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2017-08-10 / Editorial

Out of the Past

25 Years Ago Aug. 13, 1992


CHIEF RED JACKET — Seneca Chief Red Jacket was one of the most famous Native Americans of his time. He lived at several locations in what would become West Seneca during the time of the Buffalo Creek Reservation. This was prior to 1842. He lived near Barnsdale Avenue and Mineral Springs Road in the Winchester section of town as well as at 4306 Seneca St. Toward the end of his life, he moved near the Buffalo city line at Buffum Street near Seneca Street so his wife could attend the mission church there. Here, Red Jacket is shown wearing the silver medal given to him by President George Washington. 
Photo courtesy of Jim Pace, WestSeneca town historian CHIEF RED JACKET — Seneca Chief Red Jacket was one of the most famous Native Americans of his time. He lived at several locations in what would become West Seneca during the time of the Buffalo Creek Reservation. This was prior to 1842. He lived near Barnsdale Avenue and Mineral Springs Road in the Winchester section of town as well as at 4306 Seneca St. Toward the end of his life, he moved near the Buffalo city line at Buffum Street near Seneca Street so his wife could attend the mission church there. Here, Red Jacket is shown wearing the silver medal given to him by President George Washington. Photo courtesy of Jim Pace, WestSeneca town historian • Lorraine Masset had a tone of excitement and optimism in her voice yesterday as she reflected on the first day of distribution of some 20,000 yellow recycling boxes. “We reached about 1,600 homes in the northwest portion of town,” she said of Tuesday’s landmark effort. “But it will take working every day for three weeks to get to every address we have.” Distribution is being handled primarily by eight youngsters in the Summer Youth and Recycling Corps who are paid by Erie County. They received high marks for their efforts from Masset, the West Seneca recycling coordinator.

• A new three-year contract for members of the West Seneca Police Department was approved by the town board Monday night despite differing views of the pact’s impact on the town. Details of the contract call for a 4½ percent raise the first year; a 2 percent raise effective Jan. 1, 1993; a 2 percent raise effective July 1, 1993; and a 4½ percent increase in the third year of the contract. A major concession accepted by the Police Benevolent Association was abandonment of a uniform allowance in the second year of the contract. Each member would have received $825.

• The commander of a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in West Seneca has been named a recipient of a national award. Marvin W. Biddle, senior officer of Harvey D. Morin Post 2940, VFW, will be honored as an “All-American Post Commander” this weekend at the VFW national convention in Indianapolis.

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