene Crow, Edward T. Danahy, Charles C. Dearing, Thomas 
W. Dickson, Frank C. Greutker, Ray H. Heiss, Dr. Eugene R. 
Linklater, Charles D. Warren, Dr. Walter J. M. Wurtz, 
Matthew D. Young. 

The new home of the First National Bank of Kenmore 
with its central location, convenient arrangements, complete 
equipment and attractive appointments, reflects the substan- 
tial progress of the institution in its four years of successful 
service and indicates the way it keeps pace with Kenmore's 
growth and development, with which it is so closely identified. 

TUESDAY CULTURE CLUB 

Organized 1912, Western New York Federation 1918. 

Regular meetings first and third Tuesday, October to May 
2:30 P. M. 

Motto: "Live up to the best that is in you." j 

Colors: White and Gold. 

First Officers: President, Mrs, Wilbur T. Harris; Vice 
President, Mrs. Willis H. Hall; Secretary, Mrs. Henry 
Tremain; Treasurer, Miss Katherine L. Busch. 

The following ladies have acted as president since organ- 
ization: Mrs. Wilbur T. Harris, 1912 — 1918; Mrs. Charles J. 
J. Seaman, 1919 — 1920; Mrs. Frank C. Densberger, 1920 — 
1922; Mrs. Frederick S. Parkhurst, 1923 — 1924; Mrs. Willis 
H. Hall, 1925—1926; Mrs. Orel L. Hershiser, 1926. 

Annual election of officers first meeting in April. 

Present Officers: Mrs. Orel L. Hershiser, President; Mrs. 
Joseph W. Hutchison, Vice President; Recording Secretary, 
Mrs. Joseph A. Dixon; Treasurer, Mrs. Frank C. Moore; Cor- 

71 



responding Secretary, Mrs. Frederick S. Parkhurst; Auditor, 
Mrs. Erwin M. Hooker; Historian, Mrs. Charles J. J. Seaman. 

The club has thirty active members and eight honorary 
members. 

Special Days: Club Birthday Party; Christmas Party; 
Guest Day; Club Luncheon; June Picnic. 

WOMAN'S CHRISTIAN TEMPERANCE UNION 

The W. C. T. U. of Kenmore was organized March 8th, 
1897, in the Presbyterian Church. The original officers were: 
President, Mrs. Dalgety; Vice President, Mrs. Jennie Van- 
Vleer; Recording Secretary, Mrs. Hattie H. Leonard; Superin- 
tendent Mothers' Meeting, Mrs. Frances Zimmerman. There 
were fourteen charter members. 

The purpose of the organization is the unifying through- 
out the world the work of women in temperance and social 
reform. The badge is the white ribbon. The motto "For God 
and Home and Every Land." In 1913 the society erected and 
presented to the village a Drinking Fountain which is located 
at the village hall and was accepted by the president of the 
village, Matthew D. Young. During "Old Home Week" in 
the summer of 1924 the society won the first prize in a "Float 
Contest" called "Before and After Prohibition," by Mrs. W. 
H. Johnston, and the first prize "Floral Missions," by Mrs. 
Wittenmeyer. The membership is 125, and 30 honorary 
members. The society meets every third Thursday at 2:30 
P. M. Mrs. William Robinson, 24 Ramsdell Avenue, Buffalo, 
N. Y., President; Mrs. Amy Neustadter, 104 Argonne Drive, 
Secretary. Telephone the President for the place of meeting. 

KENMORE LODGE NO. 795 I. O. O. F. 

Kenmore Lodge No. 795 Independent Order of Odd Fellows 
was instituted March 7th, 1913, with the following charter 
members: William B. Sirrett, William Harper, Delbert A. 
Phelps, Edmund Baloun, Henry A. Martin, Fred W. Eggles- 
ton, Bert G. Hitchcock, William Dicks, William Swing. 

The first officers were: N. G., William Harper; V. G., 
William Dicks; Recording Secretary, Fred W. Eggleston; Fin- 
ancial Secretary, Henry A. Martin; Treasurer, Delbert A. 
Phelps; R. S. N. G., William B. Sirrett; L. S. N. G., Bert G. 
Hitchcock; Chaplain, Edmund Baloun; Warden, William 
Ewing. 

The first lodge rooms v;»€re located in the Hitchcock Hall 
located at the corner of Delaware Avenue and Euclid Avenue 

72 



in what was known as the Henry Block. The present Temple 
site was later acquired corner of Kenmore Avenue and Myron 
Avenue. The corner stone was laid in 1914. The membership 
is 133. The 107th anniversary of Oddfellowship in the United 
States was observed by the Lodge on April 26th, 1926, in the 
evening. Dr. Fred'k S. Parkhurst delivered the address. 

The present officers are: N. G., Samuel McCarley; V. G., 
Louis Smith; Recording Secretary, Gordon P. Gilbert; Fin- 
ancial Secretary, William Thorn; Treasurer, George L. Huls- 
lander; R. S. N. G., Thomas Osborne; L. S. N. G., A. J. Whittle- 
ton; R. S. V. G., Paul Condrell; L. S. V. G., Clifford Cook; 
Chaplain, Charles Thompson; Conductor, Frank Schultz; 
Warden, Charles Beeker; I. G., Joseph Bingham; O. G. Jacob 
Fries; R. S. S., John Bleyle; L. S. S. Edward Fletcher; P. G., 
William Gall. 

Regular meeting night, every Monday, 8 P. M. 

KENMORE REBEKAH LODGE 

Early in the year of 1916, a committee was formed with 
Andrew Werner as chairman, assisted by Mrs. N. G. Miller, 
to organize a Rebekah Lodge in Kenmore with the result that, 
on April 4, 1916, the Lodge was instituted with 52 members, 
by George E. Judge, then Grand Master of New York State 
and District Deputy President Martha Rast of the Rebekah 
Assembly. 

The object and purposes of the Rebekah Degree of Odd 
Fellows is to assist their own members and subdorinate and 
sister Rebekah Lodges in ministering to the families of Odd 
Fellows and Rebekahs when in trouble, sickness and want; to 
aid in establishing and maintaining homes for aged Odd 
Fellows and their wives and the widows of deceased Odd 
Fellows, also homes for the care and education of orphans of 
deceased Odd Fellows and Rebekahs; to cultivate social and 
fraternal relations among lodges and families of Odd Fellows. 
1926 officers are: Emma George, Noble Grand; Rose 
Ebling, Past Noble Grand; Emma Roehrig, Vice Grand; Julia 
Chase, Recording Secretary; May Gersting, Financial Secre- 
tary; Katherine Bleyle, Treasurer; Elizabeth Kumpf, Chap- 
lain; Hattie Meyers, Warden; Jessie Whittleton, Conductor; 
Maud Allgier, Inside Guardian; Jacob Fries, Outside Guard- 
ian; Sarah Marshall, R. S. N. G.; Katherine Zwald, L. S. N. 
G.; Marie Huss, R. S. V. G.; Luella Dahmer, L. S. V. G.; 
Marion Bleyle, Pianist; Flora Fletcher, Color Bearer; Ethel 

73 



Cline, Minerva Morgan, Escorts; Mabel Bowman, Drill 
Mistress. 

Past Noble Grands are: Flora Fletcher, Lulu Miller from 
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin; Mabel Bowman, Mary Rowland, 
Christine Wiser, Maude Maxson, Jessie Caskey, Katherine 
Zwald, Sarah Marshall, and Rose Ebling. Present member- 
ship 160. 

MASTER BUILDER LODGE NO. 911 F. & A. M. 

Master Builder Lodge No. 911, Free and Accepted Masons 
was organized and Dispensation granted on December 27th, 
1913. It was Instituted on January 20th, 1914. A Charter 
was granted by the Grand Lodge of the State of New York 
on May 7th, 1914, and the Lodge was Constituted and Con- 
secrated on May 29th, 1914, by Honorable George Freifeld, 
at that time Grand Master of Masons in the State of New York. 

The lodge was formed with forty-one charter members, 
and by the end of 1925 had grown to a membership of Three 
Hundred and Fifty. 

Robert L. Kimberley was its first Master and served the 
Lodge during the years 1914 and 1915. The Masters that 
followed and their terms of office were: 1916, Albert C. 
Towne; 1917, Frederick T. Hall; 1918, Robert F. Coleman; 
1919, Lewis E. Burritt; 1920, Frederick W. Claus; 1921 Fred 
C. Post; 1922, Francis G. King; 1923, Edward A. Jones; 1924, 
Walter Allen; 1925, Thomas W. Dickson. 

Dr. George M. Lewis was its first secretary, followed in 
1915 by Arthur P. H. Saul, who has continued as secretary 
until the present time, having served the lodge for thirteen 
consecutive years. 

The officers of the lodge for the year 1926 were: Master, 
Willard O. Tower; Senior Warden, Dr. Joseph R. Hawn; 
Junior Warden, Fred M. Rich; Treasurer, Charles L. Lowell; 
Secretary, Arthur P. H. Saul; Chaplain, Rev. Frederick S. 
Parkhurst; Senior Deacon, Willis H. Hall; Junior Deacon, 
Frank C. Moore; Senior Master of Ceremony, Thomas B. 
Rautenberg; Junior Master of Ceremony, Kenneth O. Irvin ; 
Senior Steward, Roscoe L. Rosser; Junior Steward, Frank C. 
Greutker; Marshal, Harry A. Epsten; Organist, Ransom C. 
Hall; Tiler, Marley E. Bechtel. 

On February 14th, 1926, ground was broken for a new 
Temple, to be built on East Delaware Road, immediately north 
of the new Kenmore High School. The cost of the new 

74 



Temple, including the site, will be approximately $85,000.00. 

The cornerstone of the new edifice was laid with imposing 
ceremonies on April 10th, 1926, by William A. Rowan, Grand 
Master of Masons in the State of New York, assisted by a large 
retinue of Grand Lodge Officers. 

It is expected that the Temple will be completed and 
dedicated in the late Fall of 1926. 

BETHLEHEM CHAPTER 634 O. E. S. 

Bethlehem Chapter 634 O. E. S. was instituted on March 
9th, 1920, in Odd FelIo\vs Temple, Kenmore, N. Y., by a staff 
of Acting Grand Officers. Thirty members who signed the 
Dispensation w^ere affiliated. Heumina W. Lauderdale, 
Worthy Matron and Edwin H. Weibert Worthy Patron. 

The Chapter served under Dispensation until October 23, 
1920, when it was constituted by the M. W. G. M. of the State 
of New York, Dr. Frances Thornton. 

At the end of this year the Roster totaled ninety members 
and W. M. Heumina W. Lauderdale and Edwin H. Weibert 
were re-elected for another year. 

Helen P. Annis was W. M. and Thomas W. Dickson, W. P. 
in 1922. During this year the Chapter held its only and very 
successful Bazaar. 

Vera K. Towne W. M., and Malcolm E. Welch W. P. in 
1923; Mae L. Ewers W. M., and Edward A. Jones W. P. in 
1924; Argnes L. Osborn W. M. and Walter Allen W. P. in 
1925. 

In 1924 and 1925 Chapter added a Vested Choir to its 
floor work. 

December 1925 showed the chapter had initiated and affil- 
iated 265 members but had lost twenty through death with- 
drawal and dimiting to other Chapters. 

Each year the Chapter has had some very beautiful special 
evenings, such as Installations, Floral Degrees and Grand 
Officers Night which will never be forgotten by anyone whose 
privilege it has been to be present. 

The Chapter has also been very successful financially in 
a number of undertakings into which they have gone for that 
purpose. 

KENMORE COURT NO. 113, ORDER OF THE AMARANTH 

Kenmore Court No. 113 Order of the Amaranth was 
organized October 23, 1924, with Mrs. Emile Linklater as its 
Royal Matron, and Judge Charles L. Titus as its Royal Patron. 

75 



The Grand Court granted the Charter in May 1925, after the 
officers had proven that they were capable of carrying on the 
duties and responsibilities of a Court of the Order of the 
Amaranth. 

The membership of Kenmore number between 60 and 70, 
all residents of Kenmore proper, or its immediate vicinity. 
Membership in the Order of the Amaranth is conditional upon 
the applicant being a member of the Order of the Eastern Star 
in good standing or a Master Mason. 

Charity is a capstone of the Order, through which a great 
deal of good can be accocnplished when exercised for the good 
of humanity. The Order aims to impress upon all who unite 
with it, the duty we owe to one another, to encourage them to 
be a means of doing good, to live contentedly with their fellow- 
beings, to possess a forgiving spirit, and to exercise their 
influence for good over their associates. 

The Grand Court of the State of New York has seen fit to 
appoint Mrs. Emile Linklater District Deputy Grand Royal 
Matron of this district for the ensuing year. 

The Present Officers of Kenmore Court are as follows: 

Royal Matron, Mayme B. Titus; Patron, Edward A. Jones; 
Associate Matron, Lillian McKenneth; Associate Patron, 
Charles Weidrich; Secretary, Nettie Brown; Treasurer, John 
F. McKenneth,; Conductress, Mary Brown; Associate Con- 
ductress, Edith Wiedrich. 
KENMORE BRANCH Y. W. C. A. 

The Kenmore Y. W. C. A. — originally called the Industrial 
Service Center of Kenmore, came into existence August 29, 
1918. Mrs. James Foster of Colonial Circle was the first 
chairman. Serving with her were Mrs. Darwin D. Martin, chair- 
man of the House and Equipment, Mrs. E. J. Barcalo, chair- 
man of the Industrial Committee, Mrs. William Pennypacker, 
chairman of Activities, Mrs. Paul Dold, Cafeteria chairman. 
Miss Carolyn Grimmell was the first executive of the branch. 
Mrs. Helen G. Wagoner assumed the duties of House Mother 
and Miss Ruth Fairbairn the duties of Business Secretary. To 
the above group belongs a tribute for all the difllcult work of 
seeing an organization begun. 

The first club night, for employed people was held Feb- 
ruary 3, 1919 with 85 girls present. Following close on this, 
the Mothers of the community asked for clubs for the school 
girls and clubs were formed under Miss Rhoda Harris. 

From these beginnings the work has progressed until in 

76 



1925 over 100,000 people were served in some way by the 
Kenmore Y. W. C. A. While the organization was started by 
Buffalo people, the Kenmore women soon became interested 
and today the Committee of Management is mostly made up 
of Kenmore women. 

At present the officers are : Chairman of the Branch, Mrs. 
F. C. Densberger; Vice Chairman, Mrs. E. R. Griffiths; Secre- 
tary, Mrs. Oliver MacLean; Corresponding Secretary, Mrs. 
Clarence Miller. 

As the work has grown, additional people have been added 
to the staff as follows: Executive, Lucia P. Davenport; Busi- 
ness Girls Secretary, Blanche Knowles; Industrial Girls Secre- 
tary, Lillian Freund; Girl Reserve Secretary, Olive Degan; 
Cafeteria Secretary, Hazel Kidder; House Secretary, (Mrs.) 
Jennie E. Rader; Office Secretary, Lillian K. Buckley. 

KENMORE MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION, INC. 

On April 23rd, 1923 nineteen business men of Kenmore 
met at Neustadter's dry goods store and organized under the 
name of the "Kenmore Retail Merchants Association." Its 
aims and objects were to protect and advance the business 
and civic interests of the village of Kenmore, foster a spirit 
of commercial harmony and establish a bureau of credit 
information for the benefit of its members. Henry J. Ebling 
was unanimously chosen for President; Robert K. House, 
Vice President; Vern F. Palmer, Treasurer; Katherine B. 
Pinch, Secretary. Directors: Ray E. Clark, George J. Schlehr, 
C. R. Schickluna, John H. Durkin and Harrison H. Bury. 
Since organization the association has increased its member- 
ship to ninety members. It has aided by united effort all 
public enterprises of merit. A contest was held in 1925 for 
the purpose of adopting a slogan to be used on stationery 
and advertising matter. The first prize was won by Henry A. 
Engel, 277 Parkwood Avenue who submitted, "Kenmore's 
Made of Kenmore's Trade," which was adopted by the associa- 
tion. Other slogans were submitted as follows: "Buy More, 
Boost More, Kenmore," by Arthur S. Hood, 127 Wardman 
Road and "Trade in Kenmore," by John Blankheit, 183 Tre- 
maine Avenue. The organization incorporated in February, 
1926 under the name of the Kenmore Merchants Association. 
F. F. Barber was chosen as President for 1926. The regular 
meeting of the association is held on the third Monday even- 
ing of each month. 

77 



ROTARY CLUB OF KENMORE, NEW YORK 

"Service Above Self — He Profits Most Who Serves Best" 

Charter granted by Rotary International was No. 1701, 
organized on March 31, 1924, by George C. Diehl, special 
representative of Andy Wallace of St. Catharines, Ontario, 
District Governor of the 27th District of Rotary International. 

Officers: President, Frank C. Moore; Vice President, 
Edward A. Jones; Secretary, Benjamin A. Keeney; Treasurer, 
Edward H. Boehringer; Sergeant-at-Arms, Vernon Eager. 

Directors: Frank C. Moore, Vernon Eager, J. Fred Moore, 
Benjamin A. Keeney, Frank C. Densberger, Edward H. 
Boehringer, Edward A. Jones, Henry J. Ebling, Elmer L. 
Sleeper. 

Charter Members: Frank C. Moore, Elmer L. Sleeper, 
Benjamin A. Keeney, Edward H. Boehringer, Edward A. Jones, 
Joseph B. Mang, Harrison H. Bury, James J. Donovan, Henry 
J. Ebling, A. L. Brainard, Robert Zimmerman, Vernon Eager, 
L. P. A. Eberhardt, Frank C. Densberger, J. Fred Moore, 
Eugene R. Linklater, Robert K. House, Ray E. Clark, William 
Harper, Louis Neustadter, John Richelsen, George J. Schlehr, 
Willis H. Hall. 

Officers and Directors for the year 1925 — 1926: President, 
Dr. Clayton C. Morehouse; Vice President, Edwin R. Ashbery; 
Secretary, William Harper; Treasurer, Edward H. Boehringer; 
Sergeant-at-Arms, William F, Beier. Directors: Benjamin A. 
Keeney, Arthur P. H. Saul, Floyd Barber, Henry J. Ebling, 
Vernon Eager. 

Meets every Monday at 12:15 P. M. at the Kenmore 
Y. W. C. A. 

The Rotary Code of Ethics 

My business standards shall have in them a note of sym- 
pathy for our common humanity. My business dealings, ambi- 
tions and relations shall always cause me to take into con- 
sideratiofi my highest duties as a member of society. In every 
position in business life, in every responsibility that comes 
before me, my chief thought shall be to fill that responsibility 
and discharge that duty so that, when I have ended both of 
them, I shall have lifted the level of human ideals and achieve- 
ments a little higher than I found it. 

THE PROPERTY OWNERS PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION 
OF KENMORE, N. Y. 

Meets First and Third Thursday night each month, Odd 

78 



Fellows Temple; organized December 7th, 1921. 

First Officers: Harold V. Cook, President; Eugene F. 
Stoddard, Vice President; Floyd J. Hurlburt, Secretary; 
Joseph M. Ward, Treasurer. 

Purpose : The purpose of the association is to promote the 
common welfare, through social and business intercourse 
among its members, and to do all manner of things which are 
lawful and proper. 

Present Officers: Willis H. Elliott, President; W. H. Finch, 
Vice President; Henry F. Trout, Treasurer; Stewart W. Jor- 
dan, Secretary; Chester W. Yount, Assistant Secretary. 

ZONTA CLUB OF KENMORE 

On December 2nd, 1925, a group of fifteen women met 
with Mrs. George M. Oppermann at her home No. 2851 Dela- 
ware Avenue to consider the organization of a Zonta Club. 
Marion DeForest, past president of the confederation of Zonta 
Clubs, and Louise Gerry, president of the Buffalo Zonta Club 
were present and gave valuable assistance. 

The Zonta Club of Kenmore was organized and received 
its charter on February 1st, 1926. The following officers were 
elected: Katherine Busch, President; Mary Connolly, First 
Vice President; Mabel Moore, Second Vice President; J. 
Aurelia Oppermann, Secretary; Mavis Todd, Treasurer. There 
were fifteen charter members. As a worthy aim and incentive 
to the club it assumed the work of assisting a young woman 
through college. Meetings are held monthly in the Y. W. C. A. 

The board of directors is composed of the following 
women: Katherine Busch, Mary Connolly, Mavis Todd, 
Mabel Moore, Violet Osborne, Hettie Brosart, Lucia Daven- 
port, J. Aurelia Oppermann. 
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS 

The Kenmore Branch of the Erie County League of Women 
Voters was organized in May 1925. Its initial membership 
consisted of fifty-five women. Mrs. Harold V. Cook was its 
first chairman. The officers for 1926 are: Mrs. Bruce Silver- 
thorne, Chairman; Mrs. Carlisle Cherry, Assistant Chairman; 
Mrs. Matthew W. Hauser, Secretary; Mrs. Sidney C. Murray, 
Treasurer. 

The membership of the League is now one hundred and 
fifty-nine. Its meetings are held once in each month and are 
open to the public. At these meetings questions of civic 
importance are debated. 

The purpose of the organization is to teach women to vote 

79 



intelligently and to use their own observations and judgment 
in their right of franchisement. The organization is non- 
partisan and both sides of every question debated are heard. 

WHEEL CHAIR HOME FOR INCURABLES, 2746 DELA- 
WARE AVENUE, KENMORE, N. Y. 

Mrs. Margaret G. Tuttle, Superintendent. 

Object: To establish and maintain a home for incurables 
and chronic invalids and to provide wheel chairs for invalids 
among the worthy poor. 

History: (1) Organized Wheel Chair Guild, May 1, 
1910, for purpose of loaning Wheel Chairs to invalids and 
shut-ins among the poor of Buffalo. 

(2) Opened our first Home for Chronic Invalids Septem- 
ber 1, 1911, at 93 Seventh Street, Buffalo, N. Y. 

(3) Moved to 344 Hudson Street, May 1, 1912. 

(4) In June 1913, changed name Wheel Chair Guild to 
Wheel Chair Home for Incurables. 

(5) Incorporated March, 1915. 

(6) Moved into its own building, corner Delaware and 
Kenmore Avenues May 1, 1916. 

(7) Moved into new addition to same building July 
15, 1923. 

(8) Incurables and Chronic invalids cared for. 

(9) No salaried officers. 

Originally it was an organization with active members 
paying three dollars annually and associate members one 
dollar a year for dues. Donations from public-spirited citizens, 
sales, bazaars, parties, etc., given by the women to raise funds, 
and whatever sum the incoming patients could contribute 
toward their support, maintained the Home until it joined the 
Joint Charities in 1919, from which it now receives most of 
its operating expenses. 

Success has attended this enterprise from the first. Twelve 
years ago last September was the humble beginning. Soon 
an eleven room house on Hudson Street was taken. In May 
1916, it moved into its present quarters, to which a large 
addition was just completed last summer. It can now accom- 
modate forty-five patients and has a waiting list all of the 
time. 

THE AMERICAN LEGION, MILTON J. BROUNSHIDLE 
POST NO. 205 

The American Legion was born in Paris, March, 1919, as 

80 







/ 



W-r^i*^ 




^., ' 







r^ 



S i^ju*' 



r 





«" •'**i 



vi.. 




**■ J3IN* 



/•^^ ^ > 



^^ ■^*^ 



4'3 



Monument to General Sheridan on Sheridan Drive 
as it will look when completed. 



e? < 



the result of the spontaneous demand of all veterans for some 
expression in peace of those ideals for which they fought in 
the World War. 

The boys who represented the Town of Tonawanda and 
Village of Kenmore, started to realize this ideal in June, 
receiving their temporary charter in August. Forty signed 
the application and received the designation of Post No. 205. 

Its name honors Milton J. Brounshidle, who was killed 
in action during the "Argonne Drive." 

Post meetings were held for a number of years in the 
Village Hall until 1923, when the Odd Fellow's hall was 
secured for combined use of the Post and its newly-formed 
Auxiliary Unit, composed of the mothers, wives, widows and 
sisters of Legion members. The Post is now so large that 
these quarters are too small, and some means must be found to 
house its activities properly. 

The Post has had a representative on the Executive Com- 
mittee of the Erie County Committee ever since that body was 
formed in 1920. It also elected a member of the Post as 
Vice-Commander, who later became Commander of the 
County. 

Officers: Leonard G. Sipperley, Commander; Miner 
Wildey, First Vice-Commander; Frank McCadden, Second 
Vice-Commander; Karl Franklin, Third Vice-Commander; 
Irwin Brounshidle, Finance Officer; Richard Holbrook, Adju- 
tant; Charles MacDonald, Sergeant-at-Arms ; Frank C. Moore, 
Post Attorney; Henry A. Brown, Post Historian; Richard Hol- 
brook, Robert House, Delegates; William Burlingame, Lewis 
Blackley, Alternates. 

Executive Committee: Robert K. House, Earl Butler, 
Henry A. Brown, Lewis E. Blackley, William T. Burlingame, 
Fred S. Mathewson, Adelbert Dove. 

LADIES' AUXILIARY 

Officers: Mrs. W. H. Round, President; Mrs. L. E. Faux, 
First Vice-President; Mrs. O. C. Keener, Second Vice-Presi- 
dent; Mrs. George Diebold, Secretary; Mrs. Thomas Prior, 
Treasurer; Mrs. Arthur Burke, Sergeant-at-Arms; Mrs. John 
Hawk, Chaplain; Mrs. Edward Courtney, Historian. 

Executive Commitee: Mrs. Henry Brown, Mrs. Clarence 
Yochum, Mrs. Roy McQuillan. 

Delegates to County Committee : Mrs. Round, Mrs. Faux, 
Mrs. Diebold, Mrs. Burlingame. 

81 



HISTORY OF THE KENMORE FIRE DEPARTMENT 

The organization of the Kenmore Fire Department was 
first proposed by the Business Men's Association of Kenmore 
in the spring of 1893. The little village of a few houses hav- 
ing laid some water pipes, and desiring to be independent 
of Buffalo, called a meeting in the Sunday school room of the 
Presbyterian Church, on May 19th, at which the fire depart- 
ment was organized. Myron A. Phelps was elected president; 
James R. Barker, Vice-President; Edward H. Moffett, Secre- 
tary; George H. Meyer, George A. Besch, D. A. Phelps 
Trustees. The first chief was Frank C. Stillwell and George 
F. Striker, assistant. All the able bodied men of the village 
joined the department, one of the attractions being that mem- 
bers were not required to pay the poll tax. 

DELAWARE HOSE COMPANY 

In July, 1893, the Delaware Hose Company was organized 
by the men of the south Kenmore-Buffalo section. Freelon 
Hunter was chosen first president. The men of the north end 
of the village formed the Alert Hose Company with John I. 
Keller as president. In 1905 the old companies being kept 
up with difficulty and a truck being needed, a Hook and 
Ladder company with men from both hose companies was 
organized and later a Chemical Company was formed. In 
1919 motor apparatus took the place of old hand carts. The 
Chemical Company disbanded and the Delaware Hose Com- 
pany, and the "Hooks" were merged into the Delaware Hook 
and Ladder Company. The flag pole on the village green was 
raised by the department in 1915. In 1919 Ross Mcintosh, a 
Kenmore fireman, designed the kiosk containing the old fire 
bell which was dedicated on November 16th, 1919. The de- 
partment is now well organized and effective; fully equipped 
with modern apparatus and with ample water supply is able 
to fight any fire that may occur. The department also keeps 
alive the community spirit in a serviceable way. The depart- 
ment was the host for the annual convention of the Western 
New York Volunteer Firemen's Association in July, 1926, 
which brought forty companies and four hundred delegates. 

KENMORE FIRE DEPARTMENT COUNCIL AND WARDENS 

Alert Hose Company: Walter Ducker, Henry Schunk, 
Roscoe L. Rosser, Louis E. DeCourlander. 

82 



Delaware Hook and Ladder Company: Frank V. Schultz, 
Bruce F. Miller, Charles Weiss. 

Ladies Auxiliary: President, Mrs. F. V. Schultz; Vice- 
President, Mrs. Charles Weiss; Secretary, Mrs. G. Kirtland; 
Treasurer, Mrs. F. W. Spear. 

Alert Hose Company: President, Raymond Kirsch; Vice- 
President, George Engel; Recording Secretary, Stewart Jor- 
dan; Treasurer, Henry Schunk; Financial Secretary, Irwin 
Brounshidle; Foreman, John Yochum; Assistant Foreman, 
John Kelley; Chaplain, Dr. L. E. DeCourlander; Historian, F. 
D. Luke. 

Delaware Hook and Ladder Company: President, Charles 
Weiss; Vice-President, Norbert M. Beiter; Secretary, Ray 
Schurr; Treasurer, F. V. Schultz; Financial Secretary, William 
Gall; Chief, Edward W. Huebner; First Assistant, Fred W. 
Spear; Second Assistant, Ray Kirschner; Foreman, A. J. 
Burke; Assistant Foreman, R. F. Wunsch. 

Kenmore Fire Police: Robert K. House, William T. Bur- 
lingame, Oscar C. Keener, Ray Grant, Leonard G. Sipperley, 
Richard R. Holbrook. 

Roster of Chiefs since department was formed : Frank C. 
Stillwell, George Pirson, William Schmidt, Edward Schmidt, 
James Begley, George Brennan, Henry Schunk, George Besch, 
Charles Large, Henry J. Ebling, Milton J. Brounshidle, Louis 
A. Wiser, Clarence Yochum, John C. Hider, Pierre De- 
Lafranier, Edmund Baloun, Victor F. Moreland, Michael 
Forster, Frank V. Schultz. 

INVENTORY OF RECORDS, VILLAGE HALL VAULT 

1. Village Board Minutes, August 3rd, 1889 to 1926. 2. 
Assessment Rolls, 1900 to 1926. 3. Building Permits, January 
1st, 1907 to 1926. 4. Correspondence, August 3rd, 1889 to 
1926. 5. Erroneous Tax Petitions. 6. Real Property Searches, 
Deeds, Actions. 7. Attorney's Opinions and Reports of 
Officers. 8. Approved Building Petitions. 9. Audited 
Vouchers. 10. Contracts. 11. Agreements. 12. Deeds. 13. Pro- 
posals. 14. Specifications. 15. Legal Actions. 16. Plumbers 
Bonds. 17. Bonds of Officials. 18. Insurance Policies. 19. 
Returned Mail. 20, Contracts. 21. Argeements and Options. 
22. Deeds and Searches. 23. Certificates of Nomination. 24. 
Petitions. 25. Oaths of Office. 26. Election Expenses. 27. 
Canvass of Elections. 28. Improvements. 29. Bond Proceed- 
ings. 30. Compensation Reports. 31. Board of Assessors. 32. 

83 



Regular and Special Elections. 33. Superintendent's Weekly- 
Reports. 34, Long and Short Vouchers. 35. Blue Prints. 36. 
Maps and Surveys. 

KENMORE REAL ESTATE 

L. P. A. Eberhardt 

Probably next to location, as to approach from Buffalo and 
strategic position on the Niagara Frontier, the real estate com- 
panies played the next important part in advancing the de- 
velopment of Kenmore. 

The pioneer in this line was L. P. A. Eberhardt, fondly 
known as "Daddy" Eberhardt of Kenmore. Mr. Eberhardt 
started in business in 1884 sub-dividing the Leonard Farm of 
forty acres which tract is now Hinman and Ramsdell Avenues 
on the Buffalo side of the line. In 1896 he had associated with 
him Philip Walters and developed the Villa Avenue section. 
Later on the Ruff Farm of forty-five acres in the Elmwood 
Avenue section, including Hoover and Keller Avenues, was. 
developed. Eberhardt & Sanborn were associated in 1892- 
1896 and developed the Isadore Mang and Fred Mang tract 
on the south-west corner of Delaware and Kenmore Avenues 
and the Ackerman Farm of seventy-four acres on the south- 
east corner of Delaware and Kenmore Avenues. In all Mr. 
Eberhardt improved eighty-four different tracts of land and is 
the oldest and largest dealer of real estate in Kenmore and is 
still actively engaged in the business. Much time, hard work, 
and money was spent in the early days to make Kenmore 
presentable and habitable. The real estate men were eager 
to improve the looks of the new village. There were many 
unsightly barns and sheds to be removed and unsanitary- 
ditches to be drained. Objections were raised by the owners 
of barns at having these old landmarks torn down. One such 
building located near the Lackawanna Railway was in the way 
of progress. All pleas to remove it fell on deaf ears, but at 
last Providence (?) came to the aid of the real estate men — 
the barn burned down. Ugly and offensive ditches were 
drained by the forward looking men. Dead and straggley trees 
were cut down and the landscape beautified. In this task all 
the new settlers took part, being anxious to make Kenmore 
attractive. 

Jacob B. Rickert 

Jacob B. Rickert was born at Manheim, Waterloo County, 
Ontario, Canada. He came to the United States in 1890 and 

84 



located in the newly settled village of Kenmore. He helped to 
construct the brown stone houses of L. P. A. Eberhardt, and 
Fred B. Eberhardt in Delaware Avenue in 1893-1894. Later 
he engaged in general contracting business building homes for 
the early settlers in Kenmore. Mrs. Hannah E. Rickert, his 
wife, became a resident in Kenmore in 1891 and resides at 
27 LaSalle Avenue, being one of the few remaining 
pioneers who have witnessed the wonderful growth of the 
village. Mr. Rickert continued in the building business until 
1914 and claimed the distinction of building four out of every 
five houses in Kenmore up to that time. In 1914 he formed 
the Hall-Rickert Co., Inc., with Mr. S. C. Hall and carried on 
home building on a large scale in the Hertel Avenue section of 
Buffalo, until the time of his death which occurred February 
12, 1916. Like all the original settlers in Kenmore, Mr. Rickert 
was interested in everything that helped to make Kenmore an 
ideal community. He was one of the organizers of the Method- 
ist Episcopal Church of Kenmore. 

Clare L. Rickert, 2959 Delaware Avenue 
Clare L. Rickert, son of Jacob B. Rickert, worked as a car- 
penter for the Hall-Rickert Co., Inc., and took over the con- 
struction work of the company at the death of his father until 
the fall of 1916 at which time he went into business for himself, 
building and selling homes exclusively in Kenmore. In 1917 
he combined with Eugene F. Stoddard, forming what was 
known as the Stoddard-Rickert Co., and built houses in Lin- 
den Avenue until entering the U. S. Service in the World War 
November 21st, 1917. He served eighteen months. After return- 
ing from the war Mr. Rickert sold his interest in the company 
to Stoddard and Quin, Frederick J. Quin having become a 
member of the firm of Stoddard-Rickert Co. In July 1919 
Mr. Rickert formed the Rickert Building Co., Inc., with 
Charles W. Hall. In 1921 he bought out Mr. Hall's interest 
and formed the Rickert Building Co., Inc., 2959 Delaware 
Avenue, where he carries on a general business of building, 
real estate, and insurance. Like his father Mr. Rickert be- 
lieves in the future of Kenmore and is placing all his invest- 
ments in and near the village and shows a lively interest in 
everything that relates to the development of the coming city 
of 25,000 population which he believes will be the Kenmore 
of 1936. 

Myron A. Phelps 
Mr. M. A. Phelps, the first President of the Village of Ken- 

85 



more, was one of the first to engage in real estate dealing in 
Kenmore, also to superintend the erection of houses. Under 
the title of "The Kenmore and Villa Avenue Land Company," 
and "Messrs. Phelps & Barrus," and as general agent for the 
"Kenmore and Delaware Avenue Land Company," Mr. Phelps 
not only sold land and houses, but labored with heart and hand 
to establish and build up the new suburb of Buffalo. He was 
respected and honored throughout the county and state. His 
■work and influence for the good of the community still abides. 
Large & Hi(ier> National Bank Building, Delaware and Lincoln 
Charles Large, under the firm name of Large & Company 
(Charles Large and William Rowland) was among the first in 
contracting and building in Kenmore on an extensive scale. 
Among the residences built by this firm are the E. B. 01m- 
etead of Eugene Avenue, in old colonial style; the substantial 
George V. Eberhardt house 2768 Delaware Avenue, now 
occupied by Henry A. Brown; the handsome brick residence 
of Willis H. Hall, 84 Tremaine Avenue, also the fine homes 
of Harold V. Cook, 57 East Girard Boulevard, Richard 
W. Werner, 94 Delaware Road and many others including 
several in Deerhurst Park. Among the public buildings and 
mercantile blocks built by this firm are the Washington Gram- 
mar School (1910) which was the original High School. The 
Odd Fellows Temple (1914), the Ebling Hardware block, and 
the rectory of Saint Paul's Church. 

Under the firm name of Large & Hider (Charles Large and 
John C. Hider) the Y. W. C. A. Cafeteria was built in 1918. 
More recently some of the notable public buildings erected 
are the Presbyterian Church, the National Bank, the Masonic 
Temple, and the Rosing block, Delaware and Euclid, (1926) 
which important site was occupied for many years by some of 
the landmarks of early Kenmore. 

Rowland Corporation, 23 East Hazeltine Avenue 

This firm of general contractors and masonry work is 
among the oldest and leading builders in Kenmore. William 
Rowland was formerly associated with Charles Large, as 
Large & Company and until 1918 shared in the operations of 
that firm. Since that date the corporation built the State 
Bank of Kenmore, the Kenmore Theatre Block, and the Szur 
Shoe Shop No. 9 Mang Avenue. The corporation has built 
twenty-five substantial houses in different parts of the village. 

Kinsey Realty Company 

A branch ofllice of this company is located at 2830 

86 



Delaware Avenue. Mr. Kinsey Sr. co-operated with L. P. A. 
Eberhardt in the realty business in Kenmore's earliest history. 
The present company operated in Kenmore on February 7th, 
1907. Kinsey Avenue was the first street developed from 
Elmwood to Delaware Avenue. The Kenmore Estates develop- 
ment included Somerton Avenue, West Girard Boulevard, 
North End, Palmer, and Stillwell Avenues. The company has 
built 150 houses in the village including many on West Hazel- 
tine and Tremaine Avenues. In the town of Tonawanda sub- 
divisions include Colvin Avenue, Sheridan Drive and Eggerts- 
ville Road. 

Louis J. Eisenberger 

Louis J. Eisenberger, building contractor, 58 Tremaine 
Avenue, began building in Kenmore in March, 1914, finishing 
four houses in Knowlton Avenue. In 1915 he moved into the 
village and since that time has built 160 houses in various 
parts of the village. He finished the interior wood work in 
both the State Bank of Kenmore and the First National Bank. 

Boehringer Homes, Edward H. Boehringer and Clarence C. 
Boehringer, No. 2955 Delaware Avenue 

In March 1922 under the firm name of Hall & Boehringer, 
a number of houses were built on Mang Avenue and twenty 
houses on Lincoln Boulevard. At this time the office was 
located the farthest north of any of the real estate and build- 
ing offices, leading the way in development on Delaware 
Avenue. The present company since 1923 has built forty or 
more homes on both sides of Hazeltine and Tremaine Avenues, 
in the Elmwood Avenue section which is rapidly expanding as 
a business and residential district. . 

Ebert & Ebert No. 44 Columbia Road ^"T 

This company commenced building operations in Kenmore 
in 1922 and has made a remarkable record in the erection of 
fine residences. Twenty-five houses on Columbia Road; 
fourteen on Lincoln Boulevard; fifteen on Mang Avenue; two 
on Victoria Boulevard and others in the north Delaware sec- 
tion. All these high class homes found ready sale as soon as or 
before completed. 

F. S. Sipperley & Son No. 2827 Delaware Avenue 

Under this firm name Mr. Sipperley, one of the older and 
well known residents, began selling real estate and insurance 
in April, 1922. Many lots were sold for the Kenmore-Hoover 
Land Co., and the Kenmore Woodward Co., which helped to 

87 



improve the large tract west of Elmwood Avenue. This firm 
is also sub-dividing sixty-nine acres in the Colvin Avenue, 
Ellicott Road section, which is rapidly being taken up as a 
residential section. The new Colvin Avenue subway makes 
easy access from Buffalo, and Kenmore and parallels Dela- 
ware Avenue and Main Street in the trend to the east and 
north. 

Tolsma Brothers Real Estate, No. 2938 Delaware Avenue 
This company began business in Kenmore in August, 1922. 
Many sites for modern homes were sold on Westgate Avenue, 
which had such a remarkable development in 1925. Many 
home sites were sold on Wardman Road, Hamilton Boulevard, 
Delwood and Kenwood Roads. The company is now operat- 
ing on Sheridan Drive and in various parts of the village and 
township of Tonawanda. 

Chambers Realty Company, No. 2980 Delaware Avenue 
This company's branch office was opened in Kenmore in 
1924. Besides building several modern homes in Nassau 
Avenue and other parts of the village and offering business 
opportunities in Kenmore, the company is developing Park 
View in the township of Tonawanda facing the new town 
park — Sheridan Park — located on Sheridan Drive and the Two 
Mile Creek Road. This section is easy of access and is bound 
to become a popular suburban residential district famous 
already for its beauty. 

G. F. Wallace Co., Inc., No. 2854 Delaware Avenue 

This firm is developing the Delaware Meadows tract on 
Schell Road east of Delaware Avenue, which runs to Eggerts- 
ville Road. It also has subdivisions in Sheridan Meadows 
and Sheridan Drive. This famous drive extends across the 
township of Tonawanda from east to west connecting the 
Niagara Falls Boulevard with the Niagara River. A wonder- 
ful boulevard, electrically lighted, traversing a beautiful 
stretch of country very attractive to home finders. The com- 
pany began business in Kenmore in 1924 and has sold hundreds 
of homesites. 

Hall & Turner, No. 2943 Delaware Avenue 

Charles W. Hall was associated with Clare L. Rickert 
previous to forming a partnership with Leslie F. Turner, May 
1st, 1925. The firm built up the north side of Lincoln Avenue 
between Delaware and Eugene Avenues, and on the south side 
between Eugene and Elmwood Avenues. Four residences on 

88 



Victoria Boulevard and twenty homes on Mayville Avenue, 
north of the village line and in the Elmwood Avenue section 
have been built. 

Greater Buffalo Building Company 

Among the newest homes in Kenmore are those of the 
Greater Buffalo Building Company which is building 150 
houses on Westgate Road and Wabash Avenue between Elm- 
wood and Wilbur Avenues, which district is rapidly filling up. 
These are all of high standards and materials with all con- 
veniences and comforts. Some are of the Dutch Colonial type 
built of brick. Office, Elmwood and Wabash Avenues. 
Deerhurst Park, E. W. Rogers, 357 Delaware Road. 

Just outside the village limits on the north, and on the 
east side of old Delaware Road is situated a purely residential 
section where street traffic cannot disturb the residents. Here 
only a short time ago stood an old landmark, the Atkinson 
farm house and barns, which gave a quaint and rural aspect 
to the locality. Now there are new driveways, shrubbery, 
ornamental stone fences, unique designed homes set in open 
spaces making one think of English rural districts. In a few 
years this will be one of the beauty spots of Kenmore. Laid 
out in the spring of 1924 there are already about twenty resi- 
dences and others being built. 

Henel Brothers, Englewood Avenue 

This company began building operations in 1920 and up 
to this time has built seventy-five houses in various parts of 
the village. Many of these are in Westgate Avenue between 
Delaware and Eugene Avenues. The Henel Brothers have 
been long time residents of the town of Tonawanda and are 
also milk dealers. 

Murray Inc., Home Finders, 2860 Delaware Avenue 

Frank I. Murray, president of the company came to Ken- 
more in 1915 as a resident, and opened an office at the corner 
of Parkside and Hertel Avenues, Buffalo. From that office he 
helped to develop North Park, Colvin Park, and Park Gardens, 
also selling a good many homes in Kenmore. The title "Home 
Finder" was well earned and not an empty ostentation. On 
October 1st, 1924, the offices of the company were moved to 
2860 Delaware Avenue, Kenmore, from which location Mr. 
Murray has had a large part in developing Lincoln, Victoria 
and Courier Boulevards. Besides real estate the company does 
a general brokerage and insurance business in all its branches. 

Other contractors and builders are: Clark & Landers, 

89 



Clarence Kibby, Charles W. Hughes, Thomas H. & Arthur R. 
Blair, Edward Bernd, Benjamin A. Keeney, Fred S. Matthew- 
son, DeVer W. Northrup, Charles G. Ott, Henry C. Premus, 
Stoddard & Quin, George Voas, Fred Lowitzer, and many 
others listed in the Kenmore Official Directory. 

Building in the village of Kenmore is showing great 
activity. There are restricted sections where private homes 
are selling within the reach of the average working man. 
Kenmore is a small city of home owners. 

TONA WANDA TOWN BOARD, MEETINGS, TUESDAY, 
8 P. M., VILLAGE HALL 

Matthew D. Young. Supervisor; Roscoe L. Rosser, Town 
Clerk; Carlisle Cherry, Edward A. Jones, Robert Zimmerman, 
Samuel Seitz, Justices of the Peace; Henry DeWitt, Highway 
Superintendent. 

Elmer Mang, Chief of Police; Fred T. Hall, Building and 
Plumbing Superintendent; Alfred Evans, Public Works Super- 
intendent; Charles L. Lowell, Tax Receiver; Frank C. Moore, 
Attorney; George C. Diehl, Engineer. 

TOWNSHIP OF TONAWANDA 

Erie County was erected by an act of legislation on the 
2nd day of April 1821, comprising all the territory of the old 
county (Niagara) lying south of the middle of Tonawanda 
Creek. The Town of Tonawanda was set off from the town 
of Buffalo on the 16th day of April 1836, and included the 
present township and Grand Island. Grand Island was formed 
into a separate town by the board of supervisors of Erie 
County in October, 1852. The town of Tonawanda contains 
about twenty-two square miles in Township 12, Range 8, Hol- 
land Land Company's survey. 

The first town meeting was held in the spring of 1837, 
when the following officers w^ere elected: William Williams, 
Supervisor; T. W. Williams, Tow^n Clerk; John T. Bush, Daniel 
Smith and Mr. Forsdyck, Justices of the Peace; James Carney 
and Jeremiah Phalin, Assessors; William Best and John Sim- 
son, Commissioners of Highways. 

J. B. Zimmerman a leading citizen of Kenmore was the 
supervisor from 1888 to 1894. He died May 18th, 1894. 

Among the prominent and active residents of the town 
from 1836 and later were David R. Failing, Frederick Landel, 
Frederick Pfanner, Philip Pirson, Levi Zimmerman, J. B. Zim- 
merman, Martin J. Zimmerman and others whose descend- 

90 



ants are still active and reside in the township. 

Conspicuous among the farms sub-divided for building- 
purposes in the township is the Zimmerman property on Dela- 
ware Road in location unsurpassed. The Zimmerman family- 
have been prominently associated with affairs both in the 
township and village of Kenmore for more than a hundred 
years. A deed dated June 18th, 1813, was displayed in a 
Kenmore real estate office in the spring of 1926 attesting this 
fact and excited much curiosity. The following article from 
a recent issue of the Buffalo Courier gives an account of this 
property. 

The property which comprises 110 acres was conveyed to 
Adam Zimmerman on June 18, 1813, and recorded in the office 
of the clerk of Niagara county, of which Erie county was then 
a part, in 1813. The property was deeded by Wilhelm Willink, 
Hendrick Vollenhoven, Rutger Jan Schimmelpenninck, Wil- 
hem Willink, the younger; Jan Willink, the younger; Jan 
Gabriel Vanslaphorst, Cornells Vollenhoven, Hendrick Seye, 
all of the city of Amsterdam, in the republic of Batavia, Hol- 
land, through their attorney, Joseph Ellicott of Buffalo, whose 
signature was witnessed by David Goodwin and James W. 
Stevens. 

The Zimmermans came to Buffalo from the Mohawk valley 
by ox cart in 1794, about 150 years after the original Zimmer- 
mans immigrated from Holland. About the time the Zim- 
mermans arrived in western New York the Holland Land Com- 
pany purchased from the Indians their rights pursuant to a 
treaty which w^as made with representatives of the United 
States government. 

Adam Zimmerman, to whom the property known today as 
Kinsey's Delaware Terrace East was deeded, was a man of 
considerable note and had quite a reputation for keeping the 
Indians straight. He became familiar with their language and 
ofttimes acted as interpreter for the Seneca nation of 
Indians. 

By the terms of Adam Zimmerman's will the property was 
left to his son, William A. Zimmerman, who was survived by 
the following children: Robert M. Zimmerman and Margaret 
Zimmerman, who hold title to the property today; and the 
late Hamilton, Oliver and Ida M. Zimmerman. 

The first gas wells on the property were drilled by Oliver 
Zimmerman about ten years ago, and today natural gas wells 

91 



on this property supply many of the factories and homes in 
the town of Tonawanda. 

Just a few years previous to the time Kinsey's Delaware 
Terrace was deeded to Adam Zimmerman a sale was made 
by taking some of the soil and handing it to the purchaser. If 
the soil was accepted by the purchaser, the sale was com- 
pleted. Another form was to pick up a twig from the ground. 
The seller would take hold of one end and the purchaser would 
take hold of the other, break the twig and create a contract 
of sale. 

As time drew on, evidence of ownership was reduced to 
writing and the heading on all deeds read "This Indenture." 
The deed was torn or cut apart in a zigzag manner and onte 
part given to the purchaser while the other was retained by 
the seller. In case of a dispute, ownership was proven by 
matching the two pieces. 

The Adam Zimmerman deed was one of the first legal 
papers to be recorded in the county clerk's office. The des- 
cription reads: 

"All That Certain Tract of Land, situate, lying and being 
in the County of Niagara in the State of New York, Being part 
or parcel of a certain township which on a map or survey or 
divers tracts or townships of land of the said parties of the 
first part, made for the proprietors by Joseph Ellicott, Sur- 
veyor, is distinguished by Township Number Twelve in the 
Eighth Range of said Townships and which said tract of land 
on a certain other map or survey of said Townships into lots, 
made for the said proprietors, .by the said Joseph Ellicott, is 
distinguished by part of the Lot Number thirty-four in said 
Township. Bounded east by part of Lot No. twenty-nine, 
thirteen chains, seventy-six links, south by Land conveyed to 
Peter Zimmerman by Deed of this date, seventy-nine chains, 
twenty-one links, southwesterly by a road one chain, fifty 
links wide, thirteen chains, eighty-one links, and north by a 
line parallel with the north bounds of said land conveyed to 
Peter Zimmerman, eighty chains, seventy-one links, contain- 
ing 110 acres, be the same more or less according to the plan 
laid down in the margin hereof." 

The township of Tonawanda situate between the southerly 
boundary of the city of Tonawanda and the northerly 
boundary of the city of Buffalo, (ouf of which the village of 
Kenmore has been taken) is one of the richest townships of its 

92 



size in the state. The large and prosperous industrial plants 
along the Niagara river and Military Road account largely 
for this fact. During the last fifteen or twenty years the old 
farms have been sub-divided into building lots and are rapidly 
becoming beautiful homesites. New boulevards and avenues 
are built where once the cattle grazed. The beautiful spread- 
ing elm trees that once marked the line fences between the 
farms still grace the landscape. Through and across the town 
run the new driveways Elmwood Avenue, Delaware Avenue, 
Colvin Boulevard (the proposed Parker Boulevard to cost 
S300,000, to connect Kenmore Avenue with Ellicott Creek 
Road) Kenmore Avenue, (which is to be widened and made a 
Boulevard connecting Main Street, Buffalo, with the Niagara 
River) Sheridan Drive, and other cross town roads make all 
this section accessible to the motorist, and the advantage is 
taken by thousands of Buffalo and Niagara Falls people. 
Sightseeing motor buses are to traverse all this beautiful 
country. The Tonawanda Town Park on Sheridan Drive and 
Two Mile Creek will add elegancy with pleasure to the town- 
ship. Town Engineer Diehl has prepared a comprehensive 
plan of house numbering for all the streets of the township by 
which householders can secure a correct house number, a very 
convenient and progressive step. Only a few farms remain 
under cultivation, and these will soon give place to town lots. 
With the passing of the older residents, who were the pioneers 
in the development of township, will also pass from recollec- 
tion the names of the old farms. It will be necessary to consult 
the original maps to identify location and name. 

The town of Tonawanda has been extremely fortunate in 
its choice of Supervisors from its earliest history. By close 
personal attention to the vital interests of the town and a pro- 
gressive spirit they have kept pace with the growth of western 
New York during the past one hundred years and have brought 
the township to an enviable position in finance and modern 
improvement. 

The list of Supervisors since the village of Kenmore was 
incorporated within its limits is as follows: 

John K. Patton was the Supervisor of the town of Tona- 
wanda when the village of Kenmore was incorporated in 1889, 
and John C. Webb, Town Clerk. Mr. Patton held the office 
for eight years 1892 — 1899 and issued the notices from his 
office relative to the incorporation of the village. His services 

93 



were indispensable in helping the infant municipality to stand 
on its feet, and take the first steps toward greatness. 

James Huff was the next incumbent and served for four 
years 1900 — 1903. Mr. Huff also gave the village great aid 
in its early corporate life. He worked harmoniously with the 
village board in its relation with the town board, foreseeing 
that the welfare of both town and village were inseparably 
related. 

Lauren H. Hollister held the office of Supervisor eight years 
1904 — 1911. He saw the town growing with the village in 
importance during his administration, which was so satisfac- 
tory that he was chosen by his townsmen as their leader for 
four consecutive terms. The industrial features along the 
frontier began to assume proportions which gave promise of 
the present extent. 

Dr. Robert A. Toms well known to many of the present 
population both of the town and village was the Supervisor 
for six years 1912 — 1917. During his three two-year terms 
the rapid development of the township and increasing official 
duties were very noticable. Political affairs were very exciting 
during this period as a consequence. The exacting demands 
and different view points of the inhabitants made his tenure 
of office uncertain, but with those associated with him in the 
management of town affairs, progress and economy were 
achieved. 

Arthur R. Atkinson the present County Clerk of Erie 
County who was inducted into that important office on January 
1st, 1922, is a "native son" in every sense of the word. He 
was born on the old Atkinson Farm where now is situated the 
beautiful and growing Deerhurst Park. The old farm house 
was a landmark for many years and the scene of many jovial 
meetings enjoyed by the people of Delaware Road, before the 
present Delaware Avenue was built. He grew up in intimate 
acquaintance with the township and its people, also with the 
village of Kenmore and its vital affairs. He was the popular 
village president during 1919 — 1921 which office he relin- 
quished to assume his present duties. Mr. Atkinson was the 
Supervisor for two terms 1918 — 1921 and gave such an effec- 
tive and popular administration as to attract attention in 
the County Board of Supervisors which resulted in his nomina- 
tion and election by a flattering majority as County Clerk. 
Mr. Atkinson is an ardent Republican and was the first oflicial 

94 



elected by his friends and neighbors on a local Republican 
straight ticket in Kenmore. 

J. Fred Moore was the winner in a lively campaign for the 
office of Supervisor in the fall of 1921 and filled the office for 
two terms 1922 — 1925. It was during his administration that 
the more recent and unprecedented development in the town- 
ship took place. His able and conscientious service for the 
town, and on the County Board of Supervisors won recognition 
in his appointment to many important committees. The in- 
terests of both town and village always received his close per- 
sonal attention and untiring effort. The State authorities gave 
him unstinted praise for accuracy in his accounts at the close 
of his administration. The bronze tablet on the pedestal of 
the Sheridan Monument will always associate his name with 
the construction of that famous driveway. On the completion 
of his term of office Mr. Moore with his wife took an extended 
trip to California, Panama Canal Zone and South America. 
Mr. Moore recently purchased the brick block at the corner of 
Delaware and Warren Avenues and remodeled it for mer- 
cantile and office purposes. 

Matthew D. Young who served the village of Kenmore as 
its President during 1912 — 1919 with great acceptability was 
elected to the office of Supervisor of the town of Tonawanda 
in the fall of 1925 and assumed office on January 1st, 1926. 
His popularity was attested in a hard fought campaign. His 
business-like methods, careful and painstaking inquiry into 
all that relates to the welfare of the citizens is recognized by 
everyone. The township will receive the same watchful care 
in all matters affecting its growth and prosperity that charac- 
terized his village administration. The present and wonder- 
ful expansion of the town which is rapidly assuming the 
appearance of a continuous village from north to south, and 
east to west calls for intense concentration of thought, wise 
action, and precise financial calculation. These things Mr. 
Young is in every way capable of giving. 

Among the industrial plants and manufacturing companies 
on the River Road and Military Road there are the Wickwire 
Spencer Steel Company; Semet Solvay Company; Acheson 
Graphite Company; Buffalo Electric Chemical Company; Dun- 
lop Tire & Rubber Company; Dupont-Rayon Company; Farrel 
Foundry & Machine Company; Excelsior Steel Ball Company; 
Flexlume Corporation; Wood & Brooks Company; Fowler 

95 



Nail Company; Rice & Adams Corporation; Eastern States 
Manufacturing Company; Beaver Products Company; Jewett 
Stove Company ; Lovering & Brother Company ; J. H. Williams 
Company. 

It is very probable that with the present activities on the 
immediate Niagara Frontier, the proposed railroad bridge 
across the Niagara River at Grand Island, and the settlement 
of the new Avenues and Boulevards already constructed the 
township of Tonawanda will have a population of fifty thous- 
and people by the year 1950. This will be true in any event, 
whether the township remains in its present political division, 
becomes a part of the City of Kenmore, or becomes a part of 
the Greater Buffalo municipality. 

SHERIDAN MONUMENT 

Just east of Delaware Avenue on Sheridan Drive is a pedes- 
tal made of Woodbury, Vt., granite, erected to commemorate 
the construction of that already celebrated driveway. The 
pedestal is soon to be surmounted with an equestrian statue 
of General Phil Sheridan. The monument has the following 
dimensions in length, height, and width. Base 14 x 7-6 x 1-6; 
second base, 11-4 x 5-0 x 1-2 ; die, 10-2 x 3-8 x 4-10 ; cap, 12-0 x 
5.4 X 1-6. On either side of the pedestal is a bronze plate 
bearing the following inscription: 

"SHERIDAN DRIVE 

Constructed for a Greater Niagara Frontier 

1923—1925 
Dedicated to Improved Highways Transportation 

Town Board 
J. F. Moore, Supervisor 
Elmer W. Johnson, Town Clerk 
Edward A. Jones, Justice ^ 

F. B. Eberhardt, Justice 
Samuel Seitz, Justice 
Robert Zimmerman, Justice 
Fred Ebling, Supt. of Highways 
George C. Diehl, Engineer" 



96