Michelle Ann Kratts

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“So we began our search for knowledge…”

In Lewiston, Lewiston Interviews, School Days on June 30, 2014 at 8:47 pm

What was it like being a teacher in one of the only one-room schools in this part of the country back in 1949? Read about it in her own words as Edith Breckon, a former teacher at Hickory College, Lewiston, New York,  is interviewed by D. George Vanderhoek on April 25, 1975.

Edith Breckon Interview

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Holy Ghost Cemetery

In Bergholz, Cemetery Plots, Niagara County, Niagara Deaths, Town of Niagara historian on June 26, 2014 at 4:58 pm
Photo Courtesy Findagrave

Photo Courtesy Findagrave


Holy Ghost Cemetery

The following includes burials at Holy Ghost Cemetery, Bergholz, Niagara County.

Courtesy Town of Niagara historian, Dorothy Rolling.

Stories from Lewiston’s favorite Switchboard Operator

In Lewiston, Lewiston Interviews, Old Lewiston on June 26, 2014 at 4:21 pm

It is hard to imagine a world devoid of all of our instant messaging. Mrs. Joseph Vana, former supervisor of the telephone switchboard in the village of Lewiston, had many stories to tell Mr. Vanderhoek back in February of 1975. Can you imagine having the switchboard in your living room? And fires were a whole different story for the switchboard operator…

Interview with Mrs. Joseph Vana

“In the days of enormous head gear for women”… and other interesting stories of Old Lewiston

In Lewiston, Lewiston Public Library, Old Lewiston on June 24, 2014 at 8:48 pm

I found yet another historical interview neatly typed up in my file cabinets. This interview was undertaken on February 19, 1975. Mr. A. Gow Brownell, former head of the Foreign Language Department at Niagara Falls High School, was interviewed by D. George Vanderhoek, former president of the Lewiston Historical Society. Mr. Brownell describes early ways in and out of Lewiston, selling fruits, The Lewiston Academy, the Lewiston Public Library and…what was found in Mr. Hotchkiss’s attic.






The Lewiston Librarian and the Indian Chief

In Lewiston, Lewiston Interviews, Lewiston Public Library, Tuscarora History on June 4, 2014 at 5:49 pm

Chief Elton Greene

I recently found these documents while going through a file cabinet…looking for something else and it caught my eye. One of our favorite Lewiston librarians from times past, Virginia Scipione, had interviewed Tuscarora Chief Elton Greene in February of 1975. A Lewiston librarian, myself, I have also interviewed Tuscarora chiefs and I have heard some things about the Little People that Chief Greene mentions. I wrote of the Little People in a book called, From the Mouth of the Niagara River; Stories of Four Historic Communities. They were called: Oogweshiya.
Does anyone know of these Little People? If you do, I hope you will share.

This interview also contains legends of big animals and monsters, the Tuscarora language, the clans, choosing a chief, the maternal lines and other fascinating incidents in Tuscarora history.   I find it especially remarkable how the Native Americans follow a matrilineal line of descent as genetics today proves that our DNA contains common elements that are passed on from mother to child for endless generations.

Click on the following link to read the transcript of the full interview:

Interview with Chief Elton Greene