Pine Woods Park
Although there are no gardens and very few pine trees left in historic Pine Woods Park, this lovely tranquil setting is worth a visit. The plaques on the entrance pillars at the corner of Niagara Street and Pine Woods Drive indicate that the park pillars were presented by the Women’s Civic Club in 1927. The second plaque was dedicated in 1934 to the memory of Carrie B. Root, Chief Advocate of the Park.
Much of the area east of Niagara Street was originally Sweeney’s Grove or Sweeney’s Park. The land was at one time the center of James Sweeney Thompson’s real estate development. The homes near the present park are newer than those on Goundry Street, dating from the 1920’s rather than the 1880’s as on Goundry.
Pine Woods Park entrance pillars contain plaques reading, “Presented by Woman's Civic Club 1927” and “To the memory of Mrs. Carrie B. Root, Chief Advocate of this Park 1934.”
Mrs. Root was the wife of Elias Root. They lived in a home on Goundry Street. He was a partner in the law firm of Root and Orten. Mrs. Root was an outstanding, community-minded woman. She was a driving force in the Women's Civic Club. The Club was instrumental in having an ordinance passed preserving for all time Sweeney Park, now known as Pine Woods Park. Mrs. Root was credited with saving the park land from being turned into building lots. Elias and Carrie Root's son Fred later became North Tonawanda City Judge.
From: Linda Jansen Dittmer - Lakeside CA, July 22, 2005
Fell in love with N.T. from the very first day we arrived there. I went to Felton Grammer School and graduated from 8th grade in 1956. Then went on to NTHS and graduaduated with the class of "60".
Does any one recall the statue of Minerva ( If I remember the name correctly) that was in the center of Felton Grammer School? If so, where did the statue go, and oh how I remember the wooden staircases in the school.
During high school I worked at the Carnegie Library on Goundry. I recall the walks to the library long before gaining employment there. Also remember the walk to Felton Grammer through Pine Woods Park.
We spent many summer days and evenings at the pool on Payne Ave.
After graduation I went on to work at The Marine Trust Co. Bank in Tonawanda, just across the canal. I walked the bridge every day to the Marine Trust Bank in N.T. to deliver some papers.
I met a fellow, in the army, through Paul and Marie Nowark. I married him and located to Southern Ca. in 1960. I now reside in Lakeside, Ca just 25 miles east of San Diego.
I visit NT as often as possible, perhaps every 2 years. Still love the place....it will always be home!
I love the nthistorymuseum website and plan on visiting when I feel "homesick". The Wedding gown donated by my sister, Marie Nowark, belonged to her husbands mother, Mary Nowark. She had visited my home in Lakeside Ca. several times. She was one "fine lady" and definately deserves a "place" in your museum.
Keep up the good work and the museum is definately on my list to see next time I am in town.
Photos: courtesy of Museum member & volunteer Betty Brandon