Michelle Ann Kratts

Archive for the ‘Youngstown’ Category

Fort Niagara’s Wartime Newspaper

In 1940's Era Wartime Scrapbook, Uncategorized, World War II, Youngstown on May 3, 2016 at 7:42 pm

Thousands of area men were sent through Fort Niagara as part of their processing into the United States Army. Below are pages from their post newspaper, the Fort Niagara Drum,dated July 9, 1943.


Drum 001


Drum 002

Drum 003

Drum 004Drum 005

Drum 006

Drum 007Drum 008

Drum 009Drum 010

Drum 011Drum 012

Drum 013Drum 014

Letter from Fort Niagara; “Dear Edith…”

In World War I, Youngstown on September 30, 2015 at 2:25 pm

Thankfully, people are always sharing things with the library!  My friend and co-worker, Sue, was kind enough to donate an historic letter that came to her attention quite recently.  At this point, we do not know much about the soldier who wrote the letter–other than his name was “Bob,” and he was from Lowell, Massachusetts.  Thank goodness for the Red Triangle (the YMCA) for providing stationary…and for “the good” they had done for the “sailors and soldiers.”  There are mentions of visits to Niagara Falls and to Canada where it had been necessary to share quarters with some Scotch Highlanders.

Take a trip back in time and read for yourself…

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Yearbooks are always fun….

In Amherst, LaSalle, Lewiston Public Library, Niagara County, Niagara County Resources, Niagara Falls, School Days, Yearbooks, Youngstown on June 28, 2013 at 2:48 pm

LaSalle yearbook

Over the past few years the Jon F. Popkey Genealogy Room at the Lewiston Public Library has amassed dozens of vintage yearbooks. As all good genealogists know, a yearbook is a treasure to behold. Along with photographs, we can get a little glimpse into the everyday lives of the area in which our ancestors lived. There are histories of the schools and pieces about individual students and faculty members. Sometimes we get lucky and find even more. We hope you will consider donating yours (or thinking of us when you find them at yard sales). Thank you to Amy Wall for donating the LaSalle Junior and Senior High School yearbook from 1946. It is our first yearbook from LaSalle!

Below is a list of the yearbooks (and one alumni directory) we have on hand in the Genealogy Room:

Albright College (Pennsylvania) Alumni Directory: 1998
Amherst Central High School: 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1938, 1940
Bishop Duffy (Niagara Falls): 1963, 1964, 1965
DeVeaux School (Niagara Falls) : 1953
LaSalle Junior and Senior High School (Niagara Falls): 1946
Lewiston Union School: 1947-1950
Lewiston Porter: 1951, 1952, 1953, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1964, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986,1988, 1992, 1995, 1998
Niagara Catholic (Niagara Falls); 1984
Niagara Falls High School: 1922, 1923, 1924, 1926 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940
Niagara University: 1963, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1984, 1986, 1989, 1993, 1999
North Junior High School (Niagara Falls): 1927, 1928
St. Bonaventure University (Allegany, New York): 1969

Come and check them out or contact us for lookups at:

Village of Youngstown–Official Records of Niagara County

In Niagara County, Niagara County Resources, Official Records of Niagara County, Youngstown on May 28, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Vital records are available for the village of Youngstown for the following years:

Birth–1847 to present
Marriage–1847 to present
Death–1847 to present
(Note: “One book of birth, death and marriage. Then there was a fire and we start again in 1886-present.”)

240 Lockport Street
P.O. Box 168
Youngstown, NY 14174



(716) 745-7721

Newspapers from Youngstown, New York

In Digital Newspapers, Niagara County Resources, Youngstown on March 23, 2013 at 4:17 pm

Some great news for Niagara County researchers!  Below is a link to NY Heritage and Niagara County and Youngstown newspapers.  This site is free and contains a great deal of sources for researchers of local history.


This digital collection includes newspapers published in Youngstown, NY, from the following time periods, but unfortunately all issues are no longer available: