Michelle Ann Kratts

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Societa’ Femminile di Carita’ Spirituale delle Anime Sante Del Purgatorio

In Uncategorized on August 31, 2015 at 10:37 pm

By Michelle Ann Kratts

We see these societies most often mentioned in obituaries.  Societies that concern themselves with special saints, the Virgin Mary, and “souls in purgatory.”    I recently found a pamphlet (in Italian):  STATUTO della Societa’ Femminile di Carita’ Spiritual delle ANIME SANTE DEL PURGATORIO.  The date of its founding is on the front cover:  10 November 1925.  The founder is also noted:  Jennie Cottoni, NIAGARA FALLS, NY.




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Jennie Cottoni (Giovanna Cottone) lived in Niagara Falls for a half a century.  She died on April 21, 1959.  Born in Italy, in 1876, she was the founder and president of the delle Anime Sante del Purgatorio Society and a member of most of the others.  She is buried at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

From what I can loosely translate of this pamphlet some of the articles include the following tenets:  that the society members attend a mass every first Monday of the month and light a perpetual candle for the repose of the souls of the dead;   only Catholics may be members, and they must be “married with the law of the church of St. Joseph” ;  a mass may be said in honor of a deceased member;  the members are obliged to take Holy Communion on the Day of the Dead;  the members must promise to be faithful to the laws and to “rescue the holy souls in purgatory.”

Other Roman Catholic and Italian societies in Niagara Falls include the following:

**Mariana Duca degli Abruzzi Society

**Madonna DiCarmine

**Congrea Madonna Perpetuo Soccorso Society

**Umberto Nobile Society

**The Rosary Society

**The Third Order of Mt. Carmel

**The Third Order of St. Francis

Niagara Falls High School and “The Chronicle”

In Uncategorized on August 11, 2015 at 9:06 pm

The Chronicle

Just as summer is winding down…and school is around the corner, here is a post about Niagara Falls High School.

My friend, Tom Patti, a former teacher at the school, worked on this project, which involved tracing the history of Niagara Falls High School and presenting it in “the Chronicle format.”  The Chronicle was the old school newspaper.  Along with using old newspapers from the archives, they accessed audio and video recordings, as well as personal scrapbooks.  Their work was on display at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center on Pine Avenue and Portage Road (the old “High School” location).

Enjoy this little peek back in time and learn about the great fire that brought the school to ashes, how Niagara Falls fared during the Depression, the Roaring Twenties, WWII.  There are several personal stories and sports adventures.  Poor “Jerry the Gob” actually had quit school at age fourteen, falsified his birth certificate and joined the US Navy!  On occasion he wrote to the Chronicle and shared his stories with the students.  Of course, being Niagara Falls, there is a comical (and almost disastrous) story about electricity, Niagara Falls High School students and Thomas Edison!  Hmmm….can’t help but wonder if Tesla had something to do with this…

Read all about it and many other fascinating stories of Niagara’s history…(click below):

The Chronicle

Step Back in Time with the Niagara Times, December 20, 1856

In Digital Collections, Digital Newspapers on August 11, 2015 at 8:14 pm

Recently, I happened to find one original copy of this old Niagara Falls newspaper tucked away in a file folder.  I scanned it and thought I would share it with you!

A lot of advertisements and little messages about the railroad.  If you are looking for “white embroidered parasols” then you are all set!

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The Irish Firemen of Niagara Falls, New York

In Uncategorized on August 10, 2015 at 6:01 pm
Click to enlarge.  Courtesy Niagara Falls Fire Department http://nf-fd.com/

Courtesy Niagara Falls Fire Department

Thanks to the Ancient Order of Hibernians for providing the following biographical information on the Irish firemen of Niagara Falls, New York.  Hopefully we can add obituaries in the future.  (Click on photos to make larger.)

**Please send any photos or information you might have on the Irish firemen of Niagara Falls, New York, to Michelle Kratts at the Lewiston Public Library at 305 South Eighth Street, Lewiston, NY, 14092 or to mkratts@nioga.org.   Thank you! **

Click on the following links to access the biographies (in alphabetical order):

Joseph F. Birmingham –James J. Fitzpatrick

Emmett P. Greene — Joseph J. McMahon

John C. McMicking –Donald E. Sweeney

Courtesy Niagara Falls Fire Department: http://nf-fd.com/

Courtesy Niagara Falls Fire Department: