My Musical DNA

Based on my research, my roots aren’t very musical: I have a great-great-grandmother who sang opera and one distant cousin who played almost every instrument in existence, but that’s the extent of my family’s talent. AncestryDNA has teamed up with Spotify to create “Heritage Playlists: The Unique Sound of Your Ancestry” for their customers, and while … More My Musical DNA

Golden Anniversary

Wuerstle’s Tavern is often at the center of my grandfather’s story. Gramps was having a drink at the bar when John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960; when President Kennedy was assassinated in 1963; when Martin Luther King, Jr., was shot and killed in 1968; and when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon in … More Golden Anniversary

Tommy “Bug” Kuznicki: Nothing Short of Sensational

Before my great-grandfather enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II; before he took up professional boxing to pass the time; before he married the Swedish girl from the barn dance outside of town; and before he raised a son of his own, he was a high school student who devoted all of … More Tommy “Bug” Kuznicki: Nothing Short of Sensational

He’s Single, Gals

“Eve has another brother, Robert, a metalsmith, 2/c, who has been in the Navy for two years, and is now on the East Coast. He’s 6 feet, 3 1/2 inches in height, weighs 194, is 20 years old, and he, too, is single, gals.” Robert Frederic Palmer was born on January 6, 1924 at Maternity Hospital … More He’s Single, Gals

A Local Hero: Michael Tofil Defends Liberty Ships

Michael Tofil was born on August 30, 1926 in Dunkirk, New York to Stanley and Salomea (Kuznicki) Tofil, the eighth of thirteen children. He had eight brothers (Peter, George, Thomas, Joseph, Francis, Leo, Lorence and Anthony) and four sisters (Sophie, Mary, Genevieve and Joan), and the family owned and operated Tofil’s Restaurant on East Front … More A Local Hero: Michael Tofil Defends Liberty Ships