Michelle Ann Kratts

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Searching for some old friends…

In Lewiston, Lewiston Public Library, School Days on August 7, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Recently, while cleaning out my files, I came across some interesting histories to share. And as summer comes to a grinding halt, it seems quite appropriate to tell the tale of Lewiston’s early schools.

But first…the story of the war refugee and his tie to our schools here in Lewiston…

Following the Second World War, F.  Janovsky, a refugee from Czechoslovakia, found himself in Germany in several camps for Displaced Persons. Many years later he came across something that triggered his memory and made him think of the kind children from Lewiston, New York. It was a photograph of the old Lewiston Union School. He never came here to visit, but he was forever grateful for all the nice things that had been sent to him and for what this photograph represented to him–the kindness of Americans.

Somehow, life ordered him off to Australia, and it was from this island nation that he sent a letter to Lewiston–along with the yellowed photograph–hoping it would make it to the old school (with special instructions to “please direct to town library” if the school was no longer in existence). And so this is how the Lewiston Library obtained this special heart-felt letter.

I don’t know for sure if anyone had taken him up on the offer to become “pen pals.” The letter was postmarked March 3, 1992. I was not a staff member at the time, so I am unsure of any details.   I have provided below a copy of the letter and the photograph. Perhaps some present day Lewiston students would like to try to send a letter to “F. Janovsky” of Australia.

Letter from Australia

Letter from F. Janovsky


Lewiston Union School

Lewiston Union School about 1949

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: