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2018-10-10 / Local News

New book details Ganson Street residents from World War II

by NICK KONOTOPSKYJ Reporter


“The Ganson Street Tigers Go To War: A Western New York Community’s Commitment to Winning World War II,” written by retired North Tonawanda City School teachers Frederick and Cynthia Adcock, was officially published in May. “The Ganson Street Tigers Go To War: A Western New York Community’s Commitment to Winning World War II,” written by retired North Tonawanda City School teachers Frederick and Cynthia Adcock, was officially published in May. Frederick and Cynthia Adcock are retired North Tonawanda City School teachers and Getzville residents who decided to create a book that honors men and women from the Tonawanda area who served for the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II.

Their new book, “The Ganson Street Tigers Go to War: A Western New York Community’s Commitment to Winning World War II” is a detailed account of 41 veterans from Ganson Street in North Tonawanda right in the heart of “Little Italy.”

“The book was officially published at the end of May and this project involved nearly 10 years of research, personal interviews with veterans and their families, writing and editing,” Fred Adcock said. “We feel so privileged to be sharing the story of these veterans with the communities in Western New York.”

Fred and Cindy Adcock will be conducting a PowerPoint presentation, followed by a book signing, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the American Legion Sikora Post, 950 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda.

“This PowerPoint presentation will be highlighting many additional personal photographs from the veterans’ collections that enhance the book,” Cindy Adcock said. “Following the presentation and question/answer period, we will be on hand to inscribe books, which will be available for purchase for $26.95.”

The book features more than 80 photographs, most of which have never been published before. This story also reflects on the courage and sacrifice of the men and women who served this country.

“These individuals suffered the trepidations of war and their service to our country must never be forgotten,” Cindy Adcock said. “The efforts and sacrifices made by the citizens of the Tonawandas on the home front are also detailed in the book. The pride expressed by the families of these servicemen in response to the book has touched us greatly.”

The book can be purchased from the authors on Facebook @GansonStreet, the Historical Society of Tonawandas, the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play and Barnes and Noble. For additional information, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708 or email the authors at cinfred@roadrunner.com.

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