following names in New York State
- Reminiscences of
- No 76 Warring Ave.
Buffalo, March, 1928 .........
- Johnny Oldboy,
- The TIMES, Buffalo.
- My Dear Sir:
- I have been a reader of your column ever since it began,
and enjoy it very much.
- My father's name was Louis Speich and we lived in Frank
Link's house on West Genesee and the Terrace,
- He was a member of Neptuna Hose, Volunteer Fire Department
and got his certificate and it was signed by
- Mayor Fargo in 1865. I saw the story of Neptune Hose in
your column but never saw his name.
- This certificate of his got lost, but I remember it well.
- Kindly look it up and I will watch your old timer's column
- We moved to the Hydraulics in 1871, when I was two years
- And in your writings you remind me of a great many things
of bygone days,
- like the old mill on North Swan Street, the ravine where we
used to skate:
- also Saber's tannery, Brush's brick yard on Clinton Street.
- When a kid I worked there washing moulds: also Bowan's
tannery at Emslie and North Swan,
- and "Old Dutch Nine" fire house on Seneca Street.
- I also remember the Seneca plank road and the old stage
- I must also tell you that I was a newsboy when we had to
fold our own papers.
- It was somewhere on Washington Street, near Exchange Street
and if I remember rightly,
- it was called "The Republic". (Afternoon edition of the old
- They had an old fellow, with a big club, stand around those
long tables to make the boys preserve order.
- There was one other evening paper then, the Commercial.
- I also had two brothers who were newsboys in their early
days. Every boy had his own corner and
- I had many a sweet roll and spoonful of ice cream on top of
- from Mrs. Moiter, at Main and Seneca Streets, for which we
paid her a penny.
- Oh, boy those were indeed the happy days. Occasionally we'd
go down to Roskopf's Bakery on Seneca Street,
- corner of Baker's Alley and get five cents worth of broken
- Do you remember the wooden Indian sign ("Mr. Pickwick:") on
Seneca Street, near Michigan?
- (At Fred Richl's Smokeshop and the "Indian" was a fine
facsimile of Mr. Pickwick).
- When I consider the former beauties of Swan, North
Division, South Division and Eagle Streets,
- in the former years and view the changes of today, it makes
one sigh with regret.
- I hope this letter will not tire or bore you. I remain.
- Respectfully yours,
- EDWARD SPEICH
- I printed Louis Speich's name in my list of oldtime members
of Neptune Hose
and it is a pleasure to hear from oldtimers like his son.
Breder (Germany), Bruder (Germany), Fenzl (Germany), Fenzel,
Schueler/Scheeler, Specht (Germany &
France), Speich & Will (Germany), Uhlmann
Cole, Koller, Lichtenthal, Schmitt, Setter (All Germany to Erie
County, New York)
& Wyoming County: Fleckenstein (Germany), Kohl (Germany) Rothermel
Researching the following names in Pennsylvania
Haas , Leushen , Schüler (Germany), Uhlmann (Germany)
Researching the following names in Maryland
City: Fischbach (Germany), Garrett (Great Britain, Pennsylvania Delaware, Ohio,
Virginia, & Maryland
Garrett (Great Britain,
Delaware, Ohio, Virginia,
& Maryland )
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(Great Britain, Pennsylvania Delaware,
Ohio, Virginia, & Maryland
Researching the following names in Virginia
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