Buffalo Bolt Company

Buffalo Bolt Company - established in 1897, moved to North Tonawanda in 1915, and became nationally known.

Buffalo Bolt Company, founded in 1897, moved to North Tonawanda in 1915, and became nationally known. On Oliver Street, bolts and nuts produced by its employees were used by American's leading manufacturers in the production of automobiles, ships, trains, household appliances and hundreds of other products. Lawnmowers manufactured by their Eclipse division were considered the finest made. Sucker rods produced by their Jones division were widely-used in the oil fields.










The following is a collection of obituaries of former Buffalo Bolt employees provided by Honorary Charter Life Member Steve Litwin of Binghamton, NY.


23 December 1985 Tonawanda News

KURKOWSKI - Carl O. Kurkowski, 78, of the Tonawandas, unexpectedly Friday (December 20, 1985) in St. Petersburg, Fla. A native of Tonawanda, he had been a resident of North Tonawanda for the past six years and was the brother of the late Raymond Kurk, Flora Matthies, Lena Frank, Emma Kurkowski, and Ida Schultz. Mr. Kurkowski had formerly been employed at Buffalo Bolt Co. for 33 years and Remington Rand Co. for ten years and was a member of Salem United Church of Christ, a 50 year member of the Delaware Hose Co., a life member of the Eldredge Club, Tonawanda Exempt Vol. Fireman's Assn., Tonawanda Lodge 247 F & AM, Tonawanda Chapter 78, Tonawanda Commandery 278 and Ismailia Temple, West Seneca.  He is survived by his wife Alice (nee Turner) Kurkowski; a daughter, Mrs. Carol A. Moore and a grandson, Mark Moore, of Kenmore; a brother, Arthur Kurk, of Carmichael, Calif.; a sister, Mrs. Edna Joyce, of North Tonawanda and many nieces and nephews.  Friends may call Sunday evening from 7-9 p.m. and Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 at John O. Roth Funeral Home, Inc., Morgan and William Sts., Tonawanda where services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday by the Rev. Richard H. Trump. Burial will be in Elmlawn Cemetery. If desired memorial contributions may be made to Salem United Church of Christ.

21 December 1985 Tonawanda News

MIS - John (Jerry) Mis of North Tonawanda, Friday, Dec. 20, 1985 at Millard Fillmore Hospital after a brief illness. A life long resident of North Tonawanda, Mr. Mis was a former employee of Buffalo Bolt and a retired employee of Chevrolet Tonawanda plant. Mr. Mis was a member of the OLC Holy Name Society, Third Warders Club, and P.U.A. Lodge 81.  Son of the late Nicholas and Monica Mis. Dearest brother of Benny Mis, Mrs. Paul (Josephine) Ostrolucky, Frank (Martha) Mis, Chester (Leona) Mis, Mrs. Stanley (Mary) Opalinski, Mrs. Sophie Drof, Mrs. Frank (Helen) Gotowko, Mrs. Frank (Frances) Lorenc, and the late Thomas (Helen) Mis. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.  The family will be present to receive relatives and friends Sunday only 2 to 9 p.m. at the Saber-Skomski Funeral Home, 549 Oliver St., North Tonawanda where funeral services will be held on Monday at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church at 9:30 a.m. Interment in Holy Family Chapel Mausoleum in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

December 18, 1964

PALASIK – Frank A. Palasik, of 245 East Ave., North Tonawanda, died unexpectedly Friday (Dec. 18, 1964) at his residence. Born in Poland, he had resided in North Tonawanda for the past 55 years. He was a former employee of Buffalo Bolt Company. He was a member of Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, its Holy Name Society, and T. Kosciuszko Lodge 765. He is survived by his wife Angeline (nee Kalota); four daughters, Mrs. Sonia Kubas, Mrs. William (Mary) Kendziora, Mrs. Creighton (Lucille) Garcia and Mrs. Emil (Frances) Salczynski; one son, John of Buffalo; one brother and one sister in Poland; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services Monday at 9:30 a.m. at Pawenski Funeral Home, 652 Oliver St., corner of Fifth, and at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Czestochowa Church. The Rev. Joseph Lach will officiate. Burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. The family will be present in the funeral home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 10 p.m.

13 October 1964 Tonawanda News

GAWRYS -Vincent Gawrys, 74, of 110 10th Ave., North Tonawanda, died Tuesday (Oct 13, 1964) at the Sheridan Manor Nursing Home after a long illness. He was born in Poland and had resided in North Tonawanda for 56 years. He was the husband of the late Maryanna (nee Skrzypek); father of the late Matthew. He was retired from the Buffalo Bolt Co. and was a member of the Polish Union of America Lodge 81. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. William (Michalene) Witkowski and Mrs. Harold (Helen) Walters and six grandchildren, all of the Tonawandas. Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday from the Skomski Funeral Home, 549 Oliver St., North Tonawanda, and at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Czestochowa Church. The Rev. Vincent L. Cyman will officiate. Burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Recitation of the Rosary Thursday evening at 8:30. Family will be present from 2 to 4 and 7 to 10 p.m.

7 February 1962 Tonawanda News

GRAM - Fred Gram, 85, of 207 Bryant St., North Tonawanda, died Tuesday (Feb. 6, 1962) at Millard Fillmore Hospital, Buffalo after a long illness. Born in Blossom, N.Y., Mr. Gram had resided in North Tonawanda for the past 50 years and was employed at the former Buffalo Bolt Co. where he was in charge of the cost accountant department until his retirement in 1943. He was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church. His wife, Cora Gram, died in May, 1959. Surviving are a son, Theodore J.; five grandchildren, Frederick J., Jerome T., Kathleen A., Larkin J. and Margaret M. Gram, all of Olean, N.Y., and a sister, Miss Mary Gram, of Buffalo. Friends may call at the Hamp Funeral Home Inc., 37 Adam St., Tonawanda, where services will be at 2 p.m. Friday. The Rev. Alexander Corti will officiate. Burial will be in Elmlawn Cemetery.

7 February 1962 Tonawanda News

Fred Gram Dies At Age 85

Fred Gram, 85, who resided in North Tonawanda for the past 50 years, died yesterday at Millard Fillmore Hospital, Buffalo, after a long illness. A resident of 207 Bryant St., Mr. Gram had been employed by the former Buffalo Bolt Co., where he was in charge of the cost accountant department, until he retired in 1943. His wife, Mrs. Cora Gram, died in 1959. Survivors include a son, Theodore, and five grandchildren, all of Olean, and a sister, Miss Mary Gram of Buffalo.
The Hamp Funeral Home, 37 Adam St., Tonawanda, is in charge of arrangements.

16 January 1962 Tonawanda News

COOCH - Louis S. Cooch of Ludlow, Mass., formerly of Kenmore, died Monday (Jan. 15, 1962) at Ludlow. He was the metallurgist at the Buffalo Bolt Co. for more than 20 years before the company closed. Husband of Ettie Langley Cooch and step-father of Janice Whitelock. Services private. Interment at Ludlow. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the Health Research Inc. of the Roswell Park Memorial Institute.

8 June 1960 Tonawanda News

CYGAN - Stanley G. Cygan, 45, of 44 Sixth Ave., North Tonawanda, died early Wednesday (June 8, 1960) at DeGraff Memorial Hospital after a short illness. Born in Depew, N.Y., Mr Cygan resided in North Tonawanda for the past 39 years. A former employee of the Buffalo Bolt Co., he was employed at the Corborundum Co. in Niagara Falls, N.Y. He was a member of the Holy Name Society and the Polish Union of America. Mr. Cygan is survived by his wife, Lillian (nee Marciniak) Cygan; a daughter, Miss Mary Jane Cygan; two sons, Stanley G. Cygan Jr. and Thomas Cygan, all of North Tonawanda; a sister, Mrs. Raymond A. (Julia) Hare of Washington, D.C., and a brother, Julian Scibor of Buffalo, NY. Funeral services Saturday morning at 9:30 o'clock from Niagara Memorial Chapels Inc., 549 Oliver St., and at 10 o'clock from Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, the Rev. Vincent L. Cyman officiating. Burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Chapel hours 2 to 4 and 7 to 10 p.m.

20 May 1960 Tonawanda News

KALETA - Albert Kaleta, 76, of 125 Wheatfield St., North Tonawanda, died Friday morning (May 20, 1960) in DeGraff Memorial Hospital after a short illness. He was born in Poland and had resided in North Tonawanda for the past 50 years. Mr. Kaleta was a former employee of Buffalo Bolt Co., a member of Dom Polski and Polish War Veterans Post 169. He is survived by a brother in Poland and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted Monday at 9:30 a.m. from Niagara Memorial Chapels Inc., 549 Oliver St., and at 10 a.m. at St. Michael the Archangel Polish National Catholic Church, Niagara Falls, the Rev. A. Lapinski officiating. Burial in St. Michael's Cemetery.

14 May 1960 Tonawanda News

SOSNOWY - Walter F. Sosnowy, 46, of 193 12th Ave., North Tonawanda, died unexpectedly Friday (May 13, 1960) at his residence. He was a lifelong resident of North Tonawanda, a member of the Third Ward Social Club, a veteran of World War II, and a former employee of the Buffalo Bolt Co. He was also a member of ZNT. Survivors include his wife, Helen (Moderacki) Sosnowy; a brother, Victor; four sisters, Miss Mary Sosnowy, Mrs. John (Frances) Midzinski, Mrs. Chester (Violet) Czaja, all of North Tonawanda, and Mrs. Stanley (Lucille) Marciniak of Buffalo. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Services will be Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m. from Niagara Memorial Chapels Inc., 549 Oliver St., and at 10 o'clock from Our Lady of Czestochowa Church. The Rev. Vincent L. Cyman will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Military rites will be at graveside by a U. S. Army Unit from Ft. Niagara.

29 August 1951 Tonawanda News

Arnold W. Kreideman Dies in Ontario

Stricken with illness a week ago while vacationing in Canada, Arnold W. Kreideman, 63, of 370 Witmer Rd. died late Monday in Kirkland Lake District Hospital, Kirkland Lake, Ont.  A lifelong resident of North Tonawanda, Mr. Kreideman was employed as a tool grinder for 25 years at Buffalo Bolt Company. He was a member of Niagara Lodge 375, F & AM.  His wife, Vena, a brother, Herman Kreideman, of North Tonawanda and a sister, Mrs. Carl Kolloff of Kenmore, survive.  Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Hamp Funeral Home, 37 Adam St. Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Cold Spring Cemetery, Lockport.


11 April 1951 Tonawanda News

SIMON SNOPKOWSKI

Simon Snopkowski, 75, of 133 Seventh Ave., died Tuesday night in the home of his daughter, Mrs. William Schultz, 41 15th Ave., after a brief illness. Born in Poland, he had lived here 50 years. Prior to his illness he had been employed in Department 15 at Buffalo Bolt. He was a member of St. Michael's Society (ZNP) and OLC Church. Survivors include a son Stanley; four daughters, Mrs. William (Stephania) Schultz and Mrs. John (Helen) Pawelczak of North Tonawanda, Mrs. Stephen (Julia) Panasiak of Niagara Falls, and Mrs. Stanley (Pearl) Wygrzyn of Chicago; three sisters, Mrs. John Daniel and Mrs. Carrie Morris of North Tonawanda and another in Poland; 13 grandchildren. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Pawenski Funeral Home, 652 Oliver St., and at 10:45 a.m. in OLC Church, the Rev. Michael Walek officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.


30 March 1951 Tonawanda Evening News

CHARLES J. STOBNICKI

Charles J. Stobnicki, 129 Seventh Ave., passed away in his residence this morning after a lingering illness. Born in Buffalo, he had lived here for the past 35 years. Prior to his illness, he was employed as night foreman on the packing floor of Buffalo Bolt Company, Division of Buffalo-Eclipse, where he had been an employee for over 35 years. He was a member of Polish Roman Catholic Union Lodge 765, Z.N.P. Lodge 983, OLC Church, and a former member of the Dom Polski Club. He is survived by his wife Bertha, nee Rusin; two daughters: Miss Florence, and Miss Pearl; two sons, Frank and Thomas; six nieces and five nephews. Funeral services will be at 10:45 a. m. Monday in the residence and at 11 a. m. in OLC Church. The Rev. Michael Walek will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet.


28 March 1951 Tonawanda News

Michael Arbeiter, Sr.

Michael Arbeiter, Sr., 42 Second Ave., died this morning in DeGraff Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. He was born in Austria-Hungary and had lived here 46 years. Prior to his illness, he had worked at the Buffalo Bolt Division of Buffalo-Eclipse Corporation where he had been employed in Department 23 for 35 years. He was a member of the union at Buffalo Bolt. He also was a member of the St. Stephen's Society of Buffalo and Ascension Church. Survivors include his wife, Mary, nee Kriegler; three sons, Lawrence, Michael Jr. and Rudolph, all of North Tonawanda; a brother Rudolph of Austria, and eight grandchildren. Services will be at 8:45 a.m. Saturday in the Pawenski Funeral Home, 652 Oliver St., and at 9 a.m. in Ascension Church, the Rev. Francis J. Hunt officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.


26 March 1951 Tonawanda Evening News

William H. Warblow

William H. Warblow, 59, of 347 1/2 Oliver St. died yesterday after nine weeks of illness in Meyer Memorial Hospital. A lifelong resident, he was employed by Buffalo Bolt Company. He is survived by his wife, Anna; four brothers, Gustave, August, Albert and Herman, of North Tonawanda; two sisters, Mrs. Bertha Fromm of Buffalo and Miss Amelia Warblow of North Tonawanda. He was a member of the St. Matthews Lutheran Church and the Lutheran Laymen's League. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Wattengel Funeral Home, 307 Oliver St. The Rev. Paul H. Gassman will officiate. Burial will be in St. Matthews Cemetery.

Obituary Published In: Tonawanda Evening News
Date Published: 8 March 1951

OBIT/NOTES: HENRY A. WINTERS

Henry A. Winters, 61, of 149 80th St., Niagara Falls, died this morning of a heart attack in the Buffalo Bolt Company where he was employed as assistant foreman. He was born in North Tonawanda. He is survived by his wife, Alice; three daughters, Louise Winters, Mrs. Edward Hird and Mrs. James Smoyer, all of the Tonawandas, and three sons, Henry Jr. of Kenmore and Melvin and Carl of North Tonawanda. Mr. Winters was a member of St. Peters Evangelical and Reformed Church. Friends may call at the Wattengel Funeral Home, 307 Oliver St., where funeral services will be held Saturday at 2:30 p.m. The Rev. Carl E. Berges will officiate. Burial will be in Elmlawn Cemetery.


5 February 1951 Tonawanda News

Joseph Klis, Steward At Buffalo Bolt, Dies

Joseph Klis of 427 Wheatfield St., shop steward for Buffalo Bolt's U. E.  Local 319, died Sunday after a brief illness. He was 37.  A lifelong North Tonawanda resident, Mr. Klis was a member of OLC Church. He is survived by his wife, the former Lottie Pinkus; two sons, Joseph, Jr. and Walter; his mother, Mrs. Mary Klis; a brother Stanley; three sisters, Mrs. Felix Koszlowski, Mrs. Robert Frasher and Mrs. John Luciewicz; five nephews and a niece, all of North Tonawanda. The Rev. Michael Walek will officiate at funeral services Wednesday at 8:45 a.m. in the Pawenski Funeral Home, 652 Oliver St., and in OLC Church at 9.   Burial will be in Mt. Olivet.


1 February 1951 Tonawanda News

Frank Brunner

Frank Brunner, 63, of 415 Morgan St., died this morning after a long illness. A lifelong resident of Tonawandas he was employed 35 years at the Buffalo Bolt Company before his retirement. Surviving are his wife, Emma, nee Mueller; three brothers, George, Charles, and William, of the Tonawandas; a sister, Mrs. M. M. Curtis, Honeoye, N. Y., and Mrs. Emma Leaderstorf, San Diego, Cal. Friends may call at the Brunner Funeral Home, 156 Robinson St. Time of funeral will be announced.


1 February 1951 Tonawanda News

Frank Brunner Dies; Former Bolt Co. Worker

Frank Brunner, 63, of 415 Morgan St., who had been an employee of Buffalo Bolt Company for 35 years, died Thursday in his home after a long illness.  Mr. Brunner, superintendent of the company's rolling mill for many years, retired in 1944. Friends may call at the Brunner Funeral Home, 156 Robinson St., until noon Sunday. Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, the Rev. Walter F. Hetzel officiating. Burial will be in Elmlawn Cemetery.


5 February 1951 Tonawanda News

Frank Brunner

Funeral services for the late Frank Brunner of 415 Morgan St. were held yesterday in the Brunner Funeral Home, 156 Robinson Street. Interment was in Elmlawn Cemetery, the Rev. Walter F. Hetzel officiating.


5 February 1951 Tonawanda News

John Kancar

John Kancar, 66, of 118 Seventeenth Ave., died yesterday in the home of his daughter, Mrs. Walter Bach, 236 Stenzel Street. Born in Austria, Mr. Kancar had lived here 32 years and was employed at the Buffalo Bolt Company. Surviving are his wife, Frances, nee Plewak; two sons, John of Buffalo and the Rev. Stephen Kancar of Watertown; four daughters, Mrs. John Pietak, Mrs. Walter Bach, Mrs. Albin Pachla and Mrs. Levant Smith; 16 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Services will be Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. in Pawenski Funeral Home, 652 Oliver St., 10 a.m. in St. Joseph's Church. The Rev. Chester Polewicz will officiate. Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery .

29 January 1951 Tonawanda News

Norman R. Wattengel, Bolt Co. Worker, Dies

Norman R. Wattengel, 59, chief electrician at Buffalo Bolt Division of the Buffalo-Eclipse Corporation died yesterday in DeGraff Memorial Hospital. A lifelong resident of the Tonawandas, Mr. Wattengel had been with the company 35 years. He was a member of Sutherland Lodge 826 F & AM, Gratwick Hose Company and the North Tonawanda Firemen's Benevolent Association.  Surviving are his wife, Gertrude M., two brothers, Christian A. and Alfred F.; three sisters, Mrs. Adele Maurer, Mrs. Harry E. Rose and Mrs. Zella Kurth, all of the Tonawandas.  Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Wattengel Funeral Home, 307 Oliver St. Burial will be in Acacia Park Cemetery.


7 May 1946 Evening News of the Tonawandas

Ernest F. Achtenberger

Ernest F. Achtenberger, 68, died yesterday afternoon at his home, 1107 Oliver street. He was born in Germany and had resided here the past 60 years. He was a member of St. Peter's Evangelical and Reformed Church.  Surviving are his wife, Ida; two daughters, Mrs. John F. Susty and Mrs. Edward C. Janowsky; a son, Ernest J., and two grandchildren. He was also a member of the Buffalo Bolt Company Mutual Aid Society. Rites will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. from the residence. The Rev. J. J. Braun will officiate.  Burial will be in Mountain View cemetery, Pekin, N. Y.


18 March 1946 Evening News of the Tonawandas

Leon Przepiora Killed Instantly In 'Cycle Crash

Leon Przepiora, 58 year old bachelor employed for the past three years at the Buffalo Bolt Company was struck by a motorcycle early Sunday morning and instantly killed as he attempted to cross Oliver street between Third and Center. Przepiora is the second traffic fatality reported in North Tonawanda this year.  Przepiora, who roomed at 125 Wheatfield street, suffered a fractured skull, leg and internal injuries, according to Dr. Wolf Berlowitz, who arrived at the scene a few minutes after the accident. According to the doctor, Przepiora must have died instantly.  The driver of the motorcycle, Gene Singer, 28, of 80 Manhattan street, reported to police that Przepiora stepped from the curb into the path of the vehicle. The North Side police said that two witnesses to the accident made statements that Singer was allegedly "going too fast."  The victim was born in Poland and had lived in North Tonawanda for the past twenty years. He leaves no family. An inquest will be held this afternoon in City Hall by Dr. Henry C. Lapp, Niagara County Coroner.  North Tonawanda's first auto death occurred March 4 when Frank Melik, a 61 year old pedestrian, died in DeGraff Memorial hospital after being struck by an auto March 2. Tonawanda has had no auto fatalities this year.

21 December 1945 Evening News of The Tonawandas

Michael Topolski

Michael Topolski, 68 years of age, of 60 6th Avenue, North Tonawanda, died yesterday at the DeGraff Memorial Hospital. Born in Poland, Mr. Topolski lived in North Tonawanda for 45 years. He was employed by the Buffalo Bolt Company for 29 years. Mr. Topolski was a member of the Polish Catholic Union of America, and the Polish National Alliance. He is survived by his wife, Helen, six sons, Anthony, Benjamin, Jul---, Walter, Constanti and Edward. Two daughters, Mrs. Mary Brzezinski and Miss Josephine Topolski, and 14 grandchildren . Funeral Monday at 9:30 a.m. from the residence, 10:30 from OLC Church. Burial at Mount Olivet cemetery, the Rev. Michael Walek officiating.


20 December 1944 Evening News of the Tonawandas

NT Fighter Tells How He Was Hurt

A U.S. Army Station Hospital, England – Private First Class Harvey Strassburg of North Tonawanda, New York, radio operator of a Sherman tank who was wounded in the shoulder by grenade shrapnel near Granville, France, is now recovering at this United States Army station hospital in England. “During the thick of the battle my tank was hit by enemy shell fire,” said Pfc. Strassburg, “and thinking it had caught on fire and was about ready to explode, I jumped out and started to run for cover.  “I was no further than a few yards from my tank when a German grenade exploded nearby. Pieces of shrapnel hit my chest, but I kept on going until I reached a place of cover,” continued Pfc. Strassburg.  “A medic gave me first aid right on the field and then sent me to the rear. Later I was evacuated to England by air,” he said.  Before entering the Army, Pfc. Strassburg worked for the Buffalo Bolt Company. He is the brother of Mrs. Donald Townsend, formerly of North Tonawanda.


23 August 1944 Evening News of the Tonawandas

Harvey Strassburg, Radioman on Tank, Hurt in Normandy

Pfc. Harvey C. Strassburg, radioman on a General Sherman Tank in the early days of the present rout of the Nazis, was wounded in action and removed to an English hospital, according to letters received her by his sister, Mrs. Albert Batt, 169 Vandervoort St.  How serious his wound is was not disclosed, but more details are expected in later War Department telegrams. Harvey was well known in the Twin Cities as a drummer on the Tonawanda high school band, and as a leader of his own swing band which played numerous local dances. Prior to his entry into the Service in February, 1942, Harvey had worked for the Buffalo Bolt Co. He received his training in the mechanized forces at Camp Chaffee, Ark., and at Camp Cook, Calif. before sailing for England in February, 1943.  He landed in France soon after D-Day and engaged in some of the hottest tank battles in Normandy before receiving his wound. He was hurt, according to notices received, on August 3.

26 June 1944 Evening News of the Tonawandas

Walter E. Rozicki Reported Killed in Normandy Fighting

A second Twin City boy has been reported killed in action during the invasion of Normandy it was learned today when Mr. and Mrs. John Rozicki 48-17th Avenue received word of the death of their son Pfc. Walter E. Rozicki on June 9th.  Pfc. Rozicki entered the service on May 16, 1941 and after training at Camp Croft, S. C., Ft. Benning, Ga., and Fort Dix, N. J., he went overseas in January 1944.  Before entering the service he worked at Wurlitzer and Buffalo Bolt. He is survived by his parents, a wife, Sophia, of LaForce Place, Buffalo, five brothers, two of whom are in service and two sisters, Mrs. Edward Bernas and Miss Helen Rozicki of North Tonawanda.  Pvt. John Rozicki, one of the brothers in service is with the American forces in Italy.

13 October 1943 Evening News of the Tonawandas

Strassburg Promoted To Technician 5 Grade

Harvey C. Strassburg, formerly with an armored regiment, but now attached to a tank battalion at Camp Cooke, Calif., has been promoted to Technician fifth grade. He is a graduate of North Tonawanda high school, where he played in the band. Before he entered the service Strassburg was employed at the Buffalo Bolt company. T-5 Strassburg had armored training earlier at Chaffee, Ark., and Fort Knox, Ky.  He has two sisters in North Tonawanda: Mrs. Donald Townsend of Felton street and Mrs. Albert Batt of Vandervoort street.


5 May 1942 Evening News of the Tonawandas TROSIN - Gustav Trosin, 76, of 216 Wheatfield street, died this morning at the Deaconess hospital, Buffalo. Born in Germany, he had resided in North Tonawanda the past 45 years. He was employed at the Buffalo Bolt company's plant for the past 35 years. He was a member of the Grace Lutheran church, the Tonawandas Aerie, F.O.E. and the Buffalo Bolt Company Mutual association. Surviving are a brother, Rudolph of Tonawanda, and two sisters, Mrs. Ernestine Rosin of Dausch Eylue, Germany and Mrs. August Browski, Stettin, Germany. Rites will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the residence. The Rev. Hermann B. Miller will officiate and burial will be in Elmlawn


26 November  1937 Buffalo Courier Express

Deaths: Dennis F. Cullinan of Dunkirk, New York
D.F. Cullinan Funeral to be Held in Dunkirk [photo]
Burial tomorrow of North Tonawandan well known here in business, social  circles

Funeral services for Dennis F. Cullinan, executive officer of the Buffalo   Bolt Company of North Tonawanda, well known Buffalo clubman and prominent figure in business circles throughout Western New York, will be held at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning in St. Mary's Catholic Church, Dunkirk, after short services in the home of his brother-in-law, C.J. McCarthy, 730 Washington Avenue, Dunkirk.  Mr. Cullinan, who was 69 years old and has been associated with the Buffalo Bolt Company for the last 52 years, lived in Bryant Street, North Tonawanda. News of Mr. Cullinan's death came as a shock to his Buffalo friends and acquaintances, Mr. Cullinan attended to his business until last Sunday when, taken ill suddenly, he was removed to Buffalo General Hospital, where he died Wednesday. Mr. Cullinan held membership for many years in the Knights of Columbus, the Buffalo Athletic Club, the Busy Corner Club, the Ellicott Club and the Erie Downs Golf Club. A son of the late Dennis and Catherine Cullinan of Dunkirk, Mr. Cullinan is survived by a brother, Burt Cullinan, and a sister, Mrs. C.J. McCarthy of Dunkirk.


4 January 1929 Tonawanda News

Lad Who Was Drowned In Cayuga Creek Worked Here

Charles Gabriel, Jr., 19, of 582 87th street, LaSalle section, Niagara Falls, an employee of the Buffalo Bolt Company in North Tonawanda, was drowned in Cayuga creek, LaSalle, Wednesday night. He broke through ice covering the stream. The youth was employed in the brass department at the local factory. He came there to work last summer. The drowning occurred near the bridge which spans the creek at South Military road. Firemen pulled out the boy's body after it had been in the water only 10 minutes and doctors worked over him for nearly an hour in a futile effort to revive him.


8 August 1925 Evening News of the Tonawandas

Herman A. Rasch Dies Suddenly
Native of Germany Is Stricken With Apoplexy In 63rd Year

Herman A. Rasch, sixty-two years old, died suddenly last night at his home, No. 113 Ward Road. He was stricken with apoplexy shortly before death. Born in Germany, Rasch came to the Tonawandas with his parents when only four years old, living here the rest of his life. He was a member of the local branch of the Foresters of America, the North Tonawanda Firemen's Benevolent association and the Buffalo Bolt company Mutual Benefit association.  Surviving are a wife, three sons, August, Alvin and Andrew Rasch, all of the Tonawandas; a daughter, Mrs. William Karre of Niagara Falls, N. Y.; four grandchildren, one brother, A. C. Rasch of North Tonawanda, and five sisters, Mrs. G. Winter, Mrs. John Doty, Mrs. Lawrence Donner and Mrs. Bert Brado of the Tonawandas and Mrs. F. Richardson of Niagara Falls.  The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the residence and half an hour later at the St. Peters Church, Rev. Theodore E. Mueller officiating. Burial will be in the Sweeney cemetery.









Letters & Comments from Museum Visitors

From: Paul Wright - Firestone, CO - 9/12/05

Hello,
 
I would like any help you can give me locating any employee records for the Buffalo Bolt Company which might still exist.  My great grandfather, Frank Wright, worked there from about 1919 to 1925.  His family moved from Buffalo around 1916-17 and first resided on Monroe St. before buying a house on Knoell St.  They moved to Springville around 1925.
 
Any information that might help locate any records would be appreciated.
 
Thank You



Nthistorymuseum@aol.com wrote in response:

We are not aware of the existence of any such records but will attempt to seek them out.  May we put your query on our website with the Buffalo Bolt material in the event any of the visitors to our site have any information?  We have a minister named Frank Wright in North Tonawanda. He is probably in his 80's, is a Presbyterian minister.


From: Paul Wright - Firestone, CO - 9/12/05

That's fine.  My Frank is Frank J. Wright, supposedly born in Muncie, IN in 1884 and died in Buffalo in 1951.  He came to Buffalo some time before 1913 and worked as a motorman for the International Railway Company before moving to North Tonawanda.  I've had difficulty locating his supposed parents (a Harrison Wright and Amanda Bartlett) and am hopeful that any early period employment records might give me more clues in trying to track down his origin.
 
Thank You











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